Want More Comments? Here are 6 Ways That will Help

Are you looking at your blog comments and the emptiness reminds you of a ghost town from a country and western movie? Are you producing post after post and still not being able to get comments despite increasing traffic?

Sometimes we might be doing things that are hindering people from commenting, here are five methods that can improve your comment count immensely.

1. Make it Easier as Possible for People to Comment

Nothing will put off a potential commentator more than being forced to jump through hoops in order to leave a comment, the most I want to do is tick a box to prove Iโ€™m human (GASP plugin), adding CAPTCHAs and forcing people to register accounts is all rather unnecessarily.

2. Ask Readers to Comment

There is nothing wrong with asking your readers to leave a comment at the end of your post, there are a number of ways to do it, you can end with a question, ask for their experiences, or just plain out ask them to leave a comment.

3. Develop Relationships with Other Blogs

I have found that if you take the time to visit other blogs in your niche, and comment on a post or two, then the owner of that blog will visit your blog and return the favour, this is important because the bloggers might also retweet your posts or even add your URL to their link list.

4. Always Reply to Comments

It is important that you reply to every legitimate comment that is left on your blog as soon as you can, if you ignore them it will discourage people from commenting in future, especially if they are asking you questions – and potential commentators looking at un-replied comments will be put off leaving their own.

5. Keep an Eye on Spam

Spam is a horrible bane that EVERY blogger must battle with, if you leave spam comments published then it makes your blog look very poor and amateurish and readers will not bother leaving legitimate comments. Two simple plugins like Aksimet and GASP will help with about 95% of spam.

6. Email a Friend Button

You might want to consider installing an โ€˜Email a Friendโ€™ button, readers might be inclined to forward your blog posts to their friends who might be interested in reading and then commenting on these posts.

Have you had major success with any of these methods? Or maybe you have a method I have not listed? Why not let us know by leaving a comment below?

About Dean Saliba

Dean Saliba is a freelance writer, professional blogger, media enthusiast, dirty football player and huge professional wrestling fan who covers a wide range of subjects and niches including, making money online, traffic generating, pro wrestling, blog reviews, football, how-to guides, music, internet marketing and more.

14 thoughts on “Want More Comments? Here are 6 Ways That will Help

  1. WordPress Customization Services

    Hey dean,
    Develope relationship with other blogs really helpful to us. the same as responding to other comments, but

    I heard that commenting in blogs are related to SPAM. is it true? are they mention about the ordinary blogs or commentluv / keywordluv blogs?

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      You are always going to get spam comments, that is why I encourage people to leave quality comments so that they don’t get mistaken for spam.

  2. frank joseph

    It is always cool when your blog have users who are always ready to comment on your post.
    Commenting is not spam and not whitehat @wordpress customization service.
    It become spam when you comment on unrelated blogs.

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      A good commenting system is very important, I use WordPress’ default as none of the others I’ve used have been any good for the themes I use.

  3. Juan

    my blog is just new, and i’m not good with english. I try. It seem I’m unable to attract visitor to my blog. I know I must do more blogwalking everyday to blogger come to my blog

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      Yes, spreading the word about your blog is a never-ending job.

      I would suggest voting a certain amount of time a day to it, something like 30 minutes +.

  4. Ron Killian

    Nice list Dean. After reading it, the only thing I can think of, is to make sure your comment form has the “Notify me of replies”. Could bring commenters back and comment some more. Least it could help keep the conversation going.

    Although it’s sad your post about comments is getting so much spam and that it’s getting through. Plus it’s ironic they actually talk about spam in their spam comments.

    Thanks for the post Dean ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      A “notify me of replies” box is a good idea, and something I often tick when I comment on blogs, but sadly these plugins don’t seem to want to play nicely on this blog with the other plugins I have in place.

      And as for the spamming: yeah it is a work in progress. ๐Ÿ˜›

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