Did you know that everyone has suffered from the spam comment disease at some point in their lives? That’s right, so long as you have a public Instagram account, chances are the spam comments influenza has infected you. Tell me if you’ve had one of the following symptoms:
“Love your post! Want to earn more followers?|Check the link in our bio!|”
Or something along the lines of…
“👋🏻👀😵😍😲🤑🙀❤️ 🧡 💛 💚 💙 💜 🖤”
“Want to start earning money as an Instagram influencer? Follow us for more!”
If the answer is yes, and you have received similar comments, you have been infected by spammers! Oh no! This can be particularly annoying to your followers as well. Spammers tend to go after other accounts through their last visited profile. If you’re trying to build an authentic audience, you might get a backlash from your followers. Your statistics will also be incorrect if Instagram spammers are your primary source of comments.
So all disease-related jokes aside, spammers are a nuisance, but there is a way to get rid of the annoying comments. In the article below, we discuss how to automatically block spam comments, how to hide inappropriate comments, where these spammers come from, and why you might be targeted.
Spamming is hardly ever done by real people. Often Instagram bots are the ones behind the irritating comments. They use fake accounts through which they distribute their spam.
You’re probably wondering, why me? Why was I targeted to receive Instagram spam comments?
Let me guess, you use hashtags under your posts to get a broader reach on your account, right? Let’s say you have used one of the most popular hashtags out there: #ootd. Instantly spammers looking to promote clothing sales will know that you’re interested in fashion. They will go through the most recent posts in the hashtag and leave comments on them.
You’re probably wondering, how are spammers benefiting from the comments? Spammers usually hope that you’ll check their profile through the comment they left you. If you’re an influencer or you simply love clothes shopping, you may stumble on their fashion account and browse through their high-quality photos of shoes and other clothes.
Some people might even go as far as following back, and the spam bot’s evil plan is achieved! Now they can start selling their products to you and spam you even more.
You’re probably thinking, I’ll just quit my hashtag craze, and they’ll leave me be. Unfortunately, hashtags are not the only crack they seep through.
For example, you might be a huge fan of someone like Selena Gomez. You might comment underneath one of her makeup-related posts, saying how much you appreciate the product or something of the sort. Spammers may target you then – now knowing you appreciate makeup and beauty products and start their spamming on the topic.
The truth is, fake accounts can be infuriating. Thankfully, there’s a way to put a stop to Instagram spam comments, and that’s precisely what I’m here to share with you! But first, let’s quickly explain why there are so many spammers on Instagram?
Why Are There So Many Spammers on Instagram?
It’s a tough job to identify spam accounts on Instagram. Most bots are programmed to be active maintain comments and likes, which prevents them from being detected by the app. The application does very little to chase down or block spammers actively. In general, accounts are only deleted by Instagram if they have been inactive for a certain period of time or if they have been reported or blocked by many users. Actively spamming in the comment section keeps bots off the radar.
Our online activity is being stored and monitored by many websites and search engines. Just think about the amount of cookie permission requests you get in a day. Yes, cookies do help websites provide better and more accurate suggestions for us. However, it’s also the same information bots use to help them find their next spam victim. With such an abundance of spammers and very little being done to get rid of them, it’s no surprise Instagram is their playing field.
Now that you’re familiar with spam bots’ inner workings let’s find a way to reduce those spam comments. Many tools help you stop receiving spam DMs or spam comments on Instagram posts, but the most effective way is to combine several methods. So first, let’s take a look at how we can manually minimize commenting and then look at the various tools.
Method 1 – Toggle Your Profile Settings
Step 1: Head over to your profile. Press on the Setting button (the one with three dots).
Step 2: Scroll down to find “Privacy”.
Step 3: Find “Comments” and press on it.
Step 4: Go to “Allow Comments From” and turn on “People You Follow.”
Step 5: Go back to “Comment Controls.”
Step 6: Press “Block Comments From” if you want to block comments from specific accounts.
Step 7: Type the names of the accounts you wish to block.
This is bound to reduce at least 70% of spam activity on your profile. Here’s another method you can use, which will also help other users get rid of spammers.
Method 2 – Block The Spammers
Step 1: Navigate to the bot’s Instagram Profile.
Step 2: Press the three dots.
Step 3: Press Block. Or you could decide to Report them instead and block them after.
Step 4: If you pressed Block, you’ll be asked “Why are you reporting the account?” Choose the “It’s spam” option.
Method 3 – Turn Off Follow Suggestions
Step 1: Go to your Profile Settings.
Step 2: Tick the box next to ” Include your account when recommending similar accounts people might want to follow.
This will prevent Instagram from suggesting your account to spammers.
Method 4 – Switch to a Private Account
Step 1: Go to your Profile Settings.
Step 2: Go to Account Privacy.
Step 3: Press the box to tick “Private Account”
Having a private account means you can control your entire list of followers and decide which ones to say goodbye to forever. Once you remove them, they’ll have to request to follow you, and you can simply decline. A private account also keeps your information away from the hungry eyes of spammers, guarantees you’ll receive fewer messages, and stop comments by bots creeping into your account.
Method 5 – Get an Anti-Spam App
Anti-spam apps can do a lot for you if you don’t want to switch to a private account. Not only will they save you time, but they’ll provide some much-needed protection from spam messages and comments.
A great app is SpamGuard, which can identify spam comments and allows you to get rid of them with one click. Many anti-spam apps can help solve your bot issues.
Before You Go
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