3 Mistakes to Avoid When Blogging
If you’re using a blog to generate traffic, one of the best things that you can do is
allow people to comment on your post. In fact, an even better thing to do is to
respond to their comments, answer their questions and give advice when needed.
But there are some rules that come with interacting with blog readers so that you
don’t make a mistake that will result in your traffic going down instead of up. Here
are three mistakes to avoid when responding to comments posted on your blog:
The first mistake is one that actually happens quite often with bloggers.
They sometimes make the mistake of only posting on comments where
a question is asked, and you are being aloof and professional. You’re
trying to develop a relationship with these readers and that means
interacting with them on a more personal level. You want the readers
to think of you as a friend and advisor not as some faceless blogger
so make sure that you interact that way.
Another thing that you want to be sure that you do is avoid controversial
Even if other people in your comment thread are discussing
politics or religion, and you feel as if you should weigh in, don’t. No
matter what you believe or don’t believe, as the blogger and host, you
want to be completely neutral on controversial subjects like politics and
religion. However, keep in mind that’s only for the comments section.
You can use politics or a controversial subject to create a blog post to
attract traffic. But just avoid arguments and discussions about them.
Finally, never lose your temper. You don’t have to be professional and
you can be friendly, but just make sure that you don’t get angry at
someone even if they are disparaging you or your blog, especially if
they are just trolling. Losing your cool takes away your expertise.
People are reading your blog because they believe you to be an expert
in a certain field. When you lose your temper, even though it has
nothing to do with your expertise, people still judge you based upon
Also, if you make an error in your blog – like a factual error –
don’t be afraid to make a comment and retracted and apologized
for it. Your readers will respect you for that.
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