10 DON’TS of Blog Commenting

Have you ever left a comment and then felt a strange sensation in your gut that made you wish you hadn’t pressed the submit button?  If you are planning on entering content into someone’s blog that they have likely worked hard to develop, take it seriously. The guy on the other side of the comment box certainly does. Take it from a long time commenter and commentee, here is how not to comment on this or dare I say any other blog.  Most of this is common sense etiquette that fall into the “do unto others” category. Yet, every day, I see comments on Clickfire that defy these “don’ts.” So here it is, spelled out in detail.

  1. Don’t post affiliate referral codes in comment posts to try and get commissions. This seems obvious etiquette but I am amazed at how much this goes on.
  2. Don’t copy and paste a comment post that you or someone else has previously posted to another blog or forum.
  3. Don’t make trite comments like “Great article.” If you read it, say why it was great.
  4. Don’t use incorrect grammar or mispellings. Doing this makes the blog look like a low quality blog. Or the blogger has to spend time correcting the errors.
  5. Don’t post links or signatures to promote a site. If you post a link, make sure it offers value to the readers.
  6. Don’t post off-topic comments. Let the price of tomatoes in China be debated in China.
  7. Don’t lie in your comments. This has been said before by a greater authority than myself. Trust me, someone will bust you.
  8. Don’t post profanity. It seemed cool in elementary school. Some readers relate to coarse language, others are offended by it.
  9. Don’t use someone else’s blog as an outlet to post legal complaints you have with a service. Especially, don’t post someone else’s private emails as a comment. You may have a legitimate beef, but it usually doesn’t serve a blogging audience to read private legal correspondence.
  10. Don’t issue personal attacks or insults. Be a lady. Be a gentleman. Fake it if you have to.

Now, care to leave a comment?

Emory Rowland

I'm editor and keeper of the flame at Clickfire, fanatical social media blogger and builder of Internet things from way back. My love for social media and success with organic search led me to start my own consulting company. Apart from the Internet, I could be considered pretty worthless. More...


  1. Scott

    I see number 3 all the time. I delete those.

  2. SEO Company

    Haha! I have encountered all of those! Some people are just after the backlinks.

  3. I have encountered all of those also. Nice post! I am reminded with this simple guides of yours which is helpful to someone like me.

  4. lockerz invite

    Haha these rules are true. There are alot of persons who try to spam every blogs they find. This is lame.

    By the way, nice blog Emory, bookmarked it!

  5. Walt @ Found Success

    Seems about right, real familiar with these “don’ts”.

  6. Arnab Dutta

    I have found an interesting one

  7. Joan Selby

    My personal :
    Don’t write very long comments. It’s comment, not an article!

    • Emory Rowland

      I’ll take long or short, just so it has substance. But, I think you have a point because it’s hard enough just to get someone to read the actual blog post these days, much less a long comment.

  8. Yatin Arora

    Hey great one but now a days blog commenting considered as a spamming i think

    • Emory Rowland

      If it’s for link building, yeah. If it contributes to the post, how is that not a good thing?

  9. Clapper Jones

    I like blog comments about fragging.

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