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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