Why I've Just Disapproved 3 out of 4 Comments.

Last Update: July 10, 2017

Right now I feel mean...

I've just disapproved 3 out of the last 4 comments I've received and all for the exact same reason: people gave website feedback instead of leaving a post comment.

It feels harsh to disapprove when someone has taken the time to do it, especially when I don't want to make people feel nervous about leaving comments.

Which is why I used to re-write whole comments like this but found it way too time consuming and most of the people I talk to who leave comments like this are newbies and are grateful for knowing the right way to do it.

Here, I'll show you just one example from today:

Others say things like:

  • "Wow, until I read your article, I didn't know products like this existed!"

Why would you be reading and comment on a review for a product or service you've never even heard of?

  • "I really like your use of imagery. You had everything spaced out really well and I liked that you had a 'call to action.'"

Pure website feedback. Ive never in my life read a comment on the BBC of Fox News websites from people saying how well laid out the website is. This is for Website Feedback, not comments.

When you get comments like these, please feel free to use my disapproval message:

"This comment was disapproved because you gave website feedback instead of an actual comment. Please note the difference between website feedback and website comments.

Click on the blue "View more information" just above the blue 'submit my comment" button within the comments area or read Nathaniel's recent post to find how to leave comments.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.co...

Hope this helps, many thanks."

There you go, my rant over. I'm sorry to those of you who's comments I've disapproved, but hopefully now you understand the reasons why.

All the best to you!

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craigrut Premium
I run a website for pets and people constantly start their comments with 'I don't have X pet! But if I did this would be so interesting.'

I wish there was a way to disapprove the comment but to also keep the comment and just re-write it yourself...
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SimoninAsia Premium
I know... I always get "OH nice review... ive never heard of this" Then why the heck would you be searching for a review on it?

Honestly I edit about 80% of the comments to make them sound real.
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craigrut Premium
Me too. Some are worse than others. I also get a ton of gibberish that someone clearly just kept putting words in a thesaurus to make it sound unique.

I do wish the system were 1 for 1, then I wouldn't feel as frustrated by it. But it still has some really good uses either way.
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SimoninAsia Premium
Yeah I feel you. I actually pay for comments too lol. It's good right now because they've started paying people for comments so I request 1 and get about 6 so it kinda pays off :)
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SimoninAsia Premium
BUT I have 78 comments in waiting right now lol because i know im going to have to go through and rewrite them all. (((sigh)))
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craigrut Premium
Yeah, depends on your luck. Once in a while I request one and get 3 or 4 and other times I request 2 and only get the 2. Ups and downs!
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AHohaia Premium
Hi Simon, that is so frustrating especially when you pay to get comments. So far I was lucky to get mostly good comments and haven't received any feedback (yet).
I think it is cool that you tell them the exact reason why you have disapproved the comment so they can learn. It is an issue that comes up over and over again.
I have created a training on the topic a while ago.
Feel free to use the link if you like. I wish you all the best.
To your success ~ Anke
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SimoninAsia Premium
Aw thanks Anke, most of the time I leave comments for others and I always try to make sure it's as thorough and helpful as possible.

Even if it's a site about, I don't know, kayaking and the best types of kayaks, I know absolutely nothing about this but I'm good at sounding like I do!

I think if we all help spread the word and educate new people to the comments system it'll all be good.

Great training by the way, I just might have to direct a few more people your way : )
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AHohaia Premium
Love your attitude.
Yes, please send more people my way ...:-)
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mickeyb123 Premium
First of all: Do NOT pay to have comments posted! That is the surest way to get 'unloved' by Google when they find out!

Secondly, either unapprove/delete the comment or accept it. Do not attempt to 'educate' the reader on how to comment on your site. They came to your site, if they are not being paid, to learn something about the topic, based on the keyword they are searching for. Whether you accept or reject their comment, they may come back.
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Foobard Premium
This is a WA feature he is talking about. Site Comments. And Site Comments works two ways. 1) you can Offer a comment, and earn 1 credit. You can use 2 credits to get a comment on a designated post from a fellow WA'er. 2) you can pay for comments by buying credits.

This is a fully supported and encouraged feature of WA. Furthermore, it is part of the integral training here at WA.

These people didn't come to his site by a random Google search. They were following the WA training. Which could admittedly be clearer in what they are supposed to be doing in that lesson.

But I agree with the gist of your statement, that you shouldn't "game" the system by faking comments.
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SimoninAsia Premium
How did you get to the top 100? Seriously?

You said: "Do NOT pay to have comments posted! That is the surest way to get 'unloved' by Google when they find out!"

You better send a message to Kyle and Carson quick because this is what we do here at WA!! Let me know what they say!!

(((heavy sigh...)))
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mickeyb123 Premium
First off, thank you for questioning my experience and, apparently, my character. I suppose it keeps me humble. (I like the (((heavy sigh...))) )

Since 2007, I have been involved in writing for many 'article brokers'. You may have heard of some of them. On these sites, there are many orders that come through for writers to post comments on various websites. Some pay pretty good; Others not so well. Most of them suggest things to be said within the comment. (This makes these 'fake news' to tear a quote from today's headlines.)

These are NOT what should be considered credible comments. If all you are looking for is the sheer number of comments fine, but many of them can be traced back to an article broker if any search engine wishes to do so.

THAT was what I was referring to when I said don't pay for comments.

Now, if what you and the Steve are talking about is the site comment/site feedback system here in WA, that is not paying for comments! (unless there are those who actually do so. If so, please let me know where this section is on the WA website)

If you are talking about the fact that you can buy the credits to be used for this system. OK, you have a point, but think about general terms before you jump on me

BTW - I do not ever take the assignments for 'pay for comments' from any broker website.

Still friends - we just must have been talking past each other!?
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Foobard Premium
Thanks. I was referring to the purchase of credits for the WA Site Comments feature. I guess one could view giving and receiving comments through Site Comments as "purchasing" since instead of using currency, one spends their time giving comments with the expectation that they will receive comments when they need it. I have given comments through the Site Comments system and seen how it works, and it does seem to work for them. They had several comments that seemed genuine and there was a bit of back and forth discussion. It didn't seem staged. It helps as a commenter when you are genuinely interested in the topic. That's why you are allowed to skip articles you don't want to read.

Thanks for sharing your experiences.
I have seen people offering comments on Fiverr, most look of low quality as they might offer 40,000 comments for $5! Obviously, these are scripted, and more for backlink generation (which is of dubious value) than encouraging discussion.
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mickeyb123 Premium
Yes, 'paying' for credits could be considered 'paying' for comments, but I hope you understand where I was coming from and you have seen what you can expect from Fiverr and some of the others.

(Personally, I would not buy the credits, I would take the opportunity to look and comment or give feedback to others because that is in keeping with my helping nature. It also gives my the chance to see other websites which is always helpful for me.)

When you talk about paying for things, I do not automatically go to services available here at WA. My interests are here, of course, but I am also out in a lot of other places and they are not as friendly as here!

My comments are always meant to help, not insult and if they seem that way, well, we all have ur own way of saying things and I am an old guy!
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drcmaint Premium
Interesting this.
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Foobard Premium
I've said this before, it is a bit confusing in the difference between Site Feedback and Site Comments. In the English language, it means pretty much the same thing. They should change the name of "Site Comments" to something else so people can tell the difference. I know they chose that name because of Site Rubix and all that branding, but it is confusing to newbies.
If they want to keep the "Site" prefix, call it Site Post Comments or something.

That said, you are doing the correct thing by disapproving the comments due to it being site feedback. Especially if you are paying for the comments!
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SimoninAsia Premium
Yeah I think it's easy to see 'Comment' and think you're just leaving comments/your opinon on a site.

As I say, most people who do this turn out to be newbies and are grateful for me telling them.

I think it's good to tell people the right way to add comments, if I was doing it wrong I'd like to know. Then they can start adding real comments and the whole comments system works wonderfully as it should. :-)
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PMbaluka Premium
Another option would be to approve then edit the comment.
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Foobard Premium
He said in a comment below that he was paying for the comments. If you pay for a comment and it is unusable, why bother? Why not just write your own comments under a different Gravatar? ;-) I'm not really suggesting that people do that, it was meant rhetorically.
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SimoninAsia Premium
If you read my post you'd know I used to do that and why I stopped doing it :-)
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spurway Premium
I understand where you coming from, and people forget sometimes the difference between feedback and comments.
This is here a big issue, and somehow it has to make more clear to newbies.
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GlenPalo Premium
Well said.

One option we all have is to go ahead and approve the comment with a reply stating that the comment was more appropriate as feedback.

Then go into your WP admin area and just delete the comment and reply later.
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SimoninAsia Premium
lol why would I do that when I'm paying to have comments on my site?
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