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.

5 Easy Ways To Generate Comments

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. 

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Logo for the weekly #writephoto Photo Prompt challenge hosted by Sue Vincent
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Logo for the weekly Sunday Stills Photography challenge hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt
© Terri Webster Schrandt
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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  1. Brilliant post, packed full with fantastic advice! Wishing I’d had all this information when I first began blogging. Alas, much of these things, I had to learn through trial & error, time & experience along the way. Still learning but thankfully, we have great articles like this to help us along our way.

    1. Same here, Laura. I wish I’d known much of this when I first started to blog. Luckily, there were bloggers out there who wrote and published free blogging advice, so much of what I learned was picked up from those bloggers. I’d never have believed that I would go on to write, share and publish tips which worked for me. These posts are my way of saying ‘thank you’ to all the bloggers out there who support my blog by reading my posts and leaving comments.

  2. Comments are fun to get because we get to interact with readers. That’s why I don’t want emoji comments, on my blog or on my Instagram account.. I also don’t want a comment because I left a comment on someone else’s blog.

    1. I completely agree with you. I see too many bloggers using their blogs as they do their Facebook accounts – I’ll comment on and like every post you publish because you comment on all my blog posts. Many of those comments are just a few words long and add no value to the blog post or contain nothing but emojis. Commenting just for the sake of commenting should be left to Facebook. I much rather read comments that add value to the post I’ve just read and which open up a good discussion or debate. For me, that’s what blogging is all about.

  3. Thank you that was informative for me. I often leave a question at the end of a blog post and it does work. Makes it easier for people to respond with a starting point. Replying to comments is a throw back from my mother and answering letters – you respond to people (her words).

    1. Your mother’s words are wise words. She was absolutely correct. We should always make time to respond to people.

      I’m glad the post has helped and that you’re already benefiting from the results of asking questions in your blog posts.

  4. Hi Hugh,
    Are you exclusively in the blogging niche now? Personally, I hope so. Your tips are stellar!
    Congratulations, this post won the Inspire Me Monday Linky Party. You’ll be featured on my site tomorrow.

    1. Hi Janice,

      No, I’ll be doing a few blog posts about other subjects too. This week will see the last of my blogging tips posts until the New Year.

      Thank you for the excellent news about my post winning the Inspire Me Monday Linky Party.

      Have a great week.

  5. These are great trips to engage other bloggers with your blog, Hugh. I agree with you, I rather read a long post than a short post, and then leave an insightful comment. In a sense, the comments you leave represent who you are and your blog – and if you take the time to leave an insightful comment be it on a long or short post, I have found the blogger is more inclined to visit my blog. I didn’t know that emoji-only comments were not ranked that well in search engines, and will keep that in mind.

    Also agree that content is king. When I decided to scale back blogging, I worried that I’d lose my audience’s engagement. Most of the time posting more means more views, more readers and hence more comments. Over time I felt that if I took the time to research and write a post and posted less, I’d still get comments from readers which I am thankful for. I guess good content will speak for itself. Over the next year I forsee myself to blog even less due to lifestyle circumstances, so it will be interesting to see how my blogging interaction will fare.

    Also agree with you on not ignoring comments. Sometimes I’d leave a reflective comment on someone’s blog, only for them to not respond at all. I do appreciate a simple thank you but like you, I do prefer more engagement especially if I really liked the post and took the time to comment.

    1. Thank you, Mabel.

      I love what you said ‘…In a sense, the comments you leave represent who you are and your blog – and if you take the time to leave an insightful comment be it on a long or short post, I have found the blogger is more inclined to visit my blog.’

      That is one of the best comments left on this post and goes out of the way of genuinely stating what insightful comments mean.

      Like you, I’ve cut back on my blogging. Since August 2019, I’ve cut back to writing and publishing one blog post per week. Both the number of comments and ‘likes’ my posts have got have increased, which makes me very happy because engagement with readers is what it’s all about. I’m a firm believer that content is king and that bloggers should take their time drafting and researching posts before publishing them.

      I’m not a fan of saying just a ‘thank you’ to anyone who leaves a comment. I much rather engage with the reader. However, some comments that are left can be difficult to respond to. That’s when a simple push of the ‘like’ button comes in handy.

      1. Thanks for your nice words, Hugh. Insightful comments not only showcases if you’ve took the time to read a post but also who you are and (possibly) your intentions with your blog.

        It is wonderful to hear your blog engagement is as strong as ever despite blogging less. Content really is king. Like you, most of the time I write longer posts. I don’t expect readers to read the entire thing but I don’t mind that at all – I’m really happy with them reading a section of it and commenting insightfully on that. In that sense, content is still engaging.

        Indeed some comments are difficult to respond to. I usually acknowledge their view and thank their time for reading.

  6. Hugh
    This is such a breath of fresh air. Each one responds to how busy they are – not able to read a blog post and leave a comment. Those are shoes I wore for quite a while.

    As a student and avid reader, I leave notes as I go along. But there are times when reading that 400-page book is not possible and blogs that give a summary save my day.

    I appreciate you for putting together this list. These are quite simple ways to get readers to leave comments on a blog post. I am challenged to pull up my socks. I try to leave authentic, relevant and well-thought comments.

    I am going to look up those blogging challenges and blog link parties.

    1. Thank you. Time can be an enemy to all of us. It’s why I mentioned that reading and commenting on just one blog post per day is far better than not at all.

      Blogging challenges are great fun to participate in and bring in new visitors to our blogs and websites. I’ve participated in hundreds over the time I’ve been blogging and have always had great results from them.

  7. Thank you for sharing your tips, Hugh. All great tips, that’s for sure. I liked your tip on liking without commenting when you don’t have time to respond. I didn’t consider the part about liking first. I use the (forgive my lack of correct terminology) Side Reader in WP (in the WP.com site), so if I like a comment, it appears read, so if I want to go back to reply later, I’d lose track of which ones I hadn’t replied to yet. I’m impressed with the # of comments you get, so what you’ve suggested doing obviously works!!

    1. Thanks for sharing what you do with regards responding to comments, Shelley. I try and make time to leave a comment, especially if the post has motivated me to do so, but sometimes I will also share the post via social media if I don’t have anything to add. Comments are the lifeblood of blogging.

      Yes, I get lots of comments, hence why I wanted to share what I do to generate them. “How do I get readers to leave comments on my posts?” is the number one question I get asked the most. Now I have a blog post, I can refer people too when they ask me the question.

      1. You’re welcome. I appreciate your words of wisdom, Hugh, it is a gift to all of us that you compiled them in a well-composed post we all can share with others to learn from!

  8. As always Hugh lots of good ideas…I love comments it is the essence of blogging I think we all need that interaction it makes for a very pleasant experience…I didn’t know about emoji’s though and I do use them although not on their own as to me that doesn’t indicate that I have properly read the post Do you mind if I use your stir up Sunday image I will, of course, link back to you 🙂

    1. The odd emoji in a lengthy comment is okay, Carol. It’s when the comment is just made up of emojis or is included in very short comments such as ‘Great Post’ “LOL’ ‘Thanks’ etc., that they become not search engine friendly and have the opposite effect. I don’t approve any types of those comments anymore because they really don’t mean anything and, as you said, does not indicate that the post has been read. Plus, I believe comments like that tend to make our blogs look more like they belong on Facebook rather than a blogging post. Best leave them for social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

      Please feel free to use my Stir up Sunday image. I have another photo of the finished puddings which I’m going to tweet today. I’ll tag you on the post. Feel free to use the new picture, too.

      1. Lovely thank you, Hugh…I am sure it will taste delicious I am aready savouring that first mouthful I can taste it but will have to wait..haha…Although I am going to make some pies very soon and they will definitely be eaten hot from the oven …I think I may adopt that stategy of deleting just emoji…Good advice .

  9. Your posts always seem to have a lot of comments, Hugh. No wonder! I have learned so many great blogging tips from reading your posts. I do tend to have a lot of comments on my posts. I think it is because I respond to each comment and I visit the commenter’s blog and leave a comment on his/her blog as well. Every time.

    1. Yes, you’re right, Laurie. Responding to all comments in a friendly manner will result in readers leaving more comments. Once they know you respond and that you’re friendly, they’ll feel part of your blogging community and be frequent visitors. I’m delighted to hear you’re already getting the benefits of leaving comments. It’s a big part of the whole blogging process.

  10. Thanks, Hugh. Great advice. I’m not one for challenges, I must admit (I’m not focused on writing at the moment, and I prefer long pieces to short ones, in general), but sometimes participating either on a blog tour or on a joint event with other bloggers is another great way to discover other bloggers and to be discovered by new readers. To your enduring success and thanks for sharing.

    1. I’ve never participated in a blog tour for my own books, Olga, but I can see how they help discover new blogs and help get us in front of lots of new readers. I’ve hosted several authors doing blog tours but have never found out if it resulted in new book sales for them. In any case, any promotion is better than nothing at all. I’ve also enjoyed hosting guest bloggers as it helps promote them and their blogs and also helps me in freeing up some time from the blog.

      Sorry to hear you’re not focused on writing at the moment. I’m going through a similar experience, although I don’t seem to have lost any desire not to blog. I have cut down to publishing just one post per week, though.

      Hope all is well with you?

  11. Hi Hugh, as always I have enjoyed your thoughts and have taken your advice in the past on how to increase the number of comments I receive. I must say I appreciate your thoughtful and fulsome comments and understand what you say about commenting on other blogs to increase your own interactions.

    I enjoy reading reading a wide range of blogs and leave comments only when I have something to say about the post, I don’t comment just for the sake of it. I agree about questions in a post but I often feel it seems a bit formulaic in and unnatural when I do it. I think I’m getting better at it!

    I also enjoy participating in linkups and challenges but am finding I am veering towards the same old few and need to mix it up. I haven’t been to Esme’s for a while so I might get back to that one. I have just today published a post for Terri’s Sunday Stills (thanks for your comment) and find lots of inspiring bloggers this way.

    I love the interaction and engagement that leaving a comment can lead to. Your experience is well worth sharing! Thanks for your helpful suggestions.

    1. I’m glad you feel you’re getting better at leaving questions in your blog posts, Debbie. I don’t see anything wrong in encouraging our readers to interact with us. In fact, I think it makes a reader feel a part of the community and makes the blogger asking the question seem friendly. Readers are more likely to keep coming back.

      I know what you mean about participating in the same link-ups week after week, but I’ve discovered lots of new blogs by participating in them. I’m always on the lookout for new ones, although some do have strict rules about who and who can do join. Just like not having too many social media accounts, we need to be careful and not spread ourselves too thinly. I’ve also come across some blog linkup parties on Twitter, so I’m in the middle of finding out whether they are any good for bringing in extra traffic.

      Thank you for joining in with the discussion on ‘blog comments’, Debbie.

  12. I think your point on blogging challenges is the most helpful from the entire post. Challenges bring people from different blogging communities together and it’s a great way to get introduced to new perspectives. But sometimes, even when you spend a lot of time reading and responding on other blogs, it isn’t very helpful in building your own community and that’s when people tend to give up after arriving in a slump.

    1. It’s very interesting what you say about leaving comments on other blogs because I’ve had great success in making new friends and gaining new followers when I started reading and leaving comments on other blogs. Other commenters on this post have said the same thing. I’ve also gone on to meet some of those bloggers in real life. That was, without a doubt, the best thing of all. If I hadn’t left that initial comment (or they leave a comment on my blog) and started building up a community, I’d never have met many of the bloggers I’ve been fortunate to meet. Some have even gone on to become close friends.

      As for blogging challenges, you’ve captured exactly what they are all about. I’m glad they’ve worked so well for you.

  13. I had to chuckle at your advice to ask readers a question as a way of encouraging comments. I’m a teacher, and when someone directs a question toward me, even though I’m only one of many readers, it’s a knee-jerk reaction for me to answer it!

    1. I think many readers will feel the same way, Liz. I know I do. Most readers like to be asked a question because it makes them feel the author of the post is involving them. I’m surprised by just how many bloggers never try to engage with their readers. It should never be a one-way street that leads to a dead-end for readers.

  14. Hugh, I totally agree with you. It is way to easy just to leave a short sentence, i.e. nice work, great post, but that does not mean much to me as many times, I feel that the person leaving the comment, did not read the full post and made direct comments or asked a question re the post itself. I must admit, that due to limited time I do not get to as many blogs as I wish to and do not leave enough comments. I will have to prioritize and make more time for actively engaging and commenting on more and more posts. As you rightfully mentioned in another response earlier, even if I leave one comment a day, (preferably more) that you are engaging already and this should help all involved. Blogging for sure is not a one-way street and as Renard pointed out your blog needs to be inviting and your posts should be informative and help your readers.
    I love reading your blog. Yes, I know I do not leave comments on a regular basis, (as mentioned, purely due to the fact that I still work full time and time is my biggest enemy at present), but I promise forthwith that I will do better.

    1. As I’ve mentioned to other bloggers who said that time is a problem, I think it is an enemy to most of us, Esmé. It’s one of the reasons why I cut down to just publishing one blog post a week. I saved myself a lot of time by doing so, but much of it is now used up in drafting my weekly post. I’ve seen great results from making the change and think I’ve found the perfect blogging balance for me (for now).

      Of course, responding to comments also takes up a lot of time, but only publishing one blog post a week has helped me gain back some time from responding to comments too. I now don’t have as many comments to respond to. However, I always value comments and have never had any problems in the time taken up responding to them. Interaction with our readers is the name of the game.

      Read and comment as and when you can. Don’t try and rush and read as many blog posts as possible in the time you have. Not only will it spoil the enjoyment of reading blog posts, but it also forces you into leaving short, dead comments that add no value for anyone.

      1. Hugh, again, you are totally on point here. Do not rush and try to do as many posts possible. I am doing my utmost to read, fully take in and then leaving a well thought out comment appropriate to the post. You are an absolute inspiration to me, so thank you for all your insight, support and tips.

      2. Thank you for sharing your tips at #senisal and also again promoting it in your post. This is truly a gem of a post and I would like to learn more, have more time to respond appropriately to all posts and comments. I will just continue to do my best, share and comments on as many posts I can, and one day, not sure when though, when I retire and do not have a full-time day job, that many days can be up to 10+ hours, have more active time reading and commenting on blogs. Thanks again for your continued support, well-crafted posts with tips and how to blog, as I am always learning and benefiting from your posts.

  15. Great collection of tips, Hugh, as always. What I struggle with most is time, time, time. I enjoy (and always have enjoyed) blogging about my adventures and experiences on the road and on the water – sharing that less than ordinary lifestyle of ours. (I even thought about you when I posted the blog of our dog adoption in June, feeling sad you were on a blogging break that time, so you wouldn’t get to see it.) Often, these posts are not very valuable to others, apart from the beautiful glimpses from around the world. But, they are “easy” to write and compose, showcasing photos of the experiences.

    Coming up with “better” content requires more thinking, creating, editing. More time. Yes, I’d like to do this in the future. Also, I’d love to join these link-ups or challenges, in the future. And, I enjoy reading and engaging with more blogs than the twenty or so I religiously follow and comment to. Again… I need more time for that.

    For many bloggers (especially when they’re retired), blogging seems to be their main hobby or activity, or a means to their profession in the case of authors, for example. Unfortunately, no matter how much I wish it, I am not in that position. Yet… (I was going to add a smiley face here but I’ll refrain from emoticons.)

    1. I had no idea about the dog adoption, so congratulations and thank you for giving a dog a home, Liesbet. I’m sure you’ve already discovered the many benefits of owning a dog.

      Time is an enemy to most of us, but I still like to make as much time as possible by freeing it up from other places. It’s one of the reasons why I cut down to publishing one blog post per week. Much of the time I saved in doing that has been used up in drafting posts, but I’ve seen some brilliant results from doing that. I don’t read and comment on other blog posts every day, but I try at the very least to read at least seven a week. I also free up time by not reading and commenting just for the sake of reading and commenting. If I start reading a blog post and don’t feel inspired to say something, then I’ll move on to the next one. I may still share the post via social media, though.

      I’ve no problems with the odd emoji in a comment. It’s when a comment is nothing but a line of emojis or is made up of just one emoji that we need to avoid. Since finding out they are bad for referral traffic, I’ve stopped them appearing in the comments on my blog.

      Thanks for joining in with the discussion. It’s always great to hear from you.

  16. Thank you for this blog post. I read blog site the art of blogging about following, commenting on other bloggers site to help create traffic. Though new, I have not been a steady blogger but I find this piece inspiring.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

    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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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. I was looking at settings the other day and noticed one that closes comments 90 days after a post is published. One can turn that setting off. Maybe some people don’t realize that.

        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.

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