Yup, that’s right… there’s one of them new “rules” things going on!
As I mentioned in the memo on 12-04-10, I’ve been in the process of cleaning up a lot of loose ends left from the year and one of them involves chasing down some SEO issues… which means a much tighter commenting policy.
Now, truth be told, the fact that you’re reading this probably implies you’re one of the regulars around here and your going to look at me funny because it’s simply stuff you already do anyways!
I know, I know, I’m sorry about having to state the obvious!
However, I’ve reached a point where the traffic has hit some sort of critical mass and I’m getting more and more whiny people complaining when I remove their spammy behavior… so I spelled it out in black and white!
You’ll find my new page in the navigation under the title “Comment Policy” (creative, I know right? LOL)
Eventually I’ll probably shove it in a menu somewhere but for now its out for everyone to make sure they see.
It’s hard to explain to those of us that know better – and I resisted it for a long while – but apparently its important to tell people why you take away their right to play with your toys when they cant behave with them!
It’s a product of gaining traction, dealing with higher rates of spam, and choosing to give more back to my commenters than most do by being DoFollow/Keywordluv/Commentluv/TwitterLink enabled.
It means I get a lot of traffic that isn’t the local crew and generally needs reminded of some manners, or at least apparently told where there post goes when they abuse my comment forms LOL
This just saves me the headache I have been dealing with with with the whiny “you didn’t tell me” crowd… and also discloses my right to republish which I’ve been doing anyways.
In the long run this is the right move, its just tedious and kinda off-putting to the average reader in a sense. Once its done, hopefully I never have to touch it again till I’m at least 10k or under.
I hope that you understand that this is about cleaning up the outgoing links and increasing the strength of the site which gives the links that you worked so hard to get approved a much better SEO value.
Each inch up the SEO ladder this blog goes, every single link you have on this blog gets a quality bump.
There are a lot of great examples of different commenting policies and strategies available at different sites. They’re about as unique as the bloggers are.
Here’s some great examples, in no particular order:
http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/comment-policy <– Short and Sweet!
http://www.strictlyonlinebiz.com/blog/lousy-commenting-policy/1344/ <– Another DoFollow Blogger
http://wassupblog.com/comment-policy/ <– Another DoFollow Blogger
http://www.dragonblogger.com/should-have-commenting-policy/ <– Another DoFollow Blogger
and, last but not least, my friend Gail over at Growmap.com has some awesome pointers both on how not to get your comment deleted AND in the same way how to spot what is likely spam on your own blog!
I hope you’ll have a look at my new “Comment Policy” and share with me your honest feedback.
Everything is open to negotiation for those of you that have been with me regularly because the last thing I want to do is hamper those that are already meeting the guidelines in the first place!
Comments are not enabled on that page, so please come back to this one after you’re done reading and let me know what you think! Have you moved to a comment policy yet? Have you even given one much thought? How do you decide what you will and won’t accept and keep it fair? What are your expectations for YOUR visitors?
I look forward to sharing thoughts with you below!
Your Partner In Online Success
PS: I’ll probably tweak it based on feedback so it’s likely to change a little more this week but the general idea should stay the same!