Blog commenting is an interesting and rewarding activity. While it helps to pull traffic and allow us build relationships, it’s also an important social proof factor. But wait! Not all commentators give a good impression about your blog.
A lot is being said out there about taking time to read the article before leaving a thought-provoking and valuable comment. I have been trying to do that and it’s been great what I get as results.
But some commentators are just annoying!
Yes! Some comments really attract the ‘Thrash’ or ‘Spam’ commands on my comment moderation admin page. Not only are they faceless, their comments most often lack knowledge of the subject discussed in the article.
Who are these faceless commentators?
NB: I don’t hate faceless readers. I hate faceless commentators. By the way, if you don’t have a real face, I doubt how you got to my blog ;)
For WordPress, these are those who don’t have a Gravatar account attached to the email they use in leaving a comment on your blog. They don’t have a custom avatar of their own. Instead of having their picture (or logo) to show up, you have your default wordpress avatar. This makes me really doubt the authenticity of 2 important things about their comments :
- Their names
- Their url
Once I see a faceless commentator, I think of three things:
- He’s not a blogger. Maybe someone who came to the page from search engine results and decided to leaving a comment.
- He’s a newbie blogger: Most starters don’t have the accurate knowledge at the beginnings. They don’t even know what Gravatar means.
- He’s a spammer. These are the worst guys
What faceless comments mean to your blog.
The general impression people get about faceless comments is negative. One of the first impressions is that you have an unidentified, untrustworthy audience. And if you have more faceless comments, this may really paint a bad image of your blog.
- It reduces the amount of trust you get from advertisers and business partners.
- It makes your blog look spammy.
- It discourages return visits from real bloggers.
- It reduces the chances of your blog generating more income.
- It brings down your brand.
My reaction to faceless comments
I generally look through these important components of a comment:
- Name – Is the name real or some keyword stuff ?
- URL – Is it a blog or business website or some funny url ?
- Comment body – What did he really say in the comment ?
If I’m impressed with the comment, I’ll approve it, write a reply and encourage the commentator to get a free Gravatar account. On the contrary, I’ll send it to thrash.
On my blog, I have an area for top commentators of the week. Faceless commentators will NEVER feature here. I deliberately remove them.
Some faceless commentators have applied to guest post on my blog. There is no way I can accept an article from such. It doesn’t matter how excellent your article is.
What being faceless means to you the commentator
If you are leaving faceless comments on blogs, you are really doing yourself no good. Blog owners have a negative image of you. Personally, I know you are not a pro blogger. That already places you somewhere low in my mind.
It considerably reduces the chances of your comment being approved. That means your chances of getting a backlink, traffic and building another relationship are being tempered with. Why not create a free Gravatar account?
NB: Be sure to read how to write very attractive comments!
Are you a faceless commentator? Don’t even worry leaving a comment on this post. I’ll just delete without reading your comments. Get a Gravatar account first. Then come back to proceed.
Now, blog owners, tell me what you think about faceless comments. What are your impressions? What are your strategies to handle these faceless commentators?
Thanks for participating in the discussion