I heard some people at the water cooler say that the days of huge comment counts are over.

It’s rumored that sites like Google+ and Tumblr and Pinterest have made it too hard to build an active, on-site community.

While I do agree with some of that theory I also think it’s only part of the story.

Many of us do still get a lot of comments. It’s something I am extremely grateful for.

Because I often get asked about my own bulging comment counts I decided to make a little video talking about what I do to encourage regular ranting (you know who you are!).

Three strategies I use to get more comments

These three strategies are things I’ve talked about before but as they form a really important part of my own strategy I wanted to consolidate them in a short video. Check it out below and make sure you subscribe to my channel if you’d like to see more videos. These things take two hours to upload!

Some of the things I talk about include:

  • Whether or not you should close comments after 30 days
  • Why naming your community can help
  • The impact of “the journey” on your community
  • What Steve Kamb from Nerd Fitness told me about his blog comments
  • An embarrassing blooper -as promised (sorry Steve!)

The ideas in the video are by no means the only things that you can do but I do feel like they form an important “base” for us to grow from.

If there’s enough interest (and people struggling to get comments!) then maybe we can go a little deeper and look at things like site layout, motivating copy, timing, etc. Here’s an example of the more advanced things we can explore.

Are you struggling?

Leave a comment and let me know whether you are struggling with this issue. What strategies have you tried? What has worked and what has failed? I’ll be really interested to hear what the more techno savvy Troops think about the issue of social networks killing comments too.


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  1. Melanie Wilson on January 21, 2013

    I’m looking for more comments and I think suggestion #3 is my biggest problem. I’m a psychologist so I’m used to being the expert and having the answers. I don’t leave things open-ended enough, inviting people to comment. Thank you for the reminder. Interestingly, on my new blog, I don’t ask questions to invite comments and I’m getting more there than on the blog where I try to get comments!

    I love the lighting in your video and the blooper–hysterical! Thank you so much for including those. I’m going to give that a try. One tiny little suggestion: could you have a little less space above your head? My husband always puts way too much space over my head when he photographs me, so I’m hyper-sensitive. Sorry! Great job!!

    1. Hey Melanie.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      That’s one of the more “advanced” things about comments I guess – it’s different on every blog and in every niche. It can be very frustrating!

      I reckon you’d be great at being open ended as a psychologist! You guys are great at asking people how they feel! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the video tips. I’ll keep that in mind for next time. There’s a lot I personally don’t like about them but I promised myself 2013 was the year of publishing, not perfecting.


      1. Melanie Wilson on January 21, 2013

        Perfection isn’t very inspiring, so I’m glad that’s not your goal. I had another thought. I love your text for comments. I think that’s every bit as important as giving your group a name. I’ve already changed mine to “inspiring comments.” We’ll see if it helps!

        1. Let me know how you go.

          1. Melanie Wilson on January 27, 2013

            Ramsay, one more thought. Bloggers are most likely to comment because they aren’t afraid to put their writing out there on the Internet. I typically hear from non-writers via email. If we don’t write about blogging, should comments be the metric we use to evaluate our blogs?

  2. Andi the Minion on January 21, 2013

    Some excellent tips there, I have named our members the ‘Minions’… surprisingly… and they have joined the ‘Minionhood’. It does exactly what you say and creates a special members only feel to the community. Most of my emails will refer to ‘fellow Minions’ it just feels right.

    Loving the videos, and loving the fact you have left in the bit where you forgot …. hmmmm… errrr. that guys name… It’s not just me that gets forgetful when recording videos… which is nice to know πŸ™‚

    1. Ha ha. I have a tendency to take myself too seriously so I thought the bloopers might be a good way to keep it chilled out. You know – couch based business and all!

  3. Rob Campbell on January 21, 2013

    Great stuff. I want to say, as a guy who is trying to remember how to teach a high school video class, that I love the shot you had for this. Nice composition, great lighting, and an interesting setting.

    I recently posted a comic sketch in progress, thinking I knew what I wanted the caption to be, and realized there might be better ideas out there, so I asked folks for their ideas. I did this on Facebook, where my audience seems to be larger and maybe more active. I got a pretty good set of responses, and realized that would be a way to generate more comments also.

    I loved the blooper at the end.

    1. Hey Rob! Good to see you around here again.

      That is a great idea for your brand – getting people involved so they feel like the “own” it. Very well suited to your style.

      Nice work.

  4. The first one, closing the comment after certain days, works only with those who have at least certain numbers of regular readers. Because without that, closing comment after certain period can’t induce the feeling of competition, I think!

    1. You might be right Deepak. I think it’s important to test this one.

    2. Tracey Grady on January 21, 2013

      I’ve never felt that sense of time scarcity that Ramsay talks about in the video, so it’s interesting to hear about that and take it on board.

      What I think was really interesting about closing comments was the mention of readers who subscribed because they couldn’t comment on a closed BT post they found on Google and wanted to comment on subsequent posts. This effect could be enhanced with a call to action next to (or under) the ‘Comments are now closed’ message. This I will definitely consider doing.

      1. GREAT idea.

  5. John Ringgold on January 21, 2013

    I have great readership on my blog, but rarely get any comments at all. I get a similar response on my Facebook page.

    My blog and FB page is geared toward real estate professionals and many are in my home state. They have the opportunity to come to my speaking engagements 3-4 times a year and when they do, I get tons of great “comments” (in person.) This is a boost to my ego when I see them, validation that someone actually reads and enjoys the information I am posting, but regular comments would be nice.

    I have tried different comment platforms (disqus and live-fyre) that interact with Facebook and other social media platforms, thinking it would be easier for them, but it made no difference. I do try (most of the time) to ask a question or to leave it open ended, to no avail. Maybe naming the community would work. I am going to try to find that perfect name for these agents looking to use technology in their business.

    1. Hey John. Coming from a real estate family I know that most of them are technologically illiterate. I wonder if the commenting problem is a “cultural” one in that they might not know that is something one does or even how to do it.


      1. Gerry@YourLawnAndGarden on January 21, 2013

        Hi, I am the same as John the real estate guy in the sense that my blog gets lots of traffic but almost no comments. My blog is geared to people wanting to get into the lawn mowing and gardening industry.

        1. Have you got any ideas why that is Gerry? Feel free to leave a comment down the bottom if you run out of space here.

  6. I’m going to try two of your great suggestions.
    1) Name the community. Sadly I’m not at all clever – any chance you have any creative ideas to suggest? I write about babies and sleep, site name is Troublesome Tots. Um….drawing a total blank on what to call it. Minionhood is awesome because of course, Minions is such a great word to play with. Anybody have any ideas for me?

    2) Close comments. I get way too many comments on old posts and I can’t keep up thus finding comments I haven’t responded to tucked here and there. Closing after 30 days would solve this problem and bump up comments on new stuff. Done and done!

    1. I’ll have a think about the name for you. I’m still waking up!

  7. Hi Ramsey!

    Great pointers. I’ve got my thinking cap on to see what I can call my followers. Hmmm. . . what do you call a bunch of moms who want the Martha Stewart effect without all the work? Or the mom who spends hours cutting out printables, baking and crafting to have an amazing party? Grandiose and crazy comes to mind, but hey – that’s ME and not really what I could call my followers!

    Thanks again and will implement your points ASAP.

    1. Good luck Teresa. Let us know what you come up with.

    2. Mini Marthas?
      Madam Moms?
      Hostesses with the Mostess?

      1. Not bad…

  8. Jeff Mitchell on January 21, 2013

    I’m not convinced that having an enormous number of comments is really beneficial. I had rather have 10 decent comments that extend and build on the base article than 100 crappy comments from trolls and fan-people. A good example? The vast majority of tech blogs. I swear the people that comment on those have sociopathic tendencies and want nothing more than to fight. Where’s the value in that?

    I do understand though the “drive” to want more and more comments. In the early days of blogging, when you’re fighting for attention, comments can be a reflection of interest and engagement. It isn’t much fun writing with no one listening. However, once you start getting them, focus on quality rather than quantity.

    1. Jeff Mitchell on January 21, 2013

      …and apparently I can’t write…

      “I would rather…” is what I meant to say at the beginning of my 2nd sentence.

      Ramsey, any way you could add ‘preview’ and ‘edit’ buttons to your comment form?


      1. Hey Jeff.

        It’s funny you mention that sociopathic tendency of the tech industry. I’m not sure I’d go that far but I absolutely know what you mean. Some sites (like YouTube) are famous for having terribly abuse comments because it relies so much on community up and down votes.

        A comment editor – man that’s a tough one.

        1. Jeff Mitchell on January 21, 2013

          I hate posting and then realizing there’s a mistake in what I wrote.

          1. Yeah me too. I could edit it for you but… you know…


  9. Jamie Swanson on January 21, 2013

    I haven’t watched the video yet, but I had to chime in and say that it’s still weird to see a photo of you on the blog. It’s a great change. πŸ™‚ Hope you’re doing well!

    1. Thanks Jamie! Nice to hear from you. Hope everything is going well with the PB article.

  10. Donna@MummyCentral on January 21, 2013

    I’m one of MANY parent bloggers in the UK, and quite often I get frustrated at how much of a popularity contest it becomes. In my opinion, some of them have really boring, repetitive content – but they have so many friends in the blogging world they get loads of comments.
    I do believe my posts can be too much like a lecture. I have strong opinions, and will definitely try to tone this down a little and leave things more open-ended.

    1. Hey Donna.

      Yep, I know the feeling. Sometimes it is so much about timing I think for those “ordinary” blogs that seem to get a lot of interaction.

      I had a quick look at your front page and noticed two things:

      1. Your titles need a bit of work. The content of the posts is excellent but the titles aren’t quite doing the posts justice.

      2. There’s no direct link to leave a comment on the homepage. This makes it hard for people and can make it look a bit lifeless.

      Love your theme by the way.

      Hope that helps.

  11. Nica Mandigma on January 21, 2013

    Interesting. I haven’t blogger for at least 4 months and I plan to resume doing so next month and I do need the comments.

    I wonder what your thoughts are on bloggers exchanging comments. We have some sort of a network here in the Philippines and while I do love getting comments, I hate that some of my peers are not adding to conversation. It just annoys me, really. But I’m thinking that if I want to grow my traffic and audience, I would need “token” comments at first.

    1. I know a lot of bloggers buy comments in the beginning. I’m not sure about the technique myself but I do understand why people do it. Personally I’d rather spend that time/money promoting my articles perhaps with some advertising.

  12. Great tips Ramsay, thanks! Funny blooper too πŸ™‚
    I will certainly try to incorporate the one about “exploratory” type posts. Of the 3 suggestions I think it may be the best for my own blog. I’m reluctant to close comments, because I often ask for input e.g. travel tips etc, and I figure it may seem strange then if the reader can’t add one. But like you say, I guess loyal readers would know to expect that, and newbies would get used to it. I actually believe there is another benefit to closing comments. If people check that “notify me” box, they won’t be receiving a random email 6 months down the line, when they really don’t care to. I often think that could be annoying/confusing.


    1. Hey Liam.

      Glad you liked the suggestion.

      I know what you mean about the notifications. It can be very confusing.

  13. Slavko Desik on January 21, 2013

    Great update Ramsay!
    I like the new concept of video inside a post. It makes the experience of being on this site that much more better.

    Great editing too. I suspect this being the start of a great series of tutorials on blogging.

    As for the tips thanks a lot for revealing some strategies that are seemingly simple, yet incredibly effective.

    Both you and Steve have these great communities. Naming your readers the Tyrant troops has always appealed to me for I don’t know what reason, but it created a sense of comradeship in a way. Giving the readers the option to make the rules is also something genius from a brand perspective of view. And albeit I focus my efforts on making great content and making those valuable, real and sincere connections, my biggest wish is to make a brand. Something that people will feel theirs, and something they will love coming back to.

    These tips gave me an interesting view as towards where to focus my efforts. I usually go with some strong call to action, but judging in terms of time it alone doesn’t make the biggest of differences. Treating the issue of making a community separately from either content or site structure is apparently needed from time to time.

    Oh, and that other video about presenting social proof in a different vein is great too. We bloggers should really start learning some psychology. This is indeed a complex line of work.

    All the best mate

    1. Thanks Slavko. Always enjoy your comments.

      Yeah – I’ve been thinking about following Steve’s lead and asking the Tyrant Troops to come up with some rules but I’m a little nervous as to what they might think up!

  14. Dean Saliba on January 21, 2013

    Looking to attract more comments is a never-ending quest. I have never thought of closing comments on my articles before, but when I think about it after a certain amount of time the only kind of comments I receive on older articles are spam ones anyway. πŸ™‚

    1. Yeah that is often the case. I close comments after 30 days and still seem to get an inordinate amount of spam through Akismet. I can’t imagine having every post open!

  15. susie klein on January 21, 2013

    Thanks for the tips. You’ve got me thinking about a name for my readers, fun! Sometimes the reason for more comments on one post is a mystery. The title is probably what grabbed my biggest commented post, but it makes no sense to me. The title was “?”. That’s it! Just a question mark! Crazy!

    1. Hey Susie.

      Wow! That’s a brave title. Nice work. I could never do a one character title I’d be too worried about “breaking the rules”.

      Just so you know, your comment went to spam because you signed off with your website URL. A lot of sites automatically flag comments that do that.


  16. Laney | Crash Test Mummy on January 21, 2013

    Hey Ramsay, great video and post. I’m definitely closing comments now. Can you believe mine are all open and I have almost 300 posts?!?! Yikes.

    I refer to my readers as Crash Test Mummies and the Crash Test Community. They even have their own community review site separate to my blog which I’m working on giving them more ownership of and to encourage more user generated content.

    I do some videos and was going to release a blooper reel, but I like your idea of including a blooper at the end. Very funny by the way!

    1. Thanks Laney. Sounds like you’re smashing it! Great work.

  17. Gerry@YourLawnAndGarden on January 22, 2013

    Just continuing on from above, not sure…but there are tyre-kickers out there on the internet trying to get all there info for free, so I guess they feel that leaving a comment is too much like hard work.

    1. Could be. Generally though I’d say people are pretty happy to find good content for free. If in doubt make it more personal I usually say.

  18. Is such perfect timing for this as it is exactly what I have been having a problem with and have been trying to improve. Really helpful tips. Am going to try closing the previous comments and the naming to give it a better community feel.

    1. Good luck Shannon!

  19. Ehsan Ullah on January 22, 2013

    Loved the video Ramsay,

    This is actually my favorite topic and I’ve been engaging with readers and working to increase the number of comments on my posts from quite sometime. I do get 50-100 and sometimes 150 comments on each of my posts.

    I think one of the best strategy to get more comments is to respond to every comment in a friendly way, by asking a question in your reply. I’ve also written about this strategy on my blog and I do respond to every comment, even to those “great post” or “Thanks for sharing” posts because It does encourage the commentators to comeback and leave another one.

    This also adds a human aspect on your blog and reminds the readers that there’s actually a human being writing, not just an automation. Isn’t it?

    1. Great work Ehsan! Your blog seems to be killing it.

      Keep up the awesome work. Thanks for commenting.

      1. Ehsan Ullah on January 23, 2013

        Thanks for the nice words Ramsay,

        Blog Tyrant seems getting a lot of comments on each post before, but now a days It isn’t passing the 100 mark?

        1. Not sure what you mean. There’s two posts on the homepage over 100.


  20. Another kick ass post Ramsay

    I have two blogs

    My first one, in the the fitness marketing niche and is the one that pays the bills

    It used to get a lot of comments, but I didn’t respond to most people’s comments, and after a while, comment count dropped dramatically

    Besides me not responding, I think posts about getting clients didn’t really inspire people after a while to comment

    However, whenever I would do real gritty posts from the back alleys of my soul, the comments would come rolling in

    Last month, I started a 2nd blog, where the gritty shit is all I do, and it’s audience is beyond just personal trainers and gym owners

    Comment count out for the first 7 posts is:


    This includes my replies

    I find that whenever I’m being totally authentic, sit at a keyboard and just open a vein, it seems to resonate with my audience, and when they can feel it in their gut, the connection runs deep

    This blog is not one I monetize, and do it mostly for my love of writing, therapeutic value and just to share some lessons from some of the gnarly shit I’ve been through and colossal mistakes I’ve made…

    … Everything from drug trafficking, friends being murdered, doing time, being homeless, addiction and steroid abuse… making millions online and becoming obsessed with money – ending up completely suicidal, losing the money and ending up happier than ever,adultery, my custody battle, social awkwardness, you name it…

    … And how I’ve grown, dealt with this stuff and what I continue to learn as I go…

    And since I don’t monetize this 2nd blog, facebook sharing and comments are my currency

    And actually fill my heart in a way money cannot

    Anyways, awesome post and video, you’re great on video by the way

    Love your blog, I make a full-time living blogging, have been doing it since 2007, and your blog is BY FAR one of my favorites… I continue to read it and share it with people on the reg (=

    Big Chris

    1. Chris I just had a read of your blog this morning in more detail and you are a really awesome storyteller. The article about your kids had me getting a bit teary.

      You’re totally right about opening up and connecting with the readers. This quote came to mind:

      “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway

      Anyway, I really appreciate your support. Means a lot.

      See you around.

      1. Awesome. Appreciate your kind words Ramsay

        One of my all time favorite quotes BTW (=

        1. Yeah it’s a pretty good one. Gets to the point.

  21. Ramsey – thanks for the post and video. You’ve talked about ways to increase comments in previous posts through calls-to-action, and I was focused on that for a while, but this post brought it all back. Could be a reason why my comment count has dropped in the past 6 months or so.

    I love the community-naming idea. I have a feeling it’s going to take some time to come up with a catchy name that doesn’t sound overly silly or feel self-indulgent, but I’m going to see what I (and/or my readers) come up with.

    I have to echo Jeff’s comment above that I’d rather have fewer quality, interactive comments, than tons of generic comments that leave you wondering if anyone actually read your post. I’m pretty clear on how to up my numbers if I don’t care about the quality of my comments. Still working on the more interactive ones.

    Your post was, as usual, both helpful and inspiring. Thanks again!


    1. Thanks Cynthia. Glad it helped.

  22. What about when you ask an open ended question at the end of a post and you’re not getting any responses. Can’t it be ultimately counter-productive as it gives a negative signal that no one is responding.

    Also, for tip #2, naming your community, it seems like first you would need that community of commenters before you can actually engage them on such a personal level. Are there any more “finer” tips to getting a community to that point.

    For tip #3, how would one go about doing that with a narrative based blog? I have a motorcycle/motorcycle travel blog and I share some of my stories of long distance motorcycle trips that I’ve done on there. It seems like that should be naturally exploratory no? For some reason I’ve found it hard to get comments on posts even though I’ve seen others in the niche with comments on months old posts.

    Thanks for the help and the video!

    1. Hey Bucko.

      I’d start by putting some more guest posts out there on blogs with an engaged travel audience. As far as the niche goes, I’ve seen some in your niche do extremely well – especially when you take your readers along for the journey.

      There is one blogger who lets his readers decide which city he will live in next. I wonder if there is anything “active” like that that you might be able to try?

      1. Yeah, it’s definitely an active and popular niche, particularly when expanded out to the more general “travel blog” category. I’m mainly doing long distance motorcycling in China at the moment, so it might be tough to ask for suggested destinations… An idea might be to list out some weird local dishes and ask people what they’d like to see me try. I guess the real problem is that the first real step is to have a pre-built active community that is willing to engage. We have put out active questions before but it become sort of discouraging to get “0 Comments” in response. Sort of a “Chicken and the Egg” situation, you need the community for comments, but the comments help build the community.

        1. Yep – guest posting sounds perfect. Should build some momentum for you.

  23. Hey Ramsay,

    I enjoyed your video, great job πŸ™‚

    Comments to me are the most important indicator that people are getting something out of my blog. I really encourage them and strive to get a lot of discussion going on each post. These days, I’ve been happy with the amount of engagement I’ve been getting on my posts.

    Your first tip is one that I haven’t tried and although you definitely have good reason to close off the comments, I don’t think I would go that route personally. Only because I have certain posts where I want to give people a chance to discuss what we’ve been talking about, even if it’s months down the road. But I agree that knowing you close your comments compels me to drop by more frequently to check out what’s going on here πŸ™‚

    The second tip I think I’ve sort of ended up doing unwittingly. Except I haven’t given my readers a name, it’s more that I’ve made a lot of references that liken my blog to a cafe and my readers are the people chillin’ in my cafe, sharing a cup of coffee with me and chatting (my blog name is also “Cafe” which I always sign off as).

    It kinda hit me when one of my readers told me that while he was in the middle of the ocean sailing for many days, he made a cup of coffee and thought of me because I had apparently made such a strong connection between myself/my blog and coffee! I have this thought in the back of my head that maybe I’ll work on redesigning my blog to actually have more of an actual cafe feel. We’ll see how that pans out …. =P

    The last tip is the one I’ve utilized the most. Every post ends with a question or two for my readers and usually when I write my posts, even though I write about my own personal experiences a lot, I try to think of how I can get my readers to relate their own lives/experiences to what I’m writing.

    Another couple tips I would give is that when someone leaves a comment, if there’s an opportunity to ask questions to probe the reader to expand on what they’re talking about then it makes for even more discussion and also shows the reader that you’re really listening to what they’re saying.

    Also (and I realize some ppl don’t have all the time in the world for this – I don’t either!), I do my best to visit my readers from time to time and leave comments on their posts. Not just the ol’ “like”, but a comment however short or long it may be. I really believe that this helps to create that “community.”

    If you’re new to blogging, I really believe that you need to invest some time on other people’s blogs if you want to gain a following (of other bloggers at least). Once you get around a bit and grow your following, things will start snowballing from there πŸ™‚

    Sorry for the long ramble, but comments are a passionate point for me =P

    Janice (aka. Cafe)

    1. LOVE the long comment Janice!

      Your last time is so important. You really do need to make the time to help other people’s comment sections I think.

      Lots more we could go over! Maybe another longer post is needed.

      1. Haha, thanks. And what you did there is good too – explicitly telling your readers how much you love getting comments from them =)

        Thanks for replying – also important! If you didn’t reply to my comments, I guarantee I wouldn’t leave anymore of them.

        I guess we could go on and on about this! =P

        1. I often hear from readers who say that they leave comments because they like hearing back from me. I feel a bit like John Lennon in the Simpsons: “If they took the time to write me, I’ll take the time to write back”. My attitude might change if the blog keeps growing though!

          1. Aww, I hope you don’t change that attitude! Some people would probably still comment cuz they love giving their two cents, but others who are also here for the social interaction would probably just feel like you’ve forgotten about your readers. I do totally understand that life can get so busy that responding to like 200 comments is inconceivable, but it just turns me off when I happen upon a blog where on every post there’s maybe 100-200 comments and only 2 or 3 replies from the blogger to select ppl. It makes the whole thing feel very fake.

            Anyways, that’s my two cents for the day =P

  24. Good video, Ramsay, thanks! And it’s’ a good discussion topic to attract a lot of comments.

    I think any blog aimed a relatively wide audience is capable of having lots of comments. You just have to work on this harder.

    The strategies I’ve employed:

    – Asking questions or/and setting the discussion topic
    Everybody gives this advise, because it works πŸ™‚ Just tell the readers specifically what you want, and they’ll respond.

    – Replying to all comments
    I picked it here, and it works like a charm. Yes, it takes time.

    – Giving a personal angle
    When you share personal experience, people are more likely to react compared to some dry instructions.

    – Raising controversial topics
    You should know them in your field. So bring it up once in a while, give it a personal angle. Light trolling is ok, as long as you’re ready to defend your points. The hot discussion is guaranteed, just watch out for trolls πŸ™‚

    – Adding polls
    This is my know-how (at least I don’t recall reading about it in relation to the number of comments πŸ™‚ I frequently add polls and then ask readers to say how they voted and why.

    That keeps the core audience (those who hit the articles first) coming back to check on the poll results later. When they come, they see more comments and my replies to their comments. That stirs discussion.

    Also, polls give you a lot of fuel for thought. Just an example. A year ago only 8% of my readers had SSDs. It’s 60% now, so the audience is ready for the series of timely articles, because it can relate now (400 comments on three entries prove this).

    As for closing comments, I considered this many times, but haven’t tried it. I don’t think it’s for everyone, because:
    β€’ The core audience comments during the first two days anyway, so these people don’t care much if you close it in 30 days.

    β€’ Readers who arrived late still may need a clarification on what you wrote or provide a good input. If you close the comments, the former will contact you via e-mail, while the latter will do nothing and you’ll miss it.


    1. Wow! Great work Vadim. You’ve got a lot of good strategies there.

      It’s interesting how many different things one can try.

      Thanks again. Really appreciate that valuable work.

  25. Ryan de Kom on January 23, 2013


    I have 2 questions:

    1. I see that all the comment have a reply option. How do i get that on my blog?
    2. I struggle with the fact that when someone comment they forget to click the notification box. At first i had the same problem, causing me the lose valuable answers to my comments on other blogs. Is there an easier way to notify commentors?



    1. Hi Ryan.

      There is a WordPress plugin called Nested Comments or Threaded Comments. It’s default on all new themes though.

      For notifications, I’m not really sure. I think that’s the only way.

  26. Len Bowcott on January 23, 2013

    A great article Ramsay, and I especially appreciated the video. I started out blogging simply to inform co-workers and clients what I was up to, but once I started seeing income being generated I got serious. My biggest challenge has always been to generate a dialogue through comments and my replies to them. You’ve made it clear where I was going wrong, and I intend to start immediately implementing the necessary changes. Thanks so much!

    1. Thanks Len. Please do let us know how you go.

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  28. Ramsay,

    I like these tips and it’s nice to finally meet you via a video post!

    Been creeping/following you the last couple of years (via your ProBlogger debut) and I am having trouble thinking of a funky name for my ‘troop’ of progressive sales consultants.

    I’m a bit hesitant to close up comments as I am only 6 months in and need a bit more social proof.

    It’s -30C in Canada today, so hope you’re enjoying your Aussie weather mate!

    Appreciate the wise words dude,


    1. “Creeping” made me laugh pretty hard. I’ve never thought of readers stalking me before. Thanks for that!

      It’s about 35 degrees C here today – not too shabby. Do you get depressed in the cold weather? I always find the winter makes me really flat.

      The closing comments idea really needs some testing. Perhaps try it for a month and see how it works.

      As far as naming them goes – Steve Kamb actually asked his team what they wanted to be called. That might work for you?


      1. Thanks for the response.

        I will definitely send out an email asking my ‘troop’ on their thoughts as to what to name the community – it’s a bit daunting to be honest, hitting the ‘send’ button not knowing if a response will ever arrive; even for a confident chap like myself.

        I am going to mull over comments a bit longer – I have to actually be receiving many comments to close them up but I get the idea of creating exclusivity to commenting – makes sense in theory so I’ll have to put it in practice and evaluate.

        Thanks for your insights Ramsay!

  29. Lewis Saka on January 25, 2013

    Do you think comments are still go for SEO, especially the commentluv tool that links to your latest blog post?

    1. Not sure about commentluv but it defo helps in general.

  30. Great post!
    I’d actually already noticed a lot of blogs don’t have the standard ‘comment’, but some cool phrase instead. However, I never really thought about how I could change mine. So now I’m wondering: are you using a specific comment form which allows you to change ‘comments’ into the ‘intelligent opinions’ you have now?


  31. Aha I found your youtube video on this, but my theme (Weaver II) seems to have multiple main index templates and there’s not much in them:/

    1. Hmmm…. might want to find a coder to help you with that one just to make sure.

      1. Figures I want something complicated:p

        1. Ha ha ha!

  32. Praveen Soni on January 27, 2013

    Hello Ramsay,
    Hope you are in great health. I read your article and is is very interesting and your video is mind blowing you describe very well. I would like to say that all the newbie blogger must read this article.
    thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot Praveen.

  33. Taswir Haider on January 27, 2013

    I like these tips.I think suggestion #3 is my biggest problem.I love the lighting in your video and the blooper–hysterical! Thank you so much for including those…

    1. thanks Taswir. Yeah that blooper is pretty embarrassing!

  34. Well yeah I don’t have a lot of comments but I’m planning to do more commenting for that reciprocity effect. I’m actually very interested in imitating your writing style where you try to be more exploratory or like you’re discovering with your reader. I bet that makes for a better read and makes something more ‘commentable’.

    1. Let us know how you go!

  35. Eugene Hennie on January 27, 2013

    This is awesome. I find that my informational posts don’t get much comments.

    I have been blogging for for about a year and have around 40 something post. Not many comments. What would you suggest I do?

    Do you think leaving comments on other blogs in your niche is beneficial to you?

    1. Absolutely. Give before you receive is always a good mantra.

  36. Getting less comment is a big problem for me. Thanks for such an illustrative post.

    1. Hope it helps.

  37. Monica @ Fresh and Organized on January 30, 2013

    Great tips — thank you!

    PS. I see you’ve got some great reading material behind you too — the Twilight set! Hehe πŸ˜‰

    1. I only noticed that after I had already uploaded the video. They are my room mates – I swear!

      Ironically, that same room mate met Robert Pattinson at the pub in Australia last weekend. He’s here filming.

      1. Monica @ Fresh and Organized on January 30, 2013

        Hah…lucky roommate! πŸ™‚

        1. He was a very nice chap according to everyone who met him.

  38. vigneshraj on January 30, 2013

    i do run a blog on my own.. from my experiance, i can tell you that comments are always the best free tool to tell you, how you are performing.. only 2 – 3% of your visitors put comments on your site.. if you get more comments then you are performing well and you are getting a basket full of visitors.. if you are not getting any comments, only way to get more of them is by increasing your PageRank, so atleast people comment on your article to get a backlink

    1. Good point although I’m not sure people in every niche know about Page Rank.

      1. vigneshraj on January 31, 2013

        thats true.. most newbie bloggers or beginners has no idea about page rank..they should know the value of pagerank..

  39. With these points we will definitely get the traffic we need on our blog. Thanks for sharing this great content, I really enjoyed the insight you bring to the topic. Awesome stuff!

  40. Oh Ramsey, You give me such great ideas and I’m a good follower! Have closed old comments, have used your guide to lower bounce statistics… etc. etc.

    So many of my followers leave me messages on facebook and twitter that my blog tends to get very little communication. It’s rather sad. Also, while I have seen a bit of improvement with Google Analytics statistics, most of my page views have stayed the same.

    I know that this is a journey, but it can be a bit frustrating when trying to figure out the magic ingredient to make it all work.

    a member of the army! Martha

    1. Horrified I spelled your name wrong!!! RAMSAY!!!!!!

  41. Manisha Singh on February 9, 2013

    Great tips!!
    if you gets more comments it means audience like your post,and you are working well for your site,otherwise you need more struggle for your site.


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