Blocked Comments: Why Am I Being Censored?
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.
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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