COMMENTS AND CONVERSATIONS – STOP AND THINK MORE ABOUT YOUR READERS
Do you want them to leave comments on your posts, do you want to have conversations with them?
Think about the following:
• Easy to leave comments without having to jump thru hoops – A simple name, email, and website (optional) is all your readers should have to do to leave a comment. Maybe a captcha checkbox but nothing more! If spam bothers you, get a spam blocker.
• Replying to comments – Believe it or not but readers who leave comments would really like to know that you read what they took time to write for you! If you’re not going to reply, then take away the comment option!
• An option for your readers to receive a notice via email if you reply to the comment they left for you – Maybe they want to engage in conversation, maybe they asked you a question and maybe you answered it but how will they know if they don’t receive a notification? For example, I use a plugin called Subscribe to Comments Reloaded. It enables those who leave a comment to get an email notification when I reply back…and, I ALWAYS reply back!! There’s probably other plugins that do the same or perhaps the option is built in with your theme or platform, check your settings.
• Those of you on WordPress (.com not .org), Weebly, Squarespace, and some other sites – Is there possibly a better solution than what those platforms offer? The constant email reminders to subscribe to comments, confirm follow, confirm subscription, and confirm request are all extremely annoying! Believe it or not but one of the best I’ve seen for easy commenting and receiving notices of a reply is Blogger/Blogspot. The only problem with that site is if Google decides to retire it, like it has so many of its things in the past, then there goes all of your posts!
Have you ever thought about any of these? Do you engage and have conversations with your readers? If not, why not?
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