The question I get asked most about blogging is “How do I get other bloggers and readers to leave comments on my post?” It’s an interesting question and one that can produce many different answers.
Most bloggers want readers to leave comments on their posts. Over the time I’ve been blogging, I’ve found many key elements of how to get readers to interact with me. However, today, I’m going to give you what I believe are the three most important.
Is this a no-brainer and something nobody needs to tell you? I think not because we probably all come across posts which have little content to strike up a comment, or posts that have been badly put together and leave us wondering why they’ve even been published.
From my first days as a blogger, I was always told that the quality of the posts I publish was going to be far more important than the quantity of posts I publish. You’ll notice that many of my posts get lots of comments left on them and that makes me a very happy blogger because that is exactly what I wanted to happen when I first came here. I like to think my blog is like wandering around a second-hand store because you’ll never be quite sure what you will find around a corner and, when you do find something, you’ll want to ask a question about what you have found.
Once you’ve got the quality of your post right then one of the easiest ways to get readers to leave a comment is to ensure you ask a question in your post. Ask the reader what they would have done or if they have any suggestions or tips on what you have written about. I’d recommend you leave the question towards the end of your post and always ensure it relates to the subject you have written about.
Once you start getting comments left on your posts then do everything you can either to respond or acknowledge those comments. If people have taken the time to leave a comment on one of your posts then simply reading and not responding or acknowledging that comment is a sure way to put that reader off from ever leaving any further comments on your blog. If a comment doesn’t warrant a response then, at least, acknowledge you have read the comment by liking it.
I don’t know about you but if I find my comments do not get a response or acknowledgment, then I’ll stop leaving comments on a blog because I know I’m wasting valuable writing time or could be reading and leaving comments on another blog where I know the author will respond.
Reading other blogs and leaving comments
As well as building your own blogging community and responding to the comments being left on your blog, you’ll also need to read and comment on other blogs. This is probably the main reason why many bloggers fail to get readers to leave comments on their own blogs. If you don’t visit, read and leave comments on other blogs then you’re unlikely to get people to leave comments on your blog. Being a part of other blogging communities is a sure way of getting people to come and visit your blog.
Don’t have the time to read and comment on other blogs? Then make time!
I remember reading a comment from a blogger who said she was now going to ensure she spent at least two hours a week reading and commenting on other blogs. Why had she said that? Because nobody was leaving comments on her posts. ‘Only two hours?’ I thought. Well, it’s better than not visiting, reading and commenting on other blogs at all. Even if it’s only ten minutes a day, make sure you read at least a couple of blog posts and become part of other blogging communities. Only leave a comment if you have something that will add value to the post you have read and never be afraid of responding to other comments left on a post.
We’ll look more closely at comments in another post I have planned for this series.
One of the easiest ways to become a member of a blogging community is to participate in blogging challenges. There are hundreds of challenges on WordPress and even if you only participate in one a month, I can guarantee it will bring traffic to your blog. Some of those visitors will leave a comment on the post you have published in response to the challenge in which you have participated and they may even start to follow your blog.
What about you? Do you have any suggestions, advice or tips on how to get readers to leave comments on your posts?
Also from the series –
Part 1 – The ‘About Me’ page
Part 2 – How To Create A PingBack
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