8 Ways to Get Your Blog Readers Commenting Like Their Life Depends On It

How do you get your blog readers commenting more on your blog? - In this post I want to share with you eight tips that I’ve found to be very useful over the course of my blogging journey, particularly for getting readers to comment on my blog posts. If you’re struggling with getting readers to leave comments on your blog, you don’t need to despair… try these tips on for size and they’ll soon be flocking…

As blog readers sometimes we can easily become lazy, especially when it comes to leaving a comment on a post, it might be because we simply can’t really be bothered, it might be because the content you’ve just read was great, but doesn’t actually warrant a decent enough comment asides from ‘great post thanks’… Or it might be because leaving a comment asks for too many technicalities, i.e. tick this box and that box and enter this security code, yadda, yadda, yadda…

Needless to say, here are some tips to get your readers commenting on your blog like their life depends on it… well almost…

Get your blog readers commenting

Get your blog readers commenting: Tip #1 Create content that encourages commenting

The first and foremost tip is the all important tip. You need to create the need for commenting, so ensure that you regularly create content that demands a comment.

For example, one way to do this would be to find the most talked about topics currently in your niche, and blog about it. Put across your own views ideas that will hopefully tempt your readers to engage with you and put across their own views. Overall create good resourceful content that others will find exceptionally useful…

Get your blog readers commenting: Tip #2 Be no other than yourself in your writing

In blogging it’s so easy to put on a false impression of yourself, don’t do this just be yourself. Your readers will respect you ever more for it. If you appear uneasy and false, it will be noticed in your writing style over the course of time…

Get your blog readers commenting: Tip #3 Make it simple for your readers to comment

This is an issue I personally have with several blog’s that I read on regularly, sometimes it’s just too much work to leave a comment. Understandably there are things we need to do to protect ourselves from spam, but your comment box should be plenty visible, and if possible avoid having too many options for boxes to tick, and the all too annoying CAPTCHA authentic response feature. If you have that on your blog and you’re not getting many comments, get rid of it…

Get your blog readers commenting: Tip #4 If you don’t ask… you don’t get…

At the end of your post, ask your readers to leave a comment, you’ll be surprised how many people actually do end up leaving comments, which brings me to tips number 5.

Get your blog readers commenting: Tip #5 Ask open ended questions.

As well as to make your content open ended, you should also ask open ended questions throughout, and maybe even at the end of your post… for example, don’t just write “did you enjoy reading my post? Leave me a comment below”. Instead write something like “please let me know your reactions and opinions on the subject, what are your thoughts and views? Leave me a comment below”.

Get your blog readers commenting: Tip #6 Engage with your Commentators

When you do get comments left on your blog, don’t just leave them unanswered, even if it isn’t a question. Thank your readers for commenting, if it’s their first time on your blog, welcome them, and tell them that you look forward to seeing them on your blog again soon.

Get your blog readers commenting: Tip #7 Comment on other blogs

Many times before now I’ve left a comment on a blog and the owner of that blog has returned right back and left a comment on mine. I like that and that’s a great way to build real relationships with other bloggers. If this is something you don’t do often enough then make a start…

Get your blog readers commenting: Tip #8 Contact one of your commentators

Pick out one of your commentators and get in touch with them, whether it’s by email, social network it doesn’t matter, just let them know that you appreciate them visiting your blog and leaving a comment. Offer some tips and advice or a ‘heads up’ about something on their blog if it’s appropriate.

Over to you readers…

Well those are some of the tips that I’ve found useful for me, but what about you, what are your strategies for getting more comments on your blog? Do you use any of the ones’ I’ve mentioned above? Let me know as I’d love to hear them… leave me a comment below as always.

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  • http://twitter.com/#!/GeraldNitram Gerald Martin

    Ahh, yes. Tip number 4. It’s a straightforward way of getting the things that you want. If you ask your readers nicely, there’s a chance that they’re going to give you the comment that you’re asking for.

    = Gerald Martin, Resell SEO =

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio

      Hi Gerald thanks for dropping by the blog today, you know the old motto right? If you don’t ask you don’t get ;) Have a great day.

    • http://www.haarausfallursachen.org/0.xml Andy

      I can second that. I’m getting great results with a simple call-to-action. Works perfectly in addition with a question at the end of the article too.

      • Samantha

        Me third… That’s what makes content on blogs so much more appealing than article sites, you simply don’t get the same level of author to commentator interaction going.

  • Gina

    Thank you for sharing your insight to us Fabrizio. Informative blog i must say.

  • http://howtospecialist.com Jack Sander

    Thanks for the nice tips on how to engage reader into conversation. From my experience, I consider that the best way to make them comment on a blog is to ask their opinion on a certain topic. If the article is well written, then they will easily share their experience.

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio

      Hi Jack, I’m pleased you enjoyed the tips and thanks for stopping by to comment. I have to agree with you I’ve found this very effective also, every now and then I’ll ask a question and try and draw the reader into a conversation. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us, enjoy the rest of your day.

  • Samantha

    Great tips as always Fabz, tip number five is a strong one for me. Creating open ended content is the best way to get people ranting.

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Hey Sammy thanks:) yeah that’s a great tip, I read somewhere I think it was Darren Rowses blog that answering too many questions in the content leaves little room for others to ask questions.

  • http://sociableboost.com Morgan

    Another tip to add to #3 is, don’t make someone have to create an account just to comment. Whenever I go to a website and I’m forced to register for an account (and can’t sign in with Facebook or Twitter) then I simply exit out of the page because I’m already registered at WAY too many places. :)

    I love this advice!

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Hi Morgan welcome to the blog and thanks for stopping by, yes that’s a good one to add to the list, that’s something that really gripes me when I’m commenting on other blogs. I’m not too bothered if you can leave a comment as a guest, but to have to create an account purely to leave a comment is probably one of the best ways to get no comments I think :)

  • Chris

    I love your list. These were very good advices.

  • http://www.tbaoo.com Alan

    seriously though .. great points and i know myself, that using safari meant that leaving comments on blogger or some other sites, was a right royal pain in the comment box. now i’m on rockmelt, no such problems. finding the time to scoot about all the sites i like to read is the other stumbling block, but i am getting better ;) i will pop you in my twitter feed if that’s ok ……

  • http://www.buysellwp.com/ BuySellWordpress

    The title of this post is very eye-catching, I must tell you! I think that this list of useful tips can be very helpful for all bloggers

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Thanks :)

  • http://www.newlaunchsingapore.com Donna

    I like the Tip #3 Make it simple for your readers to comment. Understandably there are things we need to do to protect ourselves from spam. I really like the content. It contains a lot of useful information. I can set up my new idea from this post. It gives in depth information. Keep on sharing good information to us.

  • http://webincomejournal.com Chadrack

    Really great tips there. Just want to add this: have a way of rewarding your blog readers. Something like a top commentator or even a dofollow will encourage more readers to comment. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://acreativeread.com Shona

    Agree with all these ideas, will definitely try the simple call to action! How did I not think to do that? haha
    Hope to see more like this soon from you! Thanks

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      You’re welcome Shona, glad you enjoyed the tips here today :)