If you’ve been wondering how you can get more comments on your blog, you’re certainly not the only one. Together with increased traffic and higher profits, more conversation is a very common thing for a blogger to wish for.
Not only is blogging supposed to be about reader engagement, there’s something a little disheartening about writing your heart out only to hear nothing back in return. Conversation also tends to lead to community and community tends to lead to repeat visitors.
Should you find yourself with a blog that’s a little low on comments, the good news is that the situation can be rectified pretty easily. Here are eight tips for getting the tumbleweeds out of your comment sections.
Ask for Them
The first step towards getting more comments is to literally ask for them. Get into the habit of finishing your posts with a question. Your questions don’t need to be groundbreaking. They are just a subtle way of letting your readers know that you are trying to have a two way conversation.
Leave Quality Responses
When somebody does leave a comment, always make sure that you respond. If their comment was well thought out, make your response equally so. Not only will the original commenter be significantly more likely to comment again in the future, future readers will be too.
Removing spam comments is just as important as responding to high quality comments. If your comment sections are full of spam, you can’t expect genuine people to leave genuine comments. Comment moderation isn’t difficult. Just install an anti spam plug in and keep a close eye on all comments that get past it.
Nobody comments on old news. Why would they? If you want more comments, you need to write original, though provoking posts. By original, I don’t mean posts that pass Copyscape. I mean posts on topics that have not already been discussed to death by your competitors.
In the short term, there is no faster way to increase your comment count than to post something controversial. Controversy not only attracts attention, it also tends to attract a hell of a lot of comments.
It is important to note however that care needs to be taking when writing controversial posts. If you go too far, you run the risk of losing your creditability. Always back up what you claim with facts.
Offer Real Value
Link bait content is not only effective at garnering links, it also tends to get commented on quite a bit. Try to write posts that really offer your readers something. Write tutorials that make complex topics easy to understand. Write lists with fifty items instead of ten. Ask yourself what information your readers are looking for and write a post that provides it.
Make Your Links DoFollow
Despite many misconceptions to the contrary, you have nothing to lose by making your blog DoFollow. And when you publicise the fact that those commenting on your blog can expect a nice DoFollow backlink in return, you can expect your comment numbers to rise significantly.
It is worth noting however that DoFollow blogs are obviously pretty popular with spammers. Effective moderation is therefore even more important on DoFollow blogs.
Finally, one more way to make your blog more attractive to those considering commenting is to install CommentLuv. When a blogger leaves a comment on your blog, this simple WordPress plug in will automatically fetch their latest post. It will then include a link to that post underneath their comment.
When you offer such increased exposure, it’s only natural that you will experience a similar increase in your comment numbers.
About the guest author: John Smith is a London based online marketer and a seo expert who is currently working for seo.org.uk
This is an original article published on SEO Desk with exclusivity.
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