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February 28, 2005

Blog Commenting Etiquette?

T. L. Pakii Pierce at How To Blog For Fun & Profit! has an interesting post on Blog Commenting Etiquette.

If someone comes to your blog and comments and also leaves a url to their blog or web site in a signature under that post - that is acceptable - maybe. It is one way to use blogs to help boost your blog or web site and build back links legitimately...BUT BUT depends on the publisher.

Some publishers don't allow links like that and some do. More often than not, people just post comments and the comment system sign in captures the e-mail address or url. I recommend that if people want to leave a url back to their site as they comment that they first check the blog they are about to comment at and see what manner of comments have been left at the blog previously. This isn't always a real good way to determine if adding your url to your comments is acceptable but it is a good start in ascertaining protocol. Also check to see of the blog has an "acceptable use policy" and follow it if it does. If no policy is in place and you cannot tell from other comments whether it is acceptable or not to post your url then proceed with the understanding that your link my be removed if the blog publisher finds your url to be spammy or against their posting policy.

BUT whatever you do contribute value to the discussion...never post something like "oh that's interesting!" and then put a big link to your stuff.

The issue here is "What is acceptable etiquette for comments at your blog?" Just as Trackback has proper use in that you don't Trackback someone just because you can you should also watch your comments don't just use comments as a way to self-promote. This is what all spammers do after all. Relevancy and policy are the rules of thumb.

Check out Pierce's blog, he has lots of straightforward information for both the novice and experienced blogger. This post is just one of the valuable entries he has online.

Posted by prolurkr at February 28, 2005 10:10 AM

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