I am going to keep this short and simple. Bloggers need commentors. It helps us better understand our readers. As far back as I can remember we have been fighting back spam. Over the years I changed up my personal guidelines.
First it was you needed an avatar. Then I decided just having a avatar wasn’t enough you needed to actually add value to the conversation. So for the longest time my guidelines for commenting on my blogs was:
- Have an Avatar
- Add value in your comment
As of the newest google update I have been getting bombarded with people requesting me to remove links from my blog. Keep in mind that these same people who are asking me to remove the links where the same people who wanted them here in the first place.
They hired people to leave comments on my blogs and over the years they got good at engaging my blog(s). I didn’t mind giving them link juice, even though I knew on some level it was probably hurting my own PR.
I have had link removal request as far back as 2 years ago. These same people who came to my blog to get back links are now asking me to remove their links because google doesn’t like it.
When I have free time I go remove the links but here is my warning to you….First off never ever pay for someone to get you back links, you don’t know where they are coming from and google doesn’t like links that aren’t relevant to your niche. Google only likes backlinks that are in the same niche as yourself.
Next, if your a blogger you have to look carefully at what links people are leaving. I use to not mind people putting up lead capture pages or even their businesses as back links. This has caused me a great inconvenience.
Just know you will get penalized if you are linking out to sites that aren’t in the same niche as your site.. It’s a lose/lose situation today. It hurts you and the person who is getting the link.
Of course there are still people out there selling commenting services and trying to get you the (blogger) to allow their comments.
I was trying to be a nice guy the result has been loosing pr, having people in some instances sending me threatening emails to remove their links. Save yourself the headache and follow these rules….
Commenting Rules You Should Adopt
- The person must have a gravatar or google plus account
- The person must add value to the blog post – (Great article I look forward to reading more isn’t acceptable)
- Only link to other bloggers, no lead capture pages, no business pages..
If you adopt these three rules you should have a higher quality comment and you more than likely won’t have to worry about someone sending you a email saying.
“Could you please remove the comment on X article”
It’s not my fault they did what they did. They came to my blog and freely left a comment. Now they want me to remove it because it doesn’t work for them anymore. The reason why it doesn’t work is because they weren’t being ethical from the very beginning.
They tried and buy credibility and authority rather than earn it.
I am a busy guy and time is money and I have thousands of comments across my blog network. I don’t have time to find that 1 comment I don’t have employee’s who do my work for me. I am not paying some overpriced advertising company to build my business.
I have been meaning to write about this for months, this morning though I got another email from someone asking me to remove yet another comment.
Has anyone else had any experiences with this? I know the new bloggers out there are eager to get comments, don’t be tempted by allowing lame crappy comments on your blog. Value your space online and realize that whatever you do it will have a long lasting impact.