Abusing Comment Name field for SEO.. No Sir

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Sunday, September 9, 2007

Sometimes I see comments where the name of the person is not really his name but a popular keyword which obviously links to his website. While I understand the need to have link-love for useful comments and even encourage it, the name field shouldn’t be abused by using keywords like “Web Banner Design”, for example. They are for the name of the person and should be used as such only.

My blogs are 100% protected from automatic comment spam (normal comment spam, referrer spam, pingback spam, trackback spam and even direct human spam). However it doesn’t stop even a single regular comment (0% false positive). So I don’t get the usual fare of such comments as mentioned above. However when I do get even a relevant comment with spammy name, I dutifully remove the url from the comment and also the email address, while approving the comment itself for two reasons:
1. Removing the email ensures that future comments from the same poster doesn’t get automatically approved.
2. Removing the url is to encourage him not to use such spammy names in future.

My message to such viewers is: Please use the real name in your comments. Feel free to add a relevant link to your website in the comment body itself, if you so desire.

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January 4, 2010: 2:19 pm

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August 12, 2009: 7:00 am

I have never understood why the website option has been included as it just encourages misuse.

April 2, 2009: 4:55 pm

I agree with you there are such people who abuse name field just to bring traffic to there site..i have recently created a blog and i am concerning about how i can protect from spammers.

November 15, 2008: 1:50 am

We’ve read blog posts about the usefulness of a no follow.

October 12, 2008: 9:26 am

I do monitor quality of comments too. You won’t find many “I agree” type of comments in this blog, unless it is a post which asks for users agreement / disagreement with the content.
However we still need to monitor Joe “My keyword laden phrase” Smith commenters also.

October 11, 2008: 2:20 pm

I think you would be better served to monitor the quality of your comments rather than the use of keywords in the name.

The problem is you suggest that people can add a link anyway and be up front about it, and that’s ok.

However I’ve seen tons of comments (using a real name) that just say “I agree” with a link in the comments. It seems this type of spam would be more objectionable.

regards -

December 13, 2007: 12:06 pm

Our forum was abused by spammers. It’s really annoying.

November 10, 2007: 1:48 am


We don’t use the name field except for our real names. We’d like to thank you for the plugin that’s make our blog, https://www.reapmoneyonline.com, more comment friendly.

We’ve read blog posts about the usefulness of a no follow. John Chow is even supposedly making a little money removing the no follow from paying commenters. We’re more inclined to follow your generosity. :)

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