What is this?
Pretty simple, actually. Comments-o-matic compiles reader comments from +/- 20 association blogs into one spot. It’s brought to you by Scott Oser Associates.
You can get this content by RSS too.
Who’s responsible for this?
Why did you do this, Ben?
I’m an enthusiastic blog reader and I often find that the best indication of what’s hot in the association blog community is the comments made by readers. Unfortunately, comment feeds are scattered all over the place and I sure as heck don’t need to add +/- 20 more feeds to my RSS reader. So I mashed them all together and set up comments-o-matic to make it easy for you and me to follow the conversation in the community of association blogs. Comments-o-matic is a tool to help us better understand what’s being discussed out there.
Why can’t I comment on the comments?
Oh, you are a spry one aren’t you? That would just be soooo meta.
Seriously, click the post title and leave your comments on the blog where the comment came from. The point of comments-o-matic isn’t to start a new conversation, it’s to help you listen to the conversation going on in the community of association blogs.
Hey, I’m an association blogger and you missed my comments feed. Will you add it?
Sure thing. Just send your feed URL to B (at) BenMartinCAE (dot) com.
I’m an association blogger. Shouldn’t I be upset that you’re stealing my content? What’s your address so I can have my attorney send you a cease and desist letter? Ya wanna fight me, punk?
Take it easy there, big fella! Look, comments aren’t really YOUR content. However, if you want your blog’s comment feed removed from comments-o-matic, just drop me a line and I’ll kindly remove it lickety-split. But here are a few reasons why that would be a stupid decision on your part:
- This site produces links to your blog. Think: Google juice.
- If you’re concerned about it, the “Google duplicate content penalty” is a myth, according to posts from the Official Google Webmaster blog (especially see the sixth paragraph about attribution on this post).
- This site will increase the number of people engaged in your blog because if they’re seeing this blog, they’re seeing YOUR comments. And if your stats are anything like mine, your comments RSS subscriber count is 90% less than your posts RSS subscriber count.
- Readers will click through to leave comments on your blog. Think: more visitors.
- Comments are a good indication that you’re writing great content. When your comments appear here, comments-o-matic readers will see them, and the more they see them, the more they’ll come to think of your blog as one that has great content.