For most of us bloggers, we love comments. Comments are a welcome indication that we are not alone out in the Blogosphere. However the reality is that only a small proportion of a blog’s readership will leave comments.
Are you one of these people?
If you want to bring new people to your blog then you need to give them some encouragement. When you visit new blogs you need to interact with them. Leave a worthwhile comment on a few posts and usually the blog owner will follow your link back to your own blog. If they like what they find then they will add you to their Feedreader Subscription list and join your readership. By the way if anyone doesn’t quite understand what that is, just read my article explaining what it’s all about. This organic traffic growth builds relationships and broadens your network. All blogging goodness.
And when new or regular readers arrive at your blog, you want to encourage them to leave comments too. So let’s give some consideration to things you might do to encourage people to comment on your blog.
5 Ways to Get More Blog Comments:
- Write posts that give your readers something to comment on. This may sound obvious but sometimes we write a post that exists just for itself. It doesn’t create a feeling that there’s any need to comment on it. Try to keep the ending of your posts feeling open to invite comments.
- Ask your readers a question at the end of your post to stimulate a comment. And then actually invite them to comment.
- Ask for their thoughts on the subject of your post so they will know you do actually want to hear what they think. The important thing is to make sure that your readers know that their comments are important to you.
- Provide an easy way for them to leave a comment. I have visited some blogs where I have scrolled up and down the post looking for the link to leave a comment. Make sure that the link to click on to leave a comment is clearly marked and easy to find. My preference is to have it at the bottom of the post so your readers can easily click and leave their comment as soon as they finish reading your post.
- And this is the biggie. Make sure that you respond to your readers’ comments so that both your commenters and your prospective commenters can see that you actually do read their comments.
Now Scrapbookers tend to be a naturally friendly bunch. So this shouldn’t be too difficult to implement and see some good results from. Remember though, it all starts with you leaving comments on other blogs. After all if you don’t do it, why should anyone else leave comments on yours? Someone has to get the ball rolling.
Let me know if you found this useful and if you have other tips for encouraging blog comments. I think we all enjoy opening our email each day and finding lots of lovely comments.