5 Dreadful Blog Comment Pitfalls You Should Avoid

April 23, 2010 | By | 8 Replies More

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There is nothing new with moderating comments to avoid spam and being linked to bad neighborhoods. However, for supportive communities utilizing KeywordLuv and dofollow plugins, leaving a comment can be tricky.

The essence of leaving a comment on other blogs can be attributed to engaging in a conversation and developing relationships thus putting your best foot forward through your comments can make or break your reputation.

Your first comment on a blog creates a lasting impression of the kind of person or blogger you are so if you want to come out as professional and trustworthy, it’s best to polish your commenting skills or otherwise forget about the idea and move on.

Why do some people fall for these mistakes repeatedly? Do they really know what they’re getting into or they’re just simply lazy and arrogant to even bother learning some simple netiquette?

The real story behind comment moderation varies from blog to blog. Some blogs that have been long standing moderate comments to filter spam and retain only those comments that add value to a particular conversation or post. Once approved, succeeding comments are automatically published on the blog as a result of trust while others moderate all comments regardless if a previous visitor’s comment has been approved.

Understanding simple rules of conduct and demeanor can provide lasting results on your efforts. Blogs have existed long before social media entered the scene and to this day still exists giving viral power to published content.

As administrator of this blog, I have long been moderating comments since I started this site in 2008. I started blogging since 2004 back in the days when Friendster was still a fad.

I’ve had my fair share of experiences when it comes to moderating comments and it was not until today that got me inspired to write this post about the most common pitfalls people make when commenting on blogs.

Pitfall! (my version)

Unclear Motives

Your words speak about your motives when writing a comment. Whether you sugar coat it or not, ulterior motives come out like pungent odor trying to escape from a trash bin. SEO-driven comments are like hungry predators trying to find a prey with their lousy keywords and obfuscated links pointing to questionable sites. Do follow or not, these links are followed by Google and linking to bad neighborhoods can drastically affect SERP and pagerank of particular pages where the bad links reside.

Determine what you want to accomplish with each comment you make on somebody’s site—to connect with the author, add to the conversation or establish yourself as an expert in your field. This way, you wouldn’t fall into the trap of coming out as lame link baiter.

Dishonesty and Insincerity

If you think you can get away with “great post”, “nice post” kind of comments. Think again. The trend right now with VAs (virtual assistants) being paid to comment on blogs (esp. on do follow ones) is that they bombard you with endless praises that are full of flowery words just for their comments to be approved. If you’re the kind of blogger who’s not used to flattery or a newbie waiting for some recognition about your post, you’re definitely fall into their booby trap thus injecting your blog comments with nasty links.

Sincerity goes a long way and honesty will work to your favor. If you don’t know something, go ahead and ask. Pretending will just make you look awful and desperate.

Out-Of-Context Messages

While it’s fine to have off-topic comments sometimes, please be mindful that you’re swaying away other readers from the context of the post. Why not search for the “contact page” and leave your personal intentions where it should. A little consideration can work wonders and leaving a message via the site contact form most of the time reflects professionalism aside from the fact that you have a bigger chance of actually engaging with the author on a more personal level.

Rudeness and Disrespect

There are instances that you may not agree to what an author has said on his article and since you think you are more intelligent, you bash him for being stupid. While this may get to the author’s moderation, prepare for being tagged as a spammer for total ban with your comment being trashed. Such actions only show mental incapacity and lack of manners.

I once read a blog post on a friend’s site (where I’ve also left a comment on) a certain SEO blogger/internet marketer who happens to have written several comments that are four or five times longer than the author’s post combined. How’s that for a takeover?

Keep your comment short and succinct. It shows that you’re intelligent and emotionally balanced.

Typos, Caps Locks and Grammatical Errors

The presence of spell checkers on major browsers leaves almost everyone online no excuse for typographical errors. Grammatical errors on the other hand can be corrected by using document writers.

It isn’t that hard to type on MS Word then pressing F7 and copy pasting your comments on the comment field of a post. Doing this will ensure that there are no loopholes in your writing and it shows that your taking the time to genuinely contribute to the blog post and share what you know.

Doing things right is a choice, not an option. It only takes a minute for a habit to be formed than an old way to be straightened out.

Learning to follow simple rules like a comment policy is not too much to ask unless you would want to be treated the same way.

The way we project ourselves online are the only means where people can get a grasp of who we are and formulate their thoughts about us so let’s make it work in our favor and stop going against it if we want to achieve something.

If you think I’ve missed something important or you would want to add your insights regarding this topic, let’s talk it over at the comments section.

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  1. Francis says:

    Ahhhh, rudeness and disrespect. Just go to nba related websites whenever there is a cavs, magic, or lakers game then you will see an all-out war between the fans. A lot of comments are not only off-topic but also sp foul that it would make south park look like Sesame Street.

    The sense of anonymity the World Wide Web gives is a double-edged sword.

  2. Mathdelane says:

    That’s true Francis, even Yahoo are on the same boat however, for small managed sites like this wherein comments don’t reach the thousands, every comment has to pass scrutiny. I might not care much about what commentators would say and where they link from to this blog unless this isn’t do follow and I’m not after intelligent conversations.

    This blog may not be dofollow forever but it will remain unfriendly to spammers, hard core black hat SEO practitioners and bad neighborhoods.

    This blog is like a second home to me that’s why I have implemented a comment policy to keep unwanted visitors off limits. You wouldn’t want burglars come into your home right?

  3. I have seen countless ‘great post’ and ‘nice post’ comments in several blogs and I do receive a few of these kinds of comments on my blog too. Sometimes, I do feel like the comment might have been sincere. It’s just that this has been abused by spammers so much that the phrase now screams ‘delete!’.

    With regard to out-of-context messages, I do get them too, which likewise deserves the ‘thrash’ treatment.
    .-= James Moralde´s last blog ..Galaga Video Game =-.

  4. Mathdelane says:

    My observation tells me that do follow blogs are often times the target of pranks and spam. We may just have to deal with it but with an iron hand. It’s hard sometimes but got to do what we ought to do.

  5. Anne says:

    I think most of the praise posts are made by bots? I almost always delete them. If anything seems borderline, I delete their link before letting the comment through 😉

    Another kind of spam comments is the one with the out-of-context questions. My favorite one – Askimet actually does catch that – is by someone looking for flight lessons. Right… :rolleyes:
    .-= Anne @ b6s.net´s last blog ..How to Overcome Web Publishing Burnout =-.

  6. Mathdelane says:

    Hi Anne,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sincere comment based on your own experience. It really adds to the conversation. I apologize if I can’t accommodate your keywords since I don’t use KeywordLuv. I hope you’ll understand.

    It’s nice to see new faces come here. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  7. Actually, I see some comment where I feel commenter commenting after reading article title. They often ask a question which already answered in that article. Interestingly most of those already in blogging over 6 month. I don’t know why they did that and what they expect in return.
    .-= Arafat Hossain Piyada´s last blog ..GreenParty – Two Column, SEO Friendly, Adsense Ready Professional WordPress Theme =-.

  8. Mathdelane says:

    You can read from a comment if the post was read or not or if they’re entirely clueless. It’s a shame asking over something that has already been explained unless it’s a clarification. If the commenter has been blogging for over six months, I think that the time spent blogging was enough to get some clear cut ideas unless they’re not serious at all with what they do.

    It can be tough moderating such comments but I would suggest that you decide on what you think is best.

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