As a vlogger, you should always make video comments a big part of your YouTube channel. In fact, the YouTube comments section is a great place to start discussions and create more engagement, so that you can build a interactive community around your vlogs. So how can you get the most out of your YouTube comments? Try out these tips for YouTube vloggers:
Start a Discussion
At times, after you upload a new YouTube video, viewers may be bit slow to start commenting, especially if they don’t see anyone else commenting first. Don’t be afraid to take the plunge and get the conversation going yourself.
Go ahead and post a comment to get the conversation started. Ask a question, or pose a related thought and ask for feedback. If you do this, you’ll be much more likely to see others commenting in very short order. This also allows you to direct the topic of conversation in your video comments.
Respond to Your Comments
After you start a discussion in your comments, don’t walk away. In fact, even if you didn’t start the conversation, you should always respond to the comments that your viewers leave for you. The more you do this, the more people will see that you care about your vlogging channel’s community, and that you want to know what they have to say.
When viewers know that you’re likely to go over their comments, they’re going to be more likely to leave comments. If you never respond to comments, the potential for engagement is lower. So encourage the kind of community behavior you want to see by getting involved in the comments on your vlogs.
Post a Comment Encouraging Video Ideas
Want to really get a conversation going in the comments? Ask your viewers about ideas for YouTube videos they’d like to see you make next. People love being a part of a community, not just an audience, and they enjoy seeing their ideas come to life.
You can post in the YouTube comments asking viewers for their input on your upcoming videos, and as viewers read each other’s ideas, they’re bound to get even more ideas and to keep the conversation going.
Share Links to Relevant YouTube Videos
As you get involved in discussions in the comments, don’t be afraid to link to other videos that you’ve uploaded. Just be sure that they’re relevant to the comments and the conversation. You don’t want to just spam your comments section with a bunch of links. Instead, for example, if a viewer has a particular question, you can link them to a video that has answers for them. That way, your viewers will appreciate your helpfulness, and they’ll go watch more of your videos!
Use Moderation Tools to Avoid Spam and Negativity
You don’t necessarily have to moderate every single comment that viewers post on your YouTube channel, but you might want to use some of the available moderation tools so that you don’t have to go back and delete a bunch of auto-generated spam comments or negative comments with a lot of profanity later. You can learn more about Google’s moderation tools for YouTube channels here.
Showcase Great Comments in Your Vlogs
Finally, whenever you get really great comments on one of your vlogs, go ahead and showcase them in your next YouTube vlog. You can do this by taking a screenshot of the comment(s) and then editing those screenshots in at the end of your video as you mention those comments. You could also just give shout-outs to the people who left those comments. Mention them by username, read their comment, thank them, and even discuss how their comment inspired you.
When you feature your viewers and their input in the comments like this, you can expect to start seeing a lot more engagement. Viewers enjoy being a part of their favourite channels. When you do these things, you’re actually working on building a community around your YouTube channel. And, as that community grows, you can expect to see even more engagement in the comments on all of your videos.
Keep these tips tips in mind and see how much more engagement you can get for your YouTube channel!
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