Many of us are comment lovers, I haven’t come across a blogger who doesn’t like them. Some of us don’t allow them on blogs but that’s not because they don’t like them, that’s a psychological approach to get you thinking about the blog.
But, that’s not our topic here. What does a comment mean to you? What can you learn from comments on your blog? Is comment management essential or can they be avoided? A lot of questions to answer.
Let’s ask ourselves a question. Why do you like comments and how do they help you?
Comments are feedbacks from the readers. They give readers an opportunity to show their appreciation to you in words. And boy, who doesn’t like to read great comments appreciating your work. They are of course motivation to you isn’t it? To write more, to keep doing it.
Find out mistakes
Comments are also a sort of mistake counter. Any time you make a mistake that you didn’t notice, most likely one of your readers would spot it and let you know. Well, this is not something that should happen too often but yes, it helps at times.
Room for improvement
Feedback may not be always praises. Sometimes you get readers who may think different from you and spark off debates. Here, again if you take these comments as pointers towards your mistakes, you win ultimately. They give you ideas as to where you need improvement and where not.
How good a writer are you?
Seen those authors who gets mobbed for autographs? Does a similar kind of situation happen to you? If not, you’re probably not a good author. I mean, if you are a really good author, there is no way you have a post on our blog with zero comments.Count the ratio of comments on your blog, do you get a comment for each blog article? Compare the number of comments to the number of posts. If you have a higher ratio, I think you are safe.
Are your articles engaging?
Sometimes, just being a good author doesn’t help generate all that buzz. What really counts is whether you are a popular engaging author or not. For this you may have to convince the readers telling their version of the stories. However it is, comments can tell you how engaging you are. The more diverse comments you get on a topic, it shows how deep you have convinced the reader or related to him.
Do people like you?
I should’ve put this on top isn’t it? Yea comments tell you whether people like you or not. If the like you you get repeated visitors, increased subscription and lots of traffic, and if they don’t you get abused, you get subscription removals and all the hard time.
Find out topics to blog about.
Comments sometimes helps you to find out ideas to blog right? Sometimes you write about a topic, then comments ask a question/clarification on a point, which you might have missed in the original article. So at some points, comments do help us find topics to blog about.
Find what people are expecting from you.
When you blog, you probably would have a mindset and expectation from readers isn’t it? Like, you may think, 10 of those regular commenters will reply to this etc. And whenever there is a deviation from your expectations, go back and re think about your seeds. Had you planted them correctly, had you been writing about the right topic? Was that what you were supposed to blog about? (Probably you bloggerd about Obama and Hillary in your SEO blog). These give insights to ideas on what people are expecting from you when they read your blog. Utilize it.