blogging tips

Blogging Tip: Stop the Hate; Moderate

If you’ve been blogging for over a couple of months, odds are you’ve had your fair share of less-than-appreciated comments left on your posts. These odd comments most likely consist of either spam or hateful messages. I have been blogging for about 10 months now and I have received both.

  • For three weeks straight, I received over 200 spam messages from fake accounts with the same repeat comment.
  • At least once a week, a blogger will simply drop a link back to their blog in my comments without anything else. (Please don’t do this, guys, it really does not make anyone want to follow you.)
  • Occasionally, I receive comments from other bloggers who are less than happy with my personal views or blogging posts.

Whenever you are online, it is inevitable that you will run into a spam monster, a troll, or a hater. So, how should you deal with it?

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Manually Approve Your Comments Each and Every Time

Ever since I began my blog, I have set up my account so that I had to approve each and every comment that gets posted on my blog. While WordPress does their best to filter out obvious spam, they cannot grab every nasty comment. Therefore, by insuring that I have to view and approve every comment, I become my own filter. Yes, it is extra work, but in my experience, it is completely worth it.

If you are interested in protecting your blog from spammers, trolls, and haters, set up your blog to manually approve your comments:

  • On the left side menu bar, go all the way down to settings.
  • Once that page pops up, click on the third option on the top bar called discussion.
  • Scroll down until you see the section that says “Before a comment appears”
  • Make sure that both of those options are clicked to on.


So, how about it? Do you manually approve your comments? How have you dealt with spam or hate in the past? Leave a comment below.

Happy Blogging!


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60 thoughts on “Blogging Tip: Stop the Hate; Moderate”

      1. Nwaneri, let me give you a piece of advice. I totally understand that when you start a new blog you want people to check it out. We all do, trust us. But going around and asking people to like or follow your blog usually does not work and actually works against you. Instead, I’d encourage you to take some time looking around at other people’s blogs, like and comment on their work without expecting anything in return. Let your presence grow naturally and so will your blog 👍🏻

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  1. 🙂 To be very honest with you, my comments are set to be automatically posted.

    Luckily, I have not encountered trolls.

    And, Akismet does a great job at handling 99% of my spam.

    If I see anything that is distasteful or spam-related in my comments thread, it will get deleted.

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      1. 🙂 Your point is most valid.

        People who post topics of a highly controversial nature should should set their comments to be manually approved.

        I think that women receive more hateful comments in their comments threads than men do.

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        1. Renard, I’d have to agree with you on that last comment. Though I would back it up to say that women receive more spam in general because we also get the “hello, dear, don’t you look beautiful today” messages from online creeps

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  2. Fortunately, I’ve not had bullying or inappropriate comments on either of my sites. Akismet does a great job at handling my spam, which consists of bogus ads and porn.

    I unfollow bloggers that leave links in my comments unless it is a pingback for my prompts.

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