As a content creator on YouTube, it’s important to engage with your audience and encourage them to participate in the conversation around your videos. One way to do this is by enabling comments on your videos, which allows viewers to leave feedback, ask questions, and share their thoughts with you and other viewers.
In this article, we’ll cover the steps for enabling comments on your YouTube videos and provide some tips for managing and moderating the comments section.
Access your channel settings
The first step in enabling comments on your YouTube videos is to access your channel settings. To do this, log in to your YouTube account and click on your profile icon in the top right corner of the screen. From the drop-down menu, select “Creator Studio.”
In the Creator Studio, click on the “Channel” tab on the left side of the screen and then select “Advanced” from the menu. This will bring up the advanced channel settings page, where you can customize various aspects of your channel.
Enable comments on individual videos
By default, comments are disabled on all of your videos. To enable comments on a specific video, go to the video manager and click on the video that you want to enable comments on. From the video’s dashboard, click on the “Edit” button.
On the edit page, scroll down to the “Comments and Sharing” section and click on the drop-down menu next to “Allow comments.” Select “On” to enable comments on the video.
You can also customize the comment visibility settings by selecting either “Public” or “Private.” Public comments are visible to anyone, while private comments are only visible to you and the person who left the comment.
Enable comments on all of your videos
If you want to enable comments on all of your videos, you can do so by going to your channel settings and selecting “On” under the “Allow comments” heading. This will turn on comments for all of your videos by default, but you can still customize the comment visibility settings for individual videos as needed.
Manage and moderate comments
Once you’ve enabled comments on your videos, it’s important to manage and moderate the comments section to ensure that it remains a positive and constructive space for your viewers. Here are a few tips for managing and moderating comments:
- Respond to comments: Engaging with your viewers through the comments section is a great way to foster a sense of community and build relationships with your audience. Try to respond to as many comments as possible, whether it’s to answer a question, thank someone for their feedback, or simply say hello.
- Use the YouTube moderation tools: YouTube provides a range of moderation tools that you can use to manage the comments on your videos. You can use the “Hold for review” feature to hold potentially inappropriate comments for manual review, or you can use the “Block” feature to block specific users from commenting on your videos. You can also use the “Report spam or abuse” button to flag inappropriate comments for YouTube’s attention.
- Set up comment filters: You can use the comment filters feature to automatically hold or hide certain types of comments based on keywords or phrases. This can be helpful for blocking spam or inappropriate comments, or for highlighting positive or constructive feedback.
- Encourage positive and constructive comments: Encourage your viewers to leave positive and constructive comments by setting clear guidelines for the comments section. You can do this by adding a comment policy to your channel’s “About” section, or by including a reminder in the video description.