In the past, me along with many other shouters have shared various guide to use commenting as a blog marketing and promotion tool. We also informed you about SEO benefits of blog commenting, and if you have missed it; here are some guides which you should open in a new tab and save it for reading later.
Today I will be talking about many important tips to moderate comments on your blog. As a newbie or inter-mediate blogger, we all make many mistakes and after making many such mistakes, here I’m sharing tips from my learning and experiences.
Why Your Blog comment should reflect your personality?
I often mentioned in my earlier articles “Your blog is your personality” and it should reflect what you are. Similarly, comments on your blog should reflect how seriously you take care of every aspect of your blog. More into this later, first let me share my first interaction with comments.
When I started blogging on a BlogSpot blog, I was unaware of blog comments. I started a blog on BlogSpot out of curiosity and started writing stuff I cared about. One day some guy name “louis vuitton coupon” commented saying really nice comment. I was jumping with joy, as I felt there are people reading what I’m writing and it was a great feeling. I was not aware of the fact that such comments are created by automated software to gain back links, and the only one who commented on my post was a Bot. With time I started understanding what is good comment and bad comments, and started moderating comment on my blog seriously.
I also added commentluv plugin to increase comments on my blog, and later I removed it after understanding many negative implication on my blog. (I will share about the same below). Initially I used to accept all the comments like “Really nice post” “Thanks for posting” and again after learning more about creating a high-quality blog, I stopped accepting those kinds of comment.
This is how my time-line of understanding about comments on blog, and I’m still learning something new every day. In this guide, I will share how you should be accepting comments on your blog, and what kind of comments you should reject.
How to moderate Blog comments : A definite guide for all bloggers
Before you get into moderation zone of your comment, you should start with keeping the obvious spam comments away. If you are using WordPress, you should install Akismet plugin to remove spam comments. This guide will teach you on how to get your free Akismet API key.
Along with that, you will always encounter someone commenting with a name which doesn’t look human at all. Something like “Get Yuotube fans” “SEO review” “Blogging tips” and so on, such kind of comments you should never accept. Your blog is written by a human with a name “You”, and won’t you like to get a real comment from another human with a REAL name. This is the policy I follow here at ShoutMeLoud, and something I would suggest you to follow.
There are spammers who use many automated commenting software’s to comment on blogs, you should be aware of such comments. One of the basic sign of such comments is; it will be not be relevant to your blog post. It will take about something generic like “Your blog is not loading fine on mobile”, “Your blog loading is too fast” and so on. I have compiled a huge list of such blog comments here, which you should definitely read. I bet, some of them will make you smile.
- Also read: My comment is considered as spam [Solution]
Comments should be meaningful:
As a blogger when you are writing a blog post, you expect comments which adds value. There are loyal readers who would like to acknowledge and appreciate the blog post by adding quick comments like “Nice post” “Thank you for the post”, which is good for ego boost but doesn’t add any real value to your blog post. I alway feel anyone can show appreciation for a post by sharing it on their social-network. Though you should make an exception when writing a problem solving blog post, as initial comments like “It worked!”, “Thank it helped me to fix my problem” works as a social-acknowledgment.
Don’t use comment Luv plugin:
I have used comment luv plugin in the past and it works great to improve social sharing score and getting more regular comments, but I don’t like the idea of adding an irrelevant link on a blog post. It’s indeed a nice way to lure new commentors on your blog, but not worth the price you paying in long run. Not only this plugin affects your blog bounce rate, it’s bad for overall SEO of your blog post. Here is an image which shows what happens when you decide to disable comment luv plugin after using it for long:
Correct grammatical mistakes:
There are times you will find comments full of grammatical mistakes and my suggestion for you is to correct those mistakes before accepting it on your blog. By the end if your commenting section will show meaningful and readable comments, it will attract similar high-quality comments.
In a recent webmaster video, Matt Cutts suggested that you should not worry much about grammatical mistakes in comments, and I differ with his opinion . I agree that you should not worry much about it, but if you are quality paranoid like me, I would recommend to edit comments and correct grammatical and spelling errors before making it live on your blog. This is the video where Matt shared his opinion on fixing grammatical errors in blog comments:
And in below embedded video Matt Cutts explains how spelling and grammar matters in search engine ranking. I have earlier shared about readability score which is one of the On-page SEO ranking factors. None the less, a well-written comment also shows what kind of demographic your blog is reading. Do notice the part where Matt explains about judging how reputable a site is:
From my testing, I have noticed that comments on your blog matters a lot for better search engine ranking of your blog posts. At the end, you should always ensure that comments coming on your blog should be of high-quality. To make life easier for your blog commentator, you can add this plugin to enable comment editing for specific time.
Comments for asking irrelevant help:
There are times when you will get irrelevant help comments on your blog posts. I prefer to not accept those comments, as they will again make the blog post irrelevant. Specially when you are creating a high-quality post, you would want everything on the post should be relevant. You can always take care of your readers query from the comment Email notifications. If you are not those who make such mistakes, I suggest you to take help of contact form or ask question on relevant page or forum.
Over all, your target should be keeping every information on your blog post relevant and meaningful. There are times people copy-paste other blog posts in your blog comments, and you should not accept it to avoid DMCA complaint. If you have been making any of the mistakes I mentioned above, I suggest you to work on correcting them and from now-onwards moderate comments with utter most care.
If you have any other suggestion or tips, do let me know via comments. Don’t forget to share this ultimate tips for comment moderation with your blogger friends.