New Strategies to Get You More Blog Comments

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Getting more comments on your blog can be a very hard task, but there are some new strategies to try that might make things easier.

One of my favorite parts of running a blog is the friends that get made in the comments section.

The conversations that have been had on this site over the years, for example, have been a truly wonderful experience and something I’m so grateful for.

As I’ve often said – and I mean it – the comments are usually more valuable than the articles I write.

But not everyone seems to get a lot of interaction on their blog. Today we’re going to try and fix that once and for all.

Let’s take a look.

Are these basic issues discouraging comments?

Before we get into some of the strategies that can help you get more comments, we want to take a look and see whether there are any basic errors that could be getting in the way.

  • Is your site mobile responsive?
    If your site is (still!) not mobile responsive then there is a good chance you are making it too hard for a good portion of your visitors to interact and leave comments. Remember, upwards of 50% of your traffic could now be coming from mobile devices.
  • How is the load time on assets?
    We know that your blog’s loading speed is important, but you also have to make sure that certain assets are also loading fast. For example, if you use a comment plugin like Disqus you need to make sure that it isn’t slow.
  • Are the questions answered?
    Some article are so complete that there isn’t much room left for discussion. It’s worth going back to see whether your headers, content, and conclusions leave anything left to chat about. Every good blog post should be extensive but perhaps not totally solved.
  • Is your design too complicated?
    Sometimes bloggers, in a genuine attempt to be on top of trends, add way too many things to their design which leaves less experiences web users confused about what action to take. How many options do you have available on your blog? Any more than two or three and you’ll be losing people.

Now that we’ve got some of the negative things out of the way, let’s take a look at some new things bloggers and marketers are doing to get more comments.

New strategies that lead to more comments

I should mention at the top that not all of these things are take from blogging examples but we can take lessons from each one and apply it to our own blogs.

1. Asking for mentions or tags

There is a new trend going around on social media at the moment that mixes humor an the innate power of social networking sites to get people to embarrass their friends.

tag

The above example is a screenshot from a local football Facebook page that asks their fans to tag a mate who is losing his hair. It has over 45,000 comments…

Now, this isn’t exactly the best example to give, and a lot of these meme-based ones are sexist or stupid, but they do give a good insight into what people will respond to when asked. It’s important to note that it is totally okay to ask your readers to perform an action.

At the end of almost every blog post I like to devote a whole paragraph and closing statement to encouraging people to leave comments, and to expand on all the things that I’ve missed in the post.

In this post on starting a blog for the first time, for example, I really noticed that by asking people to comment on their own experiences or the factors that were omitted from the article that I was likely to get more comments.

2. Taking a popular event/theme and applying it to your niche

One tactic that has been working really well lately is to create marketing material out of the latest news events or themes in the world and apply them to your niche.

Steve Kamb from Nerd Fitness does this really well, and one of his latest articles called You Are Flawed. And So Are Your Superheroes. is a fantastic combination of brilliant long form content and a twist on a modern topic that every one is talking about or seeing in the movies.

One niche where we see this more and more is on late night TV where hosts like Stephen Colbert are raking in tens of thousands of comments, links, shares, etc. by commentating, night after night, on the current political climate. Just a few years ago, it would be interviews with celebrities that got the main attention, but now it is commentators like John Oliver making sense of news and politics that is getting talked about.

One way you can make the most out of this while still helping people is to create content that touches on these subjects but guides people through a difficulty. For example, if you were parent who ran a blog that talked about family, schooling, politics, etc. you could do an article about how to talk to your kids about [insert law] that Trump passed.

oatmeal

Another example of this can be seen on sites like The Oatmeal who go into incredible detail to study a different angle about something everyone is talking about. Their latest comic is all about how hard it is for people to change their minds and is extremely relevant for the current political climate.

It has had almost 100k shares and thousands of comments, a lot of which are really touching stories and experiences that people are sharing.

Remember, the point is not to be controversial for the sake of it, but rather to add something useful and truthful to the noise that is out there at the moment that often seems like it is trying to do the opposite.

3. Asking a popular question and making it the headline

Making headlines a question is not a new tactic, but it has definitely been getting more effective as social networking sites allow you to share that question in different formats.

Last week in the article on whether WordPress is still best we had some incredible discussions and I really learned a lot about the different options that were out there, the problems people had with WordPress, etc. All of this meant that the comment count got pretty high.

I don’t share this one to brag (the comments were often showing flaws in the post!) but rather to show you how powerful it can be to make your article about one evergreen question that lots of people have experience with. It can lead to some really wonderful conversations.

The same occurred in posts like Is Blogging Finally Dead? and Will Your Blog Ever be Profitable Enough to Support Your Family – both questions that touched a lot of people and something that was easy enough for everyone to weigh in on.

Although they don’t have a comments section, the New Yorker does this type of headline extremely well as you can see this week with Is the Gig Economy Working?. These are always in the most popular section and you regularly see them cited in other blogs and discussion threads which makes them extra valuable for building links.

Another example of this is BBC News who often post images and videos to instagram with a question over the top of the photo. This creates a lot of discussion as you can see in the post above on whether or not this is the best way to get a crying baby to go to sleep.

Making your headline/topic part of your marketing collateral on social networking sites or advertising campaigns is an extremely good way to increase organic reach because you get people discussing on and off-site.

4. Running a contest in your mail outs

Another strategy that I have found to be quite effective is to run a contest that asks people to leave a comment on a certain post in order to get entry to win some kind of giveaway.

This works especially well when you promote it to your mailing list first as they are more likely to be active in getting involved with something that takes a few more steps than usual.

comment giveaway

As you can see in the example above, some physical businesses do extremely well by mixing a “tag a friend” promotion with a giveaway. This particular one is celebrating a cinema’s birthday with an iPhone giveaway and has over 55,000 comments so far.

It’s unclear how successful these things are – some niches will be more likely to get ongoing traction than others. This cinema, for example, probably did quite well because all of the comments would be from friends of people who already like the cinema and are in the same location.

Before running a contest, make sure you think carefully about the goals and outcomes, the prize you giveaway, and then any local laws that you need to abide by. Some countries/states have very strict things about who can run a contest and the language and prizes that can be offered.

5. Requiring a comment for a result

This is quite similar to the one above but is more like a request or registration that is a little more public or accessible as opposed to a straight email submit form.

For example, in this article Glen asked people to leave a comment if they wanted to get access to his private Facebook group as a way to protect members. It’s had over 1,000 comments and continues to grow.

I really like this idea as it creates a bit of discussion around the topic and gets people anticipating the result. It’s also a very clever way to keep the site looking alive and busy which can be very valuable social proof for new visitors who are encountering the content for the first time.

Some tricks to help with your comments

If you’re running a WordPress blog there are some really cool plugins that you can utilize to help make your comment areas more engaging and useful for both you and the readers.

  • Redirect your comments
    You can redirect first-time-commenters to a landing page that encourages them to sign up to your list, shows them new content, or just says thanks!
  • Email when someone replies
    A plugin like this one will automatically notify someone by email if their comment got a reply. This is essential for encouraging good ongoing discussion.
  • Add extras features
    A plugin like wpDiscuz allows you to add extra features like emojis, searchable comments, tagging commenters, replying directly from email, and much more. This can make the comments section feel more like a forum.
  • Avatars next to your comment
    If you’re new to WordPress you might want to head over to Gravatar to get your globally recognized avatar next to your comments whenever you use the same email to post a message in a comment thread.
  • Display your most popular posts
    If you have articles where ongoing comments is important then consider adding a widget somewhere on your blog that shows those most commented on articles so people know what is being talked about right now.

As always, make sure you test these things on your own blog and make a determination as to whether it is adding the right type of functionality to your blog and not detracting from important things like email sign ups or affiliate conversions.

Do you have any tricks for more comments?

I’d really love to know how your blog goes for comments. Do you find it hard to get them, or is it something that has happened quite easily for you? If you have any tips or tricks that you’d like to share please leave a message below as it might really help someone who is struggling.

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  • Simon

    Great as always Ramsey. I see many bogs that are cluttered and busy – simple, crisp and clear is the way to go!

    I like what you say about different angles, generating discussion and better engagement is what blogging is all about.

    I love the fact that you personally respond to every comment too, really makes it interactive and a better experience for everyone. (Here’s hoping for the first comment!)


    1. Ramsay

      Ha ha. You got it!


  • Chuck Bartok

    Favorite topic is Blog Comments for me.
    Over the years the relationships with readers has been very rewarding
    We ask for them through social media posts and we get them.

    A recent series on one site has received 7,067 comment in past 90 days, each individually answered.
    And many are nested several comments deep.
    The comment section has also generated a Rendezvous of Readers this Summer in the heartland of America


    1. Ramsay

      7,000 comments is amazing!


  • Colton Mathieu

    I really like this and think these kinds of strategies are often overlooked. I mean, most are simple and because they’re simple, it makes them easier to mess up.

    Making headlines into questions and requiring something of the audience is great for interaction and builds that kind of community every blog needs and every blogger wants.

    Good stuff.


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks, Colton.


  • chris

    I’ve found the probably of comments are based in part on the niche. In my niche, comments are rare. Even when I’d ask a question, it was hit or miss and usually miss. So, I changed how my posts ended. Now, there is a box announcing “The Next Steps” and will have links to related articles, products, or lead magnets to get new subscribers, depending on what’s best for the reader at that point.

    But here’s the thing, two years ago I started a private facebook group for anyone who signs up for the free newsletter. I just hit 7000 member of that facebook group and it’s very active and that’s where the relationships are built.

    Do I wish I got a lot of comments on my web site? Yes. Am I upset that I don’t? No, not in light of the success of the facebook group.

    I will add this. I’ve used comments in give-aways before and got in trouble with my host because I was using a plug-in that notifies any person who has commented on the post whenever someone else comments. I found a way to turn off that feature, possibly just for that post, and all was good.


    1. Ramsay

      A few people are doing the private FB group now. I’ve always been worried about moving too far away from the site, but perhaps I’m missing out.


      1. Donna

        I agree with Chris! The interaction in my closed FB groups (I have two) is more valuable than comments on my site.

        I think people feel more comfortable expressing themselves in a closed group, rather than leaving a brief comment that will be see publicly. This is especially true in my group for other small business owners. If someone has an issue, they know they are in a private, supportive environment, and share freely. Others then join in the conversation.

        In the other group, n00bies who would otherwise be embarrassed to ask a question in a public comment, will open up in the group.

        The groups are great places for me to put links to relevant articles on my site, and I know that the readers are 100% in my niche. Having a group is a win-win situation!


      2. Chris

        I say if it’s to be offered for free then use Facebook. If it’s part of a paid membership site then use a forum or forum service associated with your own site.


        1. Ramsay

          Good ideas guys!


  • Steve

    Make it easy for people to comment.

    I see some really informative and helpful posts that I’d expect too see dozens of comments on. But nothing.

    I then look at other posts on the same blog. Again, no comments at all.

    I then look at the method that readers are required to use to leave a comment and see a potential entry bar.

    Forcing readers to sign in using Facebook, WordPress, Disqus etc is off putting and a bloody nuisance. I personally don’t bother to leave a comment if I see that that method.

    It may work for some big bloggers who have huge followers on those platforms, like Pat Flynn, but for the majority of bloggers and website owners these platforms for commenting just don’t work.

    The general population ( your customers) who are on your site are NOT bloggers unless you are in the How To Blog niche, so they tend not to have any need to register with use these platforms for commenting.

    Keep it simple. Bare necessity as Ramsay does here. Cut out as many steps as possible.

    Another factor is giving readers the opportunity to leave their link in their avatar/name to their own site URL.

    If I’m going to make a written contribution to the good and in doing so also bring that fresh content and word count to a site, which is what comments do and what Google likes, then Id like to be rewarded for that positive contribution. Not always but it is a factor in my decision to comment.

    Many of the plugins in use for commenting don’t allow these URL links.

    There are many factors to consider but making it easy for the majority of real users to post a comment must be the first step.


    1. Chuck Bartok

      We have tried many of the third party systems, but the tried and true WP commenting system has paid in spades.
      Easy to post, we are notified instantly and the comment is 99/9% approved and replied to.
      As I mentioned earlier, on one series of posts over 7,000 comments……
      Can’t prove it, but feel SEO has been enhanced aslo


      1. Steve

        Hi Chuck.

        That would all make perfect sense to me.

        I just took a look at the reams of comments that James Strauss receives through his articles and short stories, particularly Thirteenth Night and Fourteenth Day (of particular interest to me as an ex- serviceman).

        Hundreds of comments that add thousands of fresh words to the overall content of his blog. I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that this is benefiting SEO. Keywords are being used by commenters during natural conversations.

        It’s a blog that appeals without any indication of any other angle.

        Fantastic topic that appeals to so many with frequent natural site visits, real interaction, fresh content from every comment, on page activity, and low bounce rates.

        The refreshing thing is that the readers of those articles are not bloggers and therefore the conversation during the comments is human and not SEO’d to death. Refreshing because they don’t think and behave like bloggers.

        They are ‘ordinary people’ who have probably never heard of Disqus and if given the option to comment using Disqus are likely to avoid doing so because a) they don’t know what it is, b) they just can’t be bothered registering to use it, c) they can’t be bothered taking that extra step in signing in to use it.

        The audience is different too.

        Audiences/tribes/followers/generations/ are different and we need to react and respond to those differently depending on who they are.

        What works in one niche won’t necessarily work in another. What works in one industry won’t necessarily work in another.

        I have two online avenues. One is a Website/Blog for my brick and mortar business and the other is a personal lifestyle blog that covers travel/sports.

        Both have very different audiences and audience expectations and each has a completely different set of the tools, resources, and software in play to meet those expectations.

        The main commonality for both is the process they use to comment. Standard WP system – Name/Email/Comment/URL .

        I think that many bloggers forget that they are blogging to a none blogging population and that many of the tools and resources that may work for the ‘How To Start a Blog or Website’ niches that are blogging to bloggers just don’t work in the world of brick and mortar businesses.

        So for me, I agree that the standard WP commenting system is what the majority will be accustomed to and find easiest to use.

        It is clearly working the magic for James too.


        1. Chuck Bartok

          Thank you Steve,
          Your point about the “Niches” is very important.

          Over the years we have learned first who our audience is, where they hang, and their habits…
          And deliver to them, always questioning, asking how cane WE improve to satisfy them.

          Has worked well in our Brick and Mortar retail and also manufacturing, along with publishing.

          Regarding the “tribe”, did you notice the audience suggested a gathering of Vietnam Combat Veterans.
          We are on our way to the Rendezvous for 3 days on the July 4th Holiday to Winfield, Kansas.

          Did you see this page?
          https://jamesstrauss.com/vietnam-combat-rendezvous/


          1. Ramsay

            Awesome conversation here!


    2. Ramsay

      I have to agree about the signing in – I’m in this industry and I still can’t be bothered when I see it.


    3. Vishal Ostwal

      You nailed it!

      That’s enough said.

      Though I don’t get several comments on my blog, I’ve noticed some factors which are common among all the blogs and websites which get…many comments.

      * REMOVING BARRIERS – no Captcha, no forcing readers to log in, etc. This sort of stuff badly discourages them from commenting. It’s a lot about ‘ease’ and ‘accessibility’. The harder commenting or any other action gets on a website, the lesser it’s going to be performed.

      * HOW THEY’RE TREATED – Readers should be allowed to get a backlink – this helps them build connections and get an exposure to the people in their niche. Also, they should be treated fairly. If you’re getting some comments but you don’t reply to those who leave them, that’s a bit rude.

      * ENGAGING THEM – When you tell a story or share particular details about events, then readers wish to be a part of the conversation. They want to know more, and talk to you. So maybe, being a good conversationalist is equally important.

      * MAKING THEM FAMILIAR – Once readers get to know you, they’re more likely to leave comments, because in that case, you’d be more like a friend than a stranger to them.

      . . . and there’s a lot more.

      I think most of it can be learned by observing and experimenting a bit to find out what works, since there are many aspects to it depending upon the type of niche, audience, topics, etc.


      1. Ramsay

        As always, beautiful comment. Absolutely perfectly summed up.


  • Ahmad Imran

    Ramsay, Disqus user here, I really like the system and loading scheme is acceptable as well for the commenting section.

    My question is about holding the comments in your WP database against keeping them externally on a service like Disqus?

    Is there any preference of one system over other? and which commenting system do you use?

    Great article as ever, off to share and flip it as well. Cheers.


    1. Ramsay

      I use the default WordPress system, mostly because I don’t like the idea of making readers sign in or load an external website. But I’m sure it’s fine.


  • Anand

    Superb Post !
    Comments do not mean only that someone says that thanks for sharing and great post etc., but real comments are the comments which add value to main content.

    I generally at least glance the comments after reading the post and person who has shared their views related to the content, if I find interesting then I love to explore the site of that commenter.


    1. Ramsay

      Agreed.


  • Susie Lindau

    I love the idea of tagging others on social media!

    Like you, I ask a couple of questions at the bottom of my post to attract conversation. Readers skim so this makes it easier for them to weigh in.


    1. Ramsay

      Let us know if you have any luck with the tagging idea.


  • Andrew Teixeira

    Hi Ramsay,

    I am always impressed by how your blog posts relate so often to issues I have with my YouTube channel. I am doing a giveaway of a hand dovetailed tote that requires the viewer to comment, subcribe and like the video to enter. I am pleased with the results so far.

    I average around 10 comments per video but on this video I have well over 100 comments. It has also helped build the subscriber base.

    I will look carefully into your other suggestions to see if they could help as well.

    Thanks!

    -Andrew


    1. Ramsay

      Nice work!


  • Steve

    Another way of increasing comments is to alternate your ‘First Comment Last’ – ‘Recent Comment First’ settings if you have them.

    I’ve split tested this multiple times and it can show a substantial improvement.

    I appreciate that this can influence and attract more spam depending on your niche but there are tools to help with that and you can always switch back again.

    Psychologically, if I see a post that is worthy of a comment I will look at the quality and number of previous comments in the thread.

    If my comment is going to be placed at the end of the line of 245 comments then I would probably think twice about commenting.

    Right or wrong, the author is likely done with that post at that point and is onto the next post and the only person going to read my comment is going to be the next commenter.

    Conversely, if I comment on a blog that has set the most recent comment at the top, then my comment (and my URL) are visible in the top spot (think of YouTube).

    This, of course, is open to abuse with multiple postings by the same person but again this can be moderated if they are not adding value.

    Try it and see what works. If it doesn’t work for you or attracts too much spam then switch back to your original.


    1. Ramsay

      Hi Steve.

      Do you alternate it or just leave it as an option for individual readers?


  • Marjana

    Thanks for the plugin suggestions! I will try using them.


    1. Ramsay

      Hope they help!


  • Alvin B

    Hi Ramsay

    What do think about the Disqus comment system. Would you recommend using it?

    Alvin


    1. Ramsay

      I am not a fan, personally. Mostly it’s because I know that when I see it I can’t be bothered logging in – which is silly for a lot of people. My usual advice is just to test these things and see what works best for you.


  • Dennis L.

    Hi Ramsay,

    I love the techniques you mentioned for more comments. Especially idea to encourage people to leave comments as the call to action to receive something with extra value.

    For me, it’s like the social engagement with people.


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks, Dennis. Glad you enjoyed it!


  • Susan Velez

    Hi Ramsay,

    I love it when someone actually takes the time to comment on my blog, only if they’re actually leaving a valuable comment that adds value to the content I wrote.

    When I first started my blog, I didn’t get any comments. I was just writing content and no one was actually reading it. Now that my blog is about 6 months old, I am starting to see more interaction through comments.

    Although, after reading your post, I am sure that I can do better to increase the engagement on my blog. For instance, I do ask a question at the end of my blog post, but I need to get a little more creative with my question asking.

    I’m actually going to start using some of these tips to see if I can increase the comments on my blog. Like you, I love using my comments to help build virtual friendships online.

    I was actually thinking the other day, that I needed to redirect my first time commenters to my about page or landing page so they could learn more about my blog.

    I had no clue which plugin to use, however, after reading your post, I realize that you wrote a blog post on how to redirect first time commenters.

    I’m going to check it out today and get it set up on my blog. I love how yours is set up. I’ve also visited a couple of other blogs who have a setup that I like.

    Thanks for sharing these tips, I’m going to implement some of them and see if I can increase the engagement on my own blog.

    Have a great day 🙂

    Susan


    1. Ramsay

      Yeah that comment redirect plugin is fantastic!


  • debbie

    Checking out the squeeze page. Thanks


  • Robin Khokhar

    HI Ramsay,
    These are really good strategies. I am going to try them for sure. And thanks for the great share.
    Have a good weekend.


    1. Ramsay

      You too!


  • sophie

    Hello Ramsey!
    This is my first time commenting here and for once, I must acknowledge your good write-ups most especially your emails! Mehn! It helps me know when new posts come up. Thanks for that! Back to the issue at hand. I have an entertainment blog. I noticed this new trend of people not really commenting on blogs but rather on social media. It’s like social media has really taken over. Due to this, I decided to turn off my comment section while I let the views of each post public for people to see and know that my website gets people who visit it. You know, it’ll break my heart to look at my posts and see that people viewed it but didn’t comment! How drastic! Do you think it’s good the way I disabled my comment section? Coupled with the fact that it’s an entertainment blog? Secondly, I launched my blog on April, 22nd and according to my statistics, I get about 500 to 2000 views per day. Do you think that range is okay for a new blog? I’d really like to hear your opinions towards this as I look up to you in the blogging industry.
    Much love!


    1. Chuck Bartok

      Sophie…….
      remember to ask for comments at end of article:
      “I would love to hear your ideas…..”
      “remember to share your brilliance with all of us…..
      Etc. etc.
      I also occasionally have nice
      “down Arrow” centered after final sentence


      1. sophie

        Thanks Chuck. Maybe I should put that in consideration and come over my fear(s). Thanks for replying.


        1. Ramsay

          Hi Sophie.

          Honestly, some niches just are harder to get comments than others and, although you can try different strategies, sometimes they just don’t work. It’s a little hard to give tips without seeing your URL though. 😉


          1. sophie

            Hello Ramsay, thanks for the reply. Kindly click on my name. I added the URL. Thanks. I await your reply


    2. Chuck Bartok

      Sophie is this you site?
      http://raezel.com/watch-shocking-video-mercy-aigbe-packed-husbands-house/
      When I clicked on you name I got hear and looked at a post…BUT could not find place to comment?


  • Arvind

    Hi Ramsay,

    My blog has got very few comments….i will surely use all these tips to increase comments on my blog posts…your every post has more than 100 comments…which shows how much readers love to comment on your posts…!!!thanks for sharing all these strategies…!!

    Arvind


  • Diamond

    I have been suffering from traffic. Pls I will like to talk to you personally @Ramsey


  • Tec Crowd

    I have a blog. I do not get traffic and blog post comments. What you think? what will be issues ?


    1. Ramsay

      How often do you write on other blogs, advertise, etc.?


  • Chinedu Ngwu

    Hey there, actually this is my first time on your blog and I must say that you have highly exceptional contents here. I already subscribed to your list so I don’t miss out on future informational posts.

    I love all the tips you revealed here, most especially the act of sending emails to a commenter whenever a comment is replied.

    At times I ask questions on blogs via the comment section and find it difficult to know whether my question was answered or not since a lot of site lacks the feature. I believe some other readers are experiencing such issue asha well. If every blogger can adopt this technique, then conversation via comment will be awesome.

    Thanks for taking your time to compile this piece.


    1. Chuck Bartok

      Chinedu,
      We use a Free plugin that has a “customized” letter going to our commenters, The plugin has a Stats Section which shows how many are opened, allowing fine tuning of the headline and content and do testing.


      1. Chinedu Ngwu

        That is awesome! What is the name of the plugin please?


    2. Ramsay

      Glad you enjoyed it!


  • Chuck Bartok

    Thank Me Later. Be sure to spend time on crafted the Thank You for Commenting letter.


  • Ryan Biddulph

    Good stuff Ramsay 😉

    I ask 2-3 questions to end each post. Easy way to increase engagement. I also toss in a question or 2 before the midway point of any post if I want to increase engagement for that particular post. For some reason folks comment more when you ask more questions throughout the post. Almost like you dare them to comment and they take ya up on the dare.

    One advanced strategy; comment on every blog commentor’s blog. Not the best for SEO and it gets time consuming but you will have no problems getting 30 or 40 plus comments per post. Folks love people who return the kind act of commenting and yep, return the favor too.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Ryan


    1. Ramsay

      Man I used to do that last one. Helps a lot. Really should get back into it.


  • Helaina Berry

    Nice tips here Ramsay. Some bloggers or content marketers likely to expect that they can earn more comments and it’s a great feeling that someone comments on your post. But when it comes to blog it needs to be a creative one or a knowledgeable content. A post that can encourage them to comment, like asking them of some questions or asking them an opinion.


  • Paul

    My blog is new but I already have good traffic. The problem is that visitors do not leave comments. I will apply the strategies you mentioned.


    1. Ramsay

      Let us know if it works!


  • Milena Brokaw

    Great info, as always! I use Disqus and have been very happy with it, It’s an easy way for readers to get backlinks.. Everyone is happy and i also I get comments,


  • Raghav Verma

    Thanks for a such information, i really appreciate this blog and follow starategities

    Thankyou


  • Rick Rouse

    Ramsay, the posts on my tech blog rarely attract comments even though they are widely read and shared on social media. I have often wondered why that is, and I think you shed some light on the reason in this post.

    The vast majority of my posts help a reader solve a specific problem he/she is having or addresses a single topic – usually some type of “how-to” post.

    In retrospect I suppose the lack of comments is due to the fact that my posts typically completely answer the question of discuss the (usually narrow) topic at hand, leaving little room for further discussion except for the usual “Thanks for the info” or “Thanks for the help”.


  • Moe Benatar

    Really a quality post. Got so many suggestions from a single post thanks, thumbs up! Please do share something on Instagram influencing too in the future.

    ~ Moe


  • philip farrer

    Awesome detail description with easy language to understand is a skill and you have it.

    Thanks for sharing nice stuff that really help me & implementation.


  • Tedel

    My 0.02:

    You asked “Are these basic issues discouraging comments?” and I think you forgot the main one: “comments plugins.” Yes, I mean Disqus, Intense Debate and any other out there that may be qualified as such. They are annoying (to say the least) and invasive (because I want to communicate with the blogger I write to without a nosy third-party service and its “terms and conditions.”)

    Next in the list I would say the call for comments. Often, and we all know it, a blogger writes a weak post that was nothing but a waste of time to read. For example, he or she may start with an enticing title like “5 things you can do to [fill in the blank here] your life today” and when you start reading you notice they is just repeating once again what every other blogger has been repeating about the topic for years. You think, “ok, at least it is over now” but no. At the end of all that boredom, you find another cliche: “What do you do to [fill in the blank again]? Say it in the comments!”

    You can imagine my expression when I read that. I am sure.

    I like your blog (I’m subscribed with my RSS reader) because at least you have something interesting to say every time you write an article. Look at me! I am even commenting! Another thing I like is how you entice commenting with the line “X amazing comments.” I can’t see your blog admin pages, but I am sure the fact you state your comments are “amazing” refrain spammers to a point. Kudos for that.

    Well, just one more thing to close. There is a third reason why getting comments has become so hard, and it is Google. Some years ago, commenting on blogs was declared a sort of “web spam” in their eyes. Google employees can say whatever they want, but if webmasters run to obey them then the whole Internet suffers. Once that happened, bloggers made commenting harder for everybody (and not just to spammers). Now bloggers feel lonely because they don’t receive comments on their blogs…

    Sigh…


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