Blog comments make the Blog world go round don’t they? As a Blogger you might spend hours crafting a brilliant post with beautifully edited photographs, fun and inspiring words and plenty of love. You hit publish and you eagerly await people to read your post. You check your stats and it looks like people are reading, but what are they thinking? Do they like it? Do they agree with you? Do they have an opinion? You watch your email for the first notification of comments. And then bam! There it is. Somebody has taken the time to write a comment on your blog. You feel a sense of satisfaction, pride or just general happiness. It was worth it. Your blog post has been well received. Awesome.
Blog comments can be very important to Bloggers. They make us feel like we are being listened to, they offer a sense of community or friendship. They might teach us something. Or they throw up an entirely new opinion that you hadn’t thought of. There is great value in the blog comments. But what if your blog is not getting as many comments as you would like? What if interaction on your blog is pretty low? How do you get more blog comments?
My key tips for getting more comments on your blog are centered on engagement and networking. You need to put yourself out there (other than crafting a brilliant blog post) in order to get other people to comment and interact with your blog. Here are five tips for encouraging more comments on your blog:
1. Be a top commenter
You need to give to receive, so find some other blogs that interest you and start commenting on their blog posts. You can leave the url to your blog in most commenting systems and the chances are that the Blogger will click through to see who left them that awesome comment. Take a bit of time each day to read a few blogs that you enjoy and leave a comment. You will soon reap what you have sown!
2. Connect on social media
Share your latest blog post on your social media channels. Tell people why your latest post is so awesome and give them a chance to find you and retweet/share/like/+1 your post if they love it.
3. Ask a question
At the end of your blog post pose a question to your readers. It gives them a chance to engage with you directly on your chosen topic. Even if your blog post isn’t the most opinionated of pieces, sometimes blog readers just like to connect over the mundane. For example, you could share some of your favourite picnic items in a fantasy wishlist blog post. It might be just something pretty to look at for many readers but if you ask a question such as ‘what is your favourite picnic item?’ it opens the post out for anyone to get involved with. Encourage interaction on your blog by actively asking for it.
4. Reply to comments
Blogging has a very strong community aspect to it so reply to the people that comment on your blog, especially if they ask you a question. Not only is it polite, but it encourages conversation on your blog!
5. Have an opinion
Often the most engaging posts are the ones that state an opinion of some sort. From the simple to the complex, opinions are the best way to get your readers thinking and wanting to comment on your blog. An opinion can be from simple things like ‘stripes are the best pattern’ or ‘parboiling first makes for the best roast potatoes’ to more in-depth opinions such as ‘print media is dying’ or ‘your shopping addiction is damaging the lives of people in developing countries’. Take a stand and offer people the chance to agree, disagree or even often a different point of view.
Those are just 5 tips on how to get more comments on your blog. If you enjoy the engagement and conversation on your blog then get yourself out there and build the community around your blog!
Is there anything you think I should add to the list?
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This post is part of a new mini-series called Blog Chat where I will share what I have learnt through several years of Blogging. Hope you like it!