How to Deal with Negative Blog Comments

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 11 Comments

Quick question: how do you deal with negative blog comments? Do you delete negative comments on your blog? Actually, turning your back is not the best way to deal with negative blog comments and if you read on, you’ll find out why.

Blogging is no drag; in fact, it’s almost as interesting as showbiz. There is a fame factor: bloggers can get famous (or infamous) when their blogs get noticed. And, just like in the entertainment biz, criticism abounds. (And so do the comment trolls who love to leave negative but useless comments.)Negative Blog Comments from Trolls

Kidding aside, negative blog comments are not as bad as you think, but it’s easy to get all worked up on negative comments left on your blog. And you will get negative comments on your blog; it’s just a matter of time. Learn how to deal with negative blog comments and watch as your readers learn to respect you – even when they don’t agree with you!

5 Tips on Dealing with Negative Blog Comments

As a blogger, you should know how to deal with negative blog comments. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Dealing with negative blog comments the right way will make your readers respect you – even when they don’t agree with you.

Below are a few tips on how to deal with negative blog comments. Roll with the criticism and you are on your way to the top, baby! Here are a few things to ponder if you find negative comments on your blog.

  • Do not delete negative blog comments. We all love gossip; hence, we remember the blog posts that have juicy comment threads. For instance, in blogger forums, we tend to remember the comment threads that contain a lot of argument and bickering. Instead of deleting negative blog comments, publish them and let the controversy work for you. Do not put criticism on mute. Continue reading to learn how to deal with trolls’ comments.
  • Negative blog comments may hold some truth; acknowledge that fact. So what if the commenter sounded really bitter? Take away the bitterness and listen to the comment. Is there a grain of truth? Swallow it and learn from it; you will be a better person for it.
  • Do not let your anger get the better of you. People are of different minds and they may have opinions different from yours. But that does not mean you should match their anger with your own. Breathe, stay calm, and show them you stay poised under pressure! Learn to keep your blogger attitude in check.
  • Always reply to negative blog comments with respect or humor. We all need to coexist. Even with different points of view, we need to show respect and diplomacy. No cursing, no inflammatory remarks, please. If you want to be respected, then learn to respect others, whether or not they agree with you. Always voice out your opinions in a calm manner and prove your point without waging war on others. You can also show them how much of a clown you are. Remember: humor is sexy.
  • Ignore comments from trolls. Oh, yes, this is the one time it’s okay to pretend the comment doesn’t exist. Trolls love to spark conflict. If you give them even one second of your time, they will rejoice in their petty troll world. But ignore them and they will soon give up because to them, you’re no fun. But yes, it’s okay to publish comments from trolls – they make your blog post spicier.

I hope you have learned something new today with these tips on how to deal with negative blog comments. You can also learn to make your blog better so that Google Panda doesn’t hate your blog.

How do you deal with negative blog comments? Are you open to them? Do you moderate the comments on your thread? Would you publish negative comments on your blog? Speaking of which, feel free to leave a comment, negative or otherwise!

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and a cat welfare column in The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene. Add her to your circles.

11 comments:

  1. Haha! A very nice post. You're quite right about it, too. Thankfully I havent received any negative comments on my blog. XD

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  2. Always reply to negative blog comments with respect or humor. - My fave :)

    I never delete negative comments din :)

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  3. Winter, good for you! But actually, having negative comments on your blog is not too bad. Think of it this way: a lot of famous celebrities get haters, but having haters is a sign that they are, well, famous! Pray that you get negative comments on your blog - it means you said something to get people to actually leave a passionate comment. ;)

    Gellie, thanks, dear. :) I hope I could reply to negative comments by leaving pickup lines, but then they might take me seriously. Hahaha!

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  4. Got a negative comment recently on my blog. Tip#4 to the rescue hahaha :)

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  5. Really? Which blog post had a negative comment? I wanna see, I wanna see! Well, that just about proves how negative comments work FOR your blog, not against it. Hehe. ;)

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  6. The NatGeo one. I replied to it (medyo mahaba) and hopefully, it was respectful enough. :)

    Hindi ko natiis eh hahaha

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  7. I read the comments and had the hardest time resisting the urge to laugh! Your comment threads are always so full of life, showbiz na showbiz ang dating hehe!

    I just love the comments there; a lot of people never realized it was all just satire. Nakakawala ng stress. Hahaha. :)

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  8. Okay lang naman sa akin ang negative comment, lalo na kung constructive naman. There's this negative comment in my blog about my post 'Sim card name on FB' the commenter said I was being a killjoy, good luck na lang daw sa akin, kung ano ano pa sinabi, I didn't remove it but didn't approve it either, nandun lang sa pending comments. I thought of approving his/her comment and reply too, but I will also be offensive in my response so I'm holding it off muna. I wasn't asking for a favorable comment naman, syempre not everyone will agree with you. I'm thinking of your #4 tip, answer with humor, I'll try it.

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  9. It's sometimes hard not to get offended or to become emotional to comments. We are, after all, people who have feelings. :) So, it's okay to be affected initially. But don't let it get to you for long.

    I like how you held off with replying and publishing the comment. You are showing restraint, something that most of us lack nowadays. And yes, try humor - it often works to dispel any negativity. :) All the best, Amor!

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