As a followup to yesterday’s post about why I no longer answer gardening questions on Facebook, let me add a small caveat.
If you want to make a comment about an author’s blog post, make it on the site where you read it. Not on Facebook. (Note this applies to any author you follow.)
- Comments on Facebook help Facebook
- Comments on an author’s site help the author.
For the record, when you make a comment on an author’s website, it does several things:
- It takes a longer time for your visit and this translates into a higher Google traffic score.
- Which in turn helps with Google search rankings.
- Which in turn delivers even more visitors to read the website.
(note it takes the same amount of time to write a comment whether it’s on the site or on Facebook.)
Making a comment on Facebook has no material benefit to the author that I can see.
The only one that materially helps the author is the one posted on the website.
So if you really want to help an author, make your comments on the site where you read the article. They don’t have to be extensive or witty – a simple “thank you” will suffice (consider it the same as a “like” on Facebook but only more valuable to the author.)
(So tell us what you really think Doug)
Part three of this series is here. Can you think of a good reason to use Facebook?