15 Tips on Blog Comments and How to Get More of Them

15 Tips on Blog Comments and How to Get More of Them

This is a guest post by Annabel Candy

A blog with no comments is like a party with no people. You can’t get out of there fast enough.

A blog with no comments makes the blog and blogger look unpopular, unread and unloved and most blog visitors will want to leave as fast as they can.

Getting the first comment, the icebreaker on your blog posts is so important. Here’s why.

Reasons You Should Want More Blog Comments

1. Blog comments will motivate you to keep blogging by showing you that someone is reading and interested enough to give you their feedback.

2. Reader comments can give you ideas for topics to cover, especially if people have more questions about a topic or post.

3. Blog comments instantly turn the blog post into a conversation, not a one way street where you orate to your readers, but an open table where your readers talk to you and to each other too.

4. Comments make the discussion more interesting and deeper. Readers often add great tips or information that you forgot to include.

5. Readers can easily introduce themselves to each other just by leaving a comment on your blog.

6. First impressions count. Having lots of comments shows new blog readers that your blog is well read, useful and enjoyable.

7. Having comments on a blog post will get more people to read it. They’ll want to know what made it so interesting.

But when your blog’s new you probably won’t have many readers, let alone commenters. Here are my tips on getting that first comment and encouraging more comments on your blog posts.

How to Get More Blog Comments

8. Get a blogging buddy

When you’re a new blogger get yourself a blogging buddy who will comment on every single blog post you publish. It could be a friend who doesn’t even have a blog or another blogger, in which case you can do the same thing for them. The comment doesn’t need to be long and meaningful. It needs to break the ice and make it easier for other people to leave a comment because no one likes to be the first.

9. Start a blogging group

Once you’ve got two people you can grow your blogging group – more people in the group should mean more comments.

10. Ask your readers to leave you a comment.

Don’t be shy and be honest. You can say something like:

“I’d love to know what you think about xyz. Please leave us a comment below.”

11. End your blog post with a question such as:

  • What are your favourite places to visit in Canada?
  • How do you stay fit while you’re traveling?
  • What’s your main take away from this?

Make sure the questions aren’t too hard to answer. These questions can be quickly answered in one word if the blog reader is short of time.

12. Don’t see a blog post with few comments as a failure

Sometimes there’s nothing to add. If that’s the case you could consider turning off comments on specific posts.

13. Get personal

Barbara shares her personal stories here and has built up a strong and engaged community because of that. Sharing your personal stories like Barbara’s Trauma in the Dressing Room post builds trust, helps people relate to you as a real person and encourages them to also share.

14. Be controversial

Some bloggers court controversy all the time. By sharing one view-point or opening a discussion on a topic people feel strongly about you’ll get more comments. My blog post about racism in Australia is still getting comments many years after it was published.

15. Stick your neck out

Don’t be afraid to share the good, the bad and the ugly. Confessions and lessons learnt from failures often turn out to be highly popular and commented on posts as I discovered when I wrote 35 Ways I Don’t Fit In. It’s still one of the most commented on blogs posts I’ve ever written, even though it includes all kinds of strange information like that I’m a lanky beanpole with one sticking out ear who likes the smell of chicken poop. Go figure.

I still remember the excitement of getting the first comment on my blog from a “stranger”. It showed me that someone was reading my blog and motivated me to write more.

Do you leave comments on blogs you read? If so why?

If you’re a blogger which of your blog posts has got the most comments? Do you do anything special to get the comments rolling in and keep them coming? Let’s get this party started. Leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.

Annabel Candy is a freelance writer. Born in England, she’s traveled in over 40 countries, lived in eight of them and has both British and Kiwi passports. But don’t hold that against her. Annabel now bashes her keyboard in Noosa, Australia, writing travel stories and travel tips on the popular travel blog Get In the Hot Spot and sharing blogging tips at Successful Blogging. You can also find her on TwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle+ and now Instagram.

 

29 comments

  1. Barbara

    Well let me get this party started… When I think of all the bloggers I’ve met while reading Annabel’s blogs it makes me smile. Sonia Marsh, who I mentioned in my last post, and I were newbies in blogland when we met at Get In The Hotspot. There have been so many friendships developed over these years and Annabel, you had a lot to do with that.

    I hope those of you are not familiar with Annabel will check out her blogs and heed her advice.

    Thank you Annabel for a great guest post.
    b

  2. This is a great post. I honestly have been commenting less because of the captcha. Knowing how much I love comments, I’m trying to be more patient.

    • Barbara

      I’m so glad you brought up the captcha Doreen! I’ve told all new bloggers they are truly unnecessary. The spam filters are so much better than they used to be, you shouldn’t put your readers/commenters through the grief because it will only discourage comments in the end. Great point!
      b

    • Hi Doreen,

      That’s a great message for people who have a captacha – it does take the commenter more time so acts as a deterrent – not what you want:)

    • Barbara

      No Sharon…Thank YOU.

  3. Comments do add something more to a post but I know a few popular blogs that don’t accept them or have tons of likes and few comments… It’s all good. 🙂

    • Barbara

      I know Elizabeth and understand how some big bloggers turn off comments, but I have to admit I stopped following. I like a little discussion in comments and I’ve learned here and on other blogs how the post can just be the beginning of a good discussion.
      b

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  5. Thanks for a great post. It’s so damn hard to get that first post. I think it’s a neat idea to make friends with a couple of other bloggers and support each other with one’s blogging efforts. Certainly makes getting that first comment MUCH easier.. and then they start to flow much easier from there.

    • Barbara

      It’s true Joey. When you find a group of bloggers who can support each other online and off it makes a world of difference. No one wants to be the very first, whether it’s commenting or speaking up in a crowd. I hope you find great blogging buddies like I did.
      b

  6. Perfect idea for a post & some fabulous tips! I’m always amazed at the amount of readers I see within the stats, but so many seem to be totally shy about commenting. Even with social media posts, friends will mention my post when they see me, but never comment — and here I am thinking no one saw it.

    Any way you slice it, just keep blogging your piece of the pie!

    • Barbara

      I know Lee. Except for a relative or two who can’t figure out how to post a comment I am often surprised at those who don’t. Like you, I get comments in person and I am so surprised to learn they even read the post! Oh well. The #’s are good and that’s important.
      b

  7. Thank you Barbara! Sooo inspiring. Quite new to blogging and needing to be more disciplined but it is coming on. At first I didn’t know WHERE I would find inspiration. And then I noticed that all around me are great ideas from which to create a post. Must get guest blogging too!

    • Barbara

      I’m so happy you stopped by and left your comment Beryl. It gave me the opportunity to visit your blog and I am fascinated by it. Can’t wait to see where you take it.
      b

  8. I will never ever forget when I got my first comment on my blog and it was from someone on the other side of the world. Someone out there who had read my post and found it worth sending me a comment even if no one had done it before.

    As I’m in the ” about 1-6 comments per post group” I always have to remind myself of the joy it is to just express myself and knowing that there always are at least one person reading it.

    • Barbara

      Ella, I admire the fact, as I’m sure many people do, that you started a blog to learn English. In the process WE have learned some amazing things about you and about Sweden. I am so happy to count you among my blog friends and say how much I admire what you do.
      b

  9. I’m down with tips. I’m always trying to figure out how to engage new readers 🙂

    • Barbara

      I think your blog is steadily growing Sara. Slow and steady wins the race! 😉
      b

  10. Fab Tips!

    I remember when my blog post received its very first comment. I was like, WOW! I love yoooou!

    I always end my post w/ a question. I took that Idea from Not Quite Nigela.

    It begins a great dialogue

    Thank you. Loved the post. x

    • Barbara

      It is exciting when you get the first one from a STRANGER, isn’t it Kim? I don’t always end with a question, depends on the topic, but I do it more than I used to. My readers aren’t that shy… if they’ve got something to say they will!
      Thanks,
      b

      • NQN is so good at that. I think your readers aren’t shy Barbara because you aren’t. You dare to share so they do too and that’s a wonderful thing:)

  11. These all sound great, but looking at the list I do tend to do most of them.

    I used to get the occasional comment and it seemed to be picking up, then it all stopped. I haven’t had a comment on my blog in a few weeks now, even though I get double the traffic I did then.

    I have been looking at this list and trying to figure out what has changed. I could be more controversial, sure, but I don’t want that for every post. My blogging buddy and I haven’t been commenting on each others’ posts as much recently, so that might have something to do with it.

    Then I read this:
    http://www.problogger.net/archives/2008/09/15/when-to-publish-blog-posts-timing-considerations/

    and realised that the biggest difference between then and now is when I post. I started posting on Saturday mornings just because it was convenient for me. But thinking about it, I hardly read any posts at the weekend – it’s mostly a working day lunchtime thing. So why should I expect anyone else to?

    You might argue that in this social network age, when you mention your post matters more than hen you actually post it. But I do have people subscribed to my RSS and by the time Monday lunchtime has come around, my post will already be buried beneath a hundred other posts.

    What do people think? Might timing play a part?

  12. Great post and so true!

    I’ve said this many times before and it’s not an exaggeration: meeting Barb and Lee and having each other as blog buddies and loyal commenters improved my blogging world dramatically.

    It is lovely to get any kind of feedback, but it really does make a difference in how a blog is perceived when that feedback is visible.

    • Barbara

      Nothing beats a lively discussion in the comments Doreen. Thanks for adding to it!
      b

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