The Great Blog Comment Debate

The Great Blog Comment Debate started by @Copyblogger.  http:/rnissenbaum.wordpress.comCopyblogger recently announced it would be turning of comments and many other sites shortly followed.  That raised the question as to whether the practice was a smart move.

Fabulous Blogging raised some great points in their recent post both for and against the decision to prevent comments.  It became obvious to me how I should proceed.  It’s well worth a read (and comment)!

Most comments on my blogs were either spam or provided very little quality discussion.  Like most I had to take the time to sift through them and reply to the ‘good’ ones or I felt the negative implication of being ignored would create more ill will than having no comments at all.  

With all of my blog posts shared across the various social media platforms I’ve noticed an interesting shift.  My blog posts are read and shared more often and the comments I receive are being posted on the social media sites!!

My decision – comments are now turned off but I choose to leave them on for pings and trackbacks for now.

That still begs the question of how does someone that finds your blog post outside of social channels comment?  

Simply add a link at the end of the post to the post on one of your social sites or your provide them a link to tweet their comments.  

Obviously that brings up the “chicken or the egg’ conundrum.  How do you provide a link to a social media post if your blog is published first and then shared.  

The simply way is to publish, share, then edit the blog post with the link or links of your choice and update.

Personally I love what Fabulous Blogging  did.  Create your social media post FIRST and generate some buzz. THEN publish the blog and update your social media post to reflect the blog article being ‘live’.  

This works best with G+ due to easy editing but will work well with Facebook if you use an image instead of a link and Pinterest if you use the Rich Pin feature.  

Of course you can always just add to the comments!  

Happy blogging……and commenting (or not)!

By:  Robert Nissenbaum

Want to comment?  You can find this post on Google+, Pinterest and Facebook or simply tweet me with your thoughts!  If you liked what I had to say or just want to continue the debate sharing is always appreciated!

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About Robert Nissenbaum

WHO AM I? The work me: A writer, social media consultant, educator and public speaker. I work with solopreneurs and small to midsized businesses helping them effectively use content and social media marketing to build relationships, improve brand awareness, drive web traffic, improve SEO and generate leads through an organic process. What I teach, implement and speak on has its roots in traditional, old-school networking and cold calling. My techniques have been developed over a decade of building my personal brands through social media and relationships. I focus on a relationship based approach. That content is less important and plays a supportive role. That business, long-term, repeatable and sustainable business, is driven by relationships. Whether your business or organization is business-to-business or business-to-consumer, for profit or not for profit or service-based or retail-based, the principles I teach are highly effective and get real results. The real me: An avid sea kayaker, adventure seeker, and fisherman. I take full advantage of living on the water at Salmon Beach off the west side of Point Defiance Park in Tacoma’s North End. I spend as much time paddling as I do working. When not on the water, you can find me fishing off the deck, hiking, camping or otherwise exploring the PNW. I'll spend my downtime with friends, my children or simply having my feet up on the couch. The volunteer me: I teach LinkedIn classes at Joint Base Lewis McChord to help those transitioning to civilian life and am a kayak fishing guide for Heroes On The Water's Northwest Chapter. HON helps military veterans & their families relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate through kayak fishing.
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