SiteComments Tomfoolery

Last Update: February 08, 2016

Ugh. Ever since posting last week about the great experience I had been having with SiteComments, it seems that the Kraken of SiteComment Idiocy has been unleashed.

Gents: when visiting a website about Cellulite (the website is pink), mentioning that you do not have cellulite and nor does your girlfriend makes me wonder how you got there. Then to go on to say that you have no interest in cellulite as it doesn't affect you is unhelpful. These comments are supposed to at least appear somewhat organic. What, were you just noodling around on the internet, happened upon a website, on a subject you had no interest in, and decided to comment? No, I didn't think so.

I've had the usual rash of SiteFeedback in the comments section too. Sigh.

What I fail to understand, is why people offer comments when they clearly have no interest in the subject, and can't feign interest for the purpose of this platform.

It's very easy. I have seen a few websites that I don't feel at all able to comment on, so I don't, I move onto the next one and offer a comment that is relevant. That way it leaves the comment request open, so that someone else who will have something better to say can do so.

As a small example. Today I offered a comment on a site which was discussing the importance of cleaning my cat's teeth. I had no idea I was supposed to clean her teeth. I had assumed cats were self-cleaning. I was initially planning to dig out one of my old toothbrushes and scrub them with Colgate. Upon further reading, the author warned me against this course of action as apparently cats do not react well to toothpaste or human toothbrushes. Well, I learned something. 1. My cat needs her teeth cleaned and 2. Buy a cat toothbrush, don't use my own. I was able to leave a relevant comment.

Conversely, I also happened upon a website requesting comments about a supplement to assist men with their performance in the bedroom. Not being a man, nor keeping one, nor having much experience with such matters, I decided to move on. And offer a comment on a site that I felt I could say something intelligent about. Leaving this comment request open for a more suitable commenter.

Ah well, that be my daily rant. I hope everyone is having a wonderfully productive day!

And I'm now worried about my cat's teeth :)



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jaytech Premium
I rarely use the onsite comments any more, as I kept getting very generic comments which didn't even mention that actual post. Unfortunately, a lot of people are just posting to earn credits to get comments on their own sites.
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Grandma1945 Premium
Your honesty is refreshing.
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Profithog Premium
Yep I kinda figured that having a bunch of peeps coming to a site that they have ZERO interest in and making assinine comments simply to get credit wouldn't be something I wanted to participate in. I'd end up deleting most of them (wasting time) and wishing I had never done it. And ...

Every time I read a post like this it proves to me it is best to simply write great content (for my niche') and get real organic visitor comments that really do add value to my sites. Thanks for this post Clare! I'll stay away from the comment game.
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XinZhang Premium
I will say that you do get good comments as well. I have received 50+ comments through the Site Comments tool and again, it is like a bell curve. Some crappy comments, some fabulous comments and a whole bunch in the middle.
Xin
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ClareG Premium
I agree. I have had some good comments come through, as well as the idiotic ones :)
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Funkydunc208 Premium
I believe some are just adding inane comments just to get credits for comments on their own site. So not a lot thought is given or real consideration to what they write.
I will pass over many sites offered for comments, particularly if I have no interest in the subject.
Glad you got to rant about the topic. We enjoyed it.
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Pisquali Premium
I agree it needs to be constructive.
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Dgegegegwg Premium
It's often pure laziness in my opinion. Pretty often I get vague comments from people who've never been on a paddle boat before. That's nice...but my post is about paddleboarding. Obviously they have no interest. They couldn't even be bothered to spell it correctly.

I'll sometimes have to refresh multiple times. Sometimes even take a break and come back later until I find something to comment on. I refuse to comment on something I'm not interested in and leave a junk comment.
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KatieMac Premium
the site comments is fairly new and for our newer members they may take time to work it out, I was a bit stumped when I first started to do comments, do hope it improves for you
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ClareG Premium
It's mostly fine, just quite amusing sometimes :)
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KatieMac Premium
can be frustrating as well though it will get better
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AngelBcn Premium
I was planning on writing the same kind of post just now because I am really getting tired of having to disapprove comments all the time.
It makes me sad to do so sometimes, but only today, I asked for 2 comments and I had to disapprove both of them because they weren't comments but feedback and the kind of general feedback that could apply to every other website and any niche. It might even have been copy/pasted to get some quick credits without an effort.
It was obvious that they didn't even read the post.
A comment needs to look natural and organic.
Nobody from the outside would ever take the time to talk about your layout or ask what plugin you are using so they can do the same for their website...
Also, if you are not interested, don't comment at all!
Someone starting out with 'I don't know anything about..' or ' I am not really interested in...' will only harm your website because it comes over totally unnatural.
Someone who is not interested would never have landed on your website in the first place and would certainly never take the time to write a comment.
I tend to believe that it's not on purpose and just a beginners mistake so I always explain why I have to disapprove so they can learn from their mistakes...
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ClareG Premium
Agree completely about the comments needing to look organic. Before I came to WA, I would never comment on someone's layout. I certainly didn't know what a plug in was :)
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DaveSw Premium
Hi Clare,

Yes it can be frustrating. I have had luck here lately with the comments received, my moments of madness happened a while ago lol....

As Xin says there is more good than bad overall, so it is worth it....You can always go in to edit the remarks too, but I do understand that you likely think this should not be necessary....

Anyhoo....

Cheers (I did not know that either about the cats - good stuff!)....

Dave
: )
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ClareG Premium
Hi Dave, yes it's definitely worthwhile. And in fact, could indeed be considered Sport. Sport fishing. You never know what you'll get on the end of that rod! :)
I do make liberal use of the edit button, but that's mostly on comments that are lacking in the grammar department :)
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XinZhang Premium
It happens to us all. However, you have to take the good with the bad and know going in this will happen. You get a few great comments, a bunch of okay comments and a few people who don't even read your article before commenting.

I had a comment of mine disapproved because it was too long and asked questions. The person was apparently looking for a generic "Great article, thanks for sharing"

Oh well, I still find Site Comments valuable and use it a lot.

Xin
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ClareG Premium
Hi Xin, I agree with you. The way I see it, is at least it's a way of getting at least some comments before the site actually finds real organic traffic. I find it quite amusing at times, but it's frustrating when you've spent a decent chunk of time offering helpful comments only to get useless ones in return :)
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XinZhang Premium
I feel your pain!
:-)
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whitsunday Premium
Rant accepted. If you don't have any interest in a post on site comments just hit the request button and a new post pops up. It is that simple.
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TanjaRita Premium
You just made my morning. I know exactly how you feel. I too get comments just like yours. The person is basically saying, "I know nothing about the topic you are writing about, so I will leave a comment letting the world no that I don't know anything about this topic (nor have a real interest in it). I have left comments where I don't really know the subject matter, but I know enough to leave a comment pretending it is something I am interested in.

I assumed this was common sense, but I guess common sense isn't all that common.
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XinZhang Premium
You must leave the kind of responses we all want. :-)
Xin
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TechniSmart Premium
You have a very humorous writing style.
I wrote on this very subject See you @ the Top!

--Michael
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GeoffGS Premium
Ahhh Clare. That's actually pretty funny about that comment. Maybe not somuch right now, but looking back and all.....
I really enjoy reading your writing. It flows very well, and creates mental imagery. Good post.

Overall Ranking: 94 out of 100 people.....
KIDDING!

Geoff. The friendly fisherman :)
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Ericabried Premium
This issue pops up time and time again and is really frustrating. I loved your post! I also had no idea you had to brush a cat's teeth!
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CStipe Premium
I can definitely understand what you mean with the SiteComments. People need to positively be constructive with their comments and actually gear them to be helpful. (or at least try to be)
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Maxiam59 Premium
I truly understand what you are saying I know some people think they are helping but why comment on something you have no interest in or not enough knowledge of the article all the best Max
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ClareG Premium
Thanks Max, I just don't understand why people bother, if the comment is totally irrelevant :)
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AlexEvans Premium
Well said Claire, an on going issue with so many folks coming through, it just takes a little time for everyone to land on the same page. Great post.
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ClareG Premium
It does seem to be an ongoing issue... hopefully it'll all be resolved soonest!
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JasonGB Premium
Lol
I love this post
Serious issue tackled with awesome humour. Site comments can often create Great debate and stress
Great job you!
Rant as often as you wish
You gave me a smile ... a large one...without the use of any supplements lol
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ClareG Premium
Haha! SiteComments are providing me with an equal quantity of amusement and hair-tearing frustration :)
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