Today my ‘surf buddies’, we’re going to take a look at one of the integral features at Wealthy Affiliate. Twacks Way brings you Site Comments. It’s a unique part of the platform and one that provides more than just a sounding board for your posts and articles. It’s actually much more than that and offers you the chance to really give your site a step up and why not.
A brief layout
So, where to begin. Without getting to complex let’s just give it as it is. Site comments is a place where you can bare your soul. Put yourself out there and be judged by your peers. Almost. There’s no judging. You put any of your work up for review and you’ll get a comment that shows up on your website. That’s it.
Here’s how it works. Real simple.
The well-designed nature of the entire site means that everything is laid out for you in a way that you can take advantage of all the features that are on offer. The simplest way, is if you’re creating your posts/articles through ‘Site Content’. Once you’ve finished your work and have published it, a menu will appear with a few options on. One of these is asking if you would like to have some comments. If you decide that you do then you follow the link and decide how many you want and how soon you want them. You can have them all in one hit or space them out over a different amount of days. Done.
The ‘Credit’ System
Comments cost and here’s where you start paying. Irene Cara, eat you heart out. Sorry, back to it. There is a ‘credit’ system running through this part of the site. Again it’s very simple as far as the comments section works. You leave a comment you get a credit, you want a comment it costs you two credits. That’s it. See how we’re back to the ‘Paying It Forward’ theme ? You can buy the credits if you want but I prefer to earn them. The two reason why are, one, if I ‘earn’ them, then it hasn’t actually cost me anything. Two, leaving comments to earn credits is doing it in the ‘spirit’ of the platform. The next bit explains a little expressed fact of it as well.
One Bonus of Site Comments.
In recent times I have become what is known as a ‘Certified Commentor.’ This basically means that I’ve left loads of comments in a set amount of time. Whoop ding I here you say. Well, what that means is that now when I leave a comment I get paid. Yep, that’s right, money, wonga, dinero. Now, first of all, you’re not going to be able to give up your day job just yet. That being said, it does have some advantages. In simple terms, as well as getting paid you are also getting you normal credit for the comment, win win. On top of that, you can exchange the ‘cash’ amount for more credits. It can also help you towards paying for any subscriptions you may have.
There are no shortcuts
So, before you go off thinking to yourself that’s this is gong to be a breeze and you can just sit there all day leaving comments and bringing in the mulla. Not going to happen my friend. The cash incentive is just that, an incentive. You have to adhere to certain things. You need to keep your level of comments up to the fifty mark within a thirty day ‘rolling’ period. This is means that you have to remain consistent. If you do a few, each and every day you’ll stay on top of it, add a few more, here and there and you’ll have a ‘cushion’ If you think about it, two a day would keep you secure without much to be concerned about.
Approved or Disapproved, That Is The Question
There is plenty of training on this subject alone and it has been the focus of numerous blogs. There are guidelines in place to help you leave quality comments. When I first started, I have to admit, I didn’t ‘get it’ and had a few comments disapproved. That’s right, whoever has asked for the comments has the ability to refuse them if they so choose. That’s why it’s important to make sure you leave a good comment. The reasons are obvious. If you have asked for comment and used your hard-earned credits, you want a good return. Period. The other side is that if you’ve spent some time reading an article and left a comment, well, you’d like your credit and/or cash, thank you.
See, when you started reading this you probably thought it was all going to be simple. Well it is. That said, only if you understand what it is all about. It’s about helping your website. That’s it, bottom line. It’s not to make you feel better. Comments are an opportunity to increase your chances of having your site place better within the search engines. They add to your word count and the search engines like ‘engagement’ between the site and visitors.
What Is A Quality Comment
This is where many struggle. I know I did and for a while I avoided it. You have to remember why you ‘re doing it. It really is just another resource or tool for helping you build your website and as such should be approached with that in mind. If you just leave a generic comment that doesn’t reflect anything in the article, then don’t be surprised if you have your comment disapproved. That just wastes time. A quality comment is one that reflects the fact that you have a genuine interest in the article, have read it and taken something of value from it, why else would you be bothered to leave a comment in the first place .
How I leave A Quality Comment
First, I think of ‘why’ I’m on the website I’m about to leave a comment on. We are in ‘commenting’ mode now. Let’s say that the article is about ‘dieting’, as this seems to be a popular topic, globally. So I’m reading because I have been searching for a diet. If the diet is about losing weight quickly then you can use that to further qualify your reason. Example:
Website Post Title: ‘How To Lose Weight Quickly Without Losing Energy’
“I came across your post whilst I was looking for some alternative solutions to losing weight. I have a friends wedding to go to in a couple of months and could really do with losing a few pounds before then”
There now, that wasn’t hard was it. We’re already at forty words and have only talked about why we are on the website. You can then go on to talk about what you ‘like’ in the post and maybe even your own experiences with dieting. Here’s the rest:
“Your suggestion about making sure to drink two litres of water every day makes a lot of sense. I had no idea that keeping properly hydrated had such an impact on energy levels. The last diet I tried just left me feeling drained all the time, which didn’t give me much of an incentive to keep going with it. I am looking forward to trying your plan and I am no longer dreading going to my friends wedding.”
BOOM, one comment, one credit. That one has got ‘Approved’ stamped all over it. Just so as you know. I don’t need to lose weight and I’m not going to a wedding. Well maybe I could do with losing a couple of pounds but that’s not the point.
If That’s Not Enough.
A few other items that are worth mentioning, just to add to the mix. Even if you don’t manage to gain ‘Commentor’ status you can still earn the credits and they will help in adding to the stature of your site by asking for more comments. It’s not uncommon to view posts that have upwards of a hundred comments. This all helps with the search engines. In addition, other visitors, who may well-read them, gain confidence and trust with your site.
There is something else. For me, this has proved to be a huge bonus and one I was not expecting. Everytime you visit a site to leave a comment you get the chance to have a look at someones else’s version of what you’re trying to do. This insight is invaluable. How does their website look, is it pleasing on the eye, easy to navigate, is the content and subject matter enjoyable, have you learned something new ?
Have a good look round, you may even find that it belongs to a member you know. Before now, I have messaged a fellow member to say how much I enjoyed visiting their site. On top of that, I have learnt so much about topics hat I had no idea about. Acquisition of knowledge is a beautiful thing.
So ‘Site Comments’ is a valuable asset in the Wealthy Affiliate arsenal. It is part of the very ethos of the platform. By now, you will have realised that there is a common theme running through this site. No ? Come on, it’s not a secret. That’s right, the one thing that holds this site together, the glue that bonds the fabric, the steel that reinforces the concrete building blocks that are the very essence of this extravaganza. Me. Ok, ok, not me, it’s Wealthy Affiliate’s Paying It Forward attitude.
We are all in this together. We are all trying to build a better future for ourselves. If, in doing so, we are helping others along the way, then that is a great way of doing it.
I hope you’ve gained something from this post. It was meant to give you both some insight it to one of the many facets of the site but also a few ideas along the way. Commenting doesn’t just have to be done through Wealthy Affiliate. You can leave a word or two on any of the sites that you visit throughout the World Wide Web and now you know how important they can be. I am both pleased and excited every time I see that someone has left a comment on one of my posts.
As always, I thank you for your time and hope you’ve enjoyed my post. Feel free to leave a comment below, always appreciated and responded to.
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