Giveaway Bloggers love to receive comments on their blog and I’m no exception. The first thing I do after turning my computer on in the morning is check my blog to see what my readers have to say. I delete fifty or more ridiculous spam comments first, then check the ‘real’ comments for their validity. If they’re not vulgar or offensive I’ve left them in the past. But things are going to change and my Readers and fellow Giveaway & Review Bloggers need to know why.
Comments Can Be The Fatal Demise Of Your Giveaway & Review Blog
Leslie Loves Veggies recently had a ‘spring cleaning’ by SEO expert Kevin at ROI Web Hosting and after reading his report I was shocked to learn that reader comments have made my blog susceptible to violating Google’s Quality Guidelines.
High Number Of Short Comments May Send Red Flag
I wrote a giveaway for Therabreath products back in 2011. This post was filled with comments such as: “I’d like to try the Therabreath gum”, “I follow Therabreath on Twitter or Facebook”, “I’d like to win” and “Thanks for the giveaway”. Google flagged this post and said “Comments may qualify as spam because there is a high number of short comments that artificially increase the percentage of keywords on a webpage.”
But I Have a Spam Filter
I do too! But those spammers are tricky little devils! They’ve become so inventive that sometimes it’s hard to tell a real comments from spam and it slips by the spam filter. According to Google: “If your site has too much user-generated spam on it, that can affect our assessment of the site, which may eventually result in us taking manual action on the whole site. Some examples of spammy user-generated content include…Spammy accounts on free hosts, Spammy posts on forum threads, Comment spam on blogs.” (http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2721437)
New Comment Policy at Leslie Loves Veggies
Effective immediately, please don’t leave 1, 2 or 3 word comments. Comments such as “I’d love to win this prize” or even “Thank you for the giveaway” will unfortunately be deleted. Please leave comments containing 2 – 4 sentences that the folks at Google can’t possibly mistake for spam. Of course questions are always welcome. I love to read what you have to say. Let’s not let those sneaky schemers and spammers win!
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