16 Reasons Commenting on Your Blog Sucks

by Extreme John on October 29, 2009

Even though I am a blogging CEO I still try to find time to work leaving blog comments on the bloggers blogs that are nice enough to come through my blog and leave comments here, it’s a great way to build traffic and network with bloggers. Not to mention you would be surprised just what you can learn by visiting other blogs and leaving comments on them, I recommend Feedly for managing rss feeds and comment monitoring.

When you leave comments on blogs and specifically a lot of comments on blogs it should be no surprise that certain blogs will become annoying to leave comments on from time to time, I decided to put together a list of 16 reasons commenting on your blog might suck. I don’t expect that everyone will agree with me and the things that piss me off when leaving comments might be something you feel you need to have in place on your blog, or even something you get great results from. Don’t take it personally, it’s just my opinion and the things that I find annoying.

16 Reasons Commenting on Your Blog Sucks

Commenting on Your Blog Sucks

  1. Your Comment Luv plugin is not working or up to date
  2. You have Pre-Checked Notify by Email Subscriptions
  3. You have timed pop-up windows
  4. You have pre-checked Subscribe to Comments
  5. Your blog loads slow
  6. Your blog is not Do Follow
  7. Your blog is a blogger blog (I hate logging in)
  8. Your using a third party comment system that is not Do Follow (JSkit, Disqus)
  9. After submitting comment your blog returns a white page
  10. You use CAPTCHA as a way to stop spam
  11. You don’t use the Comment Luv WordPress Plugin
  12. Your spam filter plugin doesn’t allow my comment to post
  13. You need to approve comments because you fear spam
  14. All you blog about is making money online (it can get redundant)
  15. I have to search for a place to leave my comment
  16. People must leave a CAPTCHA after typing their comment

Those are just my personal views on what I find annoying when leaving comments on the various blogs that I visit and even blogs in my network, I personally believe that you should reward the people that are nice enough to leave a comment on your blog and I also believe it shouldn’t be like going through a rodeo circus. I hate receiving all kinds of BS email about comments or subscriptions I would never subscribe to on my own and I hate jumping through ropes just to leave a comment.

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Udegbunam Chukwudi
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Commenting on my blog sucks cos I removed CommentLuv which wasn’t compatible with my SEO Super Comments plug-in. The white page issue is one that affects a lot of blogs and though I’ve fixed it on mine it appears from time to time. Till date no one’s sure of how to fix it. What I now do is I type out and save my comments in NotePad should in case Mr. Blank Page decides to visit.
.-= Udegbunam Chukwudi´s last blog ..Emmanuel Samson’s E-Cash Pro Scam =-.

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Udegbunam Chukwudi
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UPDATE: Thanks for your post on dofollow plug-ins. I finally settled for Lucia Linky Love and fixed the compatibility issues between Commentluv and SEO Super Comments. All three plug-ins are now fully functional on my blog.
.-= Udegbunam Chukwudi´s last blog ..Apologies and Comments Policy Reviewed (Again)! =-.

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Alison Moore Smith
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I don’t completely hate Captcha or it’s variants — except those that are IMPOSSIBLE to read and type in correctly. Augh!

Great list.
.-= Alison Moore Smith@Custom Dream Home´s last blog ..French Drains Protect Basements =-.

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Bodybuilding and Fitness
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Nice post. Why not reward those that take the time to make comments on your website it helps you and attracts more of an audience.

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safaridave

Very valid points. Took lots of notes on this one.

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Heather

I am guilty of number 13. And possibly 5 – if you have a slow connection.

But, if I didn’t have 13, I would have had a really really nasty spam message that slipped through Akismet the other day. It was bad, the kind that made my mouth drop open and that doesn’t happen often.

Other than that, I’m with you on the list! I had captchas. And ads that drop down on the screen right where I’m trying to comment.

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ileane
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John, Let’s not forget those A-list bloggers that don’t even allow comments. I think that really sucks. Then there are the ones that have like 129 comments and if you read them it would take 2 hours. 8-O

Great post.
@Ileane
.-= ileane´s last blog ..Tag Surfer – Blogger vs. WordPress.com =-.

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Extreme John
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@ileane, haha this post isn’t very far from being one of those crazy long comment posts.

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Are you looking to collaborative blogging where people contribute posts OR are you looking to just inform people about creative writing? There are blog services more geared toward “team or group blogging” than others, like Wordpress. :evil:

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Extreme John
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@electric heating uk, not really sure what your getting at? Sorry it’s still early. haha.

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TechChunks
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Very valid points. Bookmarking this post :-D
.-= TechChunks@Technolgy Latest News Updates´s last blog ..The Great Firewall Strikes Again! After IMDb now China Blocks Wired.com =-.

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After all that, it would draw a lot of traffic to your blog if you start rewarding readers who spend their precious time commenting on your blog. Also it would add fame to your blog.

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Arden

Extreme John,
This is a great tip! I am just new to the blogosphere and I really find this helpful. Thanks!
.-= Arden´s last blog ..Blogosphere : What Is It? =-.

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Lars Tong Strömberg

Good points overall, but personally I disagree with number 7 on Disqus.

First off, I *think* (I am not sure) that you can have Disqus and still DoFollow although it´s not default.

Second, as a commenter, I like Disqus too. If I see other commentators I find interesting (as commentators), I can very quickly check what else they have written on Disqus enabled blogs simply by checking their Disqus profile. Pretty nice eye-opener for new blogs acually

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Keith Davis

Hi John
Got to admit my biggest turn off is… Your blog is a blogger blog (I hate logging in)
Drives me crazy.
Having read the post and composed something interesting to say, I then find that there is another hoop to jump through.
No way! I just leave the site.

I like to see the little red heart of CommentLuv on sites that I comment on, KeywordLuv is a bonus.
.-= Keith Davis@public speaking´s last blog ..A helping hand… =-.

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Roezer

I use a Captcha but it’s only 4 letters or numbers in Captials so it’s quite easy to read.I took it off for a few Days and had way too many Comments to filter because I was using Entrecard and many of the Visitors from such sources are very link hungry.As for the Blogs going white that is one of the reasons before I post a comment I always copy it to my clipboard because if the comment does not post I will have a draft to make my own opinion on it.This is not the first time that I have read this post but there is anohter reason that people are afraid to comment on posts that are older than a few days i wonder if someone could make some kind of union of bloggers who display some kind of Badge to Claim that they do not care if you comment on older posts just as long as it is keeping with the Topic of the post
.-= Roezer´s last blog ..Bulk Emails and Blogging Tips to make a Dependable Income Online =-.

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Martha

Maybe its just me, but I personally don’t understand all the paranoia surrounding comment spam. Is it really that difficult to remove unwanted comments? It seems to me that making users jump through hoops to post a comment is totally unnecessary and only serves to discourage people from posting comments at all. Most people won’t want to take the time to write a comment if there’s any doubt that it’ll actually be posted. One of the many reasons I love sites that use KeywordLuv! :)

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Extreme John
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I would have to agree Martha, remove it and move on. Thank you for taking the tiem to leave a great comment.

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Beverly

I’ve found that at times when I want to comment on a blog, I’ll either have to sign-in to, or create an account with some online service I’d otherwise never use. :( Even those times I do happen to be a member of the service that their blog requires being signed into, I still find it annoying to have to do so.

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Extreme John
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I agree Beverly, I hate the third party stuff that requires logins, etc.

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Sam

I would have to agree with every point on the list. The most annoying one I find is when people use keywordluv as a plugin then make the links nofollow. What’s the point? It is like false advertising. A good backlink is the incentive for a good and valuable comment.
Sam recently posted…Bissell Proheat 2x ReviewMy Profile

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John Davies

I have to say as a commentor the worse thing for me would be a website which is uber slow.

However on the other side of the coin I am guilty of point number 13, I also fear without checking posts first I will get loads of spam.
John Davies recently posted…The Most Popular Dog BreedsMy Profile

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