Posts Tagged ‘disqus’

SEO advice: Commenting on blogs

June 29th, 2009

This topic came up on site-reference.com and it is a common topic for people looking to improve SEO. It is important to know about because if you’re running a fansite or fan fiction archive and wanting to learn SEO through link building, this method is probably one of the first one’s you’ll see.

Commenting on blogs can help increase your traffic in two ways: 1) Click throughs on your name or from links in your comment. 2) Search engines if the links are not rel=nofollow.  For the second, the advice is that the more you comment on a diverse range of blogs, the more search engine juice you’ll get and the more visits from Google you’ll get.  Bad SEO people encourage you to comment as much as possible where ever the links are rel=follow.  What these bad SEO people fail to tell you is that doing so can actually hurt your SEO because you may end up on blacklist as a spammer.  People report spam to services they use like akismet, disqus, etc.  They develop their own internal blacklists.  Your hard work commenting will go to waste as comments disappear.  You risk worse for your site.

If you want to avoid the possibility of going into a black box because of your commenting, remember the following advice:

1. Read the article that you are responding to and respond accordingly.  Title isn’t enough to demonstrate that.  “This was interesting.  I will read more of your blog.”  is generally a sign that a comment is a spam comment and that you haven”t read the post.  (If you want to say that, e-mail the author of the blog.)
2. Comment once in reply to a particular blog unless you’re willing to do a lot of number 1.  Several comments of  “This is fascinating.  I learned a lot from it.”  That is a great big signal that you’re not reading and you’re spam commenting.
3. Reply with your real name.  If you comment with “Gold 4 Warcraft” instead of “John Doe,” people will REALLY think you’re link baiting/spamming and delete your comments.  If you really want to optimize for “Gold 4 Warcraft,” then blog commenting with that as your name is likely not the SEO method you want.  Comment as if you’re a real person.
4. Watch what referrer you use to visit a blog with rel=follow. An easy way to spot comment spam is if a person self googles to see if their newly created link shows up, if the visit came through Disqus (and has 100 similar comments to their names) or includes SEO or other search terms that indicates that you are looking for a chance to link bait.

If you want to comment for SEO, follow that advice so that your time is not wasted and you don’t get punished for spamming.  If you are paying some one for SEO and they advice blog commenting and don’t follow the above advice, fire them and get your money back.

More ways to detect spam comments on Disqus

May 19th, 2009

My post about identifying spam on disqus was my most disqus spammed post to date. People commented on how great disqus was, included their links and otherwise totally seemed to miss what the post was saying. All the people commenting had links in their name. In one case, the comment looked valid. Then they commented on another post with a total jumble about using classified on a post about race!fail.

These spam comments generally had another thing in common: Most of them found the blog entry they responded to through disqus. They weren’t coming in through blog searches, through links from other sites.

So if you’re on the fence as to whether a comment is legit, or just some one trying to link build, check to see how they found your blog entry to comment on. If it was disqus, that could be another signal that the comment was spam.

Disqus spam: One way to identify

May 8th, 2009

I’ve found the niftiest way to identify spam comments on disqus that might otherwise slip through the cracks: Your referrer logs. The comments that are questionable of it they are spam or not, half the time the company or an individual searches for the title of the author with in about 6 hours of the comment being posted. So if you get a comment from Unsecured personal loans or something like that and a person searches “Unsecured personal loans” power by disqus, then the comment is probably spam.

If you’re a marketer and you don’t want your comments identified as spam while engaging in link building activities:

  • make sure your comments address the post that you’re replying to,
  • your comments are in reply to the newest post (rather than a comment three months old), and
  • that you don’t search yourself to find out if that link appears (and then click on the search link to verify).
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