I’ve been commenting on many blogs lately and having the chance to visit many of them has given me some insight into some of the things that should be, no MUST BE on your blog.
Since building a blog has a specific purpose (of course that’s another blog post), it is important to understand the 3 laws of blogging.
Branding yourself ties into the three laws of blogging and how if you follow these laws, people will get to know who you are which is a must in business and building relationships.
- Thou Must Have A Gravatar
The Gravatar leads to an almost immediate trust for a reader simply by having your picture.
Did you know that people gauge your eyes, if your face is honest, if you’re friendly, if you seem sympathethic.
From your gravatar a person can get a picture of the inner you, believe it or not. 🙂 A face to go with the person helps a reader to identify with you.
Yet many people do not have gravatars and that can cause you problems.
What Kind Of Problems?
Well I’ll give you an example. A couple of days ago, a number of people (first time bloggers) came to my website to leave comments, which I hugely appreciate! 🙂
However, one thing that caused me to pause and gave me concern was that a few did not have Gravatars or had a fake picture that (a tree, a bush, or some non-descript image) that told me nothing about the person.
There was no image to give me an idea of who this new person was. As bloggers we depend on our visitors to have a gravatar; something that makes us know that this person is real.
Well, I get spam. Mostly every blogger does. What some bloggers don’t know is that if you do not have a gravatar, you can be taken as a spammer.
Why Is It Important To Have A Gravatar?
Having a Gravatar is a small but important part of the puzzle. It helps establish that search for identity that can put you above the rest. Just think from your own perspective.
Can you picture the faces of the bloggers of your favorite websites? I’m sure you probably can.
Doesn’t it make them easier to trust and to listen to? I know it does for me, and I know I’m not alone in that.
Just this past week, a new commentor left a comment (comment truly appreciated), but it was vague enough and lacked enough substance to give me pause. It seemed valid, but spammers usually leave such non-descript and vague comments.
I hesitated because I just wasn’t sure. It didn’t appear like the regular spammer, but at the same time had elements of a spammer.
My response? I blocked his IP address because I couldn’t be sure who he was and what his purpose was – maybe to drop a comment and grab a link! Not!
Please add an appropriate gravatar/picture to your website for when you add comments. It’s give credibility to the person leaving the comment.
Spammers normally do not have gravatars so spammers are usually identified pretty easily.
You may be mistaken for a spammer so just a suggestion but you might want to add one for your comments and you are not mistaken as a spammer and deleted.
Another gentleman I just reminded him that he should have a Gravatar because his comment seemed legitimate.
Bottom line is all bloggers should have a gravatar.
What Should You Do If You Don’t Have A Gravatar?
Add an appropriate gravatar/picture to your website.
Rule #1 – Make sure you have a gravatar to identify yourself to the world!
2. Thou Must Have Share Buttons and Social Icons
Serious bloggers have the major share buttons on their blog, i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Buffer seem to be the most popular.
One thing I noticed is if you have social icons and share buttons, serious bloggers and commenters will share your articles and that’s a Rah! Rah!
If someone wants to share your posts, trust me people will not go looking for links to your Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn accounts.
Having to search for them is a pain in the pa-tootey soooo you’re likely not to get your articles shared and that will affect your traffic to your blog.
Now that is not what you want!
Rule #2 – Make sure you have social buttons on your blog so people can find you easily!
3. Thou Shall Not Let Spam Through
All of us should have the greatest Spam defender in history of blogging called CommentLuv!
I know I’ve tried all kinds of spam defenders and each time I do cut down on spam, but not until Premimum Comment Luv did the spam stop.
This week I purchased the Premium version of CommentLuv and I’m amazed in one day what a difference.
I knew many people talked about getting no spam and I didn’t receive ‘that’ much’ until I purchased the premium.
Holy Smoke! What a relief to not have to worry about spam so much. It combines 8 other plugins within and it’s just doesn’t make any sense to NOT have this premium package to protect yourself and your blog from spam.
I had someone the other day talk about how much spam they are receiving. I know how they feel.
So What’s Wrong With Spam
Spam can carry malicious code and if someone clicks on a link, you’re infected.
Spammers can drop unwanted links to your website and some links are good and some links are bad.
Other legiitimate commenters may not trust your site if you have lots of spammers. It doesn’t make your site look reputable and we work hard for our site to be reputable!
How To Identify A Spammer
There are many different ways, but here is a great article with multiple ways to identify spammers and it’s important that we are all aware.
The article talks about a comment author using a real name or keyword or seeing the same exact posts in multiple blogs, fake email addresses and lo and behold! Do they use a gravatar?! Uhmmm. Think I mentioned that. 🙂
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You see some things I’ve learned as a blogger is that some items are worth the small investment to have your blog in order, particularly for protection!
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If you get spam – Rule #3 – Get Premium CommentLuv! CommentLuv Premium comes with Anti Backlink which is the real deal breaker in eliminating spam.
Well, those are my 3 laws of blogging. Each of us need to pay attention to these laws as it will
- define who you are online
- help people to find you easily
- keep you safe from spam
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