Why am I leaving comments on WAer's websites?

Last Update: April 14, 2016

Hi Folks!

I see we’re all helping each other by providing comments on our websites. That’s why I love this community; very supportive environment!

It got me thinking about what are the goals for leaving comments? That might seem like a ‘no duh’ question but those are the ones I like to analyze. Maybe we’re missing an opportunity to fine tune the impact that comments can make. When we’re asked to provide comments to WAer’s websites, what is the style, content, goal of a comment?

Here are some reasons I found for leaving comments on WAer websites:

  • Helping the website get ranked by showing engagement from the audience
  • Suggesting improvements for the author to consider
  • Providing encouragement – heck, we all need that from time to time!

These reasons left me wondering if I’m helping the author most effectively.


So….if my target audience is reading my website, I’m assuming they are looking for helpful information about that particular niche. They are interested to see if other people have similar questions or comments that they would leave for the author. And then I realized….

They aren’t looking for information relating to what content marketers are interested in.

Oh yeah, I forgot. Not everyone is a content marketer or affiliate marketer. Now as a content marketer, I’m very interested to hear how I can improve my site from a MARKETER’S point of view. I also want to hear from my audience how I can improve my site from a READER’S point of view. These are very different views!

This led me to realize that I need to leave comments to WAer’s in different ways.

  • 1.When I’m asked to provide a comment, I’ll make sure I leave it as a niche reader, not a marketer. By doing this, the comment will blend with the site and provide input that helps the niche’s audience.
  • 2.THEN I’ll message the WAer and let them know my suggestions from a marketer’s point of view.

I’m finding by targeting my comments to the most appropriate audience, my message will be the most impactful.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you see a need for having different goals for different messages?

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Noteboom Premium
Absolute agree except that "Suggesting improvements for the author to consider" is for feedback.
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NorahJ Premium
That's a spot-on post. Thank you.
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kymmie99 Premium
Excellent comments. Our comments on the website should be engaging with the article. Totally agree.
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Elijah1916 Premium
Absolutely, but comments that impact negatively on the site should be done here at WA or by PM. Engaging comments obviously directly to the comments section on the website. And it will always be good to reciprocate by visiting the person's site to leave a comment or two.
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kebennett Premium
Thanks. Good points.
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MKearns Premium
You are correct. I try to tailor responses to the particular bloggers interests and message. Sometimes I ask questions to elicit information to accomplish this.
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Westwaters Premium
It makes good sense. Thanks for pinpointing that!
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Martstervt Premium
Commenting on a website should show engagement with the content. It should provide the owner with an opportunity to respond with pertinent information on topic.
Some critique may be ok if it causes engagement or positive response. Showing what work needs to be done or changes is best in the site feedback section or a PM.

Marty
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StacknDecks Premium
Yes! You shouldn't comment feedback on the website for it isn't where it should go, that's info for the author only
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MisterWailor Premium
You have summed it up nicely, no more to add. Good post.
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Brooklyn2008 Premium
I think that's a great idea. Since I started here at WA, I can't help but notice when I'm on other people's sites from just a random Google search on a topic, I can automatically tell an authentic comment from a reader, and that from another blogger. So that means that others can point this out too.
Comments are always great to have from whoever wants to leave them, but I think as a community who wants to help each other, our comments should be more engaging to get the thread or topic to expand. :)
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SusanAL Premium
Yes, agree with you completely. Comments should be left as if you were a visitor. Feedback, on the other hand, is for the site's author and shouldn't be seen by the blogosphere.

Thanks for sharing. Very helpful to all.
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TopAchiever Premium
Yes! You've done it beautifully!

You've put it in language many others may not have understood before.

Thank you for going the extra mile to explain it from a different view, but yet coming out with the same result!

Well done!
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geowanda Premium
Thanks so much!
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TopAchiever Premium
You are most welcome.
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dickw Premium
Right on the money Lynn. Nice.
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PjGermain Premium
Nicely said Lynn !!!
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geowanda Premium
Thanks PJ!
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