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Stop YouTube Spam Comments

Ron Storfer
Ron Storfer
CPO & Co-founder at Spikerz
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July 4, 2024
Stop YouTube Spam Comments

In YouTube, the comment section serves as the heartbeat of a channel. It's a space where the creator and viewers engage in conversations, share opinions, and offer constructive criticism. However, a comment section filled with spam can disrupt this interaction. Spam can also harm the channel's reputation. So, how can you prevent spam comments from tarnishing your YouTube channel? Below are some proven strategies to help you maintain a clean comment section.

Understanding YouTube Spam Comments

Before we go into the methods to curb the spam on your channel, it's important to understand the various types of spam comments. A deep understanding allows you to adopt a more targeted approach in dealing with them.

Spam comments are not created equal. They differ in intent, form, and the kind of disruption they cause. Below, we look in-depth into the most common categories of YouTube spam comments.


In this category, individuals exploit the visibility of your comment section as a platform to promote their own YouTube channels or other types of content. Often, these comments are entirely unrelated to the video they're commenting on. They add zero value to your content or the discussion. 

These comments create noise in the community you're trying to build. They divert your viewers' attention to other channels or lead them away from YouTube altogether.

Link Sharing

This type of spam involves sharing external links within the comment section. At first glance, they seem harmless or potentially relevant.

However, many of these links are traps that lead to phishing websites, malware downloads, or inappropriate content. This category is particularly sinister because it can pose a real risk to your viewers' cybersecurity and tarnish your channel's credibility. People may blame you for their bad experience.

Repeated Messages

Here, the same message is posted repeatedly within the same videos or across multiple videos on your channel. These comments can range from gibberish and random characters to paragraphs. They look like legitimate comments at first glance. 

Their goal is to disrupt the conversational flow and make it harder for genuine viewers to participate in the discussion. In some instances, this could cause your audience to disengage from the comments section altogether.

Irrelevant Tags and Keywords

Some spam comments incorporate trending keywords and tags, even if they are irrelevant to the video. These comments misguide viewers and algorithms.

For instance, a comment loaded with trending keywords but devoid of context can make your video appear in searches where it doesn't belong. This dilutes the quality of the viewer experience and can lead to poor engagement metrics for your video.

Understanding these kinds of spam comments prepares you to combat them more effectively. Whether diluting your brand message, misleading your audience, or damaging your channel's reputation, each type of spam poses challenges.

Tips to Stop YouTube Spam Comments

The next step is to apply tailored strategies to manage and neutralize each form of spam, thereby enhancing the integrity of your YouTube channel and the community you've worked hard to build.

Use YouTube's Built-In Features - YouTube provides a suite of built-in tools aimed at combating spam. Utilizing these can serve as your first line of defense.

Activate "Held for Review" - You can set your comments in your YouTube Studio to "Held for Review". This means they will only appear publicly once you've approved them. To enable this, go to YouTube Studio,> Settings > Community, and look for the "Held for review" option.

Block Certain Keywords - Blocking specific keywords is more than just a preventative measure; it's a proactive step in cultivating a community aligned with your channel's goals. You create a more focused, relevant discussion by eliminating disruptive or irrelevant comments that may contain flagged words. This can contribute to a more engaging and meaningful interaction between you and your viewers and among the viewers themselves.

You'll need to access your YouTube Studio to set up keyword blocking on YouTube. Once logged in, navigate to the 'Settings' tab and select the 'Community' option. You'll find a text box under 'Blocked Words,' where you can input the words or phrases you want to block.

  1. Login to YouTube Studio: Go to the YouTube Studio homepage and sign in if you're not already logged in.
  2. Navigate to Settings: On the left-hand sidebar, you'll find a gear icon; clicking this will take you to the settings.
  3. Choose Community: In the options presented, select "Community."
  4. Enter Blocked Words: Under the 'Blocked Words' section, input any words or phrases you want to filter out from your comment section.

Report and Block Users - If someone continually spams your channel, consider reporting or blocking them. You can do this by clicking on the three-dot menu next to a comment and selecting the appropriate option.

Use Trusted Social Media Security Tools

You can rely on Spikerz - a trusted social media security tool that integrate seamlessly with YouTube for better anti-spam measures. Our tool's features help fight against spam comments, including bot detectors. Protection against bots and fraudulent followers that threaten your engagement, tarnish your content and put your account at risk of being suspended.

A staggering 15% of all social media users are bots. Competitors or malicious individuals often use these digital pests to undermine your account. That's why we've developed our advanced Bot Detector to shield influencers and businesses from the harm bots can inflict and more:

  • Elevate Content Authenticity: Removing disruptive bots results in more meaningful conversations around your content, relevant hashtags, and insightful comments.
  • Strengthened Account Security: Proactively identifying and removing harmful bots enhances the security of your account, protecting it from suspension or banning.
  • Focus Without Spam Distractions: Eliminating bots and fake followers allows you to focus solely on content creation and community building.
  • Unveil a More Authentic You: A bot-free account cultivates a community that genuinely appreciates your work, fostering genuine relationships and loyalty.
  • Appoint Moderators: Moderators can assist in reviewing and approving comments, reporting spam, and upholding channel guidelines to maintain a positive community environment.

To Wrap Up

The importance of a clean comment section cannot be overstated. It fosters meaningful interaction between you and your viewers. It also signals to new viewers that your channel is well-managed and trustworthy.

Using YouTube's built-in features, considering third-party tools, and engaging the community through moderators, you can maintain a comment section that adds value to your channel.

By taking a proactive approach to managing spam, you're not just cleaning up your channel; you're elevating the entire viewer experience. Remember, the comment section is the heart of your channel. Keep it healthy, and your track will thrive.

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