If you’ve been doing your regular blog commenting routine, you’ll have probably noticed that now and again you’ll leave a really thoughtful comment on a blog post, only to find out a few days later that it’s not there… chances are it’s ended up in the spam folder and eventually deleted.
Understandably some blog administrators receive a high number of comments and moderating them all individually would be virtually impossible, what’s more, filtering legitimate comments that have accidentally ended up in the spam folder can be an even greater chore.
Regardless to say, there are ways in which you can avoid the spam folder yourself, especially if you’re a newbie to blog commenting… Here are four essential tips to keep in mind when leaving comments on other blog’s, comments that you don’t want ending up in the spam folder.
Avoiding the Spam Folder
Tip One – Use your real name
When ever you leave a comment on a blog, unless you are privileged to use KeywordLuv, don’t push your luck otherwise by dropping keywords or key phrases in the name field. This will only annoy the ‘living hell’ out of the blog administrator. If you do this your comment will probably therefore, if it has escaped the spam folder by chance, end up being placed there manually anyway.
Tip Two – Watch what email address you use…
Some spam filtering tools can identify comments as spam if the email coming from that comment appears spammy. I’ve found that email addresses starting with info@ or sales@ can be a real pain in the rear end. I use info@ email address whenever I leave comments on other blogs, and I’ve been told by several blog administrators that they’ve had to fish my comment out of their spam folder… Not good and which reminds me that I have to change it soon…
Tip Three – Don’t spam out the comment field
What I mean by this is create a good comment that is related to the post content you’ve just read. Don’t write gobbledegook crap that makes no sense, and above all don’t drop URL’s, hyperlinks and or HTML in your comments.
Tip Four – Watch the URL…
The one major problem with blog commenting is the URL. I’m always stripping URL’s on comments left on my blog and I don’t know about you, but this really gripes me, what about you? My advice is to use only your main URL with no extensions when leaving comments on other blogs. Another tip on the subject of URL’s, avoid using shortlinks or affiliate links also…
Share your own tips
Well those are my four essential tips for writing good comments that you want to not end up in the spam folder, but I know that you have your own tips and suggestions you’re eager to share, so please do so in the comment section below, I’d love to hear them, enjoy.
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