Do You Know Who Is Really Commenting On Your Blog?

You all know how important comments are to me and how much I value them, and I'm sure a lot of you feel the same way. We instal plugins to help us delete spam and we moderate the ones that get through deleting them if they don't come up to scratch. The problem is that I've now discovered some of those commentators who leave comments on our blogs are not who they say they are. You may recall the post I did on My Experience With Real Writing Jobs where I mentioned joining Freelancer. As it happens they offer a wide range of jobs and some of them are from people who will pay others to leave comments on blogs. The obvious reason for getting someone else to comment in their place would be they don't have the time, or couldn't be bothered to do it themselves, That or perhaps their English isn't all that crash hot. Here is a copy of one such task found on Freelancer. We need 100 high PR (PR3+) blog commenting for 7 of our sites, the comments with our anchor text backlinks must be coming from PR3+ sites from the pages it self and not the domain name. Heres what to follow: 1) Must have your own list with 100 sites - All must be dofollow blog. 2) No Spam comment - quality only so the post/comment sticks 3) No blackhat method. 4) Must have the page rank of 3 plus 5) the page's outbound link can't…

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To Moderate Or Not To Moderate, That Is The Question

As far as I'm concerned the answer is obvious, there is absolutely no reason today for anyone to moderate their comments. Sure, once long ago it was necessary because there was no real way to combat all the spam that was out there. That's not the case today because there are plugins that will deal with just about everything that the spammers, those low life miscreants, will throw at you. I actually use two plugins. The first is the GrowMap Anti-Spambot Plugin, better known as GASP! The guy that put this plugin together is the very same guy who developed commentluv, the one plugin that almost everyone loves. If you're still using those annoying captchas I seriously suggest you switch to GASP. I was shocked at how much of  the spam I was getting was from spambots. The other plugin I use in conjunction with GASP is Akismet as it catches all the human spammers. Using the two together frees up my time, time better spent doing other things like commenting on other blogs.Knowing all this I can't imagine why so many bloggers waste their precious time moderating their comments. Get with it you guys, STOP MODERATING YOUR COMMENTS! Still not satisfied? I mean it's your blog right, and if you want to moderate them you should be allowed to? Why should you listen to me anyway, who am I to tell you how to run your blog.? Your problem is that I am not a lone voice on this matter. Just…

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Teaching People The Proper Way To Comment

Most people probably don't realize this but there was a time when I was studying to be a teacher and I only had a semester to complete to get my degree before I gave it all away. There were many reasons for this but the main reason was I discovered near the end that I didn't have a passion for it and so I decided I would be doing all those kids a disservice were I to continue on. Now seeing as how I have all that experience I wondered if I could use it to teach people the proper way to comment on a blog. I know there are a whole lot of posts out there that have tried to educate people the proper way to leave a comment, I even wrote one myself called Commenting 101 Important Rules For 2009, yet even with this wealth of information I find there's a lot of people out there who just don't get it. Perhaps they think they understand the proper technique but for some reason they've missed some vital point, and so they continue to leave comments that can be so bad some people interpret it as spam and send them to Akismet Hell. I'm hoping this post will solve that problem and the way I'm hoping to do that is by grading every comment out of 10. That means that I will allow all comments, even the spam ones, and with each grade I will give a reason as to why…

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