I've never had this happen much before: readers (not fellow hubbers) are leaving strange comments that have nothing to do with the hub topic. They're not leaving links, so how are the comments a benefit to the commenters? Strange!
There are other threads on this. It is a new spam strategy to start with comments that have no links to try and look "real". Delete and mark as spam.
Same here Habee. I have deleted and marked as spam many of these. They are often long and full of strange ramblings. Hope they leave your hubs alone and you have a wonderful day~
Habbe, your grandkids will look back on this one day and appreciate your love and sacrifice for them. It's a rarity these days to see people take and teach children how to fish. Keep teaching and making those memories with them, they often need it more than we realize. Hope you catch some big ones!
I haven't had any of these comments lately but a few months ago - OMG - I found several. I deleted them forever as spam. Sorry you're being invaded right now. Very frustrating.
I'm getting those, too. Marking as spam and deleting is easy, but is there any way to stop it altogether? I got 11 just last night, becoming a bit annoying...
I don't see any option in profile to block non-hub accounts to stop from posting comments. Does anything like that exist?
Yes, you can block non-hub accounts. Go to your account page. Click on "comments" and then click "show settings." Select "yes" for "Only signed-in users may post comments"
Thanks much, Glenn! That should do do trick for now. I got around 45 spam comments over the weekend, annoying to boot!
You're welcome Elena. It's also important to set it so that you have to moderate all comments before they appear. I sometimes see comments with links to useless sites that other Hubbers never even seem to know they have in their Hubs. This can also lower a Hubs ranking if the outbound link is to a low quality site. I never approve comments with self-promotiopnal links. Links to any site can be dangerous, so I usually deny most comments with links.
Why would you want to block people who aren't a HubPages member? I thought we wanted organic readers? Blocking outside people makes your page seem unfriendly.
If it's spam simply remove the comment and go on. You should keep up with your pages on a regular basis anyway.
Well, I agree with you Pamela. That's how I handle it. I just have my settings set to moderate all comments before they appear. And I do allow comments from non-hubbers. But I understand Elena's problem. She is being bombarded by spam for some reason.
I think if I were to get 45 spam over a single weekend that I'd have to spend time reviewing to decide if it's really spam or just someone who has trouble expressing themselves, I'd get to the point were I'd block them too. At least temporarily.
Hi Pamela! Yep, deleting is easy -- it's just totally annoying to be getting 10 spams per hour -- and I don't think that 'counts' as organic, quality, traffic, if you get my drift Next thing you know HubPages takes another plunge on account of crazy roaming spam ...
For me, from all the comments in my hubs, I reckon about 20% are organic. I reckon as well that I can disable the feature to post at will until this wave of spam goes away. Just my take.
The amount has been unreal and I've wondered if bad traffic is better than none. Some are a hoot and some are so long that the writer should just join HP and start hubbing! Well, some of the comments are designed to try and seem so personal that they amount to strange shots in the dark so I guess they should start blogging or facebooking or...
Internet trolls. Annoying people who just want to muck things up. Some mentality as those who create and circulate computer viruses.
I get this here as well as on my Blogger account all the time. I just delete them if they look like spam and don't worry about it.
Sometimes it's a person that doesn't speak English as their first language so I make sure it's not just a matter of miscommunication before deleting. Everyone has a right to be heard.
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