This happened to me and I wrote about it here.
All my comments were ending up in the WordPress spam folders of the blogs I was leaving comments on. Unless the blogger checked their WordPress spam folder, they had no idea my comment was there.
Those that did check their WordPress spam folder, and un-spammed me, were my heroes. However, because WordPress deemed my comment to be spam, I got no email notification that my comment had been un-spammed and replied to. The only way I knew was by checking my notifications (that’s the little bell symbol in the top right-hand corner of your blog).
It didn’t help that WordPress had no Happiness Engineers available last week. I headed to the WordPress forums where I left a cry for help. I heard nothing!
Yesterday, I received an email from WordPress saying that my cry for help had been marked as spam on the forum! They fished it out of the spam folder and told me what I should do.
Here are those details.
Hi there, your post here was also caught. 😦
If those sites you refer to are on WordPressdotcom, then Akismet may have you flagged accidentally.
Please use the Akismet contact form at https://akismet.com/contact/ and enter the words “marked as spam”. Then fill out the form that appears on the lower half of that page to notify Akismet staff of the problem. Make sure you enter the email address that is associated with your WordPressdotcom username account.
I followed the instructions. Today, I’m pleased to say that my comments no longer seem to be ending up in the WordPress spam folders of the blogs I’m leaving comments on. Hooray! It looks as if I’ve been released by the WordPress spam monster.
Please, please, check your WordPress spam folder on a daily basis and un-spam any comments which may have ended up in there by mistake. Then contact the blogger who the comment came from and let them know that their comment ended up in your WordPress spam folder. Why? Because they may be unaware that some or all of their comments are ending up in the WordPress spam folders of the blogs they are leaving comments on.
Where is your WordPress spam folder?
- Go to your blog’s dashboard.
- Click on WP Admin.
- In the left-hand side menu, click on Comments.
- In the top left corner of the new page that opens, under Comments, the spam folder is the fourth one along. It will indicate how many items of spam are in the folder.
I’ve heard this problem has affected a lot of bloggers over the last few months. It may affect you over the coming months, so keep a copy of this post.
Any questions? Leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you.
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