There is just one percent of readers who actually contribute to your posts by commenting on them. This shows that the majority of readers don’t comment on posts. Ever wondered why that’s so?
The Benefits Of Comments
There are many benefits when readers are actively commenting on posts. It is merely a psychological phenomenon that posts with a high number of comments are sure to grab more attention of your readers as comments actually indicate the high quality of the content in the post. Comments are also a way of passing on your feedback to the blogger highlighting your interests, which results in content which you would like to see on the blog. The readers’ response is also a source of motivation for writers – if they see that their work is being appreciated they will keep on working hard to keep their readers entertained in future.
So, it is clear that comments and feedback are highly important for blog owners. But how do you get readers to comment more often on the blog posts? Here are eight easy ways to help you increase comments on your posts.
How To Encourage Your Readers To Comment More:
- Invite comments. Inviting people to comment is the most essential way of increasing comments. Go ahead, ask people to comment and leave their feedback. It is seen from experience that usually when people are invited to comment, the number of comments you get is definitely higher. Asking questions in your posts and leaving open ideas is an easy way of inviting comments. This also works for new users who are not much familiar with blogging.
- Reply to comments/queries. If you are going to ignore your comments section and not reply to comments or interact with your readers how do you expect them to comment on your posts? This is the fundamental principle. When you reply to what people are saying, you’re making them feel heard, that their opinion counts. Once this happens, that user is sure to become a regular commenter on posts. This is very important for new bloggers, but even veteran bloggers never let their threads go ignored, even if other users have already replied to them.
- Make comments easy to make. Expect most of the readers to be lazy. Now, if such a user wants to leave a comment and there’s a requirement for registration in almost all cases he will leave no comment. There are two reasons for this, one being the laziness factor; the other is spam. Users are annoyed by spam that starts pouring in so they are very careful as to where they give out their addresses. Leave the registration out of the comment box, set some boundaries, but allow users to make comments in an easy manner in which they feel comfortable.
- Appreciate comments. Appreciating good comments made by users gives a nice touch to your blog. One way of appreciating good comments is by highlighting them.You can even rate them by giving them star ratings. This step will make users feel welcome and also drive others to comment.
- Make the presence of your blog felt. When you blog, it’s not just about continuous posts. It requires that you take the time to visit other blogs, read their posts and more importantly make comments on the posts. Put an effort into giving comments. This will help build relationships with other bloggers, driving them to do the same for you.
- High quality blog posts. Make sure that the quality of the post you make is high because every post on your blog counts. Users don’t read all of the posts when they visit your blog; they will just read one and make their impression on you. Remember, everything you post counts and should within the high quality niche.
- Posts encouraging users to comment. When you’re writing a post make sure you don’t fill it up with stuff no one wants to read. Keep it as brief as you can and write in such a manner, which encourages readers to make comment. Such posts, to which they can relate more, will encourage people to share their experiences with you.
- Create a contest among the people who comment on your blog. Such contests are probably the best way to inspire your visitors to leave more comments. This should work for those blogs, which already have a certain number of regular visitors and for people who are already commenting on your posts. Award the winners with award places and prizes. Prizes will depend on your audience.
We hope these ways will prove helpful in increasing comments on your posts.
Why Do YOU Think Readers Don’t Comment Often On Posts?
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About the Author: Rob Greenberg works as a copyright consultant at a plagiarism checker software company