Enabling comments on your blog is a must if you want to create an active community of readers who add to the conversation. This will help keep you, the author, motivated and writing regularly, as well as attract advertisers, if that is your goal.
For comment moderation, you have two choices – allow comments to post immediately; or have them queue up and wait for approval. Either way there are options for spam filtering which is definitely recommended.
Encourage Your Readership to Join In
Once you’ve enabled comments and they start coming in, try to respond to them in a timely manner. Readers will appreciate your thoughtful responses to their comments, keeping them engaged and coming back to your blog. Encourage your readership to join the conversation by wrapping up your posts with a question or thoughtful comment. Ask them to share their advice on the topic at hand. You’ll learn something too!
If you’re using WordPress, Comment Luv is a plug-in that will automatically include a link to your commenter’s last blog post – if they are a fellow blogger – at the end of their comment. Encourages community and rewards your readers by allowing them to share their blog – on your blog.