Don't Be That Guy (That Leaves Poor Comments)
I have noticed an alarming trend of late. What is that trend - the thoughtless comment. It seems that lately when I ask for comments, I get sad one-liners that have nothing to do with the content of the post or are so generic that they could be put on any post.
Here is an example:
Thank you for great information here at your site. I will use it in my further education.
That was left on one of my posts. There are a few reasons that this creates a problem.Problem 1
It does not add value. A short, pointless comment does not add any value to the discussion or page at all. This kind of feedback does not give the author anything to reply too.
A generic comment looks scammy. When I see a comment like that, I think of two things. One that a troll has found the site and is trying to get a backlink to their website.
Or that the comment was the result of microwork. It is where website owners pay people to leave comments.
Either way, it gives me an uneasy feeling and decreases me trust in the site.Problem 2
Poor commenting is affecting a person's bounce rate and session duration. Of course, I am going on the impression that the reader did not take the time to read the post. Instead, they scrolled to the bottom and left a generic comment.
We are here to help each other, not harm each other. If you are leaving this kind of feedback or not taking the time to read the articles, you are hurting the author. I would rather have one person who took the time to read my post and leave a relevant comment than have 20 people tank my dwell time and leave these inane comments.How To Be A Good Commenter
- Read the article
- Write a minimal of five sentence
- Thank the author for the content
- Ask a topic related question or
- Give your opinion on the subject (respectfully) or
- Tell a topic related story
If you do the above steps, you will have added to their content. Other things you can do to help
- Open a link and leave it open while you read their article
- Open the articles you are going to leave comments for simultaneously
- Share their post on your social media (I do this is the topic is related to my niche or if I know someone who can benefit from the article)
I like giving people the benefit of the doubt. I am assuming this trend has started because people do not know.
Together we can help each other grow and succeed. Yes, it takes effort on our parts, but the rewards are only that much more significant. The community here at WA is the reason I joined. It is what gave WA the most exceptional value to me. But the community is only what we as individual make it.
So, leave comments that you would be proud to have on your page.
Did I miss something? What extra step do you take to help other bloggers out? Got a tip you can share. Do so in the comments.
Until next, be the light in the world.