Does your company have a blog comment policy?
Well let’s be honest. It feels like Monday, doesn’t it? The good news is that even though it actually feels like Monday, it is Tuesday. This means that we have a shorter work week!
Last week, we talked about blog comments in the article, What Is The Best Way To Manage Blog Comments? I was really surprised to hear that many people do not have a comment policy. Not only do most of the readers not have one, but some do not see the need for one. Today, I wanted to offer a few more reasons why you might consider creating a comment policy because a comment policy isn’t just about weeding out comments that are uncomfortable.
While I was researching for this article, I came across a great article by Charlene Kingston on Social Media Examiner. This article was produced back in 2011 and it is titled, 7 Tips to Increase Your Blog Comments. It seems almost too perfect to help me make my point, so I had to share it.
One tip to increase your blog comments is to have a comment policy.
One of the points that Charlene brought up that I would imagine in our fast-paced world that almost everyone has come across is,
Do you correct the language and grammar mistakes?
I bring this up because by having a comment policy, your readers are not shocked if you choose to correct their grammar or language.
You’ve Already Set an Expectation that Promotes Trust
Now we’ve gotten to the heart of the matter of why I’ve decided to promote comment policies. Having a comment policy means that you have already set an expectation that promotes your reader’s trust in you. They know what they post will be reviewed by you or someone in your company and that their comment is getting your attention.
Your readers can trust that if they put their opinion out there, they are not going to be disrespected. Instead, you’ve created a great space for intelligent conversation.
Another point that I wanted to bring up about comment policies is whether or not you are going to allow other writers to promote their articles on your website. This is solely your choice. You might encourage more comments if you allow people to promote themselves. You also might welcome more spam.
Your comment policy is yours and no one else’s. Your comment policy may be that everyone can comment no matter what. That is fine.
All I am saying is to think about it and write it down for your own benefit. Decide how far is too far for you. In life, boundaries are so important. Whether you choose to publish it or even follow it is up to you. I am fully confident that you are going to choose the best option for you and your company.
Do you have a comment policy, and if not, would you consider one now? I would love to hear what you think. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.