One thing I’ve tried to make a habit of doing is to check the website of each person that comments or likes to my various blogs, when they leave a link to their own website.
For me, if their site isn’t a place I would recommend to anyone else, then I surely don’t want to have others find that link by way of my site. So far, I have had only two that I would not consider following their blogs, both commented on my Christian posts.
One was providing a ping back, while the other which I received today provided a comment.
If the blogger takes the time to do this each day, or whenever they notice they have a new comment, like or ping (track)back, then they can keep on top of it. If every link to another person is accepted, then all other comments from that person will be accepted and if the blogger is too busy or begins to get many followers and comments, they may find one day that there are those that are only trying to get folks from your blog to their own, which may be okay for most people. But if the website is questionable according to what you believe, do you want that to happen?
I think so many of us that are starting out just want more comments that we’re happy with whatever we get.
An example would be, if I were teaching how to make money building websites and getting returning customers willing to purchase off my site, would I want someone to comment saying my product is unreliable, or that the concept would never work?
Now maybe, if they commented as such, we could have a simple discussion about it, but if their website taught just the opposite then I’m not sure whether that comment would help or detract from mine. There may be a way to place a message there, or it may end up being fine to have it there as there will always be dissenters to what we have to say, but in my opinion, keep that dissenting to your own blog, don’t invade mine also.
I may also allow comments and links contrary to my own in the majority of my blogs, I don’t know, where I find the issues I don’t like is on my Christian blogs. If they are slamming me that’s one thing, but once they begin to slam God that’s quite another.
What do you think? Do you check the websites of those that comment on your blogs? Feedback would be good, positive or negative.