Pittsburgh SEO Etiquette For Blog Commenting
Note To Self: Be A Better Neighbor On The Web
Blog commenting spam still carries weight in the rankings
It would cease to be such a prolific tactic for comment spammers if it didn’t. Below are a few points about being a better citizen of the digital community. We are not immune to these either. We are identifying these traits and making concerted efforts to be better citizens and neighbors of the digital world.
Refrain from Hijacking the Conversation
Stay On Topic. If there is some other direction you would like to explore with a blog topic, write about it yourself. We see it all the time; blog comments that hijack the conversation of a well written post. It has become so commonplace that few even take notice. It’s the ADD of the Internet. Someone creates an awesome post, then the comments turn into “look at me”, “look at our post”, “our post is better”, or they manipulate the conversation to suite their own ends. Pure laziness.
Solid debate drives ingenuity
Respect yourself enough to read the post you are commenting on. This way you don’t end up looking foolish for getting the whole point mixed up. Or worse yet, parroting points the author has already made. Take the time to read the post. Your reputation and standing in the community will benefit. If you have a genuine beef with the writers’ post or opinions, simply state it. That’s the beauty of the Internet; it is a celebration of diversity and like minded people all in one.
With all the aggregating websites designed to produce and repurpose content out there, the Internet is becoming filled with trash. Useless sites spewing out endless volumes of unreadable and duplicate content for the sake of links and ads are everywhere. The search engines are finally looking and penalizing these sites. Kudos to them for identifying the problem and taking action.
Value Your Own Credibility
This boils down to reputation management in my eyes. If you continuously spam posts with “Well Done” and “Nice Site” comments it shows weakness in your game. It says to anyone who reads, writes, or administers blogs that you just are an also ran tagging along and riding the wave of their toil and sweat. Bloggers will react and either delete your comments through a spam filter or report you to comment spam reporting sites to do the whole blogging community a service.
Give Credit Where Credit is Due
Want to increase your online status and credibility? Link to the original post that stirred your creative juices. Mention the author or blog site that made you pause and think of a better mousetrap. Then you can comment on the original blog in a meaningful and substantive way. You could even add a link like this one for the Yoast.com article on spamming blog comments with anonymity that became the trigger for this article.
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