Thin, Useless Blog Comments That Offer No Value? No Thank You!
I've seen this topic brought up many times on Wealthy Affiliate and this is something that I am quite adamant about - disapproving comments that are not worthy of being on my website!
**UPDATE** - please read Kyle's blog Site Comments A Constant Focus On Improvement
We all spend a lot of time working on our websites and trying our best to make money online. One thing that we are encouraged to do is to comment on other WA'ers websites and to gain comments on our own websites.
This is the problem that comes in for me - when I leave comments I go and read the post thoroughly and then I think of something genuine and insightful to comment back. I do not leave just the bare minimum words to gain a credit either to make money from or to use to get comments on my websites in return.
I make a point of giving as much value as I possibly can.
When I then request comments on my new blog posts and all I receive back are thin comments that offer absolutely nothing of value to my website I reject them. This is not rocket science for me. It is about getting what I deserve in return for my hard work and efforts.
Anyone that has received a comment from me will know that I spend a lot of effort in giving that comment. I may not give a lot of comments because I spend my efforts making sure that what I do give is worthwhile and valuable. I would rather give one good comment in a week and make it brilliant than give 50 thin comments.
I would appreciate the same in return.
The last 2+ weeks the majority of my comments have gone something like this:
"Thanks for such an amazing and insightful post - I have learned so much about *Insert My Blog Title Here*. I am so happy to learn so much from your website. You have taken so much effort to share this valuable information about *Insert Topic Here*"
And in addition to this many of the people that left comments have made a half attempt at adding value by leaving a bit more but that bit more each time has clearly shown that the commenter has not even looked at my website?
I have seen many WA'ers saying the following:
1) Complaining that their comments have not been approved.
2) Posting that they are getting shoddy comments but feel too bad to reject the comments
3) Many WA'ers recommending that anyone unhappy with a comment should edit it and then publish it.
Here's my take. Reject all comments that are thin content and in the description tell the commenter exactly why the comment was rejected.
I refuse to spend more time in my day editing the comments of people that have not taken 2 minutes to read my post.
I refuse to spend money on WA comments that are not of any quality, never mind the quality I should be getting.
I refuse to spend time in my day leaving awesome comments on other websites and getting shoddy ones in return.
If you don't know how to leave a quality comment you can follow this training I published in January 2016:
Quality Commenting - The Do's and Don'ts
If I reject a comment through WA it is because if it came in naturally from organic search I would have deleted it there too...., so why should I work hard for it here or pay for it?
Here are some of the comments I have recently rejected and why:
"Thanks for sharing this article on 5 tips for small business owners to acquire home loan. Your time and effort to put this together is really appreciated. This article is really an informative article and it has the right steps for me to take in obtaining home loan. Start up capital has been an issue but knowing about this 5 tips then I can obtain the loan. Thanks for sharing this article"
The comment above was rejected for being thin content and for talking about something that has nothing to do with the article. The article was how small online business owners can get a home loan - it has nothing to do with start up capital for their business! My post was not read.
"Getting a business loan is a major hurdle facing small businesses, mainly due to tight lending standards by banks. But obtaining outside financing is often necessary to start or grow a business or cover day-to-day expenses, including payroll and inventory.Although finding, applying for and getting approved for small business loans can be difficult, the more prepared you are, the better."
The comment above is completely unrelated to my post which is about getting a HOME LOAN not getting a business loan. Once again the person commenting has not even read my post and run off on a tangent.
"This is a very interesting concept and you have explained how it works extremely well. These are lovely tips in order to get small loan. I have tried Tax and Financial Records before now and it worked for me perfectly. This is an eye opener for those that doesnt know how this thing works. This is a must for everyone to read. Thanks for sharing"
The comment above talks about getting a "small loan" - I'm not sure about you but a loan for a home would be a large loan in my eyes. And how do you "try tax and financial records".... I'm not sure how to respond to that other than click reject...
These are just a few examples from my latest blog post that I published yesterday.
In comparison here are the 3 latest comments that I have left for other members on their blog posts:
"Thank you for all these brilliant ideas. We don’t have our own garden since we rent and the owners have a water-wise garden that we are not allowed to touch. If I want to grow anything I have to grow it in pots. I love vines and vertical plants – I just never considered doing them in pots. The vertical planters are also a wonderful idea, thank you. It has a lovely look to it and the bonus is that it will make any wall that is looking the worse for wear beautiful and appealing.
I can’t wait until we own our own property – one of the things I am looking forward to the most is being free to do what I want with the garden!"
That comment above was on a blog post titled "Patio Vegetable Garden Containers - How To Build Big Gardens In Small Spaces" - as you can see my comment is not short or thin, it relates directly to the content and refers to specific parts of the post.
"I agree with you in a lot of ways that people have unrealistic expectations of social media marketing. I have had someone ask me to make their post go viral by sharing it on my quite popular Facebook page and she couldn’t understand when I told her I am sorry but I can’t make her product post go viral – it’s not what I do and anyone that makes a promise like that is not being honest with her.
I do agree with you that in most cases it can be very hard to build your following and to create engagement and traffic to your website and offers… but there are certain things that you can do to draw your customers to your business through social media other than just sharing product specials and competitions.
Writing and publishing blog posts on your website that are useful and captivating and then sharing those on social media is a great way to build your following, create authority and get some traffic to your website. I find that the hard sell is not always the way.
Thanks for getting real and honest in this post!"
The above comment I left on a blog post titled "Social Media Marketing for SEO" and as you can see it is also not a thin comment leaving no value for the reader.
I've responded directly to the post topic and given my own personal experience and feelings which will be useful for the website owner's readers.
"Building a list is absolutely essential and one of my biggest regrets is not building my email list right from the beginning! Email marketing is amazing since once you have someone in your list you can bring them back to your website and your offers over and over again. The fact is that an email goes straight to your reader’s inbox – they simply can’t miss it… and they have to do something with it even if it is to delete it and unsubscribe.
On social media and with online search it is so easy for your website to be missed when your potential reader just scrolls on by. Also if you are marketing on Facebook the life of a post is very short, these days very often your reader has to be online at the time you create your Facebook post otherwise it will slip by them… unless of course your posts goes viral but that’s another topic entirely."
And this last comment was left on a blog post titled "Create Your Own Newsletter" and as you can see I have added more value to the post giving my personal experience with newsletters.
Now if you compare my last 3 comments with the last 3 comments I have received you can see that not only are we not comparing apples with apples we are not even comparing apples with another type of fruit....
It looks to me that I spend more time and care writing the reason for rejecting the comment than the member took to write the comment I am rejecting. What a waste of time and effort!
Yes I do get that some people have had their comments unfairly rejected but please peeps lets get the quality up in a VERY big way.