Gravatar’s And The Importance Of Good Comments

Having a Gravatar is another benchmark that I use when judging comments.

Good comments have always been important to me. That’s why I have a Comment Policy. I’ve even written a post trying to educate folk as to the proper way to comment. Unfortunately most folk just don’t get it. They think they can just drop in, leave a crappy comment and then rush off. To think that a lot of these comments are left by people who are paid to leave comments. If only the poor saps who are paying for them knew what they were getting. Then again some of them do know which is why I get so many emails asking to remove comments because they’re hurting their Google rankings. I wrote about that in Google Updates And The Disavow Tool.

Only Good Comments Are Important

As important as comments are to me they’re not that important that I’ll accept just any comment. In actual fact I’ve even been deleting comments from commenters that don’t have an Gravatar. Naturally, if it’s an exceptional comment I’ll make an exception. :smoke_tb:

As a rule, people you don’t have a Gravatars usually leave pretty poor comments. Take the following for example.

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While this guy has an Gravatar he has made two fatal flaws, poor grammar and a little off topic to boot.

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Looking at the above two comments you’ll notice that they’re of pretty poor quality.

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Finally we have another comment from someone who has an Gravatar, but not the kind that I approve of. This guy thinks all he has to do is tell me what a great post it is and I’ll approve his comment. Nope, I’m afraid it doesn’t work out that way on this blog. :thumbup_tb:

What Sort Of Gravatar Should You Have

Personally I believe that you Gravatar should be an image of yourself. That way people know who they’re talking to. That’s you’re an actual person and not just some bot leaving random messages. Or someone getting paid to leave crappy comments.

I also believe that if you use and actual Gravatar of yourself you’ll try harder to leave good comments because those comments are now associated with you.

How Important Are Comments To You As A Blogger

Really, how important are comments to you? Are they important enough that you will accept nearly every comment that people leave on your blog. If the answer to that is yes then you’re probably doing more harm than good.

Bad comments do not add any value to your blog. If anything they’ll detract from a post’s quality. Imagine reading a really good post and then being flooded with a whole heap of poor comments. As far as I’m concerned those poor comments mean the post’s author has no real confidence in himself or his abilities. If that’s the case why would I want to have any business dealings with him/her?

Good comments on the other hand add to a post. Not only that, I’m sure it will also have a good effect SEO wise.

Are you prepared to delete crappy comments on your blog?

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This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Exactly, when I get comments on my blog, the first filter I have to judge them is by seeing and having a look at their gravatar profile image. I generally look for generic use of language, that thanks for the post and other things like that. They might even hamper your page quality, as they are posted at so so many web pages with the same backlink altogether.
    Though down the line, using Anti Spam Comment Plugins weed out the generic spam comments, and save a lot of my time.


    1. Twitter:
      Hey Muller,

      I also use spam filters, the problem though is it’s very hard to filter out poor comments left by people who are only looking for a backlink.

      Akismet is probably one of the better spam detectors as it has a learning function.


  2. Twitter:
    Excellent Read, couldn’t agree more. Having a comment with a Gravatar is Crucial, simply because it confirms legitimacy. When robots “Comment” on your site it will destroy your ranking capability, which is why spam filters are so important. Keep up the good work.


    1. Twitter:
      Hey Deon,

      Welcome to Wassupblog. I’m glad you agree and it’s nice to see your Gravatar. Comments from people with Gravatars make the whole experience more personal.


  3. Twitter:
    Gravatars make a big difference in people seeing who you are. It will building your brand around the web network.
    Interesting gravatar, professional photos or crazy colors, fantastic logo combined with interesting comments make people want to click on them.


    1. Twitter:
      Hey Thomas,

      anything that helps to build your brand online should be taken advantage of. I prefer a photo of the person leaving a comment but a company logo would probably suffice. :smoke_tb:


  4. Twitter:
    Good stuff Pete. You know I’m in full agreement with the avatar thing, so much so that I have my settings immediately move all comments without one to pending so I can take a look at them. It’s pretty much the only type of moderation I do other than very short posts.

    As for some of the comments themselves… well, we know what that’s all about. :-)

  5. Hey Peter!

    Great advise regarding comments. We’ve just started using gravatar. I realized that we weren’t following your advise regarding a personal picture. Do you think companies should use logos or personal pictures? Logos build better awareness but personal pictures may come across as more genuine. Would love to here your input on this!

    Thanks
    John from Hexter & Baines


    1. Twitter:
      Hey John,

      whilst a company logo may suffice, personally I feel that a personal picture would be so much better.

      Take your gravatar for example, I assume it’s a company logo but as I am unfamiliar with it there was every possibility that your comment would not have seen the light of day. As you raised a great point and obviously read the post I let it pass. :wink_ee:

      1. Thank you for sharing your point on the subject! I totally agree with your opinion. And as you said, there might be a difference if you’re already familiar with the company.

        Again, thank you for the answer. Much appreciated
        :thumbup_tb:

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