The pain of spam commentsBloggers of any length of time know the aches and pains of comment spam. And, if you receive an email once a comment has been submitted, heaven help your inbox. That's how it was for me.
On the day a new post would go live, I would receive many email notifications. Good right? Not if 99% of those comments were spam! At its worst, I had almost 150 emails with comment spam!!! UGH!
How I Went from 150 Spam Comments to under 40The simple and powerful way that I reduced my spam comments is...are you ready for it? By moderating all my comments! What comment moderation did was keep any comment off the site until it was seen and approved by yours truly. So simple, right?
Another important thing that I did was to remove my email notification on comments. Why? Because I'm trying to live a clutter free life, and because I know myself. Every time I would get an email with a new comment, I would be tempted to respond at that very moment. What happens then is a downward spiral into my device that will trap me for who knows how long. I turned it off.
The Hidden Joy of Comment ModerationSince I have started moderating my comments and turned off my email notification, I have noticed something that I wasn't expecting. My blogging workflow is much better! How? Because I deal with comments all at once instead of randomly throughout my day.
When I have set time aside just to moderate and reply to comments, it's done when it's done. I'm not always "on" so to speak. For me it was a boundary that was set unintentionally, but an important boundary to have as a mom blogger. Notice: the Mom comes before the Blogger.
Are you bombarded by comment spam? Have you tried to moderate comments and eliminate email notification? Try it. I will change your bloggy life!
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