I was wondering what to put in this weeks offering. Should I put something in about getting the front page text right or maybe something on page titles. I was very undecided just what pearl of wisdom I would share with the world. That was until I was bombarded with comments to this very blog. So I thought I’d share with you my feelings on blogging etiquette.
For those of you writing a blog
If you are maintaining a blog, I recommend that you make sure all comments are moderated. That means you get notified every time there is a message and you get to choose whether to it gets posted or not.
“But that could take ages to look after!”, I hear you scream. Yep, it could, but the down side if you don’t is you get offers for cheap Viagra and bodily organ enhancements as comments on your blog about how to code CSS or your astute political observations. It kind of reduces the tone and quality of your efforts. You see, there are a lot of unsavoury types out there that are after as many back links to their site as they can get. Back links help to increase search engine ranking, thus increasing traffic and hopefully increase sales. Sounds like a noble endeavour but do you really want to turn your site into an advertising site for the undesirables.
In order to maintain the quality of your site, you want to make sure that any comments posted are relevant to your site and any back links posted are to clean and relevant sites. If one of your readers clicks on a dubious link and ends up with a nasty infection, it doesn’t do anything to help maintain your readership.
Most blogging software allows you to easily moderate your posts. I’m using WordPress and it allows me to look at all the pending comments, quickly approve the ones I think will support my blogs aims and then delete or mark as spam the rest of them. It takes only a few minutes a day to do. When I find a post I’m not sure about I check the site link out. If it is rubbish then the post is removed.
For those of you posting comments to a blog
We understand the need for cross promotion to improve your website ranking. After all, the more links to your site you can get out there, the better your chances of being page one on Google is. Well in theory at least. Search engines are getting smarter, they are now starting to look at the relevance of the links you post. Posting a link about curing acne to a blog about website tips (yes, I’m using an example from this very blog) just doesn’t cut it. Put out enough of these useless posts and you will find your site vanishing from the rankings as most search engines do not like spam. You may be able to get your site quickly to the top but it will vanish just as quickly. Then you’ll need to start all over again. Is it really worth it?
Please keep your posts relevant to the topic at hand, don’t post abuse at other posters and make sure your links are to sites that are related to the post in some way. I run a blog to support my clients, and help promote better websites and internet practices. I really am not interested in cures for acne, cheap ugg boots, discount “legal” drugs or dating Russian babes.
Keep it relevant or stay away.