How to Create Quality Comments on Wizzley

by ronpass

Offers three core ways to make quality comments on Wizzley and other social media sites to enhance the author's self-esteem and build relationships and community.

Creating Connections, Building Relationships and Enhancing the Wizzley Community

Conversing through comments on social media sites

When you make genuine, quality comments on Wizzley and other social media sites you are establishing valuable connections that build relationships.  Quality comments involve considering the author, sharing something of yourself and consciously adding value.

Through these comments you can build the author’s/creator’s self-esteem, This positive action encourages a response and improves the likelihood that the author/creator will visit your site(s).

These suggestions apply to commenting on Wizzley articles, Squidoo lenses, blogs, forums or any content on social media sites such as Flickr, Facebook, RedGage or YouTube.

There are some forms of commenting that automatically attract you to the person who is commenting. These types of comments tend to be those that demonstrate a genuine interest in what you have created, reflect thoughtfulness and appreciation and add real value to your content.

Here are three core strategies for making your comments on social media sites more thoughtful, more appreciated and more value-adding.

1. Consider the Author

Put yourself in the author's shoes

a. Treat the article as if it were your own content.

What do you appreciate about others’ comments on your own content? What gives you a buzz when you read a comment on your article, post, picture or video?

b. Acknowledge the creator's contribution.

This is not a difficult thing to do if you adopt the right frame of mind. Think about what the author/creator is contributing and who will benefit. Acknowledge the nature of the contribution and its impact on others.

c.  Draw on your own knowledge, experience and insight to put a supplementary or contrary point of view - this could expand the author's awarness of the topic.

Be careful of the tone and tenor of your comments here. An example - “It’s interesting to see you write about teenagers’ proficiency with technology. My colleagues found that young people
are very good at using messaging systems such as texting and related technologies. However, in an online learning context, they lacked the confidence and skill to engage effectively in online forum discussions (they were used to writing very cryptic messages). As you note, though, their lack of fear of technology means that they can be readily trained to use forums effectively. Problems occur when we assume that they will be automatically proficient in this arena.”

Build the Author's Confidence and Sense of Self-Worth


2. Share Something of Yourself

Create Connections and Build Relationships Through Transparency

a. Share how you feel as well as what you are thinking

When you share your feelings as well as what you are thinking, you are disclosing something personal and increasing your transparency. It is amazing how people respond to a genuine expression of feelings.

b. Use the content as an opportunity to reflect and share those reflections.

You could say, for example, “Your article makes me think of the many times when I have been unproductive and how frustrated I felt at the end of the day. I appreciate your ideas to improve
personal productivity and I have already identified two suggestions that I will put into practice straight away. Thanks for sharing your ideas, I really appreciate them and they will help me greatly.” [What a boost to the author of the online content!]

c. Relate the content to your own experiences and share those experiences (briefly).

For example – “Great composition and a wonderful contrast of colors. This beautiful sunset reminds me of when I also visited Stradbroke Island and saw the sun setting with whales in the



3. Consciously Add Value

You can add value through keywords, linking and taking the time to craft a comment

a. Think SEO - you can add substantial value by creating a new keyword association for the article content by your comments.

As you comment, think about other words that extend the meaning of what has been created. If the author is talking about “affiliate marketing”, you might comment about the “marketing of affiliate
products” and/or “affiliates” (but make sure your comment is related to the focus of the author). Whatever you do, avoid keyword stuffing as this damages the author and you.

b. Provide links to similar ideas/content where appropriate.

Of course if you spam, you undermine your branding and ensure that the author/creator will avoid you. It’s often useful to refer to someone else’s work in the Web 2.0 spirit of collaborative marketing. Alternatively, you might refer to a non-affiliate link such as the Google Adwords Tool or even to your blog or a Squidoo lens. Etiquette on different social media sites varies greatly, but generally there is a strong resistance to overt marketing. You market through your branding and contribution.

c. Be conscious of building relationships and contributing value to the Wizzley community

Social media sites are communities of sharing. Be conscious that you are member of a community, not just a “passer-by”. When you make quality comments you add value to the social media site itself and help to build a sense of community. Adding meaningless comments devalues a site, discourages contributors and damages the sense of community.

Contribute to Community Ecology

Forest trees
Forest trees

"Make My Day" with Your Comments

Building an author's confidence in their own abilities

Here’s an exchange I had with Heartaday on the social bookmarking site, RedGage (exchange on RedGage's public wall):

Comment by ronpass
Thanks for accepting my friend request. Fascinating lensography - I love your
blending of art and intuitive therapy. I have an osteopathic friend who uses multiple
modalities, is an intuitive diagnostician and an accomplished graphic artist. 

Heartaday's Response
Thank you for your comment on my wall and the phrase "intuitive therapy". It gave
me some much needed inspiration!

When you comment constructively on Wizzley you build your brand and relationships. This adds value for yourself, the author and the social networking site.
Social networks are a major source of personal growth and a way to build self-esteem. They can enrich our lives, release our potential and extend our capability.
You are branding yourself in the eyes of your readers and Google when you write articles, comments and other online content.
Updated: 03/07/2013, ronpass
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MBC on 04/26/2016

Brilliant information. Thank you. More of us need to make comments.

JohnHerry on 04/07/2016

I read your article this is really too great .

kimbesa on 06/15/2013

I've got a lot more to learn about commenting...thanks! I like the way you have this structured, so I can take on one section at a time.

katiem2 on 06/04/2012

ronpass, I love the way you've so thoughtfully provided us with this amazing food for thought. I think many of us question as to the depth of our own experience we may add to both be respectful and beneficial. Thanks for the great tips on creating quality comments. Much appreciated. :) K

humagaia on 02/09/2012

Thanks Ron, that is appreciated. Keep commenting!

ronpass on 02/08/2012

# humagaia
I see no problem at all with your "commenting" article - in fact, it takes what I had to say to another level, more detailed. I appreciate that we are on the same wavelength as many people seem to be from the comments on my article. It's wonderful that you have joined us on Wizzley - we really value quality writers like yourself. - Ron P.

humagaia on 02/08/2012

Ron, I have an apology to make to you. It is a grovelling apology. Please accept it.
I have been remiss. I have published an article which, on the face of it, looks as though I might have stolen your idea. I did 'Explore Pages' and found nothing when I checked for the subject of my article. I promise I did not find your article and therefore did not read it. So I did not copy either your idea or content knowingly. I had been at Wizzley for less than a week, so had not been here long enough to scan every article on the site.
The offending article forms part of a series, and is the fourth article in that series and seemed to be the natural progression in my train of thought. The series is about the why's and wherefores of tweeting and commenting. The article is titled 'How to Comment'. We may have great minds that think alike, as many of the points you make about commenting are endorsed by that which I have written.
If you would like me to remove the offending article I will do so.
Sorry again - Humagaia.

Sheri_Oz on 02/05/2012

I have noticed how I feel about the variety of comments I get on my own articles and that has given me the idea of how to comment to others. Your clear list here puts into words what I was beginning to sense. Thanks for the lesson.

Michaela on 12/21/2011

Very interesting and important article. I find it incredible how much insightful and relevant comments can add to an article - and turn in into lively discussion and dialogue.
Also, it is so much easier for the article writer to reply to relevant, thoughtful comments.

thepurpleturtle on 11/07/2011

Thanks for posting this article on Wizzley. I believe that an description of how to create quality comments on any platform should be a prerequisite to posting. I write on several platforms myself and most of the feedback I receive is usually just "great job" or something along that line. It is rare that I actually come across a comment of quality that actually adds something to what I have written.

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