Guestbook spam are unnecessary and annoying comments or advertisements on your blog, chatbox or social network page. These can be made by humans or a computer program. These are entities that want to promote their sites or sell their products. Guestbook spam could contain links to other web pages, which may or may not be related to the content of your site. This spam causes annoyance on the part of the readers and the owners of the site because of the following reasons:
- Valuable comments are buried under useless and irrelevant content.
- People visiting your site may be distracted by the content of the spam.
- People who click on spam may get their computers infected by malicious viruses, spywares or adwares.
Fortunately, there are some simple steps you could take to prevent these from happening:
- Code Make use of security measures like adding CAPTCHA codes on your site. These are little pictures that show altered images of letters, numbers or characters. The user is then asked to type these in a small box to prove that the one who reads the page and will post a comment is a human with human eyes and not a spamming robot. When the user has entered the correct sequence, only then would the comment be ready for posting.
- Moderate You could adjust your guestbook settings so that comments posted on your guestbook will be sent to a moderation list. This way, you could determine whether the comment is a spam, an unnecessary comment or a comment you dislike, and you could choose not to post it. However, remember that alerts from your guestbook could clutter your inbox. It’s a good idea to create a new email account specifically for the purpose of managing your guestbook comments. This way, your email address will be safe from spammers and you would have a tidy email inbox.
- Analyze Check out the time when the visitor reached the page and made a comment. If it took just a few seconds before the comment was made, or if a user writes comments that are just seconds apart, most probably it is done by a program. You could then set your guestbook to filter out that user based on username or IP address. Also, if the comment is not related to the content of your site, or is made by someone with an unusual looking username like a collection of randomly-generated letters, most probably it is spam. Block that user if this is the case. You could also recognize spam by its repetitious keywords which are designed to be recognized and ranked higher by web-search engines.
- Specify Say clearly that you do not want spammers on your site, and that you actively moderate your site against these. People who can read will understand what you have written and they may probably follow your rule. After all, some spammers spam just because they think that you need their products, their services, their websites or their advice.
Having your own website is cool, and receiving feedback from your readers is a great way to communicate online. To protect your guestbook from spam, try out these simple steps and experience stress-free web surfing.