As you know very well, comments are the very important factor for every blog, and you can see many big blogs are getting hundreds to thousands of comments on each blog post.
So, how they made it possible?
Today you’ll learn how to get more and more comments on your blog posts.
Building a community and encouraging social interaction are key aspects of running a successful blog. But when you’re getting a new blog off the ground, these things can be difficult to establish.
It can be very disheartening to work very hard on your content, only to be greeted with silence in the comments section.
While a lack of response may be discouraging, it’s important to realize that the vast majority of your readers will never leave a comment. These are the lurkers who may loyally read your content, but prefer to take a more passive approach when it comes to interacting with you.
Fortunately, there are still several ways to get more comments. In this guide, you’ll discover several techniques for motivating more people to leave their thoughts on your blog.
Make it easy
The first step is to make it as easy as possible for your reader to leave a comment. Begin by choosing a commenting system that requires a minimal time investment to register and use.
This is a crucial step to getting more comments – especially if your blog has no comments at all. Many people will be hesitant to leave a comment on an inactive blog, and creating further obstructions will only hurt your chances further.
Most commenting systems require registration or CAPTCHA input before a comment can be left. While this is important for restricting spam, it’s wise to reduce the level of strictness, and even allow some of the ‘friendly spam’ comments through – just until the comment section is more active.
Another option is to use a third-party commenting system that already has an established user base. Disqus is a good example because it allows the commenter to use their existing login details without having to register with your blog. A third-party system will protect you from spam, but also save the commenter the hassle of registering again.
Additionally, it’s a smart move to give your reader multiple commenting options. Google+, Facebook, Disqus, and WordPress comment forms can all be added to your posts and will allow your reader to comment using whichever account they’re most comfortable with.
Giving readers a real incentive to leave a comment is a great way to get the ball rolling, especially if you have no comments yet. While few people want to leave a comment on a seemingly inactive blog, offering an incentive will quickly motivate people to share their thoughts.
One way to offer an incentive is by using CommentLuv, which is a popular WordPress plugin that allows your commenters to link back to the most recent posts on their own blog. This plugin works fantastically when your readers are likely to have their own blogs, but it’s less effective in markets where your reader isn’t so tech-savvy.
Another technique is to run a competition and offer prizes to the people who leave the most insightful comments. This method can be highly effective, just as long as your prizes are worth competing for.
However, the prize doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it’s possible to offer the mere prestige of being a top commenter – simply set up a scoreboard page that gives some recognition to your most valued commenters.
Don’t forget to ask
A simple way to improve your reader-to-commentator ratio is by simply asking people to share their thoughts and leave a comment. Some readers will be more than happy to throw you a bone by leaving a comment just because you asked.
You can also make it easier for them by guiding them towards the type of comment they could leave. Try to finish your blog post with a bold statement that might provoke a reaction, or ask a question they’ll want to answer.
It really helps if you inject some personality into your blog. If your posts read like a dry corporate newsletter, you’re unlikely to inspire interesting comments. But if you share some of your characters and write with your own voice, you’ll connect with your audience and make them feel like talking to you.
While this technique isn’t for everyone, there’s no denying that a little controversy can provoke an avalanche of comments. The simplest way to do this is by holding a strong opinion, going against the grain of consensus belief, or making a bold, off-the-wall statement.
There are various degrees of controversy you can employ, but be aware that this can backfire if you’re not careful. It’s best to wait until you fully understand who your core audience are before you try anything too crazy.
Many bloggers have discovered that controversy can spike a huge influx of new commentators. However, many of these commentators won’t be there to do you a favor. If you’ve provoked a strong emotional response, you’ll need a thick skin, but it’s a powerful way to get those comments flowing.
Interact with your commentators
If you make your commentators feel valued, they’ll leave more comments. An easy way to show you value their contribution is to simply acknowledge each of them personally and individually.
Aim to interact with every commentator, especially if you only have a few active ones. You can ask questions about their contribution, or at the very least, thank them for taking the time to share their thoughts.
Overall, inspiring social interaction on your blog can be one of the most rewarding aspects of the entire blogging experience. Seeing honest feedback towards your work can bring out your best and motivate you to keep going, even when times are tough.
Remember that winning those active commentators isn’t easy. But if you put these strategies to use you’ll see an increase in both the quantity and quality of your comments over time.
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Which strategies you’re using to get more comments on your blog? Let me know. Also feel free to ask any question or suggestion via comments.