Blog Comment Policy for Better SEO

Blog Comment Policy, Value-Added Comments Required

blog comment policyTo maintain high-quality content and show respect for the valuable time invested by our readers, online community, and search engine optimization (SEO), our blog comment policy requires User-Generated Content (UGC) to be relevant value-added comments or questions only, not spam, trash or low-quality generic comments.

All blog comments are moderated and pruned before posting. Please follow these blog comment policy rules for your comment or question to be approved:

a. Value-Added. Comments must be unique, civil, high-quality, truthful, fact-checked, on-topic and add value, engaged in or related to the blog post topic, content or conversation, such as your personal or professional experience, knowledge, opinions, questions, action items, results, benefits, suggestions, advice, alternatives, or additional information or resources to help readers. Do not repeat the same points already made by other comments. Add new useful content or a relevant question.

b. Relevant Keywords. Comments must include one or more relevant keywords, keyword variations, synonyms or long-tail keywords, related to the post topic, to strengthen the post content, and to show evidence that you are a human reader of the post content, not a spam-bot.

c.  Minimum Comment Length. A thoughtful, relevant, meaningful comment, 25 words or more, with keywords, has more content value than short, quick, one-line, generic comments under 25 words. The maximum length should be a few sentences or paragraphs, not a full-length blog post.

d. No Generic Comments. Short, thin, generic Thank You comments of approval, agreement, praise, flattery, likes, compliments or appreciation such as “thank you, great post, best article, great blog, good info, very informative, thorough, well written, keep on writing, answered my question, solved my problem, I like this idea, or I agree”, with nothing more meaningful included, detract value, and are considered harmful generic comment spam. They dilute the post, lower SEO value, consume database storage space, waste the valuable time of readers, slow down page loading time and make extra work for the moderator to remove them.

e. No Trash Comments. Comments containing repetitive, incorrect, outdated, off-topic, irrelevant, incoherent or misleading information, foreign languages, false, fake, unverified or unsubstantiated claims, post excerpts only, or unrelated keywords, or containing spam words or links, are considered harmful comments, detract value and may be deleted.

f. No Attack Comments. Comments that threaten, attack, insult, taunt, harass, inflame, troll, or defame or are anti-social, uncivil, obscene, offensive or objectionable to us, readers, users, minors, or others, or discourage others from participating, or violate our Terms of Usedetract value, are attack comments and may be deleted and reported.

g. Social Sharing. If you like a blog post or find it valuable, you can add value and show your appreciation by adding a positive review, liking or sharing it on social media, or adding a link using proper keyword text from your relevant website to our blog post.

h. Allow Backlinks. If you have a thematically relevant or related blog or forum and post a comment to our blog, you agree to allow us to post a high-quality post or comment on your blog or forum, including a backlink to our website. You may make the link dofollow or nofollow.

i. Seeded Comments. We may add seeded discussion questions in comments that we post after writing an article. These ice-breaker questions may help to start or expand comments and discussion among other readers, adding more value and interaction.

j. Comments Closed. We may close comments after x days when there is no recent activity or when the topic may become outdated or no longer useful. New comments on old, cold posts with no other recent comments are often spam.

k. Featured Comments. We may thank and feature high-quality value-added comments.

Comment Spam Prohibited

Our blog comment policy prohibits spam, trash, low-quality, and offensive comments.

a. No Spam. Do not add comment spam.

b. Spam Removal. Any offensive or objectionable blog comment or included web link, domain name, username, keywords, email address or IP address known, suspected, spam blacklisted or considered to be comment spam or from a spam, irrelevant, malware, ransomware, crypto-mining, phishing, pornography, unlawful, foreign or malicious source may be filtered, blocked, moderated, marked as spam, saved as evidence, and deleted.

c. Generic Comment Removal. Short, thin, low-quality generic comments under 25 words are often comment spam or trash.

d. Unrelated Business. Comments originating from an unrelated business or a backlink-building marketing campaign are often comment spam.

e. Spam Reporting. Comment spam may be reported in good faith as spam to alert and inform other parties, including Google, other search engines, spam blacklists, employers, BBB, online reviews, trade associations, ethics committees, and government authorities.

f. Offensive Content. Any comment or content added that violates the law or our Terms of Use shall be considered offensive and objectionable. The offensive material may be screened or blocked in good faith to restrict access to or availability of the material. Federal law provides protection from liability under 47 U.S. Code § 230 – Protection for private blocking and screening of offensive material.

g. Spam-bots. Auto-generated comment spam from spam-bots often uses poor, incorrect or awkward grammar, spelling or punctuation, and may leave the same, copied, plagiarized, spin text or similar worthless generic comment on many posts or websites to insert spam words or web links.

h. Spam Nofollow Links. Spam links may be blocked, deleted or HTML tagged as nofollow and will not help improve your search engine page rank.  We do not pass our hard-earned high-quality reputation and Domain Authority (DA) to spammers. Linking to sites that Google considers spammy can lower the reputation of our site.

i. Foreign Comments. Spam-bots often originate from an IP address in a foreign country. We may block comments or IP addresses from foreign countries, outside of our business market.

j. Fake Email. Spammers may use a fake, false, missing or misspelled email address and have no Gravatar (Globally Recognized Avatar). Check email address for Gravatar at Gravatar check.

k. Affiliate Spam. Spam from sales reps, agents, affiliate and network marketing spammers may be reported to the business that you represent or are affiliated with that sells or delivers the product or service or pays the commission, to alert them of your spam activities.

l. Spam Filter. We use WordPress spam filter plug-in software Akismet and Anti-Spam by CleanTalk. Software sometimes flags or filters out a legitimate comment, known as a false positive.  We will seek to prevent false positives and allow valid comments to be posted.

m. No URL Shortening. The use of shortened URL links is prohibited since disguised links may lead to spam or malicious websites. Use full URLs for links.

Thank you for following our blog comment policy and adding high-value comments to maintain high-quality user-generated content.

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