There is no other thing expected by bloggers but to have many comments appear on their blog posts. Sounds humble but that’s the fact. When you publish your article and get more audiences engaged with it by leaving comments, it feels like orgasm.
However, everybody knows that getting more comments in a blog post is not easy. Even if you have provided him a good, interesting content. More miserably — once got the comments — not all of them are well-thoughts and positive.
There are countless spammy comments spying us every single day. Something like Viagra or betting-related. For bloggers, combating spammy comments is really a big challenge. And endless. As bloggers did, nearly all blogging platforms are also struggling to combat spammy comments attack on their platform. Currently, almost all blogging platforms require us to login before be able to leave a comment.
But, still. It’s not enough. Especially when you have a self-hosted blog. The task for combating spammy comments is become more and more challenging.
There are two proven ways that have been widely-adopted by bloggers to combat spammy comments on their blog. We are going to discus about them.
1. Protect your blog with CAPTCHA
In case you didn’t know. CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart. It’s a collection of codes to protect your blog from spambot. The main idea of CAPTCHA is to ensure that every comment written on a comment column coming from human. The method is by asking them (someone who want to comment) a question or do something like matching a puzzle.
There are several existing CAPTCHAs out there to protect your blog from spammy coments. The one that is developed by Google, called reCAPTCHA is one of the bests. Installing CAPTCHA on your blog will cut down the number of spammy comments.
2. Installing a third party commenting system
This method is more suitable for bloggers with a self-hosted, CMS-based blog. Why you need this? Because most CMS, including WordPress and Drupal, come with a poor and vulnerable commenting system. Even if they’ve provided an anti-bot feature. The best point of the third party commenting systems is that they are come with a good moderation feature. Some commenting systems even allow you adding more moderator.
Like CAPTCHA, there are also some existing third party commenting systems that is worth to try. We’ve listed them in the previous post.