5,000 Comments, Comments Are Content Too!

Last Update: January 16, 2016

Engagement Is Key


Want to know why?

Because it's a form of content creation as well.

You should use the SiteComments feature here, only approving quality comments that actually pertain to your niche, until you start getting organic traffic and organic comments.

Once you start getting daily comments on your posts from search traffic then you can stop using SiteComments. Google will absolutely love you and give you some ranking love if you reply to every single comment that you're given.

At the end of all of my posts I entice my visitors to comment like this:

People see that big, bold statement and so they reply more often to my content! ;)

On average I get about 3-10 comments per day. More so on the weekends. Here are my site's current stats as of today, I just hit over 5,000 comments over my entire site!

Every single day I make sure that I try to reply to at least some comments. Sometimes I'll let them build up over a few days worth of time and then I'll sit down and rack out 30+ comments.

EVERY SINGLE REPLY counts as content creation towards Google rankings. Google, today, wants consistent content creation. Fresh, new stuff.

Their crawling bots can see your engagement, your replies. They'll also be able to see if your comments are legitimately pertaining to your content. They'll see some comments as spam which will hurt your site...

SiteComments is a great way to gain a bunch of good, quality comments but you've also got to be careful using it. Only approve comments that ask questions and talk about what your content is actually about.

If you get comments that say "This is a great site, I love your content and I really like how you have your website designed! I'm sure your visitors love coming here!" then you need to disapprove them and let the user know through the feedback that their comment doesn't pertain to your content.

Comments are important and they'll help your site, you want to make sure that you're getting quality comments on your content!

Keep at the grind WAers, I believe in all of us. :)


Cheers,

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Freisia Premium
Colton I would be like your Grandma but just starting out with WA . I have read some of your posts. I love the way you write. You have spontaneity and charm.
All the best
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DougAtkinson Premium
Thank you for the great advice.
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joerice Premium
Thanks for that useful information.
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halinphilly Premium
This is rockin' advice, Colton. I wish I had read this back ehen I first joined. Oh well... guess it's never too late to get started!
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TonyHamilton Premium
Awesome Colton,

Great advice on utilizing site comments and also organic comments to boost our content.

Thank you for sharing and caring,

Tony
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viyee Premium
Thank you for sharing!
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OrenL Premium
That SiteComments feature is wonderful "bootstrap" for jump starting a new website. SiteFeedback, too. I try to leave 4 SiteComments and/or SiteFeedbacks everyday, and request at least one comment or feedback daily.
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Easy-Moneys Premium
A "WA Grinder!" and Fan!

I hear ya' ...loud 'n' clear!

Dr Barb
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jmatos Premium
Were all these comments organic, or from site comments?
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MarlaineB Premium
Hi Colton,
This was very helpful, thank you!
One question - how do you do the big and bold "Comment" request? Is this a graphic you built elsewhere and upload as media?
Thanks!
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ECamacho Premium
Thanks for the educational information! Colton, we greatly appreciate you!

Cheerfully,
Elizabeth-Liz
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Godlove-N Premium
hello sir . greetings .
thanks for all your advice and teachings . i will personally follow you as my personal mentor on my way to success

what are your niches and some of your websites
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OrenL Premium
The SiteComments feature is a great "bootstrap" for establishing new blog sites. Just another of the great perks available at WA.
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Cylia Premium
Colton,

Most useful!
Important instructions here, as well as valuable background and incentive for engagement. Thank you.

Theresa

P.S., I'll be back.
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DavePage Premium
Really useful post, again! Helps to define the whole point of comments
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stevecox Premium
Colton - This is the stupid question that is never ask...........what type of comments SHOULD we be approving as opposed to the one you provided above.
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Maggie2016 Premium
Engagement is so important. Thanks for the reminder. Maggie
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KGads Premium
ahh, I just approve everything! Righto, I will be more careful about this. Cheers, Kris
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Hey Colton, nice post!

Reading this helped solidify why engagement is key. Thanks!
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Magda2016 Premium
Thanks for helpful tips :) I will use them when my site is ready to accept comments.
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mckm Premium
Thank you. This is a valuable lesson for me. There's a lot here I didn't know.
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ChrisL125 Premium
Good stuff, Colton. However, I do have to ask... what is "site comments?"
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Cathy Ling Premium
SiteComment is a commenting system that can be found at your SiteRubix navigation. Look for the light blue button on the left hand side of your WA user dashboard.

Here's a link to show you how it works;
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PaulBoudreau Premium
Great blogs Colton ... I like the way you're working at this ... thanks for all the the good advice ...
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DLansing Premium
Wow, 5000 comments. Only organic comments can do that. No way site comments give you that much lol! Anyway, thanks for sharing your outstanding achievement :-)
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ThomasDK Premium
Colton! Thank you for sharing this. You are a great inspiration and I think you are right. Everyone can do this. Hard work and patience is the key.

Keep posting mate :-)
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mergie1 Premium
Thank you, some great info here.
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NORZ Premium
Thanks for the tip on when to disapprove comments. :)
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MrAlexey Premium
Excellent advice !!
I use the site conmments.
So are you saying that using the site comments will help me rank my website to a point where I will start getting organic comments from people?
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HeatherGrace Premium
Great tip! And congrats on getting too 5000 comments! Wow. I'm forever away from that! Thank you for breaking this down. Very helpful.
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dj-drea Premium
I always feel bad disapproving comments, but I really should. I get so many comments that are not relevant to the post from the site comments platform.

I don't get very many organic comments, maybe 1 a week. I wish I could get more. I invite comments on all my posts, so I am not sure why no one leaves any.
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frd Premium
Posts like this help me to keep going on, thanks!

Farid
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Defiant6 Premium
Comments is something I'm still working on for my website, but I do love using SiteComments here. I do look forward to the day I start getting organic comments.
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Marcus1978 Premium
Excellent!
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rosieM Premium
An excellent reminder to make full use of Site Comments feature here at WA....many think it is only for a 'review' or opinion of your website. Your blog reinforces just one of the many other advantages of using Site Comments as part of your 'strategy'. Thank you!
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TommyV Premium
Thank you Colton, I needed to know that.
Quality content.
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Martstervt Premium
excellent colton, thanks for sharing.

Marty
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ThomasTay Premium
This is good advise for me, especially approving quality comment on your site. And treat comment as content creation. Wonderful idea and one strategy I can adopt to get more traffic to my sites.
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bronco549 Premium
Thanks for this. I do always reply and approve my quality comments and trash the others. I just don't get very many. I will be adding the comment statement to all my post and hopefully that will increase my comments.
Jim
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MPrice Premium
Hi Colton,
Great post! I'm curious though, how you would respond to the comment above: "This is a great site, I love your content and I really like how you have your website designed! I'm sure your visitors love coming here!"
Do you simply disapprove them or do you thank them for the comment, but say it's inappropriate?
Thanks,
Michael
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gooddogpoky2 Premium
MPrice: Please remember that your website is YOUR PROPERTY and not WA's WP's or Google's. As such, when you receive comments to posts on YOUR WEBSITE you get the opportunity to either approve or disapprove of the comment. If you disapprove the comment never shows up on your website. Colton then communicates with them through the disapproval side of things telling them that their comment was not appropriate for the blog content.

You do not have to be NICE to someone who is either negligently or intentionally hurting your website. DAN
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ColtonJames Premium
Yeah, what Dan basically said. You're in charge of your site's comments, it's 100% your property. Disapprove the comment from SiteComments (that's what I'm referring to up there) and leave some feedback after you disapprove of the comment within SiteComments.

If you get an organic comment that is low quality, spam, negativity etc then you can just delete it and move on.
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MPrice Premium
Hi,
Thanks for the comment. I think I was a bit unclear. I wasn't thinking of thanking anyone for spam, etc, I was thinking of thanking them for a compliment on the site or constructive criticism and directing them to a more appropriate venue.
The reminder of site ownership I appreciate though.
Kind Regards,
Michael
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whitsunday Premium
So true Thanks Colton, particularly for the disapprove point.
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ColtonJames Premium
Yes, quality comments are essential. Bad comments reflect badly on a site, can't be having them! Thankfully most of the time the comments are relevant!
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mjdimarco Premium
Totally agree!
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ColtonJames Premium
For sure, comments are very important!
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BushiAntz Premium
As usual great post, Colton. I didn't really use the site comments feature so thanks for shedding some light on it. I will definitely start using it now.
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ColtonJames Premium
*thumbs up* :)
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white3322 Premium
You're definitely a role model of mine
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ColtonJames Premium
Awesome to hear Darren, let's take it to the top man
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jgenhalp Premium
Thank you for this! I am actually studying some of your other blogs/trainings. You are awesome!
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ColtonJames Premium
Thanks man, be on the look out for future trainings and posts, definitely want to push a lot more WA content this year!!
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SJB Premium
Great post! Thank you!
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ColtonJames Premium
:)
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Chris Lee Premium
You're always posting great information and inspiration Colton! Much appreciated. Thank you!
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ColtonJames Premium
Thanks Chris, really wanting to create a lot more content than I did in 2015 so be on the look out ;)
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