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8 Basic Rules for Commenting on Blogs

As I mentioned in my blog post "What is a Blog?", the comments sections in the blogs are usually a great asset because unlike static websites, blogs or blog sites are traditionally discussions- friendly, which can also be advantageous for both sides, the blogger and the commentator, for the reasons of SEO.

The one who comments and participates in a discussion can get a link to his page and can draw attention to himself.
On another hand, the blogger receives valuable user-generated content, which is good especially for the ranking for long tail search terms.
While SEO should not be the primary reason why you write a comment, this is often the case, and some people make it a bit easy. If you have comments to dust off a link, then please think about the other side, and you should try a little bit.

Note: I tend to be critical in unlocking comments, but if done well, I also leave comments that are useful for SEO purposes.
However, sometimes I get pretty stupid comments that are not beneficial to the commentator or me.


In this blog post today I would like to share few basic rules that I adhere to and in my opinion, should be followed by anyone who is in a role of a blog commentator and a blog owner.As you will read later, these sentences or bits are nothing more than a simple list of ethics and "common sense" rules.


1.Be polite and respectful
I have no issues with the politeness, so far.
However, I have seen blogs where such things like harassment can happen.Unpleasant situations can occur, only if the dialogues or discussions are not thoroughly followed by the admin or the blog's owner.Here the usual rules apply to statements to others, whether on the Internet or offline: non-discriminatory, not racist, no bullying, etcetera. Just be polite to the others, respect their opinions and mind your language.


2.Use the native language of the blogger
It makes no sense to comment in English a blog on a Chinese website, written in Chinese.You can leave your opinion in Chinese, of course. I remove all comments, written in every language other than English because for me this is just a Spam.


3.Use your Identity

I can not verify that quickly, but above all, if criticism falls against here presented products or service providers, I would like to know who leaves his opinion here and if necessary to contact them. I have had a case that someone left an advertorial negative commentary about a presented product on my site. It, later on, turned out that the competition was at work here with temporary e-mail addresses. Such comments fly out, of course, you do not need to bother. With criticism, you leave best your correct contact data.Some people have their reasons and would like to remain anonymous.Commenting on a blog post with real identity makes sense to me.Everything else is unfair.


4.No Keywords in the Name field
You are welcome to use your pseudonym, as I do, but keywords are not allowed. Moreover, the name of your website or blog may be keywords. The belongs in this case not in the name field. I change the names, or if you are unlucky, the comment flies out completely.


5.No Deeplinks
It is awful enough if shops or company websites get their comments via blog posts and their content does not fit together. Deep Links in the URL fields do not work, and not because I do not begrudge you that, but because Google does not like that, especially not in shops and corporate websites. I usually either change or remove such links mercilessly or simply just remove the comments.


6.Leave meaningful comments

Do not just write "thanks," "great article," it may be a bit more text if you visit my blog on your link building tour.I decide from case to case, if I unlock such comments because there are also nice bloggers who just want to say "thank you."
However, those who do SEO here have to spend a bit more text and, above all, the right article. Such a practice is beneficial for both sides.


7.No clumsy advertising
Advertising of your blog, services or products is not allowed unless it has something to do with the article and is helpful for my reader's further information. Here I decide from case to case.


8.Be fair
Please do not insult and do not start throwing bad words just because you have different opinions. I have had a case to put two brawlers on the blacklist.



That is all that I wanted to share with you today about commenting blogs or blog posts.I look forward to seeing your meaningful comments below, and I hope the above list of necessary rules would make life easier for all of us.


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