Getting more comments on your blog has many benefits to you and your readership.
Before we take a look at ways to attract more comments, let’s take a look at those benefits.
Benefits of having more commenters on our blogs:
Benefits to you the blog owner:
- Provides an indication of the engagement of your readers.
- Builds community to increase your readership.
- Provides a measurement for your SEO and promotion activities.
Benefits to your readers:
- They get a feel for your engagement with them.
- They get access to varied views on a given topic.
- Community, community, community, everyone wants some.
These are some of the benefits of having more commenters. Good benefits all around. Benefits that provide growth for both sides of the blogging equation – the blogger and the reader.
Now let’s take a look at ways we can attract more commenters to our blogs:
1. Good quality content.
This is not a trick or technique – it is a principle upon which your blog must be built. The first and foremost way to attract more commenters to your blog is by providing readers with quality content.
Readers come to you because they like what you write and the way you write it. They want content that is both informative and resourceful. They want to be able to take something away from your posts.
Without consistent, quality content you have no attraction magnet to draw anyone to your blog.
2. Use CommentLuv plugin.
CommentLuv is an awesome plugin which allows your commentators to leave a comment and a link back to their last blog post; while encouraging them to engage more on your blog. They also benefit from the additional exposure to their own blog.
We use this plugin here at For Bloggers By Bloggers.
3. Ask your readers questions.
The goal here is increased comments through engagement. You can ask your readers questions in the body of your post.
You can ask the questions at the end of your post as a “Your Turn” option.
You can ask questions through your replying to comments.
Ask questions and get more comments.
4. Use Top Commentator plugin.
Everyone loves to be tops in something including being the Top Commentator on your blog!
Top Commentator Widget is another great plugin worth installing in your blog. Reward your top blog commentators with a backlink on the homepage of your blog.
You might even consider providing a prize for the Top Commentator of the Month. Have fun with it!
5. Make sure you are engaged in the conversation.
The is nothing worse in my eyes than a blog with no author engagement in the comments.
Simply put, you cannot expect to attract more comments to your blog if you are not willing to participate in the comments. Reply to your readers. Engage them in a further conversation related to your post.
Please, make the effort – you will be glad you did.
Now you have 5 ways to attract more comments on your blog.
How do you encourage more comments? What other ways can you add to the list? What works for you?
Let’s chat in the comments!