There was a time, not all that long ago, when I wrote one of those ‘killer posts’, not that I consider it one of my better posts, but because of one thing or another it went viral for a short time. That post was called Why I No Longer Link To The Likes Of ProBlogger And John Chow, and to date it’s had 217 comments, close to 4000 view and sits at the top of the ‘Popular Post’ ladder.
What sent the post viral was the involvement of a couple of ‘A Listers’, and I’m not mentioning any names so that I don’t get accused of link baiting again. Those very same A Listers said that the reason they didn’t respond to their commentators was because they ran their blogs as a business and taking the time to reply to comments would only hurt their business. Anyway, that post led me to doing a followup called Will Commenting Harm Your Blogging Success because I wanted to find out how many people felt the same way as the A Listers or if, like me, they felt replying to comments was actually favorable to their blogs.
That post included the Poll Can Commenting Harm Your Blogging Success and I also included it in the sidebar so as to give it maximum exposure. This post is to discuss the results of the poll. Of the 106 people who voted 88, thats 83%, said that comments would not harm your blogging success. On.y 18 or 17% said it would and they would probably include an A Lister or two.
One has to remember that we’re talking about replying to those people who comment on your blog. The big boys would have us believe that replying to the very people who are the life’s blood of their blog would take too much time, time that could be better served elsewhere, running their online business. Sort of makes you wonder how those of us who work full time, run several blogs and still have time to reply to comments manage.
Personally I think it’s a choice that individuals make and I’m fine with that. I’m just glad that I’m not the only one who believes that taking the time to reply to those people who leave a comment is not a waste and is actually beneficial in improving your name/brand.