Google Sees Your Comments as Spam?

My dear friend Leslie from Leslie Loves Veggies recently posted that Google sees some readers’ comments as spam. (Be sure to click on that link to read the full article.)

no spamAccording 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:

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?

Google is Making Lots of Changes…


…and in my opinion? None of them are good.

  • They are changing the look of Gmail. Ugh. I tried the new look. I forced myself to leave it there for 24 hours. Hated.Every.Second. While they say that it’ll be more “comfortable,” “streamlined” and easier to read, I’m not buying it. I found it awkward, confusing, and just plain ugly. I know I have to adjust, but I do think it’s going to take awhile to get used to it.
  • Also, they will be weeding out Google Friend Connect for non-Blogger users. That’s right – those of us who have WordPress blogs will now lose all the followers we’ve worked so hard to get. Google suggests blogs create a Google+ page and encourage readers to add them to their circles. I truly feel this is Google’s way of forcing bloggers to do one of two things: 1. Give in and go back to Blogger or 2. Use Google+. Both options stink. {Again, this is just my opinion. If you love Google+, let me know how you make it work for you.}

    I created a Google+ account back when it was first introduced. I hated it. With Facebook, I can set everything to publish to my wall automatically and this busy mom of 6 doesn’t have to figure out how to create more time in her day to publish every new post to her Facebook wall. I don’t have that luxury with Google+. So now do I not only have to update my personal Google+ page, I also have to update my blog’s Google+  page every day as well. I don’t have time for this!

Don’t try to comment on any of Google’s posts, though. You’re not allowed. They don’t actually want to hear how we feel about this. They just want to tell us how it’s going to be, and we have to deal with it. Not cool, Google. Not cool.

Social Networking has always been a passion for me – well, for as long as social networking has been around. I love connecting with my readers and finding new blogs to read through many different social media outlets. I really think that Google+ is going to limit all of that – or at least make it much more difficult.

There are lots of other changes coming to Google too, so please be sure to read the posts by Google that I linked to in this blog.

How do you feel about all the changes Google is making? Do you see them as a bonus for bloggers, or do you see it as more work and more headaches like I do?
{Don’t worry if you don’t agree with me! I ask because I’m looking for a silver lining. There has to be one somewhere!}

Still on Blogger?

If you are still on Blogger, then I’m guessing last week’s ordeal still has you upset! Posts went missing, people couldn’t comment for days, and things were wonky all over the place.

If you were holding out hope that Blogger would “get with it” and would improve enough to be as good as self-hosted WordPress, I’m guessing you were really disappointed with this last blowup Blogger had.

I still offer services to help you move from Blogger to WordPress. I have worked with some amazing bloggers, including Leslie of Leslie Loves Veggies, Rita of One2Try, and many, many others. While it does take some time to adjust to WordPress, and the upfront cost can be kind of pricey, it really is worth it in the end!

Or, if you really, really love Blogger and want to stay, I can also help you with a fun, new design.

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