Please Moderate. What does that mean to a Newbie Website owner?


You have a brand new WordPress website, and as the owner, you have been frantically at work creating and publishing organic and exciting content. Suddenly, you start to receive “Please Moderate” email notifications. What should you do?

This article is for those “Newbie” website owners and budding Baby Boomer Online Entrepreneurs.

You have started to receive emails that say “Please moderate” followed by the title of the article or blog concerned.

The first paragraph states: A new comment or pingback is on the post “………….” and is waiting for your approval.

If you are daft as me, you will immediately panic and think you have done something wrong. Understandable when you look up the word meaning for Moderate.

There are many, but the one that came to my mind was “Avoiding extremes of behaviour or expression. To observe reasonable limits.

Finally, when I calmed down and looked further into the email content I read the following:

Magnificent put up, a very informative piece of work. I wonder why the opposite experts of this sector don’t notice this. You must proceed with your writing. I am positive you must have a great reader’s base already!

Now I was intrigued and elated that someone out there in the whole wide world liked my content so much they told me so. I started to look at the other Please moderate email notifications from WordPress.

I found some did not have a comment but the notification of “a new pingback on the post.” More about that one later in this article.

Then I discovered this comment: “It’s awesome in support of me to have a web site, which is helpful and designed for my experience. Thanks.”

In a short time, I received another, and another, the one I cherish the most was:

“Hey cool site!! Guy….excellent….wonderful…. Can I bookmark your site and take the additionally feeds? I am willing to search out so many useful information here in this post, we’d like work out extra strategies on this regards and thank you for sharing.”

Finally, all those long hours at my office desk, creating content for Calibri Content Writing Services was starting to be recognised and trusted.

Now I asked the question that many of you will be asking as soon as you start receiving “Please moderate Email Notifications.”

What do I do next?

Firstly, rejoice in the fact you are doing right by your content. These positive comments are telling you they are happy to be associated with you and willing to share with their community.

Authentic comments are for you a vital activity to manage. Especially critical for all new sites and blogs. The more comments you receive will mean a more engaged audience which will result in you having more page views and ultimately more revenue.

However, not wishing to blacken WordPress’s name their default comment system is slightly limited. You will notice it only sends comment notifications to the site administrators and article authors.

This means in essence, there are no other default options for other designated users to receive those same comments.

A message for WordPress. Wouldn’t it be great if users were able to receive comment notifications for the posts they like, and when someone replies back to their comment?

In this article, I can show you how to extend the comment notification emails from WordPress to create a more engaging user experience on your sites.

As you can see from the image above, there are many options for you to choose who receives email notifications. It will often depend on how many you are receiving.

If it is a couple per week, you can effectively manage them, but when your site starts to attract hundreds or maybe thousands. Then it may be time to uncheck the option boxes.

Just imagine how elated you feel when a comment you made regarding a particular website you like is approved?

Currently, your target audience has no idea whether you have approved any of their comments. They are able to observe that their comments are waiting for moderation when they are leaving a comment.

Invariably, many of your audience will never return to your content. Why? Because simply they have no idea you have approved or replied to the comment.

You can amend this situation by installing and activating a Comment Approved plugin.

The plugin “Comment Approved” permits your audience to be notified when their comment has been approved by you. Your follower can check the option when they are leaving you a comment.

You also have the option to customise your email messages that are sent out after each comment has been approved.

Either contact your website Guru or if wishing to learn more about managing your website contact WordPress direct, requesting the small easy to install plugin.

They will need you to upgrade to their business plan should you be WordPress.com or should you be “Self-hosted” via WordPress.org, you can install almost immediately.

I recommend reading a more in-depth article written by WPBeginners.com entitled:

A beginners guide for self-hosted WordPress.org vs free WordPress.com.

The great thing about WordPress is its dedication to Beginners. They have an abundance of Plugins that can be installed very easily. Check out which plugins would help you give an improved experience. Many are free, and those that need a fee are not expensive.

Remember, as soon as you have installed a new plugin, the next step is to activate it. Nothing will happen until you do. When it comes to configuring the settings, I suggest passing this task over to your website Guru and let them complete all that is required for you.

An image of pingbacks courtesy of Scepter Marketing.

Now let’s cover the world of pingbacks.

In short, a Pingback is a WordPress exclusively design comment for its community of website owners that appears when you link to another article or blog post. It happens when the other article or blog is set to accept pingbacks.

Pingbacks work in the same way as comments, they are a superb way for bloggers and authors to link their content to another article or blog.

For example, should another WordPress site link or references your article or blog, you will receive a pingback notification that is displayed as a comment on your article or blog post they linked to.

To help you understand further:

  1. Imagine you the “Newbie” website owner or the budding Baby Boomer Entrepreneur publishes a post.
  2. Another “Newbie” publishes his or her own post and includes a link to your post.
  3. WordPress.com will automatically generate a pingback to your post informing you that you have been linked to the other.
  4. Your post will then display a particular type of comment linking to the other person’s post. These pingbacks appear mixed in with all the other comments on the same post.

Is it easy to pingback to another article or blog?

Yes, it is, all pingbacks are automatically created whenever you link to another WordPress post. Now it might be a good time to see if you have already started to pingback without you knowing it!

Is it true pingbacks are good for my SEO?

If improving your website’s SEO is your goal, you cannot ignore the definite potential of gaining more links to each of your articles and blogs.

As you now know, pingbacks are created with external links to another person’s article or blog. This means they are now directly related to your SEO making them very good for your SEO.

Can spammers abuse pingbacks and hurt my website’s integrity?

Yes, it is a risk when receiving low-quality pingbacks to your content. These in time could definitely hurt your integrity and trust with many search engines and of course Google.

We recommend you do as we have done here at Calibri, and that is set up notifications for all pingbacks that will require you to approve or deny any requests, whether they be comments or pingbacks.

Like us aim to display only authentic comments and pingbacks and consistently review all new requests. It does not take long when you are at the beginner’s stage of developing your online business.

Later in your journey, if the situation starts to get on top of you and you feel you are losing control then apply the disable option and only display the authentic pingbacks and comments.

Mike’s Bio.

Mike Bowley is an Indoor Coffee Houseplant & Colombian Giftware Importer, SEO Content Writer, Baby Boomer, and published Author. He thrives on creating alliances with UK based Artisanal Cafe Owners and the UK Based Garden Centers with artisanal product makers in Colombia.

He enjoys helping “Newbie” website owners & fellow Baby Boomer Online Entrepreneurs to getting their organic and relevant content onto web pages and mobiles.

Mike has spent over 50 years in sales and marketing, and now shares his life and work between the UK and Colombia. He is also a regular writer on both Viviamaridi and WattPad.

Visit his author’s website here: mikebowley.com.

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March 2019

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