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If you want to get more comments on your blog post, this is one of the guides you should read. It is a detailed experience of how I moved from zero comments to having over 60 valuable readers comment on a post.
But first, read this…
In a recent development (2014), an authority blog just shot down the comment section of its blog and said, “No more comments,” please. I don’t have to spell it out here, but in case you’ve not heard of it…Copy Blogger did that.
Yes, Brian Clark and the Copy Blogger’s team have closed down the reader’s favorite section of that great blog.
Well, if that worries you for any reason, read all about it on the CopyBloger blog. In a real sense, I would not advise an average blogger to try this out on his blog. It is like shooting yourself in the foot while trying to walk.
But that’s not the main reason for my write-up today.
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Many bloggers are relentlessly looking for ways or how to get more comments on their blog posts. But here we are; an authority blog is just doing the opposite.
Well, that’s by the way…
Suppose you’re struggling to get more comments on your blog post. If just about no one is leaving comments on your “quality” content, this post is for you.
Please read it to the end…
Every piece of advice I give here is what I had undertaken or put into practice in your situation before moving up a bit to something like averaging 30 comments per post.
Thirty comments per post are not something to be proud of, but at least better than not having any comments.
And the good part is, when you start averaging five comments on each post, then getting ten comments shouldn’t be that difficult.
And moving up to 20, 30, 40, 50, and even hundreds would become much easier because they would, at one stage, leverage the existing effective strategies.
But first, let’s define what blog commenting is.
What is The Meaning of Blog Comments?
A blog comment is an interaction between the author of a post and the blog readers about the page’s content through a web or contact form.
It is the engagement or feedback given by the readers of a post to express their opinion on the message.
In some industries or blog topics, blog comments can be an indicator or measurement of how quality or poor impact of a post on the readers. This is because the more engagements on a post, the more social shares and, possibly, conversions.
Why is Blog Commenting Still Important in Blogging?
Blog commenting is still very important for many reasons.
If utilized well, it can bridge the gap between having a handful of audience and building a massive loyal community of blog readers. It is an effective marketing tool for making online friends, building business relationships, brand awareness, and increasing engagement.
It can also be used for SEO if followed by a good SEO strategy. However, its impact as an SEO tactic has diminished over the years after the google algorithm updates. But still, it helps diversify your link-building process and make things look natural.
For most beginners’ online marketers, blog commenting is the easiest way to start link building campaign.
9 Steps to Get More Comments on Your Blog post.
1. Provide Quality.
There is no shortcut to having readers write insightful comments on your articles if the post is not quality. Quality in this term is not just to any content.
Certain types of content easily attract comments.
First, I have seen that posts that address real-life activities, day-to-day issues, and what marketers are passing through in online marketing easily attract more comments than the rest.
Published quality post that talks about what other webmasters are going through. Something they can resonate with within their business activities or real-life events.
The how-to articles, too, are suitable content types that easily attract comments, especially if what you discuss in your how-to articles is what you’ve experienced, tested, and found to be working.
For example, how to get thousands of Facebook likes in less than 30 minutes. Or how you get AdSense approval without a single post on your blog. You know that in itself is a big issue among so many bloggers.
2. Your Headline.
The purpose of a clickable headline for a post can never be over-emphasized.
The below image shows an instance where an article headline has increased traffic and compelled the reader to write comments on the post.
If the content headline does not trigger or arouse curiosity in readers, there is no way the body of the post exists. And if the body does not exist, having comments becomes a delusion.
Make sure you do all you can to create a beautiful headline for your post. Therefore, you can also increase the traffic rate to your quality content.
And remember, only about 1 to 3 percent of those who read your post will likely post a comment. The rest, 97 percent, would just read and pass away without leaving a comment.
So, if only about 1 to 3 percent of those who read a post comment on it, then it is more than glaring why you’ll need to increase…
3. Traffic Rate.
Yes, and that’s just it!
Just as the quality and the traffic volume to your offer are proportional to your sales, so also it does to comments on your posts.
Do a little mathematics here; if 100 people read your post and you have 2 percent leave comments on the post… that gives us just two words.
But if 1000 people read the same post and 2 percent comment on it, we will have 20 comments.
This is just one of the many reasons why marketing is more essential to the overall success of your blog than creating the content itself. And so many people, including me, believe in the 80/20 rule.
Promote your quality content, and promote it everywhere till there is no more marketing channel available to you within your reach.
4. Install The CommentLuv Plugin.
Note: This plugin has not been updated for years and has not been tested with the latest WordPress version. You should try the plugin on a staging site for compatibility issues.
I know you’d been expecting to see this on my list.
Of course, you can’t go wrong doing this to increase comments on your blog. Many readers are tempted to leave comments on posts not because they want to but because they want their latest post displayed alongside their words.
So, take advantage of this and increase your chances of having comments on your post.
Though, doing this may bring in so many spam comments. But don’t worry, it is good to start this way, and it helps increase the traffic rate.
Later, you started seeing constructive and valid comments from readers like the one above from Enstine Muki.
And when traffic has increased, indicating that people like what you’re doing. You can start filtering out those clever spammers with one-line comments like “nice post,” “well done,” “good tips,” etc.
5. Blog Syndication Feeds.
If there is only one tactic to increase the comments rate on your blog, it is blog communities.
You can have your post syndicated to their massive community of readers – in my opinion, others’ different views.
If you’re sure of the quality of your content, then this strategy will increase engagement on your blog.
My favorite syndication feed, for now, is kingged. These guys amaze me with their energy, commitment, and willingness to help other content marketers.
Join this community and others you find relevant to your content type. Install their bookmarklet tools, and every post you publish on your blog should be shared in these places.
But it doesn’t end there, join the discussion and interact with other bloggers.
Create awareness in these places and make friends with other bloggers who will help share, vote, and write comments on your post.
6. Be A Good Commenter.
Blog commenting is an integral part of blog marketing. And when it comes to blog marketing, you get what you pay for.
The result of any marketing activities carried out by you is proportional to the time, energy, and resources you put into making it work.
So, if you want good quality constructive comments on your post, go all out and leave such comments on other bloggers’ posts too.
And if you can be better than Harleen of Aha-Now!
Now, my very good friend Efoghorjos Joseph, my brother from another mother, Nosa Ero Nosa, and the excellent guy from kingged, Sunday… that’s a massive plus for you.
These people mentioned above not only write great comments on a post they’ve read and understood the author’s view, but also add more value, teachings, and take away to the original post itself.
7. Reply to Every comment.
Does this sound strange?
No, I don’t think so.
Make it a habit to reply to every single comment left on your post. Most significantly, those who have proved they’ve read and understand your point or arguments.
By doing this, you’re telling them you care about them and, most importantly, building a sense of community around your blog.
Though, when things go up the roof and comment becomes large in numbers, replying to every comment may become difficult or not necessary.
But if you’re still struggling to have good engagement happen on your blog, try all you can to responYouromment left by readers of your blog.
This also helps to increase the comment count.
Your reply to each comment adds to the numbers, which helps show first-time visitors that you care about your blog and its readers.
8. Make it Convenient to Leave Comments.
I don’t understand why some blogs make it hard for readers to leave comments on their posts by putting all sorts of barriers in the way.
If you think the captcha isn’t good or making it difficult for readers to see, remove it.
I would advise you not to put this thing in the way if what you want in your post is the reader’s engagement.
Spammers these days are clever enough to get through with your captcha in place. What I would advise is that you don’t automatically approve comments.
Have every comment in the moderation queue; only approved comments get published.
Though I understand that this may take a bit of your time and since it is unproductive, we are tempted not to try to go through the rigorous task.
But better you go this way than to allow spammers to invade your blog or make genuine commenters go through the huddle of leaving a comment on your post.
9. Comment Notification Reply.
This is one very powerful way to get the conversation going.
It helps a lot to bring other commenters on the same post together.
If you’re on WordPress, install the comment notification plugin and give commenters the option to either follow or reply to their comment alone or that of others on the same post.
FAQ About Blog Comment
Should I Allow Comments on My Blog?
Comments are excellent and suitable social proof.
However, it is not a necessity for blog growth. If your blog comment section is affecting productivity and slowing your ability to publish consistently, you may want to close it.
Especially if readers are not finding value in it.
Should I reply to comments on my Blog?
You should always reply to genuine blog commenters to increase engagement and build relationships.
What Are The Benefits of Blog Commenting?
For one, it increases engagement on a blog and helps build brand awareness. Though most comments sections are no-follow, links in comments help stimulate link building process.
Blog commenting also helps build your credibility as a voice in your industry and is a good networking tool.
Does Blog Comment Help for SEO?
Yes, blog commenting does help with SEO, but you have to be strategic about it. Your comment has to be insightful and add value to the post.
If you have practical experience, consider sharing your experience in your comment. It will help you stand out and drive more attention to your comment.
Blog commenting is an indispensable marketing tactic. Marketers have been using it to build brand awareness, SEO links, increase traffic, and network.
It is one of the oldest marketing tactics that remain effective today, irrespective of changes in digital marketing.
If you follow the blog comment techniques mentioned in this post, you will experience dramatic changes in your blog engagements.
34 thoughts on “How To Get More Comments on Your Blog Post”
Hello; some very good points in there. I agree with you about comment love and the value of laving good comments. I’m disappointed to hear I didn’t make the list of top commenters. grin I’ll have to work on that. My comments are often memorable either because of their quality or because I happen to be one of the few blind bloggers active in the community. I’m modest too. Thanks to the members of the bloggers helping bloggers group on linked in I am routinely receiving 20 or more comments on my posts. and my current one has gotten 25. a big deal as you say when compared to 1 5 or 10 a post. thanks again for sharing and take care, Max
My comments are often memorable either because of their quality or because I happen to be one of the few “blind bloggers” active in the community
No, Max, this is not true about you; not because you happen to be a partially blind person….but your comments are just full of quality, I mean something that adds more value to the original post itself. Sometimes I got to learn a few things in your reply that I hadn’t taught about when writing the post.
Yes, you’re right about Bloggers Helping Blogger group on LinkedIn, they’re really an awesome people to associate with. I would say they amount to about 40% of comments on my blog. Thanks for coming, Max, and soon will get in touch with you.
Lots of tasks at hand at the moment.
This is another powerful post. Its in-depth and guides bloggers on how to provide a piece that would be worth commenting on.
Quality trumps all other factors and it is important to provide this consistently.
By quality I mean a post that provides value and makes the reader willing to action.
I have left the above comment in kingged.com where this post was shared and kingged for Internet marketers.
Sunday – kingged.com contributor
You’re right about quality being ahead of any other factors known to increase engagements on blogs.
There is no short cut to success when it comes to internet marketing; you just have to provide quality in anything you do here, otherwise, you might just be wasting your time or thinking internet marketing is just a scam.
I decide to write about this topic after seeing how I have moved from “no comment” on any of my blog post to what it used to be these days; and couldn’t have achieved that without the support of good avenue like kingged and my good friends on the internet – Joseph, Sam Adeyinka, Babanature, Andrew, Susan Copper, Max, Ryan, Nate, Arun, Nosa, etc, and a host of others time and space couldn’t permit me to mention here.
It feels so good when you hit the published button and within few minutes, someone just says “hello, are you there”, this gives the authors some sense of confidence that you’re doing something at least “good”.
Thanks for coming Sunday, and once again, I do appreciate the amazing energy you put into making this place a better place to be.
*Note* I have also left you the same comment on kingged, the blog syndication feed where you have found this post.
Great points. I have only commented on a comment in my blog if they needed an answer. What a great idea to start a conversation. Thank you.
That’s way cool too, but we can always take it to the next level if we want more of it. Thanks for coming, Michelle.
These tips are wonderful! Definitely some very helpful information! Thanks so much for sharing this, I will be using some of this tips very soon!
this is very good information. I agree with everything that you said here. I actually was thinking the same thing about how hard it is to leave comments on some peoples site which is a complete turn off.
Hi Shamsudeen. Interesting look at comments. I agree that dialogue is the real goal and feel it is important to add constructive comments rather than just mark the fact that one has visited. Also I believe every comment should be answered even if it just a simple thanks for the interest but preferably a response to what was said or a clarification of the original post intent. Several times reader comments have provided clues that the post was not as clear as I might have wished and I have done small edits as a result.
I would like to first comment on your last point;
Several times reader comments have provided clues that the post was not as clear as I might have wished and I have done small edits as a result.
Yes, many times I have come across a situation where a reader misunderstood my point or arguments in the post; this happen in one of my recent post titled “5 Blogging Myths you’ll need to debunk”, I had to use the comment section to make things clearer than I did in the post.
Though I do understand that when comment became many, it may be somehow difficult to respond to all, but as you said, the dialogue is important and not just for the sake of replying to comment, but to add more in-depth or values to it.
Thank you, Paul, and do have a wonderful day ahead.
All of these are really great points. I do most if not all of them right now. That wasn’t so in the beginning of my blogging career. I had to learn as everyone does how it works and why. I am forwarding this to a few newbies who are trying the figure this all out. 🙂 I know they will learn much from this. Thank you.
Thanks, Susan, and words can’t described how grateful I am. Thanks for sharing this post with your community, am very grateful.
Like you, almost every single point on this list I don’t do also when getting started with blogging, but as times went by and knowledge about blogging increases, then I started doing some stuff that put my blog on the right course.
Maybe a reason I wrote this post, to share my experiences with the reader’s community.
Thanks again, and many thanks for keeping BHB a better place to be for every content marketer.
Shamsudeen, excellent post! Being a helpful commentor does wonders for getting more comments. The thoughts I share on Kingged and on other authority blogs like yours generate real interest, and help me score comments on my Cash With a True Conscience ?
So important to live by the Golden Rule: give, receive.
Tweeted and Stumbled!
You’re such a person I looked up to in this regard – blog commenting is great for blog marketing, but it takes also greater efforts on the part of the blogger to really get the best out of it; and exactly what you’re doing. Sometimes when I get on kingged and see your stats for the day, I freeze at what I saw.
I think there is plenty of energy inside you, and great wisdom to always leave those remarkable comments anywhere you comment. Thanks for coming and sharing your experience with my community.
And before I forget, many thanks for the tweet and stumble. Thanks again Ryan, am very grateful.
There is no better way to attract quality comments than publishing only quality articles on your blog. People will be naturally drawn to leaving worthy comments either in appreciation of the a nice article they just read or make contributions.
But I still think we need to do more than publishing quality content if we really want those super bowl engagements on our blog – publishing quality content to attract engagement is just half the battle; the other half remain in getting involved yourself – lots of marketing strategies.
For a long period, I rely mostly on trying to published quality information on my blog and thinking people will be attracted to it just like that, but this never happens.
Not until I learn to work on my blog less, and promote it outside of it massively…everything about my little blog was crawling like snail.
Is like putting up an email subscription form on your blog, and thinking people will just opt-in like that; though few people will, I bet you a good number of prospect will only opt-in if there are some stuff to gain immediately they join.
Thanks Desmond, you’ve been such a nice person and thank you for adding to this another perspective.
Great tips everyone wants people to read and provide feedback. Capturing the audience line you have here is key. Thanks for sharing these useful tips.
Thanks, Carolyn, and welcome to my blog. Hope you do enjoy your stay.
You have some valid points and I agree with one of them the most. I never understood why some people make it so hard to leave a comment. There have been a few times where I got fed up because of all the security checks and clicks of this and that to the point where i eventually just gave up and left without commenting.
And that’s just so funny; well, some claim all these security checks are for spammers. But like they said in my native language; “If you close your eyes just because you don’t want to see the bad guy, you won’t know when the good guy will pass you by”.
So, if we really want engagements on our blog, then keep it open and convenient for people to leave a comment on your blog.
Thanks for coming, Jay, good to see you here again.
Thanks for your advise. A few of these things I already do, and after reading this, I’ve just installed comment reply on my blog, and I am going to look into Commentluv.
I feel so happy that you’ve installed a comment reply notification just after reading this post; and thanks again for reading through. Commentluv is your sure bet, you’ll be happy to have it installed on your blog.
Thanks for coming, and do have a nice time reading my blog.
Hey Shamsudeen Adeshokan ,
Comments are very important for bloggers, Commenting will improve our blog audience. Replying each and every comments is good for understanding our audience or other bloggers what they thinking..
After Reading this article even I also installed comment reply notification plugin on my blog. Thanks for sharing this lovely article with us… 🙂 🙂 .
Thanks for reading through and am so glad to read after you go through this post, you have installed the comment reply notification plugin.
Thanks for reading and I hope to see you here some other time.
The first thing to do is to be active in your own blog. Make sure your content has a voice that encourages readers to leave their opinion in your comment box. Throw questions that are interesting and intriguing. Well, take a stand, don’t be boring, for the reason that boring content will always get zero comments. Moreover, yes, quality is important. No hesitation to that.
I found this post shared on Kingged.com, the Internet marketing social site, and I “kingged” it and left this comment.
In fact, without been active on your blog, there is just no way every other factor I had mention will come alive. And like you said, having your voice is highly important, let people know who you’re and the tone at which you communicate.
I have also found out that asking a question at the end of your post works well, but I decide not to include it in this list. Thanks, Metz for coming and do have a day.
Great points to grow blog comments. I concur with your approach to blog comments with a view to building and growing your audience.
It seems though, that there is a lot of confusion around blog comments as a strategy to build and grow an audience, as opposed to a tactic that a lot of people seem to engage in.
Most of my points listed above are meant to improve or get more engagements on blogs, but like you rightly suggested, most bloggers have misunderstood the real benefits and purpose of blog commenting.
In fact, I wrote a guest article on bizsuccessguide.com why I don’t believe regular blog commenting will ever build a successful blogging career. I don’t know if you have been opportune to read that post?
Thanks for coming, Vinay, good to see you here and do have a lovely time.
I have learned a lot from this post as I recently started writing and it will be great help if you can also tell how to install comment luv plugin and first time I heard about kingged , I will try to sign up on that…
I also struggle for selection of topic ( heading) I hope some day I will come across some blog to give some tips about the topic…
Sometimes I try to comment on some post and I get error notifications many times… I really feel sad
Thank you for a nice post.
First, I want to welcome you to my blog; and like you said in your comment,
Sometimes I try to comment on some post and I get error notifications many times… I really feel sad
And you’ve already done that here too, three times you’ve left comments on this very post, two of it were just identical and the other one was a bit different. I had to approve only this one.
I visited your blog and would say, keep it up. But there is plenty ahead of you, and if you play around here well enough, you’ll surely find good resource materials that teach how to write articles headline that readers can’t ignore.
Keep working at it, and I hope you discover your voice in a quick time. Thanks for coming and do have a nice day.
Yes I have mentioned before …. twice I tried from my mobile I tried once it gave me error then I went back and tried again and it was again unsuccessful …..
Then I tried from my laptop … so the third comment was different
Thank you for replying.
You’re welcome Andleeb. But I think the error comes from your mobile phone, cause no one has report such an incident. Do have a nice day.
This is a great guide on how to get more comments on your blog posts! I love how you’ve provided specific and actionable steps for bloggers to follow. It’s interesting to hear about Copy Blogger shutting down their comments section, but I agree with you that it’s not something that most bloggers should do. I especially like your emphasis on providing quality content, creating catchy headlines, and engaging with other bloggers through commenting. I will definitely be implementing some of these strategies on my own blog. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for your thoughtful comments, glad you liked the content.