You can best scale the shape of your blog readership by checking the number of comments you have under your posts. The more comments there are, the more your readers are engaged with your content, which ultimately helps create a lively and loyal community that draws more new visitors to your blog.
Maybe you have other signs of readers coming to your blog like page views, Facebook likes and shares, tweets, etc., but these visitors are not sufficiently stimulated to leave any feedback or join the conversation. Here’s how to start getting more comments on your blog posts:
#1: Make it easy for your readers to comment
It has probably happened to want to comment on a certain post, but then you notice all the logging-in and completing CAPTCHAs in order to do it, that you don’t feel like commenting anymore. You want to use a simpler system and make it easy for your blog visitors to leave comments. Installing a platform like Livefyre, Disqus, or CommentLuv (click here to read the other must-have WP plugins) is one way to make commenting more interactive. Enabling social comments and connecting with users’ accounts is another.
#2: Write your posts so there’s room for the readers to respond
It’s great to write in-depth posts that cover the topics in details, but such posts can sometimes make the readers of your blog feel like they have nothing to add, no way to contribute. Instead, try to make your writing deliberately incomplete, missing out parts that are not essential for the whole meaning of the post. Creating a blog post with an odd number of listed items is a good start.
#3: Ask your blog readers to share their comments
Another great way to encourage more comments under your blog posts is to clearly invite your readers to share their thoughts, join in, and contribute to the conversation. This means ending your posts with something like: “Have you tried any of these tips? Do you have something to add? Let us know in the comments.” You are not begging for comments; just opening up for your blog visitors to want to share their experiences.
#4: Build relationships with other fellow bloggers writing in your niche
Don’t run for the A-listers. Look for bloggers that are around the same level as you. Follow them regularly, read their blog posts, share your comments, and there’s a good chance they’ll do the same for you. They may also tweet your posts, or even link to some of them in their blogroll.
#5: Don’t forget to reply to your readers’ comments
Make sure to always answer your readers’ questions and comments within a day or two. If you leave them waiting for weeks the chances are they’ll get discouraged and probably won’t comment again. Unreplied comments may also deter other visiting readers from commenting.
#6: Use plugins to manage spam comments
If you have spam in your comments your visitors will think there’s no one caring for the blog, that no one reads the comments. They may never even return to your blog again. Akismet is a great plugin you can use to manage the spam on your blog, to stop and remove spam comments before they even appear on your pages.
Finally, if all this doesn’t work (unlikely) and there are still no comments under your posts, you can ask a fellow blogger to help you “break the ice”. Their comment may intrigue others to join the conversation. Don’t forget to return the favor when needed.
How about you? Do you like the ideas on how to get more blog comments? Have you found a better way? Share your thoughts below!