“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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