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Comment Etiquette in the Article Publishing Business

Have you ever heard about the etiquette of online commenting in the article publishing world? All online writers and readers would probably agree that there’s a fine art to commenting, moreover, they would agree that writing a good comment and taking the time to read your fellow writers’ articles is a valuable contribution to yourself and the writing community you are a part of. By leaving a comment you show a distinctive quality of character in the online article publishing world (personally interpreted by the author and other readers), and by receiving a comment you get an impression about the person who left the comment. Commenting on Seekyt has an important impact on the writing community and it does make a difference to search engines.

Revenue sharing sites keep their main focus on making money from web content, therefore, it’s crucial for a writing community to rise to a high level of interaction because this means new, fresh content updates on a daily basis, the sense of constant movement, popularity, chances of having links to your content shared multiple times, and gaining natural backlinks.

The Power of Commenting in the Article Publishing World

What does making and receiving comments actually mean on a revenue sharing site?

If you know how to comment, comments can become an important part of your article publishing success. Receiving positive comments is flattering; it strokes the ego and stimulates imagination. Negative comments are not so desirable, but they may turn out to be quite constructive if you know how to deal with them.

Encouraging comments is always a good thing because commenting can create a sense of community, friendly setting and loyal readers. It’s a great advantage to have fellow writers read your content and comment or get interested enough to share links to your posts; they probably won’t generate clicks and earnings, but new visitors they’ve referred may do just that.

Think comments – think traffic!

Most ad income comes from searches, but having a loyal readership may help Google to recognize the popularity of your webpages and reward them with a better positioning in the SERPs. Your regular readers are usually the ones to let others know your articles and journals are worth reading and share your content on Twitter, Facebook, their blogs or other social media sites.

Should You Comment on a Regular Basis?

Comments increase your visibility in the article publishing world which helps driving more traffic to your webpages. If your content is great and there’s a multitude of comments on the page, you may rank better in the eyes of Google. Comments may inspire you to write about new topics – if you see that your comment is going to be too long, consider writing an article or a journal. You can always add that you’ve been inspired to write a new article in a comment and outline the ideas you wrote about. Positive feedback makes the recipient feel good and it’s often a barometer showing how you’re doing in the online article writing world.

Each comment you make, provides you with a backlink to your profile. The author of the content you’ve commented on or that author’s readers may decide to check you out, read your articles, comment and share links to posts they’ve found most interesting.

So, should you comment on other writers’ articles and journals, and answer every comment you receive on your posts? Yes, of course!Most online article writers with a high positioning in the SERPs and enviable ad income are dedicated commenters and their comments are absolutely worth reading.

The Art of Making Comments

Your comment reflects on you as a writer and community member. If you make concrete, well written comments, there’s a chance to start discussions or help people add their own thoughts to the post.

If others take the time and effort to make a comment on your articles or journals, then it is only normal to comment back. You’ll find it difficult to comment back on a 1-2-3word generic comments, such as:

  • Nice.
  • Interesting article!
  • Great article!
  • Great post!
  • Thanks for sharing!

Therefore, to help yourself and other fellow writers, avoid leaving such comments; instead, make your comments meaningful, insightful – worth reading!If you can take the time to type one, two or three words, you can take the time to create a few sentences, right?

The above listed comments are words which may be a good start or a good ending of a meaningful comment:

  • if you write nice or interesting article, you should add what is nice or interesting about it and why;
  • if you write great article or great post, you should add what’s so great about it;
  • if you write thanks for sharing, think twice before you press Submit – gratitude and courtesy are best shown if you share a link to the article via Twitter, FB, MySpace, etc. and add a comment saying what is it that you feel like you’ve gained or learned by reading that article.

How to Write (And NOT to Write) Comments?

Commenting is not as easy as you may think, but it is part of the article publishing business. The best way to comment is to tell the author exactly what you like and why. In a comment, you state a point of view, remark, explanation, illustration, critique, compliment or praise, observation.

Types of Online Comments in a Writing Community

We could categorize all online comments into five main categories:

? Like-minded comments ? Opposing comments ? Complimentary comments

? Malicious comments ? Spam comments

How to Write Like-minded Comments

If you share the author’s point of view, you’ll post a like-minded comment; agree, but be specific. What is it exactly that you agree on and why? Reach into your personal experience on the topic and/or expert knowledge.

How to Write Opposing Comments

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Arguing PhotoIf you don’t share the author’s point of view, you’ll post an opposing comment; disagree, but do it in a civil, mannerly way. You may agree with some of the writer’s viewpoints and disagree with others, or disagree completely, but always remember to disagree in an agreeable manner. Express your viewpoint in a neutral language and stay away from sarcasm, being rude and/or personal attacks. Such online negativity will engage you in a tit-for-tat type of personal argument, very frustrating for everyone involved, a complete waste of time – the kind of argument which certainly won’t pay off.

  • Don’t Be a Trollface
  • Don’t Feed the Trolls

In Internet slang, the term applies to people who like to make inflammatory statements and off-topic messages to start arguments or get attention. If someone says ‘your spelling and grammar are really poor,’ or ‘your article is badly formatted,’ it doesn’t mean you are a bad person. It means your article, journal or comment contains content with really poor spelling and grammar, or it’s hardly readable because it’s not formatted well.

A ‘trollface’ is a person who treats other members with gross insensitivity, insolence, or contemptuous rudeness, behaving arrogantly and making offensive actions or remarks.

If the conversation is no longer going anywhere, you’ll have to agree to disagree. Don’t create bad vibes in your writing community, act professionally and if you can’t get along with somebody, the best thing is not to respond to provocations and simply move on. You have the authority to finish disagreeable dialogues simply by withdrawing your attention.

Reasonable debates and disagreements are allowed, but making personal attacks, bad-tempered quarrels and squabbles are not something you should engage yourself in. Don’t feed the trolls and don’t be a trollface!

Be Seekyt!

Once again, be careful about what you write when you disagree because there are people who ask for honest feedback, but interpret every comment as a personal attack!

How to Write Complimentary Comments

One usually gives and receives complimentary comments on content which is extremely useful, a great learning source or personal experience you can learn from. Giving a compliment and mentioning that you’ve saved the article for future reference would be a nice gesture. There’s something magical in the idea that a writer’s post was that great to have return visitors and a constant flow of new visits (this kind of content is likely to be shared multiple times).

How NOT to Write Spam Comments

These comments are usually short (e.g. Nice article) with the aim to get a quick and free backlink to (a profile on) another website. Different revenue sharing sites deal with spam comments in different ways; for example, HubPages gives you the chance to delete spam comments yourself and Seekyt allows comments by registered users; unfortunately, this doesn’t stop spammers from posting spam comments. If you ever notice comments including short links to different sales pages or other suspicious sites on a Seekyt article, contact admin immediately; such comments will be deleted and the author banned.

Don’t ever reply to spam comments and postings.

If spam posts and comments are the reason why you’re here, leave! Thank you!

How NOT to Write Malicious Comments

Malicious people make malicious comments in order to harm an author of a given article. They write plagiarized comments containing paragraphs from other sites (copied content), links to suspicious sites and keywords that are against Google AdSense content guidelines. You don’t want to be that person!

If you ever notice such a comment on a Seekyt webpage, report the post to admin and it will be removed in a blink of an eye!


Content is king, even in comments!

If you have something to say, add or ask, do it in the comments section. Use keywords on the topic in the comments. The more concrete your comment, the more helpful it is to the author. Making creative comments benefits both the author and the commenter.

Some articles simply won’t get comments, but that’s the other side of the article publishing business. Be a commenter, and over time, most of your posts will get comments.

Latest Comments on Seekyt

In the right sidebar on Seekyt Home Page, there’s a link to a page listing latest comments on Seekyt (above the Top Users link) including the links to posts which have been commented on (20 latest comments). The first sentence or two in the three latest comments are displayed under the link. The Latest Comments Page is the page I visit most often, or better to say, the first page I visit after I log in – sometimes there are great discussions going on – I get interested and participate. It’s that easy!

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