What Are Negative Blog Comments?
Everyone likes to receive blog comments right? Is there such a thing as a negative blog comment? Unfortunately there is! Whilst it is great to have lots of comments, it is advisable to make sure you are only allowing good quality comments on your blog to ensure that those comments don’t hurt you!
By negative comments, I don’t mean comments that might disagree with what you are saying. Whilst those comments could initially be perceived as negative, they can actually draw more conversation and more traffic. By negative blog comments, I mean those comments that are not submitted with the purpose of adding value to your post content in any way.
Bloggers who leave comments are interested in not only engaging on that particular post, but have the potential for building an ongoing relationship with you. This could lead to guest posting or even business partnering in the future. Don’t therefore under estimate the importance of high quality blog comments.
Comments on your blog also help your SEO efforts and thus bring you more traffic.
Search engines pay attention to the comments you receive and it shows that readers are interested in the content you are sharing. We therefore all want to gain as many comments as we can on each of our blog posts.
As well as blog comments, all ‘likes’, ‘shares’ and ‘re-tweets’ all help you. Readers who undertake these actions not only assist to bring extra traffic your way, but it also helps tell the search engines that your blog has content that readers want to hear. The search engines are noticing the comments and other social media engagement and making a note that this is popular content. This is all great stuff!
Unfortunately however there are those negative blog comments that try and creep their way into your blog and try and spoil all the good work.
Negative blog comments can take traffic away from you!
Unfortunately not everyone who comments on your blog is doing so purely because they would like to share an opinion about the content. Some commenters are solely looking to direct traffic to their site or to leave links in their comments which takes traffic away from you.
Having backlinks in comments could cause problems if they are associated with spam websites. Think about whether you want to auto publish comments or whether you would like to moderate them first. If you choose to moderate them first, you can decide whether to approve those comments that contain inappropriate backlinks.
Moderate Comments To Keep Control
Your blog is YOUR site. You are the manager and you can run it as you please. You are therefore in charge of the rules you set for your blog, who you have publish content, what advertisements you place and also what comments you will allow.
As the owner of your site, you are perfectly within your rights to delete comments from people who you feel are causing trouble either for you or your readers on your site.
If you feel a link contains spam, or is trying to redirect your readers away from your content to content that is not desirable, then don’t be afraid to delete it! Remember that you are the boss on your site and what you say goes!
If your blog is failing to receive comments, you need to take a step back and examine why this could be. Comments are incredibly important on a blog, and a lack of engagement gives the impression to other readers that the content may not be worth hanging around for.
It is therefore wise to encourage as much activity as you can on both your site, but also your social media platforms. Lots of engagement means lots of interest, and this in turn brings new readers. Don’t however make the mistake of allowing every comment appear on your blog. Negative blog comments will do more harm than good and you are better off having no comments on a post rather than comments with no value.
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How do you react when you receive comments on your blog? Do you approve every comment or do you moderate them? Have you been aware that negative blog comments could in fact do harm to your site? Please leave your thoughts with us below.