Did you know you could get this by commenting?
Watch this video to find out commenting isn't necessarily what you think it is.
So what was it that caused this change? Well, I'll tell you – it was spam!
Here's the history. Back in 2014 the rise in spamming was starting to become unbearable, especially for successful bloggers.
The huge amounts of spam made moderating comments more difficult and time consuming to deal with. This got so bad bloggers were forced to close their commenting systems to continue engaging on social media, which is where they believed their conversations and discussions were happening.
However, about a year later these bloggers started to turn their comments back on. They realised social media was not a good substitute for getting feedback on their blog posts. They had not only lost a sense of community, but also their blog's viewing stats had declined.
And what was worse this period of non-commenting time has had a devastating effect on commenting. It seems people had forgotten how to comment on blogs, and the social media style that had developed seemed to be unsuitable.
Now there may be plenty of people who scoff at the thought of resurrecting commenting. They have got it firmly fixed in their heads that blog commenting has died and we need to move on.
For them social media is where it's at. It's where we can come across so many more people to communicate with. It's where all the best conversations are happening. And it happens in real-time. No moderation, no waiting, no restrictions.
But I'm not only talking about blog commenting. Commenting is used in so many ways, in different locations, and for a variety of purposes. Here are just six examples:
However, it is because of blogs that comments were made possible. Back in the last century websites were static. They were not able to accommodate any interaction. It was not possible for a visitor to leave a message on them.
But with the development of Web 2.0, blogging technology allowed commenting. A text box was provided that enabled the reader to type in their point of view, and then after submitting it, see it published on the blog!
However, nowadays this mind-blowing concept has become diluted. We expect to be able to comment. And also to like, share, reblog, submit an emoji or meme, or whatever the latest craze is.
But the art of proper commenting, on a blog or wherever, has been slowly declining.
This is because real-time allows instant gratification through an immediate response. Time-poor lives combined with being constantly active and a diminishing concentration span means nobody has time or the inclination to sit down and write a proper comment any more.
And that's because proper commenting is difficult. It requires time, thought, concentration and writing skills.
Set aside enough time to comment.
Think properly about your answer.
Fully concentrate on your response.
Good writing skills gives a comment life.
Not to mention empathy, knowledge, comprehension and a proper purpose.
Can you empathise with the author?
What do you know that is useful?
Do you fully understand the post?
Can your comment make a difference?
Food for thought
It's time to start really thinking about commenting: Why should I do this? What can I gain from it? What difference can I make? How will it affect others? Is it worth the bother?
Now I suspect you're interested because you've read this far.
And you may have wondered how effective interaction can help you. Did you know that commenting can have a beneficial effect on both individuals and businesses? Here are some examples:
However, the main function of commenting is
"Now this already happens in social media!" I hear you say. But think about it. This kind of commenting is usually very bitty, unimaginative, repetitive and unremarkable. Single words or one-line comments are soon lost within the usual dross.
However, if you want to stand out above the crowd, get yourself noticed for who you really are, or showcase to the world everything you have to offer...
It's time to start commenting properly!
Learning anything new, or even differently than before, works better if done in a group of like-minded people.
Having a community behind you to share ideas, answer your questions, give encouragement and even comment on your posts, on whatever platform, can make a real difference.
And having at your fingertips a wealth of knowledge about commenting, exploring every facet and responding to suggestions about new ideas and concepts could be invaluable if you wish to progress further.
This is some of what could be included:
Different commenting styles and practices
Writing techniques for effective commenting
How comments attract readers and businesses
Spam and Trolls
How to cope with bad and unwanted comments
Overcome barriers that prevent commenting
Explore how commenting changes your mindset
How commenting can make a difference to you
Move your commenting skills to other platforms
All within a friendly environment, a commenting haven, where you can explore the concept of commenting to however it best helps you.
Delivered in a variety of ways, from blog posts to short courses, from quizzes and games to community activities, from answering problems to trouble shooting, all based around a monthly theme.
Still interested? Then let me introduce you to...
After four years of researching into commenting (and I'm certainly not stopping there!), I have created The Commenting Club to reeducate the world to comment again. A safe environment to resurrect the art of commenting to new dizzying heights!
This is what is on offer:
"The Commenting Club is a brilliant idea and a superb initiative. Alice deserves your support because commenting is an essential component of the life of a blog.
"A blog is more than just an individual's writings and thoughts; it is a conversation. The most successful blogs are those with plentiful comments that keep them alive. And if you comment on other people's successful blogs, that will inevitably help your blog too. Giving comments on one blog makes it more likely that you will get comments on your blog.
"I am confident that The Commenting Club will be a real boon to the world of blogging."
The Internet Psychologist
"Alice Elliott has long evangelised blog commenting. You can watch her in an interview for Curatti from a year ago in the membership pages.
"Commenting really has had a steep decline. Yet it’s so important! It gives bloggers encouragement and a thoughtful comment also puts your name in front of others who may never have seen you before.
"There are so many good reasons to learn how to comment right. And Alice is certainly the person to help you with that."
COO at Curatti.com
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If after the first month you are unable to notice how commenting can make a significant difference to you or your business, you'll find it very easy to unsubscribe! So what have you got to lose?
"Blog commenting is due a revival! It's a great way of building an online community. However, there is a certain skill-set associated with getting the most out of commenting that most people don't consider.
"The go-to person for everything to do with commenting is Alice Elliott. She's written a wealth of informative articles on the subject over the years and offers great insight as to how to use this communication style to build your online presence."
The Wellbeing Centre, Newbury
"When I first saw Alice's commenting challenge I thought how hard can commenting be? All you have to do is write something and as a blogger, I love to write!
"However, there are so many helpful hints and it is very comprehensive. I've even used the commenting tips on other social media such as Facebook and Instagram.
"Sometimes when I really like a post but feel stuck on what to say, I go back and refer to the challenge to get an idea. I would definitely recommend what Alice knows about commenting."
"As someone who's blogged for business for over ten years, but not always followed the trends or the crowd, I was intrigued to learn more about commenting with The Commenting Club.
"Commenting is not just about blogging, and those business owners I support are pleased about that as they find it hard to fit writing into their weekly schedule. What I've learnt from the club is that sharing your opinion is just as important as creating your own content. I've learnt loads and am enjoying commenting more freely about a wider range of topics than just my business.
"Thank you Alice for such showing me new ways of doing things. You can teach an old dog new tricks! ;)"
Manage Those Things
"I love your Commenting Club concept and I am intending on joining up this summer. Already I'm learning so many nuances from just reading your blogs! You have helped me to realise so much more about the value of commenting and how helpful it is as an under-used aspect of business growth."
After signing up you will receive:
There are regularly updated monthly pages that contain the latest information about commenting. There will also be courses and tutorials, quizzes and games, and a Facebook Group where members are invited to converse with each other, share posts, ask questions and make suggestions.
No, you will continue paying the same amount you signed up to every month until you decide to leave (which I hope you won't do).
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"Comments are my main way to communicate with you bros.” DewDiePie
"By having a blog, you can make yourself very accessible to your target audience. You can leave comments open on your blog so you can learn exactly what your audience likes about what you're doing with your business and about what they think you should change." Fabrizio Moreira
"I've always been motivated more by negative comments than by positive ones. I know what I do well. Tell me what I don't do well." Abby Wambach
"Either positive or negative comments are good, because it shows I'm still relevant." Justin Guarini
P.S.: Just to remind you this membership is at the incredibly good value low price of £10 a month. It won't stay like this forever. In fact it could go up at any time! So if you want to take advantage of this offer, sign up now! Go on - what are you waiting for?
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