Tips for Encouraging More Blog Comments

Even though a lot of us started blogs without realizing the connections we could make through blogging, we can quickly get addicted to getting a response to what we wrote. Do you remember the first time someone you didn’t know starting leaving blog comments on one of your posts? It’s an exciting feeling!

Yet, once you get one or two comments, you want 10, 20, and more! So, how do you encourage more blog comments?

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Get out there!

The first thing you need to do is to help people find your blog. They can’t comment if they don’t know your blog is there! So promote your posts through twitter, facebook, google +, and pinterest. Comment on other’s blogs.

Make it easy to comment!

  • If you can end your post with a question, your readers will find it easier to know what to say in your blog comments. Though only do this if that day’s content really does lend itself to a question.
  • Understand that not all content lends itself to as many comments. I get many more comments on my heartfelt posts than when I write a tutorial: though the tutorials get tweeted and pinned more often. Different types of posts encourage different types of interaction.
  • Use a commenting system that doesn’t require your readers to sign in. Even if you are on Blogger, you can set it to allow people to comment using just their name and url.
  • Remove word verification. All those funky symbols can be hard to read and may discourage your readers from leaving a comment. Blogger’s spam filter actually does do a great job and WordPress has many different options for it as well.

What do I do now that I’ve gotten some blog comments?

  • You can reply to your comments! If you are on Blogger, be aware that hitting that reply button doesn’t send the reply to the commenter’s email, though it will show up on your blog. You can reply to them via email to be sure they saw it. WordPress has plug in options so that the reply will show up on your blog and be sent to the commenter’s email.
  • Don’t feel pressure to reply to every comment. Sometimes someone will reply “LOL!” and while it’s nice to get any comment- it’s pretty hard to know what to say to that in response.
  • Since you know how good it feels to get comments, go give some comments to those who showed you comment love! Time doesn’t always allow for a 1-to-1 comment-return comment ratio, but it’s nice to give it a try!

What have you found helps you to get more blog comments?

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  4. I had no idea replying on Blogger didn’t get emailed to the person!! Ugh, I;m sure people just think I’m ignoring them. Thank goodness I saw this now!

  5. “Remove word verification. All those funky symbols can be hard to read and may discourage your readers from leaving a comment. Blogger’s spam filter actually does do a great job and WordPress has many different options for it as well.” for me this is the most important thing. I love writing comments on other’s blogs but when I have to deal with word verification I feel sick.

  6. I found this article odd. You have encouraged me to comment on your site, and I took the time to offer half way decent comments, and you have not approved them while other spammy comments like “very useful tips.” and “Thanks for posting this.. It’s been a pleasure to read”

    I think one of the way to encourage comments, is to actually respect and approve comments made by real people.

    Food for thought.

  7. Comment luv plugin also encourages commenting

  8. They are all really good tips! I usually reply to my comments by going and leaving a comment back to the person who left me the comment. I love to see comments and for sure that person would prefer a comment on their blog rather than a simple thank you e-mail.

  9. Thanks for this, I need to work on it more- I feel like I am writing to no one lol!

  10. I had no idea that Blogger comments didn’t go back to the person you replied to! Why is that do you know?

  11. This has been hard to get people to comment directly on the blog rather than facebook, google +. I had seen someone I cannot remember the blog put on facebook a nice quote of a comment made on their blog. I was wondering if that was a good idea and would help others to go directly to my blog to leave a comment

  12. Thanks for posting this.. It’s been a pleasure to read :)

  13. very useful tips.

  14. These are all great tips. I have found that the heartfelt posts are always the ones to get the most comments and I always want to interact with readers to take the conversation *off the blog* so to speak. Not only does it help me establish wonderful friendships, but it makes for interesting discussion!

  15. Great ideas. I still need to work on my commenting platform.

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