A lot of bloggers live for the comments left by readers on their posts. While not all bloggers may not feel this way, it cannot be denied that comments can make a blogger’s day – positive comments, at least. However, there are always two sides to a coin, and if you get positive comments, you are sure to get negative ones as well. What do you do when you see these negative comments? How do you deal with them?
Before we take a look at the answers, let us make one thing clear: it is one thing for people to leave comments expressing their disagreement with what you said; it is another thing for people to leave negative comments which are not at all constructive. Needless to say, it is the second kind that we are talking about in this post.
So, what do you do when you see those kinds of comments in your blog? You have two simple choices: to reply or to ignore.
If you do decide to reply, you can do so via the comments section or via private message or e-mail. Whichever mode you choose, it is important to bear in mind that you should never rise to the bait. Oftentimes, people who leave “destructive” comments are merely trying to get your goat anyway. Nothing will come out of replying in a similar fashion. The best thing you can do is to reply in a civil, even friendly, manner. You might be surprised at how a little kindness can go a long way! Here’s a nice guest post over at Problogger to help you more with this tactic.
Alternatively, you can choose to simply ignore the comment. Even better, if the comment is really bad and not constructive in the least bit, hit that delete button! You do not want your other readers to feel put off because of someone who feels like trolling your blog, do you?
Time for your input – what do you do when you get these kinds of comments?
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