Why Your Blog Should Have a Comment Policy

What Is The Best Way To Manage Blog Comments?

Does your company have a blog comment policy?

Well let’s be honest. It feels like Monday, doesn’t it? The good news is that even though it actually feels like Monday, it is Tuesday. This means that we have a shorter work week!

Last week, we talked about blog comments in the article, What Is The Best Way To Manage Blog Comments? I was really surprised to hear that many people do not have a comment policy. Not only do most of the readers not have one, but some do not see the need for one. Today, I wanted to offer a few more reasons why you might consider creating a comment policy because a comment policy isn’t just about weeding out comments that are uncomfortable.

While I was researching for this article, I came across a great article by Charlene Kingston on Social Media Examiner. This article was produced back in 2011 and it is titled, 7 Tips to Increase Your Blog Comments. It seems almost too perfect to help me make my point, so I had to share it.

One tip to increase your blog comments is to have a comment policy.

One of the points that Charlene brought up that I would imagine in our fast-paced world that almost everyone has come across is,

Do you correct the language and grammar mistakes?

I bring this up because by having a comment policy, your readers are not shocked if you choose to correct their grammar or language.

You’ve Already Set an Expectation that Promotes Trust

Now we’ve gotten to the heart of the matter of why I’ve decided to promote comment policies. Having a comment policy means that you have already set an expectation that promotes your reader’s trust in you. They know what they post will be reviewed by you or someone in your company and that their comment is getting your attention.

Your readers can trust that if they put their opinion out there, they are not going to be disrespected. Instead, you’ve created a great space for intelligent conversation.

Another point that I wanted to bring up about comment policies is whether or not you are going to allow other writers to promote their articles on your website. This is solely your choice. You might encourage more comments if you allow people to promote themselves. You also might welcome more spam.

Your comment policy is yours and no one else’s. Your comment policy may be that everyone can comment no matter what. That is fine.

All I am saying is to think about it and write it down for your own benefit. Decide how far is too far for you. In life, boundaries are so important. Whether you choose to publish it or even follow it is up to you. I am fully confident that you are going to choose the best option for you and your company.

Your Turn

Do you have a comment policy, and if not, would you consider one now? I would love to hear what you think. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Christine King is a staff writer at R & R Web Design LLC. She is passionate about writing and loves what blogging and businesses can achieve. Armed with her degree in social work, she brings the unique ability to motivate readers in every blog article she writes. She specializes in creating content and writing blog articles for a variety of businesses at R & R Web Design LLC.

This article was published on: September 3, 2013 and was last modified May 20, 2015
10 comments on “Why Your Blog Should Have a Comment Policy
  1. Hi Christine, Thanks for another interesting article. I have a number of websites that have the comment process built into the design of the websites. This allows you to moderate the comments and gives you greater control. It is in addition to Facebook or Google+ plugins. However, I have just started work on an Amazon Associate website which is a WordPress website and I am overwhelmed by comments. Do you have a favorite WordPress plugin for comments to help you with your development and implementation of a comment policy?

    Best wishes.

    John Cosstick

    • John,

      We do not use a WordPress plugin for our comment policy. Actually, we use the spam comment WordPress plugin, Akismet, to help with the implementation of our comment policy. This helps to weed out obvious spam comments. Besides that, it’s myself or Robin reading through each comment. Great questions and thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. Rick says:

    Nice article Christine, I would think that it would be a positive to be getting feedback good or bad.

    Nice job,

  3. Caroline J says:

    Hi Christine! We don’t have a commenting policy – but will definitely be thinking about one now. I guess so far we’ve been lucky, but if we don’t like the terms used in the comment, then we would ‘moderate it away’!

  4. Christine –

    Thanks for this article! I currently don’t have a comment policy (I guess I just figured if something was “inappropriate” I wouldn’t approve the comment). Now, having read this post, I’m considering creating one. I appreciate the valuable information – I think I was in the “don’t know what you don’t know” stage when it came to blog comments!

    Lisa

    • Lisa,
      When I started blogging, I never considered that I would have to moderate comments. Recently, though it’s become more of a need. I’m glad you found the article helpful and thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  5. Delia @ Blog Formatting says:

    Great article, Christine! I do have a commenting policy for my blog, though it’s all in my brain, LOL! Your article made me give it some thought to perhaps put something on paper, though it does not need to be very formal 😉

    • Delia,
      You are so right, it doesn’t have to be super formal. It could be as simple as, “Keep It Classy Folks”. Thank you for commenting, I think you are one of the first of my readers that already has a comment policy. 🙂

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