Comment Spam Hurts Everyone (You should read this)

Weblogs generally attain good search engine results by providing a lot of content for search engines to access. Spammers try to take advantage of this by spamming weblogs. Sometimes there are hundreds of comments a day. Even though we utilize great programs like MT Blacklist we still must resort to manually erasing comments.

The bad thing is moderating comments and picking through which are legit and which aren’t takes time. Time that we could be posting and adding content to our sites. Content that affords us the better search engine placement that spammers are seeking to utilize.

Who wins in this situation? No one.

We build a better mouse trap. We try different things to prevent the spam so we can provide more content to our readers without having to squander our time with the spam problem. The new system requires that readers spend 2 minutes visiting a different site and registering for an account that authenticates their identity. No one signs up.

What is the solution?

It’s apparent to me that if everyone was to enable authentication of comments the bots used to spam weblogs would be useless and spammers would have to find new means and the problem of comment spam would disappear. Judging by the amount of people who signed up for a TypeKey account and commented on my site, no one seems to find this idea appealing.

So, I’ve re-enabled commenting. No sign ups. No authentication.

I know I’m gonna get nailed but I’m not going to be the only one suffering. Administrating comments is going to cut into the time I have available in my busy schedule to post interesting things. This means I won’t be able to post as much as before. I won’t be able to hunt up cool stories or write longer posts like this one. I just don’t have that much time in my life.

Sorry, comment spam hurts everyone.