SiteComments 2.0 - Please Don't ABUSE It!
Ladies and Gents, SiteComments 2.0 is epic and we all know it! The comments are super quick, you get more comments than you ask for and you can even earn revenue from it. It's a plus plus all around. But I want to go through some of the etiquettes - yes, there are etiquettes here too - that you should always consider.
PLEASE make sure to leave valid comments
I know that we get more comments than we ask for. So you might say that why does it even matter? You can just ignore the invalid comment anyways.
When I receive a comment, I always make sure I go through every single one of them. If you are writing something that isn't valid, I don't question the commenter at first. I question myself and ask myself whether maybe I'm not getting the comment properly. I try to re-read the article that I wrote to see if those comments actually make sense.
And I want to be respectful to you as well. I know you spent time writing a comment and putting thought towards it - at least I think you do. And I know many of you do this already.
But I always get some comments that just purely don't make sense!
And I can clearly see that the commenter hasn't really put any effort to read the content. There are some times where I edit the comment a little bit so that it makes sense and it is valid to my article - because I want to help you as well and give you credit for putting in effort.
You're putting effort anyways writing that comment - why not spend a little more energy making that comment better and logical.
Make sure comments make sense across different articles
Since we have so many people active in SiteComments, it is quite common to get the same person commenting on different articles in your website.
This is great. I am not saying you not do this at all.
But make sure that what you write in one article makes sense in the other article if it is from the same website.
If you write this in one of the articles:
I had never heard about Product X before. Thanks for sharing it.
Don't write that you haven't heard about Product X when there is another article about it in the same webpage.
Perhaps you can write:
I read about Product X in another of your article. I like how...
It is quite likely that you will come across different articles of the same website if you're sitting down for 15-20 minutes to comment. So, please be mindful.
Don't comment if you've already commented on that article
So I would like to point out that there is a slight glitch in the system. Most of the time, if you've commented on a certain article, that article never pops up again in your SiteComments.
However, there is a glitch sometimes.
The article that you've commented already shows up again in your SiteComment list. It usually isn't the case but yeah this happens at times.
If it does, don't comment on it again just for the sake of getting credits. I've faced that issue a couple of times, and I always wait until I don't see that again - You can also skip if you want to, but I just don't like to skip.
Carson, maybe you can look into this?
Reply back to comments that you've given
It's great that we get a lot of comments and have such a wonderful community to support us build credibility in our articles.
But, this happens too.
We leave a comment, perhaps ask a question. The author of the article replies back maybe answering the question or maybe asking a follow up question.
How often do we go back to the article that we've commented?
I would guess not very often if at all. I know that this is not required. You give your comment, get your credit and you're done with the comment that you've given.
But ask yourself this question. Does it not look awkward to receive a lot of comments but no replies when an author replies back?
Again, it is not required and certain understand that it is not required for all the comments. But, it is a nice etiquette to go back and reply back to some of the comments that you've left on the articles.
You have all the articles that you gave comments on the SiteComments listed below.
So go back once in a while to reply back.
Comment according to what the author is asking for
SiteComment 2.0 has so many new features and it is quite easy to overlook some of them. Here is one I feel that people tend to overlook.
You will notice that beside every article there is a list of the things that the author wants the commenter to write about. So write things that the author wants you to write.
The author wants the article to have a certain flow of engagement in their comments and you want to adhere to it. It is just a good etiquette. They clicked to want to get those types of feedback for a reason.
We at Wealthy Affiliate are here to help each other. The platform is designed to lift each other up and help one another to reach our respective goals.
So at SiteComments, just be mindful of that as well!
Of course, not every comment you write will be perfect but at least be respectful to others articles. I think this question is a good one to remember when writing a comment.
If this was an article that I wrote, would I be happy with this comment?
That's about it. This should significantly help to make sure what you write is always meeting the right etiquettes.
What are your thoughts on these? Do you have any other etiquettes that I've missed here?
If you've made it all the way here, thank you for reading it! Share with others as well so that we can make sure SiteComments 2.0 continues to become a great place!