The Three Laws Of Blogging

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.

  1. Thou Must Have  A Gravatar

Motivation and Inspiration For AllThis should be a cardinal rule!   Your  gravatar is your identity!  Your Gravatar is a pictorial representation of who you are as a business entity and person online.

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

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Photo by aha-soft-icons.deviantart.com

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

commentluv-wordpressAll 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. 🙂

Save yourself the trouble…click here and get Premium Comment Luv.

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!

Don’t like it?   It has a 30 day money back guarantee!  If I saw a difference in 1-2 days, imagine how much of a difference in 10 or 20 or 30!  This is a no brainer people. 🙂

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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Motivation and Inspiration For All

 

Comments

  1. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Your blog has a new look! Congratulations 🙂

    Loved these three apt laws, which every blogger must follow, glad I do! At least I take care of two from the three now.

    Yes, Gravatar are SO essential, and without it, you really can’t make out how authentic the other person is. Sometimes, there are issues and the image doesn’t show up, though it’s there on the person’s blog, so I usually cross check and let them know in the comments, requesting them to add their picture.

    Social icons and buttons are your social proof, and they are definitely needed on every blog! Many new bloggers don’t understand this simple fact, until you tell them, and lose out on so many shares. Some even don’t add a simple Twitter handle to their tweet button. I guess being in the blogosphere for a while now, it’s also our duty to keep letting them know, as and when, so they are aware and take timely action.

    CommentLuv is a wonderful plugin, and brings in lots of comments, though you also get a lot of spam comments or not the ones that are of real value – been there, done that! But nevertheless, the premium version is what I had all these years, and it worked very well for me, except for spam clearing I had to do. I guess with time, we realized we didn’t need it anymore, so we are with zero spam and the comments are just the same – reduced a little, but those were the ones who came just for links, one can make that out now 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice weekend – Happy Valentine’s Day too 🙂

    BTW – There is no CommentLuv installed presently here….I guess you’re still working for that…wishing you the best 🙂

    • says

      Hi Harleena,

      Glad you like the new look. I wanted something a little bit more organized so that readers could easily find posts. I wanted to give it a new feel as well. Hope I accomplished that. 🙂

      I found out how essential a Gravatar is because I know for myself I don’t trust some of the blogs without one and I get new people coming to my post all the time and I need to know if they are authentic or not so I think many people would have that problem. That is why I mentioned it. Hopefully, others will take a hint if they don’t have one. 🙂 It’s a good idea to ask them to add their pic. I like that and think I’ll do the same.

      I agree it’s our duty to help new bloggers (and old if need be) that they need the social icons. It’s critical if they want to get out there. Hopefully, this will help.

      I’ve always had Comment Luv but somehow it didn’t get carried over when I changed the them. Then I found out I thought I had the premium version until a couple of days ago so I got the premium version but needed some setup which Adrienne helped me with. Hopefully, it should be working now. In addition with the premium version comes a plugin that gets rid of the spam. So I have to get that enabled now and I know from others that you can be literally spam free with this soooo that’s next. That’s for checking it out. If you see that there is still a problem with CommentLuv that you can see, please let me know.

      Hope you had a great week-end and Happy Valentine’s Day as well. 🙂

      Have a good week,
      Barbara
      Barbara Charles recently posted…The Three Laws Of BloggingMy Profile

  2. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Woah, I was fortunate to have a Gravatar, wasn’t it? 😀
    Well, a few months ago I did not have one, and do not know what’s the point. Then, I was advised by someone to use it, since that I have one, and it was very useful.

    Yes, everyone should have a Gravatar. You should not be ashamed to show yourself to the world..hehe 😉

    To spam, I just remove thousands of incoming spam on my blog. It was really a great amount. But fortunately, spam came when I was new to blogging, so it’s been much reduced since I use good tools and plugins. 🙂

    Great post, Barbara.
    Thanks for sharing this with us!

    Regards,
    Nanda

    • says

      Hi Nanda,

      Good you have a gravatar. Good job. Now that you understand why you need it you’re in good shape. If you are still getting lots of spam, you need to download CommentLuv, the premium version noted in my post. What other tools and plugins are you using that has cut down on your spam? Tell us here so others will be able to get rid of spam as well. What are you using?

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Barbara
      Barbara Charles recently posted…The Three Laws Of BloggingMy Profile

        • says

          Hi Nanda,

          Akismet and Growmap all work but I have gone from 100’s of spam a day down to about 17. If I didn’t check the spam folder for a couple of days 100’s fast mutliples to 1000 and pages of spam. Now with CommentLuv Premium and it’s Anti-Backlink plugin, there is very little. Thanks for sharing what you use and what is effective for you.

          Regards,
          Barbara

  3. says

    Hey Barbara,

    I totally agree with you about these three. The gravatar is something I specifically have set up to not accept on my blog. It might sound cold but most spammers have no gravatar and if you’re a blogger then it’s a must. My message lets them know why their comment isn’t allowed so if they have further issues they just email me.

    Anyone of course can put a fake picture as their own but I let people know how important it is to make that connection. To know who you’re chatting with and that’s the way you get to know people. We all know that being online is all about people so hiding behind some other type of photo is not helping them whatsoever.

    Not giving me a way to share your content can also hurt you and I still see this a lot with new bloggers. Once they do have it set up though a lot don’t put their correct information in which just means I won’t be sharing their content. It can only benefit them of course and I would hope everyone would want that.

    I can’t agree more about CommentLuv Premium of course, you know I’m a faithful user and I think very highly of this plugin and Andy. I think everyone has to do what’s best for them but I know people are always concerned about spam since it attracts pretty much all kinds of people. Once again though, I rarely get spam these days because of the way I have it set up so those that complain that their spam is gone because they deleted this plugin I oftentime question. Spam is everywhere and you’re always going to have some type of spam. It just goes with blogging.

    Great share Barbara and a wonderful lesson my friend. By the way, great theme upgrade too. Love it, looking good.

    Have a great weekend.

    ~Adrienne
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    • says

      Hi Adrienne,

      Actually you taught me well LOL! These are things we’ve talked about in the past so I know these things are important. These things are also annoying when a person doesn’t have them. It means I can’t know who they are. Gravatar’s are really critical to building those relationships, else a person is just a nameless face on the web. You’re absolutely right that spammers usually have no gravatar and some spammers do but you can usually tell. They problem is they’re getting smart now and putting up gravatars so people have to read the comment to see if it’s a ‘real comment.’ Pain in the neck. Anyway, it is one way to tell if someone is serious. I like you idea and if they have to email you, oh well then.

      I haven’t been to too many blogs that didn’t have share buttons but there are some and it really jumped out at me when I wanted to share one and couldn’t. Had to write about it. Needs to be a critical point for a blogger, otherwise their stuff will not be shared and that’s a shame.

      Thanks for helping me setup CommentLuv Premium. You’ve always talked about it and I guess I just didn’t do ‘something’ when I thought I’d already purchased it. Very weird…but now all setup thank God and thanks to you! 🙂 I downloaded Anti Backlink tonight and really hoping that gets rid of the rest of the spam that slips through. Looking forward to not having to clear out my spam folder everyday.

      And you’re right about Andy. I had a question and I can’t agree more about Andy being on point. I had an issue with the affiliate link and told him about the broken link and he fixed it right away. Way to go Andy! Anyway, I’m just loving CommentLuv Premium! So although I don’t expect it all to go away, I’m hoping it is cut down considerably.

      Glad you like the new theme! I was going for a cleaner more organized look. Hopefully, it meets the criteria! 🙂

      Great talking to you today as usual. 🙂 Let’s do it more often. Let me know when you want me to talk to your friend! 🙂

      Have a good week my friend. 🙂
      Barbara

  4. says

    Thanks for sharing wonderful info, Barbara.. Gravatar is must for the bloggers. It adds credibility to the site. Social shares and social profiles are very useful. They connect your readers with your social platform in an easy manner.
    I have not tried comments luv plugin yet. Right now, I am using the WordPress comments only. But, I love it’s functioning of adding recent posts.
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    • says

      Hi Yatin,

      Thanks for visiting and sorry for the delay in responding. Give CommentLuv a try. It definitely helps and has a lot of cool things in it to help with commenting, who gets links, approvals of posts, etc.

      Check it out.
      Have a great week-end.
      Barbara

  5. says

    Hello Barbara,

    Awesome info you shared about blogging which is not only helpful but must be followed by every blogger.

    I appreciate and completely agree with your blogging laws especially blog must have Gravatar and Social sharing buttons, because both are basic terms in current blogging trends.

    Thanks for sharing informative stuff with us……Have a great weekend……!!!

    Regards,
    Gangadhar

    • says

      Thanks Gangadhar,

      I value your opinion. Thanks for stopping by. Yes these rules should be paid attention to by all bloggers in order to help their blogs be seen by others.

      You’re very welcome. Feel free to share. 🙂

      Regards,
      Barbara

  6. says

    Hey Barbara
    Three great tips here. I think having a legit gravatar is very important if one of your intentions to comment is to make connection with other bloggers and gain exposure. On my blog in particular, most people who comment have a legitimate one. Many of my regular readers are not fellow bloggers so they tend not to have one, and that really doesn’t bother me so much.
    kelli recently posted…Law of Attraction Freakouts: You Wanted Change and Now You’re Gonna Get ItMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Kelli,

      It’s great if you know your regular readers so it would be all right to have no gravatar. But as you start to get more readers coming from other areas, you may find you have a hard time deciphering between some of the spam comments and others.

      At least if you have a problem, you’ll know what needs to be done if spamming becomes an issue for you.

      Thanks for the comment. Hope you had a great Valentines Day.

      Have a good week.
      Barbara

  7. says

    Hi Barbara

    Yes three great tips or blogging laws I should say and must have for bloggers. I learned about the Gravatar some time after I started my blogging journey. I could recall those days when I would have showed up on websites just like your first time bloggers you mentioned in this post – no photo by which to identify me. So much better now that I have it.

    I agree the share buttons are a must. They are the wings of your post that would make them fly around social media. I am definitely gearing towards the CommentLuv plugin.

    • says

      Hi Yvonne,

      Love that – share buttons are the wings of your posts – excellent analogy. Without them our posts don’t go anywhere! Nice way of putting it.

      You definitely must, must, must get Comment Luv. You should get Premium but if not – at least get the non-premium for linking. CommentLuv places a link to your last blog post at the end of your comment. So when you come to my blog and leave a comment, it leaves your link to your last post. If I choose then to visit your blog, the link is right there and I can immediately go to it instead of searching for your blog. Otherwise, I might forget and never go there. It’s awesome and definitely helps with your traffic. It’s an immediate way to get a comment comment from someone who is visiting your post.

      What I found out about the CommentLuv Premium is that there are 6 plugins all wrapped up it so there’s all kinds of good stuff in the Premium, one of which helps eliminate spam if you’re having troubles with it.

      You should really check it out. Hope this is valuable information for you.

      Have a blessed week.
      Regards,
      Barbara

  8. says

    Hi Barbara,

    I really like the post name, ‘The Three laws of blogging’. You got me interested in reading the post just with the headline..good job 🙂

    You have very accurately described the important things like having a gravatar image which depicts a blogger’s identity. A friendly face definitely does you good!

    Also, the points about social icons and comment luv was nicely put it. I liked reading the post and this is definitely a useful resource for bloggers. Thanks.
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    • says

      Hi Arpit,

      Thanks for your visit to my blog. Appreciate you stopping by. Glad you agree that these 3 blogging laws are important and that you found it useful. Hopefully it’ll help others improve their blogs.

      Thanks again for stopping by.

      Regards,
      Barbara

  9. says

    Hi Barbara

    Three laws of blogging! great concept and a wonderful headline. All the three are most important steps and without them a blog can be an automated outlet but not a business where personal face is must to win the trust of people.

    These three laws actually ensures genuineness at a blog as without a profile pic and details everyone will surely be shy to follow its advice, tips and recommendations to buy a product.

    Sharing is caring so the best way to show the care from both sides is through social media. So a blogger must make this option as much easier as possible to just do this with a click of the mouse.

    Last but not the least is crowd in front of a business. A new customer wants to confirm if the big crowd in front of a shop is really interested to buy the products or just standing there to pass the time or for any other purpose.

    In same way all people at blog be they simply visitors, commentators or supporters must be originally and truly interested in business brand. Otherwise it will be like deceiving others to bring more people.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this very useful post to abide by the basic laws of blogging.

    Have a nice week ahead Barbara.
    Mi Muba recently posted…7 wicked ways to spice up your dud blogging mentor programMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Mi Muba

      Great points all. I love that you compare it to business and new customers and if the store is valid. All of these things are needed to verify the person is who they are and that the business is legit.

      Great analogy. Glad you thought it useful.

      Hope you had a great week-end and we’ll chat soon.

      Barbara

  10. says

    Hi Barbara

    I should call this the most important rules of blogging. I must commend you for writing this awesome post. Talking about gravatar; i know there are people who are not comfortable with putting their pictures but healthy relationships occur with people and how can I have a relationship with some I don’t know how he looks like.

    Would you hide your face from your kid? We should think about this.

    Social media buttons are very important in blogs. One thing that bothers me is when I see a fine article that I can’t share because it is hard to locate the share button. Share buttons should be visible.

    Thanks for sharing your insight. Have a wonderful week.
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    • says

      Hi Ikechi,

      First thanks for agreeing that these rules of blogging are important! And thanks for the kudos on the post. Yes, many people do hide their faces as they don’t know any better, but others do it deliberately to fool us with their spam. It’s important that at least this one identifying factor can help us prevent spammers from ruining our blogs and our credibility.

      And I’m in full agreement with you regarding not finding sharing buttons. You’ve now prevented me for sharing your posts and that hurts a person, particularly if it’s a good post deserving of being shared.

      Hope this helps some others.

      Barbara

  11. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Good point about the gravatars. It does help you connect better with your audience. Sharing stories is great but people want to be able to put a face to it, to know you’re human. This can be particularly helpful on blog that also has business aspects.

    I was apprehensive at first because I’m typically shy but I wanted my readers to know me, after all I was talking to them about my experiences.

    ~Lea
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    • says

      Hi Lea,

      Great decision to add a gravatar. I understand that shyness as the Internet is a great, big place, but in order to grow your business, it’s a must that people know you. You made the right decision! 🙂

      Hope all is well and hope you had a great week-end.

      Blessings for a good week ahead. 🙂
      Barbara

  12. says

    Hi Barbara,
    you shared very important points here.

    I find not having a gravatar a big mistake.

    I remember, when I started blogging back 5 years ago,
    I was afraid to show my face.
    What a great error!

    After few months, I discovered the importance of building connections and increasing my reputation online. And this is possible just by showing who you really are! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, have a great beginning of this week.

    By the way, just landed here from Aha-Now blog.

    • says

      Hi Erik,

      I understand that fear of not showing who you are on your blog as a beginning blogger, but it is important if you want to establish a brand or brand yourself. Glad you finally showed your face 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by my blog.

      Take care. Stay blessed.

      Barbara

  13. says

    Hi Barbara,

    I do agree with your three laws of blogging.

    The sharing rule strikes a chord with me. I find it very frustrating when there are no sharing buttons. As a reader, if the author has made it hard for me to share the article, I feel like I’ve wasted my time.

    It is also important for a blogger to test out their sharing buttons from time to time – because sometimes they don’t work the way you think they do, so you could be making it difficult for your readers to share, without realizing it.

    • says

      Hi Neena,

      Thank you for stopping by for the first time. Glad you agree. I’m with you. I’ve read a good article and then I want to share it and there’s no buttons. Very frustrating, but I feel bad for the blogger because he/she have lost a share and as you say it can be frustrating for the reader who wants to share it thinking it’s a great read!

      Good point about testing our share buttons. I think that happened to me once. Excellent add! Thanks so much.

      Look forward to seeing you again Neena. Have a great week! 🙂

  14. says

    Hey Barbara,

    I know what you mean about having a gravatar. I’ve had quite a few people leave some engaging comments but they didn’t have a gravatar. This left me thinking whether I should accept their comment or not. This is why it’s so important to have a gravatar set up because more than likeky, as you said, that blogger is going to look at you as a spammer.

    Also It’s Very important to have your social media buttons to where others can see them. Most of us bloggers, especially you and me, are not going to go searching for these buttons because of our limited time. So one thing to make clear is to have social media buttons and to place them in a visible area of your blog.

    Last but not least is the commentluv premium plugin. You definitely can’t go wrong with this because of all that you get. Especially go the fact that it benefit the blogger and the commenter. But one thing I really like is the anti backlinker feature. I set up a policy for all my commenter using this feature and it has done wonders for me in protecting my blog from spammer

    These are definitely some vital things everyone should have on their blogs. Thanks for sharing Barbara! Have a great rest of the week!
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    • says

      Hi Sherman,

      Exactly how I feel everytime I get a comment with no gravatar. Don’t know if they can be trusted and I have 3 comments sitting in moderation right now – just not sure. Hopefully, these people will read the post LOL!

      Good point about searching for the social media buttons. Not! Bloggers must learn to make it as easy as possible for commenters to do ‘their job’ when they visit. Otherwise, it is a waste of our time. Sad to say, but that is true.

      I just downloaded the anti backlinker plugin last night. Adrienne let me know about it. I’ve seen a big difference already. Amazing! CommentLuv Premium rocks. I thought I had the Premium version and found out I really didn’t so I immediately downloaded it and what a difference. Anyway, love it! Definitely a good recommendation if people want to get rid of spam.

      Anyway, Sherman thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a blessed week.
      God bless,
      Barbara

  15. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Oh those people without Gravatars drive me crazy! I do know a few new bloggers that do not have them, so I let them slide. I don’t trust people that don’t use them and they won’t show up on my blog. The other thing I don’t let in is a person without a face… I mean seriously, I check them out and everywhere I go there is no person behind a flower symbol or something like that. Too suspicious for me!

    Thank goodness for CommentLuv Premium. I have that and it sure cut all the craziness out. But even when I do get a blogger with a Gravatar and a backlink I have to check them out. See if it goes to a sales page or a 404. Sometimes they do creep in. This is why it is important we police our comments.

    Not having social share buttons on a blog is something that drives me up a wall. I can visit a good blog and do want to share it, but with no social share buttons….it cannot be done. And what about those little grey social share buttons you can hardly see? I don’t have 20 20 vision, but sometimes I have to spend time searching for them.

    OK I’ve done enough venting! I am glad you brought this topic up and may I say I love the new look of your blog Barbara!

    -Donna
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    • says

      Hi Donna,

      Thanks so much. Glad you like the new look! I’m not done yet. Got to do some other things as I organize! Got to get my new e-Book out there too! 😉

      I think all 3 things I mentioned are ‘pains’ to just about everyone. It’s annoying and it’s frustrating because it really prevents us from doing what we came to do when we go to their blog. When they come to us, it allows us not to trust them and our credibility as bloggers is the most important.

      It’s o.k to vent ’cause that why I wrote the post LOL! It’s a vent for sure. Guess others needed to vent as well. 🙂
      Talk soon.
      Barbara

  16. says

    HI Barbara, Loved the color combination of ur blog. Looks serene.

    Coming back to the topic, gravatar, was something alien to me when I started off blogging. In couple of days reading about the spammers and the damage they do, I decided to have a Gravatar pic of my own. Now few of my readers say that I have a frowned look in the gravatar, and this keeps bothering me. I would be changing that soon to a SMILING Gravatar. (lighter side).

    Kudos to You and Cheers
    AJ.
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  17. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Thanks for putting this together. I totally agree with you. These points are so important for bloggers, especially if they’re trying to make a living out of it.

    I see lots of blogs who don’t have their share buttons or gravatar set. The first thing that comes to my mind is “my friend where are your social sharing buttons.” If only they realized they were missing a lot of opportunities to have their post shared across the socialverse.

    Thanks again for sharing this. Have a great week.
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    • says

      Hi Corina,

      Yep. Many people forget about those two little important things and it makes an impact on their blog and their visitors. Those missed opportunities can effect their internet world as you so clearly stated.

      Thanks for stopping by. Haven’t seen you in a long time. Glad you’ve stopped by again.
      Hope to see you again soon.

  18. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Ah those avatars, they are so important indeed.

    You got me laugh at your tree and bush here, because I thought how ridiculous it is for someone to have a picture that supposed to represent them, as whatever.

    As for me, even if the comment is genuine I always have a bit of a problem with cartoons or other weird avatars. I like to see the person’s really face. As you said, it says a lot about the person.

    At least I don’t think I’ve came across a blog that didn’t have social sharing buttons, so that good.

    My spams have stopped about a year or so ago when I updated my settings as it was supposed to be, but can’t even remember what I did. However that did it, and my spams are gone for good.

    I do trash real people who are there only for the link though, once in a while.

    Thanks for the great tips 🙂
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    • says

      Hi Sylviane,

      Yeah, everyone should have an Avatar no doubt. I’m not sure why people don’t know that they should have one. Usually spammers don’t care because they just send bots, but that is one thing they can’t change – if there’s no picture, then they shouldn’t be allowed to get through. Once in a while I get one with no sharing buttons. It seems everyone knows about that but I have run across it.

      I wish I could get spam to stop completely. I do get some and it has improved tremendously since I put in Comment Luv and Anti-Blacklink. I looking forward to the day when I don’t get any spam. That would be great.

      Adrienne has helped me setup so CommentLuv takes care of people who only come once or twice and want to drop a link. CommentLuv Premium can be set up to stop that. Loving that functionality.

      Anyway, hope you have a great week.
      Barbara

  19. says

    Hey Barbara,

    Great post here.

    Having a gravatar is really important and it was something that I didn’t know about until I went to Adrienne Smith’s site. She told e that she wasn’t really allowing comments to her blog posts unless there was a face to go with the person commenting. Kind of a way to fight off spam.

    But then I started noticing other people having the same rules. And you know what, I need to start implementing that rule on my site as well.

    Regarding not letting spam through … I’ll tell you, there are some comments that I receive that I’m on the fence about if it’s spam or not. But I have CL Premium as well and it’s doing a great job for me.

    Great post here.

    – Andrew
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    • says

      Hi Andrew,

      So glad you decided to your a gravatar. Smart move! And Adrienne is the lady to tell the TRUTH! 😉 Glad you listened to her and if you visited other blogs, you say the truth in her truth. 🙂

      Glad CommentLuv is working for you. I’m finding it awesome. Adrienne recommended that for me too.

      Well, keep up the good work. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
      Have a great week,
      Barbara

  20. says

    Three totally excellent laws Barbara!

    First of all, I totally love what you shared about “how” many different ways spam can is potentially harmful to our reputations as serious bloggers!

    I never really looked at the issue from the totally enlightening perspective that you’ve shared! Thank you!

    You’ve certainly given me much food for thought right there alone!

    And as usual, you’ve also inspired if nothing else, at least a blog post or two! Who knows, maybe a short “how to” video as well! Thanks!LOL!

    Since I too have both the premium version of commentluv and I also have a gravatar, and the social share buttons on my blog, I feel like I’m in pretty good company!

    Like maybe I am a professional blogger , or well on my way of becoming one!LOL!

    Thanks for sharing your three totally excellent “laws of blogging!”

    I’ll definitely be sure and pass them along!
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  21. says

    Hi Barbara,
    You always came up with a great post.
    Really Gravatar account is so important for using social media site. So that we can edit the images to attract the profile look.
    Thanks for sharing…..
    Please keep posting such informative post.
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  22. says

    Hey Barbara

    Three extraordinary tips here. I think having a genuine gravatar is essential if one of your propositions to remark is to make association with different bloggers and addition introduction.

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