You surely know how valuable comments are on your blog, and you probably think that getting comments on your blog is tough unless you are a top blogger. While the biggest blogs out there definitely get lots and lots of comments, your blog, regardless of size and current page rank, can get a bunch of comments on every post too.
There are a lot of methods, techniques, tricks and hacks you can do to get comments on your blog. Some of these work better than others, and some things you can do will attract a higher caliber of comment. The following are just five tips that you can try to get more quality comments on each and every blog post.
1.) Ask specific questions.
Queries within your post are great, but questions in the title are even more inviting. Make sure that what you ask is a specific, pointed question that is just begging to be answered. Consider asking for help with something or asking a question about a hot issue.
2.) Check your settings.
You want it to be as easy as possible for your visitors to comment on your posts. If they have to create an account, decipher a CAPTCHA, respond to an email or do something else silly or time consuming, they probably will just give up unless they really, really have something to say. Additionally, you may have your account set up so that leaving comments is either hard or impossible, so you may just want to ensure that it is all set up correctly.
3.) Invite people to leave comments in every post.
Ask questions, request opinions and beg for feedback. Write that readers need to leave a comment. A call to action like this may push someone to leave a comment that may otherwise have chosen to stay silent. While you are at it, invite people you know to leave comments on your blog as well.
4.) Have a giveaway.
Bloggers, particularly Mommy Bloggers, do this all the time and get great results. Give away a small prize at random to someone who comments on one of your blog posts. The prize can be an item you got for free from a sponsor or even a gift card for a national chain in a very small denomination. The better or more interesting the prize is, however, the more comments you are likely to receive. You can give your comments a boost if you blab about your contest on social sites.
5.) Comment on your comment.
When you get comments your blog turns into a discussion, and you don’t want that conversation to go on without you. By commenting on the comments you receive, you are getting engaged and further engaging your readers, and this alone can lead to new comments. Your interaction will also make those who have commented feel good about themselves and appreciated, particularly if you thank them for taking the time to comment and tell them how much your appreciate that their feedback.
Written by Frederic, freelance writer, mac scan specialist and online marketing consultant