Faceless commenting: Are you forgetting your blogging etiquettes?

A guest article by Alyssa Clarke. You too can be part of this great knowledge sharing community. Take a look at our guest blogging guidelines.

Have you ever logged in to your blog and noticed numerous comments from faceless people? Well, if you have, then you are not alone. It seems there is no dearth of faceless commenting over the internet platform. If you blog on a regular basis, then you might have noticed how prevalent such commenting has become. Many users and readers usually leave comments on a blog without attaching their images on their comments. Some might not be budged by the sudden overflow of faceless commenting on their blogs.

After all, not all comment strings come attached with the nuisances and hatred! So, why care about such comments as long as they appreciate your work? But, don’t forget, the comment with picture or image tells more than just alphabets about the person commenting. It also helps you connect with the readers commenting, and persuades more conversation with that commentator.

 

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Reasons for faceless commenting

One may conclude two probable reasons for inundation of faceless commenting on blogs. The first reason could be that majority of commentators are unfamiliar with the whole social media and blogging thing. Therefore, in the lack of prior knowledge of how to add an image, they usually comment without adding their pictures. But in most of the cases, it is the strategy of spammers, so you need to be extra cautious with such faceless commentators.

With internet awash with numerous faceless commenting, many bloggers are deciding to block comments from faceless commentators, as it could technically jeopardize their blog. So, if you are a determined blogger, then you must give it a thought as well.

Adding face to your comments

Getting face on your comments is not only extremely easy but also takes few minutes off your clock. Here’s how you can do it:

1. Set up a free account at gravatar.com. Ensure that you use the same email address that you will later use for commenting. Else, it won’t show up your face when commenting with other email account.

2. Either upload a mug shot of your choice or click a picture right away to add to your gravatar account.

3. Before saving, make sure that everything is rightly added.

4. Now, go and comment, and show off your pretty mug shot to others!

Remember; don’t go against the proverbial grain as nobody likes any sort of faceless commenting on their blog. Therefore, make this a priority when starting a blog or you’ll end up getting accidentally labeled as a spammer. Comments often come to life when you get to see what the commentator looks like. Moreover, it has been noticed that comments with pictures are usually followed up by more comments. Ask yourself, who would you talk to; a person without a face or the person with their real image? You will get your answer.

 

  • Good tips. I don’t like faceless comments too… well, haven’t been commenting here for quite some time. I hope my face image is still working properly. Let’s see… 🙂

  • Quite great information about commenting.

  • Is it rude ? I dont think so. Yes its nicer when you see a face but not all that important IMO.

  • Do you think gavatar is realy necessary for commenting person? I read lots of blogs all over the web every day and i like to comment and argue with people. You think if i create gavatar % of feedback will increase?

    • I think it might make you comment stand out a little better. 🙂 Plus people might be inclined to click on your link also. 🙂

      •  I agree with Dean. Also it would make the whole page look a bit better. Most people dont really bother to add one and i am one of them but will rethink doing it from now on.

  • AIOU

    haha. I like attached pic with your post, I also agree with ur point.

  • Alyssa, I am a BIG commenter…Of course, I always comment with that great cartoon face – me – that you see to the left. I think a big reason for faceless commenting is when people are cowardly critical. I discount those anyway. I wrote a piece on the OWS movement – critical of it – and got a TON of comments. It was about 60% positive, 30% negative but SMART, and 10% faceless idiots. 

  • I do agree – Having a gravatar profile
    have been quite valuable to me, It does provide quite a number of traffic
    referrals daily to my blog. And best yet – When visiting my Gravatar profile
    you’ll be able to follow a link to my Google+, Facebook, and other Social Media
    Accounts. And not just that – a person is more likely to click on your profile
    link if you have a good avatar. 

  • I’ve learned that having face really makes you stand out from the rest! I can tell the spammers in the comments on here from others! I think it’s funny that some people that agree with this post don’t have a face! 

  • The post is very meaningful.This is interesting.Nice one.

  • I agree. Faceless commenting makes you invisible to other readers. Most of them gives attention to post with self photos of the commentor!

  • I truly agree that we should always add a photo to make sure that we are sincere in commenting with other blogs. It also helps in preventing spams.

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  • Awesome advice, I love seeing gravatars on my posts’ comments

  • BrianHumek

    Alyssa, seems like a lot of spam on here already from faceless folks. Hoping my pic shows here. But I agree with you. I find most people who are faceless, are usually spamming and don’t use real names. I delete all comments like that, not necessarily faceless comments, but ones without real names.

    • Well, I guess disqus doesn’t link to my gravatar. Here it is…. (I hope) 

  • I truly agree that we should always add a photo to make sure that we are
    sincere in commenting with other blogs. It also helps in preventing
    spams.

  • Yeah know it’s good to setup an avatar. It’s
    more personal otherwise it’s very impersonal. But I’m hiding I’m hiding my face,
    that’s why you’ll see cartoon character here. To represents my personality. 🙂

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  • Maryembatool48

    Well, I guess disqus doesn’t link to my gravatar. Here it is…. (I hope) 

  • I agree with you, and found some good points that are very helpful for me while commenting. Thanks

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  • Very helpful points you have shared regarding commenting on blogs and there is not doubt that int his way we can get attention and better response. 

  • Not necessary but it does make the overall blog look nicer..

  • umair

    but is it necessary for comment that the commenter have face many commenter are new when they like the article they comments and i like this article because of different than other 

  • When we communicate with people we look straight into their eyes, so I think when we comment article or answer to the question, it’ll be also cool to see the face of your opponent. So one more vote for “face in comments”!

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  • I do think it’s unnecessary, although yes, it makes the blog look better.  But I also think that the majority of good comments come from faceless users.. except of course for those ‘thanks for sharing!’, ‘great post!’ kind of comments from spammers. 

    PS. it’s the first time I use my twitter account for commenting, I’m usually one of those faceless people spreading good news on the net. 😉

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  • Mace_S

    I usually  don’t upload a photo of myself when I make comments to other blog sites. Not because I’m shy of myself or whatever. I’m just used to not showing a photo of me. I agree about the spammers using faceless comments on your blog. That is one big advantage of the spammers out there.

    Cheers,
    Mace

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  • I think there’s just not enough awareness out there for Gravatar. I didn’t know about it for the longest time, and I still barely know how to use it. It’s a growing service, and a near one, but it’s still not entirely intuitive for people out of the loop.

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  • well its good to have a face in you’re gravatar its more personal and very etiquette but I think the content of the comment is very important.

    • Mace_S

      That’s so true. Even spammers put avatar on making comments. But I agree it’s a very good thing to put an avatar.

      • Yes, spammers have the habit of using images to look non spammy. But, the comments speak the truth i guess

  • yea true that! a comment without a facelooks like spam!

  • I love using Disqus as my comment system. While I don’t use my face as an avatar, the avatar I do use does say enough about me.

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