There are spammers, and then there are paid commenters. I am sure some of you call them spammers, but really, if they are doing their job, they should not even be obvious. A paid commenter of course gets cash for commenting on blogs and other websites, even forums and other social network type systems.
You probably wonder how I know about this? Well, there are places online that people are asking others to either comment on other websites or on their own. For those requests outside, it requires that the person leave the link to the site they are representing in the URL field of the comment form or somewhere within the comment. Those who are asked to comment within one website are there to add valuable comments that are natural and make the site seem like people have been interested.
It might seem a bit strange, but it is nothing different than guest posting, article writing for pay, or getting paid to blog.
They represent their brand honestly and understand that it takes a little extra special attention to attract a customer through commenting. Let us face it. When you go and comment on a website, at least half of the time you are probably going to read other comments. This usually depends if it is your website, or if it is on another website, how interested you are in that topic.
Paid Commenters should adhere to some etiquette when working:
1. Leave genuine comment that is relevant to the article.
2. The temptation to link drop is great, but use that in your URL field in the comment form. Sometimes site owners will delete the comment, or mark the comment as spam if the comment has more than a few links.
3. Keywords might be nice, but usually with some of the available spam plugins out there for blog and CMS platforms, the comment may be marked as spam. Try to write your comment naturally.
4. If a site owner does decide to not approve your comment, it is within their rights to do so. You may question them, but it is not their obligation to reply. It would be best to assume that your comment was considered spam.
The point is to respectfully leave a comment and send a message to the site owner and visitors that may see your comment. Spamming is annoying and for some with a large influence, it could prove to have a negative impact on the company you are representing. Even if you are just freelancing, it will even reflect bad on you too.
What other rules of etiquette do you think paid commenters should take into consideration when commenting?