Here are four big time blog commenting rules that you need to follow with regards to your blog comments. These are very simple things that you can routinely do in your blog that could possibly be rewarding in the long run.
1. Consistent Comment Moderation
Do not just allow comments in your blog because chances are you’re going to get comments from visitors that you do not want to publish. If you own a WordPress blog there’s a setting that you can activate for a regular commenter so that when he or she has an approved comment before, he or she can freely comment on your blog.
To do this, on your WordPress Dashboard, click Settings then Discussion, then select the option Comment author must have a previously approved comment.
Although you have activated this, keep in mind that you always want to moderate your comments. I doesn’t take too long to check your comments on a daily basis so you would definitely have to do it regularly. Don’t leave your commenters hanging out there because these visitors want to give their ideas, opinions and engage with you in a big way.
2. Replying To All Comments
Speaking of engagement this is something that is vitally important, that you respond to every single comment that you get on your blog especially when you’re just starting out.
If you’re a big time blogger and you’re getting hundreds of comments a day responding to all these comments can be a daunting task so you have to respond in a smart way but your visitors will surely appreciate it if you respond to their comments.
But again, if you’re just starting out and you’re getting one or two comments a day definitely respond and thank them for their comment, add some input, give them a link to an article or something that relates with what you’re talking about.
Provide that extra value by responding to those comments.
3. Mastering How To Identify SPAM Comments
This is a critical area that you really want to take into consideration. You need to learn how to recognize legitimate comments from SPAM. Once you get a hang of it they’re not really that hard to figure out. Once you distinguished those spam comments you have to delete it immediately because you will not want any junk on your blog. Additionally, you can just install a spam filter plugin. But even once the spam filter is in place things will still slip through. Learn to recognize those spam comments.
4. Give No Permission To Degrading Comments
This is probably the biggest one. Yes, there’s a need for transparency when you’re blogging but you must not allow anyone to degrade you on your blog like calling you a scam or put down whatever you’re doing and make you look bad. You don’t need to allow it because it’s your blog is your own real estate.
Would you allow a neighbor’s dog to come and poop in your yard? Hell NO!
But that’s exactly what some people will do on your blog. Don’t allow it! Delete it immediately.
The second thing is don’t allow anyone to leave a link that promotes any business or anything your blog. If there’s’ a link within the comments take it out immediately.
There’s an area where they can leave a link to their website in WordPress comments and that’s the only place where you can allow them to put their link.
So don’t allow comments that not only disparage your brand in any way, shape or form. It could be you personally, your company, someone associated with your company, maybe the president of your company has something out there or the owner of the company, someone is talking bad about him, delete it.
It is your house. You’re the one with the authority on who’s going to be invited or what things you will allow them to do.Make sure that you don’t allow advertising on your site for other stuff. If someone puts a link to another business or whatever get rid of that too.
Now there’s a big debate in the blogging world as to where you want to activate comments on your blog or not. Now that you’ve learned this rules it’s now up to you to disable it or not.
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