According to her post, Google had flagged one of her old giveaway posts stating that a high number of short comments artificially increases the number of keywords on a page, thereby qualifying those comments as spam.
I am constantly keeping my eye on SEO, and it seems that what is acceptable is always changing. Awhile back, you wanted people to comment on your posts because it would increase your pageviews. Now, you still want that, but you want them to be good comments.
And what makes a comment good?
A comment must be approximately 2 – 4 sentences so that Google doesn’t mistake them for spam. (I’m just hoping Google doesn’t then decide that comments that are too long are spam as well!)
If Google finds too many spam comments on a blog, (or comments that qualify as spam – even though they may not be), they can “take action on a site.” (Read this article: http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2721437)
With that being said, I am going to have to enforce a new comment policy here on Blessed Beyond Words:
All comments posted on the blog will now need to be approved before posting. Only comments that are at least 2 – 4 sentences long will be approved.
I know that I have a giveaway going on right now, and one of the entries is to leave a comment on the blog telling me which item you’d purchase if you won. Of course, these are now what Google calls spam. I have removed that option from the rafflecopter gadget and will also be deleting all the comments on that post. I can’t afford to do anything against Google’s guidelines.
I will also be going through old posts and deleting any comments on posts that have a large number of short comments.
If you see that I have deleted your comment on a post, please do NOT take it personally. I treasure each and every comment on this site, and want to hear from you! You’re just going to have to talk a little more. That’s all.
I hope this information helps someone else out. I know that I was shocked to read this over on Leslie’s blog, but I appreciate that she let us know instead of keeping the information to herself. My goal is to do the same for other bloggers. I believe we should help each other out instead of sneaking around and only bettering our own blog.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Have you had to delete comments from your blog because of this, or will you be?