I have been blogging on this website for a few years already. But that is not the only site I am writing for. We have close to 100 sites in our blog network. Every day, we get a ton of new comments on our websites. Not all of them get approved though. I don’t remove comments just because someone disagrees with what I have to say. But spammers are targeting blogs with fake comments all the time. So bloggers have to be careful before approving every single comment they get. Here are 5 reasons we remove comments from our sites:
- unrelated comments: comments that are not related to our stories get removed all the time. That is a policy we have had since we launched Exxponent. Let’s not forget that many spammers use web-bots to leave fake comments and in many cases those comments are not related to their stories.
- overly promotional comments: it is OK to link to your blog or articles in your comments. But there needs to be a balanced approach there. Comments that are too much on the promotional side are a turnoff.
- no real name: anchor text spamming still happens these days even though Google is getting better in recognizing it. If you are using SEO keywords as your name, you are going to have a very difficult time getting taken seriously.
- nasty, hateful comments: some websites do allow hateful and derogatory language. Many don’t. You need to know the commenting policy for the sites you submit your comments to before posting something that could get you in trouble.
- linking to unsafe sites: if you are including a link with your comment, you should make sure it is a safe link. Linking to unsafe or torrent sites is not a good idea.
Being able to comment on your favorite sites is a privilege. You don’t want to abuse that. Many blogs will ban commenters who are abusive or submit spammy comments. The above mistakes can easily be avoided though.
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