This is in response to those who have left comments on my post “Spammy comments and Comment Abuse“. I think that some people have misunderstood what I’ve written there.
Website owners that do not have blogs are misreading what I’ve written. Please read the post again and this follow up.
I do not say anywhere in my spammy comment post that I will not accept a comment at face value from someone leaving a website url rather than blog url.
What I did say was that a few were spoiling it for the rest by abusing do follow blogs – leaving similar comments on all my blogs no matter what the post is about, adding extra links, leaving lame comments that don’t have much to do with the post or my blog.
Bloggers are doing this too, but for the most part it’s those with website urls that are the most abusive. This makes me a little more suspicious of links to websites.
However, having said that – if you haven’t gone around to all my blogs leaving deep links to your website or a different website url on each of my blogs and your comment is relevant to the post well – your comment will get posted and I’ll leave your link in.
I tend to visit all the urls that are left in my comments. By this I mean I visit blogs and websites alike. If you are leaving an url to a link farm, and your comment is not relevant or if it’s very spammy (full of links!) well I will likely mark your comment as spam.
Please don’t be offended that my guard is up.
There’s just a few rotten apples out there. I get so many comments on all my sites that it takes a while to approve the comments. When I see suspicious behavior across all my blogs my guard goes up.
I love getting comments. If you leave me a decent comment I have nothing against that. Period!
One commenter on my Spammy comment post thought I wasn’t getting the point. That comments mean an increase in site traffic and possibly that I’ve gained a regular reader.
I totally get the point.
Perhaps when you see examples of the comment spam that HUMANS are leaving you’ll get my point too.
Valid comments will never be discounted on any of my sites. Seeing comments on a post does help encourage others to stop and leave their opinion as well. It can get a conversation going and help draw interest in the blog as a whole. I know that.
However, the kind of comments that I’m calling spam will never add to my sites conversation or traffic. These people are just dropping in to get a link or to leave as many links as possible and they don’t really care what I’ve written or what other visitors have written either.
I think I’ll gather some examples of the abuse I’ve seen and make a post about it – just to make it clear why my guard is up.
Also, while I’m at it … Leave your name:
I do reply to most of my comments as well so when someone only leaves a business name or a SEO related term and doesn’t at least sign their comment it makes me feel a little weird replying.
“Good point lumberjack discount wood cutter” – now doesn’t that look strange?
I like to get to know my visitors.
I want to write about things that I’m interested in that also interest my readers.
Naturally I can only tell if I’ve written posts that interest my site visitors if they leave comments. I get it. Yes, leave comments. I love them! Just please be sure to leave a comment that is actually about the post and not an ad for your site. Oh and yes leave your name!
Not being able to put a name to a regular commenter is kind of weird. If you’d at least also leave a name in your comment I’d appreciate it. Please don’t add an extra link with your name though. I tend to edit out duplicate links.
Hopefully this clears things up.
I’m not against website owners urls. I’m against spammy comments that do nothing more than advertise another persons site rather than add to the dialog of my post.
BTW I’m not just a blogger I also have two websites. One sites been in existence since 1995 so yes I know about site promotion and I’ve been around long enough to spot people abusing a site. I don’t tend to leave my website urls in comments that I leave on blogs because my websites are about exotic pets and they’d look a little weird on most of the blogs I visit regularly.