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.

SIGH.

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?

Are You on Google+?



Just what I need… one more place to network online. But, honestly? I love networking. And I love when I can organize my contacts in one easy to find, easy to follow place.

I’ve been on Facebook for several years now, and I love it. I’ve found tons of friends from highschool that I probably never would have reconnected with had it not been for Facebook. Not only that, but I’ve made some really great friends and contacts through Facebook and my blog, my fan pages, and my personal profile page.

But… (there’s always a but, isn’t there?) I’m up to over 4,000 friends on facebook, and it’s way out of control. I miss out on so much that’s going on in friends’ and family members lives because I’m so bogged down with news, links, and junk from the thousands of people I’m friends with. I know there’s a way to organize it all, but who has the time to sit down and do it? Then, there’s the 5,000 friend limit – which is connected to my page likes. That drives me bonkers! I try to “like” a page, and I can’t because I’m over my friend limit. So then I have to go through and delete dozens of people that I don’t interact with that are in my friends list.

So, when a friend introduced me to Google+, I was skeptical. I don’t need one more thing to take up any more time in my day. I am busy enough with 6 kids, this blog, my WTE blogging gig, my blog design business…. you get the drift.

BUT, (there’s that word again!), I really do like Google+. I love that everything I already do on google is integrated into Google+. I love the circles. I can keep all my contacts, business or otherwise, separated into groups, and then I can stream just those groups. If I can convince my family and friends to join the fun on Google+, I’ll never miss out on important announcements again!

I’m by no means a Google+ expert. I just started using it. But, so far, I like what I see. I think it’s worth giving it a try.

If you are on Google+, I hope you’ll add me to your circle. And if you’d like an invitation, leave a comment here with your email address or drop me an email and I’ll send one your way.

Have you tried Google+? What do you think?