Comment ApprovedI’ve seen some comments left here recently that has left me debating with myself whether I should approve them or not, so I’ve update this post I’ve written in September.

In a previous post I explained how you can use blog commenting to attract traffic to your website and I warned that you have to avoid being mistaken for being a blog comment spammer. In this post I am going to elaborate what blog comment spamming is and what you must do in order not to be mistaken for one.

Spams are out of place or unwelcomed advertising. Spam blog comments are comments that are left with the sole intention to get the readers of the comment to visit a commercial website. Those comments may have been left by a person or an automated software (also referred to as a spam bot). You can recognise those comments because they are often totally irrelevant to the post, they are too general in nature, and they do not add any value to the post.

The reason why a comment doesn’t show up immediately when you leave a comment for the first time on a blog is to filter out those spam or low value comments. The owner of the blog must approve your comment first before it can show up on the blog.

Now, if you are new to blogging and or haven’t been commenting much, it’s possible to be mistakenly taken for a spammer and not have your comment approved if you do not comment the right way or if you comment just like the spammers do unknowingly.

Below are 7 8 tips on how to ensure your comments get approved and even impress the readers of your comments.

  1. If you want to get your first comment approved it is important to show yourself to be a real person: use your real name and not your search keywords or chat name. This is very important for me, I seriously hesitate to approve comments that have been left by people (or software) who are trying to hide their identity online.
  2. Next, show your face next to your comments. You can do that by signing up with Gravatar. Gravatar allows you to setup your picture to accompany your blog comments. Your Gravatar picture will help you be recognised on the Blogosphere. If the blog owner on whose blog you are commenting has seen your picture on another blog before, it will be less likely that you will be mistaken for a spammer.
  3. Use your blog as your website and not your commercial website, a sale page, squeeze page, or worse an affiliate link. If you don’t have a website yet, I suggest you may use your Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn profile page. If you don’t have any of those, you I suggest you create those asap. I always delete comments that put a website that’s obvious not theirs such as Google as their website.
  4. When you leave your website URL with your comment, make sure your website has some form of identification or contact details. This is again to show yourself to be a real person. I’ve seen some comments lately with links to websites that has no form of identification or contact details on it, I consider those websites spam sites. If your website has no form of identification, I may not approve your comment.
  5. If the blog has a comment policy, read it, they are usually great source of information on how to comment well. They tell you what to do and what not to do, what’s acceptable and what’s not. Your comment is less likely to be rejected if you complying with the written policy.
  6. Make sure you’ve read the blog post and some of the comments before you leave your comment.
  7. Make sure your comment is relevant and add value to the post and well thought. If you only write, “Nice blog post” or “I agree with you, this was helpful.” Your comment will most certainly be rejected.
  8. Last, if you have a blog, have a read at the spam comments that Akismet has trapped, these are examples of how NOT to comment.

Conclusion

Blog owners want comments from real people, so  make sure you show yourself to be a real person by every means.

I hope by now you’ve got Google Analytics set up for your website because in my future post I am going to delve into some more search engine tools.

Action steps

  1. Sign up with Gravatar if you haven’t done so.
  2. Check if your Akismet plugin is activated. If it isn’t activate it.
  3. Check if you have some form of identification on your website and remedy this straight away.

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