Posts tagged with ‘blog comments’

  • Keep Your Inbox Cleaner with This Quick Tip

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 4, 2015
    Do you ever start work on Monday mornings feeling suffocated by your email inbox? That's how I felt yesterday morning. I receive a lot of email every day, including on the weekends. But this weekend I received a couple thousand extras beyond my norm, and I never poked my head in to stay on top of it (not that I should […]
  • 3 Cardinal Sins of Blog Comment Management

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 29, 2014
    I read a lot of blogs. But my time is limited like most people, and that means I can't always comment as much as I'd like. When I do take the time to write a comment for one of your posts, it's because I thought you had something interesting to say and I wanted to engage in the conversation. But sometimes in […]
  • Optimize Your Email to Become a More Productive Writer

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 4, 2011
    Increasing your productivity can go a long way towards helping you build your freelance writing career in the way you want to. It's how you work smarter, not harder. You can get more done (and make more money) even though you spend fewer hours working. Or you can open up more billable hours in your existing schedule. What's not to […]
  • How to Hunt and Kill a Blog Troll

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 31, 2010
    If there's one thing I hate about blogging, it's blog comment trolls. The topic recently came up in my post on -- "Gurus" and Other Social Media Monsters. Someone asked about tracking trolls. I gave them some tips. It's something I've been wanting to cover in detail here, given that this blog has been the target of trolls in […]
  • Thoughts on Blog Comment Etiquette

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 17, 2010
    Today I'd like to talk about blog comment etiquette -- some dos and don'ts I guess you could say when it comes to commenting on others' blogs. This issue comes to mind periodically regarding over-linking, but I never considered it worth its own post. Lately though, I've been seeing more commenters on various blogs of mine getting flagged as spam […]
  • Are You a Sucker for Ego-Stroking Comment Spam?

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 12, 2010
    If you run a blog, chances are good that you're going to get hit with blog comment spam. There are tools, like Akismet, to help combat this problem in blogging. But Akismet doesn't catch everything. Blog comment spammers keep getting more clever. It seems like it's more difficult every day to separate the spam from true comments. What's sad though […]
  • December Comment Contest Winners Announced!

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 4, 2008
    EDIT: Due to "differences of opinion" regarding the final comment count, the second place winner has decided to remove herself from the running. As such, the new prize winners are as follows: Diana - 1st place Kathleen - 2nd place Mariella - 3rd place And just for the record, here's how the comments were counted up: WordPress has a lovely […]
  • Should You Disable the No-Follow Attribute on Your Blog Comments?

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 30, 2007
    I just read a post on Julia Temlyn's blog about her removing the no-follow attribute on her blog comments, encouraging others to do the same. Personally, I think that's a really bad idea, and would encourage just the opposite. Here's my response, posted to her blog: It's a nice thought in a general sense, but is missing a few points: […]