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4 Solid Reasons why you must not fight Your Blog Commenters

There have been many assertions/sayings that your blog commenters are not your loyal readers or simply put, your blog commenters are there just for eye-service. People who have this belief will back it up by telling you that your blog commenters will not subscribe to your mailing list and they will also not buy your products. Why must they?

While I have not launched my own product (but I have my own list), I strongly disagree with the above statement, not because it is not true but because of some solid reasons I will lay across very soon.

Your blog commenters are also human beings who have one problem or the other and also have right to do what they want. The fact that they don’t drop their email down for you or purchase your product does not make them useless. They have far value to your success even more than those who bought your product (I will prove it).

In most cases, the bloggers who do say the above are bloggers who are selling information products pertaining to blogging. Below are some great reasons why your commenters are one of the most valuable types of loyal readers you can ever have.

1. Social Proof: If you are selling an informational product (or any product for that matter), you will notice the first thing people want to know if you are trying to sell to them is “Is it working for you?”. Why nobody has the ultimate solution to blogging (or make money online) success, your buyers will buy your product from you for various reasons.

(i.)   Because they love you

(ii.)  Because you are an authority

(iii.) Because they see it working for you.

How do you feel if I told you I will tell you how to get lots of comments, and you visited my blog to see I hardly have comments on my posts? You will mock me and say, “This stupid scammer does not know what he is saying”, Right?

Your commenters don’t need to make purchases, but they make it easy for you to sell, they are social proof, they make buyers see a sense of truth in the product you are trying to sell to them. They see it working for you.

2. Sense of belonging: Take Daniel Socco’s blog and mine for example (note, I used Daniel because he is far more influential and successful than I do, so that my message will easily get across to you).

The post with zero comments on Daniel’s blog has tons of retweet (a minimum of 20), the majority of my posts have lots of comments in them. You respect Daniel because you know he is an authority but you will be more inclined to read a post with more comments than that with zero comments. You will be more inclined to associate with a post with 20 comments than that with zero comments. It is very clear that every single post on Daniel’s blog get far more exposure than the best post on mine, you will feel inclined to associate with my post than that of Daniel (save him being an authority).

3. They Bring in More Comments: After posting a post just to find out it already has over 20 comments in less than 24 hours, I know that particular post will have even more comments due to the number of comments it already has.

People love to be where people are. Your commenters will make your post have more comments which will promote peace, joy and respect in your community.

Except you have some loyal readers who will always comment no matter what, there is a high probability nobody will be willing to comment on a post with zero comments.

4. They Make You Respected: This is the truth many of us don’t want to understand. People won’t just rush to you to tell you they respect you before you are being respected. I have seen that some of my loyal readers don’t even make a comment on my blog; they prefer doing it through other means by tweeting the post or linking to it from their blogs. They would not come and tell you anything, but they respect you where you are.

How many times have you stumbled on a blog just to find it averaging 30 comments per post, the first thing that comes to your mind is that the owner of this blog must be influential to get that number of comments (even though that might not be through).

The Solid truth is that your loyal commenters may not be able to buy from you due to lack of funds or maybe they want to wait to see the results others are getting. They might even decide not to buy (and you have no right to force them to). They might also decide not to subscribe to your list; they have their reasons for this. Even though, they don’t do this, they make sales easy for you because if others see the results you have achieved (as a result of their comments), they are more likely to easily buy from you.

If you discover that your loyal commenters are not buying from you or they are not subscribing to your list, you don’t need to fight with them. They love you, but they don’t trust you enough. Trust is not what is gained overnight, trust is gained over time. Try to continue to give them value and also prove to them that you are worth their trust. They will later be convinced, buy from you and even spread the word about your blog. Just don’t fight with them.

Category: blogging

31 Comments on "4 Solid Reasons why you must not fight Your Blog Commenters"

  1. CJ says:

    Love the post man!
    You’re absolutely correct. More comments generally means it’s a more interesting post and tends to make you seem like more of an authority.

    • Onibalusi Bamidele says:

      Hi CJ,

      You are totally right, it is social proof.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  2. Hami says:

    ow dude, you are so damn right about all the facts you mentioned above. You should not disgrace any person commenting on your blog, instead you should take it as a guest on your blog.
    .-= Hami´s last blog ..How To Increase Your Blogging Efficiency =-.

    • Onibalusi Bamidele says:

      Hi Hami,

      You are absolutely right.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  3. Murlu says:

    Exactly, well put.

    Coming from the eCommerce side of things, testimonials and comments should always be transparent even if they’re negative. Other readers want to know the full picture, not the things you’ve cherry picked to make your products/services look good.

    When you fight against your commenters, it deters them from continuing the discussion. Even if someone is disagreeing with you, it’s fantastic to see people so passionate about a subject.

    Keep an open mind about comments, respond to them and entertain each idea with an insightful response.
    .-= Murlu´s last blog ..Time Management For Successful Bloggers =-.

    • Onibalusi Bamidele says:

      Hi Murlu,

      You are absolutely right.

      I noticed one great things about your comments, it is always long, detailed and inspiring. Thanks a lot and keep it up.

      -Onibalusi

  4. Jonathan Beebe says:

    I really like how you said:

    “How do you feel if I told you I will tell you how to get lots of comments, and you visited my blog to see I hardly have comments on my posts?”

    That’s a really great point. I completely agree with what you said regarding social proof. People seem to have a need to do what others do… perhaps it’s a security issue, but people automatically assume that if other people flock to it, then it MUST be good.

    I had no idea that’s what you were going to talk about when I read the title of your post… your message DOES match the headline, but it illustrates some great points that every blogger should keep in mind.

    Thanks again for the great article Onibalusi!
    .-= Jonathan Beebe´s last blog ..Why I Don’t Care About My RSS Numbers =-.

    • Onibalusi Bamidele says:

      Hi Jonathan,

      You are absolutely right with your comment, social proof is really great.

      Thanks a lot for your nice words,
      -Onibalusi

  5. Go4webapps says:

    Hi,
    Nice Post,,, your articles are simply great,, nice work bro:)
    .-= Go4webapps´s last blog ..Tweetcloud – Know Tweets, Talks from Twitter =-.

    • Onibalusi Bamidele says:

      Hi,

      Thanks a lot for the nice words,
      -Onibalusi

  6. I also strongly disagree. Look your blog has the no follow attribute for your comments, so what!?………You’re still getting plenty of comments and thats good, google likes to see comments, its part of their algo for blogs.

    Here’s a little trick, i set up blog that are do follow, fill them with adsense, and submit them to do follow directories, you’d be amazed how much your adsense,eCPM jumps through the roof.

    Nice site btw
    .-= Jobs For Felons´s last blog ..Jobs Fore Felons | State to Pass Law Against Felon Job Discrimination =-.

    • Onibalusi Bamidele says:

      Hi,

      My blog is dofollow, pls check on this.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  7. Inform Harry says:

    The post with zero comments on Daniel’s blog has tons of retweet (a minimum of 20), the majority of my posts have lots of comments in them. You respect Daniel because you know he is an authority but you will be more inclined to read a post with more comments than that with zero comments. You will be more inclined to associate with a post with 20 comments than that with zero comments. It is very clear that every single post on Daniel’s blog get far more exposure than the best post on mine, you will feel inclined to associate with my post than that of Daniel (save him being an authority).
    +1

    • Onibalusi Bamidele says:

      Hi Harry,

      Pls, what does your +1 mean? or is this a new style of spamming blogs? Pls reply.

      Thanks a lot for your nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

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  9. poorblogger says:

    I agree with you.. Never fight with commenters..
    FOr me, I’ll just ignore negative comment but keep in minds if the comment can improve me…

    You are such a clever boy.. Nice blog

    • Onibalusi Bamidele says:

      Hi,

      You are absolutely right.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  10. Yes man the facts you talking about here are true. Getting more comments leaves an impression that the post must be interesting. And approving comments update your blog that means you don’t need to find out new topic to make a blog post. Just make few interesting post, get comments, reply to the comments and don’t fight with the reader, instead answer them with logic so that they come again to your blog.

    • Onibalusi Bamidele says:

      Hi,

      You are absolutely right!

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  11. Stefan says:

    I totally agree.

    You should always be kind to your commentators.

    But sometimes if you post about a controversial topic there will be commentators that will argue against you, which believe it or not – might be in your favour
    .-= Stefan´s last blog ..How to change your PayPal Password =-.

    • Onibalusi Bamidele says:

      Hi Stefan,

      You are absolutely right.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  12. They bring in more comments, and give you respect.
    Comments and respect are the two major credibility factors to be noticed when blogging about.
    The more the comments, the more people like you.
    Hence, respect.

    • Onibalusi Bamidele says:

      Hi,

      You are absolutely right. More comment means more respect.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  13. kenneth says:

    To me, ten comments each day are more important than so-called 1000 unique visitors per day. 🙂
    I have no product to sell in my blog, interact/communication is the terminal target for me.
    And, the relationship between people are not just selling and buying. Even the readers are your true friends, they do not necessary to buy your product or totally agree with all your opinions. 🙂
    .-= kenneth´s last blog ..??????????????? =-.

    • Onibalusi Bamidele says:

      Hi Kenneth,

      Everybody has reason for what they do but I would prefer 1000 visitors a day over 10 comments a day. Traffic sells, not comments.

      Thanks a lot for your nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  14. SEO Services says:

    That is exactly it. I have always struggled with this because I know from experience that it isn’t the people who comment that end up buying through your links, but they do give you the respect and social proof as you mentioned (which might encourage that other visitor that my blog is a trusted source).
    .-= SEO Services´s last blog ..Create Niche Products: eBooks =-.

    • Onibalusi Bamidele says:

      Hi Thomas,

      You are absolutely right.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  15. Comment is very important for a blog, it show how readers react to a particular post.

    • Onibalusi Bamidele says:

      Hi Luqman,

      Exactly!

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  16. Employment for Felons says:

    This is a really well thought out post. There is not a reason to fight with commenters but if someone publicly refutes your opinion on your own blog, you should certainly defend your thoughts with out enticing a heated debate. But, the more comments on your blog the better, it is a leading source of activity on your site that will command authority in the rankings and it will keep readers on a page longer.

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