Why I Closed Down Comments On Pledging for Change

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I have previously mentioned that commenting is all part and parcel of creating a valuable community on any website and that it is every site owners responsibility to make sure that the comments are moderated and thoroughly checked before publishing, otherwise risk serious damage to your site and your reputation. Well all of this still stands true but since I had taken the decision to CHANGE and continue to build Pledging for Change as a quality ethical directory and membership site, it really didn’t make any sense to allow anyone other than valued members of the community to add comments.

To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.
Abdul Kalam

No further need for comment moderation. Should be cool!

Honestly, it was such a massive relief when I realised that I might have no further need for comment moderation. You see, I will know that I have already approved each member and they will be of the highest quality ethical business already advertising in our ethical directory.

So there will be:

  • no need to check the links out to their blogs and websites
  • no real need to spend hours each day clicking over to new sites making sure they are ethical and not low value spammy sites
  • and no real need to ever worry about spun or low quality comment reply text.

Those hundred or so comments a day were taking up so much time that I could hardly get on with what really counts.. following my heart to fulfill a real mission to make change happen by helping others.

Sincere apologies if you came to comment.

I really do wish to say sorry if you came over to post a comment, especially if you one of the fabulous genuine ethical people adding links out to your ethical sites, but you are still more than welcome to add your ethical business into our ethical directory and enjoy all the benefits of being part of a thriving and growing ethical community whilst making a difference every day. Why not make a start and join us by helping one of our charities/non-profit organizations first?

(Maybe you would like to take a peek at one of our quality ads which we wrote for SEOmoz, who were delighted with the excellent quality and the high value in their ethical promotion)

One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing ? Jean Vanier,Community And Growth


What about CommentLuv? Am I removing this premium plugin from the community?

pulling together to make a difference

I have no intentions of removing CommentLuv and it will still work in exactly the same way for all logged in members, (the community)adding a do-follow link out to the keyword after the name and also allowing a choice of the last ten blog posts made on the commenter’s own site/sites. I feel the use of CommentLuv is just another little bonus that all of our members deserve. Admittedly I had my moments when I really thought CommentLuv had to go because it wasn’t just the one site link that I had to check for every comment it was also the link out to the last post made on the web that I had to check too. 50 comments meant having to check 100 sites in total in many cases. DUH.. life got too short for that little lot and it was time to focus on the core members blogs instead of constantly moderating and editing comments.

Will the traffic to the site drop?

I think the site traffic will drop after a while for sure but at the end of the day I have to remain positive and to realize that potentially the only traffic coming over was those interested in getting do-follow links on comments. That’s a rather harsh reality for me I assure you. But it was all rather obvious as commenter’s email addresses were not always in sync with the website link they were adding. In fact probably 80% of the comments were being added by SEO companies building link profiles up for the businesses who really couldn’t care less about being part of a community. Not exactly the uplifting experience I really expected when seeing 50 or more comments added on a daily basis.

Comments add valuable extra fresh content. Will I miss all of that?

Some comments added an interesting slant on things and brought new stuff to the table but in the main most comments simply reiterated what had already been said and gave the thumbs in agreement. And at the end of the day when the membership community becomes more populated there will be sufficient content bringing fresh traffic and those all important spider bots telling the search engines that we have lots of fresh quality content on a daily basis. I seriously don’t think I am going to lose out much by closing comments down and available to logged in members only.

So that’s about it..  bye bye to comments from anyone other than members who I am 100% certain will enjoy being part of and creating a very valuable and quality ethical business community.

Lifes’ still a peach :-)



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If you don't have integrity, you have nothing. You can't buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing.
Henry Kravis

About Karen Maskall

Karen Maskall is a Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Pledging for Change Ethical Business Directory and Green Living Blog and Green Schools for the Future.

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