3 Valuable Reasons to Respond To Comments on Your Blog
It's A Blog World
Many freelance writers have a blog. Several people even have more than one website. Whether your blog is hosted by WordPress, Blogger, or another online platform, the comments you receive directly on your site need to be responded to by you.
Reasons to respond to your blog comments include learning more about your audience, increasing page views, and showing appreciation to your readers. These reasons provide your blog ways to become more successful, extending the shelf life of your site. I have a blog and these are advantages I have learned during my blogging journey.
Learn Your Readers' Interests
When you respond to your reader's comments on your blog, easily done by hitting the "reply" button, you promote interaction with your readers. These are the people that take the time to click on your link, read the posted content, and write a few words (or more) about the post.
Sometimes your response to a particular comment begins a back-and-forth exchange between yourself and one reader, or even between yourself and multiple readers. Not only are you receiving possible ideas for future posts, but you are also learning more about your readers.
The interaction between you and your readers that begins with the comment box is valuable. You learn what the interests of your audience are and what issues are facing them right now. Based on this information, you can target future posts towards their tastes to keep them engaged and interested in content on your blog.
When readers are interested in content, they are more likely to return to your blog again and stay on as followers. Your page views will increase with each visitor that clicks on your site. Engage with the readers to keep them retuning to your website.
Increase Page Views
When you respond to a reader's posted comment, readers will often click back to your site to see what you wrote. The reader, as earlier explained, may also leave another comment in response to your own remark. As a result, both your number of page views and number of comments increase, potentially garnering your blog interest from publishers.
Although WordPress blog readers can view comments through a notification box that does not require clicking back to the original blog post, readers may still be prompted to return to your blog following your comment. For example, they may want to refresh their memories as to the content of your blog post and flesh out the details for their next comment back to you.
If you are paid according to page views, your income will likely increase when you leave blog comments. More clicks to your site mean more earnings for you. As well, your total number of page views per day and during the lifetime of your blog will increase, which is likely one of your blogging goals. Take steps to achieve your blog goals and earn additional money by responding to comments on your blog.
Another valuable reason to respond to comments on your blog is to show appreciation to your readers. Recognize that they have taken time from their (likely) busy days to read what you published and type a response. There is no obligation for them to do so. Respect your readers.
Sometimes your posts may elicit heartfelt responses from your audience. A reader may become disheartened if after leaving a personal remark on your blog there is no answer. The reader may feel insecure and even hit the "unfollow" button. Ensure you keep your audience feeling appreciated and happy to follow your blog by leaving comments.
The comments also encourage readers to return to your blog and comment in the future, under the assumption they will hear back from you in response to what is written. Your responses confirm to your audience that you do read the comments and do care about their opinions and reactions to your work.
Leaving comments on your own blog posts is just as important as commenting on the blog posts of other writers. Engage with your audience and let them know you appreciate the time taken to read your posts. Keep your followers, increase page views, and even earn some extra money in the process. Keep blogging and keep commenting after the "publish" button is pressed!
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