Comments are one of the essential element for any blog. Without comment any blog looks like a ghost house. Not every blog posts have to get comments, but any good post will certainly get a comment in the form of view, critics, additional information. More over, from SEO perspective, Blog comments helps in adding more related keyword and helps you to rank higher. Anyways, in this article I will be concentrating more on the art of getting blog comments.
Who else wants to get more blog comments on their blog posts? We all know, everyone loves to get more comments as they work as the social proof to let others easily know that their sites are worth reading. No one likes to read a blog post which contains ‘zero comments’, right?
Some Proven ways of getting more Blog comments:
Before I share these tips, let me clear something about comments:
- Not every Blog post will get Comments
- Not every comment is genuine comment (Hint: Spam comments)
- Number of comments depends on your Blog commenting system too. I prefer WordPress default commenting system and you can try system like DISQUS or Facebook commenting system, which is also a popular choice.
1. Attention grabbing headlines are must
Your headlines should pull the readers in to read your blog posts. No matter how great your content is you must be creating attention grabbing headlines are must. When you want to get more comments on your blog posts, great headlines can provide your readers a sign that you’re going to read great stuff ahead, and that’s where most readers turn into blog commenters. So, spend quality time on crafting great headlines.
How can you create great headlines then?
You must be creating curiosity, educating, entertaining or scaring your readers to grab their eyeballs. Here are few epic headline samples that always work.
- How to [Do something] in [number] Steps?
- Why No One is [something] And What Can You Do About It
- [Number] Ways to [do something]
Examples for the above samples are:
- How to create great content in 3 easy steps
- Why no one is reading your blog and what can you do about it
- 5 ways to grab your reader’s attention to buy your products
The above headline samples work like charm, because they’re creating curiosity and educating your readers to open your blog posts. You can tweak the above headline samples if you want for your next blog posts. This way you can attract more blog comments on your posts.
2. Ask questions to get more comments
Call To Action (CTA) is the King to attract more comments on your blog posts. Most bloggers don’t call their readers to take some action at the end of their blog posts, which is one major reason for no or very less comments on your Blog posts. Here are some example of CTA note at the end of posts:
- Subscribing to their blogs
- Leaving a blog comment
- Sharing blog posts
- Buying their products etc
The #1 secret to get anything done online is this, ASK! You ask your readers first, they’ll do whatever you want [if you’ve great quality on your blog]. No doubt, quality and trust matters to do anything online, agree?
If you want more blog comments, then ask your readers to comment at the end of your blog comments by writing,
- Please share your thoughts about the post
- Let me know what do you think or
- Suggest any new tips if you’ve etc..
- If you have additional info which works for you, do let me know via comments.
If you re a regular reader of ShoutMeLoud, you would notice that in most of the blog posts, I end up with some action lines like: Share this post on Social networking sites, Add your comments or subscribe to my Newsletter.
Think this way: You have written a masterpiece information and at the end of article, you have nothing which will make the readers to take action. In most of the cases, reader will simply closes the tab and move to other article. Best idea is, ask your reader to take some action in any form, which I mention above.
This way you’ll be making it easy for your readers to do some specific action after reading your blog posts. You’ll surely notice a growth in your blog comments if you implement this tip.
3. Use their names while responding
This is the less-known tactic that I use on almost all my blogs to get more comments. This strategy is no brainer, but many people misses this. Calling someone by name, not only is encouraging but also make the other person wanted. Same psychology works in blog comments. As an author or blog owner, when you reply to a comment make sure reply with the name.
For example, if you leave a blog comment something like,
Hello [your name],
I’m really impressed with your writing, the tips were so practical and easy to implement.
I’ll surely implement on my blog from now on, lets see how it goes on my blog.
Now, if you want to make him loyal to your blog or if you want to attract more blog comments, respond like this..
Hi Mr. X,
I’m glad you find this post useful and you can read following two articles, to get more ideas related to this topic:
You can also consider joining us on Facebook for more Blogger engagement.
Look, the way you respond to your readers matter A LOT in the long run. Be kind, use their names and show them that you love, it works like a charm to attract more blog comments. More over, this one technique will also help you to build trust and engage more with readers.
4. Approve blog comments instantly
This is another killer tip to grab more blog comments. Though because of spam comments, we usually keep our blog comments moderated which is a good practice. Though, you can make few changes in your WordPress comments settings to make things easier for your regular commentators.
Under Settings > Discussions
uncheck the box which says, “An administrator always approve the comments”.
This will ensure that regular commentator comments will not held for moderation.
Though, if you are one of those who travel a lot or stay away from your computer, I recommend you to try WordPress app on difference devices, which will help you to moderate comments directly from your smart Phone.
You can also Use the combination of Akismet + GASP plugin to handle this spam comment situation. Or if you’re using Comment Luv premium plugin on your blog, it would be great for you to control the spam.
At the end of the day, you can stick to any technique but don’t let a comment left out for moderation for long.
5. Give limelight to the best commenters
Whenever you find thoughtful comments from your readers, try to bring those commenters names to the limelight. Highlight their blog names, comments by linking to their blogs. This way you’ll be encouraging the same readers to leave more thoughtful comments and also you’ll be allowing new readers to leave great comments on your future posts. Win/win approach, right?
Bonus Tip – Reward your top/Best commentator:
This Strategy I started doing back in 2009, which worked big time for me. I used to reward commentator of the month with a dofollow link and with advertisement banner on the sidebar. This worked well for me, as my niche is Blogging and most of ShoutMeLoud readers are Bloggers and Webmaster’s. Along with it, I was also using Top commentator widget on sidebar to reward active commentators.
The idea was simple, commentator with maximum number of comments will win the award and this worked big time for me. But this was back in 2009, and in these 4 years things have changed a lot. You can bring your new idea to reward your commentator like I mentioned in above point.
If you are a service blog or product blog, you can reward your top or best commentator as free package or product for limited time. This will surely help to increase the engagement and blog comments on your Blog.
Last but not the least, these are just some of the techniques which will help you to boost the blog comments, but the simple and most effective way to increase your blog comments is by writing provoking and controversial content. A content which can trigger debate or discussions. Something like,
Topics which usually get multiple views and opinion usually helps in getting more comments. Go ahead, try any of these mentioned tip above and let me know how they worked out for you.
Is there any other technique which you follow to get more comments on your Blog posts? Do let me know via comments. Don’t forget to Subscribe to our newsletter for more such articles.