Be picky with site comments, you deserve the best.

Last Update: March 05, 2019

Folks, I did write about this before, but it's been happening more frequently as of late...

There's an increasing pattern of people trying to "game" site comments in that they submit really poor/cheap quality ones in order to get it approved, get credits and get paid.

Such things include:

  • Writing extremely general, short comments that show you didn't read my article.
  • Writing things like "nice review" when I don't actually review anything (read it...).
  • Copying parts of MY content and pasting it as part of your comment to write less. If you're going to do this, paraphrase and let me know you agree with my point, then it works.
  • Trying to mass submit comments and basically write them in a similar way (poor effort).
  • Grammatical errors, spelling errors.
  • Writing as though you're texting: "Lolz, i, wazup,".
  • Reviewing my writing style and telling me what corrections I need to make.
  • Reviewing my article as though they are a critic.

Keep it simple please...

  1. Write comments that actually show you read the article.
  2. Write comments and talk about your experiences that relate to the context of the article.
  3. Ask decent question about the article (what about this, or what your thoughts on that).
  4. If you want to say thanks for the article, that's cool, but be more deep about it. Tell me how it helped you, it adds more quality content to the comment.
  5. If you have nothing to say (perhaps the subject is alien to you), then don't comment or at least say you're unfamiliar but interested in it, so ask a decent question. Otherwise, skip to a site whose topic you know about.

Your goal as a commenter is to create dialogue with the author and have other people see this.

And for the people who dont...

The best way to filter out those who do this is to simply disapprove the comment, and in mases if you have to. I certainly do this and I do it mercilessly.

It's my site that's on the line and many may disagree with my disapproval, but it's still my site and my right to disapprove and if it hurts your feelings, I honestly do not care. You will find though that find my reasons for disapproving comments to almost always be in one of the above bullet points.

This is a great system we have and it should only reward the people who truly provide us with the best comments that help our sites.

By being picky with who we approve comments from, we will be able to reward the truly honest people and in many cases, help those who aren't experienced in submitting good comments, raise their skill to be able to do so in the future.

Yes this means many people will have their comments disapproved when they try to submit them, but when you do this, let them know what they need to fix and make it clear so that they may have another chance.

That's for the good apples. And for the bad ones? You're never going to get past me with crap comments.

Update:

Good news guys, I found out that site comments has more filters in place stop those who misuse the system. Basically multiple disapproals blacklists the said person so they can't comment on your site again.

So basially being more picky about what you approve further pushes away the bad apples, even though there are a bunch of them. Either way, keep doing what you're doing folks and the system will evolve and be even better.

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Jason T Premium
I almost wrote something like this yesterday. I have to edit almost all of the comments I am getting due to lack of effort. I hate to be the guy to disapprove a comment but on the other hand I don't request comments to have to go through and spend time editing them. People are now being paid to give comments so the least one can do is actually be engaging and write a thoughtful comment that makes sense.
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VitaliyG Premium
Don't edit them Jason, it's not your job to babysit people who aren't putting in the work to write a proper comment. If it's minor changes, sure, if it's many/major ones, don't do it. It doesn't help nor does it help propel the commenter to write good comments.
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Jason T Premium
Very true, I have 3 pending right now that I'm not so sure what to do with. I understand English is not everyone's primary language, so with those ones I've been a little more forgiving and spent some time to edit but the ones that I can see very little effort are going to have to go.
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Jenny28 Premium
Totally agree. I used to approve all comments and simply edit the bad ones, but no more. Lately I have disapproved the bad comments that lack quality, the ones that need proper spelling, the ones that clearly show my article was not read, and the ones that just say great article. I do not have the time to waste editing and sometimes re-writing the comment all together.
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TBallister Premium
I totally see where you're coming from on this. I've been frustrated with a lot of the comments I've received recently. Either they are poorly written (i.e. tons of grammatical mistakes), off topic, or more of a 'Site Feedback' than a comment on the content itself. What is your stance on editing comments you've received? I wouldn't edit to change what people are saying, but mainly make comments on a grammatical level. Sometimes I feel like I should change whole sentences to more effectively communicate what I THINK the reviewer was trying to say. How do you approach this?
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merlynmac Premium
I do correct grammar and spelling (that's not to say I don't make mistakes myself, but I have seen some obvious errors). I will not change the comment beyond that. If I feel it warrants that kind of change, I'll reject it.
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TBallister Premium
Absolutely agree on that point. I had a couple today that I started editing and then this post reminded me that it wasn't' worth the effort!
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VitaliyG Premium
If it's very minor things like a space here or a period there, I don't mind editing it, I'm not that picky, but if the person has a bunch of mistakes of falls into the bullet points I stated OR repeats the same issues, I will disapprove it.
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TBallister Premium
Same here! Keep up the great work!
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skmorrow Premium
I get really frustrated with the fact that texting language has become more and more accepted in general, not just in comments. I appreciate you taking the time to post this, it's nice to know I am not alone here!
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gjshawk Premium
Good food for thought, Vitaliy. As always. So far I’ve been reluctant to disapprove comments. I’ve had some that were a little Weak” but no obvious bad ones. Misspelling words doesn’t bother me. Perhaps I need to be a bit more picky. I’ve got some thinking to do.

Here’s a question. How long should my reply be to a comment? My replies tend to be pretty short. I get the suspicion though that I’m not helping myself with a short reply. What’s your advice?
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Zarina Premium
If you'll allow me to add my 2 cents...

I think you just need to get your point over, doesn't matter how long or short.

Eg: "I didn't like your comment" won't help them improve.

vs

"I disapproved your comment because it felt like you haven't even read my article. I only accept high quality comments and I recommend you focus on writing quality comments, not just to get credits. Many WA members will mercilessly disapprove your submissions if you continue to do so. Please search WA tutorials on how to provide good comments, to help you get better."

This is off the top of my head. When you have your general reply, you may even want copy and paste if it's the same respond to your disapproved commenters.
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gjshawk Premium
Thanks, but I guess I didn’t make myself clear. Sorry about that. I was asking about replying to an approved comment, not a disapproved one. When I click on the “approve and reply” button I don’t think I write enough there. Usually just something like “thanks for your comment and good luck”. Not very good for SEO I don’t think.
Grant
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Zarina Premium
Oops, I misunderstood, my apologies. That actually makes more sense to care about lol

You're right, this kind of response isn't the best one. Personally, I provide lengthy responses if possible, sometimes even covering the potential questions the other person might have.

That's one of the reasons why I love comments that include questions, it really keeps us engaging.

The only time my response is pretty short if it's an organic comment and I really don't have anything else to add to it. I may ask a question but more often than not, they don't leave a second comment.

Point is... whenever possible, do try to leave lengthy quality comments that also include LSI keywords (synonyms) of that particular post.
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VitaliyG Premium
That should depend on the comment itself Grant. If the person gives you a comment that can lead to a discussion or dialogue (such as asking a good question), work with that and write something to start or keep a discussion going.

If the comment basically equates to there being no discussion or it coming to an end, then a short response will do. A short response still shows other readers that you ARE communicating with them and this helps them be more comfortable in commenting too.
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gjshawk Premium
Makes sense. Thanks
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gjshawk Premium
Thanks, Zarina
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