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?
Have you thought about the following:
• Making it 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 visitor comments – Believe it or not but visitors who leave comments would really like to know that you read what they took time to write for you! Yes, they want to see if you read their comment!
• 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 for me to sign up for email notification if I reply back to them.
• Those of you on WordPress (.com) and Weebly, do your readers a favor – Come up with a better solution than what those two platforms and a few others offer. No one wants to get those constant and annoying email reminders to subscribe to comments/confirm follow (WordPress is horrible for this) and confirm subscription/confirm request (Weebly does this)! Believe it or not but one of the best I’ve seen so far for easy commenting and receiving notices of a reply is Bloggers/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 visitors?
Part 2 – Pop-ups, ads, optimization, font, etc
Replying to comments is time consuming and I am very bad about it but I do eventually respond. And I really, really want to do better.
It is time consuming Leslie but that’s part of blogging.
Hi, Dee – When I started blogging, Hugh from Hugh’s Views and News advised me that posting without replying to comments, is like inviting friends over to your place…and then promptly ignoring them. It was great advice, which I believe is very true. Although I understand that all bloggers are busy, I definitely prefer when comments are acknowledged.
Exactly Donna! Hugh hit the nail on the head!!
I agree Dee! I try to always engage with my commenters. Good tips!
Hi Dee, I agree with you and Donna’s comment is spot on! I think if someone leaves me a comment then it’s the least I can do to respond. It’s amazing how many blogging friends I have made through the comments section. I agree we should make it as easy as we can for people to leave a comment. It’s funny how non-bloggers rarely leave a comment as it is seen as too complicated to do so. Thanks for this reminder to bloggers on the importance of thinking of the reader and comments play a big part in the whole blogging experience.
Right Debbie! Sites that just collect comments are just that…collecting comments! Many times I’ve had a question for the blogger about whatever it was they posted about but good luck getting an answer from some of them. I finally decided it wasn’t worth my time to visit such blogs.
It is nice to ask a question or to create a poll to help readers get involved. That works sometimes. Also, potential affiliate partners like to see that people are engaged with your blog. I have noticed that the number of people commenting has gone down recently.
Maybe it’s the time of year Helen.
Comments are so important to reply. I try to respond on all social platforms even though Facebook and Instagram aren’t giving me notifications for some reason. But I try to check periodically throughout the day anyway. Thanks for the reminders!
I agree Angie but a lot of bloggers don’t seem to get that, you know?
For sure! It really helps build the audience and let people know that you are authentic. I’d rather have a few raving fans than a million people that could care less what I have to say.
I can’t tell you Angie how many bloggers I know who NEVER engage with their readers…why those readers keep leaving comments for them is beyond me!!
I love receiving comments and I always reply. I also use a plug-in to allow commenters to subscribe to receive email notification of new replies to their comments or any new comments on that blog post. I always enjoy the interaction.
Me too Christie 🙂
I like giving responses to comments on my blog (I may not get to them immediately right now since I’m in the final stages of moving), and I enjoy commenting on blogs I visit, people creating recipies I’ve enjoyed or people providing homesteading tips. However, I dislike commenting when visiting to sites that require Facebook or Discus to leave comments. For one, I cannot access Facebook from my laptop, just from my phone and kindle – a matter of having forgotten my password when setting up the new laptop, and FB keeps saying it sent me a pw update — when it has not. Besides, I don’t necessarily want my last name associated with the rest of my trail across the Internet.
Thanks for dropping by and I agree about the comment options using Facebook or Discus, not a very bright idea if you ask me.
Very good points, Dee. I always respond to comments! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJs!
I’m loving this series! Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home! –Jennifer
Great, thanks Jennifer!
I like interactions with my readers, therefore I try to end my blogpost with a question.
One day a week I spend my time reading blogs of other bloggers and leaving comments.
But I also take the time to react to the comments I got on my articles.
In my eyes it’s all about giving and taking, but especially the giving as I write for fun.
Hi Even, is that your name? I like interactions too, isn’t that why we started blogging?