Crappy blog comments: A peek behind the curtain
As someone who maintains a blog, I’ve decided to “pull back the curtains,” as they say in the world of marketing experts, so you can see the types of comments I receive for my blog. As a result, I hope to motivate us all to write more useful comments on the blogs of others.
Within this article I’ve inserted some of the questionable blog comments I’ve received lately that are in some middle space between useful and clearly spam. These are all comments that I have labeled as spam, reprinted in full exactly as they were submitted. What do you think?
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First, background on the mechanics of a blog. As many others do, I maintain my blog in Wordpress. I have it set up so that if I have already approved a comment by an individual, their future comments will go live without my approval (though I can delete them later). A comment from a new person must be approved by me; if I do not approve it, I label it as either “trash” or “spam.”
Why do people post comments to blog articles? Of course, one reason is to engage in conversation about the topic up for discussion. In practice, commenters also seek to create Google-juice-creating links to their own websites and to generate curiosity so that readers click on the link to the commenter’s content, creating incoming traffic.
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The problem is that most of the comments I receive don’t add anything. In fact, they are so unspecific and suspicious that I label them as spam.
What is spam? Spam is in the eye of the beholder, I believe. I’d like to say that I know it when I see it, but I’m not sure of that. I have some comments that reside in my in-box for awhile while I look at them over time and try to decide what to do with them.
I’m pretty picky. I look at other people’s blogs and see comments that I would exclude. But then, I write my articles and blogs for human readers with much less attention to scoring well on Google, given that I don’t post in the quantity needed to be really successful in that realm.
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Here are criteria that I use in making a decision on which comments to approve for my blog:
The comment is poorly written. I am not concerned with minor typos, but some comments have such an unusual choice of sophisticated yet poorly used words that they appear to be written by spinning software or by an uneducated person pulling words from a thesaurus.
The comment does not relate specifically to the article to which it refers. Some people write that they really appreciate what I wrote and it has changed their lives and will help so many other people. Much as I love a compliment, I do not take a comment seriously if it doesn’t respond to something specific in my post.
The product or the service offered by the commenting individual in no way relates to my business. One of my blogs is about freelancing and consulting; the other supports my practice as a freelance writer specializing in insurance and financial. I don’t see why people who sell irrelevant consumer goods want a link from my blog.
The commenter does not appear to be working from a valid email address or website. Signs of a throw-away email account may include long strings of consonants or other meaningless gibberish. I expect to see at least a first name or initials with a number that may be a house number or birth date. When I get a comment from someone at firstname.lastname@example.org, I get suspicious.
The extension on the account is for a foreign country for which I have few if any followers.
Of course, one of these criteria on its own isn’t a deal breaker. For instance, I’m pleased to have residents of other countries connect with me. However, sometimes things just don’t feel right.
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The list above focuses on characteristics that I avoid in approving comments and those who write them. Now I’d like to change them around and show what I welcome:
Well-written comments with excellent grammar, spelling, punctuation and word choice.
Comments that mesh with the topic of the original post rather than vague statements that could fit any blog entry or any blogger, no matter how full of praise they may be.
Comments from people whose online presence is relevant to what I offer and the subject matter of my blog.
Email addresses and / or websites that appears to be valid and a primary account.
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Originally posted 4-1-12