10 Ways to Get More Readers Comments on your Blog | Increase Blog Comments Number

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Every blogger wishes he gets more blog comments. Readers that comment on your blog are more likely to come back and read for more and that means more traffic. Following you can find technique that work for me.

How to get more blog comments on your blog

1. Remove blog comments CAPTCHA

Make it easy to comment. the only thing makes me not comment, even on posts that are worth commenting on, is blogs with complicated commenting process. Remove the CAPTCHA, never ask for login. Don’t customize too much the blog comments section.

2. Display newest comments first

Almost every reader go over at least one or two comments of the first comments. Readers won’t comment if they feel their comment will get lost among all other comments. Provide your commenters good exposure and present their comments first. In WordPress go to ‘Discussion’ . Under ‘Other comment settings’ select ‘Newer’ on the line that start with “Comments should be displayed with…”

3. Respond to as many comments as possible

When I go over comment section in other blogs I usually stop on comments that replied by the author. Readers are more likely to comment when they see that you constantly reply to other readers.

4. Ask for feedback

Maybe the simplest and obvious way. Just ask for your readers feedback at the end of the post. Try finish posts with a question.

5. Comment on other blogs

And I am not talking about commenting on problogger or copyblogger. Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you. Comment on blogs with traffic similar to your blog and ask the other blogger comment on your blog. This is a great way to generate initial comments on new  blogs plus you would get immediate feedback.

6. Use comment plugins & widgets

I already wrote about best WordPress comment plugins and widget and there are similar widgets for blogspot blogs. Plugins make it easier for readers to subscribe to comment feed, send thank you mail when reader comment on your blog and more.

7. Use CommentLuv plugin

Out of all plugins I most like ComLuv plugin. It is good way for rewarding people who comment on your blog. You can use CommentLuv WordPress plugin or IntenseDebate plugin that is designed for blogspot  blogs. CommentLuv show a link to the last post from the commenters blog. There is no better motivation for readers to comment than getting a link to their blog

8. Provide your opinion on the topic at the end of the post

Even if the post describes a list of techniques or plugins, add your conclusion at the end. For example if you list recommended plugins state which of them you use in your blog and ask your readers which they use.

9. Write great content

At the end I noticed that every time I write on unique topic or find interesting point of view on common topics I get more comments. Do the effort to create original and valuable post and your readers will reward you with comments.

10. Provide a list and ask for addition

Another easy to implement technique is to list a topic and ask your readers to add their own technique.

Well… what is your best technique to increase the number of comments in your blog?

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Anon January 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm

On your first rule..
I had a blog before and I was getting MASSIVELY SPAMMED by bots when I did that. It completely ruins the blog.

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CBT October 13, 2011 at 5:30 am

These are great tips, I’m allowing anonymous comments but I’m wary about removing the captcha.

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Matt August 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Of all the methods you mention, I think commenting on other blogs is the best way to get more comments on your own. Whenever I’ve had a bit of a burst of commenting, I’ve received some in return from those bloggers. (I think it’s their way of saying thanks.)

Not sure of the percentage, but it’s probably around 20-30 percent who do return the favor. (Needless to say, they do have to be good comments you’re making and not just spammy one liners!)

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Ms. Freelancer June 30, 2011 at 1:57 am

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SEO March 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Thanks nice post…keep posting more
it was very useful for me to understand the concept of it.

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Benjamin @ The Elwin Post March 23, 2011 at 8:39 am

I installed the Intense debate commenting system and i love it! i do not get many comments, but if/when i do, i want users to have the sleekest and easiest system! thanks :)

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