10 Ways to Get Your Comments Blocked or Deleted

By Daniel Scocco

Leaving comments on other blogs is one of the most efficient ways to promote your own blog, and to network with fellow readers and blog owners.

Given the rise of blog spam, however, getting your comments approved is not as easy as it sounds. Below you’ll find 10 ways to get your comments blocked or deleted (so yeah, avoid them if you can).

1. Use a keyword as your name

The field “Name” on the comment form refers to your name. It doesn’t refer to your blog name, and it certainly doesn’t refer to keyword you are trying to optimize for. Writing something like “John Doe – CarsBlog.com” is fine for most blog owners, but “Cheap Car Parts” would flag you as spam from miles away.

2. Use sensitive keywords in your comment

Even if you comment is a legitimate one, you should avoid using sensitive keywords like viagra, loans, and blackjack, because the spam filter of the blog will probably block your comment.

3. Use HTML to make your comment stand out

Sure, you want to make sure that people will read your comment and visit your blog after that, but don’t try to achieve that by using the bold or italic typefaces throughout your comment.

4. Write in capital letters

The same is true for writing in CAPITAL LETTERS. The analogy for this would be people trying to have a nice conversation while you come screaming at them with your thoughts on the issue. The blog owner will probably just delete your comment.

5. Write a one-line comment

Maybe you are in a hurry, maybe you just want to get a link back to your blog. Either way, if all you write is “Great post!” or “I will certainly try to use that information!”, there are good chances that your comment will be deleted.

6. Write a comment before reading the post

If it becomes clear to the blog owner that you wrote your comment without even reading or understanding his post, he’ll probably just delete it. Even if he approves your comment you’ll look a bit stupid, so make sure to read the post before commenting.

7. Include a link to a dubious page in your comment

Including a link to a related post inside your comment is usually fine. However, you should clarify where the link is pointing to. If the blog owner gets suspicious about the link he’ll probably just delete the whole comment to be on the safe side.

8. Include a second link to your site at the end of your comment

Most blog platforms allow you to include the URL of your website when leaving a comment, and that URL will be used to link your name to your site. Some people, however, like to reinforce that by signing-off their comments with their name and with a second link to their sites. Needless to say this practice makes the comment look spammy.

9. Use foul language in your comment

Expressing your opinion is fine, but don’t include foul language in your comment, even if you are upset or annoyed by something in the post. This is one of the quickest ways to get your comment deleted.

10. Attack the author or other commenters

Criticism is fine, and even appreciated by most bloggers. Personal attacks and confrontations, however, will only make you sound like a troll, reducing the chances of getting your comments approved.

What else would you add to this list?



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51 Responses to “10 Ways to Get Your Comments Blocked or Deleted”

  • Austin

    These are excellent tips. Some are so obvious though, like profanity and attaching other commenters, but I guess it is needed to be said – unfortunately. Thanks!

  • Prue

    We have been receiving a lot of comments at the moment that say something like, “this is great, it has really helped with my university paper”.

    But the commenter name is something like, “how to build a fence for your home”

    Some interesting names at university these days!

  • Dan

    I’m behind on my reading, but when I saw this, WOW! I feel better now knowing that I’m not the only one thinking about this. I’ve been deleting a lot of BS comments. I think they average about 1 in 5 and I still delete those. If they do not mention anything regarding the post, it bye-bye dude. Thx

  • Savita Bisht

    i like this post and agreed with all 10 ways .Keep write on this..

  • Mathdelane

    Like any blogger out there, I have been seriously fighting against spam especially because my blog is do follow. I used to have KeywordLuv installed on my site but keyword abuse get on me so I decided to remove it and put up a comment policy.

    However, despite the reminders, some people kept on doing the same mistakes above which leaves me no choice but to do what I need to do.

    There’s even a point when a commentator emailed me for removing his URL’s hyperlink in the comment explaining that the keywords he placed instead of his name was long been his practice since 2006. The guy requested me to delete his entire comment because he feels that I wasn’t fair.

    To his dismay, he dissed me on Twitter and called me names. I was simply implementing a guideline and if people can’t follow that, it’s not my problem. How’s that for a comment moderation nightmare? If you’re on my position, what could have been your reaction?

  • Lmia

    Will I get deleted if I say “Great post!” despite having read it and meaning it?
    Will I get deleted if I “attack” you for asking why the “blogger” in question has to be a “he” and not a “she” or a “he/she”?
    Haha! I’m just kidding! Found some things hilarious and absolutely true! I have learned to automatically avoid CapsLock comments because they’re either spam, or people unable to express themselves through words.
    Oh and one more thing – extremely “illegible” text. And by that I mean sOm3tH1nGG th@T l0Okz L1k3 disZ.

  • Brad

    @Az – that was the first thing I noticed when reading through the comments, I kinda feel like we have been left out! hahaha

  • Fazreen

    I don’t like people who attack the author. Although they are not agree with author words, they suppose to show some respect.

  • carol

    Thanks for the list of no-nos. I love it when someone comments on some obscure thing that has absolutely nothing to do with the article at all. I have one in the pending tray right now. I am debating on asking “what were you thinking??” or just zap it. It was really kinda funny, that’s why I have not deleted it, in case you are wondering 🙂

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