Blog Commenting and Social Networking Policy. Do You Have One? Here It’s Mine!

Blog Commenting and Social Networking Policy

If you’re following me for some time or if you’re new here (Hi!), you eventually know, how I move in the blogging area of doing/receiving comment as well as with my social networking via all my social sites.

For me the word blogging is synonym of social networking. I take this blog as a pure social media event, every possible week. Many bloggers have blog comment policy but I want to do a step further, therefore I’ll expose clearly which are my thoughts about commenting and receiving comments more how linked are also with social media.

It’s incredible that this post explaining my social-mind about commenting / social networking was “lost” on my archives of unfinished articles since several months. First I started with my move to WP, next my move offline (hate it! still dealing with problems) and now with several projects in parallel for this blog and online – but with few time for all together.

 

Blog Commenting and Social Networking Policy

 

Well without further ado and if it wasn’t obvious my position about blog commenting /social networking, here it’s:

 

Blogging Commenting Policy

 

1) Receiving Comments on this Blog

* This is easy – don’t spam my blog! I’ve installed GASP plugin and other tech measures to minimize automatic spam. But human spammers enter frequently, it’s impossible to stop all of them.

What do I consider spam?

* “Great post”, “thanks for sharing”, and..I don’t know you…and to worsen things, with a link to a spammy site or equivalent then.. deleting…deleting

* Commenting irrelevant comments no related to the article with a link to a spammy site, …deleting…again.

* Commenting relevant comments to the article, but they were extracted literally from other comment on other blog, in this case, as soon as I detect it, I’ll be deleting them fastly.

* If your personal name is “weight loss help”, “Web Hosting…” or “real state…” (really??) chances are very high that I’ll be deleting it, unless it’s a coherent and interesting comment. Also spam-filters will be probably sending you to spam: then put your real name always or eventually your [email protected] keywords.
Perhaps, for a good comment and if I’ve a name on your email address, I’d add it to your keywords, then the same would be like : your name @ your keywords, but it depends a lot of the type of comment and my “editor” mood on that day 😉

Example:

It’s OK – Name: [email protected] Blogging Tips
Wrong – Name: Pro Blogging Tips           (Unless, I know you a lot from other site)

* Don’t put deep-links to articles/sites in your URL field (e.g. yoursite.com/keywords.html)
It’s evident that is done for SEO purposes and I’ll edit your URL, only showing site.com. You have also the Commentluv extra field, below in the comment area, to show your latest posts (I’m not requiring registering to show them, so you can show till 10 post of the same!)

* Putting links as signature at the end of the comment isn’t necessary; you’ve the URL-field for that purpose. If it’s an external link, it’d be completely relevant to the topic in question, if not, eventually I can edit the comment and delete this extra link.

* I suggest associating your email address with Gravatar and it’s much better to have a picture or avatar, instead of a faceless standard blue logo. They are only seconds to set up!

Feel free to comment about the articles what you want, liking or not, but in case you disagree with me, be polite and constructive – this is the best way to proceed in any case. We are all humans and we can have different opinions about everything. Like food, there tastes for all 🙂

 

Grey Area – Getting Borderline Comments

As always in life, not all is black or white, there are greys. The same apply to comments received, that deserve a special attention: the borderline comments. As my traffic has increased 3 times or more after my transition from Blogger to WordPress, the same affects to spam also 🙁
Although I’ve spam-filters, a handful of spams still are getting through and like most of you, my time is becoming less and less to explore deeply to each comment.

For instance: recently, I’ve been receiving legitimate comments, with proper names and links to not “bad” sites. But, after some minutes I start receiving also more legitimate comments, but now the same person changed from name @ keyword 1, now to name @ keyword 2. In an hour I receive perhaps 7- 10 comments all with same name, but different @ keywords. It’s obvious he’s manipulating the links on my blog only for SEO – come on people! After a few cases like that, the result is banning these persons or labeling as spammers permanently!

As I track my real-time stats, the situation get worst when I see tools fetching my site after several hours/days to see if the spammy-link posted were accepted or not.

My blog is partially do-follow + keywordluv enabled, and to fight those evident spammers, I’ve installed the nofollow free plugin that only allow do-follow links, after 5 legitimate comments. I bet that those borderline comments in cascade are motivated to reach the minimum number to be do-follow links. I tell to those persons / spammers that I’ll put again nofollow in that cases and probably that spammer will be banned, directly.

UPDATE 16 September 2011: Apart of the link you obtain on the URL, you’ve an extra link in the CommentLuv field.

My blog is now CommentLuv Premium plugin enabled.
With this great 8-1 multi-plugin, I can control spam, trackbacks, twitterlinks, keywords and so forth.

Now instead of Keywordluv, is KeywordName Luv. In other words, to get the @ Keywords after your name, you must have 5 comments approved. In that way, I can reward to my real readers and to refuse one-comment-spammers just for link-keywords (they can still put a valid comment, but not with @ keywords, till they reach 3 comments)
After @, the maximum number of keywords allowed are 3.

 

2) Commenting on other Blogs

I don’t comment on every post I read and also I don’t comment back all the time, even you commented on mine.
Reasons?

* Lack of time!

*  Your last post was already commented a lot and I don’t know what to add. To put just a “great post” I prefer to not comment at all.

* Or your last post is about a theme I’m not interested in or I don’t know anything about it.

* On a specific post, the comments done before are almost “long posts”. As my writing in English isn’t fast I’d wish (my native language is Spanish) and to spend tens of minutes writing it, I prefer to read then, go on.

* If you publish everyday or very frequently, I can’t even visit you or may be I do read and move – time is evil!

* If an article worth commenting even if it’s a new blogger or A- blogger, perhaps I can comment depending of my time at that moment. It’s impossible to be commenting everywhere all the time 🙂

* If I comment on your blog someday and you can comment back on my blog is great, but I know is not always possible.
Top bloggers independently of the niche, don’t comment back – but for “normal” bloggers, yes they should comment from time to time – like my case and avoiding these social networking fails.

I apply the Karma blogging law (I believe in the karma law offline and online, in blogging as well). What does it means?

* If I don’t receive a comment from you in several weeks but – I see you commenting on other blogs on that period – perhaps I’ll read your recent posts but I’ll not comment. If I see some “sign of life” respect to my person or to my blog e.g. sharing my posts on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, StumbleUpon or voting on other social sites, I’ll visit you when I can, or share some of your posts in my social sites.

On the contrary, if you disappear completely of my blogging-stream and, I repeat sorry!, I see you interacting like commenting, voting or sharing on other bloggers on that term, then since that moment, probably, I’ll begin to ignore you utterly in terms of commenting.

Why I’d comment, if you don’t comment in mine, don’t share any of my posts and don’t vote on some of the popular social bookmaking sites – you’re ignoring me, so don’t expect other reaction from me.
I know it’s hard, but I want being honest and clear about the situation.

As you notice, in my mind commenting is linked with social networking.

I’ve experienced many times this position and, more social I’m – and my blog is evolving on that direction, less tolerant I’m with bloggers doing it. If I’m a piece of “transparent glass” for you, hence you’re also “transparent” for me.

Is it possible reverting that situation? Surely! If you reappear in my blogging-stream again, I’ll change accordingly.

I reiterate, on top blogs is evident that those bloggers don’t comment back or re-share on his/her social channels your posts frequently, because it’s near impossible having thousands comments per week. But this situation doesn’t apply to more “normal” bloggers and feedback between bloggers should be normal currency.

Feedback can be also no commenting here, but linking outside from your blog to some of my posts, therefore I’d receive a notification via pingback. Be aware, that not always I receive a pingback from your post, I don’t know the motive.

Interact with me and I’ll try the same when it’s possible 🙂

 

3) Replying on My Own blog

I’ll try replying to most of my fresh and new own posts as soon as I can. After many days, I’ll just read the comments – yes of course – I do read every single comment done here!

On older posts if the commenter asks a question, doubt or similar I can reply too, but in several cases I can send, directly, an email if it’s important.

Guest bloggers must reply to all the comments done on their own posts published here, after few days,..not all have done..mission not accomplished…but I’m encouraging to interact with people. This is a social blog, so be social 🙂

I’ve changed my guest post guidelines to request guest posters to reply comments of their own posts.
Off topic for guest bloggers: I’ve increased my minimum of words and don’t bother to send me an article, for free, if you are not a blogger. I cannot go on rejecting and sending several emails per week due to crappy articles or because they have links to commercial sites, not blogs.

 

Social Networking Policy

* Twitter – if we, both, were following each other ….and you un-follow me, I’ll un-follow back. Probably, I’ll delete you also of my twitter-lists.

From time to time, for this task I check, manually, my “un-follows” with Friendorfollow.com
If you begin to tweet crap, just offers or sent me several DMs with offers…..I’ll be un-following you! It’s necessary to manage my time online wisely.

Specifically for Twitter, I’ve few semi-automated shares from people I trust on their posts and I control them periodically to see their quality. In case I see posts are becoming of low quality, I’ll delete it from some of the Twitter tools I use, like Dlvr, TwitterFeed, Triberr, or not sharing, directly via e.g. Buffer.

* Facebook – if you “un-friended” me – I’ll take notice for future reactions on my part.
I use this application Who.deleted.me who alerts me if this happened. Recently I’ve disabled when I receive many emails per week, but oftentimes I enable it when I’m in this mood.

Situations that happen frequently, in social sites – if you:

Ask just for votes and you never vote mine, I’ll ignore you at first stage and if this situation continues, I’ll un-friend or un-follow you (The name depends of the specific site)

– Overflowing: e.g. on Stumbleupon if I communicated to you to not sharing with me more than 1 or 2 per week (I can have tens in few hours!) and you insist, sorry buddy, but you’re too noisy (and abusing of my time)…you’ll be deleted of my stream. Check out more in deep my post about StumbleUpon tips and tricks.

I reply you some of your questions, @replies, DMs, internal messages and you don’t bother to reply back, or worst ignore me often- sorry but again you’re gone!

Freshly on Google Plus and more with my #FollowFriday Google Plus post, I started to see people who follow you and immediately un-follow you (by the moment this can be done purely by hand) so for this twisted minds, I’ll un-follow you too as soon as I notice.

I don’t follow you if you share exclusively your own links or you share bullshit. I respect your decisions on what you share, but my streams and time is mine 😉

The same criteria apply to other social communities I’m involved semi-frequently with, namely BlogEngage, Blokube, WPJunkies, SERPd, Foodbuzz, Bloggers, etc.

Don’t expect that I’ll share / vote up a post from you, if it doesn’t deserve it for its quality, no matter if I know you or not.
I tend to vote or share independently if I know the person who has written it or not, more if they are excellent posts in my weekly-limited-time online.
But in case I follow you on my RSS readers or social streams, possibly I’ll give you more ups on my social channels 🙂

 

Networking By Email

* If you pitch me by email to put a link to your newest article on my posts and I don’t know you, at first stage I’ll suggest you to comment on my blog with Commentluv enabled (in that way your article will show for all the people). Other possibility is to write a guest post for my blog, but if you continue sending these types of emails just for the link, I’ll delete them directly.

* I’ve said before on point (3) but I must stress, if you try to be a guest writer on my blog, don’t send me low quality articles (bland, not formatted, not internal links, not the minimum of words – worst copied from somewhere).
If you send me an article that is pointing out to a commercial site, sorry I’ll treat you as a sponsor and not as a guest blogger.

* Out of the blue, you subscribed me to your newsletter (without any permission from my part!) – and I don’t know you – well.. I’ll mark you as spam and your IP will be black-listed in several servers. From now on, your newsletter will be spam – think twice before do it!
(I never click in unsubscribe-links coming from spammers, because overall it’s a form to confirm the address for sending more spam)
If I know you, may be I’ll require to change of email address or to delete it from your mailing list (this is always a good idea to have specific emails just for newsletters, different of your principal emails)

* You send me press releases and you try that I share them with my readers, it depends a lot of their quality and compatibility with my topics.

* You sent an email with BCC, granted – I’ll delete it.

* You sent emails to me but with CC showing alllllll other emails in it, you don’t understand anything, …again deleted!

* You sent me an email offering your SEO services…no doubt, delete it and marked as spam right away.

* Don’t send me an email saying I like your blog https://www.sweetsfoods.com/ and after reading inside it’s evident that you don’t know my name!, or my posts or my topics. If you want I’ve an about me page for more information before connecting with me.

* You’re welcome to send me offers to share with my readers and followers like giveaways, review of your info-products, software or physical products, but they must be related to my blog topics: blogging – social media and food connections.

 

Why am I doing all these precisions?

Because time is gold. Time is completely democratic: all have 24 hours a day no matter gender, social position, age, etc so the trick is to manage this gem wisely, during days and weeks …..and more in the relationship with other bloggers.

On my long-term blogging strategy, I’m doing several new tasks, apart from writing and networking, hence my time is scarce, and these are the online reasons why is happening (I’ll take some time, but I’m working on that):

Coming up in the – blogging – social media field with a foodie touch….

# Newsletter
# Podcasts
# More Product Reviews
# Slides – Presentations
# Videos

#Out of this blog, working in my own Mini-Niches

And to spicy up in the middle, increasing my guest posts on other blogs and to be more active on new social sites (failing on those points by the moment, but I’ve pending in my calendar)

As you see, there’s a lot of work to do and I expect ending most of them satisfactorily, according to this successful blogging recipe.
Of course, I can’t forget the other “offline life” with family, friends, work and healthy workout habits all necessary to have certain equilibrium 😉

 

I know it was a long post! If you read it till here, thanks so much – You’re a Champion 🙂
If You Skimmed it, you’re Awesome too – hope you found something interesting!

You know, it isn’t easy to reduce in few words, the most common of the interactions between bloggers 😉

I wish the offline relationships were honest and show clearly what you can expect from others, plus what you can give also, but the real world don’t work like that…therefore it’s possible to make the intent in the online world…

 

Questions:
Do you have blogging policies / social networking policies on your blogs?
Do you consider it necessary? Which of the points mentioned, are you doing different and why?

Tell me your experience – I’d like “listening” your mind 🙂

 

Technorati Tag: Blogging

 

Gera

Gera is a techie & foodie passionate about how to succeed in social media.
He focuses also on successful blogging tips and food connections.

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claudia lamascolo

As always insiteful, helpful, and a great read!

Annabelle

Wow, great post! (spammy start lol) I never gave it too much thought so I don’t have such an organized policy as you do. Usually I keep the websites I read in my google reader (I add 5-10 websites there every day) and I check them all. Of course I don’t read every post but the reader allows me to browse through the posts. If I find something I like I open it in a new tab.
I usually do this in the morning when I drink my coffee. I read the opened articles and if I feel the need to comment I comment and that’s it. If the article has interesting comments and I’m particularly interested in that subject I subscribe to the comments.
If I discover new websites I usually leave a comment but most of the time I don’t. I just read the articles and recommend them on facebook or twitter or w/e.
On my own blog. I don’t get many comments to be honest, my blog is not that popular. Because I write about things that are not that general, my comments are usually from people who are really interested in my posts.
Regarding the “Great post/Awesome article/etc” policy…I sometimes feel the need to say that to someone who wrote a nice post. Sometimes I don’t know what to say but I always try to add more to my comment so it doesn’t look spammy. This is not something I do to promote myself but sometimes I happen to love a post but there’s nothing else to add.
I also reply to every single comment I get on my blog because I feel I will respect my readers that way. Sure, when I will be famous (NOT) and I will have 10 000 comments for each post, things might get difficult…but until then…
I don’t spend so much time on twitter and I have like 10 followers or something which is sad :)). But I unfollowed a few people who really posted crap like…I’m driving to the restaurant/I am eating/I walk/I breathe. Those comments are really annoying

My facebook fan page has (again) about 15 followers or something so I’m not in the position to talk about it either. However, I did noticed that 2 people unfollowed me (yes, I’m a creep) and I have been wondering why. I mean I must have done something wrong. It confuses me.

The emails thingy is also annoying. I just received several emails from people recommending me their blog which was a total piece of crap. I mean seriously, I sometimes wonder if they actually read something on my blog because otherwise they wouldn’t be sending me stuff like…celebrity gossip and all that. I sometimes reply to them and tell them: MAN your target audience is not ME!

Guidelines are indeed important, at least to protect our readers from low quality comments. I noticed that I judge a website’s quality depending on the comments it gets. If it has a lot of spammy comments I usually find it spammy too. It’s just how my biased mind works.

Anyway, sorry for the very long comment but I found this article interesting and I was bored and when I’m bored I write a lot.

    Gerardo

    Annabelle thanks for your insights and comment!

    I’ve also on Google Reader my subscriptions, but they are hundreds and I manage them by feedly, frequently.

    Comments depend a lot of the themes of the post and the blog in general. There are many successful blogs that haven’t comments in general but do they have tons of readers and traffic.

    I try to reply to comments but when the number of them increase weekly, it’s a bit difficult so I prefer to answer the newer ones and question or doubts on old ones.

    If you are satisfied with your blog, go ahead! No matter if the comments are few or tons.

    I’ve the same feeling when a post is so extensive-detailed and there is nothing to add, I prefer to not comment.

    About social media numbers this is a game that many people like to show off, but worth it? All it depends of your goals.
    It’s pretty easy to get thousands of followers on Twitter but who care if the are all bots, or persons not interested at all in your tweets.
    If you want only to show numbers OK, but if you want to engage with people and more in the business area to eventually have them as a client, those numbers are quite relative.

    Your concept about spammy comments on a blog is totally true, for me also and for the big Google, that penalize bloggers who allow spam in comments or links on their blogs.

    Don’t apologize for the long comment; it’s a good sign that my post was read LOL 🙂

Rita

I guess that is why I follow you…you say what you think; and that is a good thing. I wouldn’t mind installing the nofollow free plugin that only allow do-follow links, after 5 legitimate comments.
I started blogging 2 years ago and was so excited when I got a new follower; now I know that is a jok; so many just add themselves as followers and I feel I have to do the same(not anymore) and I never hear from them again. What is that about.
I can’t possibly comment of bloggers who post everyday. I post once a week; I do have a life. I blog because I enjoy it and yes I do get a good feeling when I get a great comment or a compliment. I am 70 years old and this is where I am; not too many my age (my friends) have any idea of how a computer works except to send stupid jokes. I had to throw throw that in.
I don’t twitter and am nervous about Facebook. I have a Galaxy s2 SuperSmartphone meaning I am still curious about this didgital world we live in.
I thought of moving to Word press; but it really sounds like a lot of trouble.
Please keep writing it the way it is…very refreshing.
Rita

    Gerardo

    I try to reflect my thoughts about a theme that interest to most of bloggers. Great you liked Rita!

    I know that not all people that comment on my blog is just for a link, this measure was done to try to minimize human spammers that are everywhere.

    The social reciprocation law (I add you so I expect you’ll add to me) is very common and totally pointless, I entered myself at first stages, but now I’m selective on those cases.

    I’ve learned long time ago that age is mental in certain aspects. I learned that fact one day when I ended a running race, I was exhausted and near me was a man probably 30/35 years older than me, he said: Well this was a good race, it wasn’t my best performance and was funny because he finished about 15 minutes before than me and he was fresh as a lettuce…
    So it’s a merit all what you’re doing in blogging! Regard social media isn’t indispensable, remember that has only few years and before that the world already existed 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by!

Shelby

Gera, I think it is great that you went over this. I too have the same reasons for not always commenting. Our world (bloggers) has expanded so much that it impossible to keep up with everyone. I keep reading that what is important to me and comment when I can and/or feel that I have something to contribute. I appreciate the wealth of information in this post and plan to share it with others! Thank you!

    Gerardo

    Shelby totally with you. We should be selective with our time and tasks online. It’s impossible be everywhere commenting and as you, only if we can add something to the conversation.

    Thanks a lot for your visit and for your sharing!

Rosa

It is great that you have exposed your thoughts regarding commenting. I totally agree with you on most points. It is very difficult to comment everywhere as there are too many blogs around…

Cheers,

Rosa

    Gerardo

    Rosa the quantity of blogs in huge and if want to use the social reciprocation law in every case, we can’t do anything else. It’s a delicate balance between all the tasks of bloggers: writing, marketing, social engage and so on.

    Thanks for coming by!

Deeba Rajpal (

I wish I could say was a champion sweet Gera, but I read it right the way down because on the content and the way you wrote this post. You are the true champion here. Well said and well written out. I agree with you, and often wish I had more time.

    Gerardo

    Deeba I know it was a long post and I tried to make the best “eatable” possible to not be boring.

    I’m happy if you or other people enjoyed at least some chapter of it 🙂

    Thanks for your compliment!

Michael Said

Thanks for sharing this at least no one can complain that you have not made it clear what is and is not acceptable to you.

    Gerardo

    Perhaps not everybody agree, but I attempted to be clear as possible when I need to edit a comment and the motives for that action. Thanks to you!

Sanjeeta kk

Simple, to the point and crisp..is what comes to my mind..and believe me I did read word by word of this wonderful post, Gera! Yes there are times I feel sad when bloggers don’t respect each other and never bother to comment back when I would have been following and commenting at their blog frequently. Getting to know the pulse of food bloggers now 🙂
Love the whole article..though it is not a totally professional writing but came straight from your heart..and am loving it.

    Gerardo

    Sanjeeta wow you’re a champion for reading the full article LOL 🙂

    Again I see the reciprocation social law in action and I don’t like it also. I suffered for many bloggers that don’t bother to interact with someone but always they are asking something and later forget you, immediately,..till next time..selfish behaviour.

    Unfortunately several food bloggers are great in food-stuff but out this field, are null in terms of blogging and social networking.

    I’m not a pro in writing, less as English is my second language, but I try my best to express my real feeling about the terms blogger + social 🙂

    Many thanks for coming!

Karen

Even though we can all have a comment policy, there are still those that will try one on and try to get their spammy comments up!

    Gerardo

    Totally with you Karen! You’ve a clear comment policy on your blog but spammers don’t read it there or this here, they follow instructions of their employers. At least, they are warned that their comment will be deleted LOL!

Joanne

I like this post Gera. You said it all. Some of your blogging “policies” made me laugh although I realize the issues aren’t funny.
I don’t have any policies. Just kind of “roll with it”.

    Gerardo

    Joanne I know that some of those blogging policies are pretty simple, obvious and funny to read but as you know also, the theme gets more tricky having tens per day of them.
    For example, I’ve this one the day before yesterday, 8 times and only from one guy on different posts in an hour “Every time I am finding this blog. Great post. Please write more and more about this. I had never see a blog better than this one. Thank you for your post.”

    A generic comment suitable for all type of posts and extremely flattery, don’t know why they think that will be approved on that way 😉

    Thanks for stopping by!

Dewi

Gera, wow 🙂 I wish that every blogger out there have the same attitude like yours. After learning from my own experience, I actually try not to feel bad by how many comment I get in each post. I think, I am almost not that care anymore (I hope this is not a bad thing/sign). I always try to remind myself that the purpose of my blogging is to share my recipe to my sisters and relatives who are currently living overseas. If other blogger come, visit and give nice complement then I’ll do the same to them. I almost always visit and give comment to them as well. I never ask anything from them, is not my personality, plus I am way too shy to promote myself 🙂

    Gerardo

    Thanks a bunch Dewi! Comments are relative and every blogger has different opinions about them. Also it depends of the purpose of the blog and the blogger.

    What I think that all bloggers should not allow spam (according to their definition) on their blogs. It’s a lose-win relation for the blogger. Blogger loses and spammer wins 😉

Belinda

Great post!

=) Didn’t think I was going to end there, did you? Love the comments too. This is why you’re so wonderful – you are completely honest and transparent and you tell it like it is. I can’t say we’re as organized with a policy as this. Though definitely going to share this with PupaKat. I’m glad that changing to WordPress has been good to you (even though it means more work!) Time is so short and it’s always an important reminder that folks are reading even if they are not commenting. I know because I’m guilty of that sometimes! Sometimes it’s just timing and other times, I don’t have anything intelligent to say other than I think it’s really cool and who wants a comment that just says: cool! (Unless of course, it was so cool, it just warrants: cool).

Cool.

    Gerardo

    Belinda I haven’t problem at all with the “great post” itself. It’s the context where is done and who post it 🙂

    I try to be transparent in order to not have problems with some commenter in future. But I can say that most of the troubles come from spammers and they don’t bother to send private emails, they know that are guilty 😉

    Perhaps having a clear comment policy make easier for you and PupaKat what to do with those borderline comments.

    Yes it took me lot of work the transition WordPress, but it’s evident the benefits.

    I’ve the same theme and try to avoid to put “cool” alone LOL 🙂

    Thanks for coming by!

Claudia

Interesting, Gera. I have no policies – it you are anonymous – I probably will mark you as Spam. If you un-friended me on Facebook or unfollowed me on Twitter – i probably wouldn’t notice! And if you say “great post!” – I still think – maybe you read it and are not as verbal as I am! I think it’s my age – social media is fun for me – but not business.

    Gerardo

    General speaking allowing anonymous comments can lead to spammers. When I was on Blogger most of the problems come from them.

    Everybody has different reasons to unfollow a person on Twitter / Facebook. The point is when it is done to manipulate numbers and in that case, they are playing with you. I don’t allow it.

    I’ve seen many times someone who follow you on Twitter and after you follow, immediately unfollow you (this can be done automatic or by hand). I explained in detailed those social mistakes on my post why social media fails.

    I think social media isn’t a theme of age, it’s for respect to other persons and the same behaviour should be done online and offline.

    Many thanks for the comment Claudia!

Amanda

I’ve never thought it through so thoroughly, but you hit most of the same policies that I keep to. Time and so many good posts out there really is the barrier to most of my commenting. And why bother with the generic “good post” thing. Oh, the spammer thing – don’t get me started. Some slip through even the best defenses.

    Gerardo

    Good to know it! We are linked-minded 🙂
    It seems we all need week’s longer, right?

    Spamming is a problem all bloggers suffer and they are using our time 🙁

Winelady Cooks

Hi Gera, I’ve been so busy this summer that I’ve been neglecting my social networking. This post is right on target in many ways. The spam commenting is so appropriate — everyone needs to be careful with this — I’ve had several comments I wasn’t sure about so I had to use judgment and delete.

All this information is so helpful but can be overwhelming when “time” is not on our side.

Lots to think about and hopefully I’ll have a chance to work on this now that the summer is coming to an end.

Thanks for all your insights,
Joanne

    Gerardo

    Joanne hope you’ve had a great summer there and you can restart activities full of energy, but don’t waste energy on those spams,

    Just if you consider a comment like spam, delete right away and move on. Hope some of my concepts apply to you 😉

    Thanks for stopping by!

norma

As usual you hit things right on (don’t delete me). I try to leave a comment on all of the people I follow, 1. loyalty 2. frienship. As I have said to you before your posts are a teaching tool for me.

    Gerardo

    Why will I delete you Norma? I much appreciate your words and I do the same with people I follow and engage often 🙂

Joan Nova

“Time is completely democratic”…love it!

If I didn’t have Askimet stopping most of the spammers, I’d give up blogging. It’s mind-boggling how many spam hits we get…I just don’t get what benefit is derived for the spammers.

Your other comments, especially about commenting, are all well-taken and understandable. You’ve been a great resource for me and other bloggers and those involved in social media.

    Gerardo

    Thanks Joan! Everybody has 24 hours to do things, so we must manage our time properly. When spammers come, they are cutting our time, so the less the merrier.

    Most spammers come to blogs to get links. The purpose is improving rankings of their own sites or they are rented to spam for others, in other words: business.

    Much appreciate you find helpful my posts!

DLXD

I wouldn’t worry about spam comments as much as scrapers…you can delete a few comments from time to time…realistically speaking this isn’t something to make fuss about…I wouldn’t go as far to quit blogging because of this :D…

I have to disagree with you on some of the points you mentioned there…for instance, I can not really afford to get to know everyone who dropped a comment and his mom…but I would respond out of respect…

Looking forward to the mininiche bit…

    Gerardo

    Agree with you, content scrapers are unpleasant with those auto-softwares.
    Talking about numbers, I don’t have few comments as a spam, sometimes in a day, I can have tens and tens in several hours and this is real problem to dig in pending/spam folders to see which is legitimate or not. So with better defences, I can low those numbers.

    I don’t understand what you said that I require knowing all the people who comment here. In fact more than 50% of my comments are done for unknown people and I like that! The problem is to classify when it is a spam or not. If the comment comes from a person that I don’t know, therefore I must watch closely the name, comment itself and URLs. But if I receive a comment from a regular reader that is a great post or similar, or don’t put a name on her/his comment for me it’s ok and I approve anyway. In other words I’m more tolerant, of course, with people I trust online.
    Thanks for your opinion!

Lily

This is a good policy.. I read so many comments like this ‘nice post!’ and ‘thank you for sharing and some of them are not relevant to the topic.. Well they must be deleted of curse.. Thanks to the spam filter can’t just mess the commenting blog.. I enjoyed reading the comments of others..

    Gerardo

    Lily, really short unrelated comments is the style of the spammers. Or good comments copied exactly from somewhere. I look up several words in quotes on Google. In that way if it is a copy, then comment deleted.

    If spam filters send most of spammers than legitimate comments to spam, then are of great help indeed.

    Thanks for coming by!

Gerardo

Natasha you said full time job – then this is always first, good luck there 🙂

Making a comment policy can help you to fight spammy comments – people were warned beforehand!

kathy

Hey Gera, we see things the same on most points! Haven’t really advanced enough to have guest post policies. As for multiple comments from the same unknown blogger posted merely for links, gone! If their comments offer value, which usually is not the case, I will leave them but strip all links.

As for the social media support, I’m with you on the theory of supporting each other. That doesn’t mean we always have to comment or tweet everything but be mindful of each other.

I was thinking of you today when I found 35 shares from the same person on my StumbleUpon toolbar. You warned about this here on sweetsfoods;) My biggest peeve with social media is self promotion. I will un-follow someone like that very quick. The only exception is an obvious newbie, for them I try to be patient remembering my own silly mistakes.

Thanks for the insightful and honest writing Gera. Always a pleasurable visit.

    Gerardo

    Kathy I think that most of the bloggers have similar concepts about spam in different grades. Just yesterday I’ve received a complete comment, relevant and coherent but something wasn’t clear. When I checked the text in quotes on Google, the same comment exactly was done four times; even it was approved and answered in a big blog. In my case I marked as spam and deleted. It’s a joke to receive duplicated comments already done on other places.

    I’m a firm believer in support others in blogging/social media when it’s possible. The same apply to SU and I’ve the case you mention many times. Often it’s an error in the SU bar that never ends of loading after press share. Several SU users are anxious and press it many times…sending tons of repeated shares. If it’s an error and the person notify others is ok, but if it’s done for purpose – unfollow immediately.

    Yes self promoters are everywhere and I also avoid them!
    Of course I did also my social mistakes, so if a newbie are doing it, patient…because I was newbie too and in some fields, I’m still a newbie 😉

    Thanks for stopping by Kathy and enjoy your weekend!

Gerardo

Agree with you Yesim. I comment often independently if this person commented or not on mine, but not everybody think the same. A lot of people want the social reciprocation and in that way appears the lack of time in my case. I’d like to point out that most of the cases I mention here, are when those persons ask for an “up”/comment/share in social media/blogging and later disappear from your sight, till then they need you once more…and vanished again till need from you something, again….

Many thanks for your visit!

claudia

You knnow when I started out I made so many mistakes on blogging etiquette lost some people I admired and have much more consideration and patience thanks to the many tips and voice on the wonderful blog you exhibit. Your writing is always amazing and getting right to the point with the truth, as always this is another awesome post!

    Gerardo

    Claudia I’ve had and I’ve my own mistakes on blogging and social networking. The idea is to gain knowledge and grow up on those areas learning from the errors already done.
    Happy you find useful but my writing must be improved a lot, but working on that 😉

    Great weekend!

Suresh Khanal

It was really a looooong policy than I’d expected when I started reading the post. But you’ve shared every plight each of us are facing regarding spamming, and commenting.

I never believed in spamming and never had that greed to squeeze each link juice I can lick. I stand on your side on this respect.

    Gerardo

    Suresh if I only put a blog commenting policy here is short 😉 but I jumped with all the possible aspects in commenting and social networking.

    Human spammers are people who don’t understand anything about blogging but most of the cases, I’m sure they are rented to generate links on other blogs paying them few bucks. You can hire them on Fiverr and forums, but those sites who hire those people, can be banned by poor campaigns done by them, not good idea at all.
    Agree with you spamming isn’t effective as a way to obtain links, there are better ways to do SEO.

    Thanks a lot for your feedback!

Chef Dennis

ok, you really made me think! I had no idea youi could edit comments on wordpress, I have just ben deleting those with links, great to know!
I don’t have a policy and I can see how you really need one and abide by it.
Lots of info in this post, I am going to keep going over it until it all sinks in.
Do you know if there is a tool for seeing who has not followed you or unfollowed you on google friends?
Thanks again for all the great info!
Dennis

    Gerardo

    Dennis yes you can edit all your approved / pending / spam comments in WP dashboard, even you can reply directly too via dashboard.

    I think is useful to have clear all the thoughts about commenting/networking from the blogger, beforehand.

    I don’t know a tool that alert you who unfollow on Google plus by the moment, but I bet some developer will do one as soon as G+ will be public 🙂

    Glad you find this post helpful Dennis – thanks for your comment and Rt too!

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