Get yourself a chair, a jug full of water or coffee – whichever is your favorite, because this might take a bit longer than usual. Today, I want to share my experience on how to get more comments on your blog post.
But first, read this…
In a recent development, an authority blog just shot down the comment section of its blog and says, “No more comments” please. I don’t have to spell it out here, but in case you’ve not heard of it…Copy Blogger just did that.
Yes, Brian Clark and the CopyBlogger 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 you’re trying to walk.
But that’s not the main reason of my write up today.
I just keep wondering that when most bloggers’ dream is to have loyal readers that engage with their content. 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…
If you’re struggling to get more comments on your blog post. I mean just about no one is leaving comments on your “quality” content, then this post is for you.
Read it to the end…
Every piece of advice I give here is what I undertake or put into practice when I was in your situation before moving up a bit to something like averaging 30 comments per post.
30 comments per post are not something really to be proud of, but at least, better than not having any comment.
And the good part of it is, when you start seeing 5 comments on each post, then getting 10 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 on the existing effective strategies.
9 Steps to Get More Comments on Your Blog post.
1. Provide Quality.
There is no short cut to having readers leaving comments on your post if the post itself is not quality. Quality in this term is not just to any type of information. Based on what I have experience with content that readers engaged with most on my blog.
There are certain types of content that 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 passing through. Something they can resonate within their business activities, or real-life events.
The how-to articles too, are good content types that easily attract comments and especially if what you discuss in your how-to articles are what you’ve experienced, tested, and found out to be working.
Like when you published how you 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 to a post can never be over-emphasize. The below image shows an instance where an article headline has not only to increase traffic rate but also compel the reader to leave comments on the post.
If readers are not triggered or get curious to visit your quality content, there is no way the body of the post exists. And if the body does not exist, so having comments becomes delusion.
Make sure you do all you can to come up with a very attractive headline for your post. Therefore, you can as well increase the traffic rate to your quality content.
And remember, only about 1 to 3 percent of those who actually read your post will likely leave a comment on it. The rest 97 percent or so would just read and pass away without saying hello to the author.
So, if only about 1 to 3 percent of those who actually read a post leaves comments 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 actually read your post and you have 2 percent of that figure leaves comments on the post… that gives us just two comments.
But if 1000 people actually read same post and 2 percent of it leaves comments on it, then we will have 20 comments.
This is just one of the so many reasons why marketing is more essential to the overall success of your blog than creating the content itself. And the reason why so many people including me, believe in the 80/20 rule.
Market your quality content, promotes it everywhere till there is no more marketing channel available to you within your reach.
4. Install The CommentLuv Plugin.
I know you’d been expecting to see this on my list?
Of course, you just can’t go wrong doing this to increase comments on your blog. Many readers are tempted to leave comments on posts not because they wanted to, but because they want their latest post displayed alongside their comment.
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 in increasing the traffic rate.
Later on, when you have started seeing constructive and valuable comments from readers like the one above from Enstine Muki. And when traffic has increased to give an indication that people like what you’re doing, you can start weeding out those cleaver spammers with one line comment “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 might have different views.
If you’re sure of the quality of your content, then this strategy is definitely going to increase the engagements that happen on your blog.
My favorite syndication feed, for now, is kingged. These guys amaze me with their level of energy, commitments, and the 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 published on your blog should be shared in these places.
But it doesn’t end there, join the discussion and interact with other bloggers out there.
Create awareness in these places and make friends with other bloggers who will help share, vote, and leave a comment 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, then go all out and leave such comments on other bloggers post too.
And if you can be better than Harleen of Aha! Now, my very good friend Efoghorjos Joseph, or my brother from another mother, Nosa Ero Nosa, and the good guy from kingged, Sunday… that’s a massive plus for you.
These people mentioned above not only leave remarkable 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 comments.
Does this sound strange?
No, I don’t think so.
Make it a habit to always reply to every single comment left on your post. Most especially, those readers that have really proved they’ve read and understand your point or arguments.
By doing this, you’re telling them you care about them and most importantly, you’re building a sense of community around your blog.
Though, when things went 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 respond to every good comment left by readers of your blog.
This also helps to increase comment count. It’s obvious your reply to each comment add up to the numbers, which help in showing first-time visitors that you care about your blog and its readers.
8. Make it Convenient to Leave Comment.
I don’t understand why some blogs make it hard for readers to leave comments on their posts by putting all sorts of barriers on the way. If you think captcha isn’t good or making it difficult for readers to see, then remove it.
I would advise you don’t even put this thing in the way if what you want on your post is 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 held in the moderation queue, only approved comments get published. Though I understand that this may take a bit of your time and since the time it takes is absolutely unproductive one, we get 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 making genuine commenters going 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 reply notification plugin and give commenter the options to either chose to follow reply to their own comment alone, or that of others on the same post.
Well, well, well!!!
Enough, it is time to give the reader of this post a chance to see if all I have said are actually working or not. Let’s start the experiments here on this blog.
The comment box, in my opinion, is very easy to use and as I said above, it is powered by commentluv WordPress plugin, which means you’ll have your latest post displayed alongside your comment which helps increase traffic to your post.
So my ears are all wide open, what’s your opinion on what I have said so far?