Here are seven techniques that you can use to get more people to comment on your blog. Some of the techniques (especially the first) will leave you feeling a little dirty. But, no matter what you think of the techniques, each one has been proven to increase the amount of blog comments.
1 – Ask a question at the end
This is way of getting more comments that really works. It is just a little crappy and something that poor writers have to do to get people to comment. It is one step above simply saying, please comment or else nobody else will. At least if people said that then they are being more genuine than putting a question at the end of the blog, especially if the question is “What do you think?” Still, this unchivalrous and sucky-uppy way does seem to increase comments on blogs.
2 – Write something good that is worth commenting on
If you happen to write good stuff on your blog, then people may be more inclined to comment on it. If they become invested in what you are saying or writing, or if you teach them something that they wanted to learn, then they will comment on what you write.
3 – Be controversial and ruffle people’s feathers so that they comment
This is not difficult. For example, in Britain there is a “cat missing” epidemic. Cats are going missing throughout Britain to the point where people are accusing illegal dog fights, government conspiracies and aliens. All this until a certain blogger noticed that most cat disappearances are in areas with a high percentage of Pakistani people. He didn’t even imply that the Pakistanis were eating peoples cats, he just pointed out that most missing cats were in areas where Pakistanis lived in high numbers or frequented often. His blog certainly got a lot of replies from people horrified that their kitty had been some Pakistani person’s dinner. He pointed out examples such as in a town called Rotherham where a Pakistani restaurant opened and within 6 months there were 72 missing cats reported within a five mile radius.
4 – Make commenting more simple
You would think that such advice need not be given, and yet people still make difficult for people to comment. Get rid of your CAPTCHA and whatever else you have as an obstacle to commenting. Stop making people sign in or create an account or sign in with Facebook. Give them the option but do not insist upon it and people will comment away because it is convenient and easy. People may want to comment but they do not feel strongly enough to have to sign in to things or do a puzzle to stop spammers.
5 – Stop listening to statistics about blogging
If you ever feel like hitting yourself for listening to this stuff then feel free. Here is a great example, “The top ten Google keywords are most commonly seen in blog posts of over 2000 words.” This inspires people to start writing blog posts of over 2000 words. Has it not occurred to these people that in a blog post of so many words you are bound the feature a popular keyword or two–because there are so many words in it! The statistic offers bloggers no benefit whatsoever and yet people are writing blogs of over 2000 words and then wondering why they are not getting any comments. You are not getting comments because nobody has bothered to read your blog post all the way through. Stop listening to statistics about blogging. As Homer Simpson said, “Statistics can be used to prove anything which is even remotely true, 14% of people know that.”
6 – Get people to come back
The more your visitors come back over time then the more invested and attached to your blog they feel. If you can keep them coming back with newsletters and especially an RSS feed then people will comment every now and again. It will just happen in the same way that if you walk on the beach often enough you will pick up a pebble and throw it in the sea every now and again. Do not do things such as telling them to come back, and if you do resort to the sleazy trick of asking questions at the end then do not ask people for more additions to your list or asking them easy questions such as “Do you think its right?” At least ask them something pressing such as, “But how do we stop this sort of thing happening?”
7 – Comment yourself to get the ball rolling
This is an easy enough trick that sometimes gets people commenting. It is especially true of your loyal readers who may feel a connection to you and want to reply to the things that you say in hopes you pay them attention. It is human nature to try and gain the attention and affection of people that we like, admire and enjoy. It may just take you commenting and maybe being a little candid too.
Sonia J. is an author of this post. She’s also in a team of http://writing-service-assistant.com that helps students to find the most reliable and professional writing service.