Three Ways to Remove Duplicate Comments from WordPress

Published Mar 17, 2014 by Eric Sornoso in Social
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When you run a website and use WordPress, you can make a great blog that people from all over the world love to read. While this is a great outlet to use, it is wise to take a proactive approach to prevent problems such as too many blog comments or spam. Other times, you will have to deal with people who comment multiple times, either on purpose or accident. While it is easy to manually delete comments if you run a small blog and only make a post or two a week, it is a challenge when you run a larger operation and have a lot of blog posts and a busy comments section. Simply put, when you run a blog, you will want to weigh the benefits and downsides. However, when coming up with this plan, you must realize your ideas, strategies and business will grow. For this reason, you will want to come up with a comprehensive and practical solution. At the same time, you will need to devise a plan that works now. With this in mind, here are three ways to remove duplicate comments from WordPress.

Manually

As mentioned, if you have the time and patience, you should manually remove blog comments. To do this, a site owner should log in to his or her WordPress account a couple of times a day. Then, one should look at the comments and make sure users are not posting too frequently. When this happens, you should simply delete all the comments except the original one. Of course, if all comments are spam from the same user, you should delete all of them. To take this further, ideally, the site owner should block the IP address and not allow the user to comment on the blog.

With this, not only can you take an approach which allows you to remove bad users, but you can also avoid a solution causing you to delete legitimate comments. Either way, with a manual removal plan, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. However, if you are a busy webmaster and do not have much time, this is not an ideal solution. Think about it, if you have hundreds of comments a day, you will have a hard time manually removing duplicate ones. In fact, with this system, you would have to hire a person to remove excess comments. Either way, you must think of your long-term wants and needs when coming up with a plan.

When doing so, you will discover that manually deleting has limitations but is perfect if you run a small blog with only a small amount of followers. With that being said, this is the best approach if you want to plan slowly and think you may need to come up with an automated solution in the future. Simply put, when starting out, you can probably rely on this method without much trepidation.

Community based

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Now, when people make a lot of comments in a row, you will want to take action. As mentioned, it is only easy to delete multiple comments when times are slow and you run a small blog. However, over time, you will probably want to think of a more comprehensive and effective solution. At the same time, while coming up with a strategy, you will not want to anger or hurt customer’s feelings by making them jump through hoops to make a comment or two.

Instead, with a community based plan, you can do a couple of things. For starters, you can employ a community flagging system. With this, other commenters can inform you of spam comments or multiple ones. This is the perfect solution when you have a lot of interested followers who care about your blog and want to help. While this is a great way to prevent long-term spam and duplicate comment issues, you should know it will still require you to manually log in and remove the duplicate comments. However, this is a great way to save time and allow you to do other things for your visitors. Not only that, with this approach, you will keep the visitor experience a good one as they will not have to deal with a burdensome and annoying approach to simply make a comment or two.

Remember, when you involve your current followers, you can take a lot of guesswork out of it and end up with the best solution for your needs. Again, you must attempt to make the user experience a good one and you can do this with a community based solution. In the long run, this is a great solution that will allow you to save a lot of time and money as you can concentrate on other pressing matters.

Plug-ins

Now, without a doubt, one of the biggest benefits of WordPress is the ability to use so many plug-ins. With many software applications available, you can run your blog and keep things in order with ease. With that in mind, you should consider a solution to your duplicate comment problems. For starters, you should, of course, manually remove some comments. However, as mentioned, most site owners should look for a complete solution.

One way to do this is to use a plug-in which prevents this in the first place. With a proactive approach, you will not have to deal with too many blog comments in the first place. But, it is wise to think about this more deeply as you will want to keep visitors happy and not frustrated. To do this, you must search for the best plug-ins for your situation.

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With some software solutions, you can remove duplicate contents without any work on your end. Without a doubt, with this system, you will enjoy a few benefits. For starters, your clients will not notice a bunch of annoying blog comments. At the same time, people will not grow frustrated when dealing with prevention techniques many use.

If you run a blog, you must understand the importance of participation. Think about it, when visitors can make a comment or two you your blog posts, you can reach out and potentially reel a customer in. Other times, with comments, the site owner can gain interest in his or her idea or strategy. While this is true, if you want to have a comments section, you must police it wisely. One way which many bloggers do so is to force people to sign up for accounts or log in. This is annoying, and most will end up clicking the back buttoned of the browser. No, you need to take a proactive approach while still giving the visitor a decent experience. Remember, there are so many sites out there that you cannot afford to annoy users. With this knowledge, you must know how to proceed wisely. Ideally, you should come up with a multi-faceted approach, which allows you to keep the comments flowing and prevent a ton of spam or duplicate ones.

Luckily, with these three easy to follow tips, you can keep people coming back. They will not grow frustrated by reading mountains of duplicate comments by people who made mistakes or wanted to spam the blog comment section.

Written by Eric Sornoso

Eric Sornoso

Eric Sornoso is an avid learner and online marketing consulting. He runs Infographic Seeding and Fish Free Media, and is an author for several major SEO publications, including SocialMediaExaminer.com.

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