So you have awesome blog and worthy posts but wonder why nobody is commenting?
More than 90% of people browse blogs without commenting.
Mostly, they are hurried to solve their problem and once they get the solution, they run away to fix it first. Do your posts solve their problem?
You can’t do anything for those 90%. Believe me!
Convinced that getting people to comment is no easy task.
But wait, don’t give up. Make sure any of the following is not the reason.
But why should you have comments, after all?
- Lot of comments proves that your blog is popular, valuable and useful.
- Often readers share valuable comments which increases the value of your blog posts
- Comments enables you to connect with your readers. This in turn will build relationships with them
- They are more likely to purchase your products/services than somebody completely strangers
- Good number of comments provides the reassurance and motivates to continue blogging
Okay huge benefits! Pretty obvious, isn’t it?
Then, why is no one commenting on your blog?
No Quality Content
Forgive me, but I could not read your post completely. How do you expect me to work even harder? You want me to comment for that crap post?
Shazida shared a message on Ms. Ileane Fan Page Facebook Group. She found a duplicate post (word-by-word) by a crap-researcher. He copied a wonderful post of Main Uddin and expected good money in ;-) I wonder why anybody starts blogging if they don’t have anything to write about?
Quality posts not only improve the number of comments, but also the quality of your comments.
Scared to be controversial?
You always write general posts and always prefer to stay in the safe zone? Do you take both sides of a debate because you are scared to make your position clear?
Writing about controversial topics can stimulate debate and thus welcomes more comments. But ensure you don’t offend others.
Never asked for commenting
The world is very simple if you look at it straight. Our knowledge and wisdom made it more complicated.
You want comments, more and more comments, don’t you? Then why you never asked your readers to leave comments?
Invite your readers to comment – This helps prompt action.
One more thing, what about being more creative and inspirational? Why not to invite specific comments? The call to action that will give readers inspiration on what to comment on.
How about asking them for their tips, preferences, opinions, advice, or their feedback?
Simply descriptive posts
Blog posts are not thesis writings. They are not articles too! Blog posts are live piece of text. Your readers should feel you when reading your posts.
You may not get people interacting and commenting as expected for the posts with simply descriptive text.
Be more conversational, ask questions in the content of your post. Specific and simple questions can inspire readers to answer. They comment to answer your questions. Don’t you?
It can be very effective to include questions in your title as well. Set the scene from beginning. Did I ask you a question?
Mr. Know It All
This can be a pitfall most often. When you write about any topic, you tend to be more complete and offer every bit of information required. But this can be one of the cause why you are not getting comments.
To get more comments, leave some gaps. Let your readers contribute in their comments too.
One Way Communication
This can be most dangerous. As I suggested you to avoid simply descriptive posts, you should avoid ignoring your reader’s comments too!
Show you value your commenters and appreciate them. If possible, give them some incentive to make future comments.
Provide personal and genuine reply to each of the comments you receive. Simply, thank you for commenting may not be sufficient. Blogs are interactive by nature and do accept it.
Comment system is complicated
I can’t understand why people use complicated comment system. WordPress has a nice and complete commenting system. CommentLuv Premium makes it perfect for your blog. Why did you choose complicated comment system?
People visit your blog to read, not to ponder and write on your blog post. So, they are often lazy (naturally?). Make it easy for them to comment, if you aim is not to scare your readers away.
Incentives – bribing?
You can offer some reward for those who comment. You can announce the best commenter of the week/the month. You can highlight their comment in other posts.
Not yet using CommentLuv Premium?
CommentLuv Premium really makes it easy to provide incentives for readers to leave comments on your blog. It allows them to link their name, website, Twitter ID, and their latest blog post to the bottom of their comment.
Not Moderating ?
I won’t drop even a single word if your comment list contains spam messages. Manage and moderate your comments. Make sure it is free from spam. Never allow people to inappropriately step over the boundaries.
If you have CommentLuv Premium, you can enable GASP which takes good care of spammers.
Are you approachable? Yes, it is important to maintain a confident tone, but being overconfident can intimidate readers. It can deter them from commenting. Will you listen carefully if I provide feedback?
Diamond cuts diamond
Is it always true? Beware!
There are many kinds of people and you may find harsh readers sometimes. Be graceful in replying their comments. Everybody reads your reply, not only the commenter whom you replied to.
If you are already in battlefield with another reader, how shall I dare to comment there?
What goes around comes around
What goes around comes around. You shouldn’t expect others to comment on your blog if you are not commenting yourself.
Comment on other blogs and they will be prompted to visit your site and comment on your blog too.
Commenting on other’s blog will help you to brand your blog and get recognized in the blogosphere.
Not a member of any tribe?
You can find some groups in Facebook and other networks in your niche. Consider joining a commenting tribe. Think about creating your own.
I hope by now, you found the cause why you are not getting comments for your blog posts. I welcome you to visit my blog and follow the ‘how to blog‘ series of posts if you are interested to learn blogging. I started the series to discuss the basics of blogging!
Do you post comments on other blogs? Do you offer incentives to take the time to leave comments? Invite me to comment on your blog.