Comments have been an integral part of blogging since it’s inception. However, these days you will find some people suggesting you not to allow comments on your blog. It is a highly debated issue of the day. Before we go into the details, let us understand the significance of comments in blogs.
Comments can give a great start to your blog. They can give you the initial customer attention and help you make it more interactive and engaging.
However, slowly with time, when you start gaining more and more followers, these comments will not be of any use anymore. As it is, people will give you attention and comments will not earn you anything extra. So, at this stage, when you already have readers for your blog, welcoming comments and replying to them on a regular basis will be nothing but a wastage of time. You should rather spend your precious time and energy in something better and productive for your business.
The decision as to whether or not to disable commenting on your blog should be taken after judging the following:
The value that your comments generate:
Judge the value that your comments generate and analyze how they can benefit your venture. It is often seen that comments can provide huge benefits to you even if you have been into blogging for quite some time and have already gained a certain number of followers. You can gain more of them by enabling comments in your blog! So judging the significance of comments in your blog is not an easy thing and you cannot misjudge it. Graphical analysis of the traffic generated and the number of comments can prove to be helpful in this respect.
Amount of Time You Have to Invest:
Measure the amount of time you need to invest on your blogs on a regular basis for the purpose of replying to the comments.
If you have dedicated resource in your team for the purpose and they are ready to handle this part without affecting normal workflow, then it’s fine. Also, if you yourself find commenting worth and the time taken is not too much for you, you are suggested not to disable the option.
The Amount of Stress You Have to Bear:
Another thing that you will have to consider before deciding ‘to comment or not to comment’ is whether the comments just need you to invest your time or give you some amount of stress as well. Some people find it stressful to reply to comments as people sometimes ask for things whose answer might not be known to them or is debatable. Also, going through the comments made by a number of users one after another is itself stressful.
Whether You Welcome Other People to Suggest Changes or Express Opinions:
Some bloggers like it when the readers come up with suggestions regarding what more they want to see on the blogs or what changes they feel should be incorporated. They may also come up with ideas of making your blog innovative and different. If you welcome such ideas and are open to suggestions, you should definitely allow commenting. On the other hand, if you do not like people suggesting you to make changes, you should disable the commenting option.
Other Social Handles:
There are a few people who have just their blogs to popularise themselves or their stuffs. If you are one of them, we would advise you not to disable the commenting option as it is the only means of your communication with your target group. On the other hand, if you have a number of alternatives such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to communicate with people, it is not that important to allow commenting on your blog since you already have enough interactions in the other social media handles.
Your Stance against Spamming Comments:
For some people, the only reason for disabling the comment option in their blogs is the spamming comments. It should be noted here that there can be different ways for preventing these spamming messages such as using anti-spam plugins.
A number of established bloggers have already disabled commenting on their blogs while some of them still prefer allowing it. Here are a few of them:
- Zen Habits: He says that he disabled the option of making comments mainly to have a peaceful life.
- Everett Bogue: The writer at ‘Far beyond the Stars’ also disabled the option since he wanted to find out the difference (if any) created.
- Pat Flynn: He believes in allowing comments on blogs since readers, according to him, have the right to express their opinions.
So now it’s for you to decide whether or not to disable commenting for your blog. Keep the above mentioned factors in mind before you arrive at the final decision.