25 Proven Ways To Get More Blog Comments. Do you ever wonder why you don’t get more blog comments?
It is not uncommon to receive a decent amount of traffic to your site, only to find that your visitors just aren’t interacting with your content.
That is why I have pulled together 25 strategies that the pros use when it comes to eliciting more comments on their blog posts.
Ask for comments
Ask your readers to comment after reading your blog. Email friends, beg on Facebook, promise a give away in exchange for comments. Remember when you posted your very first article and begged your friends to read it and comment? It works even better now that you’ve got some friends who actually know what a blog is! This actually works. I had a friend email me earlier asking for a comment on an article she’d written that was in an area of interest for me. Guess what? I commented gladly!
Keep The Conversation Going.
Even the biggest blogs can benefit from keeping the conversation going by giving thoughtful responses to blog comments. Responding to comments can be a great way to extend the life of the conversation, and keep people coming back to your site.
Take a look at this blog post from Neil Patel on the QuickSprout site that has already received 107 comments (and counting). Now, if you are already familiar with Neil Patel, you probably know he is a ‘pretty big deal’ and yet he takes the time to respond to nearly every single comment posted on his site!
Kill Your Retweet Button
Giving people an easy-out is, some would argue, a proven comment-killer. Give your readers only one way to respond and they’ll be more likely to take it. This only works well if you’ve got amazing content and are hoping to snag the fence-sitting readers who know they want to respond but aren’t ready to commit to a comment.
End with a call to action.
One of the best ways to get your readers to comment is to ask for their opinion.
Ask an open ended question at the end of your blog post but most importantly ensure that it’s not a question that would result in a yes/no answer.
This is another effective simple technique that can have huge results. Sometimes all it takes to elicit engagement from your readers is ending your post with a simple question that acts as a call to action.
Your aim should always be to develop a discussion within your comments – the more discussion, the more it will get other people talking.
For instance, in this post by SEO experts Moz, the author explicitly asks readers to add their own thoughts in the comments.
Letting your readers know that you value and appreciate their ideas and opinions can be just the encouragement they need to interact with your content; just be sure that you do actually read, appreciate and respond to any comments they do leave!
Republish Your Old Content.
A great way to build up a conversation on your blog is to update, republish, recycle and re-promote old content. For instance, if you promote a popular blog post a few times a year through social media and to your email subscribers, the posts will, over time, build up a healthy number of comments and increased interaction.
Removing elements that cause friction with your audience isn’t always easy, sometimes it requires design tweaks that not everyone can do – but if you can, it’s well worth doing if it fits with your overall blogging strategy.
6. Disable Spam Prevention Methods That Make Your Readers Uncomfortable
If you are using any type of captcha’s that your readers have to fill in before they can comment – remove them.
In most cases this just causes friction with your readers and doesn’t stop spam in the slightest.
For spammers, it’s easy to get past captcha’s and there are even services that will solve captcha’s for a small fee just over $1 for 1,000 captcha’s.
7. Don’t Force registration Before Commenting
I used to see comments that required registration a lot more; thankfully I am seeing this less and less.
This adds far too much friction and makes it much more hassle than it should be for your visitors to comment.
8. Consider Removing Commenting Platforms That Make It Hard For Readers.
On a similar vein as forced registrations, it’s worth considering how the commenting system you are using impacts your visitors.
An example of this would be Disqus; it’s a great system that stops spam in its tracks but it’s another hoop for your readers to jump through (that’s if they aren’t a Disqus user).
There are positives to using a system like Disqus, which include:
- Email notifications are managed for you.
- You can earn money from the platform.
- You probably won’t need any other comment for blocking spam.
- Faster loading times.
- For those commenting, it’s easy to manage all of your comment replies from one place.
But despite these positives, it’s worth considering how using a platform like this could impact how many comments you receive.
Plenty of other bloggers have talked about why they are removing Disqus and why they avoid commenting on blogs with Disqus, Gary Korisko shared his thoughts here and the post generated some great comments.
I’ve been a Disqus user myself for a long time and some feedback I’ve received showed a dislike for the platform so I’ll most likely remove it when I re-design my blog.
My plan is to test how things go without Disqus, and you should too – testing is essential to find what works for you.
9. Link To Your Comments Section At The End Of Your Post
One of the problems with a lot of blog themes is that you have to scroll all of the way to the bottom of the comments to enter your comment.
And because one of the keys to getting more comments is to make it easy for your readers to comment, we need to do something to make this easier.
You can do this by linking to your comment form at the end of your post, a good example of this in action is what Noah Kagan does on his blog; OKDork.com.
If you’re a WordPress user and you don’t have anything like Disqus installed, you can do this by linking to #commentform.
The URL will look like this to your visitors:
But you’ll only need to add #commentform.
10. Minimize Distractions And Put The Focus On Your Post
I’ve talked about this several times in the past and its relevant here too.
When someone is given too many options, they will take the easiest option; no action.
Look at your blog and consider what you should remove – what is really helping you achieve your goals?
Hide low comment counts
I mentioned social proof earlier on and it’s an important one.
If you aren’t getting many comments on your blog yet, avoid drawing attention to your comment counts.
11. Ensure You Are Writing For Right Audience
How well do you know your audience?
If you aren’t getting many comments (yet) or you are getting the wrong sort of people commenting on your blog, it’s worth taking a look at who you are really trying to reach.
Are you reaching the right people?
Once you get to understand your audience better and focus on the right areas, your comments will increase.
Attack Somebody Thoughtfully
If you’ve got beef with somebody, publish it! Know the difference between a flagrant attack and a thoughtful post that calls another’s behaviors or beliefs into action. Both will get a lot of comments but the first might garner a lawsuit.
I call this an “attack” because readers will nearly always view a post that includes names as an attack even if the content is very much about a concept and not a person. Know what you’re stepping into.
Congratulate Somebody Genuinely
There’s a lot of arrogance online and any post that says, “I want you to check out this person and here’s why” will often win some comments about how much of a nice person you are.
Sure, you could be posting about somebody because you care about them…but there are many non-public ways to show you care that are often considered more meaningful. Go ahead and post to boost your own brand, just make sure you reach out to the people you care about in a genuine way.
14. Write Rich Content That Deserves Comments
I know this one sounds obvious, but it is too important to leave off this list. If you are not offering anything unique or original to your audience, why would readers feel the need to leave a comment?
Take a look at your content and ask yourself if you would leave a comment, if not – what’s stopping you? And what can you do to change it?
The content of the article is original, witty and chocked-full of practical examples and tips of ways you can become a better writer.
You will be hard pressed to find many of these tips anywhere else online. In fact, most of the reader comments are simply along the lines of, “Wow, I had never thought of most of these ideas before!”.
Email Your List And Ask Them To Leave A Comment
Your email list is your new best friend.
Your email subscribers are the most likely to share your content and the most likely to comment when you ask them to.
Try signing off your email with a call to action that simply asks your subscribers an open ended question or asks them to leave a comment.
Don’t write everything that can be said about a topic
If you write everything that can be said about a topic, you won’t leave much room for discussion.
Admittedly, this is one of the biggest reasons why I don’t get as many comments as I could. I write mostly resource intensive posts which leaves minimal room for discussion.
This is worth considering, but you should also consider how this would fit in with your overall blogging strategy.
I find that I get more social shares and traffic when I publish more comprehensive posts – I take a hit on the comments in favor of broader visibility.
Close comments On Some Posts
Not on all of your posts. Just on some of them. If you post regularly but have trouble keeping interaction levels high, it might be a good idea to close comments on the blurbs and silly pieces so your readers know when you’d especially like their input.
If you’re a “social media blogger,” beware of closing comments. People will say you’re anti-interaction and throw moist cybertowelettes at you.
Find A Way To Surprise Your Readers
Find a way to surprise your readers and they will always respond with a comment. How can you do this? Ask them to disagree with you or provide some evidence that you’re wrong about something.
Readers are often glad to disagree with you if they know you won’t take the personal.
Write Short Articles Packed With Goodness
A best-case scenario involves a visitor spending 3-5 minutes on your blog. That’s just enough time to read a 300 word article and craft a brief comment in response.
Learn to pack a lot of goodness into a small space and you’ll reap the benefits of comments from joyful readers who gladly reply to your blurb with a comment. Surprise them with a welcome to disagree and watch the discussions pile up!
20. Respond To Comments And Encourage More Conversations
Engaging your audience is essential to not only getting more comments but also growing your blog in general.
One of the best ways to do this is to respond to comments and encourage more conversations – ask questions, get to know your readers and take the conversation further.
Write About Twitter
It’s rare to find a regular Twitter user that doesn’t have an opinion or two about the service, company, or community that is Twitter. If you write an article about Twitter that fewer than 100 bloggers have written about already, you can be certain of comments from the Twitter-crazed masses.
Try a Comment Cluster
Groups of bloggers who always comment on each other’s articles are great for higher comment counts. Comment clusters form naturally over time but can be built with a little push and thoughtful effort on your part. Start out with one blogger and work your way up until you’ve got 10-15 bloggers in your cluster. (This only works if you have a group of bloggers that post articles with the same frequency. Otherwise one blogger “gets” more out of the deal and things go sour.)
23. Don’t Lose Your Voice To Blog Contributors
Chances are that people follow you because they want to hear what you have to say – that’s one of the great things about having your own blog.
Your readers want to hear from you.
So, let them hear from you.
Accepting blog contributors works great; it can expand your audience, increase your traffic and email subscribers too.
But, the moment that the majority of your posts are from contributors, is the moment that you start to lose your voice.
Your readers want to hear from you – let them and it will help to forge a stronger bond with your audience.
Trade Comments Others
Come right out and offer to leave a comment on any article chosen by readers who leave comments on your blog. Most comments are left out of either interest or a sense of reciprocity. Acknowledging the reciprocity and taking the initiative to leverage it into more comments for your blog is an effective way to boost comments.
Just be ready to read some really weird stuff and post comments on blogs you might not read otherwise.
25. Make An Announcement That You’d Love For Feedback On
People love to feel cared about.
And you should care what your audience thinks, they are the reason your blog is where it is now and they’ll be largely responsible for getting your blog to where you want it to be.
If you’ve made a change on your blog, find out what your audience thinks – make an announcement and ask for feedback.
25. Contribute Posts Or Comments To Other Blogs That Have An Active Community
When your blog’s community grows, you will get more blog comments.
One of the best ways to expand your own community is to contribute to other blogs within your niche that already have an active community. This could include contributing guest posts or contributing engaging comments.
Writing engaging comments is something that works particularly well, Ryan Biddulph is a great example of someone that does this exceptionally well.
You will get more email subscribers, increased traffic, increased visibility and if your new subscribers like what they read – they’ll comment (as long as you make it easy for them).
These comments will serve as ‘social proof’ that your content is valuable and interesting, and your readers will be more likely (over time) to want to leave their own comments. Once the ball is rolling, your content will really begin to take off and gain the traction it deserves!
Keep in mind that this is a long-term strategy for steadily building increased engagement, so be prepared that you may not see results right away!
The list shown above can help you to improve the number of comments on your blog posts. What is YOUR best tip for getting comments on your blog? Please share with us below!