This is actually going to be a short post – I think … I have an awful lot of comments on this blog – and most of them never see the light of day – the spammers love this blog and I generally wake up to several hundred offers to enhance my sex life. They are easy to deal with. The less easy comments are the ones that are just slightly more than “nice post” but not much.
There are various plugins available to manage this sort of comment spam – I have tried most of the usual suspects. But Todd over at Todd’s Tps pointed out a recent plugin which really seems to be the business – its called SEO Super Comments. What it does is basically redirect the link on a person’s name to another internal page on this site UNLESS I have added their website to a whitelist of “friend’s sites”. In either case the link is do-follow.
This solves several problems for me:
- it means I can approve comments that I am not sure of knowing that I am not going to linking to a dodgy neighbourhood;
- I can still reward friends with a do-follow link;
- it has a nice internal SEO benefit of creating additional internal pages on the fly.
Unfortunately it does mean that I”ve had to turn off commentluv – as it kinda defeats the point of this plugin.
If you want to see what the plugin does if someone’s site is not on the white lis t- click on my name in any comment.
Now I just spent 1/2 hour adding a long list of friends to my white list – but its a manual process I may have missed you – especially if you are a friend with a new website. If you think you’ve been unfairly missed out then drop me a comment or a private email via the contact form. This is a site by site basis not an IP or email basis