What a beautiful way of reaching out to the readers!
We the readers in WP blogosphere love blogging!
That is the main reason we are in the blogosphere.
Every blogger, worth the salt expects somebody irrespective of gender, age, at some time, in some corner of the world… to find time to read their blog post.
After all, as a blogger, you have taken so much of time, pain, stress, and hardships despite your other daily commitments to prepare the article to the best of your ability.
You wish fellow bloggers to…..not just read your post but also like it, and even expect feedback in the form of comments, even though they may not be following you.
Is it not exciting when readers take their time to leave a comment on your posts?
This is human instinct… natural and nothing wrong.
Do you like reader’s comments on your blog articles?
“Comments are the life blood of every blog. It indicates that people like and enjoy engaging with your content.” Josh Kotsay
My topic is limited to the disabling / enabling comments feature in WP
Disabling / Enabling Comments feature
Ultimately it’s the blogger’s choice!
We come across four categories of people.
✔️ Those who disable the comments feature
- Some bloggers who are highly popular and they get more than 100 comments in less than 1 hour of publishing their posts and they find it very difficult to reply to every comment, and so they may disable it.
- Some bloggers are worried or stressed because of the negative comments they receive since their posts are highly controversial and so disable the comment section.
“We can all agree that Social media is an amazing platform where we can interact with and meet people and that we probably would have never had the chance otherwise, right? However, it also sadly become a place where some people go to share negative thoughts and comments.” Peyton List
- Some may disable because of the spam and irrelevant / self-promoting links they get regularly.
- Photography bloggers may opt to disable the comment feature because photos reveal all the thoughts rather than big talk.
- It is said comments don’t make significant contributions to SEO.
✔️ Those who enable comments feature but keep the comments under moderation (pending review)
- Some authors are prompt and quickly moderate and allow the comment to be posted.
- Some may delay in responding, keeping the commentator in suspense who may lose interest to further interact with the author.
- The time factor can make or break the relationship.
✔️ Those who enable the comment feature, and respond to the feedback
- Fortunately, the majority of us are not big-time bloggers with several comments and have enough time to respond.
- Most of us are sincere with our blog etiquette.
- Some bloggers reply to the comments they receive immediately. This is possible when readers are in the same time zone.
- Some bloggers respond to the comments they receive between 6 to 12 hrs time gap. This can happen because of the time difference from west to east.
- Some bloggers do reply to the comments they receive but after a gap of 10 to 20 days, much to the disappointment of the reader who might have even forgotten that he/she left a comment!
✔️ Those who enable the comment feature but never reply to the feedback.
“Anyone can start a blog, but the real test is getting readers.” Jon Morrow
- Not replying to the comments can happen if the person is busy with Almighty.
- What happens when the author continues to post but ignores replying to the comments he/she receives from readers?
- Why the hell this person has enabled the comment feature in the first place?
What about those situations where you wanted to comment but you notice-‘Comments are closed’ ?
In this situation,you are helpless because some of the authors like to close the comment section after 25 to 45 days from the date, the article was published.
The idea is to stop spamming.
What about 0% of the comments you received, although you enabled the comment feature?
My friend, you are the cause of the smile on my face today for this question.
It’s very simple mathematics involved and it’s elementary my dear Watson.
It means that you are 100% right👍👍👍🎉🎉 and nothing much left to comment or…
You are 100% wrong and nothing else to discuss🤔🤔
Which you prefer-More engagement or More followers?
“Follower numbers are less important than follower engagement, enthusiasm, and love for your blog.” Henneke Duistermaat
What is the best thing you can do if you receive a negative comment?
Just ignore and move on!
Or simply say
“No comments” is also a comment” Prateeksha Kaushal
One last but important thing to remember
Many times genuine comments get trapped by your spam folder for unknown reasons.
If you don’t un spam them you may lose readership.
Make it a point to go to your spam folder under comment’ section of your dash board and unspam genuine comments.
You can do it once in 2 or 3 days
- I am of the strong opinion that blogging is nothing but conversations and the exchange of ideas and sharing thoughts.
- Always I keep my comment feature enabled.
- Relationships are built and nurtured and you can try to understand your followers better so that you can decide your topics.
- Frequent engagement helps to build a successful blog.
- Many times your readers can understand you better and vice-versa.
- Unhealthy and depressing comments you can always delete and you have this provision available.
- Regularly check your spam folders and un-spam genuine comments
“Social media is a phenomenal tool for building your audience, connecting with new people, and growing your business but it will only work when you are consistently present, engaging with your audience, and giving them content they will love.” Joan Harrington
What about you?
How do you respond to the comments you receive on your posts?
Do you respond quickly or take some time or don’t like to interact with your readers?
If you love to disable the comment feature what could be the reason?
Please share your thoughts.
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