5 Easy Ways To Get Readers To Leave Comments On Your Blog

“How do I get other bloggers and readers to leave comments on my blog?” This is a question I get asked a lot.

During the time I’ve been blogging, I’ve found many ways of getting readers to interact with me. Today, I’m going to share with you what I believe are the five most important and easiest ways of generating comments.

In one of her recent blog posts, blogging expert Janice Wald says that search engines such as Google and Bing are attracted to blog posts that contain at least 30 comments. Why? Because they show that the blog is active.

Janice goes on to say that value-added comments can bring in lots of extra traffic and boost the post’s SEO ranking too. Comments help lengthen a blog post, and search engines are attracted to long posts rather than short ones.

Long posts Vs short posts. Which one is best?

Some readers shy away from reading long posts, saying they don’t have the time to read them. However, for me, it’s the content that counts, not the length of a post.

I’m more likely to read and leave a comment on a long post that grabs my attention than read lots of short posts that don’t motivate me to leave any comments.

The definition of a long post is anything that contains over 2,500 words.  

Remember what Janice said? Short posts can be lengthened if they have lots of comments left on them. As bloggers, that tells us that we should do all we can to encourage readers to leave comments.   

To be beneficial, comments do need to be at least a couple of sentences long, prove that the content of the post has been read, and it helps if they contain keywords. 

Short comments and those that include nothing but emojis are not ‘search engine’ friendly and are ranked lower. It’s one of the reasons why I do not approve any comments that contain nothing but emojis.

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I believe that on their own, emojis belong on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

I don’t mind the odd emoji in a value-added comment, but not when they are on their own. I either send the comment to the trash bin or edit the offending emoji out of a comment.

I think many bloggers will agree when I say that most of us want our readers to leave comments on our posts. It goes a long way in proving that our posts have been read and that we have an active blog. 

Content will always be king.

Not only do successful bloggers believe that content is king, but there are other reasons why I’m mentioning it. 

I come across many blog posts that have little content to strike up a good, value-added comment or conversation, other than maybe a few dead comments such as ‘Thanks for sharing’ or ‘Great post!’ In fact. many of these posts either have no comments or are just full of dead comments.

Likewise, some posts have been so poorly put together and rushed into publication that they leave me wondering why they’ve been considered for publication in the first place. If only the author had spent a little more time on them.

Don’t publish a blog post just for the sake of publishing one. Make the content of the post work and bring you results.

Early on in my blogging journey, I was told something straightforward and which every blogger should take onboard –

‘The quality of blog posts is far more important than the number of blog posts you publish.’ 

It’s true. Those bloggers who care about content and quality soon reap the benefits of blogging.   

If you’ve been following my blog for a long time, you may have noticed that many of my blog posts get lots of comments left on them.

According to WordPress, the average number of comments my blog posts have attracted so far this year is 64.

That’s a lot of comments to respond to, but remember that this number also includes my own comments when I’ve replied to those readers who have left them.

Of course, I’m delighted with the results because it’s precisely what I wanted to happen when I first started to blog. Interacting with your audience is a key factor of blogging. 

I like to think my blog is like wandering around a second-hand store. Why? Because you never know what you’ll come across around the next corner. Plus, when you do find something, you’ll hopefully want to ask me a question or leave a comment about what you have found.

Get you readers involved and ask them questions.

One of the easiest ways to get readers to leave a comment is to ensure you ask a question (or questions) in your post. 

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Ask them what they would have done or if they have any suggestions or tips on what you have written about. Likewise, encourage them to share with you if they’ve experienced something you’ve written about.  

I’d recommend you leave questions towards the end of a post. That way, readers won’t forget what you have asked and, of course, always ensure questions relate to the content you have written and published.

Don’t make your blog a one-way street.

Once you start getting comments left on your posts, do everything you can to respond or acknowledge those comments as quickly as possible.

Never, never ignore comments, although there is nothing wrong with showing you’ve acknowledged a comment by ‘liking’ it. This is an especially good way in acknowledging comments that you’re not sure how to respond to, or don’t have the time to respond to straight away.  

Of course, we can always respond by saying ‘thank you’, but I think it much better to respond to comments by saying more than just a simple ‘thank you.’ 

Getting into a conversation with your audience is better than cutting them off dead with something they can not respond to. And, when I say ‘conversation’, I don’t mean something that has nothing to do with the contents of the post. Take those types of conversations offline.        

If somebody has taken the time to leave a comment, not responding or acknowledging them is a sure way to put them off from leaving any further comments. Nobody wants that, do they?  

If my comments do not get a response or acknowledgement, I stop leaving comments on the blog I’ve left them on.  

I much rather spend my time reading and leaving comments on blogs where I see the blogger does respond. After all, dialogue should never be a one-way street that leads to a dead-end, should it? 

Reading other blogs and leaving comments.

As well as building your own blogging community and responding to comments left on your blog posts, you can also try and persuade other bloggers to leave comments on your posts by reading and commenting on their blogs. 

This is probably the single most reason why some bloggers fail to get any comments left on their own blog posts.

If you don’t visit, read and leave comments on other blogs, then you’re unlikely to get other bloggers to leave comments on your blog. 

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Being a part of other blogging communities is one of the best ways to get people to come and visit your blog.

Never be afraid to make the first move by leaving a comment on a blog you’ve never left a comment on before. The majority of bloggers are friendly and will give you a warm welcome.

However, never feel you have to read and leave a comment on every blog post somebody publishes.

If you don’t have time to read and comment on other blogs, make some time.

I recently spoke with a blogger who told me she was going to ensure she spent at least 20 minutes a day reading and commenting on other blogs. Why had she told me that? Because nobody was leaving comments on her blog posts. 

20 minutes is better than not visiting, reading and commenting on other blogs. Even if it’s only reading and leaving one comment a day, it’s better than not reading and leaving any comments at all. 

I also like to promote which blogs I’ve left comments on by highlighting them in the widget bar on my blog.

If you take a look at the widget entitled ‘Check out these awesome posts from other bloggers‘ you’ll see the last 10 blog posts I left comments on.

I also promote these blog posts by sharing them on my social media accounts.

By leaving comments, you’ll soon become part of other blogging communities. In turn, this will help you build your blogging community.  

However, remember only to leave value-added comments. And never be afraid of responding to the comments from other bloggers and striking up conversation with them. Interaction with other bloggers is the name of the game. 

Blogging challenges

One of the easiest ways to become a member of a blogging community is to participate in a blogging challenge. 

Over the years I’ve been blogging, I’ve participated in hundreds of blogging challenges hosted by other bloggers. Not only were they fun to participate in, but they also brought lots of new visitors to my blog, some of whom left comments.  

There are hundreds of challenges on WordPress. Click here to see some I mentioned in a previous post. 

#writephoto #writingprompt
Logo for the weekly #writephoto Photo Prompt challenge hosted by Sue Vincent
© Sue Vincent
#SundayStills #photography
Logo for the weekly Sunday Stills Photography challenge hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt
© Terri Webster Schrandt
#flashfiction
Logo for the weekly 99-word Flash Fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills
© Charli Mills

Even if you only participate in one challenge a month, I can guarantee it will bring new visitors to your blog.

Likewise, seek out blog link parties where bloggers invite you to leave links to your blog posts. One blogger who hosts a weekly linky party is Esmé, at Esmé Salon. Click here to join this week’s link-up.   

Some of the new visitors to your blog will leave comments on the post you have published in response to a challenge or the invitation to leave a link. 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? Share them in the comments section at the bottom of this post. 

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151 comments

  1. Very sound advice about asking questions to encourage a response. Sometimes the question gets lost so I’ve been experimenting with formatting to make the question more obvious – the Gutenburg block editor tool makes it very easy to put the question against a tinted background for example.

    I was intrigued by your blog roll where you feature the comments you left on other blogs. Hope you don’t mind me asking how you got that set up. I know how to put my Twitter feed in as a widget but didn’t know you could do it with blog comments

    1. Without a doubt, the Gutenberg editor has played a significant factor in helping bloggers present their contact better. Like you, I highlight the questions I ask at the bottom of my posts and change the colour of the background to a different colour so that the questions stand out more. I also increase the size of the font of the text. That’s something that can not be done on the classic editor, so questions tend to just blend in with the posts and go unnoticed.

      The widget I mentioned in this post is actually for showcasing blog posts that have been liked. However, I changed the title of the widget and called it ‘Check out these awesome posts from other bloggers.’ Now, I only ‘like’ a post if I’ve left a comment on it. That way, the blog posts where I have left a comment are highlighted in the widget. The widget is called ‘Posts I Like.’
      I hope that helps, but don’t hesitate to ask any further questions.

  2. I agree with you that these tips are very important for bloggers. When I joined a link party a couple of years ago, my comments and followers increased hugely. I also met an amazing group of bloggers there. I specially like your tip to join a blog challenge. Will take your advice and look for a 2020 challenge. Sharing this post

    1. Thank you, Jennifer. I’ve also had great success by participating in blog link parties. It’s good to hear that they worked for you, too.

      Blogging challenges are fun, and I can guarantee that you’ll get new visitors to your blog by participating in them. There are lots to choose from, so you’ll hopefully find some that suit you.

      Thanks so much for sharing this post.

  3. Hi Hugh,
    I greatly appreciate the shoutout and the follow up post you’ve composed in reaction to my article about blog comments.
    After reading your summary of my position at the beginning, I must say I feel totally understood! You accurately restate my position on blog comments.
    Regarding your tips: Time constraints sometimes limit me from following them as well as I might. I’m sure you know I teach as well as run my blog in my free time.
    On another matter: I read you’re not blogging as much as you use to. Your blogging tips are so helpful that I was disappointed to read this. May I ask why you’re cutting back?
    I tweeted your post. Thanks again for the link and the shoutout.
    Janice

    1. Thanks so much, Janice. Your blog post taught me a lot; I did not think about when it comes to comments on blog posts. You gave such great advice as to why we should encourage our readers to leave comments.

      When it comes to doing things we really want to do, I think time is an enemy to most of us. There never seems to be enough of it, and that is why I believe we should make time for the things we enjoy doing the most. After all, we only live once, don’t we?

      I see and read of so many bloggers who think they must read as many blog posts as possible in a small time frame. I think that kills the enjoyment of reading and leaving comments on blog posts. After all, we wouldn’t fast forward three movies we wanted to watch to try and watch them all in one evening, would we?

      I’ve cut back on the number of blog posts I am publishing simply because I am taking more time drafting and researching them. Since doing so, my blog posts have gained more traffic, comments and likes. I think many bloggers fall foul of this because they try and write and publish too many blog posts in too short a time. That’s just my thoughts, but I seem to have found my perfect blogging balance for now.

  4. If it weren’t for someone taking the time to comment or myself doing the same, I would not have met bloggers whom I consider friends and whom I have met IRL! It is easy to strike up a friendship with someone and eventually support each other’s blogs on a regular basis. Thanks for the shout out for Sunday Stills, Hugh! I get a kick out of seeing and replying to comments on my posts, and chuckle out loud when I have to scroll a ways just to leave a comment on your popular posts! Great tips as always, keep ’em coming!

    1. Same here, Terri. If it were not for the comments and interaction with other bloggers, blogging would surely be a quiet world and one which I would have probably left years ago. For me, it’s why comments are more valuable than ‘likes.’ One comment is worth 100 ‘likes’.

      There is a choice to have the comments box at the top of the comments, but I prefer to leave it at the bottom in the hope that anyone wanting to leave a comment may read a few of the comments while they scroll down. As I’ve mentioned before, reading comments can generate lots of ideas for future blogs post. They are a great source of ideas and motivation.

  5. Great advice, Hugh. I’m always amazed – and disappointed – when I leave a comment on a post and never receive a reply. Another issue I’ve noticed on a few blogs is that the replies are not positioned right under each comment. I’m not sure if it’s a glitch, the way that specific theme is set up, or that’s the way the blogger wants it. Either way, it makes it so difficult to follow the conversation between the blogger and the commenter.

    1. The problem you mention about the position of comments could well be down to the theme being used, Janis. I’ve not come across it myself, but as WordPress move more and more support of their staff over to the Gutenberg editor, I think we’ll start to see problems like the one you mention happening more.
      Of course, those bloggers who are affected should contact WordPress about the problem, but I know that some bloggers never report issues and bugs to WordPress in the hope that somebody else will. Most of the WordPress themes do have bugs on them, but I’ve always found the Happiness Engineers helpful when I’ve reported any problems. They always sorted the issues out quickly.

      If it were me, I don’t think I’d leave any further comments on the blogs where the problem is happening until it’s been sorted out.

  6. I agree with most of your points, although the bit about comments containing keywords (for SEO purposes) made me smile. Reading other blogs, including some popular ones, I notice how often people “like” rather than comment, even when the posts presents opportunities for a discussion. Posts with advice to writers, for example. Maybe others don’t have my tendency to question “rules,” or they just don’t want to show that side of themselves. I did write a post about that and it did generate quite a few comments. I comment on blog posts when I have something to say that hasn’t already been said already. Being in the Pacific time zone, I’m often among the last to read a post.
    One thing that makes blogs unpleasant to read, through no fault of the blogger, is the ads that WordPress has added to blogs using the free option. There are a lot more of them now than formerly. The ones inserted into the text of the blog are annoying and some border on offensive (in my opinion). I recently switched to one of the paid plans pretty much exclusively for the purpose of getting rid of ads from my blog. I guess it’s a fair exchange; why should we expect all sorts of internet amenities for free, after all? Thanks for a comment-worthy post, Hugh!

    1. I’ve heard it said that some readers don’t have the time to always leave a comment on a post they have liked. I get that, but leaving comments is a great way to promote our own blogs, especially if we leave value-added comments that other readers get value from. However, we should always avoid leaving dead comments that add no value. If I don’t have the time to leave a comment, then I’ll come back to the post and leave my comment when I do have the time. We should never miss an opportunity to leave meaningful comments on other blogs because they do attract additional readers to our own blogs.

      Like you, I can often be late in reading blog posts. This is often due to me taking my time to read posts because I’ve been busy outside the world of blogging. Unfortunately, being late to read a post can also mean comments have been closed off by the author. When that happens, I feel like the blogger has closed the door on me. The only reason why we should close off the ability to leave comments is that we’re away on a blogging break.

      I completely agree with you about the ads on WordPress. They are, like GIFS, very distracting on the eye when trying to read a post. Like you, I’ve also turned them off on my blog, despite the opportunity to earn money from them. I much rather my readers have a pleasant experience reading my posts than WordPress paying me the price of a cup of coffee every month.

      Thank you for joining the discussion, Audrey.

        1. From what I know, a blogger has to activate that setting themselves. I just checked some old blog posts of mine (over 2 years old) and comments are still open on them. I’ve never switched off the setting you mentioned. However, for new bloggers, it may be a default setting that WordPress now switch on when a blog is created.

    1. I’ve never published a blog post that is over 2,500 words long, Debby. However, comments left on blog posts count towards the number of words the post has. For example, this post is around 1300 words long. The comments left have already taken the post to over 2,500 words. That’s why we should do all we can to encourage readers to leave comments.

        1. Me neither, until I read the details in Janice’s post. As I consider her the ultra expert blogger, it’s another important reason why leaving and responding to comments is so important. Once a post has 30 comments left on it, search engines are more attracted to it because it proves the blog is very active.

  7. Thanks Hugh for another great post.

    I prefer quality over quantity too. And I think there is something to be said for too many posts, and too many e-mails on my end. I’d rather not read post, after post unless the content is exceptional, and that’s not usually the case. There is a blog I’ve followed for a while and the blogger has recently started posting daily. To be honest the majority of the posts are getting boring for me to read.

    I agree with you, not responding to comments is rude. I don’t have a blog yet but would think this would be an enjoyable part of blogging.

    One reason I started following your blog is because you have good content, you come across friendly, you reply to comments and you help other people. OK that’s more than one reason but you get the point.

    1. You’re welcome, Lea.

      Publishing too many blog posts daily can undoubtedly mean that we’re spreading ourselves too thinly. It’s a little like trying to run and manage too many social media accounts. Content will almost certainly start to suffer. Many readers also do not want to be overwhelmed with too many emails from the same blogger. It’s one of the reasons why I unsubscribed from receiving email notifications from any blogger who published more than one blog post a day.

      Another terrible blogging habit I have come across are bloggers who do not publish any new blog content for many days or weeks and then publish numerous blog posts all within a few hours of each other on the same day. I don’t understand why bloggers do it when on most blogging platforms you can schedule when blog posts go out. It’s another sure way of losing readers.

      One of the worse pieces of blogging advice I hear is that to gain followers and readers, you must publish daily. It may work at first but, as you said, content can start to suffer, and many readers may get bored with what is being published. As bloggers, we should never put our content at risk of losing our audience.

      For me, one of the most enjoyable parts of blogging is replying to and leaving comments that add value to a post.

      And thank you for the lovely compliments as to why you follow my blog. I really appreciate it.

  8. I’ve been reading your posts. Very useful. Ironically, the most ‘reads’ I get is when I write a eulogy for somebody I knew. People like to be remembered. I like to be remembered too. I guess that’s what all blog posts say, Here I am.

    1. I agree they do, yes. I think as we build up our blogs, we attract a specific audience that will like and comment on one category of post more than others. I have quite a few categories on my blog, and certain ones I use always seem to attract more comments and likes. This certainly helps because it tells me where to focus most of my writing.

    1. Yes, I too love it when readers talk between themselves about the subject of a post, Sally. I also get a buzz out of seeing comments from readers who have never left comments on any of my previous posts. I’ve had some new commenters on this post. That confirms to me that the post is reaching into new areas.

  9. You post reminds me of a book I read on blogging before I started. What stood out then, and what stands out with your post, is that blogging should be about community and communication. I do find myself unfollowing those bloggers who never respond to the comments I have taken the time to make.

    1. Same here, Colline. There’s no point leaving comments when you know that you’re unlikely to get any kind of response. Only recently, I left a comment on a new blog I visited for the first time and heard nothing back from the blogger. When I looked around his blog, I saw that most comments had no responses to them. Needless to say that I won’t be following his blog.

  10. Great advice as always Hugh. We always reply to every single comment as we like to think that if someone has made the effort to type a comment then the least we can do is respond. I’m not a fan of the ‘great post’ or ‘nice pics’ comments really but I guess everyone engages on different levels. The best way of increasing comments that I’ve found is undoubtedly commenting on other blogs, it really does build relationships.

    1. Over the years I’ve been blogging, I’ve seen lots of bloggers who leave the same comments such as ‘Great post’ on lots of posts daily, Jonno. Unfortunately, many of these bloggers haven’t even read the post and see it as a way of advertising their blog for free by leaving dead comments. It’s a little like pressing the ‘like’ button on lots of posts without even reading them. They tend not to last very long in the blogging world and soon disappear. I believe that most bloggers are more likely to visit the blogs of those that leave meaningful comments. It’s undoubtedly helped me getting noticed in my early days of blogging and went a long way in helping me build a blogging community.

      1. You’re so right Hugh. It seems so pointless to just like posts without even reading them it’s obvious when comments are just left to try and make you view their own blog. I get quite a few that just say ‘look at my blog’ with a link. That’s never going to work. But it does take time doesn’t it? I try and put at least half an hour aside every morning just to read new posts but it’s never enough.

        1. As I said to another commenter who said something similar, half an hour is better than no time at all, Jonno. You’re mingling with other bloggers on other blogs, and that’s a sure winner when it comes to getting other bloggers to go and visit your blog. It may never seem like enough time, but use the time wisely and don’t try and break any world records in attempting to read as many posts as possible in that time. Make sure it’s always an enjoyable experience.

  11. Quality over quantity works for me. I’m amazed by those bloggers who post something each day and in some instances, many times per day. If that works for others, more power to them. I know that will never be me, but that doesn’t mean one method is better than another.

    I don’t follow too many blogs because the pure volume becomes an issue at some point. Isn’t it preferable to leave a meaningful comment than to hit “like” twenty times?

    1. That’s true, Pete, yet I’ve not found a blogger who does publish lots of posts every day, all of which have great content. I’m not talking here about those bloggers who reblog a lot of posts every day, but those who write and publish their own content. Just as in trying to spread ourselves too thinly on social media, spreading the contents of our posts too thinly is not something I’d recommend to anyone.

      The worst blogging tip I see is that to be a successful blogger, you must write and publish at least one new blog post everyday. To me, I believe that would soon stress out lots of bloggers who would then throw in the towel on blogging. Blogging should never become stressful.

      Yes, I totally agree with your argument about meaningful comments Vs likes. For me, one value-added comment from a reader every few months is worth hundreds of their ‘likes’.

  12. Hi, Hugh – Like so many others, I came to blogging because of the writing — but stayed because of the interaction.
    I have gotten to know so many wonderful people through the blogging world — yourself included. I have already met several bloggers in person. For me, an essential ingredient of this interaction is that it is a mutual two-way street.

    1. I agree with what you say, Donna. However, I don’t follow and comment on all the blogs that follow me. Likewise, there are blogs I follow and comment on who do not follow me. It’s the content of the posts that makes that happen.
      The same goes for responding to comments. Don’t cut off those who have left a comment off by simply saying ‘thank you.’ Make your comment count by trying to engage with the person who left the comment. Don’t cut them off and send them down a one-way street that has a dead end.

  13. I’ve always found a question at the end of a post helps to open up meaningful comments.
    And I always answer any comments left on my blog. This definitely encourages others to comment more regularly as they know I’ll respond.

  14. Thanks for this inspiring post too, Hugh 🙂
    Sometimes I feel a little tired of those bloggers, who are one-way bloggers alone, but then again, there must be a reason, why they rarely visit other blogs. Who knows?
    I agree with you about the pop-ups, which I also often unfollow.
    I’m not always able to keep my concentration for the very long blog posts and then I pass over, when I meet those.

    1. I think the biggest reason is that they don’t make any time to visit other blogs, Irene. As I said in this post, even if it’s visiting, reading and leaving a comment on one post a day, it’s better than not visiting, reading and leaving comments on any posts. I don’t have time to visit, read and leave comments every day, but I always make some time during the week to visit at least a few. Sometimes it can be just a couple, whereas other weeks it can be a lot.

      The same goes for me in keeping concentration, but that includes short posts, too. If the blog post title and content does not grab me within a couple of sentences, then I’m more likely to move on to the next post.

    1. They’re great fun, Jacquie. Plus, by participating in them, they attract traffic (by way of new visitors) to your blog. It’s a win-win situation. And, of course, for authors like you and me, that puts new pairs of eyes in front of our books.

  15. Another awesome share, Hugh! My blogging goal is to join in on more of the blogging challenges. I love the interaction and connections we’re able to make. Love the side-bar idea, too. Thanks for your valued insight, as always. Wishing you a fabulous day! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Natalie.

      Even if you only join one challenge a month, it will undoubtedly bring you and your blog new visitors, some of whom will leave comments and start following your blog. Plus, participating in blogging challenges is great fun.

      I like the widget I have on my blog that shows which blog posts I’ve left comments on. Hopefully, my readers will also find those posts entertaining and want to also leave comments. I hope it’s a win/win situation for both my readers and the blogger whose posts I am promoting.

        1. You’re welcome. The widget is there to show which posts you have liked, but I chose to display which posts I’ve actually left comments on. The majority of posts in the widget I have on my blog are where I have left comments. In the majority of cases, I don’t press the ‘like’ button unless I genuinely do have something to say.

  16. Hugh, another thing to consider is to peruse comments on Blogs you follow, like I am doing right now. Thoughtful and relevant comments make me curious about the author and lead me to check out their Blog.I have found many new bloggers by following that simple practice. Thank you for sharing your experience and expertise.I especially appreciate the information you offered regarding length of post and search engines. I will check out Ms. Wald’s post.

    1. I agree, Suanne. I’m far more likely to check out the blog of somebody who leaves a thoughtful and relevant comment than somebody who leaves comments such as ‘nice post.’ That’s an excellent point you shared with us.

      Please do check out Janice’s blog. It’s full of fantastic information every blogger will find very useful. I have learned a lot from her about blogging and social media.

  17. I will certainly be asking more questions in future, Hugh. I get lots of likes, but not so many comments. I agree about frequency of posting. I post once a week. If I see an interesting post on another blog, I’ll reblog it in between, but that doesn’t happen every week.
    One odd thing, though–apparently, poetry books don’t sell well, yet I get more views, likes and comments when I post one of my poems!
    Perhaps I should ask the question when I next post a poem!
    I also hate popups.
    Another post, Hugh? How can we get people to sign up?

    1. ‘Likes’ can undoubtedly make a blogger feel good about what they have written and published, but I’ve seen and heard of cases where readers press the ‘like’ button without even opening a post. I think that’s why comments are more important to concentrate on when blogging.

      Poetry posts do tend to be short posts, so maybe that’s why you are getting more views and comments on them? It’s a little like blog posts that contain photos with few words in them. Time seems to play a significant factor these days, and many people say they don’t have the time to read long posts, preferring instead to read and ‘like’ short posts. However, if the content of longer posts is engaging and interesting, then longer posts not only attract comments but traffic via search engines, too.

      When you say ‘sign up’, are you referring to following your blog?

      1. Yes, I do mean following. I’ve tended to keep my posts short up to now, except for when I serialise on of my novellas or short stories. And of course, book reviews. Based on your advice, I’ll try writing longer ones.

        1. There are many elements to consider when wanting to attract more followers. I’ve written about the subject many times over the years I’ve been blogging. I’m including a link to one of my recent posts that touches on the subject. However, if you have any time to check out my other blogging tips posts, then please do. You’ll find ‘blogging tips’ on the menubar of my blog. This will show you all the posts I’ve written that contain blogging tips.

          https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2019/09/30/how-to-make-your-blog-standout-from-all-the-other-blogs-out-there/

          I hope you find them useful, and please do not hesitate to ask me any further questions. I’m always happy to help.

    1. I’ve seen that too and think it more to do with time. Shorter posts tend to get read, and not skimmed through like a long post does when the reader is limited for time. However, if the content is interesting and has me hooked, I’ll read every single word of a long post. Of course, short posts also do not need as much time to write as long posts do, so time plays another factor there.

        1. Yet, many of us make time to read a novel or watch a movie. I think it’s more about the content. If a long post has excellent content, then I’ll read it at the expense of reading 10 short posts. Reading blog posts should never be about how many we can read at any given time. For me, that would spoil the enjoyment. I find that short posts tend to attract short comments, whereas longer posts tend to attract longer comments that are more likely to lead to discussions and spark ideas for future blog posts about the same subject.

  18. Good insights, Hugh. This’ll help me improve my blogging habits and effectiveness. Quality vs. quantity is always a good motto, and I appreciate the tips on how to engage with readers. Too many of my posts have been dead-enders. Thanks for the great advice! Anita

  19. Great information and well presented. Thank you!
    We have been up and running on our blog for almost five years. We recently starting asking our readers their thoughts or opinions on what we just blogged about. It has increased the comments section and our traffic.
    Another thing about blog posts is too many pop-ups while you’re trying to read their post or 20% ( or more ) of the page is filled with affiliate links. Too distracting.

    1. I so dislike any kind of popups on blogs, especially those that pop up as soon as you click on a blog and which ask you to sign up to a mailing list you don’t particularly want to join anyway. It’s frustrating when there is no option for ‘no thank you’ so the same popup keeps popping up every time you visit. I tend to not visit those blogs (or even unfollow some) unless there is an excellent reason to do so. Thank you for mentioning it.

      I’m so pleased to hear that asking your audience questions in your blog posts has brought you in lots more comments and built up traffic to your blog. That’s great news.

  20. It is true that content really is the king…i noticed that over the years, the blog post that i get to have lots of comments and views are the once i have made a lot of effort thinking about the content and even doing extra research.

    Adding a last line question at the end of the blog is really helpful too to create discussion on the comment box.

    Thanks Hugh..!!

    1. You’re welcome.

      I completely agree with you on giving the drafting of blog posts time. The same goes for me in that the posts I’ve spent more time on writing and researching, do far better than those I wrote and published on the same day. I was late learning that lesson, but have seen the great results in taking time drafting posts.

    1. I completely agree with you, Priscilla. First impressions count, and if the layout of a blog is awful and includes broken links and font you have to strain your eyes to read it, then not many visitors are going to stay long.
      Thanks so much for adding your thoughts.

  21. Thanks, for the mention, Hugh.
    I appreciate every comment…even the simple ones that consist of an emoji or simple acknowledgement of a visit, but the ones that question, challenge or share relevant information or opinions are the best.
    I would say that if you can’t monitor comments constantly, though, you do need to moderate them. I prefer to keep my eye on them and, thankfully, have only had to delete a couple of nasty ones in all my years of blogging.

    1. You’re welcome, Sue.

      I can’t even imagine why anybody would want to leave a nasty comment on your blog. I’m glad it’s only happened a few times in the years you’ve been blogging. I’ve had my fair share of nasty comments, but I no longer allow them to get me down. A quick click of the ‘mark as spam’ button and I forget about them.

      1. People often worry about the nasty ones, but as a friend of mine said, after a particularly nasty troll had attacked her… it is your blog, you create it, pay foer it, maintain it… pressing the delete button is your perogative.

      2. I can’t imagine, either, why anyone would want to leave a nasty comment on your blog, Sue. I find it quite fascinating, and love reading it, even if I don’t always have time to comment.

  22. Hugh, this is all good information for new and existing bloggers.

    ‘The quality of blog posts is far more important than the number of blog posts you publish.’
    Truly important. Not that I am perfect in every one of my posts, but I’m with you in that I want to be able to comment on the content rather than roll my eyes at something carelessly or quickly written. I admire the bloggers that can post regularly and with great content, but that’s not me. I’d rather wait a week or 10 days or two weeks to post something if I’m not feeling the love of what I’m writing. That being said, your advice to read and comment on other blogs is what’s becoming tough for me and my schedule. I seem to always be catching up with blogging friends, but perhaps better late than never, right?

    1. Thank you, Mary.

      I don’t think any of us are perfect in our blog posts, yet if we only spend a little more time going over a post before we publish it. For example, this post was supposed to go out on Monday, but I wasn’t happy with all the content. Two days later (and after a few edits), I knew I’d got the point to where it could go out, and I was happy with it. Nobody should ever publish a post just for the sake of doing so.

      Finding time to read and comment on other blogs can be a tough challenge, but even if it’s just one blog post a day, it’s better than not reading and commenting on any at all.

      I agree that being late to a blog post than never getting to it at all is the better option. Unfortunately, though, I’ve come across a few blogs where comments have been closed off when I’ve got to them. It seems that some bloggers choose to close comments off a certain amount of time after the post is published. That doesn’t make it very good for us who get to some blog posts late. I don’t know about you, but I get frustrated at not being able to leave a comment on a post I’ve enjoyed reading.

      1. I have not run into closed comments, but I understand how that could be frustrating. Today I am fortunate to get to your post and others same day to comment. Thanks again for the sound blogging advice.

  23. Good, common sense advice as always, Hugh. I don’t get anything like the number of visits or comments for my blog as you, but every one is welcome and I enjoy the interaction and feedback from readers. I’ve tried several of the blog parties but have never found them especially successful for me – maybe I simply don’t fit in! I now just share regularly with Esmé’s Senior Salon, which I find supportive. Like you, I always respond to comments, and try to post content I hope people will enjoy without adhering to any frequency, so I think I’m doing the right things. Perhaps I should try more of those link ups…

    1. I can remember when blogging parties were all the rage, Clive. However, I have seen a decline in both the number of them and how many people do participate in them. I think much of that has to do with time and how everybody seems to be in a rush. I often find myself thinking way ahead of where I am and then rushing things so I can get on with jobs that don’t need doing straight away. However, I do enjoy my time reading other blog posts, although there are always far too many to read. However, I’m pleased to say I no longer get any hangups if I don’t get to them all.

      I’d recommend checking out other blog linky parties. It’s not often that we get invited to leave links to our own posts, so it’s a great way to promote our blogs.

      1. I think you could well be right about the time factor, Hugh. Even though I’ve been retired for six years I still find myself not having time to read everything I could, and have to be selective. Maybe I should try visiting more of the ‘linky’ ones but, then again, I’ve never been great at promoting my blog!

        1. I’m the same when it comes to promoting my books, Clive. However, if we’re happy with how things are going, then we should stick with that plan. At the end of the day, it’s the enjoyment and fun we get out of blogging that should always be the most important thing.

  24. Hi, Hugh. Thanks for sharing such an interesting and informative article. I detest the use of emojis in comments and always respond to postsI have enjoyed with an appropriate sentence or two. In future I will express my preference (Politely of course) for written comments. Thanks for the nudge! Have a great day. Goff

  25. 🙂 One of the methods for a blogger to acquire comments is to make sure that the atmosphere of their blog is an inviting one.

    Posts that ask the reader a question also helps in the area of getting more comments.

    Also, posts of a highly controversial nature attract a lot of comments (One word of warning where this one is concerned: some of those comments may not be of the favourable kind).

    Anyway, I am of the opinion, that the best comments are the ones that add value to the topic that was posted.

    Do enjoy the rest of your week, Hugh!

    1. Absolutely, Renard. The quality of a blog and how it looks is so important. Who’s going to stay on a blog that does not look friendly or appealing? I suppose it may attract some trolls, but that’s a good thing if they’re gathering in one place.

      I agree. Highly controversial subjects can and do attract comments (as I’ve discovered). I’d recommend that anybody you writes and publishes a post that can be seen as controversial ensures that they moderate comments first before they appear on the post. That way, you can at least delete any comments that do not show any degree of thought and which say nothing but hate.

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