Comment spam is the fastest growing issue for bloggers. It seems like the minute your blog is live, the comments come pouring in, people ranting and raving about how well written your blog post was, even though it is still the Hello World post that comes with WordPress!
Your comments must show that you have read the post you have commented on. If you show up, leave a generic comment and never come back, you are just like the rest of the spammers out there.
- Take the time to read the post. Comment on the content. Be real and use your real name for the comment. If you use your keywords, chances are you will be marked as spam.
- Be controversial! If you disagree with what you have just read, go with it. Tell them why you disagree, bloggers (most of the real ones) want some controversy to get others involved. My friends Ross Goldberg and Rick Butts once had a comment war where each of them held an opposing viewpoint that polarized the readers to choose one side or the other, and comments came from both sides in droves! This ended up helping both Ross and Rick since the commenting continued on each of their blogs long after the original post.
- Help the author. Offer suggested resources for readers to get more information (not your affiliate link or your own blog) that shows your knowledge of the subject. Often, the author may not have known about the resource and will be glad to hear about it.
Obviously, you can find other ways to comment that will be appreciated by the moderator of the blog you are targeting. By all means experiment and let us know your results. The more people comment on my blog, the more I will continue to look for reasons to write.
Facebook And WordPress
Want your Facebook Fan Pages to be an extension of your blog? How about requiring people to be members of your Fan Page before they can read your blog? I am going to be interviewing George Curtis and Evan Mugford on a special edition of “Blogging With Micheal” on Blog Talk Radio. Join us for an hour of high quality content on why and how you should be using Facebook with your blogging. You can listen via the web, or you can dial [(646) 478-0874] in at 1PM Eastern on Wednesday May 18, 2011. You can also listen to the recording from this page as well: