Spamming is the act of sending unsolicited messages to websites or emails, usually in large quantities. Spam messages generally take the form of commercial messages and various advertisements that would entice an individual to open it and/or click on a link included in the text. At times, these are even used to inject malware or virus to a website or a computer.
In the virtual world, the presence of spam is considered to be a big no-no. Aesthetically, it does not look good on any website or blog. Moreover, it leads to confusion from your followers, because they would then have to sort through which information is real and which one is the spam.
1. Defend your site through anti-spam programs. There are a number of programs that can defend your site from spammers. Regardless of the price tag, the key here is finding out which one is most suitable for your needs.
A few categories you can look at include the ease of use, the capability to restore emails that were accidentally marked as spam, compatibility, and how powerful it is in filtering spam.
2. Moderate comments. As the site owner, you can filter the comments posted by readers. Adjust your site’s settings and indicate that comments need to be reviewed before being posted. This would also work in establishing a good relationship with your followers, since it conveys to them that you are personally checking and reading each of their posts.
You can also regulate the links in the comments section by seeing first where they lead. Let your readers know that a link can only be included if it adds value to the conversation.
3. Add a registration option. If moderating comments is not enough, you can customize your site in a way that only registered users are allowed to post comments and feedback.
4. Put up a disclaimer. A well-informed visitor is a responsible visitor. Include a disclaimer, or even a set of rules, pertaining to spamming in your site. You might want to go as light as moderating comments or as far as banning a user.
5. Make sure that advertisements are also screened from the comments. Since spam messages usually come as commercial messages, you can regulate or discourage posting ads on your site, especially in the comments section. As much as possible, encourage your visitors to use their names when leaving comments. This promotes a transparent relationship with them.
Remember that your website is like your virtual home. Defend and guard it as you would your physical house. Set rules and make sure that offenders are given a reprimand.
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