Saturday 8 December 2012

How do you reply to comments on your blog?

It took me absolutely ages to realise that it was largely pointless replying to comments on your own blog.  Most people don't sign up to be notified of replies, so they won't see your reply unless they happen to come back to that post for some reason.

So finally I figured out that the best thing was to visit the blog of the person leaving the comment and leave a comment on their blog - sometimes replying to what they said or often just making a comment on one of their posts.

The only replies I do on my blog is where the person doesn't have a blog or I can't figure out which blog they come from.  I do warn people commenting that this is what I do like this:

I have noticed that some people reply to comments by email.  I would be interested in your views on whether this is a better way to do it.  I had assumed that people would prefer you to visit their blog and comment - because that increases the page views and exposure to their blog...

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  1. Hi! Could you (or did you?) do a post on how to get those "You might like these other links" below your blog post? I see them on other peoples blogs all the time but have no idea how to do this!

  2. Yes I did - see the post in the Popular Posts lists to the right. Cheers

  3. I am your newest follower and think your blog is super cute!! I would love a follow back at
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  4. Hi there! Stopping by from the hop :) Looking forward to looking around! xoxo, eliza

  5. I kind of jump all over with commenting back to someone who comments on my blog. I try to make sure to visit their blog. If the comment goes to my email and I can respond that way I do so, but I will still also drop by their blog. I know I like it when someone visits mine. By the way, I'm dropping by from the weekend hop from Our Everyday Harvest.

  6. Hi there, new follower from the blog hop. Your blog is great, I'm going to look around some more but I can already see some very useful information available. :)


  7. If they have an e-mail address I will reply to their e-mail if it's a no comment blogger I will go reply to them on my blog. I don't really know who see's it on my blog :-(

    I'm having a FACEBOOK social hop. I'd love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your facebook.

  8. Oh!!! I have been blogging since early 2010 and am a little embarassed to admit I never knew this! Woops. All that time spent replying to comments on my blog directly. Thanks for the tip! Stopping by from the GFC blog hop :)

  9. Blog hopping & following... Happy Holidays!

  10. This is a great post. I'm pinning it. I answer people by email if I can, because it is a little faster. Sometimes I post comments in my blog itself and every once in a while if they have a question and I can't reach them except for through their blog, I will go there to answer. It is getting more difficult for me at the blog grows. I am getting approximately 20,000 pageviews a month with about 200 comments per week with over 200 people linking with my party. It is a little overwhelming at times.

    Came from Mom's Mingle, following on GFC. Would love to have you follow me back.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  11. I reply to comments on my own blog. I only have a few commenters a week, so it's not a big deal. I'm not sure why my audience is so quiet. The numbers tell me that they're there, so I guess they're shy.
    I've also begun to delete comments that simply say "stopping by from the hop". Don't get me wrong, I'm happy you're stopping by, but that doesn't tell me if you enjoyed what you read or if you're just doing what you have to because you're supposed to comment on 3 blogs or something. Say you're stopping by from the hop. Then tell me what you thought about what you just read. I think it's common courtesy.

  12. Hi there! I just found you via- Bloggy Moms December 2012 Blog Hop!

    I do tend to reply to each message on my blog though I agree they the visitor may never actually see the reply. So, your approach is a good one.

    I'm your newest follower, so, stop by my blog and take a look around, and follow if you wish!

    xo's- Ashley

  13. Yahoo! Following from the blog hop! Have a good weekend :)

  14. I agree but I do feel those replies are great for the new readers because I love to see that the blogger answered the question. Great tips. I am also happy to be your newest follower. Thanks for coming by my blog. Have a happy holiday.


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