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?

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  25. Shavon says:

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  26. Beth says:

    Way number 8 is to get more subscribers.

    Beth

  27. Mark says:

    Thanks for your article and I might add one more thing. The more followers or subscribers you have the more comments you will have as I noticed is happening on your site. Way to go!

    Mark

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  31. Lazy Blogger says:

    Nice Post, Adding graphic at end of post to encourage user to post comments. I will try this.

  32. Lonnie from My Income Lab says:

    I am confused about no-follow and do-follow. Do you not get a backlink if it is on a no-follow blog?

    • billwynne says:

      There is confusion everywhere about this. It is best to get backlinks from both sites. There is traffic that will come from both. There is an idea that Google will see a backlink on a nofollow site and although it may or may not help towards pagerank there may be some benefit. If you take time to spy on your competition you will see that they will have nofollow backlinks and ranking on the 1st page of Google. It is only “natural” to have both and Google like natural.

      Bill

  33. wildoc from blog comment software says:

    Great article on blog commenting. I agree with you and I think we should take a moment to thank all those bloggers who have made their blogs comment friendly as they should be, afterall blogs are meant to be interactive. By following these ideas we should be able to create a following which is useful for any business idea. Great work .

  34. I agree completely with this article…

  35. Anthony says:

    Excellent list of ways to get people to comment.

    Anthony

  36. I have found almost every single one of these to be aboslutely true. Wish I would have found this blog post about a year ago…would have saved me the trouble of having to learn all this the HARD way!

    To add to this post…I also turned off all post moderation and just use a good spam filter. So when legitimate posters make a comment, their post gets approved immediately and they don’t have to wait.

    Thanks for Sharing Bill.

  37. I agree and you list great points. I’ve also noticed that ended my blog articles with a question, allows the reader to feel part of my story , rather than just a reader. Nice article.
    -Becca

  38. Blogging is all psychological. You have to attract the reader by the look of your blog, and leave it open ended so your readers can participate. Blogging has its own world, and us bloggers are the only ones to make up the population. We need to support each other :)

  39. car says:

    Thank you for another informative site. Where else could I get that kind of info written in such a perfect way? I’ve a project that I am just now working on, and I’ve been on the look out for such information.

  40. Enabling “Do-Follow” on your blog will attract alot of spam, thats why i think many blog writers stay away from the idea.
    But i appreciate those who do iclucde it in their blogs, thanks Bill.

  41. Bob from seo columbus says:

    Great list. It never occurred to me to actually ask for comments! I’m going to give it a try and see what happens. My blog is still relatively new.

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