Quality comments on your website is something you should strive for and these are the reasons:

1. Quality comments make your website engaging, when other visitors arrive they see a website that looks engaging and interesting.

2. Quality comments add content to your website and in this way re-inforce the content you have already written. New keywords can be added through your visitors comments. This can improve your rankings.

3. Quality comments says to the search engines that visitors like your content because people are engaging, which can improve your rankings.

4. When visitors leave comments it gives you a great opportunity to add more information, it also gives you the opportunity to refer people to other content on your website by adding links to that content. This will drive other visitors to other content on your website.

So essentially comments are hugely instrumental to your success.

Let's look next at how to give quality comments.



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Sarahpwhite2 Premium
thank you for your thorough breakdown of what to do and what not to do! It is really helpful when deciding whether to leave a comment and how to go about writing one. I will definitely be keeping all of this in mind the next time I leave a comment on someone's website!
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LynneHuy Premium
I am happy to help you better understand the process of commenting :) it is something that is so often misunderstood here! Have fun.
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Megan8 Premium
Hey Lynne,

what do you mean by this?

"2. Every comment you leave is essentially a backlink to YOUR website. This is great for you too."
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littlemama Premium
When you leave a comment on someone's site, there are fields to complete like your name, your comment, and there's a field for your website URL. If the blog owner allows you to leave your link in your comment (they may delete your URL once they see it on their side), then you have a link on their site to your site = backlink.
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Megan8 Premium
Thank you very much for explaining this. :)
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littlemama Premium
you're very welcome! :)
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LynneHuy Premium
And there Grace answered that beautifully :)
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Okieaphil Premium
Okay, forgive me, but when I see a company on Google with a 30 or 40 reviews and they are all 5 stars then in my mind there is something fishy in Philadelphia. No one, I mean no one is perfect. Everyone drops the ball occasionally. If all I ever accept are the fluffy, smooshy, the sun never sets in your would comments am I creating something real? Or, have I just told all my readers their real opinions don't matter?
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LynneHuy Premium
Oh no I am not saying that you should only accept the comments that claim you are the best thing on earth! In fact I have found that the comments that challenge what I am saying and even get quite nasty get the action going and the engagement pumping.

Nowhere in this training have I said to not accept comments that are against what you think. I have advised to delete thin comments that add no value like "nice post".
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Okieaphil Premium
Sorry, I mis-interrupted what you were saying! I believe it needs to be real, the more real the better! Thanks for clearing that up for me!
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LynneHuy Premium
Yes for sure it must be real :) I am totally with you on that one!
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ajones64 Premium
Yes, I have found this information very helpful. Now her is my dilemma. My comments have been labeled as spam. Now I can't give or receive any comments. Here is a screenshot of what I am talking about.
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LynneHuy Premium
Oh that really is sad. I never knew that happened. Unfortunately I cannot assist you with that, you will need to contact support and ask them for help.
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Zarina Premium
It was probably too many people disapproving your comments because of the low-quality. Didn't know the comment privileges could be take away though.
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Susieq105 Premium
Thanks for the lesson on giving & receiving comments, but there is one thing you didn't address. When you receive a comment that really doesn't say anything or one that talks about being with WA also, Kyle has a lesson on that (sorry I can't remember where to find it). You can edit the comment before approving it.

If I necessary, I will correct their grammar, delete obvious plugs for their website or references to being a WA member, and add a question that I can answer that gives me an opportunity to discuss my product. So, if at all possible, I will be able to make good use of the comment. I do try not to change any more of their comment than is absolutely necessary. And, I don't make changes to every comment, just the ones that I would have to delete otherwise.

I appreciate what you have written, I have thought about writing on this subject myself a few times.
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LynneHuy Premium
Hey Susie,I am glad you enjoyed the training :)

Yeah I am not one for changing comments, at most I delete a link that someone leaves but I don't add anything or edit. I would rather just delete bad comments myself.

I know lots of people that do edit comments before publishing though.
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Susieq105 Premium
I am just getting started, so I like to take advantage of as many comments as I can for now. And personally I would rather someone edit my comment on their site to make it useful to them than disapprove it. That's just my thinking, we all have our own comfort zone.
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LynneHuy Premium
Yes very true :)
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BrianManning Premium
Hi Lynne,

I have just had to reject two comments from the same person called Lynne Goodrich (gravatar name, can't find her on WA) which were essentially excellent feedback (which I really appreciated and will take on board) but completely unsuitable for the comments section.

As I can't find her I cannot tell explain to her her mistake. Is there no way this information can be handed back to the person?

Also it looks like I have lost the credits. Surely this is a big fault in the system where you have earned comments but don't get them in the end!

What is your feeling on this?
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LynneHuy Premium
Brian you will receive those credits back as I understand it! And you give a reason for it when you reject the comment and this will be given to the person that gave the comment.

When I have rejected comments I always get ones to replace those so just keep an eye out for that.

I always give a very good explanation as to why I rejected the comments so that the person that gave it can understand why, it is all about helping each other in the end.
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BrianManning Premium
Thanks for your reply. I was wondering whether the person would receive the reason I gave or not. Despite the fact that I had rejected one of her comments the day before and had given a clear reason, she then did the same thing again the next day!
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LynneHuy Premium
Yes they certainly will Brian. I was heartbroken when I first arrived at WA and one of my first comments was rejected but I read what the person said and it made so much sense to me.

It helped me to improve.

With regards to that person, well if she is not getting the picture it is not your problem. What is important is that you don't accept comments that are not helpful to your website.

And yes you will get those ones back. I have rejected loads of comments.
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BrianManning Premium
Thanks
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LynneHuy Premium
Any time Brian :)
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AnthonyMLM Premium
Great training I glad you have stress the importance of leaving quality comments on others website
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LynneHuy Premium
What goes around comes around :) Thanks Anthony!
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JanWB Premium
Great training and support on comment quality and how to keep the level of commenting high. Thank you!
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LynneHuy Premium
It is a pleasure!
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pgonz Premium
Thanks, good to know. I thought the commits were for the reader. This helps.
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LynneHuy Premium
LOL well they are for the reader, but oh so much more... it makes a massive difference to ranking too!
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ereilly429 Premium
Yes thank you for sharing that with us!
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LynneHuy Premium
It is a pleasure :)
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DianneBee Premium
Thanks for taking the time to spell all this out. It's not all as obvious as one might think!
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LynneHuy Premium
It is a pleasure :)
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SFaye Premium
I agree. Thanks for sharing this. When a comment is asked for then an unusable one is received it is just a waste of their time and uses up credits to ask for another one using the comments platform..
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LynneHuy Premium
Keep in mind that if you disapprove a comment you will get another one in the comments feature....
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SFaye Premium
Thanks. I didn't know that.
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LynneHuy Premium
Yes so use that disapprove option. I am heavy with it lol. It also helps the person commenting because you have to tell them why you disapproved the comment. I tell it straight why I disapproved it, it will help them be able to give comments that actually get approved.
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Maxiam59 Premium
yes it just does not make since to give comments that have no value just to give them I have said before that if you have nothing to give to add value or ask questions do not bother I will not be upset and I will still give you comments on yours because I like to, that is why unless it is in my lessons I do not ask for comments unless it is in the new comments section all the best Max
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peter65 Premium
Thanks for the training, you have left no stone unturned as far as commenting is concerned. It is quite informative, God bless you.
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lmwood646 Premium
I like your new profile picture. You have a lovely smile and so does you child.
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LynneHuy Premium
Thank you!
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lmwood646 Premium
Great information. I'm learning so much from you.
Thanks for sharing.
Congrats on making money!
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LynneHuy Premium
It is a pleasure... and on that note of commenting check out this post by Garen!

You can't go wrong asking these people for comments, it will make your website so much better!
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GarenArnold Premium
thanks for the mention to that blog post :)
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LynneHuy Premium
It is a pleasure as always Garen!
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LindaSMcRae Premium
Hi Lynne, awesome information and facts! Best of Luck!
Linda
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LynneHuy Premium
It is a pleasure Linda, I am glad you found this training useful.
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LindaSMcRae Premium
Hello Lynne, I have already shared your tutorial with someone who needed it! Thanks again!
Linda
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LynneHuy Premium
So glad to hear it Linda :) Thank you!
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DianaEvensen Premium
Thanks, Lynne. Marc pointed me toward this training in answer to my WA blog post asking how honest to be in Comments. This was a great article and excellent information. P.S. I also never use text talk. It's just too hard to read and understand! LOL!!
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LynneHuy Premium
Hi Diana

I am so glad you have found this useful :) And thank you so much for giving me site feedback too in a PM! I really do appreciate it :)
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jmatos Premium
Lynn, this is AMAZING! You hit the nail on the head. Thanks so much!
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LynneHuy Premium
It is a pleasure :) I am glad you enjoyed the tutorial
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Dgegegegwg Premium
Number 1 and 3 here drive me nuts! Number 2 we should keep out of everything, period. As someone posted on facebook recently, "we not using Nokias anymore. Are you really that lazy?"
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KieferO Premium
Good stuff! Two questions: In what sense does leaving a comment on someone else's site leave a backlink to your site, unless of course you copy/paste a link to your website in the comment itself?

Second, are backlinks necessarily a good thing? I heard that Google started seeing them as ways to get traffic and started devaluing them when determining rankings. Have you heard that too or no?
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LynneHuy Premium
Hey KieferO

If that website has the option to enter your website address when you comment it will give you a backlink, don't put your link into the actual comment.

Yes backlinks can be bad, very very true.... but I think this is only if you don't do it naturally as in commenting on people's websites in a normal way.
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Dgegegegwg Premium
Backlinks can help your ranking, but they don't put much value on backlinks from just commenting on other blogs.
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Mshelton53 Premium
Lynne,

Thank you for such a valuable training segment. I must admit that I was seeking advice on leaving quality comments because I botched the first couple that I left, and was devastated when the comments were not accepted. Afterward, I searched the WA database for commenting information, I was so glad to find such a detailed and thought-provoking training on this very subject. Now I understand exactly why, the comments were not approved and I will strive to uphold your commenting principles going forward.

Thanks again,
MikeS
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LynneHuy Premium
Hi Mike

I am so glad you found this helpful! Happy commenting :) Something I have noticed is that that the more quality comments you leave the more quality comments you will receive. WA members will get to know you and your comments will be sought after!
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RKingsley Premium
IKR (I know, right?)
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LynneHuy Premium
ROFLMAO
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Zarina Premium
Hi Lynne,

Yet another great tutorial!
Surprisingly, there were a couple of things I didn't know about.

First of all, I didn't know that new keywords could be added through visitors' comments. Hmm, interesting!

I think I heard that by referring people to the other links on the website, it is called something like internal links (or something), and improves usability of a website/blog - so it makes sense to include in the reply comment a referring link to another blog post.

The type sentence on last page made me smile :)

Thank you for sharing it with us!

Zarina
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LynneHuy Premium
Hi Zarina

Yes you will be surprised how much of a difference comments can make to your website if you only accept quality comments!

I've found it very beneficial to my websites :)
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Zarina Premium
I will definitely keep in mind!
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DaveBryant Premium
Hey Lynne,

Great advice. I have just started to make giving comments a part of my daily routine. I must say that it does give one a gratifying feeling of helping others. You have a lot of great insight. I am glad that a fellow member that was giving feedback on one of my sights added your training link with his reply. Thank you again. Great advice.
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LynneHuy Premium
Hi Dave
Thank you and I am so glad you have found this helpful :)
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andrekish Premium
Hiya Lynne - thanks for this training info.

I find that I get WA blind - ie, too many WA Affiliate site reviews commented on leaves little left to say anywhere else that doesn't just sound like a sound bite or an automatic, non thinking response.

Your advice about commenting on sites that interest you is very sound and helpful. It seemed to me at first, a little rude not to put a comment on sites, but as you say, there's not a great deal of point simply re-saying what's already been said there. It does look artificial after a while.

Now, if I visit a WA site where it would be pointless commenting, I simply use the social media buttons at that site to spread the word via Google+, Facebook, etc, so it helps the site author a little without hindering their comments boxes with pointless comments.

Again, many thanks, Lynne, - Andre
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LynneHuy Premium
Hi Andre
I am glad you found this helpful. What a great idea to share with everyone. Instead of leaving a comment that is not worthwhile just share the WA member's content! That is very useful and will help them.
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GarenArnold Premium
Hey Lynne,

I think a lot of people need to read your training on quality content. I actually did a training on what to do about crappy comments: Garen
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LynneHuy Premium
Thanks Garen I will check that out! I just don't approve comments that don't add value to my websites.
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Dinh Premium
Thanks for the info.
I use the give and take regularly and have found that some people don't even bother to return the favor and do a comment. It can be annoying at times but it's only a few bad apples.
New people do not know the difference between a comment and a feedback so this is helpful for them. Thanks.
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LynneHuy Premium
Hi Dinh

Yes, I have recently had a whole back of comments in the site comments feature that have been site feedback which was disappointing!

Over time you will get to know who never gives comments and who does in the give and take thread, but also try and keep in mind that perhaps the reason there is one person that never comments on your website could be that they can't relate and feel they can't leave a quality comment....
There are a number of niches that I never comment on, purely because I feel I can't add any value.
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Jim-Bo Premium
gr8 tr8ning Lynne!

lol

I agree!
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la1 Premium
Hi Lynne, Thanks for your Great training right to the point content is the key.
Have a blessed day!
Larry
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LynneHuy Premium
It is a pleasure Larry! You too enjoy your day :)
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RBersani Premium
Thank you for the trainning :)
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LynneHuy Premium
It is a pleasure :)
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RBersani Premium
Thank you LynneHuy, I will work on comments from now on. :)
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Nikodemis Premium
Awesome training, it should give visitors from WA to your site some food for thought indeed, especially in today's very superficial world where we mostly just skim the surface of the real world that is ultimately much deeper and interesting than short hand comments ;)
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LindaSMcRae Premium
Hello Lynne, this is wonderful advice! I never thought of all the comments coming from WA members, yes that does look a bit artificial at least. Great tips and I wish you the best of luck!
Linda
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Jovestone Premium
Thanks Lynn for a few eyeopeners, and good general advice!
Tarja
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JewelCarol Premium
Great training, like it, thank you Lynn. :))
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carolt Premium
'Wow' thx Lynne you are QUALITY.
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SarahAnt Premium
Good training! With some really good information on how to help people out with good comments and how to benefit from them too!
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NemiraB Premium
Thanks for training and for reminder to put keywords in my answers to comments and vice versa. Today I was surprised. Previously I got a comment, which can fit for everybody here in WA, such as I love your layout and theme, great content and so on. Just without dude. I objected it and explained why. Politely.
Few hours ago I got 5 wonderful , long comments for the same post. They were meaningful, straight to the point and with ability to extend conversation.
I am excited about this Site Comments feature.
Have a great day:)
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bsmith1222 Premium
Some very good points and well written! Thanks for sharing and have marked it
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mjdimarco Premium
Your last point is right on. You can even add affiliate likes to your responses.
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castle61live Premium
Thank you for the advice Lynne much appreciated I will add it to my WA note book. Keep up the good work all the best Kevin
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Dmorrow Premium
Very well said! I hope this will reduce the confusion that seems to plague many new members as to when to critique and when to comment and how to do each! I also hope that it will inspire us to keep the paying it forward spirit of WA! Thanks Lynne.

Debby
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jsorenson Premium
When I started commenting on websites using the tool here, I was backlinking my website, but people complained about it, so now I save that for comments outside of WA. Have you had that experience as well?
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LynneHuy Premium
Were you putting your website link in the actual comment? That is spammy :) there is a place to put your website link in most blog comments, use that.
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drtcdutton Premium
Thanks! Great advice.
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Loes Premium
Can't be repeated often enough:)
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TanjaRita Premium
Thanks for writing this! I struggle daily with the comments I get. They are so vague that I don't even know if the person who left the comment read my article.
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LynneHuy Premium
Yip I get that too sometimes, are you using the site comments feature? I put the link in the training.

At least that way you have full control over how many comments you get and if you disapprove one you will still get another comment. This way whatever work you put in you always get back!
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NemiraB Premium
They could scan article, it is faster and use in comments thoughts from our writing. During all time, I got few real comments. Other just couple long sentences.
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HPearson Premium
Did my rant inspire you to write this? Whatever did, I'm glad. I guess I should have thought of doing it, since my issues of late led to my rant in the first place!
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LynneHuy Premium
You had a rant? Sorry I missed it :)

Nope just something I have noticed lately, lots of people complaining and I see the same people leaving quality comments on my website over and over again, which is great! But there are lots of people asking for comments in the thread and I am there every day.... so I just wonder where they are putting their comments.

I have also seen other people complaining about not getting many comments when they give a lot.... and these are very often the people I see leaving great comments on my website. So essentially something is going wrong isn't there?

I have also received some really silly comments like "hey nice site" on my websites... pointless, completely pointless.

I just think if everyone understood the importance of what they are doing they would do a better job of it.
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christianWA Premium
I'm glad you wrote this. I wish it was mandatory reading, especially for people using the comments exchange. Some of the comments I've gotten from there the past few weeks have been rubbish. Let's hope this training reaches a wide audience for all of our sake.

Cheers!
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LynneHuy Premium
It is a pleasure and there is a reason I wrote it! I hope to help others, I am sure they don't intentionally give low quality comments, they just don't understand the importance of comments.

If everyone just gave really high quality comments everyone wouldn't have to work quite so hard! We wouldn't need as many would we :)
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WilliamBoyle Premium
Great training Lynne, much appreciated! :) Thank you for the time and effort put into it!
Best...
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LynneHuy Premium
It is a pleasure, hope it helped :)
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