Nowadays , Blogging is considered as the best internet marketing tool through which you can share your knowledge and expertise. Apart from search engine traffic, blog helps in creating a community and start a conversation and get peoples opinion about it. You might have noticed many blogs with less traffic, but very high conversation rate. Such blogs are eye candy for Advertisers, as people tends to trust and follow such active blogs and thus advertisers get their value for money really well.
At ShoutMeLoud, we have already covered many posts regarding commenting and it’s pros and cons, in case if you have missed some of them, here is a quick refresher:
- How commenting can help you get 1000 Subscribers in a month
- 5 commenting Etiquette every blogger should know
A blog with thousands of great post without conversation is like a dead man walking, there is no point that you would like to trust that blog. For example, When Harsh has written about Hostgator review, many people commented and acknowledged that it’s one of the best WordPress Hosting in the market. This way, any reader landing from search engine are more likely to trust many people acknowledging about the product and thus more sales for him.
In this post, I’m not talking about how to drive traffic but will be helping you to increase conversation on your blog to increase revenue. Although , on the internet , you will find a lots of articles regarding traffic-generation for your blog . Even on ShoutMeLoud , you will find a lots of posts which delivers information on how to drive traffic to your blog or website !
These tips are generic and can go with any type of Blog, be it BlogSpot, WordPress, tumblr or any other blogging system:
Working ways to Increase Blog comments and Conversations:
Faster loading blog will get an Edge :-
A fact, everyone loves a fast loading site, be it a visitor or a Google bot. Infact, a fast loading site helps in improving your search engine ranking. If your blog is loading very slowly , then your visitors will surely try to get out of it and will leave your blog without reading the content. More over a blogger who is commenting to increase his online presence, would prefer commenting on a blog post which loads quickly. If you site takes ages to load, here are some useful tips which will help you to speed up your blog:
- 7 quick tips to speed up Website load time
- Google page speed extension: Improve your site load time
- How to improve WordPress blog with Rackspace cloud files
Perfect and easy Commenting System :-
This is another factor, which determines the number of comments on your blog . If your blog Commenting form is a nightmare for commentator, don’t expect to get lots of comments. Using a commenting form which helps users to input his field instantly, would be very useful. On WordPress, I prefer the default commenting system or you can use some advanced commenting system like DISQUS, Intense debate.
Specially, I hate BlogSpot blog commenting system, as they are a mess to comment on. Always remember less clicks for your readers will help them to browse more pages from your site and similarly one click commenting system is an essential. For BlogSpot you can try alternate commenting system like DISQUS, Intense debate and many others.
For commentators you can use Firefox extension like Easy comment to quickly fill out the default commenting form on WordPress blogs. You can also consider adding Facebook commenting system, which is said to increased conversation rate on your blog and also decrease down the spam comments on your blog. Though default commenting system is good enough, but if you integrate multiple login options like Facebook connect or Twitter login, you might notice a huge increase in comments for traffic coming from similar sites.
- How to get more comments on BlogSpot blogs
- How to integrate DISQUS commenting system on your blog
- How to integrate Facebook Commenting to BlogSpot blog
Reply To The Comments :-
To start a conversation on your blog, you need to be a part of it. If you are an admin and reply to all the comments, you doing it right, but you can always use it for more exposure. For example. when a commentator reply, you can always acknowledge and appreciate his comments and along with it, you can also ask a question to initiate a conversation. If a commentator find a problem to his solution, you can always suggest him to subscribe to your blog to keep receiving such useful tips and updates. For any followup comment, you can always add link to your earlier post and this drive traffic to old posts and also decrease bounce rate.
Install The CommentLuv Plugin :-
CommentLuv has become one of the favorite plugin for many WordPress blogs to encourage the commentator to add comments. After installing this plugin , if a commentator posts a comment on your blog [ also gives his website's URL ] , then his latest post will be shown at the end of the comment .
So , you can really increase the number of commentators by installing this plugin on your blog . Though before you start using the plugin, you should be aware that it also decrease the bounce rate on your blog. You should play with it’s CSS to style the commentluv plugin to maintain a healthy bounce rate and exit clicks.
Place A ‘ Top Commentators ” Widget On Your Blog :-
Top commentators plugin shows the top commentator for a particular time frame and it’s setting allows you to change the link to Dofollow after certain number of comments. This plugins encourages other bloggers to be an active part of your blog commenting in order to get a dofollow backlink along with targeted traffic. You can find a list of blog using Top commentator plugin here.
Conduct Contests Between Commentators :-
This step is based on the idea – ‘ Reward & Rule ‘ ! If you conduct contests by giving some gifts or rewards to your top commentators , then comments will certainly flow on your blog like a river . I use to giveaway 1 or 2 ad slots on my blog to the top commentators of a particular month . This step can certainly increase the number of comments on your blog .
I think that these tips will certainly help the new blogs to grow on and to increase the percentage of conversations on your blog ! Have you enjoyed the article , do let me know !
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