Advantages of Receiving Blog Comments

When I read about ways to reward those who comment on blogs I always enthusiastically try them out. I see comments as the life blood of a blog, providing a distribution system for so many other aspects of blogging. Their are plenty of blog posts around about the benefits of leaving comments but what of the benefits we gain by receiving them?

Benefits of receiving comments:

Communication Needs

  • Comments are a concrete way of showing that your blog has readers, particularly interested in your blog, rather than just passing trade. The passing trade do comment too but you can distinguish these from your regulars. A hello and thank you to my regulars.
  • Satisfaction – Stating the obvious – no one wants to run a blog that is not read by others, for whatever reason we blog. – stats may indicate visitors and readers but figures do not provide the same sort of personal satisfaction.
  • Motivation – to keep writing posts and to keep going with the blog itself – many blogs are abandoned (probably too early) because of receiving few or no comments.
  • Egos are stroked – a natural human need to one extent or another (not because bloggers in general need ego strokes more than anyone else)
  • Social advantages/Social Networking – we get to know others, we develop contacts outside of the blog itself, we can develop friendships, contacts can lead to more contacts and more friends who also come to comment on our blogs – the Blog Loop.
  • Networking – again to develop contacts but done for business, professional or money making reasons rather to satisfy strictly personal needs.
  • Networking + Social Networking – those who start blogging for the above reasons often find it is the social aspects that motivate them to keep on going.

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The Blog Loop and how it goes wrong

This post is not just an off the top of my head type now – it has really got me thinking and I even created an image. Do some of your blog posts develop along these lines?

Feedback

  • This includes the pat on the back type comments that help with the motivational and ego stroking needs mentioned above. We know deep down that some of these type are not sincere but how many of us ignore this and choose to appreciate them anyway? This does not include the "nice post", "well done", "I am not adding saying anything else because I just want you to visit my blog" type. These are just a drag and for delete or the spam folder. I notice some of these have snuck into some of my older posts – they will be ex-comments soon.
  • Learning which of our posts are popular with our readers. It does not necessarily mean posts that draw the most comments but also those which elicit the more valuable comments – what is valuable depends of course on your own particular blog and your own blogging needs. Being aware of which posts fit these criteria is an enormous help in showing us how to improve and meet the needs of our readers. By aware I mean not just knowing which posts they are but thinking about why they are popular and how to reproduce the success again. Looking at our unpopular posts can be similarly helpful.

Research and learning

  • Finding other blogs in our own niche areas can advance our learning of the particular subject we cover. Blogs tend to beget contact from similar blogs. Following your comments and the comments left on their author’s blog can be a source of valuable knowledge.
  • Even if you blog on a particular topic by following comments you can find wonderful blogs to interest and entertain you; to satisfy leisure and personal learning needs.
  • Comments that give us information, add to the topic, or add things we may have missed are a valuable learning tool (the latter is only of positive use for perfectionist types who do not beat themselves up about missing something.). And to prove that I am not a perfectionist I am going to end here and ask you to add any other positive things you can think of – (Ok the truth – I don’t particularly like missing things but I ran out of steam and ideas and I even like getting comments that tell me what I have missed, as well as ego stroking ones.)

Benefits of Leaving Comments

Simple – just take account of the benefits you gain from receiving comments and bestow these on others – not only will you feel good about yourself you will receive backlinks, kudos, recognition for your own blog, more visitors, readers, increased page rank and all the other stuff you can read one of the many blog posts already written on the subject.

I started this post only intending to tell you some news relating commenting tools but not wanting to lose your attention I will write about these next. I have a real talent for (problem with!) getting completely sidetracked.

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I am Sue Bride, a Professional Blogger, Web Developer and Internet Marketer from the Mornington Peninsula, Australia. Here I talk about tools and resources for Blogging, Social Media, Networking, Wordpress, SEO, Images and Marketing. I create Wordpress sites for charity and small business.

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  1. Posted September 29, 2008 at | Permalink

    An interesting subject Sue and you know my saying: Blogging Connecting People and to me, comments is the glue.
    My topic is about Norway; our culture, traditions and history and by sharing this I get a lot of interesting reaction, perspectives, questions etc. and from all over the world.
    To me its a Givers Gain sine I get a lot of blogfriends around the globe too and learn a lot from reading their blogs.
    A great side effect is that this sharing of knowledge and experience build down cultural, religious and other barriers and the world gets smaller. That’s why I always say: Make blogs not Wars.

    RennyBAs last blog post..Networking with whisky at Dr. Jekyll’s in Oslo

    • Posted October 3, 2008 at | Permalink

      I certainly agree Renny and you are a prime example of how a blogger can develop a large network of friends and contacts. We can all learn a lot from you – I have already :-)

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    • Posted November 12, 2008 at | Permalink

      Great post ad thank you for sharing. We are always trying to generate more traffic on our blog and always welcome comments. They help our blog “grow,” and also help determine how many readers we do in fact have. Thanks again for sharing!

  2. Posted September 29, 2008 at | Permalink

    Hi Sue,

    So does this mean I’m stroking your ego by commenting? :mrgreen: I have to say though that I see the value in getting motivated to post more.

    There would be nothing worse than a blog that is deprived of comments.

  3. Posted September 30, 2008 at | Permalink

    This is a great list. I’m surprised how many people refuse to accept comments because they worry about bad comments. However, I think it’s better to have bad comments on your own blog that you can respond to than bad comments on someone else’s blog about you that you know nothing about.

    • Posted October 3, 2008 at | Permalink

      Some do not accept comments because they would get so many that they could not keep up. These type of blogs have moved into different territory, where their popularity means that they do not need to keep on creating contacts as they have enough already. The conversation is all one way.
      I know of others who have had to cut off contact because of the sheer volume of unwarranted, unjustified bad comments. I agree though negative feedback if justified is good too – if you can learn from it.

      Sueblimelys last blog post..Advantages of Receiving Blog Comments

      • Posted December 10, 2008 at | Permalink

        You raise an interesting point: how do you handle a blog that generates lots of comments? Like you said, some blog owners just shut off the comments. I’ve noticed that other blog owners don’t respond to (and probably don’t read) the comments. I’m not sure which, of those two options, is the better course of action.

        Minnesota Attorneys last blog post..Minnesota DWI DUI Drunk Driving Attorney

  4. Posted September 30, 2008 at | Permalink

    I personally love getting comments on any of my blogs. It gives you a sense of satisfaction that people are actually reading through what you have found and written about showing some interest. Sure you get a few fake and bad ones here and there but generally you get some rather interesting input on your ideas and articles. Good read thank you.

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    • Posted October 3, 2008 at | Permalink

      You can learn a lot from your comments if you take time to think about it. Which posts get the most in depth comments, which the quick “I want to publicize my own blog” ones. Which get the most comments, which the least. Which ones attract regular readers, which ones one off visitors …..

      All of this can help you work out how to improve.

      Sueblimelys last blog post..Advantages of Receiving Blog Comments

  5. Posted September 30, 2008 at | Permalink

    I never noticed myself how enjoyable it was to receive comments on my blog. Reminds me, I need to get back to it.

  6. Posted September 30, 2008 at | Permalink

    very true. one of the reasons i enjoy blogging so much is because i can’t wait to read the comments that my regular visitors usually leave. it doesn’t hurt that they’re quite nice, so i now find that blogging’s a great way to inject something positive into my day. :)

    koujis last blog post..haiku poem: others (time)

    • Posted October 3, 2008 at | Permalink

      It is very tempting to spend more time on blogging and visiting other blogs than doing other things you need to do. I have been busy with work lately and I have had to summon up a lot of willpower to concentrate on it.

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  7. Posted September 30, 2008 at | Permalink

    Yes I agree, sometimes you are motivated to continue with what you’re doing if you know that someone is really reading your blogs. good point, i’m planning to build blog on my site. any advice?

    • Posted October 3, 2008 at | Permalink

      Good content, regular posts, encouraging comments, responding to them, visiting the blogs of others, promotion on social networking sites (backlinks and more backlinks), a clean clear blog design (your site design is really good so using that would be great), not too many ads.

      For a blog on a site like yours I would not push your products too much or too blatantly but talk of things of interest related to your business. Talking about your own techniques for selling and giving tips to others would go down well.

      Sueblimelys last blog post..Advantages of Receiving Blog Comments

  8. Posted September 30, 2008 at | Permalink

    I totally agree. I have been guilty of making it difficult for people to leave comments in the past.
    Receiving coments though gives you the motivation to keep going.

    John SearchingfortheBigOnes last blog post..Congress Crashes the Markets!

  9. Posted October 1, 2008 at | Permalink

    :grin:
    Howdy:
    I love receiving comments from my read. Not because I want to gain advantage. I think comments from readers is the award of my effort.

    Handbag for lifes last blog post..Gucci 2009 Men’s Bag Preview

    • Posted October 3, 2008 at | Permalink

      It is also satisfying to be able to reward others and the one obvious way of doing this is via the comments system – not only having plugins that recognize regular comments but commenting on the blogs of others, adding them to your blogroll etc …

      Sueblimelys last blog post..Advantages of Receiving Blog Comments

  10. Posted October 1, 2008 at | Permalink

    I think comments are a great way to keep motivation. Seeing my readers comment on my posts is what keeps me writing.

    I also agree that commenting on other blogs is a great way to get more traffic, generate backlinks, and give back feedback to fellow bloggers.

    Justin Wrights last blog post..News From the Weekend

  11. Posted October 1, 2008 at | Permalink

    Comments are great for the blog. When I receive comments on my blog, it pumps me up and keeps me writing more and better things. At least I hope my readers like them.

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  12. Posted October 2, 2008 at | Permalink

    I have also heard that blog comments can help your blog with the search engines because search engines like seeing new content on a post. The new content indicates to search engines that the post is still relevant and is updated.

  13. Posted October 2, 2008 at | Permalink

    Awesome post!! I think comments are vital to blogging; it’s all about the conversation. People who refuse to allow comments are telling the world that there’s nothing to add to their post. Personally, I think that’s conceited. There’s always something more to say, or another viewpoint, etc.

    Andrew. Estate Lawyer.s last blog post..Can You Call Your Lawyer?

    • Posted December 10, 2008 at | Permalink

      Andrew, you raise an important point: a blog’s original post doesn’t always tell the full story, but comments often fill in the missing pieces. For this reason, blogs that allow comments, and have a lot of comments, are often more credible. I often review comments to a post to judge its credibility or see if anyone has added helpful points to the topic.

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  14. Posted October 2, 2008 at | Permalink

    I always feel great satisfaction when I receive comments cos it means my work is paying off
    Commenting is also a great way to get comments, so that’s why I do it so much

    Simons last blog post..The 5 Keys To A Successful Blog

  15. Posted October 2, 2008 at | Permalink

    @andrew: true. when i come across a blog which doesn’t allow comments (and thankfully that rarely happens), i feel that the blog is missing something because there’s no way to start a conversation.

    koujis last blog post..haiku poems: money (credit cards)

  16. Posted October 3, 2008 at | Permalink

    I agree that comments are very good for motivation to keep blogging and for increasing the popularity of your blog. It’s good to see that you give back to commenters. That’s a great way to keep your visitors happy and get more comments. Not to mention you can make some great friends from regular commenters.

    Trents last blog post..Blogs Suck for Internet Marketing and Making Money Online

  17. Posted October 3, 2008 at | Permalink

    I think it’s also important to leave comment, when you glean information from another blog site. It lets the blogger know he’s doing a great job, and it’s not bad for the backlinks too!

  18. Posted October 3, 2008 at | Permalink

    Commenting is my favorite part of blogging. I love when good conversations happen and even heated criticism and debate.

    Great post Sue! I like your mixture of different types of content :smile:

    Bobby Revells last blog post..Horrified! My Weird Neighbors

  19. Posted October 3, 2008 at | Permalink

    Blog commenting seems to get more popular with everyday, I can understand why, it’s a really good technique as you’ve pointed out above.

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  20. Posted October 4, 2008 at | Permalink

    I totally agree, and I think a blog without comment will be completely one sided and boring for visitors.

    marvieponss last blog post..Drink and Smoke

  21. Posted October 4, 2008 at | Permalink

    Oh my Sue what a topic for me to make my first comment in ages on.

    I did not forget you I was away. It is a very long story. A 1 month stay with my daughter turned into 5. And blogging was simply impossible.

    But, I am back now and commenting. And this is a fantastic article.

    I try as much as possible to get by and make comments.

    I especially try to leave comments on blogs that have absolutely zero.

    I remember when I first started and even a simple hello just thrilled me!!

    I hope you have a grand week!! :grin:

    Shinades last blog post..PhotoHunt

    • Posted October 5, 2008 at | Permalink

      Glad to see you back Shinade althouth I do hope you enjoyed your stay with your daughter.

  22. Posted October 5, 2008 at | Permalink

    Hi Sue,
    Speaking of good clean blog design I have just acquired someone to come in and do a make over for me.

    I hope to be much more streamlined, organized and faster to load.

    Thank you for dropping in yesterday. It is so good to be back.

    I hope you have a lovely week!! Oh and I not only enjoyed this article but also there is much to learn in the people that have left comments.

    Shinades last blog post..PhotoHunt

  23. Posted October 5, 2008 at | Permalink

    I like comment other people blog. also like other people comment my blog :)

  24. Posted October 7, 2008 at | Permalink

    Ha good point about stroking the ego of the blogger. I added a blog to my site and it really is fun to see a comment from another person about my comments. Good article by the way.

  25. Posted October 8, 2008 at | Permalink

    one thing which everyone knows is on internet you are have friends everywhere in every part of he world and you are a friend of everyone in this world…….. this is something that goes mutually…. you give some and you take some

  26. Posted October 8, 2008 at | Permalink

    Comments are the second best thing about blogging. The first? Links! I love to see from my stats when someone has surprised me by linking to something I wrote. It’s all about the community.

    peters last blog post..Best Phone Prank Ever

  27. Posted October 9, 2008 at | Permalink

    I’ve read your blogs and I was really amazed. I wish you all the luck and more success in life.

  28. Posted October 9, 2008 at | Permalink

    Excellent post Sue – comments are essential to blogging.It is all about connecting and interacting with your community and followers :wink:
    Everyone wants to be seen to be heard (or read) too.

    Trishs last blog post..Wordless Wednesday …Special Sun sets

    • Posted October 14, 2008 at | Permalink

      That’s a good point, Trish. It’s interesting to see mini-communities building on blogs, such as the community here, which is building around this blog’s topics.

  29. Posted October 10, 2008 at | Permalink

    Thanks for great tips Sue.

    I also believe that comments is an absolute asset we get on our blog and commenters generally are the most active readers.

    Loving commenters is a must for every blogger -:-)

    Alexs last blog post..Portable Comments and Reputation? SezWho?

  30. Posted October 14, 2008 at | Permalink

    Excellent post. Your blog really caught my attention. It is very interesting and helpful.

    Roberts last blog post..oak village

  31. Posted October 16, 2008 at | Permalink

    Blog comments go a long way in guiding one towards the optimized state that they would like to be in. Without these comments, one might be describing an event in detail that every reader only wants the summary of. However, it might be good to stick with that detail until the readers start to enjoy its presence.

  32. Posted October 16, 2008 at | Permalink

    Ok…guess I’m the dissenting voice here after reading the other comments.

    Here’s the reason why I’m not a huge fan of commenting: it’s extremely time-consuming. I’ve barely enough time to blog much less to comment. If I could turn off comments altogether, I would be happier. I think Blogger used to have that function, but now I can’t find it anymore.

    Comments and commenting are far over-rated in my book.:-)

    Kuanyins last blog post..Three Awesome Reasons To Abolish Poverty

  33. Posted October 17, 2008 at | Permalink

    You said it right Kuanyin. I am not also a big fan of commenting. We have more important things to do than commenting.

    Lemuels last blog post..Summer Nights

  34. Posted October 23, 2008 at | Permalink

    Comments are essential to blogging.It’ about interacting with your blog readers.

  35. Posted November 4, 2008 at | Permalink

    I have a rough time getting any commenters on ATMac although I’m up near 1000 visitors/day now. I suspect it’s because most readers are looking for specific information rather than reading every post and so there are less “repeat customers”. I’m trying to work on that!

    Ricky

    Ricky Buchanans last blog post..Make iTunes Easier To See and Use

  36. Posted November 8, 2008 at | Permalink

    I’m a reader rather than a blogger, for me half the fun is reading the comments. However, I understand how sifting through the spam could be too time consuming and possibly even demoralizing.
    However, you’ve encouraged me to possibly start a blog.

  37. Posted November 11, 2008 at | Permalink

    I would never turn off commenting for my blog. This is what makes a blog interesting…the interaction between the reader and the writer.

    I just installed the SezWho plugin and I’ll be interested to see how it goes. I’ve read some negative feedback that it slows down your load time, but I haven’t seen a significant difference.

  38. Posted November 18, 2008 at | Permalink

    Thanks for all the wonderful advice! I really appreciate, how much time you spend for us figuring out all the best ways to blog. I’m trying to figure out this adsense thing and can’t get it to come up on my sidebar…will have to search your site to see because Google makes it all so difficult. Trying to figure out ‘channels’ and even though they explain, I still don’t get it…

    game-girls last blog post..CommentLuv needs updating on this site. Please download the latest version and install it on your site. This message will apear during the first 10 minutes of each hour. This remote script will cease returning posts in 7 days

    • Posted November 21, 2008 at | Permalink

      Channels are a way of tracking how well different sorts of adsense blocks are doing. Eg is a leaderboard doing better than a banner, do ads on one page do better than those on another page.

  39. Posted November 27, 2008 at | Permalink

    I am very interested in getting my relatively new blog in front of more readers. Thanks for your advice.

    Minnesota Real Estate Agents last blog post..Home Ownership: It’s a Buyer’s Market, Good Investment

  40. Posted December 11, 2008 at | Permalink

    Great tips man. This will be really helpful for me to gather traffic. I am subscribing to your posts right away.

    Blog Tipss last blog post..Top Blogging Secrets To Success

  41. Posted January 4, 2009 at | Permalink

    Like you, I see comments as the life blood of a blog. It is the communiction going both sides. Blogging is about sharing and people, And comments are a way a this communication. Thanks.

  42. Posted February 13, 2009 at | Permalink

    I couldn’t agree more!
    Comments from visitors gives us the motivation to keep going.

    Web Conferences last blog post..CityTribes

  43. Posted March 19, 2009 at | Permalink

    Comments are very important for a blog.It’s a kind of communication for both sides.Thanks

  44. Posted April 7, 2009 at | Permalink

    great blog i really enjoyed reading it because it offered a lot of useful insight i will be sure to use this approach

    almirs last blog post..Should You Consider The Use Of Free Blogging Platforms?

  45. Posted April 10, 2009 at | Permalink

    I think it’s better to have bad comments on your own blog

    • Posted August 26, 2009 at | Permalink

      Why do you think that Jane? And what kind of bad comments are you referring to?

      Till then,

      Jean

  46. Posted June 21, 2009 at | Permalink

    as a media to share abou somthing

  47. Posted July 28, 2009 at | Permalink

    how can you form network by just commenting.The problem with most do follow comments are that each post recieve some hundred of comments.And the ones down in the queue does not get much attention.So they can never get in touch with the author.
    .-= seo tips´s last blog ..Keyword Suggestion Tool =-.

    • Posted September 8, 2009 at | Permalink

      Forums seem to work with user contribution.. so why not for blogs?

      Till then,

      Jean

  48. Posted October 9, 2009 at | Permalink

    very nice shoppingtiffany

  49. Posted November 21, 2009 at | Permalink

    Some blogs still don’t have top commentors rankings and this is really a must.
    .-= PSP Go´s last blog ..Buy Sony PSP Go – Quick Buying Q&A =-.

  50. Posted May 24, 2013 at | Permalink

    This is a excellent list. I’m surprised what number of people won’t accept remarks simply because they worry about poor remarks. However, I think it’s preferable to possess poor remarks on your own website that you could answer when compared with poor remarks upon another person else’s website concerning you that you know almost nothing concerning.
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