A question I am frequently asked by frustrated new bloggers is how to attract more visitors to their blog. Some believe that allowing anonymous commenting will result in more comments. Maybe so but how but how many will be authentic?
Before I address authenticity allow me to state that on WordPress.com blogs setting up anonymous commenting is possible. But if you are serious about not posting spam the minimum requirement is a username and an email address.
“Getting comments on your articles is a sure sign that you are going in the right direction, since it indicates that you have made an impression on your readers. While it is always great to see positive feedback on your work, even criticism is far better than not getting a single remark. ” — Daniel Sharkov
Why moderate comments?
We all love receiving comments and when we first begin to blog we may not be inclined to moderate comments at all until we receive a wake-up call — spam! Did you know that over 80% of all comments, trackbacks and pingbacks received on the WordPress.com site daily are spam? Well, most beginner bloggers don’t know that. There are three other important things they do not know (1) posting spam comments reflects negatively on a blog’s brand and (2) deters other legitimate commenters from submitting comments, and (3) posting libel can result in a legal suit.
There are three interesting set of legal issues for bloggers:
- Republisher Liability
- Originator Liability
- Protection against subpoenas
Unfortunately, many bloggers think that their blogs fall under the protection of the Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling. This isn’t so. If a blogger posts libelous content that is original, it is still libel. — Libel Revisited
Comment moderation set-up
WordPress blogs have the feature of being able to set the blog either to either moderate every comment as I do, or to approve a reader’s first comment and thereafter every comment received from that reader will be posted without approval. That’s done on the Discussion page where commenting defaults are set.
“Remember: the comments section of your blog can be a very powerful marketing tool, adding an air of legitimacy (and popularity) to your posts. On the other hand, a poorly managed comments section can drive possible frequent readers away.” — 5 Tips for Modding your Blog Comments
In his post titled 5 Types of Blog Moderators Joshua Titsworth presents some types of Moderators: Link Nazi, Response Snob, Flip-Flopper, Comment Hoarder, and Chatter Box. Then he asks: “So what do you think? What types of moderators have you seen? And for the moderators out there, which of the above traits do you think you possess? “
- Do you moderate your blog comments?
- Do you have a Commenting policy posted on your blog?
Related posts found in this blog:
F-Bomb Free Blogging
WordPress.com Comments and Discussion Settings
Anonymous commenting on a WordPress.com blog
Crazymaking Blogger Comment Settings
Blogging: Comment Baiting
Encouraging blog readers to comment
A Comment Policy for your Blog
Crafting Quality Blog Comments