Q. Do You know what the “Comment Policy” is? What it is for?
Of course, you know if you’re a blogger.
Q. Does your blog has a Comment Policy?
If you’ve just started your blog and getting lots of spam comments everyday, but you don’t know how to stop it than keep reading.
Lots of ways are live yet, which are used to get rid of SPAM, here I’m going to share one of them, which myself using. It’s Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin, which adds a Check box below the comment box asking (CONFIRM you are not a SPAMMER) and comment cannot be posted without checking it.
I’ve never seen a responsible blogger, who’d tolerate SPAMMERS ever. Therefore, if you’re a Good Blogger, you’ll have to control comments on your blog. Which I do, basically by the plugin above and with the help of comment policy. Actually, Spammers are just bots/people what who spam my, your and others blogs frequently.
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Their main aim is to spread their own dirty links and to build backlinks by commenting their links at popular and even at small blogs.
Here in this post, I’ll be sharing what the comment policy is and a descriptive guide to write a comment policy for your blog, we’ll also discuss why you must have a comment policy?
Let’s read what is the comment policy first,
This contains all the rules of commenting on a given blog, e.g. links are not allowed, gravatar is a must and other essential rules.
I strongly recommend you to create a Comment Policy page, if you’re serious about others comments at your blog.
This will not reduce only SPAM in the best way, and will also help you to increase the number valuable comments, and the comments you love to have on your blog. You’ll be concerned as a responsible blogger, who cares about his blog all the time.
This will be an effective way to let your readers know what do you allow on your blog and what you hate!
Why You Must have Comment Policy?
A comment policy, I’ve already told you that is a list of rules of commenting on a particular blog. This makes a blog look more professional with the addition of policies.
A blogger must be serious about blogging and about his blog, and never should expose it to spammers. Here are few questions, I’d like to hear their answers from you.
- Don’t you hate Spam?
- Don’t you want Valuable comments at your blog?
- Don’t you want to get rid of Spam?
Ok, You can answer those question in comments section. Comments are free, you know!
If you want valuable comments on your blog, then you’ll need a comment policy always to make it possible. Otherwise, spammers are so genius that they comment in a tone so you never can caught spam in the comment. So, be Alert! never approve a comment without checking it very well. OK?
Here are few types of Spam Comments, I always get.
- Comments really short less than a line! just saying ‘Great Post’, ‘I will try tips you’ve mentioned’, ‘Thanks for Sharing’. Most people even newbie bloggers also do this very common mistake.
Just never accept such really short comments, and notify the commentator that his comment was not approved either by using a plugin or manually
- Valuable comments containing links
- Comments with dull names like ‘Antivirus’, Smart Iphone etc. Some include their site name with the Author name
Write a Comment Policy page
Firstly, we can never work without being logged out of our social networks, I mean Facebook, Twitter and others. Log out first! Then get to work, also do all other useless tabs close.
Go to your WordPress Dashboard and add a new page. Name it in this format: [YOUR SITE Comment Policy], or you can enter directly [Comment Policy] too, if you like.
First introduce the page, like why it is created? How it is useful? etc.
Note: Write introduction in paragraphs, with headings. Make it easy to navigate and read.
Start writing your comment rules after adding heading [Comment Policy].
Most Important Rules You must add
Here are some rules a comment policy, must always have. Don’t just copy from here, or from anywhere else. But try to write in your own words, own tune with your own writing style.
1. Don’t allow links
Yes, never allow links in the comments. Don’t forget to write this wonderful rule in your comment policy, that ’Comments, containing any link are moved to Spam, add link to comment when it is required or useful’. Don’t Copy it! but write in your own tune.
2. Valuable and Descriptive
Never approve comments that are too short, like contains only two lines.. I just hate them. This rule must be at the top and all comments must be always moderated according to it. Move them to SPAM, whenever you got such comments. Add it to the policy too, so that your readers may be informed about it. Always, ask your readers to be descriptive while commenting, and never to comment just to say ‘Great Post’.
3. Name Policy To Your Comment Policy
We see, always commentators adding their keywords to their name like ‘Car Insurance’ etc. Ask commentators in the policy to enter own, real, full name while commenting, and never to use keywords or their site name.
4. Comment Language
I think, hopefully most of us are not native English speaker, but are awesome content creator. But, newbies who also don’t know writing content, use their native language to comment. You would have get some comments in different language in the past probably.
If your blog is in English language than why would you accept comments on other languages?
Also Add a language policy to your comment policy, states that Comments are always approved which are written in English Otherwise we’ll never approve them, instead they’ll be moved to Trash.
5. Comment must be relevant
This rule is what, is most important perhaps. Are you getting comments are indeed not relevant to your post, where comment was posted? then it’s the time to add this useful policy, which informs the commentator, that ‘Irrelevant comments are not accepted, post comments which are related to the post/topic.’
6. Add Warning!
Spammers are what, who never understand the quality of our content, and our efforts we make to produce content. And they really don’t care anyone, but are Egoistic. So, here’ in your comment policy you’ll have to add a Warning! Message to the Spammer too.
That what results in action of regular spamming on your blog, in other words what the owner will take action, if spammer will continue spamming, even after comment policy. You may warn him/her that you’ll ban his/her Ip, it’s a good Idea really. I do the same.. Kindly, add it to your rules too.
What do you think?
So, I have shared what I promised now it’s your turn! What do you think? Isn’t comment policy essential? Does your blog have Comment Policy?
If you need any type of help in creating a comment policy page, don’t forget! I’m here always for you.
About author: I’m Mairaj! full name Mairaj Pirzada, a young blogger from Pakistan. I’m presently an Author of Guide Please! and an Extremely Affectionate towards Blogging, Surfing Web and Activities related to Internet. I enjoy my life reading Awesome blogs on the web, and blogging frequently at Guide Please!.