| Do comments that are off topic do any good at all?
Ok this is a tough topic, because for the most part, Comment spam is not only offensive, but abusive, but what if it could be made to be productive?
Ok stay with me for a moment, while I take you through the comment spamming process.
The idea is to advertise a URL, by commenting on a comment, I know sounds sort of scary, but there are software products that people use from a desktop or even from a website, so what is happening is that no one is really reading your blog post, and that is problematic, you want people to read it, but what if some people read the blog post because it has comments?
What then? If you stop all comment spam, then that reduces the number of hits your website gets, right?
Technically, but what if you could make use of that automatic software? Is there a benefit to be had from these automatic software posters? Perhaps, there is and in more ways than one. Here is an excerpt from an article about comment spam, “One of the most serious problems with any blogging system, including WordPress, is that the comments area is wide open to that scourge of the Internet, spammers. In this case, it’s comment spam.
Comment spam is created by people seeking to boost their Google rankings by having lots of links pointing to their own websites. This causes a wide variety of problems:” Now, here is the thing, they are right, to a point, but if you cant beat them or defeat them, how about turning the tables on them? I began to think about how you could make the comment spam into real benefits for a website and I came up with a couple of good things.
1. a ping is a ping,
2. comments are comments, well most of the time they are. What I realized is that if I designed a plugin that would allow a comment for say a certain period of time and if during that time someone confirmed that the comment was a real comment, then it would get posted, with a do follow link and if it was not confirmed, by a real person then it just gets deleted. This way if they are good comments then you and they get a benefit, but if they are robots, or just not real people then you turn the tables on them and you get the only benefit, and that is a ping…
Get it, Good, because while you may not be able to stop it you may be able to take advantage of it.