Excellent idea and forget competing with facebook because if our networks had the ability for guest to leave comments we'd actually finally have something that facebook doesnt! It would be perfect, a "guest" profile where you would be able to comment on certain content that the NC's would have control to set. Just create an option for our networks to allow visitors to "sign in as a guest"...something like using the "guest wifi"if someone has 2 routers :)....excellent idea!
Good point, and we are all waiting for FB comments. In my opinion FB is so big that's the only one we really need for commenting options besides comments from our regular members.
No, I prefer Disqus comments. They are more efficients than FB comments.
Great conversation starter, Anthony.
It sounds like you are doing a good job of getting organic traffic, but people are jumping off once they land on your site. What's the average visit duration?
I guess one thing to think about is what is in it for these prospective members? Why should they join? Will you send them a regular newsletter? Why should they comment? You might want to explicitly ask them to comment or ask for a specific type of comment. For example, in a blog post like this, you could ask people what they think he is worth. Or, "Is this guy worth $30 Million when this other guy is only getting $9 Million?" Provocative questions encourage people to respond.
I do think that Facebook comments (which is on our roadmap still and will be coming) will help some NCs, although I don't think it will be the cure-all that some people think it will be. I think the new blog feature is something you'll be able to use more effectively than most other people.
I agree with some of your talking points, I do try to stimulate conversation sometime when it deserving, I don't really do it just for the hell of it, or for people to comment, when it happen it happen. For example, "Social Media Dont Like Carl Lewis," with almost 3,000 views is a topic to aggravate Carl Lewis fans, but people not going to sign-up and become a member just to comment on that one post.
One or two person comments can stimulate most visitors to jump in the conversation, but if a person have to spend 5, 10 minutes to sign-up and verify their account is just too much for them it seems.
Originally, our site direction was to be a Caribbean Social Network, however, that change to a Caribbean Network that shares, socialize, or organized around social events on whats going on in the Caribbean. The type of traffic we received aren't the type of people who interested in becoming members and share baby pictures. Most members are over 30 years of age, and talk to few of them, they let me know that they are busy.
My audience are over 30 and 40, they not the type to become members of social network if they already members of of the big ones. Furthermore, most of our traffic coming from Google news, Google News traffic really becomes members, they just want to know whats going on.
Below is my Clicky stats for the last 28 days.
Totally agree that you are one of the NCs who could use these types of non-member comments. It seems like you are more focused on publishing content and less on community interaction. That new blog feature will be right up your alley.
I prefer these comments moderated at NC level, not at a member level.
Well, I have time and I will take this option.
Now, I remembered, in Disqus we can put ADM´s too, so all the work will not be for the NC. It is goot to note that this comment system now has a social ethos.