As I mentioned in one of my previous blog posts “What is a Blog?”, the comments sections in the blogs are usually a great asset.
This is because unlike static websites, blogs or blog sites are traditionally discussions- friendly, which can also be advantageous for both sides, the blogger and the commentator, for the reasons of SEO. The one who comments and participates in a discussion can get a link to his page and thus can draw attention to himself. On another hand, the blogger receives valuable user-generated content, which is good especially for the ranking for long tail search terms. If done well blogs commenting can be beneficial for both sides.
While SEO should not be the primary reason why you write a comment, this is often the case, and some people make it a bit easy. If you have comments to dust off a link, then please think about the other side, and you should try a little bit and be more creative on how to do it professionally.
In this blog post today I would like to share few basic rules that I adhere to and in my opinion, should be followed by anyone who is in a role of a blog commentator and a blog owner. As you will read later, these sentences or bits are nothing more than a simple list of ethics and “common sense” rules.
First I’ll start with what I think are the DON’Ts of leaving comments on blogs.
Note: I tend to be critical in unlocking comments, but if done well, I also leave comments that are useful for SEO purposes.
However, sometimes I get pretty stupid comments that are not beneficial to the commentator or me.
What are the DON’Ts when commenting on a blog?
Don’t leave Keywords in the Name field
You are welcome to use your pseudonym or abbreviation of your names, as I do sometimes, but keywords are not allowed. When you don’t follow this rule and you are unlucky, your comment flies out completely.
Don’t use Deeplinks
It is awful enough if shops or company websites get their comments via blog posts and their content does not fit together. Deep Links in the URL fields do not work, and Google does not like that, hence avoid doing it.
Don’t make clumsy advertising
Advertising of your blog, services or products is not allowed unless it has something to do with the article and is helpful for the readers’ further information.
What are the DO‘s when commenting on a blog?
Use your Identity
I can not verify that quickly, but above all, if criticism falls against presented on my blog products or service providers, I would like to know who leaves opinion and if necessary how to contact them. I have had a case that someone left an advertorial negative commentary about a presented product on my site.
It, later on, turned out that the competition was at work here with temporary e-mail addresses. Such comments fly out, of course, you do not need to bother. With criticism, you leave best your correct contact data. Of course, some people have their reasons and would like to remain anonymous. Commenting on a blog post with real identity makes sense to me. Everything else is unfair.
Leave meaningful comments
Do not just write “thanks,” “great article,”. Including a bit more text makes more sense. Of course, there are also nice bloggers who just want to say “thank you” at the end. However, those who do SEO on my blogs have to spend a bit more text and, above all, to comment on the right article. Such a practice is beneficial for both sides.
Please do not insult and do not start throwing bad words just because you have different opinions. This often ends up with putting the brawlers on the blacklist.
Be polite and respectful
Here the usual rules apply to statements to others, whether on the Internet or offline: non-discriminatory, not racist, no bullying, etcetera. Just be polite to the others, respect their opinions and mind your language. I have no issues with the politeness, so far. However, I have seen blogs where such things like harassment can happen. Unpleasant situations can occur, only if the dialogues or discussions are not thoroughly followed by the admin or the blog’s owner.
Use the native language of the blogger
It makes no sense to comment in English a blog on a Chinese website, written in Chinese. You can leave your opinion in Chinese, of course. I remove all comments, written in every language other than English because for me this is just a Spam.
Final Words about How To do comment on Blogs
That is all that I wanted to share with you today about commenting on blogs or blog posts. I look forward to seeing you again, and I hope the above list of simple rules on how to comment on blogs would make life easier for all of us.