12 Ways to Get More Comments on Your Blog

12 Ways to Get More Comments on Your Blog


Blogging is intended to promote one’s ideas and encourage interaction and communication between the readers. Blog commenting is a good strategy of ensuring social proof, new original content and maximizing Adsense profits, since it brings repetitive visitors and increasing exposure. Indeed, frequent and interesting comments make visitors develop trust for a blog and tend to visit it regularly, either to check what’s new or write their personal insight over an issue that has recently come up.

With time, quality writing and dedicated hard work the blogger can build a trustworthy image and develop a loyal readership; that is a community of bloggers or just readers who interact and evolve around a particular niche, be it photography, south American poetry, vegetarian cooking, toddler parenting, android gaming and so on. But still, many bloggers find it very difficult and stressful to get people to comment on their blog posts. The following twelve tips are proven ways of getting more blog posts.

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Informative and Unique Content

Good and informative content is one of the key to a successful blogging. Write good content that will be solution oriented as readers are actually looking for write-ups that will solve their problems. Once their problem is touched, they would definitely like to leave something behind.

Additionally, make your posts carry certain character you know that readers will not find anywhere else. Giving them solution oriented posts with confidential language and charisma which shows them your expertise in that topic is a good way of achieving this.

Go Against The Public Norm

It is natural that the wounded will always respond in order to be free in mind. Certain topic tends to attract more comments. If you write a post on reasons why college degrees are no good, you will definitely get responses from people either defending or supporting your opinion. Don’t be afraid to be controversial from time to time. This will cause extensive threads under your articles.

Use Questions

Coupled with the good content in your blog, asking a question at the end of your blog post will put the mind of the reader in a state of contribution. Your question creates an urge in your visitors’ mind and puts their spirit up. Finish your article with a question or two and the readers will develop something inside that they want to get out immediately. Thus, they hit their keyboard.

Use A Contest

Running a contest on your blog is another way to encourage blog comments where participants will have to make comments on the blog to win a certain prize.

Apply The Ranking Strategy

If your blog is ranking well, people tend to value the content and leave comments feeling honored to have commented on a blog of such rank.

Using Call To Action

Your call to action in any write-up can either encourage readers to take a primary action, leave with no feeling or leave angrily. Make them see the comments as a good way of getting what they want.

Make Things Easy For Your Visitors

People hate being asked to submit their personal details before commenting. Take this away for them and make your site easily navigable. From the experience I’ve acquired the last two years through my photo book coupon blog, I saw that a slick design with a clean structure, without too much flash and java, is the best option.

Also, I suggest you don’t use Captcha in the commenting process. It is definitely a turn off for your readers. Let alone that some Captcha plug-ins malfunction and waste your visitor’s time. You may end up with more spammy comments – use Akismet for automatic filtering – but at least you save your readers from frustration.

Always Reply To Visitors’ Comments

Comments that come in the form of a question and are not replied tend to discourage visitors. They will see your blog as inactive. The visitors want to see the author respond to their inquiries and opinions.

Find A Way To Reward Commenters

Rewarding commenters will boost their moral. There are so many ways you can do this. You can show them special links or feature them in your posts. There are useful plug-ins that will help you reward the loyal readers by featuring their gravatars on the side bar. Humans crave for recognition. Take advantage of this.

Benefit Your Readers with a Link

If you are in the beginning of building your readership, I suggest you install CommentLuv. It is a special plugin that gives your readers the chance to promote their blog through their comments. They can type their blog URL and select one of their recent posts to appear under their comment with a link inside. It an awesome way to have their article titles featured in other blogs and earn links as well. There is a huge community built around commentluv.

Make Provisions For Subscription

This ensures you have constant and consistent blog readers. It gives them a sense of belonging and they will definitely share anything they feel about your posts.

Comment On Other Peoples’ Blogs

This is also a good way of building links back to your blog. Those who come to your blog through your useful comment will like to leave a comment in your own blog as well.

Following these tips will get comments flowing like water. Now, over to you; what are you doing in order to attract more comments to your blog?

Post By Steven Papas (1 Posts)

Steven writes for the VeryBestSoftware.net, a technology blog, where he posts his personal reviews on software and applications, tech news and online business tips. He also likes blogging about new ways to make money online and outsourcing. You can find him @stevenpapas.

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    I’m glad that you hit up the content pointer first. When I go to a blog, I want to see fresh stuff! I don’t want to see an author taking other people’s work and rephrasing (or just downright stealing.) This is what keeps me returning to a blog and what I hope to emulate when I start my own blog. And the bit about commenting? Priceless, especially if you can befriend and swap affiliate links with other writers!

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    TheMarkSquared 

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    I could really say that your methods are very effective due to the fact that this post has a lot of comments. You have very informative content, a good call to action, and you make things easy for the reader! I like the fact that you practice what you preach. Keep on posting!
    Cheers,
    Mark.

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    I have been looking for something like this! thanks for the writeup

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    I appreciate your article. I work with people who want to build more traffic to their website and I shared with them some of your tips. I like the one about being different and a bit controversial. And leaving a question keeps people engaged. I will share these tips with my clients. Thanks for your article.

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    The best tips I’ve read in a while, thanks for the share!
    This will surely boost comments on blogs, I will be using these tips in the future.

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    thunder321 

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    Great points.This will be useful for all blog owners :).

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    SimplySidy 

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    I guess you had a typo above when you mentioned “The following twelve tips are proven ways of getting more blog posts.”.
    Again, I have to disagree with some of the points above in your article. They might be great for read and getting visitors but they cannot ensure that the article or post would receive comments. I have a blog and when I was regularly updating content, there were too many visitors (as per the plugins installed and also the GAnalytics) but there were hardly more than 1% who commented.

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    SimplySidy 

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    I guess you had a typo above when you mentioned “The following twelve tips are proven ways of getting more blog posts.”.
    Again, I have to disagree with some of the points above in your article. They might be great for read and getting visitors but they cannot ensure that the article or post would receive comments. I have a blog and when I was regularly updating content, there were too many visitors (as per the plugins installed and also the GAnalytice) but there were hardly more than 1% who commented.

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    Thanks for pointing out that Captcha is a horrible tool, I wish more people would realise this. It’s one of the most frustrating things to come across on a site and totally breaks the natural flow of interaction between content creator and reader. It’s not even particularly good at its job, as people have developed tools and bots which can easily circumvent Captcha plug-ins.

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    R.E. Danielson 

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    I really like the general idea of appealing to human need for recognition and acceptance. Belonging to a subscription, building report through responses, recognizing readers on the blog itself (via plugin or content): all of these draw the reader in and say, “You belong.” Additionally, removing annoying features that alienate the reader send the same message. Great topic to focus on.

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    The idea of being controversial from time to time is definitely one that I agree with. I find myself very bored with blogs that post opinions which are almost exactly the same as other blogs or worse, something that people generally agree on anyway. ‘Schools help children learn’ isn’t a good topic, but ‘Schools hinder children’s learning’ is a more interesting one to discuss, whether you agree or disagree.
    Contests are definitely a good tip too. I’ve seen some posts get a lot of exposure because people get their friends to post or post links on forums in hope of winning the prize or to share that there’s a prize to win.
    I find that the ranking system is a good idea, but can work for or against you. Quite often no-one bothers to give posts good ratings, but people who disagree are quick to give bad ratings. This really depends on the community.

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    “Always reply to visitors’ comments.”
    Absolutely true. Readers and commenters will feel closer and more in touch with you if you’re corresponding with them even through the comment section. This is a great way to share ideas with your readers and to understand more about their perspective.

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    The tip on going against the social norm is a good way of getting people to comment on your blog. People will tend to try to correct what they think is wrong to avoid having the wrong message spread. Another good way is to add a poll. I think this engages more people and will get them to comment on your blog.

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    cashonwww 

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    Absolutely bang on tips!! I liked the tip on make it easy for visitors and reward your commenters. Yes these are probably the best way to ensure that visitors get hooked on to and put their thoughts. The only issue with allowing some freedom to visitors is the possibility of good number of spam comments. Unless you have some good software to filter out spam, it actually distracts other visitors to put comments on the post.
    Good tips!!

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    ViciousJawa 

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    “People hate being asked to submit their personal details before commenting.”
    I absolutely agree with this statement. I’ve seen numerous blogs where one has to jump through hoops simply to leave a short comment. That’s anything but ideal when you are trying to get people to post more comments. They have something on their mind after reading your post and they probably want to write it down and hit “submit” right then, instead of having to undergo a complicated procedure before they are allowed to speak their mind.

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    Good tips to get comments! In the past I needed some people to comment on my blog, and I used some of the same strategies posted.

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    purpletears 

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    All of these tips are really helpful for the new bloggers like me ( you know, sometimes is very hard to get comments when you are just getting started) My personal favorite was “Use a contest” I´d never thought about it…such an easy and funny way to engage your readers.

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    srinivas0812 

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    Excellent article this is. I personally think that replying to visitor comments is the best way to make a blog an active one. Not permitting URL’s in the post is the best way to get rid of spam these days. With the increase of the automation software, every post is spammed to death and there by decreasing the value of manual blog commenting.

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    Very useful points. Making things easy for the visitors makes them read and comment on the blog. Replying the comments makes the visitors feel that their comments are actually getting noticed. Rewarding the comments is another great point.

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    thomas1117 

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    These are all good tips to get more commentators on your blog. Also I bet when people decide to voice their opinion on your blog they’ll probably be more likely to subscribe to it. Commenting on others blog probably is one of the best tips.

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