3 New Comment Submissions, 3 More Rejected Comments (A Call to Action)
Last Update: Jan 29, 2021
Good morning WA,
I woke up to 3 new comments from SiteComments active requests I have going right now. Of those 3 comments, ALL 3 were spam, with 2 of which being from the same person, on the same post, with the same spam comment:
The third rejected comment was a comment I've now received 3 times from the same person who seems to have the same canned "dancing" comment comparison.
And then there are the seemingly well-meaning comments that actually don't show any real proof the person even opened your article, never mind referencing the post's subject matter:
Now, I know most of us aren't native English speakers, so nobody is expecting perfect grammar or spelling. Just effort.
It's unfortunate because the SiteComments system's inception essentially killed the Give and Take comment thread. The idea is great: Help 3 people out and then we help you out. However, I've found the vast majority of folks "pad" their comments with the above examples or saying "thank you great post" 5 different ways. Couple that with the fact that if you wish to OFFER comments you get served with the same person's sites over and over (I've been told by Kyle this is being addressed).
Things are really quite bad right now with the SiteComments system.
However, I don't want to just jump in, complain, and jump out here. I will leave you with this:
I've been reading a few books on wealth building lately and I've noticed an underlying theme in ALL of them: Wealth is achieved through the service of others. Always. Think about that. Most people get rich by helping other people in one way or the other. And that is also the underlying principle taught here at WA: Focus on quality content that helps your reader and success will follow.
Your goal using SiteComments should be to actually help the person who's post you're commenting on. provide at least some value. Give the person something to respond to in your comment. Ask a simple question about the post's topic. It';s really not hard, even if you know NOTHING about the topic. You can literally read 1-2 full paragraphs from a post and usually have enough ammo to muster up a decent comment.
So my call to action is this:
Let's all make an effort to truly provide each other with value. Let's help one another. Poor comments like the ones above are only helping yourself (if you're the one leaving them). Let's really help each other thrive in 2021.
I also propose an alternative:
While the tool is producing poor results and not working FOR us - REVIVE THE GIVE AND TAKE COMMENTS THREAD. I believe if all of us who really want to use comments and engagement effectively on our sites went and used that thread instead we would all see much greater success in that regard. The thread actually forces users to click and go to the bottom of your post, making it much more likely they actually read a headline or two.
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