There are many ways you can grow your channel, and one of them is by managing the comments section of our YouTube account.

Comments actually work more for you than you think. Today, I’m going to teach you some steps on how to manage YouTube comments to increase interaction with your viewers and draw more people to your channel.

Let’s start with, “Why do you want to reply to comments?”

First, having comments shows interest and YouTube likes that. And if you interact with comments, you’re likely to get more comments

Second, it’s social proof. It shows new viewers that you’re popular, and replying shows them that you’re engaged and you’re likely to reply to them.

Third is SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Words and comments count towards SEO for a video. So if you have a video about bananas, and all the comments mention bananas, you’ll rank better for the word ‘bananas’.

Fourth, it’s the right thing to do. People love to comment on your video, you should reply.

How to manage comments:

1. Start by going to the upper right hand corner, clicking on your icon, and then Creator Studio.

2. Head over to the Community Section, and the first thing that pops up is going to be comments, so this will list up all the comments that are being made on your channel.

3. If you’re a smaller channel, you should just be replying to everything. Well, now that I say that, maybe not things like “Sub and I’ll sub back” or rude comments, or things that have nothing to do – spam, things like that.

Now if you have a lot of videos that are getting a lot of comments, you should do things slightly different. I would recommend is going to All Videos, and this lists your videos in the order that they’re most recent first, so you might go in and say, “Well, this is the video that I posted this week.”

Pro tip 1: Some YouTubers have a rule of, say, replying to every comment within the first 24 or 48 hours after they release the video so it rewards the people who are watching. Those who are probably your subscribers reward them with replying to them and keeping them most engaged.

4. Go to All Videos, and check the videos under the tabs “Held for review” and “Likely spam”. Approve/disapprove as you like.

Pro Tip 2: Interact with your viewers at least once a week.

Now that you’ve learned a thing or two about managing your comments section, I hope that you’d be getting more views (and even subscribers!) into your videos and channel.