It does hurt, doesn’t it when your blog is on the verge of reaching its zenith, but gets heavily criticized by someone. A lot of bloggers tend to overlook negative blog comments but what they don’t realize is how crucial it is to handle negative comments in an appropriate manner without having to upset the commenters.  Here are some of the ways to help you deal with negative blog comments while still keep your viewers interested in your blog.

Be able to differentiate negative from positive

First of all, you should be well aware of the term “negative” and make sure if a blog comment is indeed that. Your personal opinion might not be the same as your audience’s opinion, they might think that the blog comment is not at all negative but is a different side that you should strongly consider. In other words, do not be biased and let a bold comment cloud your judgment. If they are pointing out an error, thank them and make the correction. Let people express their views and be appreciative and professional in your reply. However, if they are clearly putting you down, don’t worry about it! They are affecting themselves by posting unnecessary comments.

Just simply ignore!

Secondly, ignore the comment if it is invalid. It would be a whole different situation if his/her argument made sense but if the comment is posted to simply accuse you or tear you down,  you should definitely ignore it as will your viewers. Don’t bother replying as it would not only agitate you but it will also continue the irrelevant conversation. Moreover, why should you engage with someone who doesn’t know what they are talking about? It’s completely pointless arguing with a demented commenter who spends his time flaming others. Some commenters neither criticize your blog nor insult it. They just post irrelevant spam material such as links. The only way to avoid this is to unsubscribe, block or to warn the commenter not to post something that is not related to the topic at hand.

Other ways to deal with negative comments

Furthermore, monitor the reviews about your blog. This will not only improve your blog but will make avoid silly mistakes in the future. This can be done by Google Alerts. Just set up your name and your company’s name. Moving on, let your viewers know you value their opinion and acknowledge them. This will help establish a strong bond between you and your audience.

Some comments are there to help one to further enhance his blog. There might be a time when the commenter will be rude and would not sugar coat his comment. Nevertheless, appreciate their views. It’s hard to be too upset with someone who expresses their gratitude. If you reply positively and rationally, this will not only continue the conversation but will turn it around on a more positive note. Lastly, simply delete the blog comment! However, I do not recommend this as you are only delaying the haters’ only for a short amount of time from posting negative things about your blog. If you confront the commenters rather than avoid them, it will keep other bad commenters at bay. You can also unsubscribe them as well as block them.

Don’t let them get you down!

To sum it all up, don’t let irrational flamers convince you how to run your blog, engage them in a witty conversation to support your argument! However, you should be able to distinguish a negative comment from a positive one. If the commenter is harsh and simply doesn’t make any sense, simply ignore him/her. Your viewers’ thoughts will not be affected as they too will see the commenter’s irrationality. Moreover, by checking social media websites that contain information regarding your blog, you can get a brief idea what your viewers think about you. If your blog is successful, then you should not get worked up over one negative blog comment. In the end, the universe shall tend to fold as it should. Note though comments always come in a package. However, if the rest of your audience’s comments are all positive, you have absolutely nothing to worry about.

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