Many bloggers have posted articles on the question of: Why don’t many visitors post comments? Then again, some bloggers aren’t courteous enough to respond to comments they DO receive. The iReply Movement was started in an effort to encourage bloggers and visitors to comment, with the understanding that the gesture will be returned in kind. Why does this matter? For one thing, if you’re blogging at all, and your blog isn’t set to Private, then it makes sense that you would appreciate some blog traffic to whatever you write about. You may also have joined various social networking sites in an attempt to create greater readership, but what good is that if you don’t get comments from visitors, or worse yet, you don’t reply to their comments? Replying to comments received, and returning the favor on their blog, is a great way of thanking your readers and it helps with developing a sense of community among bloggers. Have you ever done something nice for someone, or bought someone a present, and didn’t so much as receive a Thank You?
Replying to comments you receive on your blog is a great way of thanking those who have “gifted” you with their presence on your blog. If you haven’t already, consider joining the iReply movement.
How do you join?
If you respond regularly to your commentors, then you’re already a member. Simply write a post similar to this one, explaining the benefits of replying to comments received. Put the iReply logo on your sidebar, linked to your iReply post. Begin replying to comments you receive, even with a simple Thank You for your comment. By doing so, you are showing your appreciation and gratitude, which creates a sense of “welcome” to your blog, and you will find more people commenting on your posted topics.
Use the iReply logo. Simply place the logo on your sidebar, linking it to your post on the iReply Movement.