I remember the first time I received a (non-spam) comment on my blog. I was very excited for 2 reasons: It confirmed that there are people out there who actually read my blog, and even more importantly, it confirmed that they are actually enjoying what I put out there. As your blog starts to get more popular you are going to have to start spending more time interacting with your readers and it is important to ensure that you use these interactions to build relationships in order to keep your readers coming back for more. The following tips outline some important things that you should keep in mind when interacting with your readers.
Don’t Stay Silent
It is important to take the time to read and respond to all of the comments your get from your readers. This lets them know that you are interested in what they have to say. This way they feel like they are valued and respected. You don’t have to worry about drafting a long winded response, it could be something as simple as “thanks for reading” or “I appreciate the comment”. The more you keep up with responding to comments the more comments you will end up getting which is great for your blog.
Getting comments on your blog is always exciting when they are positive but every now and again you may get someone who disagrees with you, they may even be rude and disrespectful about it. It is best to avoid engaging with people like this as you could end having it out with this person on the comments section of your blog. It is important to make sure you always treat your readers with respect even when they don’t deserve it. Always respond positively to negative comments, this will show your other readers that you truly do value everyone’s opinion even if it isn’t your own. Remember, if you can’t think of anything nice to say you don’t have to say anything at all. It’s your blog, you don’t have to respond to the comment or even approve the comment if you don’t want to.
Don’t Forget to Ask
If you don’t have as many comments on your blog as you would like it may be because you are not asking for them. A good way to inspire blog commenting is to ask a question at the end of your post. Sometimes you have to be direct with your readers and let them know exactly what it is you want them to do (for example, “click here for ____” or “enter your email here for ____”).
Getting your first blog comments can be exiting and scary at the same time. Exciting because it means your blog is growing but scary because you want to make sure you don’t interact in a way that turns people away from your blog.
What kinds of comments have you been getting on your blog?
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