Crafting great content maybe the bread and butter of any blog. Not many are aware of the importance of having an infrastructure that will help posting comments. This particular article serves to highlight 6 websites with commenting platforms that are famous.
David Aston takes credit for this great quote — “Successful blogging is not about one time hits. It’s about building a loyal following over time.” Moreover, the latter quote will form the foundation for this article. There is a great deal of insight — 6 insights — contained within that quote, which will be fleshed out with examples in this article.
We wrote an extensive article about the 5 Reasons for Enabling Comments. The latter article serves to offer weight to the idea that the art of commenting is the cement that binds the content of a great blog together.
We encourage you to read the above article. We have analyzed 6 famous sites that have commenting sections that are unique in their own right. Having the right commenting platform will transform digital visitors into loyal brand followers by embedding an immersive social experience.
Insight 1 – Neil Patel
Neil Patel is known as ‘a top influencer on the web’ and has a list full of accolades. He generates a great deal of useful content, and as a digital marketing entrepreneur, he churns out tips and tricks that help your business be seen on the web.
The above screenshot is from one of his well-researched blog posts titled 8 Blog Commenting Mistakes You Need to Avoid at All Costs. Alice Thwaite has offered praise and has learned quite a bit about how commenting can lead to an enhancement of your personal brand. It must be said, blogging is key with great content being generated, but what is important is getting an opinion on the information you put out. This certainly is something that will create a sense of loyalty.
Insight 2 – Arktimes
With a commenting system powered by Hyvor Talk, the Arkansas Times is a lively, opinionated source for news, politics and culture in Arkansas. It is a monthly magazine which is distributed for free to over 500 locations in Central Arkansas. This excellent publication has a user-friendly and intuitive commenting platform that is powering its comment section.
The above comment interaction takes place on the topic of Little Rock mayor issues mask order. Will the governor let it stand? While the issue detailed in the site is certainly somewhat contentious, having readers respond to each other and the topic written about is a huge plus. The more interaction there is within the comment section means that the news article has a better chance with the search rankings on Google etc.
Insight 3 – TechCrunch
Apple introduces iOS 12 was a trending topic when it was launched, and trust TechCrunch to do the whole topic justice. This is certainly a popular publication that offers technology news, opinions, and analysis on tech companies from around the world. As you would expect there are a great deal of topics being posted with quite a bit of interactions.
While topics on tech can be as divisive as political affiliations, remember that being part of the conversation is important to all stakeholders. In the case above, there are some valid points being posited. Moreover, a link to a Medium article is placed to further cement the initial argument. So this is some useful feedback and would be a perfect opportunity for others who feel the same way to agree with and voice their concerns.
Insight 4 – HuffPost
There’s a huge part in the commenting game that needs to be showcased, and that is the commenting policy. HuffPost has been a leading publication that has been a mover and shaker in its space. Highly regarded and quoted often, this uber-cool publication generates a great deal of content and offers a reason to be a part of their community.
That said HuffPost has one of the best commenting and moderation policies. The above policy is very comprehensive and gives fair warning to those who are trying to spam, troll, and just get involved in off-topic chatter.
Insight 5 – PressTV
China to slap visa restrictions on Americans over Hong Kong is another trending topic that has been quite a bit in the news. This news channel is an Iranian state-controlled news and documentary network that broadcasts in the English and French-language, and has a commenting system powered by Hyvor Talk.
When it comes to interactions, remember that a user friendly experience is highly acceptable. When choosing websites with commenting platforms, remember that the vast majority have a feature-rich commenting platform that offers visually-attractive emoticons that will make the commenting experience truly immersive and social. After all, a bland experience is never a good thing when you are hoping to create a site that is content rich, easy to offer feedback, and is useful from an overall perspective.
Insight 6 – Backlinko
Backlinko is without a doubt one of the best authoritative sites that gives some serious value to its audience. Brian Dean is one of those authority figures who walks the talk. His article The Definitive Guide To SEO In 2020 was one of the most shared on social media, and one which has led to a great deal of interactions in the comments section.
Websites with commenting platforms like Backlinko would need to be highly functional and well-thought out. Brian responding to almost every single comment and offering more insight only serves to enhance his authority in his space.
Remember the introduction to this article with a quote from David Aston? We managed to showcase 6 famous websites with commenting platforms offering 6 important points as to how a comments section should be. Raising questions and giving feedback; interaction with the commenting community; providing positive or negative feedback; having a comprehensive commenting policy; installing visual and social reactions; and, talking with your audience directly are a few of the insights that these comments section should offer.