The time has finally come where I now need to implement some rules for commenting on my blog.
When I started my blog commenting journey I took a little advice from other people who were having great success with this. That advice to me was to visit everyone’s blog that left a comment on mine and return the favor to the best of your ability. I know I’ve done that.
At the time I’m writing this post I’ve been doing that religiously for the past nine months. I can honestly say that I’ve learned a thing or two. Here are a few of the pet peeves that I have with people who comment on my blog.
- You’re an affiliate marketer and you’re only here for backlinks:
Don’t get me wrong, some of you are here to learn and I appreciate you dropping by my place to acquire more knowledge. I’m not going to apologize for not leaving a comment on your blog if I have no understanding of the topics you write about. I refuse to be that person that says “great post” because I have no idea how to respond, I can’t relate to what you share or I have no interest in what you’re writing about.
- The comment you left has nothing to do with the blog post:
I’m starting to get more of these now and I can tell you’re trying to help it make sense but I can see right through you. I know you’re just here for the link juice so I’m afraid you’re going to have to go someplace else for that now.
- You don’t speak English:
I don’t mean to be disrespectful of anyone who doesn’t speak English but it’s my native language and it’s all I know. If you come to my blog and share a comment in another language or your blog is in another language, I will not accept your comment.
- You’re linking to your company’s product:
I know you were probably taught to leave comments on other people’s blog to build backlinks to your site but I’m no longer going to support your traffic methods. I want to connect with other bloggers so if you are really serious about this industry, get a blog.
- You don’t leave your”real” name:
There is a space for your name when you leave a comment. Put your name there because I’m here to connect with you. Not your company, your product or service but you, I want your name. I’m sure as heck not going to respond to “Web Search” or “Magic Webs”. If you can’t leave me your real name then obviously you aren’t here for the right reasons.
- You are linking to an Empower Network blog:
When Empower Network came out a lot of people jumped on that band wagon quickly. They soon were shut down by Facebook because so many people abused the system. Now their commenting system has you sign in if you want to leave a comment and since I don’t support this program, I won’t be visiting your blog. Therefore, if you have an Empower Network blog and you leave a comment here, it will either get deleted or your link will.
- Your avatar is a gray faceless person, an animal, the sunset, your favorite photo or a company logo:
I only connect with people. I want to see your face on your avatar. I probably don’t have to reiterate the facts to you now that being online and connecting with bloggers is about building relationships. We can’t build a relationships with a faceless person because 99.9% of them are spammers. Do you really want to be put in that category?
Now I realize that a lot of people are new to blogging and may not be aware of how to set your avatar up. Just in case you don’t know what an avatar is, take a look at my “Top Commenters” widget in my sidebar and check out all those smiling faces. That’s an avatar and I’d like to tell you how you can get yours set up in just a few minutes.
1. Go to Gravatar.com and sign up for a free account.
2. You will need to use the same e-mail address that you use for leaving comments.
3. Once your account is approved, click on the link sent to your e-mail address to activate and confirm your account.
4. Go to My Account and follow the instructions to add your picture.
5. Be sure and check that everything is confirmed and you are good to go!
What I love about this service is as long as you were using the same e-mail address when previously commenting on different blogs, Gravatar will update all those comments you have previously left with your picture. No more monster face or grey faceless face.
Now there will be some exceptions that I’ll make. For instance, I have some friends that stop by every once in awhile to comment on my blog who are not in this industry so they wouldn’t have a reason to set their avatars up.
I also have a couple friends that have different things as their gravatar’s but because we have already built up a pretty darn good relationship, I’m not going to turn them away. I respect them enough to let this slide because I have built a relationship with them up to this point. But for those that I haven’t, they will no longer be allowed.
So there you have it, my rant for the day.
Would enjoy hearing your thoughts on this subject. Do you have any pet peeves about any of these same issues over at your place? I have a feeling a good bit of you are careful who you let slip by. You know I want to hear from you so tell me what you think.
Okay, go have fun commenting on some blogs and if you don’t have an avatar set up, there are no excuses now!