17 tips for creating a blog comment policy

Does your blog have guidelines for commenters? If not, beware sales pitches, spam and the f-bomb.

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Bloggers like to look for feedback and encouragement in the comments section. But in their rush to get feedback and build a healthy comment section, bloggers often overlook the need to create blog comment guidelines.

A blog comment policy is useful for bloggers because it sets boundaries on what readers can and can’t say. While comments may be a sign of interest and activity in your blog community, you don’t want the average reader to be put off by others’ bad behavior.

Below are 10 points to include in a comment policy. Use a few on your blog, depending on your audience and niche.

1. No spam. Who wants spam anywhere, except maybe in a sandwich? Use spam filters and let your readers know you will delete spam.

2. No foul language. Most blogs allow up to PG-13 language. Do you really want readers to throw around the f-bomb or other offensive language on your blog?

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