5 Reasons Why Your Comments Don’t Get Approved (And How to Fix it)

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You are spending too much time on blog commenting but your comments don’t get approved.

If you are facing this problem, then you might be doing someting wrong. You need to change your commenting strategy.

Blog commenting can be a great way to increase your traffic and get some link juice, but it shouldn’t be self-serving only. If you are doing it only for self promotion, then you are doing it wrong.

You need to add valueable comments to connect with like minded bloggers. If you put useful comments, it will grab more attention. More attention means more traffic. So blog commenting can increase engagement, traffic and brandability of your blog.

If you are still struggling with blog commenting, here are some reasons why your comments don’t get approved. And learn how to fix it.

1. Using Keywords of Name Field

The name field is only for your name. Obviously your name is not something like ‘blogging tips’, ‘seo tips’, ‘tech blog’ etc. Using keywords or your blog name as your name is the first sign of spam comments.

If blog owner finds keywords as name, s/he might not read your comments. So no matter how good comment it is, your comment will be deleted or moved to Spam.

Fix it: Don’t use keywords on Name Field. Use your full name. It will help you to engage with blog owner and others. If you want to use your blog name on the name field, then add your blog name besides your name like “Istiak @ RoadToBlogging”. But it’s not a good practice.

2. One line Comments

I get a lof of one line comments at RoadToBlogging like these

“Great post. Thanks for sharing”

“Thanks for the post”

“You’re awesome”

I like these compliments, but I’ve to delete this right away. Because they do it only for the link and these types of comments hurt the quality of the blog.

Fix it: Take some time to read the post and share your thoughts at least on 2-3 lines. There is noting wrong to comment “Great post. Thanks for sharing”, but make sure to follow it up. Share why you think the post was great. Try to add some value to your comment. And more importantly, if you’ve any question, ask it.

3. Comments with Anchor Text or Link

You might have a similar post on your blog and you want to share the link on the comment. STOP! Don’t do that if you are not a regular commenter of that blog. Even a valuable comment might get deleted if it contains link or anchor text.

Most of the blog owners don’t like links on comment.

Fix it: If you’ve a good connection with the blog owner, then you may share links on comment. But don’t make it habit. Never add an anchor text on comment.

4. Comments without a Gravatar

Gravatar allows you to show your picture on blog comments. Personally, I don’t delete any comment just because of not having any Gravatar. But the problem is Akismet plugin that sometimes marks valuable comments as Spam.

Unfortunately if your comment goes to Spam folder, there is a less chance that your comment will be approved. But if you have a Gravatar, blog owner will surely notice your comment on Spam. Because most of the owners look at a glance before deleting spam comments.

Fix it: Set a Gravatar Now. It will take just 2-3 minutes to add a picture to your every comments. It will help you to build a brand, increase traffic and build relationships.

5. Offensive Comments

There is noting wrong to dissagree with someone. I really like it if someone corrects me. But that doesn’t mean that I’ll tolerate someone who uses slang, cursing words or makes any personal attack. I will simply delete the comment.

Fix it: Don’t be rude. If you don’t agree with something, say it politely and give strong reasons.

Your Turn

If you are not making any above mistakes but your comments don’t get approved, I would suggest you to read the comment policy of the blog and contact with the blog owner.

How do you comment on blogs? Have you faced any problems on getting approved? Let us know via comment.

16 responses to “5 Reasons Why Your Comments Don’t Get Approved (And How to Fix it)”

  1. Philip Verghese Ariel Avatar

    Hi Istiak,
    It is indeed a great joy to be here today, I am here today via one of the Facebook shares of your page by Enstine Muki.
    Yes, I could very well relate to some of the areas you pointed out in this post.
    I receive many such one line or one word comments on a daily basis and to point out this trend I have posted an article on my page under the title “Philipscom comment policy” even after publishing that post I still get a load of comments in my inbox and sadly i send them all to my spam box.
    Thanks for pointing out the reasons why your comments are not approved.
    Keep sharing
    Have great time of sharing
    Have a wonderful and profitable weekend
    ~ Philip

  2. charan Avatar

    Honest post on how to submit comment on others blog. Most of the people do always silly things when they comment like in name section use keyword and the comment is not related to the post. Then how come the blogger will approve. First thing we should respect the blogger who is sharing the knowledge with us and give the decent comment on the post if any points are missing we can add our opinion in the comment. Thanks for sharing, Istiak Rayhan.

  3. rohit panchal Avatar
    rohit panchal

    Hey Istiak,
    Actually I am SEO beginner, your tips will definatelly help me to learnt about blog commenting process. Thanks for sharing this information, I hope you will guide to me next time with new thing.

    1. Istiak Rayhan Avatar
      Istiak Rayhan

      Hope so. Let me know if you need any help.

  4. Ranuka Avatar

    Hey Istiak,

    Most bloggers have added a page called comment policy to their blog. So, it is better to read comment policy page before commenting.

    1. Istiak Rayhan Avatar
      Istiak Rayhan

      Though I never read the comment policy before commenting, but it can be a good practice to take a look the policy.

  5. Kamlesh Sharma Avatar
    Kamlesh Sharma

    This post is very helpful for that new bloggers who are really wants to get backlinks by comments.
    Thanks for sharing this content and i think that i will never do these mistakes whenever i write comment on any blog. :)

  6. Manik Avatar

    Hello Istiak,

    Great post indeed with some great points. When I comment on others blog I always try to drop a valuable comments with some appropriate words. And set up Gravator, It’s really help to get comments approved.

    1. Istiak Rayhan Avatar
      Istiak Rayhan

      Commenting without adding value is just waste of time. Thanks for the comment.

  7. Sagar Desai Avatar

    Thank god, I am following all ethics.
    nice post, great article such comments are pathetic. I am wasting time to delete it. Even I don’t accept @blogname in full name.

    Nice write up for upcoming bloggers..

  8. Dinesh Verma Avatar
    Dinesh Verma

    Thanks for the valuable information Istiak. Iam trying blog commenting for last 3 months and result is very low. Hopefully after going through this post I can make some efficient blog comments.

  9. Gary Starkman Avatar
    Gary Starkman

    Great post Istiak. I always try to keep my comments as engaging as possible. I have one question, how come saying something like “good post” isnt enough? I feel sometimes that’s all I have to say and I want to make sure the author is getting feedback.

    1. Istiak Rayhan Avatar
      Istiak Rayhan

      Gary, there is noting wrong with the comment “Good Post” if you are the regular commentar of the blog. But if it’s your first time, these types of one line comments create a bad impression.

  10. devender Avatar

    wow these are great point.I have tried many times to comment for my website but no one approved my comment.And the most important is i have been searching for how to set Gravatar. Now have completed it.Nice tips.

  11. Akshay Hallur Avatar
    Akshay Hallur

    Hey Istiak, good post.
    But at the same time you forgot to mention irrelevant comments, by seeing irrelevant comments on blog posts we can clearly conclude that commenter used a automated commenting tools like Scrape box.
    Gravatar is most important as you said, it showcases that a person is behind this comment and not a bot.
    Akshay Hallur

    1. Istiak Rayhan Avatar
      Istiak Rayhan

      Akshay, great point. I totally forgot about irrelevant comments. Thanks for sharing.

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