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Comment Rules at Inspire to Thrive’s Blog

6 Comment Rules

There seems to be some confusion on comments and backlinks so I wanted to try to make it clearer for you. Here are the comment rules at Inspire to Thrive. Comment Rules

  1. You must leave your real name. No fake names or company names only. This is a must for comment rules.
  2. You must have a gravatar or at least a photo of yourself. No icons or images in place of a photo. (Unless I truly know you – there are some bloggers who have been leaving comments for years like that). Gravatars are images that follow you from site to site appearing besides your name when you leave comments or post on a blog, forum or website. They are very easy to set up, so if you haven’t – get yours today.
  3. If your comment has nothing to do with the post or page it will get considered spam and treated as such .
  4. You must comment 3 TIMES before receiving a backlink. One time visitors will not receive a backlink.
  5. If you link to a product or sales page your comment will be considered spam.
  6. NO short comments like “great post” or “thank you” and that’s it. This is one of the comment rules that can surely have yours ending up in the spam folder quickly.


That’s it  – pretty plain and simple. Comments should be here to add to the conversation, to add to the topic, to answer or ask questions. Comments are the lifeline of a blog and I surely welcome them. Commenting helps us all to become better, to learn about each other, to learn new things and interact. I’ve gotten to know many wonderful people via blogging and through commenting. So be sure to drop a comment on a post that inspires you to do so. I look forward to hearing from you. (A special thank you goes out to Adrian Jock of  for his persistence and for inspiring me to create this page.) 
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9 Responses to Comment Rules at Inspire to Thrive’s Blog

  • Sharad Gupta

    Comments are really a great means to exchange our thoughts …

    Lisa , you are right with your comments rules .

    In fact I found most of these comment rules are helpful for the person who comments !!!!

    Yes .. Like name and gravater , It looks professional when some use his Real name and use Real image of self …

    For few words comments it is just a waste of time and efforts as “Thank you” and “nice article ” never explain what you really want to say in appreciation of that particular article ..

    So I suggest all commenters to follow these rules for their own benefits as well …

    and more I am also going to make a comments policy for my blog ..

    Thanks for sharing a nice post …
    Sharad Gupta recently posted…Indian Bloggers Interviewed By Creative Blog ThinkingMy Profile

  • Sadia Pinky says:

    Thanks Lisa,

    This is a really nice and helpful post. Excellent guide on comment policy. All the listed guidelines are very clear. I was looking for such information on blog commenting. I will follow all the steps on my blog to improve my traffic.

  • Hi Lisa,

    Absolutely love that you’ve given the rules on ‘commenting.’ As a matter of fact, I plan to implement some of those rules. I like the one in particular about they have to comment 3 times before receiving a backlink. Very cool.

    Great post. Short, sweet, important and to the point.

    Barbara Charles recently posted…Barbara Charles – A Shorter Path To Financial SuccessMy Profile

  • Adrian Jock

    [Lisa, I’m not looking for a new backlink 🙂 I just figured out one more tip. You could delete this comment and add it as a PS to the first one. You decide what you think it’s best.]


    P.S. If you decide to follow my tip, each page of the blog will have a link to the Comment Rules page. Therefore the Comment Rules page will become very important in Google’s eyes. In my opinion, it shouldn’t be THAT important. That’s why I suggest that you add the code rel=nofollow to the links that point to this page.

  • Adrian Jock

    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for the shout out. It doesn’t matter whether someone agrees or not with your rules, but the fact is that your rules are perfectly fine.

    If I may, I would suggest one more thing: place a link to the rules at the bottom of the comment area. This suggestion comes from practice… I checked right now one of your blog posts, pretending that I’m a visitor who just landed on your blog… I didn’t notice any commenting rules other than the original CL rule you already had in place 😉

    Finally, your action proves that partially I misjudged you. It may sound strange, but I’m happy that I was wrong 🙂
    Adrian Jock recently posted…3 Reasons Why NOT to Use AweberMy Profile

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