10 Ways to Get More Comments on Your Blog
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Are you looking for ways to increase your readers’ interaction on your blog? A big part of the blogging experience is being able to connect with others. Here are a few tips to help you encourage your readers to start commenting:
Utilize the Top Commenters Plugin to give credit to readers who are actively commenting. Post a list your top commenters in your sidebar or footer and give them credit for taking the time to be active members of your blog’s community. You appreciate them taking the time to comment so share the love and let others see how great your readers are!
Reward your commenters. Consider creating an occasional post to highlight the insightful comments you’ve received on your blog over a period of time. Give credit to the comment authors – who doesn’t like to be recognized for having insight? Hold contests and give away prizes for best comment, most frequent comments, etc.
Become a Do-Follow blog. Letting your readers know that a comment on your blog will help their SEO will encourage them to start leaving comments. A “do follow” blog allows search engine spiders to follow the links in their comments, thus giving valuable backlinks to the comment author’s site.
Create your own Blogging Clan. Build a small community (5-10 bloggers) in which you can support each other’s blogging efforts. Commit to leaving comments on each other’s posts, participating in each other’s events, and linking to each other’s blogs as much as possible.
Comment on other blogs. With how busy the blogosphere is becoming these days, this trick must be done carefully. You want to be sure that you’re adding value with your comments. Don’t just write “great job” comments and leave it at that. Share something of value or ask a question to let the blog author and his or her readers know you’re serious about the subject, too.
Link to other blogs in your post. Let them know you’re siting their work, and chances are, they’ll stop by and leave a comment on your post, too.
Extend your comments. When you find a post on another blog that you feel the need to write a long comment about, don’t. Instead, write your response as a post and publish it on your own blog. Then link to your response in the comments of the original post and see if you can keep the conversation going.
Be personal. Readers react to real-life, personal struggles and victories. Make sure you’re not coming across as someone who has it all together. Let your readers know that you’re still learning, too – and that you do want to learn more, even if it might be about seeing things from a different perspective. People love to share their expertise so encourage them to do so!
Keep your posts short. Readers are so busy these days – there’s not a lot of time to spend on any one task. Don’t take up all the time readers have at your site by having them read long, in-depth posts. Write short enough posts that people still have enough time to leave a comment before they need to move onto the next thing.
Ask a question at the end of each post. Ask your readers to share their experience related to your topic. Ask them what they have learned. Ask them to share additional insights. For example, I am listing 10 ways to get more comments on a blog and will now end this post by asking if anyone knows of other ways that work, too.
What about you? Have you found some helpful ways to increase your blog’s comments? Let’s keep the list of tips going in the comments here!