I will always remember the time when I received my first blog comment and how I went hysterical! It’s a feeling that’s hard to put into words but I was definitely grateful for it. It gave me the motivation that I needed to persevere in writing about topics of my passion. But, I have a confession to make. This comment didn’t come after just one post.
When ever I used to publish a new post, I used to be like the cat in the picture, as even after hour of work, no one was commenting on my blog.
So, what happens when …
You Are Not Getting The Blog Comments?
I often asked myself … if I could enter a time machine, would I have done the same (i.e. persevere) a few years back or would I have given up. As far as I can remember, I always arrive at the same conclusion – I definitely will! The reason is simply because, by giving up, it will definitely get me nowhere. I will no longer have a chance to write about topics I am passionate about and wish to share with the readers and neither will I know the potential of my blog in attracting comments. However, I don’t agree with writing continually without looking out for improvements either. If your blog is not attracting comments, it is time to review on whatever you are doing currently … something is not quite right I suppose?
Here are some reasons why your blog is mute and how we can work on fixing it.
Interaction Is King!
It’s all about interacting with your readers; it’s not common that bloggers and their readers become very good friends with each other. It is understandable that when things get busy, it becomes difficult to ensure every single comment is replied to. But, remember – nobody likes to be ignored. It takes effort for your readers to read your post, process his / her thoughts, draft up a comment and hit the post button when they are finally satisfied. Think about your own happiness when you receive a comment from one of your readers after spending lots of time drafting up a post you are happy to publish. It’s definitely the same with your readers. They will too be happy to receive replies, and discussions can be sparked off easily from there. A basic principle is at play here and this is applicable to life too, not just blogging – reciprocity. It’s as simple as this.
Administration Leads To Frustration
Having to register before being able to comment irks many people. I know many blogs enable such a feature to prevent weird comments and spam. However, more often than not, you are simply creating an obstacle for your readers, and I am not too sure how many will be willing to cross this hurdle just to leave a comment. Keep rules and processes simple. That will make everyone happy, including yourself (especially when you see blog comments rolling in!).
No Man Is An Island
It is important to be part of the community and not be in your standalone island. Step out, write guest posts on topics of your interest, interact with the community, leave comments for others and promote those you like. Trust me … in the process, you will definitely spark off some worthy discussions and magically, conversations roll naturally. Take the initiative to give and you will receive. You can never succeed by being an island, separate and detached.
The process is definitely lots of hard work but trust me, it’s definitely worth the while. Take the effort in building relationships, networking and removing red-tapes and you will see blog comments rolling in faster than you can imagine! Better still, at the end of the day, you will find your social circle widening and end up with more friends. Hmmm … are there even any cons?
This is a guest post by Jack Harold . If you would like to write for ShoutMeLoud, check our guest posting guidelines.