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Blocked Comments: Why Am I Being Censored?

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One of the best ways to build backlinks and increase your reach is to leave comments on other blogs. But sometimes, things don’t go quite the way you expected. You spend a couple of hours every day reading blogs, crafting a comment yet your comments aren’t showing up. For some reason your comments are being blocked, so let’s take a look at some possibilities.

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Your Comments May Not Be Getting Past The Moderator

These days most bloggers have their sites set up so they can moderate comments before they’re visible to the public. They may moderate every single comment that comes along or they may have it set up so they moderate your first comment to confirm you’re not a spammer and then all your future comments are automatically approved. Either way, this may be where the problem is. Before your comment is approved, here’s what that other blog owner is looking for:

Does you comment add to the conversation?

Nice post, thanks!” doesn’t cut it anymore. Bloggers are not so hungry for comments that they’ll allow you to do a fly-by link drop. And even if your comment is five paragraphs long, if it’s obvious you never actually read that blog post you’re still going to be blocked.

Take the time to read the post and leave a comment that adds to the conversation. Ask a question or briefly relate a personal experience.

Are you being polite?

If your opinion differs from the blog owner’s, that’s fine. Most of us welcome an intelligent discussion. But flaming or bullying the blog owner or the other commentors just because you disagree is wrong and most blog owners won’t tolerate it. Feel free to express you opinion but do so in a polite, professional manner.

Are you too controversial?

Even when they’re polite some commentors are just too controversial and the blog owner wants his regular commentors to feel safe when they visit his blog. I know all about freedom of speech and censorship, but there’s a time and place for everything. If you’re commenting for the purpose of building links then leave the controversy out of it. Business is business.

Are you dropping too many links?

Nearly all comment software allows you to include a URL that links to your name. This does not have to be your root domain or your homepage, you can link to a post or article on your site. But if you include links within the body of your comment most bloggers will either strip them out or block your comment altogether.

Have you been reported for spam?

There’s also the possibility that somewhere along the line someone reported one of your comments as spam. Try contacting the blog owner to see if that’s the problem. If you see your comments getting blocked all across the Internet you can try contacting Akismet, since the majority of blogs are on the WordPress platform and use Akismet to control comment spam.

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4 Comments

  1. Andi The Minion

    I have posted comments on sites using a different email and URL and many of them don’t appear, I never thought that they might be globally banned as spam.

    I certainly do not intend any comments to come across as spam, whether it is the name or URL as the site has gone through many changes.

    I will chase up Akismet and see if that is the case. Thanks for the info.

    Andi

    1. I don’t know exactly how Akismet globally bans some combinations with their system, but if your comments get flagged on too many blogs, you will most likely end up in the spam folder in every single blog protected by Akismet.

  2. Jerry Doby

    I am just beginning to learn about the back-link issue and have wondered why sometimes my comments don’t appear. I DO try to leave meaningful comments to show I read the article/post but have a habit of signing my name and including my website link at the bottom of the completed comment. Is that a bad thing? Should I simply leave the information in the blocks provided before the comment body, such as you have here?

    Thanks in advance for any further guidance.

    1. Hey Jerry, when people leave their website link at the bottom of the comment, I usually just delete it. There is a field for your url, so you can just use it. I don’t see the point in trying to get yet another link if the blog owner is already giving you one.