They’re what writers love seeing when they wake up in the morning and they keep them going through thin times.
I love getting comments on my own site, even though they’re few and far between. I always respond to each one, typically within hours after they happen. I like it when others sites do this to the comments I make. I know it keeps my visitors coming back to read more, as I go back to those sites that reply to my comments.
But what about sites that don’t reply to your blog comments? I know you’ve probably left a comment or two, checked back a few days later, and seen that others were replied to, but yours was not. And what if this happens again, or over several weeks. Is the blog trying to tell you something?
Let’s take a look at 10 reasons you should stop commenting on blogs.
#1 - No Blog Comment Replies
Now, you shouldn’t expect to get a reply to all of your posts all of the time, but you should expect a few. If you’ve commented a dozen times or more and received no replies, well, perhaps it’s time to move on.
#2 - Tone of Blog Comment Replies
And just like a blog has a tone, so too do replies to comments have a tone. If you notice that replies directed at you are sarcastic, degrading, or flat out tell you to leave (perhaps in so many words) then it’s probably time to find a new blog hangout.
#3 - Comments Made By Others
If you feel you’re on the receiving end of malicious, obscene, or just plain silly comments then I’d head for the hills.
#4 - You Disagree With the Blog Message
It could be that I’ll leave a snide remark now and again, but for the most part sites like this should be off my radar.
#5 - You Agree With the Blog Message
On a regular day I’ll visit a lot of sites, and if they have fresh content I’ll be tempted to comment on it. But sometimes you just have to hold back and let one of those blog posts go.
Let someone else get a word in, kind of like how you got started with the site.
#6 - You Have Nothing to Say
This is often a tactic of link-builders and I hardly ever see regular site users do this. I guess the only exception is if the post has no comments on it yet. Then the blogger would probably be really happy! (Please feel free to leave a “Thanks, great post!” on this post if there’s no comments)
#7 - You’re Trying to Increase Traffic to Your Site
#8 - You’re Trying to Sell Something
Point that link back to your product page and move on, not repeating for at least 4 weeks and hopefully with a different product.
#9 - You’re a Spammer
#10 - You Just Don’t Care Anymore
Successful sites reply to all comments – alright, maybe not spam – in a friendly and helpful tone, or at least the tone you brought to the table. If the site you love so much isn’t doing that for you any longer, or perhaps never did, then why the hell are you wasting your time? There are millions of sites out there, and plenty of them would love to have you as a visitor.
Or am I wrong about that?