5,000 Comments, Comments Are Content Too!
Last Update: Jan 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. :)
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
So true Thanks Colton, particularly for the disapprove point.
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!
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.
You're definitely a role model of mine
Thank you for this! I am actually studying some of your other blogs/trainings. You are awesome!
Thanks man, be on the look out for future trainings and posts, definitely want to push a lot more WA content this year!!
You're always posting great information and inspiration Colton! Much appreciated. Thank you!
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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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.