How To Moderate Your Comments

Have you ever thought that something which you took for granted another person may consider to be of great value? It came to me the other day when I was going through some comments that perhaps there are people out there who are not quite sure how to moderate their comments. How exactly do you decide which comments are deleted or spammed and which ones are good enough to keep? After some thought I decided there would be enough people out there who would be interested in the criteria I use to moderate my comments to warrant me writing a post about it.

Those of you who are regulars know that any comment you leave gets published immediately, as I don’t believe in letting them go to moderation to be approved or denied at a later date. I do this to reward my commentators and because it doesn’t take me that long to delete unworthy comments, especially as most of the hard work has been done by the GASP and Akismet plugins.

Good Comments VS Bad Comments

Standing at the Gates of Hell

In Akismet Hell

Some time ago I wrote a post called Teaching People The Proper Way To Comment and reading that post is your first step on your quest for better comments. I pretty well let all comments through on that post giving them a grade out of ten with a short description of why they got that grade. Don’t worry, even though I accepted all comments I removed the links from comments I would normally have deleted. What I found to be a real hoot was the comments left by people who obviously didn’t read the post. Too bad for them and they probably never knew their score because they never had any intention of coming back, which is why you should delete their comments.

Now that you know how to tell the difference between a good comment and a bad comment you’re ready to learn how I determine which comments survive and which ones get deleted or even worse get sent to spam hell!

Not Following The Comment Policy

My Comment Policy is the first step I use to decide which comment gets the chop and which one is accepted. People who haven’t bothered to read it and make stupid mistakes like using a keyword instead of a name definitely get the chop. If it is a really good comment, one that adds value to the post, I’ll remove the keywords. There’s no point letting a good comment go to waste now is there?

Not Reading The Post

Way too many commentators think they can leave a comment without reading the post. They seem to think they can get a feeling for the post just by reading the heading and maybe even the first couple of sentences. Too bad they usually get it wrong and their comments have nothing to do with the post and so it get’s deleted.

Including Unrelated Links

If it isn’t enough that I have a dofollow blog and reward commentators with both commentluv and keywordluv plugins, there are still morons out there who insist on placing a link in their comment. I wouldn’t mind if the link led to a site that was related to the post itself but they usually have nothing to do with it and simply links to some unrelated site. These comments are sent straight to spam.

Not Enough Content

Commentators are getting pretty smart these days because they know what happens to comments such as ‘Good post’ and so they try to beat the system by leaving simple sentences that add nothing at all to the post, something like this one that I’ve just deleted; “Hey! It seems to be one of the impressive stuff you have shared with us.” Yeah, as if they think inane compliments would guarantee their comment. Nope, I love kicking these comments to the curb.

That’s it! Now you know how I work out which comments I keep, which ones I delete and which ones I send to spam. There is a very good reason why I am so strict with the quality of comments I accept on my blog and why you should be just as stringent with the ones on yours. The last thing a person wants to see after reading a great post is a whole lot of crappy comments. Seeing this tells them that the blogger doesn’t really care much about his blog. I don’t want to give them that impression about my blogs.

Do you follow the same criteria I do? Perhaps you do things differently and if so you would like to share your moderation technique with us.

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Building Your Brand With A Guest Post

Doing guest posts is supposed to be a pivotal part of getting traffic to your blog as well as being an important part of getting your brand out there. Even though I know this to be true I haven’t really done anything about it. Heck I can probably count my guest posts one hand and I would still be short three fingers. The only one I actually remember doing is the one I did for Mitch called Why I Love Blogging. That was way back in September 08 and I can safely say I love blogging just as much now as I did then. Going back to that post I notice it didn’t attract all that much in the way of comments, but then it was some time ago and I probably didn’t have as much of a following as I do now.

Well, almost three years have passed and I’ve just completed another guest post and this time it’s for another well known blogger. You’ve probably heard of her, it’s MS ILEANE of Basic Blog Tips and the post I created for her is about a subject I’ve talked about on many occasions on this blog. It’s called Why Blog Comments Are An Important Part Of Your Blog and I urge you to hop on over there and leave a comment. Don’t forget to give it a tweet or sharing it on Google+ because doing that not only promotes the post it also shows others what a great comment you left and could even lead to a flow through of traffic to your blog. Remember to leave a great comment, thereby building your brand and doing good ol Sire proud!

I’m quite excited about the post as Ileane’s blog uses Andy’s commentluv plugin and as I plan to reply to every comment, just as I do on this blog, I will get maximum exposure by linking all of my last 10 posts! Perhaps this is something that you could keep in mind the next time you do a guest post?

Before I go I just want to leave you a video of The Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas. I took this one at night and I think it’s even more impressive than the one shot by day.

Like I said on YouTube “It was beautiful to watch the graceful fountain as it danced to the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” I hope you enjoy it enough to give it a thumbs up.

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Another Avenue For Making Money With Your Blog

There is many a blogger who has gone online with hopeful dreams of one day being able to tell their boss to shove it because they can finally live off their blog’s income. While not many actually achieve this status many can claim that their blogging efforts does bring in a substantial income. I’ve tried many ways of using my blog to add to my general income and I always share anything that I have learned from those experiences with my readers. This post is yet another weapon in my money making arsenal.

They say that the one way you can make money on the net is for you to create a product and then sell it to your list. Well, I don’t have a product to sell and I can’t see myself creating one anytime soon, so I can’t go down that route. They also say that you can make money from selling other people’s product as an affiliate and while I am making some money doing that it’s not quite enough.

Then there are  those who say you can make money by selling a service online. :ponder_tb: That got me thinking as to what services I could possibly offer that others would be willing to pay for. Then it hit me! The thing that I do best online is blogging and it’s a well known fact that heaps of people are venturing into the blogging world every day, and perhaps some of them would consider hiring me to set up their blogs for them. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before and if someone hadn’t approached me to design a website for them I probably wouldn’t be writing this post now.

As it turns out they took my advice and let me set up a blog for them which went live a little over a week ago. They were so happy with their new Madonna Di Montevergine blog they even asked if I was willing to help them out, at a price, if they ever needed something more done to it. Naturally I said I would be happy to help them out. If you think I did a great job you can show your appreciation by giving it a +1. :thumbup_tb:

Hire Me Banner

Hire Me To Set Up Your Blog

Now, I could offer my services via sites such as Freelancer, and while it would certainly give me more exposure it didn’t quite fit the sales model I had in mind. You see, I wanted to offer my services for free! No, I’m not crazy and I can actually make money setting up a blog for someone as long they meet certain requirements, those being that they buy their web hosting and blog theme from my affiliates. Luckily for me the FlexSqueeze theme made it really easy to set up a Hire Me page, one that looks both professional and allows me to highlight all the advantages of allowing me to set up their blog.

Do you have a Hire Me page? If you haven’t and you have a particular skill that others could use then you should consider setting one up as you could be missing out on a considerable amount of income.

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