How often are you commenting on blogs? I took a little break last few weeks, because I was too busy, but I am back to blog hopping as much as I can.
So I noticed stuff that I don’t really like. And I want to make just a few observations and see what you think about it.
Most bloggers don’t recommend using commenting systems like Disqus and Livefyre. People need to register for them and that can turn them away from commenting. Update: most commenting systems now allow comments from unregistered users.
On the other hand, maybe that is exactly what you want, because not everyone is after comments. Comments don’t equal sales.
I did not comment on blogs with Disqus for a long time and it was months before I registered for it, to be able to comment on some blogs.
I don’t like those systems. I don’t want to ask people to register for it to comment on my blog. The only reason I registered is because, first, I created great connection with bloggers who use them, and then wanted to comment on their blogs (Ingrid, Dino, Gini…).
I actually ran a test with Livefyre, for about 2 weeks and wasn’t at all “wow-ed” by the results. Although the system was great to have conversations and has that chat like feel, I could not reply to comments from my dashboard and even worse – I could not edit a comment (which was a must when one of the commenters asked me to correct a link they posted in the comment).
Question #1: Do you like these commenting systems and why?
Comments or cash?
To return to the fact that comments don’t equal sales, someone will say “But isn’t the point of blogging — interacting, commenting, community?” Yes, sure it is. There is nothing like a great community (and I love mine here) but most bloggers are trying to make money.
So no matter how much they appreciate the comments, they would still prefer sales.
If you ask me personally, I love each and every comment I get and I would not like to get less. But if I was selling a $200 course, I sure would hope for more sales and would not be upset with less comments.
You see, I know many bloggers that have 2 comments per post but are making more money than you can imagine.
Why am I even mentioning this? Because there are bloggers that talk only about how many comments they get, but that is it. There are no sales, they don’t get new subscribers, their blogs are just chat rooms and nothing else.
That is great if you have a personal blog where you like to chat, but the moment you put the first affiliate link or a banner on your blog, it isn’t personal any more, you are trying to create a business.
In this case, you don’t need conversation, you need conversion! So stop worrying about the number of comments you get and see how those few you do get – convert!
Question #2: Are you sometimes asking yourself how come you have 100 comments on a post but no sales (or newsletter subscriptions)?
Big pet peeve
There is one thing I noticed on more blogs lately, that I really don’t like. Comments going from the newest at the top.
On this blog, comments start from the oldest on top and it will stay like that forever. Why?
Reason number 1: having comments start from the oldest one makes it easier to follow the conversation. I don’t read the book from the bottom of the page, you know.
Reason number 2: how about rewarding people who commented first by letting them be seen. Being the first commenter on a post is a great traffic generation strategy and I don’t mind if people are doing it here.
If you comment first, I hope you get all the visits you want. Because you made an effort to be the first commenter. If you make a great comment, people should go and check out your blog because you deserve it.
But if your comments get pushed to the bottom of the page, that doesn’t seem fair to me.
Question #3: Do you care in what order are the comments posted?
Question #4 (cause I don’t understand): What is the advantage of reversing the comments’ order?
I don’t comment for the sole purpose of traffic generation or links, but I want to be able to follow the conversation. With reversed comments order, it is sometimes really hard to follow it.
Most people don’t ever read comments but if they do, not many will scroll to the bottom of the page and read up to the comment form.
I at least scan comments when I want to leave one, although most of the time, I actually read all of them, not to repeat a question. If the order is reverse, about 90% of the time, I will leave after reading the post.
I guess we all have some preferences and you don’t teach an old dog new tricks, lol.
OK, I will leave it at this today, enough questions to keep us busy. I hope you will answer the questions or give your opinion on any of these observations, this is a topic that really interests me! And please share the post so we hear more voices here.