We’re big believers in the power of blog comments. Not only can insightful comments add a lot of value to posts, but they are an excellent way to connect with new people within your industry.
Unfortunately, like most good things online, there are people who abuse comments. While this has caused some bloggers to turn off comments, we prefer to simply lay out exactly what we will and won’t accept.
You can include a link in a comment when it’s:
- Directly relevant to a post. As long as you’re including a link that adds value and isn’t spammy, we encourage this as a way to enhance discussions.
- A Comment Luv Link: Because we appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts on a post, we use Comment Luv. This plugin gives you the ability to showcase a link to one of your latest posts.
Feel free to respectfully disagree with anything we publish. We encourage different points of view on our blog and actually welcome these types of comments. In fact, this is commonly how very meaningful discussions begin.
What’s Not Allowed
The following types of comments will be deleted:
- Dropping irrelevant and/or self-promotional links that aren’t related to a post.
- Using a keyword phrase instead of your name.
- Short and ambiguous comments like “Great post thanks!” These types of comments add no value and come across as very spammy.
- Long ambiguous comments like “I have searched far and wide and I have come across your wonderful site and here I have found the information that I have long sought after that has changed my life. IN fact I love your site so much that I have decided to subscribe in my RSS reader. Thanks so much. You’re the best. I’m a subscriber for life.” This type of comment shows you didn’t actually read the post and are just looking for a quick link grab.
- Signatures with Links: You are already getting a link in your name and a link to one of you recent posts via comment love. There’s no need to push the envelope by adding a third self-serving link.
As previously addressed, discussing an opposing point of view is allowed and encouraged. However, this doesn’t mean we tolerate trolling.
Wikipedia defines an Internet troll as “someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.”
Of course, if you are a troll, you already know who you are, so just don’t do it!