Earlier this week, I mentioned how you can get more traffic via one-way links by adding comments to any of the more than 100k+ articles in our site. You may have been one of the several hundred this past week that added a comment to an article to test our new system that makes it easier to add a comment.
What we didn’t count on is some of the confusion when an author doesn’t like one of the comments placed on their article. Currently, only our editorial team can approve, reject or remove comments… but that will be changing shortly as we’re working on giving each author the ability to remove any comment at any time that they don’t like.
I liked reading this blog entry from InternetMarketingFool where they said, “Manual spammers might be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of obtaining high PR backlinks just by expressing an opinion on someone elses work, but there is still a review team to moderate comments so those backlinks are still going to have to be earnt. Unlike articles, the comments won’t be syndicated so for a variety of links it’s still going to be worthwhile submitting those articles.”
Bottom line: Authors trump Article Commentors. We’re a business site and as such, can you imagine how your competitor feels when you post a comment on one of their articles promoting your competing service?
Now, I know many authors don’t care if a competitor posts on one of their articles. It actually is a sign of strength I think that they are watching or following you, but for the authors who don’t like competitors posting comments…our policy will be to please the author first. If they don’t like a comment, it will be gone and soon, they will have full control over DELETING any article comment (but they will never be able to edit one).
Your thoughts on this issue?