How to Approach Anonymous Haters Online

If you run a blog, then you may have run into the occasional anonymous hater.  This is someone who posts negative comments.  These aren’t respectful, “I disagree with you and here’s why…” comments but things like, “Your post doesn’t make any sense.  I don’t agree with anything you said.  I don’t understand why people are too stupid to see that your article is flawed…”

Small business owner, Kris Ruby, polled several entrepreneurs to get their take on dealing with hateful blog comments.  One of the most popular responses was to ignore it.  You want your blog posts to generate conversation because the content is good, not because you and your last commenter are arguing back and forth.  Many times people post negative comments as a way to get attention.  If you reply back with something less than positive (or anything  at all), you are giving that person just what he or she wants.

Looking at the Ruby article, can you share the way you deal with anonymous haters and flamers on your blog?  Have you helped another blog owner rid his or her blog of trolls?  Share your tips for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.  Read on for how…

 

Rules of The Business on Main/Entrepreneur Resources “Deal with the Haters” Contest

1. Post your “Deal with the Haters” story in the comments section of this post and on the MSN Business on Main article page.  The story can be long or short, informational or entertaining.  Just know that what you share could help other entrepreneurs, too.  To get to the comments section on Business on Main, navigate to the gray bar under the article.  Click on the current number of comments to expand the section and post away.

2. Identify your post on Business on Main with the words Entrepreneur Resources or the initials E-R.

3. The winner will be selected by Entrepreneur Resources.

4. A valid email address must be included in the post here on Entrepreneur Resources (how else can I tell you if you win?).

Note: Prizes will be awarded in the form of a $100 Amazon.com gift card and will mailed out 4-6 weeks after winner notification.

Want an extra entry? Like the Inspired Media Facebook Fan Page, and post that you’re a fan in a new blog comment.

Want one more entry? Follow me on Twitter at @InspiredMedia1 and post that you’re a follower in a new blog comment.

One winner will be chosen use Random.Org.  Winners who I am unable to contact and who don’t claim their prize within 48 hours of being sent their “You’re a winner” email notification will forfeit his or her prize.  In the case of no winner due to a prize being forfeited, I will again use Random.org to choose an alternate winner.  This giveaway is limited to US residents who are 18 years old and above only.

Deadline:

You have until Friday, April 27, 2012 at 11:59pm CST to comment and be entered for your chance to win a $100 Amazon.com gift card.  I will randomly pick one winner with random.org and announce it here on the Entrepreneur Resources blog on or shortly after April 30, 2012.

Disclaimer: My blog is a part of an online influencer network for Business on Main. I receive incentives to share my views on a monthly basis.  The opinions, however, are all mine. :-)

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About Dequiana Jackson

Dequiana Jackson, CEO of Inspired Marketing, Inc., is a small business marketing coach who shows women entrepreneurs how to use solid marketing strategies to turn their life’s passion into a profitable, service-based business. Dequiana is the author of Know Your Business: How to Attract Ideal Clients & Sell More and runs the award-winning blog, Entrepreneur-Resources.net.

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  1. I’m new to blogging and haven’t come in contact with “haters” yet, but I think I’d ignore them.  I’m all for healthy debate, but I wouldn’t want them to disrupt the flow of my blog or upset readers.  If the person kept spouting off negative comments, then I may even block them. 

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