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5 Reasons You’re Not Getting Blog Comments

By Jul 29, 2013 November 22nd, 2014 182 Comments

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Everyone is looking for blog comments. We crave them. We sit, staring at our email, wondering why it has been hours with no new blog comment notifications.

A world without blog comments is a sad world when you are a blogger.

Do you want more comments on your blog? Make sure you aren't doing these things that drive commenters away.

5 Reasons You are Not Getting Blog Comments

Your pour your heart out on the screen. You share your funniest stories. You make pinnable images. All you want in return is to know people are reading. You see your traffic growing and people visiting, but they don’t seem to leave very many blog comments.

Why?

CAPTCHA

Spam sucks, no-one likes it!  However, fighting spam is no excuse for making me type nonsense words and squint at blurry pictures of numbers.

Look at this picture. What is that number? 41? 49? 47?
I don’t know. Your readers don’t know. You will not be getting a blog comment today.

CAPTCHA Example

If you have CAPTCHA enabled on your blog comments, I guarantee you are losing comments every time you publish a new post.

Solution:
Turn off the CAPTCHA. Just do it now. I’ll wait.

If you are concerned about spam getting through, you could turn on comment moderation – where you have to approve each blog comment before it shows up on the site. It is not a perfect solution, but it is better than giving your readers eye strain.

You Didn’t Ask a Question

You wrote a post that was beautiful, or funny, or heartbreaking or just plain amazing. I want to tell you that, I really do. I want you to know that I was there reading your words, but I am not sure what to say besides, “Great post!” and just leaving those two words is almost worse than not commenting at all – so I don’t comment.

Solution:
Ask a question. If you ask me a question at the end of that amazing post, you make it easier for me to leave a blog comment. I know what you are looking for in a response. I feel invited into the conversation. Blog posts with questions at the end always get more blog comments.

You Don’t Participate in Your Comments Section

Think of your blog comment section like a garden. If it is well-tended, I want to hang out, drink lemonade, smell the flowers and have a party. If it is a scary jungle, obviously not receiving any care or attention, I want to run away as fast as I can before I get eaten by a carnivorous plant.

  • You don’t respond to blog comments.
    I see ten comments from your readers, but no responses from you. Even worse, I see where a reader has asked you a question, and there is no response. If it looks like you don’t bother to read and respond to your comments, I won’t waste my time leaving one for you.
  • Your blog comment section is full of spam.
    When I see spam sitting in your comment section, it makes me feel like you don’t care. If you don’t care about your comments, why should I?

Solution:
Spend time in your own comment section. When I can see that you value your comments, I feel excited to leave one for you.

You are Not Mobile Friendly

People are using their phones and tablets to read your blog. If your blog is not set up for mobile devices, it makes it hard to read and even harder to leave a comment.

Solution:
Optimize your blog for mobile use. Get rid of floating buttons and things that pop up or move around. On WordPress you can use a plugin like WPTouch or WordPress Mobile Pack. On blogger, you can choose a mobile-friendly template on your main template page.

You Have A Confusing Comment System

  • I do not want to set up yet another profile and password just so I can comment on your blog.
  • I do not like it when your comment system eats my comment, because I did not realize I had to log in before typing it.
  • I do not want my Facebook or Google+ status to automatically update with the comment I left for you. If I feel like your comment system is taking over my personal social media profiles, I will not be happy and I will not comment again.

Solution:
Allow people to comment with just a name/email/url. Remember that some people are very careful about their online privacy and do not want their blogging activities to be associated with their personal Facebook profile.

The bottom line is, if you want comments make it easy for your readers. Your readers are busy people. Some of your readers might be typing comments with one hand while holding a baby in the other one. They are staying up late to read your words, instead of reading their nightstand.  If you want your readers  to spend time in your comment section, you need to make it as easy as possible.

 What stops you from leaving a comment on a blog post? Leave a comment on this post or join us on our Facebook fan page for more conversation!

(See how I just asked you a question? I invited you into this conversation. The solution to reason #2 really is that easy.)

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About Tracie Nall

Tracie lives in Arizona with her husband, teen daughter, and more books than her shelves will hold. She spends her days writing and editing. Many of her words end up on her blog, From Tracie. Find Tracie on Twitter @FromTracie and on Instagram where she takes pictures of things that are yellow.

182 Comments

  • I can tell you it’s more motivating to comment when I see that your blog posts a link to my most recent blog post (as yours does here). I’m looking for a way to do that with blogger. Anyone know if it’s possible to set it up in blogspot? I’ve tried a few google search terms that have turned up nothing.

    Thanks!

    Julie

  • Kimberly says:

    These are all very good points. I really dislike having to go through captchas but will if I really want my comment to be known. I’m still trying to figure out how to get comments on my blog even though I don’t have captcha or anything heinous to go through. I would much rather have comments over high viewing numbers anyday.

  • Yesss!! And what is this whole ‘disqus’ thing some people have on their comment section?? I don’t want to have to set up some new profile thing and have it access my FB and everything!

  • Emily says:

    I am kind of always afraid to view my comments. I kind of take a deep breath and prepare myself, LoL! I always fear the worst. But luckily, I haven’t had any negative comments on my personal blog so far. Now the one that I write for, I had one…And that clearly caused emotional damage. Good post! Thanks! 🙂

  • Great point’s! It is true I do not leave comments when leaving a comment becomes a complication. I also feel that many of my readers are not bloggers so they have a hard time leaving a comment because they think they need a blog in order to do so. I will check mine for mobile issues as I never thought about that! Thank you for sharing your insights. Lots of love C

  • Beelissa says:

    I agree with all of these points. I have a question, though. I have WordPress set so that the first time a person makes a comment, it’s held for moderation — I don’t think anyone knows this till try actually try to comment. So do you think something like that inhibits comments? I think after they post once, assuming they use the same email address, it will automatically approve them afterward. Also, I have it set that if they put a link in their comment it’s held for moderation.

  • Stephanie says:

    OMG Thank you for putting captcha first, I will seriously stop following a blog (not matter how good it is) if it has captcha on!

  • Carrie says:

    Good points. If I have to set up a new account, or sign in with Facebook, I don’t comment. Too much of my time wasted on just a comment (and sometimes I REALLY want to speak my mind, but I don’t)

  • Sami says:

    I totally needed these reminders. I am definitely guilty of not engaging enough. Thanks for this post!
    Hugs,
    Sami

  • Bouncin Barb says:

    I think you’re right!! On the posts where I ask questions or opinions, I get a lot of comments. As for the rest of your suggestions, I’m pleased to say I’m doing just that. Thank you! I’ll get back to asking for interaction.

  • Great information! Thank you. I respond to blog comments by email, which means they don’t appear on my blog. To me, it seems more personal to respond directly to the person. Also, if I comment on a blog, I do not go back to the post to check and see if the blogger responded.

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  • Wow! You are getting lots comments on your own blog. Thank you for your tips. I don’t enable the code thing (which annoys me when I have to use it) and I respond to reader comments, always. But I have not yet figured out how to make my BlogSpot mobile-friendly and only recently have I gotten good about posing a question at the end of my post. When you get a chance, I would like it if you would check out my blog, and leave a comment there. Thank you.

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  • Rosie says:

    Thank you so much for this post, darling 🙂 helping me a lot since I’m a new blogger

  • Bob says:

    What about Disqus? Do you think it’s good to use?

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  • Momma O says:

    Why do I not leave a comment? I don’t know – but I do know that if I decide to comment and it is practically impossible for me to leave one, I’m out of there ASAP, probably never to return. It shouldn’t be hard to have a conversation with you! 🙂

    Sometimes I have tons to say, but dont want to offend people in THEIR spaces. Their blogs are their homes; I am just a guest. I read a blog for years before I commented (and I mean like 5 years) and then soon after that, the blogger stopped blogging. I guess my comment just made her quit! (Not really, lol – but wouldn’t that be a story to tell!)

    But yeah – being shy (but working on it for networking purposes 🙂 ) and having it become almost like a Prison Break scene in order to leave a comment is usually what holds me back.

  • laura says:

    I love that you put the remark about unattended comments. I really do get discouraged to comment on a post when I see no other comment has been responded to. What’s the point?

  • Cathy says:

    I just found your site and am doing some exploring… let me ask you as I am a fairly unseasoned blogger … I respond to the comments on my blog via e-mail and not directly on the blot itself. I respond to 99.9% of them as I may miss one occassionally. I was thinking this is much easier for the commentor so they do not have to return to the blog to read my response – they receive it as an e’mail… Is this not considered a deterrent because those visiting the blog do not see me responding to comments left or is this accetable practice? I will change my way of doing it if it is going to please my readers more… thank you for your response – love your blog will be spending some time here I can see….

  • Hi there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha
    plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m
    having problems finding one? Thanks a lot!

  • Stacie says:

    I hated captcha too, but I thought I “had” to have until a loyal reader asked me to get rid of it. Consifder it done

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  • Ugh Captchas are a 100% sure way to get me to skip commenting on your blog. Great post!

  • After reading this, I realized I had Captcha still on the comments. I also had my comments going to my old email address. Thanks for the reminder and all fixed.

  • You make some very good points about blog commenting! I’m still hoping to get my first comment soon. 🙂

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  • I really appreciate the tips. My blog is just over a month old so I’m still learning each day as I go. Thanks!!

  • Ann Jones says:

    Commenting on like topic blogs has a large impact as well. The more you comment the more comments you get back. The same holds true for replying to comments on your own blog (reciprocating the comment back on the blog of the comment author). Even with so many changes over the years, blogs are still about personal interactions and the more you cultivate them the better the return on your own blog will be 🙂

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  • These were really great tips! Thanks for sharing. I loved this post. One of my favorite bloggers has word verification and I resent her every time I leave a comment : )

  • LittleBird says:

    I totally just disabled the captcha. 😀
    Thank yewwwww!
    There are only a few things that stop me from leaving comments –
    If I have left comments on more than a few of your posts and they’re consistently ignored I’m probably going to move on to another blogger I feel is more down to earth and genuinely wants to engage, not someone who just wants attention. I know a lot of bloggers are just too busy to reply to every comment but it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

    Like you I won’t comment if it’s going to link to other social media sites. My feeling is – hey, I showed up, I read your stuff, I had every intention of making myself be known and throwing some love your way BUT I’m not necessarily going to introduce you to all of my friends/give you free advertising, especially if I notice you routinely ignore your followers. I’m pretty new at this and It’s hard enough getting people who aren’t involved in the blogging world to read my own – I can’t be worried about making them read yours.

    I typically won’t comment if I just can’t relate to that specific post. I comment when I have something genuine to say because you’re right, “Great Post” is barely ever worth it. Plus it’ boring and too easy and doesn’t get the point across that I was here and actually read what you wanted to share.

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  • Denise says:

    You nailed it with the ills of CAPTCHA – I truly despise that hoop to jump through. I’ve had steady stream of spammers registering to comment and no real people. So I logged out of my blog and tried to comment – not working so well! Going to have a little discussion about alternatives for commenting with my partner today! I really like the way you have comments enabled on your blog. ~Denise

  • P.J. Murphy says:

    These are great points. My blog is still wet behind the ears (having just started earlier this year), but slowly but surely I see more and more people clicking on it and sharing their thoughts on what I’ve written.

    You’re 100% right about the hard work – you definitely have to be dedicated to build an audience/following. I’m still a long way off from where I’d like to be, but sites like yours are big help/motivator. Thanks!

  • I use the Kismet plugin in WordPress and it does a great job in eliminating spam comments. One or two might get through but I have my comments set so that I have to approve the first comment that a new commenter to my blog makes. After that they can comment at will and I have had no problems at all. Once in awhile a valid comment will get sorted as spam but for the most part I am pleased with this system and it saves me a lot of time.

  • Your blog touched my heart, you pointed out some true factors responsible for no-comments. Another point I would like you to include is your content should have some information that will compel a reader to read it till the last line. Otherwise, though you will see visitors but still no comments.

    But your blog was really interesting and it naturally compelled me to finish the last line.

    Thanks a lot

  • Some of the blogs I visit have tons of comments even though they’re guilty of some of these things, including captcha! Go figure.