Interactive blogs are the most successful and plenty of quality comments is a good indication that your blog is healthy and that it will be successful.
There are many reasons why people may not make comments on your blog posts and we will cover a number of ways to make it easier or more attractive for people to leave comments on your blog. Of course this is assuming that you do have a steady flow of traffic to your blog and perhaps even a following of people that appreciate the valuable content that you share. Let’s get started on the 7 ways to get people to leave comments on your blog.
1. Ask for blog comments – Sounds too easy but a lot of bloggers don’t ask for comments and people are not sure they should comment, no one wants to be the first to comment or there is no value in commenting. We will talk more about making commenting valuable for people more in the following points. So at the end of your post you can have text or even a nice blog comment icon to attract comments or something catchy to encourage leaving comments.
2. Appeal to different people with request – The way you request people to leave a comment will encourage or discourage people from leaving a comment. For example, people love to be a pro and let people know they have something to share because of their ego. Give them the opportunity, ask them to share and let them know when they do share that you appreciate their comments. You can try to leave text like, “What do you think?”, “Do you agree?” or “Are you for or against?” can encourage people to leave comments.
3. Dofollow blog comments – Not all links on the Internet are equal. There are “nofollow” and “dofollow” links. Links that are “dofollow” are more valuable to webmasters because they will count towards the total number of backlinks to their website and will increase popularity and page rank (PR). In your blog you should be able to set the links that are in your comments box to “dofollow”. This will attract people to leave comments to get the backlink. This will also attract spammers but if you have something like Askimet or other spam blocker you should not have any problems. You can also set parameters to comments so that they can be deleted by keyword or other information. Here is a post about making links dofollow using WordPress.
4. Get the ball rolling – If you have a friend that follows your posts you can ask them to “get the ball rolling” by making the first comment on your blog post. Once people see the blog post comments they are more likely to leave more comments. It seems that a lot of people just don’t want to be the first one to leave comments on blogs.
5. Incomplete post – If you are so thorough to cover everything with your post then there really is nothing to share except to say, “Good job” or “Thanks for the post”. Leave something for someone to fill in. Encourage a sharing of information and experience. Consider your post subjects as well. Some topics are not the kind that people have opinions about. Choose some hot potatoes in your niche to write about to get people commenting.
6. Blog comments hidden – Is your comments box obvious or do you have to hunt to find it. The layout of some blogs is counter-productive in this aspect and should be corrected.
7. Register to leave comments – If you force registration in order for people to leave a comment you may not get comments. People like to be free to comment and not comment to a registration. With the rampant spamming that is taking place it is better if they are free to leave blog comments without registration.
So what do you think? Do you have something to add to the list? What has worked for you?