One Thing To NOT Do When Leaving Comments
I've been requesting a lot of comments from SiteComments lately, because I want to create engagement, and possibly help boost the rank of a few of the pages on my site. However, I keep running into one issue over and over with the comments.
There's one thing that many people are doing that makes the comment difficult to approve.
That one thing is: "I've never heard of this before".
A similar comment is asking silly questions like, "What does this thing do?", even though it's clearly explained in the post, or assumed that you know what it does since you're looking at a review.
As a one-off comment, it's fine. I suppose there's a chance that someone ran across the post accidentally, or clicked on a link in an email list out of curiosity.
But if 75% of the comments I receive on a post are similar in saying, "Wow, I've never heard of this thing before but it looks really cool", then the comment section starts to look spammy, or at least not interesting. A boring and fake comment section defeats the purpose of exchanging comments.
This makes it hard to approve some comments!
They may be a proper length, and they may be correct English, as well as 100% unique. But if they are just repeating the same thing that everyone else says, then in my mind they are low quality.
I know that there are many niches, and not everyone has experience with all topics. You are absolutely allowed to do a quick 5 minutes of research to learn a bit about an unfamiliar topic before leaving a comment so that you can write something substantive.
Remember, many people are spending money on comments! Also, many people are spending time leaving awesome comments. If you are leaving short, unoriginal, or uninteresting comments please be aware that the value you are exchanging does not meet what some others are putting into the system.
ATTN: This is just a friendly PSA for those that might not know they are doing this. It's not meant to scare you away from using the comment system or chastise anyone that left a similar comment on one of my sites.