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3 Valuable Reasons to Respond To Comments on Your Blog

Updated on April 21, 2012
Reply. There are several benefits.
Reply. There are several benefits. | Source

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.

Yes, 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.

Word cloud from my blog. What are your reader's interests?
Word cloud from my blog. What are your reader's interests? | Source

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.

They comment. You comment back. They view page again.
They comment. You comment back. They view page again. | Source

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.

Comment to show appreciation to your readers.
Comment to show appreciation to your readers. | Source

Appreciation

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.

And So...

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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    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Jane, It's fun to read the responses, isn't it?! Sometimes I do get a few days behind due to special occasions like birthdays... but better late than never :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Jane Carroll 

      6 years ago

      Great tips, Christy. I too revisit sites to read the reply to my comment and feel a bit left out if there isn't one. I do try to respond to comments left on my blog. It seems only right!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Nate, glad I helped flesh out some more information about responding to comments. All the more reason to leave them! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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      Nathan Bernardo 

      6 years ago from California, United States of America

      I almost always respond to comments everywhere on the Internet, Facebook, blogs, Hubpages, etc. I always felt it was polite to do so; but you've included some other good reasons; I've heard it draws attention to your work, as you say it brings more views; and it's true, it shows appreciation. Good clarification of this issue in this Hub.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @penlady, Your support is great! Pleased to be connected. Glad you enjoy the hub too.

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      penlady 

      6 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      Excellent advice for anyone with a blog. In fact, I'm tweeting this one!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @onlinecashdigest, yes and as I recently wrote in a poem "sharing is caring". I am glad you enjoy my hubs, thanks for taking time to read!

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      onlinecashdigest 

      6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Very informative hub. Responding to comments really work wonders to your own blog posts. Providing relevant comments and views also help drive traffic to your own blog or hubs.

      People is bound to be interested in what more you have to say if you leave good advice and information through your comments.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Heather, how nice of you to comment here too :) I do believe that people like to hear back from the writers and touching base is always a good thing! I'm pleased you enjoy the hub.

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      Heather Rode 

      6 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Great advice. I've been very lax about responding to comments lately and you have persuaded me to take a time out and comment back. Great hub. Thanks :)

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great tip here about the connection between readers and comments. While I respect your link here, I do believe that HubPages frowns on putting direct links into the comments section of hubs.

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      hillus 

      6 years ago

      Good and useful post. One useful thing about comments is that it is a learning period for the author and it also build strong relationship between readers and the author.

      hillus.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Increasing-Traffic-by-Responding-to-Comments

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Vinaya, I am glad you employ this technique with your own writing. You have quite a lot of experience, I am learning from your hubs as well.

      @SusieQ42, Thanks for the great comment! You are a nice support to have here.

      @coffeegginmyrice, Appreciation is a wonderful quality. I am glad you agree and enjoyed the hub too. I get excited for comments just like you!

      @Stephanie, Thanks for stopping by! You make a good point that readers may peruse articles on other sites as well when they become friends. Very true.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      I agree Christy. Responding to comments promotes a good relationship between you and your readers. I think that it helps to develop loyal followers who will read your other work, too. Good article!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      It is true! Especially "Appreciation", we just need to be equally caring. If hubbers care to leave us a comment, we should care the same to appreciate kind words.

      Seeing comments make my day, really, make my day!! Everyone does feel the same way. Good cheers to you, Christy!

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      SusieQ42 

      6 years ago

      I agree with you totally, Christy! Great hub, keep on writing.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @JaneCarroll, thanks hon for stopping by here! Yes, being acknowledged is huge, isn't it?! It does make me feel appreciated as well.

      @Rolly, Thank-you for the great comment and thumbs up! Hugs back from BC.

      @MJ, what a delight to see you here :) Thanks for commenting and I'm glad you like the article too.

      @Marc, I appreciate your kind words buddy. They help to keep me motivated here. I like when comments are exchanged that get me thinking in new ways as well.. always lots to learn from other people.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      I always try to reply to the comments I get for my online articles.

      You have stated your reasons appropriately and I agree with you.

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      Marc Babineau 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Great job, Christy! It's always best to engage our comment makers with engaging return comments, trying to invoke a conversation of sorts, which guarantees more page views! Well done!

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      M. J. Joachim 

      6 years ago

      Nice article, Christy! Really enjoyed it.

    • Rolly A Chabot profile image

      Rolly A Chabot 

      6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Wonderfully put together and filled with much information... a wealth in itself...Great work here.

      Hugs

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      Jane Carroll 

      6 years ago

      Great article, Christy! You are so right...I will go back to a site when I have left a message...to see if there is a response...it makes me feel appreciated and special...when I see one!

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