11 Reasons Your Blog Comments Are Not Getting Approved.
After spending hours creating content for your website it can be frustrating when nobody comments on your post. In fact it can be deflating at times. But what is actually worse than having no comments at all is attracting spam comments by the boat load.
Here are some of my least favourite types of blog comments.
1. Your Brother, Cousin or Auntie’s Pet Dog told you about this website.
Your brother, your cousin or your auntie’s pet dog did NOT tell you about this website, and I am positive that neither they, nor you have ever been on this website.
2. You have the Audacity to tell me my page is “rife” with spelling mistakes.
OK, so every now and again a spelling or grammatical error slips through the cracks. It happens.
Heck, I am open to criticism as much as the next man. In fact I wouldn’t be posting anything online if I couldn’t accept positive and structured criticism. Criticism is as good as praise. It opens up a conversation and as blog writers that is what you want.
If you want me to believe that you are real then point out where the mistake is I will approve your comment and thank you for publically shaming me.
3. Your URL is an Affiliate Link
Worse than the URL being an affiliate link is the fact that the affiliate link is for a program that supports blog spamming. Seriously, are you having a laugh?
4. You are Faceless
If there is no image associated with your comment and by image I mean picture of you, then chances are I am not even going to look at your comment, let alone approve it. Most genuine, REAL people on the internet have a gravatar associated with their primary email address. You don’t.
If it is a serious comment then stand behind your name and be proud of what you write. Same goes for any social media profiles out there. Make sure the image is complete.
5. Your comment is as spun as a spider’s web
“Definitely imaging that that you stated.”
What? What does that even mean? Are you for real?
The obvious answer is no but hang on a minute. The answer is really yes. Someone somewhere actually entered the text to be spun in the first place. They physically sat there typed this out, looked at it (actually I am not sure they did check their work before sending it!), felt satisfied that it was a great comment and hit submit.
6. The anchor text keywords have an Adult theme
I have no reason to expose myself, or my readers, to subject matter that is going to be in any way offensive or devalue the content that I have spent time producing.
Go and find other adult related niche sites and post comments there. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out there will be more interest for your offerings on a similar themed site.
7. You Obviously Haven’t read the post!
The comment that you have left is a copy and paste job from a word template. Thanks but no thanks I am not interested and would rather have a post with no comments.
8. Your comment is full of links
You have the opportunity to enter anchor text as your username if you so choose. Therefore stuffing your comment full of URL’s is not going to get you approved.
9. You stumbled across me on Ask Jeeves
Really, I don’t think you did. Because if you did you would be the only person ever to do so and the chances of you actually reading the post and leaving a comment are about the same as winning the lottery.
10. You “instantly grabbed my RSS Feed” and submitted to Digg.
Nobody grabs RSS feed, this is another case of using the thesaurus incorrectly when you are populating your comment submitting software.
11. You have made $60,000 last night when you were sleeping and you had to tell someone.
That lucky person was me.
Honestly, I don’t want to know. I am happy being ignorant about it. But feel free to share it with your brother, your cousin and your auntie’s pet dog because I am sure they will be interested.
Leaving blog comments is a good thing to do, it helps connect people, build communities and can also help with SEO and as a blogger it is always nice to receive blog comments it makes you feel that your words are not falling on deaf ears.
Go ahead leave blog comments, but do it right.