I have been noticing a trend going on with people using keywords instead of their name. While I understand it might be some link juice in the making, I do understand that it would literally take thousands of comments from one person to even try to amount to something. Have you actually seen the chart for how the link building works on that?
If so, pretty much pops the air out of your balloon, huh? I also find that people who only use keywords are more than likely to hit my spam filter first, which makes me have to moderate nearly on a daily basis.
Personally, I believe if you are going to use keywords, especially when you are behind that brand, perhaps using:
Your Name – Keyword/ Keyword Phrase
If I were to try my method, it would be –
Nile Flores – Blondish.net
For all I know you could have a worker going around doing comments. Guy Kawasaki has people who do tweet on his stream for him. Many celebs do to. And with so many zine style blogs with a staff, I would not be surprised.
I say – Stand up and be proud for your company, your brand, and yourself.
While you could have a few keywords, it would be far more meaningful to state your name. In the early days of the Internet, it was the cool thing to seem anonymous or hide behind a username. Social media today has totally blasted that out of the water by encouraging people and companies to become more transparent.
I am not saying you are a person who is lying. I could care less if you were a kid, elderly, or even ugly (I know that the last sounds harsh, but I am trying to convey that I am not shallow.) I do not even have to know your address, phone number, your parent’s names, your kids names, or what you had for breakfast. Just keep it real.
Nothing fancy needed. KeywordLUV is a nice and handy plugin, but not really the most necessary one to have in anyone’s plugin arsenal.
So when commenting, think hard on how you will brand yourself. In five years, you might find that what you added as keywords no longer fit or probably could have been done better.
Comments should be important for the engaging factor as that is what keeps the site alive. Any owner can admit that it is their visitors that have helped make their site a success. The way you want to introduce yourself in that name field on the comment form does make an impression.
While I know my opinion may be different, I would like to know your thoughts about using keywords for your name when commenting? If you are a blog owner, how do you differentiate between a real person using keywords for their name versus a spammer? What should be the etiquette? For any that use this method, what is your advice to others who might want to try it out?