This guest post idea was suggested by Brian and I thought it was an excellent idea.
It all happened last week where I noticed two of my comments were ‘missing’. I knew I could comment at Blog Engage freely without going through the moderation part. Immediately, I knew something was wrong and I contacted Brian immediately. He did great in sorting the issue out. Of course, the guess was correct; those comments landed inside the spam box.
So what really made those comments look like spam?
As we all know, commenting is a great way to build your reputation and of course, building backlinks back to your own website. It is time consuming and you definitely want to make sure that every comment is approved.
So, here are some easy checklists to ensure that your comments don’t go straight into the spam folder … plus avoiding all those troublesome issues
1. Providing links in the comment itself
Personally, I think it is very offensive to place a link in your comment. I still remember those days in Blogspot where commenters will embed a link within the comment itself and of course, it goes into spam without second thought.
Here’s the thing. Most bloggers and webmasters doesn’t mind if you are writing a very constructive comment and place a link in it. After all, sharing is caring right?
If you want to leave a comment, try your best to avoid placing a link in the comment itself unless it is used to share a very good source of information.
Some sites are very generous where they allow a certain number of links in a comment. Having a good gasp of the number of links allowed is important as too many links will automatically land your comment into the spam box or you are not allowed to leave a comment at all.
2. Avoid spam words
It doesn’t matter where you are contributing a comment but always bear in mind to avoid any spam words.
Spam words … are words which are deemed abusive or spam (of course).
You are not required to drop a comment composed in Oxford’s English but of course, at least something readable. Sometime, it is also good to know who the writers are as I know some writers who take things very personally … even though we don’t mean it!
Furthermore, not many webmasters or bloggers who check their spam box. This means that if your comments go into there, they will probably not see the light anymore.
3. Comment blacklisting
This is a tactic used mostly to control abusers and spammers.
At times, do you notice receiving some spam comments from either the same IP address or email? A simple block on the IP or email could solve the issue.
But wait! It could also lead to many unwanted ‘incidents’ if you are not careful.
As fasr as this is out of your control, there are also precautions which you can take to avoid this issue. For me, when it comes to commenting, I always use my personal email and make sure it doesn’t look spam. The best is probably using Gmail as it is a very recognized email provider.
You probably know about this but I’m going to repeat on it. If you want to avoid being blacklisted, you need to make sure every comment done is constructive and legit. You can write a short comment of 100 words or so as long as it is informative and meaningful.
If you are not comfortable of doing so, leaving a comment with two or three sentences would usually do the trick.
4. Number of comments on moderation
I experienced this last year if my memory serves me right. I noticed there was a growing number of spam comment which looks very legit every day. The only way to curb this was to control the number of comments to be posted for moderation prior to approval.
Let’s take the below as an example.
Number of comments for moderation – 3 comments maximum
This means that the user will not be able to leave a comment until all the comments held for moderations are approved or cleared.
This is absolutely a great way to control abusers and spammers but for me, it has a great effect as well especially to those who really leave a good comment.
Again, knowing which website is practicing this could easily help you to be a better and more efficient commentor.
So, what do you think?
Commenting is a great way to increase social engagement with your readers. This is a must-do for bloggers who want to have their presence known to others.
For those who are leaving a comment to build more backlinks, you need to ensure that you are leaving comments which are constructive and highly informative to avoid those comments (and your time) going straight into the spam box.