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Comment Policy: A Gentle Reminder

July 17th, 2008 · 11 Comments

The reason why I employ DoFollow on this blog is to reward commenters with a little bit of link love for taking the time out to read one of my posts and to leave their observations. It only seems fair.

However over the last few months, mainly because this site appears in a number of directories/lists of DoFollow blogs, I’ve been getting more and more comments which fall outside of my comment policy so rather than shake a large stick and remove the ability to pass link juice altogether, I thought it was a good time to remind people about a couple of the pertinent points.

I will either remove your link or delete the comment entirely if you fall foul of the following:

  • Signing your name as “Debt Free Consolidation Loan” or similar will book you a one way ticket to Nowheresville. Please use your real name and not the name of your site or some “cunning” anchor text.
  • Irrelevant comment just to get a link. If all you can say is “Nice blog. Look at mine” then move along. There’s nothing to see here.

For the record I don’t have a problem with you signing your comment in the style of John @ YourSiteName but blatant use of anchor text is not acceptable. If in any doubt, use your real name.

Hope that clears everything up and a big thank you to everyone who follows the rules and plays nicely. I love you guys 😳

UPDATE: Mark at A-List SEO has written a brilliant article entitled Comment Spamming Do Follow Blogs 101. I suggest you have a read of this before you leave a comment signed Pay Day Loan or something similar…

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11 responses so far ↓

  • Mikel // Jul 18, 2008 at 10:09 am

    That’s so true!

    Although your intentions were to reward loyal readers and blog followers, spammers are still out there putting up the extra leg work! lol

    But spreading the link juice is always appreciated, big thanks!

  • Mike // Jul 18, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Sadly there’s always going to be a minority who spoil it for the majority. I’m going to continue monitoring how things go and if there’s no improvement I’ll either introduce an option where no link love is giving until 5 approved comments or scrap DoFollow altogether.

  • Mark Laymon // Jul 18, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you for the recognition in the update.

    So which name is going to show up the most on our most commented list for these posts? Mr. Replica Watches or Mrs. Debt Free?

    So far I have seen some interesting attempts to get past my screening.


  • Mike // Jul 21, 2008 at 9:52 am

    No worries, Mark. It’s a great read and, in the words of Meatloaf, you took the words right out of my mouth. I hasten to add, though, that it most certainly wasn’t when you were kissing me….

  • Parrot Bluetooth // Jul 23, 2008 at 10:09 am

    I too feel that do-follow does motivates the commentors to read blog posts and give informative and relevant comments for sure. Yes whole anchor text must definitely me removed but If it’s a part of anchor text then it should be allowed-that’s what I feel. Thanks

  • Mike // Jul 23, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    I can’t believe you had the cheek to submit that comment complete with a link back to your site.

    You know it’s people like you that make me think I should just go back to nofollow on all comments.

  • RT Cunningham | Philippine Airlines // Jul 23, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Mike,

    I am here to like, totally spam this comment. :-)

    Not really. There are two ways to put in anchor text without it looking like spam (even though some if probably is). One is to use the keywordluv plugin where you enter for your name, your name@keyword. The other is the way I did it above. Most of us on the receiving end just want to know we’re dealing with a human and not a spambot.

    I’m thinking of changing my comments policy (which will be very visible) to require just a name or the keywordluv format so that spam won’t even be an issue anymore.

    By the way, Mike, I came here randomly to look to see what the name of the zombie movie was so I can be on the look out for it. Hint: An RSS email option would be nice.

  • RT Cunningham // Jul 23, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Doh! Never mind on the email thing. I didn’t see it the first time.

  • Mike // Jul 24, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Absolutely, RT. Also it’s a case of knowing that the commenter is contributing to the discussion for something other than a link back. By taking an extra ten seconds to actually include their name at least it makes it look like they’ve taken the effort…

    The zombie movie is called Stag Night of the Dead, by the way :)

  • Blog Bloke // Jul 25, 2008 at 10:20 am

    I’ve been having the same problem. There are some plugins that have an option to allow only long-time commenters the love such as Lucia’s Link Love. But I could never get the darned thing to work.

    By the way, Blog Bloke is my real name 😉

  • Mike // Jul 25, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Great forward thinking on your parents behalf 😉