Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

Seven Types of Blog Comments and How to Respond to Them

From Jeff: This is a guest post by Jeremy Myers. Jeremy is a prison chaplain, author, dad, and husband. You can follow his blog Till He Comes or connect with him on Twitter.

Every blogger loves comments. We communicators relish the responses our messages cause, and blogging allows this to happen instantaneously. But not all messages are always worth equal response. So how do you know?

If you have a blog, you will encounter all kinds of different people who leave comments on your blog.

Blog Comments

Seriously, who doesn’t love a good blog comment?

Here are seven types of blog comments and how to respond to them:

1. The Spammer

This commenter enters 50 links to “London Escorts” services and dog food sales. These comments are the easiest to respond to: Use Akismet and forget about them.

2. The Long-Winded

This person writes really, really long comments. 200 words is a long blog comment. 500 words is beyond long. 1000 words or more is epic. But you occasionally get those.

Generally, these comments are from people who are new to the blogging world and don’t know about the unspoken rule that comments should be short and sweet (50 words is pushing the comment length limit).

How to deal with them?

First, be gentle. Remember, these are generally (but not always) people who are new to the blogging world.

Second, congratulate them on their well-thought out comment. Tell them they raise good points and clearly have something to say. Invite them (nicely) to start their own blog to say it. If they already have a blog, tell them that their comment would make a great response post.

This is not only tactful, but wise, as it’s a great way to get an inbound link to your site.

3. The Nonsensical

You read their comment, and the first thing you say is, “Uhh. What?” The words form a sentence, but not one that makes any sense.

How do you respond to such comments? With exactly what went through your head: “Uhh. What?” Sometimes, they will return and clarify. Most often not, in which case, they might have actually been spammers that sneaked through Akismet.

4. The Non-Reader

This person clearly didn’t read anything past the title. Bloggers often write controversial titles in order to get people to read the post, but sometimes people respond to the title, rather than to the actual content.

All you can do is laugh, and tell them to read the post. The truth is, if they didn’t take the time to read it the first time, they probably won’t check back to see if you responded to their comment.

5. The Self-Promoter

This person has one agenda: to promote their own blog. They make some loose connection to your post with something they wrote on their blog, and then post a link to it.

How should you respond? Truthfully, I don’t mind this so much. Blogging requires a little self-promotion every now and then. There are subtle ways of promoting your blog besides posting a link inside a comment, but if that’s the way some roll, so be it.

I usually respond with a generic “Thanks for the link. I’ll check it out!” and then, I actually do, leaving a comment with a link to my post. Turnabout’s fair play.

6. The Generic

I don’t really understand these comments. The person will say something like “Interesting post! Thanks for writing it.”

Maybe this type of commenter is self-promoting through the link that is attached to their name, or maybe they are a non-reader, or maybe they just visit a thousand blogs a day and post the same comment, in which case they are a spammer.

I used to delete these generic comments, but found that many of them checked back on the post, saw their comment was deleted, and then sent me an email asking why. So I no longer do that.

Instead, the best way to respond to a generic comment is with a generic reply. “Thanks for reading!” is sufficient.

7. The Truly Interested

These are the best and deserve your full and careful attention. The comment is 100 words or less, and shows true interaction with the content of your post. They either add to the idea, or ask a thoughtful question.

You should respond in kind. Reward these commenters with a weekly or monthly “Top commenters” post, or a widget on the sidebar showing top commenters. They deserve to get some love from your blog for the comments they post.

These commenters drive your blog traffic. Treat them like the royalty they are. Visit their blogs, leave comments, and subscribe.

Other than these seven, what types of blog comments have you found, and how do you respond to them?

About Jeff Goins

I write books and help writers get their work out into the world. I am the best-selling author of four books, including The Art of Work. Each week, I send out a newsletter with free tips on writing and creativity.

It’s Not Too Late to Become a Writer

Download my free eBook on why now is the best time to become a writer.

In this book, I share everything I’ve learned bout what it takes to start writing for a living — and how you can get started today.

Click here to download the free book now.

  • kajal

    Its a Very Informative.

    kajalverma.com

  • gift nd gift

    Yaa your right i agree with article.. available website names

  • FlashGames76

    Guess I’m the self promoter then xD…

    Please check out http://freeonlineflashgames76.weebly.com.
    Thanks!

  • imerrychristmas2017

    Make you own exclusive Christmas card to bring smile on the face of the receiver of the Christmas card on this Christmas, by using some basic creativity you can make Christmas card exclusive and impressive. http://www.merrychristmas.quotesms.com/christmas-cards.html

  • Bernard David

    Please Visit for More
    http://www.dailyanytime.com

  • Kafe ortamlarında bulunan ibarelerin yer aldığı masa modelinin ayak kısmının
    pik döküm yöntemiyle üretildiğini bahçe
    mobilyası
    ifade etmek mümkün. Ürünün sağlam bir yapıya sahip olmasındaki en
    önemli nedenin ayak kısmının pik döküm yöntemiyle elde edilmiş olması. Pik
    dökümle elde edilen ayak bölümünün elektrostatik toz boya ile boyanmış olması
    kötü hava koşullarında dahi rahatlıkla kullanılabilmesine imkan tanıdığı gibi
    hiçbir şekilde yıpranma,

  • kiran walla

    This is Damn Awesome 😀 http://www.gamesclix.com

  • saeef khorshed

    Check Out this Video And If You Like It Then Don’t forget to like,
    comment, share and subscribe Bollywood Adult Movie Hot Scene Full HD – https://youtu.be/UlhQoZcFq6k

  • thanks for sharing

  • chris pollard

    Scammer / Guy Sanderson Babcock / QUARTERMAIN & COMPANY LTD / GUY BABCOCK / Former Janitor at Oxford masquerading as an IT consultant / Thief / Steals Data and Money / 20-22 WENLOCK ROAD, ISLINGTON, LONDON, ENGLAND, N1 7GU is a mail box and not an office address. Beware of this SCAMMER operating as QUARTERMAIN & COMPANY LTD. Guy Babcock was born October 1961 to give the public an idea of his age if you ever meet this idiot.

    Rip Off / Quartermain & Company Ltd / The owner Guy Babcock is a rip off artist. Consulted with Guy Sanderson Babcock for software development. He demanded and received $150,000.00 US up front with a completion date of 60 days. This rip off artist has not delivered the program and has been avoiding all emails . He is hiding out in Oxford UK. The address of 20-22 Wenlock Road , London N1 7GU for Quartermain & Company Ltd is a rented mailbox. Anyone in the IT world should avoid this idiot and his sham company Quartermain & Company Ltd.

  • Info Raj

    Are you searching any horny girls? then please visit us, we are providing the best girl to your own location, see this: https://insolvencynotices.asic.gov.au/browsesearch-notices/notice-details/Ethan-Property-Group-Pty-Ltd-122330830/0a3409b8-ad59-495e-9e2a-671acb856eec

  • Myles Eyo

    Warning! Commit These 7 Deadly Email Marketing Sins At Your Own Risk
    Want to Grow Your Business with email marketing? Avoid these 7 deadly email marketing sins or suffer the consequences…
    http://maxyoursales.com/7-deadly-email-marketing-sins/
    Email Marketing, Email deliverability, Email marketing best practices, email marketing mistakes, email marketing for beginners

  • Reyonger jabran

    Its so nice working i like
    http://www.reyonger.com

  • Sakil Mia
  • Sakil Mia

    Sumirbd.com

  • dinesh

    Awesome!!!!..greate explaination for post comments
    http://aarbeetoursandtravels.com/

  • OMG!!!

  • Crazy Tom

    Hello, Your site is really intriguing; We anticipate reading through numerous, numerous articles.
    Thanks
    a lot with regard to visiting my own. I’m a new comer to this
    particular area, therefore it indicates a great deal in my experience.
    Truly be thankful: ) http://zesle.com/ for free web control panel.

  • Natalie Morris

    Well its been almost a year since my husband cheated and I am handling it better than when I first discovered it. Of course it’s still hard for me to completely trust him, and the anger and hurt still come, but not as often. I sometimes wonder if he is still in contact with the woman he cheated with because he has to go through the town that she lives in twice a week. All I can do is pray but then i met kalinethunters@gmail.com..He saved me from the doubts of my cheating husband by hacking his phone..Incase you need help with hacking any phone or account or other jobs contact him

  • Manjeet

    I Have commenting sometime whenever got time. I am not a pro for the self promotion. I really like some of the point in our post and will surely use those in future.

    I am pilot in bir billing paragliding and most of the time getting hard time to rank good in google.