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7 ways to recognize spam comments

spamCan you tell a real comment from a fake one? WordPress sites attract spammers who try to attach comments to your pages, links and images. They want your approval so they gain links to their own sites, which in many cases are sources of malware. Learn to recognize these 7 types of spam comments so you don’t create opportunities for them to use your site for devious purposes.

Login to your WordPress Dashboard and locate Comments in the left side menu. Click to open. To remove the ones sent by spammers, select the boxes beside them, then do a Bulk Action to remove them to the Trash. See the screenshot at the end for details on removing them.

Seven common types of spam comments:

1. Comments with email addresses that have a series of numbers and/or letters, such as:

2. Any comments with email address or web links that are unusually long, like:

3. Unless you are Asian and expect people to make comments in a foreign alphabet, you can expect all comments with Asian characters in the email address or links are spam. For example:

4. All comments that direct you to link to another URL are spam. For example:
I have discovered website which offer to dramatically increase traffic to your blog

5. All comments that use words or phrases with no proper message, such as:
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6. All comments from people you don’t know who make very general comments about your site are spam. Comments should make specific reference to something you say on your page or post. Typical spam comments:
Hey this is a actual cool web site
You write the best posts ever.
Can you tell me how do you make your design so good.

7. All comments that don’t make sense are spam. These are auto-generated using English words to imitate the English language. Two examples:
It really is hardly ever slash and dry on what water will do.
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