A troll is someone who goes out of their way to purposefully annoy people by posting information in the comments section of other people’s blogs that is inflammatory, offensive, and disruptive.
Bloggers who publish highly sensitive or controversial blog posts are usually the ones who attract a lot of trolls.
However, trolls will harass anyone, regardless of the topic on which the blogger has decided to publish.
Some bloggers decided to delete their blogs because they were tired of the frequent trolling.
Those bloggers who have chosen to continue blogging despite the frequent abuse are terrified of trolls (They worry about those trolls making their lives a living hell).
You should consider yourself quite fortunate if you have never encountered a troll in your history of blogging in the blogosphere.
To be safe, I will show you how to deal with trolls effectively.
1.) By Creating A Commenting Policy Page For Their Blog
It is entirely up to you whether or not to create a Commenting Policy page for your blog. Having one, on the other hand, will notify your blog’s readers about what is and is not permitted in the comments section.
Anyone who breaches the Commenting Policy on your blog will have their comments deleted.
After all, it is your blog and you should not have the cause to tolerate bad behaviour from others.
2.) By Moderating Their Comments
Keeping your comments moderated is a wonderful strategy to keep trolls out of your blog’s comment area.
After all, their comment is unable to make an impact if it is not seen (You can think of it as a troll talking to a brick wall).
Some bloggers have even gone so far as to disable comments on content that is controversial.
In my case, I do not believe that disabling comments on my blog is a good idea because it will prevent all commenters from leaving comments.
Therefore, the best option for me is to moderate the comments on my blog.
3.) By Ignoring The Trolls
Trolls thrive on attention and giving them yours is tantamount to giving them permission to misbehave.
They will simply choose another blogger to troll once they have seen that you have ignored them on multiple occasions.
In any case, the comments section of your blog should not be a haven for trolls.
4.) By Responding With Humour
If you are the type of blogger that allows all comments, you can respond with a witty remark whenever someone tries to troll you through the comments section of your blog.
Why should you do something like that?
Because retaliating angrily will only serve to strengthen their position.
Keep in mind that your goal is to disarm the troll, not to arm the one who is trolling.
5.) By Giving Them The Facts
There are trolls who believe they are far brighter than you and will discuss a topic in an undignified manner (Oftentimes, they lack the facts).
Dear friend, no one can topple you over if you know the facts.
As you have learned, any blogger can handle trolls by:
- Creating a Commenting Policy page for their blog.
- Moderating their comments.
- Ignoring them.
- Responding with humour.
- Giving them the facts.
Thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing you here again on Renard’s World.