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One of my personal blogging pet peeves is the act of people leaving comments but refusing to put any semblance of a real name in the name field.
By replacing your name with a phrase like how to make money online, it tells blog authors that you are a spammer even if you’re not. Your comment can be 100% custom and completely relevant to the conversation but you will make your self look like either a spammer, a wannabe, or a someone who is brand new to the online world.
It tells blog authors that you are attempting to use the comment section of their article to drive people to your website so that you can make money online.
I’m letting you all know about this pet peeve for several reasons.
- Your comments will be deleted. I’m seldom going to publish your comment if there isn’t some form of a name attached to it. If you really want to get your keyword in the name link then I don’t mind if you use something like Nick Cardot from Site Sketch 101.
- Your comments will destroy your credibility. You’re going to begin building your credibility throughout the internet as you present yourself as a real person with legitimate value to add to conversations.
- Your comments will make you appear less professional. I was just watching an old episode of Saturday Night Live and Ludacris was hosting the episode. During his opening monologue he made it clear that when he meets a girls parents or when he walks into a bank he doesn’t introduce himself as Ludacris. He uses his real name.
Professional bloggers don’t use keywords as their name on their blogs. They present themselves as real people, as professionals, as experts. Are you doing the same?
P.S. As an added note, it would be worth your time to stop by Gravatar.com and set up an avatar to go with your comments. It will show up on tons of blogs across the internet and it’s a great visual to help people remember you.