Be careful what you comment on

Published 04 Dec 2013 in Blogging, Marketing, SEO by ZigPress

Over the last few months I have been receiving increasing numbers of emails which go along the lines of:

Two years ago I made a comment on your article (TITLE HERE), which linked to my website. Now I am trying to remove all comments that link to my site, would you mind deleting the comment? It’s the one from (SOME SPAMMY NAME HERE).

Clearly this relates to Google’s various “panda penguin”-related updates during the past year, and backlinks that once added SEO value to a site, no longer do, and may even penalise a site’s ranking.

Up until now I have removed comments when requested. However I’ve decided that life is too short and mine is busy enough already, so I will be ignoring future requests. If this affects you, think of it as karma for posting spammy comments in the first place.

7 Comments

  1. On 21 Dec 2013 at 00:48, Aamir said:

    I could not understand one thing , if some one like an article and write “nice article” or something like that, why it is regarded as spammy.

  2. On 22 Dec 2013 at 05:33, best eye cream said:

    Don’t let my past haunt me. I mean, I can’t remember all the sites where I commented!

  3. On 05 Jan 2014 at 07:35, best eye cream said:

    I still do not understand how it effects. Those old comments, why is there a need for them to be deleted?

  4. On 07 Jan 2014 at 14:40, hypnotherapist hertfordshire said:

    Not had one of those emails yet. Then again I don’t tend to write anything spammy at all. Think anyone trying to get people to remove two year old comments is going to have a really hard time. The people will have moved on or don’t care.

  5. On 12 Jan 2014 at 22:50, best eye cream said:

    This is foolish! Of course, I could not trace those blogs I have commented before.

  6. On 24 Jan 2014 at 18:57, Darren said:

    I would be interested to see any case studies into the penguin update and influence of commenting on it. Any ideas?

  7. On 07 Nov 2014 at 01:10, Gab Bryo said:

    People should just accept the consequences of their past actions, specially those who clog blogs with useless “nice post” comments. Either way, Google has the Disavow Links tool to remove bad links, but I’d doubt that a comment on this site could give negative SEO value. It takes linkage from really spammy sites to get penalized. Good for you for ignoring future requests, life is too short!