It’s true that having unique and killer contents is very much crucial for attaining desired results from your website but it’s not enough at all. As a content creator, dealing with comments made on your website is also a part of your job. Because appropriate managing and dealing with comments on your site can ensure lively and engaging discussion on your blog.
In fact, comment is an essential element that can make your website more interesting, attractive and useful to users. Moreover, it can also help you build up a more engaged online community. But the point is you have to ensure that you are not approving spammy comments in your site while making your site more lively and worth engaging. Otherwise, Google might penalize you as a spammy website instead of giving better ranking in Search Engine Result Page (SERP).
So today I am going to discuss top 6 excellent ways that will definitely help you make your blog more interesting and worth visiting while making an engaging online community.
Moderate Your Comments:
Almost all the popular blogging platforms including WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr, allow admins to moderate user comments. You may adjust your blog setting so that any comments made by users directly mailed to your mail inbox and will be visible on the website only after you have approved those comments. It’s the easiest and most effective way of keeping strict control on your blog. You should moderate comments to ensure that your blog is a respectful place for sharing opinions or asking questions.
Have A Comment Policy:
Another effective way of keeping your site spam-free is to decide in advance what you will and won’t allow in your blogs’ discussion. You would prepare a document on this behalf and publish this on your blog to keep users aware of your strict comment policy. For example: famous websites like Huffington Post and Copyblogger etc. have their own comment policies published on their sites.
Use Strong Spam Filter:
If you use a spam filter in your blog, this will make the task of moderating comments manually much easier. These spam filters greatly work on keeping your blog spam-free by sending spamming comments to your spam folder. Yap, it’s true that these kinds of filters can’t snag all the spammy comments, but they can obviously catch most of the spam comments. If you are blogging using WordPress, you might not need to use any other filter because this popular CMS comes with a default spam filter named “Akismet”.
Don’t Put Up With Abusive Language or Threats:
It’s your site and you have the full authority to decide what you will and won’t allow someone to publish comments on your blog. You don’t have any bindings to publish every single comment on your blog and you need not have to allow any abusive or disrespectful word in your comment section. But since you are going to build up an engaged online community, you shouldn’t delete every commenter who disagree with your post. If any commenter share his disagreement with due respect and logic, you should approve that comment. This will make more people engaged participating on that discussion.
Immediately Respond To Questions From Your Audience:
Always do your best to respond to any queries or questions from your audience as soon as possible. This will help you get a more engaged online community. Try to respond to questions with detailed answers in a timely and interesting way. Even if your audience don’t ask questions in discussion, sometimes a quick ‘Thank You’ as a response might work great for engaging them in your blog.
Take Care of Your Guest Authors:
If you are using WordPress CMS and allowing guest posting in your blog, then set your guest bloggers up as users of WordPress and adjust their Email addresses so that they receive notifications whenever their posts receive any new comments. This will make guest bloggers more engaged with your blog. Sometimes your guest bloggers might receive hyper-critical or trollish comments from some rude commenter. In such situation, it’s your responsibility to come forward and protect your guest bloggers from that offensive discussion through participating on that discussion. Your comment policies should be always positive to your guest bloggers because they are your guest, after all!!
I hope you have gotten some simple but really effective ideas to protect your site from spammy comments and make your discussion worth engaging. Now it’s up to you. So carefully decide what strategy you will follow to keep your blog spam free. You might apply strict moderation policy to protect your blog from spammy comments or you might drop public comments from your posts. Best of luck.