Writing Website Comments-Best Practices
This is not a post about why it is important to get comments on our site. Kyle and other members have written very interesting articles about it.
I have been trying to increase the number of content pages and posts in my site. This has turned me into a frequent visitor of the following thread:
Other members also request comments on this one:
Using these threads to increase the number of comments on each one of our posts is one of the many advantages we have at WA. I think this is a wonderful idea and a great way to help people who are starting building their websites to get some traffic and to move up in the search engines ranks.
The more I have exchanged comments with other members , the more I have noticed some features that, from my personal point of view, make comments more relevant.
Based on that, I would like to present this short list with what I think could be good practices when writing comments on another WA member's site. Please,feel free to differ, to suggest other good practices or to expand on any of the following:
1.-Write at least 2 complete sentences. If you write just one, try to make it content rich. Some comments are too general and too short. It is important to make it look as if you have read the whole post, have found valuable information on it and have something to say or ask about it.
2.-Try to include the name of the product and/or some keywords in your comment. The Url , the title and the subheadings usually give us hints on this. Remember that user-generated content also helps improve the site SEO thanks to the keywords it has.
3.-If you decide to word your comment as a question, try to go back and see if the question was answered. When you ask a question, the website owner will surely answer it because it is important to show that there is some engagement with the readers. Try to give closure to the interaction, please.
4.-Do not give feedback about the website's layout, navigation or the like in the comment box. Send the website owner a PM or post your insights in the discussion thread. Remember that when you post a comment, your role there is the one of a reader or visitor not that one of a fellow WA member.
I hope the suggestions here will help us write more relevant comments that will give each other's websites the boost , the presence and the rank they need.