This is not a rant post.
This is a clarity post.
After receiving a tsunami-like wave of spam comments recently I want to help you understand why I am trashing your blog comments.
So you don’t waste your time.
So I don’t waste my time.
Reading this post gives you the clarity, the confidence and courage to build an online empire through blog commenting (buy that eBook). Versus winding up in the trash queue, only to be tossed into the oblivion of cyber space.
Guys, I love you. I love your comments. I invite your comments.
*But* commenting here is a privilege. It is a gift to you. Because I spent nearly 10 years honing my blogging craft to create a one of a kind, authentic, world-renowned blog.
This is code for: “I busted my ass for the past 10 years to build this blog and will not let you come along to shit on it.”
That’s the nice, warm and tingly, fuzzy, happy version of the point I want to convey. You don’t want to see the other version.
Here’s a travel-themed version of my message:
4 months ago I visited Doha, Qatar. The wealthiest nation on earth. Most households housed 15 – 30 cars. Not Fiats, either. Lambos, Porches, Ferraris, Rolls Royce Phantoms, Pagani Zondas, some of these cars costing millions of dollars.
I saw *three* royal palaces of the ruling Al Thai family. Each palace spanned roughly 1-2 city blocks. Please re-read that. 1-2 BLOCKS. The driveway leading to each palace stretched about a quarter of a mile.
This royal family made Scrooge McDuck look piss poor. Made Bruce Wayne look like Oliver Twist. Made Tony Stark look like Tiny Tim.
Imagine if I walked into these opulent, gold encrusted palaces worth tens of millions of dollars in my crappiest wife-beater, wearing Speedos, no shoes, stinking it up like I just crawled out of the Okefenokee Swamp?
I would likely be shot on sight 2 miles away from the palace. As I should be. Because a bum don’t belong in a Qatari royal palace.
And spammers (either intentional, or accidental) will not be allowed on Blogging From Paradise.
Without further adieu…..let’s address the blogging doodoo.
1: Keyword Name
Maybe your ma and pa named you “Cribs and Bibs Tallahassee Florida”.
But I doubt it.
Typing in a keyword versus a real human name is one quick way to get your comment trashed.
I prefer to befriend a meat suit. Not a keyword.
Use your real first and last name. Network like a champion. Avoid spam queues.
2: No Relevance To Post
One driver to write this post: seeing “Hey Rayan great article!” (with typo of course) in response to one of my many eBook posts. Especially when said article consists of 10 sentences and a 2 minute long video.
Avoid looking like an a-hole should your irrelevant comment slip through. Comment on topic. Create value. Bond with your fellow blogger. Look competent, and helpful and you may just drive traffic through my blog.
3: Do Not Use My Name (For First Time Commentors)
Imagine meeting someone at a summer picnic.
30 seconds after meeting, on wandering away, the person you just met screams “Hey you!” at you to get your attention.
Seems a bit rude, eh? Especially because you just introduced yourself by name 30 seconds earlier.
I see it as doubly rude when it takes you literally 2 seconds – not 30 – to find out who wrote the post to address them by name, and you refuse to do that.
Become memorable. On your virgin commenting foray to any blog, address your fellow blogger by name. No need to do so on every return visit but do so frequently enough to leave a personal touch.
4: 1 Line Comments
“Hey Rye great job BYE!” = Spam.
Fabulous post. I especially enjoyed your reference to the Okefenokee Swamp, which surely doesn’t get enough pub these days.
Were the palaces in Qatar really *that* big?
When commenting on blogs I see myself as having a fireside chat with my fellow blogger. Not just an ode to FDR, this strategy builds my friend network, boosts my traffic and is just plain a fun way to connect with other human beings.
Thanks for sharing 🙂
Other than me speaking to myself in first person, this is how you should comment. To make an impact.
5: 2 Line Comments
2 line commentors, ya ain’t exempt from getting the spam smack down.
Minimum 3-4 sentences. Be freaking mindful and thoughtful and caring enough to share 4 sentences on the topic at hand.
6: Different Name Than Email Name
Red flag; 9 out of 10 times, if the comment name does not match the name in the email address provided, it is spam.
If you are legit, use a free email account to match commentor name with the name in your email to avoid seeing your comment dumped into the cyber trash.
7: No Avatar
The Man Without A Face may have been a hit movie but ya ain’t being seen in my comment field.
Mel sold that role, but something smells fishy when a faceless avatar pops up in my backoffice.
Get a gravatar so we can see your smiling, toothy, personable head shot. And so folks will actually see your comment on my blog.
Here’s how to create a gravatar.
8: Combative Comments
If you want to brawl go look up Connor McGregor.
Some people are looking for a fight. Other people write 20 paragraph long comments debating my post.
Nothing is as weak as the person who so lacks what they are FOR that they spend precious minutes being AGAINST.
Unclear, unconfident, silly little people give way too much attention to what they hate. I ignore these lower energies by deleting their comments.
If you really want to get ahead in life, be in harmony, spread love, have fun and share supportive thoughts through your blog comments.
9: Disrespectful Comments
Name-calling, finger-pointing and overall blowhard-ing are not tolerated here.
I have deleted my fair share of disrespectful comments created by unhappy, unclear folks designed to get a rise of out of me.
That rise consisted of my index finger rising into the air, striking a key and watching said comment land in the trash basket.
Be nice. Be friendly. Be respectful. Be seen on Blogging From Paradise.
10: Bloated Comments
99.9999999999% of long comments on Blogging From Paradise are thoughtful, thorough, valuable, engaging numbers.
A wee few are long-winded, bloated comments obviously created with attention-grabbing in mind.
Less bloat. More meat. Or to the spam queue you shall go.
11: Link Pointing To Any Squeeze Page
If your comment links to a squeeze page I shall squeeze the comment into an ever growing spam queue.
Show off your knowledge. Not a slick squeeze page.
Link to your blog.
12: Link Pointing To Blogspot Blog
Nothing personal against Blogspot bloggers.
But I will almost always trash Blogspot bloggers’ comments because almost all such comments deliver little value.
I also noted a disturbing trend; many Blogspot bloggers ask non sequitir questions through comments like:
“Hey how to get Adsense approved on Blogspot blog?!”
Since commenting is not for cro magnons, I delete the comment.
Get on WordPress dot org. Immediately.
13: Link Points To Blog On Any Free Platform
I know. The freebie crowd shudders in their cyber boots.
But it is a privilege for big boy and big girl bloggers to comment on Blogging From Paradise.
Which is why I delete comments from bloggers blogging on free platforms.
Oh yeah; 99.99999% of comments from bloggers blogging on free platforms are low value, drive-by specials. Putting 1 and 1 together on this one.
Step it up, blogging pup. Buy your domain and hosting. Make an impression, versus just trying to make ends meet with your free blogging platform blog.
14: Promoting Your Products And Services
Hi John Doe. Hi Jane Doe-her.
I know your post centers on how to drive blog traffic. Which is why I want to share my blog consulting services. And my blogging courses. Did you know I am a freelance writer for hire, too?
Comment to elaborate on the blog post. Not to make a shillish ass out of yourself.
15: Linking To Your Blog Within Comment
You are already supplied with a URL field.
Don’t add links to comments. Spam City. Amateur Hour.
16: Obviously Fictitious Names
I sincerely apologize to all the “Flossy Swedbergs” out there but….get the f*ck outta here!
Please use your real name. The Real McCoy gets da real traffic and real profits through blog commenting.
What say you? Are you commenting mainly to make friends? Or are you swaying some to the blog commenting dark side, spamming and weasel-ing your way into spam and trash folders everywhere?
How can you reap the fun, sweet, happiness-inducing blogging nectar of writing helpful, connection-building blog comments?
Suggested Resources for Successful Blog Commenting and Networking
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