Every blogger likes to get feedback and encouragement through comments. Sometimes, you will get a negative feedback or a rude comment or spam. If you publish all the comments that has been submitted to your blog, then your blog’s comment section will definitely look awkward. To keep it clean you need to publish a guidelines for commenting and approve comments that adheres the guidelines.
Which will make a border, a limit in what a reader can say and can’t say in their comments. If any comment is a violation to your comment policy then you can simply hit “trash”.
Google already is very serious in their algorithm updates, they are killing several sites for some reason, so it wouldn’t be good if you let spams in your comment section or let unrelated sites link posted in your comment section. If Google gets strict, we must also be strict.
How To Write A Comment Policy For Your Blog
1. No Links In The Comments
Let your readers know that they are not encouraged to include a link in their comments unless situation makes it a must to include a link. For Eg, in case a comment asks for a link to something then the reply could have a link.
2. Only English
English is the universal language, so let them know that only comments in English will be approved and others will be trashed.
3. No Keywords In Name
To get more quality backlinks some commentators will put a keyword instead of their name. Let them know that it’s not allowed and only comments with proper name will be approved.
4. No Unrelated Comments
Let them know that if a comment is off-topic then it’s going to find it’s place in trash.
5. No Promotion or Affiliate Marketing
Comment section is not a place to promote anything or to market affiliate products. Let’s tell them if any of the comments seems to be promoting stuffs it will be deleted.
6. Should Not Be Harassing
Let your readers know that harassing others isn’t allowed and such comments will be deleted.
7. You Have Rights To Edit The Comments
Let your readers know that you have rights to edit their comments in case of grammatical error or typographical error or for any other reasons.
8. You Have Rights To Remove Their Website Links
It would be awkward if someone leaves a completely off-topic site’s link in your site isn’t it? So let them know such links are not allowed and you have rights to remove them.
9. NoFollow Or DoFollow
Let your readers know whether their links will have a nofollow tag or not.
10. You Have Rights To Delete Comments That Are Violating The Comment Policy
Lastly, tell them you have rights to delete their comments if it is violating your comment policy.