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Youtube spam comments, Any solution?

As some of you may have already known I use Youtube to upload and share my gameplay videos for Gameplayreviews.com. With more than 250 videos uploaded they receive good exposure and fair amount of comments and discussions. But it has been a around two months that my videos are being bombarded by youtube comment spammers trying to promote their shady websites through the video comments. Promoting websites that don’t even make sense like “downloading ps3 games for free” but unfortunately some people still fall for their scam.

It started with 10-20 spam comments and grew quickly to a point that I don’t even bother going through my video comments anymore because there is no way I get around to clean them all up. There is no point reporting them as spam either because they are mostly from different users on different videos. Also the panel to manage Youtube comments is just a display only and there is no functionality in it. Even deleting a comment from the comment panel only removes it from the inbox and not from the video, how stupid is that?! There is no way to manage comments on different videos at the same time and once in a specific video comments section there is no way to apply an action to more than one comment at a time, so everyday I have to go through a huge list of videos and remove spam comments one by one on each video individually and since there is no filter functionality within comments, you can’t use keyword search to find the ones containing certain spam keywords which means they are mixed with hundreds of legit comments.

How hard is it for Youtube to add a simple Captcha to the comments section?

As much as I hate captcha it does minimize the number of spam and at least can be considered as a temporary solution till they develop a better way.

If you are dealing with the same problem and have a solution to make it at least easier please share it ’cause I’m sure you’ll make a lot of people thankful.

Here are a few examples of the spam comments I receive on my videos:

They are mostly smartly written and randomly change to look more legit and human written.

i downloaded this on my personal computer for truly free. google “ps3 quick download” and it’s the first link. What a no questions asked nice ps3 video game.. All the latest games can be downloaded from the “ps3 quick download” website! just google “ps3quickdownload”.

i downloaded this on my netbook for sure as hell free. type in google “ps3 quick download” and it’s the first link. What a great great ps3 game! All the latest games can be downloaded from the “ps3quickdownload” website! just google “ps3quickdownload”

i downloaded this completely free on my Desktop Computer. Google “ps3 quick download” and simply click the first link. It’s a wonderful game! All the latest ps3 games are there for download on the “ps3 quick download” site!

i downloaded this absolutely free on my Laptop. Google “ps3quickdownload” and click the first link you see. It’s a super game! All the latest ps3 games are there for download on the ps3quickdownload site!

i downloaded this free on my Desktop Computer. Google “ps3quickdownload” and click the first link. It’s a admirable game! All the latest ps3 games are there for download on the ps3quickdownload site!

This is an excellent game, I stumbled across it for free here: FINDGAMES4FREE {.} COM

This is a very nice game, I managed to get it free at: findgames4free |dot| com

you can get this playstation 3 game for free. Google “ps3 quick download” – click the first link. I downloaded it and it’s superb! There are ton’s of ps3 games on the “ps3quickdownload” website!!

Video game developers need to put out more games like this one! It’s INTENSE! I just got a free copy of it from GETYOURSFREETODAY (.) COM and I can’t stop playing it!

I saw this movie today online at moviegoblin . com check em out buddy

better version of avatar at  . AVATARDOWNLOAD ( . )TK

too blocky…….avatar is better at . AVATARDOWNLOAD ( . )TK

i watched avatar at . AVATARDOWNLOAD ( . )TK

Brilliant game I certainly like 0:35 I found this game free at ps3 game . t v

Cool game I especially like 1:10 to 3:40 I got it online for my ps3 for free at 115 games {.} com There are literally hundreds of playstation 3 games there to pick from best thing about it is that they are all totally free brilliant game and website

Must say this is excetional I always tend to play it at the weekends with my uncles they are brilliant at it. I actually got it utterly free for my sony ps3 from 115 games . com there are literally hundreds and the best thing is they are all totally free also I must say 2:30 to 3:40 was fine

Brilliant game I definately like 2:12 I got it online for free here 115 games . com They have all the current playstation 3 games to pick from best thing about it is that they are all totally free excellent game and website

Rad game I really like 0:33 I found it for free at 115 games . com They have the latest PS3 games to pick from I couldnt beleive that they are all free too brilliant game and site

amazing fun its often played a lot around christmas time with my sisters they are very good at it. I was lucky and downloaded it totally free for my ps3 from here 115 games. com they have hundreds and they are all totally free by the way 2:23 was rad

Superb game 1:00 really is funny I got this game online for my ps3 for free here 115 games . com There are loads of PS3 games available there and the good thing is they are all totally free rad game

wow i finaly found the full working download
TOPFULLGAMES . COM
FULLGAMERELEASE . COM

superb I play it all the time during the winter with my mum she is really awesome at it. I managed to download the game utterly free for my nintendo wii from here nintendo wii games (.) TV they have literally thousands and the best thing is they are all free too also I must say 0:01 was striking

Excellent game I really like 0:11 I managed to get it free here ps3 game . tv

i downloaded sony playstation 3 games for free on my Computer. Google “ps3 zappy download” and just click the first link you see. It’s a great website! All the latest ps3 games are there for download on the “ps3 zappy download” site!

19 comments

19 Comments so far

  1. LOLCat March 2nd, 2010 11:53 am

    Expose them on the ‘Net?
    Report the users on Youtube?
    Embarrass them?

  2. computer mouse March 10th, 2010 4:41 pm

    nope.. not any solution :)

  3. Jeffrey Aspern April 14th, 2010 4:00 pm

    That is a difficult situation you are dealing with. I run a website called http://www.nycrentals.com, and I deal often with these kind of spam issues, it gets so frustrating when you are trying to provide a service and you are bombarded with spam bs!

  4. Alina April 26th, 2010 9:30 am

    Those spams are very annoying. Cleaning them up is the best option… Nice article.

  5. Seed May 3rd, 2010 12:07 am

    So we cant make any setting to prevent this?

    Regards,
    seed :) :)

  6. Flowers May 6th, 2010 7:56 am

    There are no solutions))

  7. IT Support Hertfordshire May 31st, 2010 11:41 am

    Unfortunately, there is no way we can prevent it. The only thing we can do is to ignore them because the more we pay attention, the more they will post more spam comments.

  8. Jetlite Airlines June 2nd, 2010 9:28 am

    report the user as spammer… this is only the way to block them…….

  9. Affiliates Program June 10th, 2010 12:15 pm

    Dear, I have not any solution for these stupid spammers. I am currently researching about the ways to handle these spammers and hopefully, I will get success.

  10. Rich Allen June 16th, 2010 8:42 pm

    This is what I do. Never look at comments all-together. They honestly make your IQ drop (most of the time) and save you from loads of frustration. However, I do agree that they need some sort of captcha system. It actually makes no sense that it hasn’t been implemented yet.

  11. tangel476 June 19th, 2010 4:05 am

    Unfortunately it is sad fact that the internet is becoming a commercial toilet

  12. Technical Jobs August 10th, 2010 6:09 pm

    I think youtube thinking for the possible solution. Just like wordpress they filter spam on the net.

  13. Unsecured Small Business Loans August 19th, 2010 1:40 am

    I just read some articles that youtube had a solution on this, however it is still in progress. We better check it out soon.

  14. Sergio August 27th, 2010 9:28 am

    Just block spammers. I think it`s best decision. Or just ignore.

  15. Business Lines of credit September 4th, 2010 4:53 am

    I think there’s no solution yet on this problem.

  16. Anabolic Supplements September 5th, 2010 8:54 pm

    I am also fed up these spammers. But still I don’t get any
    solution. If you got then please let me know.

  17. P90X Exercise Program September 13th, 2010 6:16 pm

    I don’t know man but I sure wish they could do something about it. I hate to read those stupid “Get Pill’s”

  18. 5.11 tactical September 15th, 2010 6:34 am

    spammers are really annoying, reporting them does not work either, waiting for your next post with solution to this….

  19. ASUS nx90jn September 19th, 2010 7:53 pm

    What profit of spamming Youtube?

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