When I first starting writing blogs many moons ago, I was very passionate and was churning out posts every day without fail. After diligently writing for 6 months, I began to wonder if I had any readers for I did not get many comments. I did not know what my readers were thinking, whether they like my posts or not or how they felt about my blog. I very much wanted to increase comments on my blog but I did not know how, being a greenhorn blogger back then.
Now that I know better, I will be sharing some of the tried and tested methods on how to get more comments on your blog.
Quality of Posts
Yes, the quality of your posts will determine the amount of comments. If it was properly written and your readers think that it is useful to them, then they would be more compel to comment, even if it’s just to say “thanks”. In other words, the quality of your blog contents will affect the number and quality of comments that you get. This is quite evident on my blog post where I provided a carefully researched GreenGeeks review, as you can see that I get quite a number of good comments. So, do spend a little more time to do your researches and you will not be disappointed.
Don’t be afraid if your topic is a controversial one either. If you feel very deeply relating to such issue, then by all means share your opinion. A word of advice though, do choose your words carefully, you do not want to end up hurting others’ feelings or beliefs. A post is for you to voice your thoughts, not to look for arguments!
Ask For Comments
This is one of the most obvious methods and yet one of the more over-looked one. You could ask for comments directly or indirectly. You can directly request for comments by asking questions and inviting your readers to share their opinions.
Indirectly asking for comments can be by way of giving rewards to say, the best commentator of the week or something along this line. You can have a side widget for this and because there is a chance to increase blog traffic, your normally silent readers would be tempted to comment too.
Simplify the Commenting Process
I have sometimes, over the years, experienced difficulty in the commenting process. Some of these blogs have a long list of verifications that you need to go through before your comments can be uploaded. There are logins, word verifications and many a times they do not allow anonymous comments. I could not help but think that the site owners seemed to be discouraging comments rather than encouraging them. These are usually found on blogs with high traffic though.
Therefore, try to do away with all these red-tapes and set your comments settings to ease your readers to voice their opinions.
Address the Comments
One of the things that I look forward to when I make comments is a reply from the blog owner. It makes me feel that I am talking to someone and that my comments were read. It’s about being appreciated. But I dislike having to pop back every now and then just to check if the blogger had updated his/her reply.
What the blogger could have done is add the “subscribe to comments” plugin. This way, the commenter can choose to be notified by email of further comments or replies. This is a good way for your readers to follow up on other comments especially when the topic is of interest to them. And at the same time, it serves as a “reminder” of your blog to your readers.
There are a number of plugins that encourage comments. For example, you could install the CommentLuv plugin which allows a link back to the commenter’s site. Again, the chance to generate traffic back to their site is a major reason for readers to drop some comments. Then there is the threaded comments plugin which imitates a mini forum. This plugin is useful when you have a popular post and there are lots of comments to it. It provides easy commenting and a more organized follow-up of who said what.
So you see, generating traffic to your blog is great and all but getting your readers to constantly comment on your posts is one of the sweetest rewards you get from blogging. It is this interaction that reassures you that you are not writing in vain and at the same time, proves to other readers that your blog is a popular and well-received blog. So if you do wish to get more comments on your bog, feel free to adapt some of the above methods. One last thing, do let me know if it works or if you have any other methods to share… yeah, share your thoughts in the comment section below.