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What do you do with comments that are one-liners?

  1. What do you do with comments that are obvious attempts at attracting readers to the commenter's own blog? Do you publish them or leave them unapproved?

    The blog I need help with is

  2. I have a very clear Commenting Policy posted on my blogs:

    I do not approve opportunistic comments of the kind yourdescribe. I send them to trash. If opportunistic comments of the kind you describe are linked to commercial sites then I send them to spam.

  3. I wouldn't accept it. They should try to gain readers by adding to the conversation, not by using you as a marketing arm. I would deny them on principal and I'd unfollow if I was following them.

  4. I delete them also, and also people that link their own blog at the bottom of their comment, if people want to visit they'll click on your name. Linking your own blog to a comment will more likely get you less readers so I'm doing them a favour in essence

  5. These are some of the comments I've had:

    "im a beginner check my blog too follow me and comment on my blogs to let me improve pls…"


    "Love this blog everyone should follow it I’ll advertise it on my blog do the same for me please"

  6. They're spam. Nobody who actually respects you will post comments like that.

  7. @pete - some people who post links to their own blog below their comment just don't realise that there's a link to their name. Best advice is to just edit the comment and remove the extra link. Unless they're spammers. Then zap the f*ckers.

  8. That's what I figured. Just thought I'd ask, since I don't want to be rude. This is my first blogging experience so I'm not very familiar with blogging etiquette. Thank you for your feedback.

  9. I leave them. I consider smart people won't go. And what happens with dumb people, well, who cares?

  10. greyroompictures

    I have all comments requiring moderation - then promptly forget to do so in all cases, whether spam or not! lol. C'mon people... it's a system !?!?!

  11. I don't have a problem with someone leaving a comment and then leaving a link to a relevant post that they have made. Where's the harm in that? I've done the same. If it gains them traffic, then great, happy to help.

  12. I delete one-liners, unless they are from some of my regular readers. But thankfully, my regular readers usually write at least a paragraph when they do comment, which I really appreciate. As for people that link to their blogs, I just edit the comment and add this:

    [Link removed for excessive self-promotion. --CS]

    I've only had to do it once and it's worked out fine for me.

  13. I love that your edit, carrieslager. Simply genious.

  14. @carrieslager
    I've done that too.

  15. @TT -- :)

  16. invisiblemikey

    If the one-liner is amusing enough, I edit out the link, publish the comment and award them "Spam of the Day". The rest get trashed.

  17. Great idea carrieslager - I have removed links at the end of comments before, but I like the idea of adding the bracketed note...

  18. @readytochangenow: I always add a bracketed note if I change even the least little thing on a comment. I feel that people should know why I'm editing their comment.

  19. I think it depends...sometimes I think people are not really spamming just trying to touch base and build connections, so I check out their website usually and if I like it I make a comment to engage them. I have left one-liners at times. It doesn't mean I am a spammer...just that one line said what i wanted to say. As for links...sometimes they are helpful as they take you straight to a page that is relevant. I don't have a problem with that at all. I don't like it when someone is obviously going around copying and pasting the same comment and link to everyone. I take part in photo challenges and have had the odd person try that one...I usually delete those quickly. That said I do like to give people the benefit of the doubt before I delete their comments.

  20. So is a comment left on a newspaper website that was relevant to the article that ends with a link to a relevant article is spam? I think not and the same goes for similar comments on a blog, but that's just my opinion.

    It's up to your readers if they want to click on the link, unlike spam, which is usually forced on to people and doesn't contain anything worth reading.

    As I've left links on blogs before (none of which were removed), I guess that makes me a spammer then. Oh well.

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