One of the most active sources on interaction between a blogger and his audience is the comment box. Readers cannot comment without an installed widget. Bloggers are losing the chance to hear what other people are saying about their blogs if they choose not to put one.
It is said that if a blogger wants to know exactly what his audience is thinking, he or she should provide an easy way of commenting. However, a comments widget will need to be installed to allow this option. This is really a small thing to do to get the big advantage of gaining insights from both positive and negative comments.
Things to Consider in Putting the Comments Widget
1. Go for the moderation option.
Comment moderation is important to keep the blog in order. Moderation provides owners of blogs the power not to publish highly offensive comments that will not serve any purpose but to incite negative emotions. It should be noted that comments that go against the view of the writer but is written in a respectful manner is not considered offensive. Therefore, they deserve to be published and talked about.
2.Go for spam filtering.
To avoid being flooded by spam comments, it is best to choose an option that will provide filtering of comments of such nature. Having the option to delete spam comments that manage to go through spam detection is preferred.
3. Provide the option to follow comment response.
Some readers who leave comments are interested in reading responses of blog owners. Provide this option to them. This will help to keep the conversation going.
4. Consider the Recent Comments Widget.
This will display the most recent comments received by the blog. Having this on the blog’s sidebar encourages readers to leave comments. It will show how active the interaction is in the blog.
5. Consider a plugin that allows commenters to include the url of their latest post.
Nothing encourages comments more than the chance to promote a recent post especially if both blogs are of the same niche. It also helps provide information on the people behind the comments. Blog owners however must look into embedded links contained in the comment.
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