How to Leave Quality Comments in Site Comments Consistently

Last Update: May 29, 2019

The Site Comments feature here at WA is a HUGE feature to take full advantage of every time you publish a post. Personally, it's one of the first steps I take after publishing after requesting indexing.

And if you're looking to earn credits, then there's a huge opportunity here for you to do that as well. As you may know, credits are currency here at WA and can even be used to pay for your membership.

Understanding this, it's then very important to know how to leave a quality comment.

The #1 Focus: Comment from the point of view of someone who would have made a Google search directly related to the main idea of the post you're commenting on. This instantly places you in the audience the author was targeting.

So many start off a Site Comments comment with "I had never heard of any of this before..." The problem with doing this it begins to beg the question, "Well then how did you get here if you have zero connection to the core focus of my article?"

Completely forget the "Wow, I've never heard of this..." direction and instead go all in with the "This is EXACTLY what I was looking for because of xyz" direction. You'll leave a much, much better comment the author can work with and reply to!

This places you DIRECTLY in the target audience and will get your comments approved every time.

  • "I've been doing research on this and I like your specific point on...."
  • "When you make your point about xyz, do you think...? In my experience with this I normally..."
  • "I wish I had found your article two weeks ago! I've been struggling with ..."
  • "I've read lots of articles on this but yours is the first that..."
  • "This post is exactly what my nephew needs and I'm going to send it to him because of..."

So, for example, if you're commenting on an article that's reviewing, say, a money making opportunity online, instead of "Wow, I've never heard of this", put yourself in the shoes of someone who is researching that opportunity prior to buying it.

You could also go with the point of view of someone who has just opted in to that opportunity, but is now having second thoughts because of price, upsells, or any other point the post talks about. Those are the kinds of comments that consistently get approved because you have placed yourself into that target audience the writer is looking for and allow him to follow up with more great content in his reply.

In doing this, don't just write a summary of the post as your comment.

This is another area many get lost in. I get so many comments where it's obvious that the post title along with some key points of my article are literally just copied and pasted into the comment.

"I am so enlightened by this incredible article on [post title]. My understanding on this subject was low but now i know exactly how i can improve. [Goes on to summarize entire post...]."

There's nothing natural sounding about that.

Think about when you go to leave an organic comment for a helpful article you've just found. The last thing you do is summarize the entire post. What would be the point of that?

Also, have you ever read a post that is keyword stuffed? They don't sound natural at all do they? So don't stuff your comment with what you think are the focus keywords for the post either.

It doesn't sound natural!

And please don't write a novel!

Be short and sweet. Yes WA asks you to write more than a couple of sentences, but writing the equivalent of a short story isn't necessary.

Instead, while putting yourself in the shoes of someone who arrived at the article organically, choose a single point from the article and make your comment on that. For example, if it's a review article that lists pros and cons, choose one to comment on. Agree or disagree and mention that that's what brought you to the article. You could then potentially ask a specific question about it.

This would sound like a completely normal and organic comment and this is what WA members are looking for.

Lastly, don't become an infomercial for WA in your comments.

If the post is a review post that ultimately ends up suggesting WA as a great alternative, fight your urge to go down the road of "Let me add that I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate. The training there is second to none and I've never been a part of such a great community. The tools, training, and resources, blah blah blah..."

We're all members here and, yes, we all love WA. But in an article that's promoting it, there's no need for more promotion. Fight the urge! It's totally not needed.

Now, with all points there are always minor exceptions. Let's say the article you're commenting on is one on Jaaxy. You could absolutely leave a natural sounding comment that quickly mentions that you use Jaaxy regularly and then go on to ask a specific question about one of its functions. Doing this doesn't leave you sounding like an infomercial while also making it sound like you found the post organically. It's all about sounding natural and being relevant. :)

When it comes to using Site Comments, there is nothing to be afraid of. Use it after you publish new content to get Google to notice you even quicker. When you remember the point of view you're wanting to be in, everything else falls into place.

Take the time to read the article or at least skim it to fully understand where it's coming from. Be natural and conversational, be relevant, and avoid being the walking infomercial. When you follow these steps you'll find your comments are of high quality and are being approved consistently.

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lynnsam61 Premium
Great post. I think many here don’t quite get it that it NEEDS to seem like an organic comment. The kind of comment you’d make on a post that you googled. There’s no need to compliment the post or to give praise to the site. That’s not real and it looks very fishy.

It’s actually better in my opinion to offer a differing view or even disagree in a comment if need be. At least it seems real and like you actually digested what was written.

Erica
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ericcantu Premium
Well said. :)
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Tirolith Premium
After reading this post I find that it is actually telling me to make a comment on my own posts, is that so?

That is the impression that I get.

"When it comes to using Site Comments, ... Use it after you publish new content to get Google to notice you"
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ericcantu Premium
After publishing a new post it's good practice to use Site Comments to request new comments from others. This brings activity and interactivity to your content and definitely helps Google take notice. :)
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AkshaySaxena Premium
Great analysis Eric.
I'm a regular user of SiteComment platform, I have a slight disagreement with you. Let me know if I'm wrong:)
1. You said, "if you're commenting on an article that's reviewing, say, a money making opportunity online, don't say you've never heard of it! :)"

I follow some top bloggers regularly, they write about the stuff or online products which I never heard about before. To them I write, "Thanks for throwing light on this new product, I never heard of it before. I'm glad to know its details through you."

And if I go to any website organically, I never give them any comments or simply say "nice post", that's all.:)
SteComment requires elaboration.

2. Don't become Infomercial for WA.
Yes, I agree with you at this point. But, what else to say!!
If the post is WA Review or WA comparison with others, should I say: "Can you tell me resources, where I can learn more about WA, it sounds pretty cool :)"
Being a member of WA, we write our honest experience with WA on such posts. Let me know if such comments affect the website ranking on Google.
I'll never write my WA experience if SiteComment give me the permission to write 1 line comment :)

Anyways, thanks for your post. It is useful for me as well :)

Akshay
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ericcantu Premium
If you're a regular follower of the site you're commenting on, then by all means you could mention that you're a regular follower and this product or service is news to you. That would make sense, right? It's all about making sense and being relevant.

With a WA review article, I guarantee within its content it leads you directly to where to find out more and sign up. So asking how to do this would be redundant.

Personally, I don't like pretending like I don't know what WA is when I'm commenting. Remember, with each comment you leave, your gravatar can be clicked on and ultimately lead back to your site. If your site is all about WA, and you just pretended like you didn't know what it was, you're going to lose credibility. Instead, you could comment something along the lines of "I was doing some personal research on [some feature of WA] to show a friend and your article popped up in Google. Do you think [then ask a relevant question]."
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AkshaySaxena Premium
Ok, thanks, Eric. It makes sense.
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Brenda63 Premium
Loes states in her training to use keywords that are in the content and discuss them then ask relevant questions related to the keywords. Most are WA reviews. I do not completely understand her point nor yours. I like your last sentence that makes more sense to me. How many words are we to write?
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ericcantu Premium
Personally, I wouldn't worry about looking to put keywords in your comment. Just be natural and everything falls into place. Take your comment here as an example of what a good comment is made of. Your comment is totally natural, you asked a relevant question, you didn't worry about placing keywords into it or summarizing my post. That's all there is to it :)
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Brenda63 Premium
Bingo, got it. Light bulb came on. Thanks. I clearly get it now.
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Labman Premium
These are great points. I try to do this with every comment that I make. I have seen a lot of good comments that follow this protocol. Then there are others that do exactly what you say not to do. I have had to disapprove many of these.

The other item that gets to me is if the commenter doesn't actually know anything about the topic. They are not and will probably not ever be a part of the demographic that I am trying to reach. In that case, instead of commenting, skip the blog and comment on another one that has some familiarity for you.
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ericcantu Premium
Well said! If you're not able to play the part of the demographic being targeted, might as well skip the article and move on to the next. Thanks for the comment!
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MiaL Premium
YES!
I hope this reaches every person who leaves comments.
Thanks.
~Melissa
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ericcantu Premium
Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed this.
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