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Don’t Undermine Your Comment with a Plug

We talk a lot about commenting — why it’s important, what makes a good comment, how to moderate a vibrant…

We talk a lot about commenting — why it’s important, what makes a good comment, how to moderate a vibrant comments section.

There’s one surefire way to get your comment ignored or worse, deleted: leaving a shameless plug. If you’re going to take the time to visit others’ blogs and press the “comment” button, avoid this basic mistake.

What constitutes a shameless plug?

A shameless plug is a comment that exists simply to provide a link back to your own blog. It says little — or nothing — other than your URL. Things like:

The Faint Praise

Really informative, I look forward to reading more.
youshouldclickthislink.com

The Bait-and-Switch

What a good post! If you want, come visit my new blog: ijuststartedblogging.com.

The Drive-By Linking

nothingbutmyURL.com

The Faintest Praise

Great!
visitmyblogprettyplease.com

Sometimes the shameless plug comment includes content, like “Nice post!” or “Good job!” Sometimes it’s nothing but a URL. Either way, the best case scenario is that it gets ignored. The worst is that it gets deleted, and you look like a spammer.

Why don’t bloggers like them?

We all love comments and we love being told how great, interesting, awesome, informative, and funny we are, so why are these comments counterproductive? Two big reasons:

  1. The plug is too obvious. When you leave a comment, your name links to your blog. This happens automatically if you’re logged in to WordPress.com; if you’re not logged in, you’ll be asked for your name and URL when submitting the comment. When you put your URL in the comment itself, you’re saying, “I’ll take any opportunity to put my blog in front of you!”
  2. It looks like you’re not paying attention. Engagement is a two-way street: I share a post, you share a relevant comment, and that deepens the conversation and creates a relationship. If you leave a comment that indicates you haven’t paid attention to my post, I know you’re interested in promotion, not engagement.

The overall impression you leave? Someone who’s only interested in traffic, with nothing of value to say. Maybe that’s true, but maybe it’s not; it takes time to understand and develop good blog etiquette, so you may not realize the negative impact of your comments.

Of course, now you know — so it’s time to stop.

AC Spark Plug by , (CC BY-2.0).

There’s no way to get your superfluous plugs clean enough, even if you can cram a horse into your bathtub. (AC Spark Plug image by dok 1, (CC BY 2.0).)

What makes a good comment?

Coming up with a killer comment can be easier said than done. Lucky for us, Elizabeth, our in-house Emily Post, has written a lot about what makes a great comment and how to think of ways to contribute. A few of our favorite points:

  • Ask yourself some questions: What was my reaction to the post, specifically? Why? Is there any aspect of the story that I would like to hear more about? Did the post change my mind about anything, or teach me something?
  • Think of a creative way to say “Nice post!”: Find an original way to say it that displays personality and that lets the blogger know you read the post. Instead of “LOL!” try, “When I got to the part where the old man stole your shopping cart, I laughed so hard I scared my cat.”
  • Read thoroughly: Make sure you’ve read the entire post and the other comments. Your comment should never make the blogger (or other readers) wonder if you actually read anything.
  • Contribute something of value: Add something substantial that moves the conversation forward. We appreciate simple comments like “Enjoyed this post!” but a meatier response is more likely to result in visits to your own site.
  •  Be yourself: No matter your perspective, a unique voice will get attention. Let your personality and perspective shine through.

What do I do with all these non-comments?

Here on The Daily Post and on Hot Off the Press, we delete comments that (1) are simply links; (2) contribute nothing other than “Nice post!”; and (3) are notifications of reblogs without any substantive commentary. We don’t do it because we don’t care that people think we write nice posts, but because we’re trying to cultivate meaningful conversations.

You might notice comments like this on your blog, especially on a post that attracts more traffic than normal — one that’s passed around Facebook, or gets featured on Freshly Pressed. It’s your blog, so you decide what conversation you’ll allow and what gets nixed. You can even be completely transparent and publish your comment policy (on a new page, or in a text widget or sticky post) so readers know what to expect. Feel free to snag our guidelines as a starting point.

You’re taking the time to click over to someone’s blog and fill out the comment box, so don’t throw that away with a comment that leaves a poor impression. Spend the extra moment composing a meaningful compliment — it’ll make the blogger feel great and help build your own audience.

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  1. I haaaaaaate faint praisers and especially drive by url’ers, those are the ones that only expect you to swing by and give their blogs a single view hit.

    1. Honestly, I don’t understand what the big deal is about traffic. I guess I’m just an odd blogger that way. Lol What does it really matter about hits anyway? Just because you get 100 views doesn’t mean those single hits are going to produce even half the number of meaningful comments.

      1. Shoot, I just started mine as an online journal, imagine my surprise when I was notified I had followers! I put a sailor to shame on a good day when I’m angry….. well, that’s a lie, I don’t need to be angry, I just like bad words haha! I’ve always liked to write, but some days I can’t hold a pen and make my hand work lol At least with this, I can save it as a draft for later if need be. It just works. :-)

      2. Ahahahaha! I’ve read a few research articles that state that’s a sign of genius lol It stated that when you have abominable writing, it’s because your hand can’t keep up with your brain’s stellar activity. I didn’t back it up with my own research: I just shrugged, thought, ‘that’s as good an explanation as any’ and went on with me and my wretched penmanship. :-D

      3. but then, what use is the ‘sharing’ part if no one gets to read them? no matter how much you say you don’t bother about traffic, you still want people to read those thoughts

      4. I guess it’s about adwords and all that. How many clicks will bring how much money. Which annoys me very much. A blog should be about sharing and not trying to make money. GGrrrrrr :-)

      5. No, it shouldn’t be about making money. I’m seriously against any ads, because I see them as undermining anything a person may like about themselves to prompt that consumer to buy buy buy! And right now! Ads are the enemy of the confident self, so I’m definitely not a fan of clicks for cash. It just strikes me as wrong and unproductive.

  2. This is interesting because I read another “be a good commentator” post that recommended putting my URL at the end of each comment. I will stop doing that based on your advice. I don’t leave a comment unless I have something specific to say about the post or the writer’s efforts. Thank you for all the good advice.

    1. I totally agree, but I think that if you wrote perhaps, a relevant post to whatever post you’re commenting on, it might be appropriate to link it at the end of your comment, provided that your comment has some content in it. Otherwise, what more is it than a pingback?

      1. Totally agree. Leaving a link to a post and explaining why is a lot different than just dropping your general URL and running. One shows you’ve take time to read and engage, and the other doesn’t.

      2. You bring up a really good exception. I normally dislike it when people link drop in my comment section (and I always go in and edit the link out), but I think it’s great when someone has written on a similar topic and shares the post-specific link. Blogging, for me, is all about conversation, so if someone has put as much thought into something as I have, I’m happy to read what they’ve written and I will check out their link.

      3. I happen to agree with you guys, so while iam snggkng the posting guidlinesnfrom these liverly people, I will be making some adjustments, after all its just little old me on my blog…. which is only active when I have a muse or time. With that, I thi k allowences for comments with links back to wel, thought out posts is the only ezception I would personally allow…. now that I know what I am looking for. (I used to believe that all comments where good.) Of xourse this is because I am attempting to get my writing out there. ? But I digress and dont want to be evicted for it. :P

  3. I was tempted just to leave a URL but thought better of it :-P Great post…I have been thinking about this recently as I had someone post on one of my about pages just with their URL saying they had a low following, I deliberated deleting it, felt bad deleting it then thought shes put graffiti effectively on my nice clean homepage lol….I have 3 blogs, one I have very good relationships with some of my followers and we comment back and forth weird and wonderful chats that can go on and on forgetting other people might be listening, LOL, the other blogs seem to compromise of more sensible conversations or none at all.

    I think it is always good to be mindful when posting anything

  4. I struggle with this a lot because like most I want traffic. Thanks for the great tips, too. Especially the one about not just saying “great post!”

    (Is that a nice comment?:)

    1. :) It’s hard to find a balance, right? When I first started my blog I did exactly what this post criticizes left and right, but since then I have definitely toned it down and I basically only leave a link to my blog when DailyPost publishes a new Community Pool every Sunday.

  5. Oh I forgot to say, I am doing the A-Z challenge in April and one of their posts actively encourages people to leave URLs of their blogs when they comment on the rounds of visiting other A-Z ers, I was wondering about this whether a good thing to do, as like you say surely our name when we post links to our blog anyway so why need to do this at all? Or am I missing something

    1. If you’re participating in something that specifically asks you to leave links, that’s one thing — although personally, I’d still shy away from leaving a blanket URL, since your name will be that link, in favor of leaving a link directly to a post (with a comment explaining why, of course!).

      1. @michellew. thank you for replying, yes I agree, I think I will see what the general flow is about first.

        Can I ask you two questions, not related to this post, but related to wordpress. I bought the gridiculous template which is great, it gives you an option to leave a customized header on every post one does which i was quite excited about, however, when I have tried it, everything is pixelated, the picture size is just huge no matter what size ‘actual’ image I use. Hence I have chosen not to use this feature, but would really like to, am I doing something seriously wrong?

        Also second question, erm i scheduled something to post and it didn’t publish on the day I set it for, actually it didn’t post at all, it’s pretty setting the scheduling so I can’t see what I might have done wrong?
        :-D x

      2. For both of those, I’d recommend heading to the forums — plenty of folks there will be able to give advice on images, and the Happiness Engineers who moderator can look into the scheduling snafu to see what might have happened.

    2. I host a monthly blogging event too, and I use Inlinkz.com as a place where all the participants can submit their links. That way, all the links are in one spot. It has worked really well for us!

  6. When I started blogging I noticed comment policies/”like” policies on some established blogs and wondered why those were there. After a bit realized why. Comments are tricky. You can always edit out the plug if you want to leave the comment.
    It’s pretty obvious when someone only reads the first sentence, then comments – makes some odd reader responses in the light of the entire post.
    Enjoyed your ideas

  7. I don’t really care about traffic; I do, however, worry if my comments are enough. :-) With that being said, I’m glad to know I haven’t committed any of these faux pas. Very helpful to those starting out who don’t understand interpersonal communication, or that of written online. It’s very important to be succinct and to the point, without coming off as a rude know it all. Great post, really! :-)

  8. I may feel different. I do not care much for traffic. I am one for removing all comments with only a link or from people who are obviously posting to get more traffic without reading a word. My best example is the post I wrote about not liking beauty/fashion blogs and having fashion bloggers posting with a simple “I like” :-) How ironic!
    I don’t have many comments left but they are always meaningful, and from people who actually read my posts or clicked on the links. I think it’s important to focus less on comments because plenty of people read but don’t post by lack of time, things to say, or because they have to leave an email adress and so on. And it is important to actually go, visit and post on other blogs.

  9. I bet Shameless Pluggers will attempt to comment on this blog post from where they failed to read the post thoroughly. This appears to be a general reflection of society.

  10. So I understand completely. But let me ask this. What if you leave a very detailed comment and then suggest they look at your blog as there is something helpful there for them to see? Is that still not copacetic?

    1. That’s totally fine, and very different from a drive-by link — you’re read the post, and you’re sharing something you think will contribute to the conversation.

  11. I always find it a bit spammy to see people plugging in the comments. Plus I think somebody has taken their time to plan, research and write their blog, so it’s just common courtesy to write a sentence or too if you found it interesting or thought-provoking.

  12. Good advice and I agree with most of what has been said on this post, but I must also (as mentioned on other comments) say that on many of the challenges or Blog events, it becomes necessary for bloggers to leave their URL’s. I do ask for links to be left on my Challenge. :)

  13. I’m glad you posted this, Michelle. One thing that really bothers me are the pingbacks, especially for the Weekly Photo Challenge. I used to go to their blog sites to check the number of links they posted for their Weekly Photo challenge. Usually there are over 100 links to other Weekly Photo Challenges. I find this offensive because seldom do the link baiters “like” or make a comment on my Weekly Photo Challenge. Most of the time they have never even looked at my Photo Challenge. I used to write a little comment on their blogs thanking them for the link, but now I delete all pingbacks. Maybe you could write a post about the annoying pingbacks we receive from the Weekly Photo challenge and how they are misused?

    1. I agree and disagree.

      As far as I’m concerned, having people link to me is a convenient method of SEO enhancement and I find that I get an occasional referral from these big lists. The motivation behind such mass linking isn’t the most admirable but I can’t complain about the effect it has on my blog.

    2. Since I like to believe that people in the blogosphere are basically trying to play nice I don’t care if they hit 100 of us. Someone nice may come to visit me. I personally look at every blog I pingback, keep it to around 10, but don’t usually “like” or comment since to me a pingback is way better than a like and if I pinged you I enjoyed your photographs or you are posting from an interesting place, or you write well, but I have a life and don’t want to hang around the web all day writing chatty notes. If I did I would do a writers blog not a photo blog. Just my opinion.

  14. I quite often will just hit the like button if I enjoyed the post, but don’t have anything productive to say. Yes I could say “Great Post” or “LOL”, but what is the point. If I agree with the post or like I said, just enjoyed it, that is what the “Like” button is for.

  15. Nice post, here’s my URL :) Seriously, I appreciate your thoughtful suggestions on this and other Daily Post writings. I believe the substantive commenters are out there, but often overshadowed by the promoters. Also many times one enjoys a post, but doesn’t really have a comment to add, but wants to convey their enjoyment somehow, hence “great post.”

    I have only found an occasional offensive comment, perhaps because I write mostly about lighthearted topics and post nature photos. I am occasionally surprised by some mean- spirited comments, usually from readers who do not understand the meaning of satire.

    1. That’s sad. You’d think people that have such a well developed sense of being an @sshole would also be able to understand comedy and irony. It takes more energy to be rude than it does to be nice….just sayin’.

      1. True. The good’s outweighed by the bad, but sometimes spammy comments just get out of hand; obviously, or there wouldn’t have even been a need to have written the post. Lol

  16. At the risk of insulting the WordPress community, which is not my intent, I’ll express my concern about the popular “Like” option we have—especially in the Reader, where it’s very easy to skim through each post’s picture and headline and just the first few words, hit “Like,” and imply that we’ve actually read and related to the post. What do others feel about that?

    1. Thanks for the comment — in the interest of not going off-topic in this thread, I’d ask anyone interested in this discussion to take it to the forums, and we’ll note it for a future post here :)

    2. It annoyed me at first, but it’s no longer a big deal to me. I know who my regular readers are and I know when someone likes a post enough to stick around and explore. And now that my readers are no longer 100% from the WordPress community, I have to remember that part of my audience won’t even be able to use the like buttons. (Think search engine referrals.)

    3. @michelle w
      I’m so you glad published this post.

      Everything posted on a blog contributes to its brand and the blogger’s reputation either positively or negatively. Posting spam comments and/or troll comments and/or libelous comments reflects negatively on a blog’s brand, authority and page rank, deters other commenters from submitting legitimate comments, encourages the submission of more spam comments and posting libel can result in a legal suit. –

      My blogs are well established with respectable pageranks and both get spammy self promoting comments, as well as, numerous solicitation emails trying to get me to accept guest posts embedded with commercial links and requests to place advertising on my blogs. I do not approve any of those.

      I moderate all comments on my blogs and I have a published both commenting and guest posting policies on both blogs. Succinctly stated unless a comment is on topic and made for the purpose of furthering discussion it’s not likely that I will approve it. My commenting policy also sets a link limit.

      I do not approve and post comments from those who use ‘keywords’ (words or phrases they want to rank in search engines for) as their username.

      I do not approve and post comments which seem to be primarily made as advertising and promotion of the commenter’s site.

      I do not approve and post comments which seem to be primarily made as advertising for a commercial product or service.

      Blogging is my passion and I want to inform and engage readers in discussion. I won’t ever allow my blogs to become billboards for self-promoting comment spammers and that’s why I have a commenting policy and why I moderate comments.

  17. I got emotional and not with good emotions. This post (read thoroughly) left me with strong impression of not something else than WordPress wanting to influence it’s own impression on people visiting blogs. Well, remember, that apart from being a host you are also privileged to have real lives shared by your presence. “We don’t do it because we don’t care that people think we write nice posts, but because we’re trying to cultivate meaningful conversations.” – well, your choice. This part was like the icing on the unpalatable cake. Personally, I don’t think a comment like “Nice post” should ever be erased. Well, I’d appreciate it a lot if I got one. Maybe I’d be found as someone in despair – well, let me tell you it’s not about despair – it’s about respect. If someone shows his own personality in this kind of comments, who am I to judge that? It’s like telling someone he’s not sophisticated enough to talk to me. Come on!

    1. To clarify, we’re all for leaving comments that compliment other bloggers :) It’s when those comments include a URL — which is already included in your name when you leave a comment — that the comment takes on a spammy appearance.

      Of course, we’ll also always encourage folks to be substantive in their comments, too — saying why you loved a post is a better compliment than just saying “nice!” — but by all means, bloggers should express their appreciation for one another.

      1. Thank you for your answer, Michelle W. Better compliment just does not mean the one and only acceptable for me. And after all “better” is a very realtive idea.

  18. An additional point, based on several comments above: this post is really just about comments that exist solely to drop your URL on someone else’s blog. If you are

    1. Participating in a blogging event that asks you to leave links to yourself in a comment, or
    2. Leaving a link to a specific post that responds to the blogger (with a note explaining why, please!)

    then that’s very different! You’re following instructions, and/or leaving a comment that shows you’ve read and engaged with the post — which is the opposite of spam.

    1. I really dig this article. If more sites had this sort of useful info the internet would be a better place.

      You should visit my blog. http://stuphblog.com
      ;)

      I have gotten a few comments like this lately and they really irritate me. If people would comment something interesting I’d likely check out their blog, but if they basically beg me to come visit their site in a comment that’s an immediate turn off.

  19. I always knew there was an art to commenting. Thanks for highlighting the no-no’s and the turnoffs and the tips for stimulating conversation. Sometimes it takes me longer to make a comment than it does to write a blog post.

  20. OMG! I totally loved this. Very well said :) thanks for posting. I read a few months back on someone’s blog that “leaving your url in someones comments is bad form” I must say I do agree because like you said if they have a blog its automatically linked in their name.

  21. For me personally, I think any comment I get is a good comment and never delete them. To get a comment like, “nice post” is an affirmation, a compliment. I would love to have more of them, not less. When I leave similar comments, I am signaling the poster that, I did more than just hit the “like” button. I read and enjoyed the post. I may not have a deep comment if I happen to agree with the poster. Also, I may not have been around long enough to get the negative posters but haven’t had that problem so far. I would definitely delete anything of a rude or negative nature. Long story, longer, “Keep those ‘nice post’ comments coming!”

    1. Totally agree! Affirmation is great… just not with a link :)

      There are folks who do that to gain traffic and folks who do it because they don’t realize how it looks, so I hope we can help the latter. And as another commenter mentioned, editing out the link but leaving the comment is also an option (and something we do here, too).

  22. Haha the photo you used for this post is the EXACT same as one we have on a giant billboard at Fort Edmonton Park. I always thought it was really obscure, but here it is again! Thanks for the insightful blog Michelle.

  23. I admit it is sometimes hard to think of something positive to say about a post if I don’t really like it, but think if I at least put a ‘like’ on it it will generate a response in that blogger to visit mine. But, when I have taken time to find real positive things about the post and comment on it they are more likely to begin a conversation through my comments and that can often develop into a real meaningful online relationship, even if they have different perspectives that my own. That is a positive experience I would hate to miss.

    1. I agree with that. Sometimes there’s a post and I don’t agree with the stance, however I will like it if it’s a blogger whose content I generally appreciate. I feel in that case, it’s supporting the skill of the blogger who used his/her talents to express an opinion. Also, I follow a lot of blogs, and time to read doesn’t always include time to take the extra step to leave a comment. So ‘likes’ are a good way to let them know what they’ve done is appreciated and enjoyed.

      1. I can relate to the time issue too, when I am so busy but feel I need to comment on a post out of respect because of their time given to the post, or because they commented on one of mine. At times it is a courtesy thing, but then soon we can open a good conversation over that subject and share our different perspectives.

  24. I’ve had those kind of comments and I know the goal behind it, but I’m hopelessly polite so I usually do visit the link if it’s clearly not spam. I figure it’s a blogging etiquette thing, and just as in ‘real’ life, some people have etiquette, some don’t. Of course there’s a time and place for properly offering the url, such as if it’s relevant to the comment conversation, or sometimes I’ve had bloggers offer a link to a post similar to what I wrote. I enjoy those. I’ve never just left a link myself, because I’m also hopelessly uncomfortable with self promotion. I actually have a post about that, here’s the link….
    nah, just kidding ;)

  25. Nice post! (had to)

    I do believe there is an exception to the URL in the comments on a post, and that’s if someone has actually written a post on it themselves, either from a different point of view or because it was inspired by said original post. But that doesn’t negate having an actual comment referring to the original post.

  26. What about if you read a good post, write a good comment but you have a similar post that you think the writer may be interested in. Should you ask them to view it if they are interested and let them find it in their own or leave a direct link?

      1. Ah I see that now. I do in reverse order. Read, make comment then read other comments. A lesson learned for myself here I feel. Thank you

  27. I so agree with this post! When people leave shameless plugs, I delete the comment or won’t approve it. That’s not what being social or blogging is about. Unless like @michelleweber stated, if challenges allow it or encourage you to do so.

  28. For the most part people who comment on my blog are fine. I get a few of those and I do try to make sure I don’t do it. I did have one blogger who was always insistent I check out his latest reviews, it felt kind of rude. He would never comment on any of the content on my posts, just say hey check out this review I did. I had to mark him as spam, I didn’t know what else to do. :(

    1. You did the right thing! He was likely doing the same thing on other blogs, and marking his comments as spam will help the spam blockers ID and prevent those kinds of comments.

  29. If this post has the effect of sinking in to the minds of any of those self-pluggers, it will be very much appreciated … :-\

  30. I agree wholeheartedly with this article – it is annoying to get those spammy comments. such a waste of my time (and theirs, as it happens). I am new, but have been spammed like the rest of us. I write for my own pleasure primarily, but feedback – meaningful feedback – is such a shot in the arm. I read a LOT of what other people write, like often (if I do), but only comment when I have something constructive or positive to add to what has already been said (which, I gotta say, makes THIS comment rather moot – ha!). I am a new blogger, but already have a few loyal followers and we read and interact with one another’s works regularly. It is what this is all about, isn’t it? Views are just views… numbers on a stat readout. But meaningful (and, I must admit, often funny) comments are always welcomed!

  31. What a fantastic post! A fun and positive way to remind folks of common courtesy. That said, WP readers and bloggers ROCK! I started my blog to hone my writing and express myself. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that some of my dearest friends are those that I’ve met through the WP community. Somehow, I stumbled across the right crowd and I learned good manners by the examples they set. I truly do get value from the posts and exercises that sit in the DP blog. Thank you so much for taking such great care of us!

  32. I’ve probably been guilty of this, and I’ve also had such posts occasionally on my own blog. In future I will try and add better comments.

  33. I do Comments for a Cause on my blog and ask that commenters leave “legitimate” comments in order to count towards the monthly total . I have pretty much weeded out the spammers and most folks who leave comments leave insightful comments. I hate those “please follow me” comments. They turn me off!!! Great post. Going to be sharing this one.

  34. i actually do leave up the plugs. I get very few. If they come back and engage in a meaningful discussion that’s fine, and I may consider commenting on theirs. Most of my readers and commenters are established bloggers who wade through endless comments before making their own and I appreciate that. If any of those lovely people link back to ‘here’s one I wrote earlier’ that’s fine by me.

    I do it too. I think a decent post merits a thoughtful – and sometimes long – comment, and if I have written about the self same topic it makes sense to link back to my post rather than write a comment of 1000 words.

    Your post is really aimed at new bloggers isn’t it? The way to get readership is not to to say ‘here is my blog go read it’, it’s to read and write thoughtfully and responsively. It’s not too difficult. It is time-consuming. Blog popularity doesn’t happen overnight.

    1. It’s aimed at anyone who does this thinking they’re helping themselves, when they may be shooting themselves in the foot — many new bloggers, but some not-so-new :) Leaving links to related posts that explain your point is hunky-dory, as several comments above attest.

      (Sadly, the actual spammers will continue not to care, so huzzah for spam filters.)

  35. I have never had anyone leave me a link back to their blog, but that could be because I have had very few comments left on mine (this isn’t a sob story to try and get comments, may I quickly add!), and I am so relieved to be able to say I haven’t left a link in any of my comments now that I know, rather than just suspect, that it isn’t the ‘done thing’. I really appreciate these posts, as I find myself becoming more educated in this online world that I never even knew existed until a couple of months ago! What’s a pingback, by the way? …

    1. (The skinny on pingbacks.)

      If you link to another blogger’s post in your own, it triggers a notification called a pingback, which appears in the comments section of their post. All the links you see under daily prompts and writing/photo challenges here are pingbacks.

      1. Thanks! That explains a pingback. Now all I’d have to do is work out how to link to another blogger’s post in my own. Would that be the same as adding media into a post by copying the address at the top of their post? (Note my lack of technical ability … my whole blog so far has been as a result of me just pressing things and seeing what happens :) )

  36. I sometimes will include a link to a similar topic or the same topic for that matter, on the post I just read. However, I only do it if I like the post and I want to join in on the conversation. If I don’t like the discussion, even if I have posts related or of the same topic, I don’t bother to link.

    I agree that self-promotion really ruins the enjoyment of comments on posts.

  37. Personally I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this. When I read an interesting comment, I like to check out the person’s blog. My problem is that I mainly use the wordpress app, where you can’t press on the name, but can on urls. For this reason, I like when people put their URL, so long as it is on the end of an interesting comment- not the faint praise etc. So if I like it should I do it myself? I’m not sure, and so haven’t done so far, but from the comments here I’m thinking I’m best sticking to not putting my URL.

      1. The picture doesn’t come up unless I get a ‘this person has replied to your comment’ notification and then clicking the picture doesn’t do anything. Maybe it’s because of the app I’m using (meaning iOS, android etc). I think sometimes it shows more on my tablet than my phone app so maybe that’s why.

  38. Thank you for providing The Daily Post and Hot off the Press policies/strategies. Every time I get a link-dropper, after my heart sinks and I groan, I go through this back and forth moral dilemma – do I delete or approve? Maybe they’re new and don’t know? What if I hurt their feelings? But how does their comment make me feel? (crappy, like they didn’t read my post, like they really don’t care what I or the other readers had to say). It’s a hard choice every time, so I like the idea of setting boundaries and enforcing them. Thanks Michelle!

    1. I’m so glad someone else shares my dilemma!! I have a photography blog as well as my writing one and the link-dropper is endemic there, but somehow more acceptable in a photo community? Photo blogs are quicker to go and have a quick flick through I guess! I’ve never been good at ‘sales’ so marketing myself doesn’t come very easily, and I’m a little bit confronted when others merrily link away with seemingly no embarrassment about it :)

      1. I think there is a slightly different expectation on photo blogs. Personally, I have comments turned off entirely on mine, and prefer that to content-less links, but that’s a personal choice.

      2. ….if I ever get heavily critiqued in the comments on my photo blog I will reach for the turn off function for sure! so far, a very nice and supportive community, especially with the weekly photo challenges :)

  39. I also compare single likes with shameless plugs. For me it is just the same. I consider (and so I always do while living a like) that we must specify and share what or why we like or think about a post. This, not only tells about the quality of the article, as a feedback to the author, but also tells about our knowledge or interest in the theme. Many bloggers use to like every single post they come across, but that says nothing but “hi, it’s me”!

  40. Hi what about trackback and pingsbacks. I know how to link my post to for e.g. Daily Post. But I have been getting alot of these things myself as a result when posting but what are they and are they really even a comment? How useful are they to you? sorry for all the questions.

    – Naomi.

  41. I spoted a blog two or three days ago which had a “comments policy”. I thought it was subtile an original. I align with the fact that we really need insightful comments. It helps us being better bloggers. My own attitude is, if I like a post but don’t have inspiring comments to add, I will just like it. In the contrary, I will take time for a proper comment, just like now. Thanks for the tips. Highly useful (and this is not me being just nice lol)

  42. I think this is a very relevant post. I’ve seen this same type of thing happening around a number of the underground music sites I was a part of. Some people truly are just looking for more hits vs more content. I personally am writing with a different purpose. If all I’m getting are clicks on my page but no responses, I tend to feel that the particular piece that’s getting that type of response isn’t actually interesting at all. But of course, to each his own…I guess lol.

  43. I try to give killer comments and I strive to make them positive. What gripes me is no response. So here I spend twenty minutes of my insignificant life and no one cares what I wrote. Why bother?

    1. It can frustrating, but you never know when good will come of it — a random visitor to the other blog might see your comment, become a followers of yours, and end up being an amazing connection down the line.