We all have been there.
Unless you’re famous or a well known blogger, every time you start a blog, you struggle to get comments. That’s fine though. But can you keep up with a dead blog for many weeks, months or even years?
- You write down a great post…
- You take hours and hours to re-check it before publishing…
- You put your soul on it…
- It’s better than the competition’s posts…
You know it rocks, and you hit the publish button.
Yet, it stays there. Alone. Without comments and you get tired of refreshing your page or looking into your dashboard to see the new comment notification icon blink.
The importance of getting comments
Comments are very important for us, bloggers. Why?
Comments are like the fuel that keep us writing for hours and hours on our blogs. Comments help us feel alive, and help us feel someone is actually reading and engaging with our articles.
What would you prefer?
- A post that gets 1000 visitors and 0 comments?
- Or a post that gets 300 visitors and 30 comments?
Of course, the more visitors you get, the higher probabilities to get a comment. But comments are important because they mean people is getting engaged on your words. And this is the kind of readers you want.
Commenters are the kind of readers that will help you do something, that will actually give or follow a recommendation based on what you’ve said.
Heck, commenters are even the kind of people that will buy your stuff. Not the rest.
Yet, we always struggle to get comments at the beginning. So, here are 5 simple ways to get more comments on your blog and keep writing with the feel that you’re really changing the world (or at least, helping someone).
6 simple ways to get more comments
SPAM aside, here are 5 ways i use to get more comments on my blog. To be honest, the first comments didn’t arrive until 6 months passed at Stream SEO. However, it was also my fault. Since August, I started to work in a confident and continuous way to improve my traffic, rankings and engagement.
Here’s what I did:
1. Ask for comments and interaction
As simple as it sounds, many people forgets to invite people to comment on their blog.
I don’t make it look like I’m begging for comments. I usually tend to end my article with a question so that people can comment about it. If the articles was about dogs, then I ask if they have a dog or something similar. It’s a great way to start getting comments without the classical “please comment or I’ll kill myself” style.
2. Put share buttons on my bar and at the end of the posts
I normally use Digg Digg Plugin but you can try Sharebar or the one you prefer. Having this little floating bar the left side of my articles helps people share my posts without going to the bottom (or top) of them. Sometimes people can be lazy, and I’ll help them 🙂
More shares = more possibility to get comments.
3. Use Commentluv as an incentive
Commentluv is a great Plugin for WordPress that allows your commenters to leave a link to their latests posts instead of trying to stuff keywords on their names.
Commentluv allows you to set rules and control who can post links (by number of approved comments or registered users), along with being follow or no follow links. You can also use Commentluv as an incentive for people to share your posts before being able to drop their links on the comment.
Of course, the only drawback I can think here is that some people might do whatever to get a link for your blog, and SPAMers will try hard. But commentluv comes with an anti-SPAM plugin named GASP which helps you with that.
Commentluv is one of the best investments I’ve made for my blog.
4. Offer a bonus for commenting
After the Post comment button, you’ll find a “Download Free” message if you comment on my blog. This also helps me get subscribers (using the Aweber API for WordPress) and those are good subscribers because they already wanted to comment on my blog.
The extra download will push them to leave a comment at the same time they receive extra content nobody can find on my published posts.
5. Setup a Mail List
My list is an indirect way to get more comments on my blog.
Every time I publish a new post, Aweber automatically creates a newsletter broadcast for my subscribers. This way I can make them come back for more engaging content and because they’re subscribers or they have commented before, it’s highly probable that they’ll leave another comment on my new post.
6. Using the Reply Me plugin
This actually is a method I noticed while reading Ana’s posts.
What can be worse than leaving an interesting comment in a blog and not receiving a response from the author?
Leaving a comment and not knowing if it was ever answered or not.
However, most people use a subscribe to comments plugin that notifies you every time someone leaves a comment on the post. So, if you leave a comment and 50 people comment later, you’ll be notified each time. And that can be annoying.
Using the Reply Me plugin allows you to send a notification (image below) to the commenter only when someone answers to his comment. No more.
This is also a great way to increase engagement because they’ll receive an email and remember they leaved a comment on your post.
The Reply Me plugin also comes integrated on the Commentluv Plugin mentioned about.
Show me your tricks!
I’ve shown you my tricks to get more comments, and so far, they’re working.
Of course some posts don’t get as many comments as I would like, but that depends on the topic and my writing skills to create epic content.
What’s your strategy to get more comments? Or… are you giving up on a graveyard of great posts?