Today’s episode is about how to get more comments on your blog. I share 11 tips you can use to get more attention and interaction. Today’s podcast is a challenge to myself – to include as much high quality advice as I can in just 3 minutes! These are tips you can keep coming back to in future to keep improving your relationship with your readers.
In This Episode
- How to invite comments
- How to write in a conversational tone, so people feel more comfortable to leave a comment
- How to ask a question at the end of your blog posts to increase your chances of getting comments
- How you can use your blog headline to get people excited about commenting
- The most powerful type of question you can ask for increasing comments
- An easy tactic you can use to get the ball rolling for comments
- How to respond to trolls and scammers
- How to respond to constructive comments to encourage those people to comment more in future
- How to use social media to increase blog comments
Hi there my name’s Darren Rowse and welcome to episode 79 of the ProBlogger Podcast where today I want to give you a three minute podcast, it’s another short one but I hope it’s helpful for you because it’s on a question I get asked all the time “how do I get more comments on my blog posts?” You can find today’s show notes at ProBlogger.com/podcast/79.
So let’s get into the tips.
1. Invite comments. You exponentially increase the chances of getting comments on your blog posts simply by asking for them at the end of your post.
2. Write in a conversational tone. The more your readers feel like you’re talking to them rather than just writing a post the more likely you are to get comments so write in a conversational kind of tone.
3. Ask questions at the end of your blog posts. Rather than just saying leave a comment include a specific question. This gives your readers a starting point when they’re thinking about what to comment on.
4. Building upon this idea of asking questions and it is to ask a question in the headline of your post. You won’t want to do it in every single post but when you ask a question in your blog post title it invites your readers to start thinking about their response even before they read anything at all; it really works well.
5. Be open-ended with your blog posts. If you said everything there is to say on your topic in your blog post there’s much less chance that your readers are going to feel the need to comment at all.
6. Interact with the comments left. If you’re not willing to interact in the comments why would your readers? This makes your comment section become a conversation section.
7. Kick off the comments with your own comment. Now if you’re not getting many comments on a post or any at all then answer your own question or add a new point to your post by leaving a comment this sometimes gets the ball rolling.
8. Deal with trolls and spammers. If comments on your posts are going toxic be willing to step in and get things back on track. An un-moderated comments section can be a real put-off to those who are new to your blog.
9. Reward good behaviour. Acknowledge and reward good commenters. You don’t actually have to give them a prize or anything but just responding to their comment. Emailing your commenters promoting a great comment to a blog post or you may even want to send them a little gift by drawing attention to those who comment well, you’ll find that they will come back and comment again but it also shows other readers that you value interaction.
10. Promote conversations in your social media feeds. When a conversation is really going well on a blog post, promote it to your social media accounts by saying “there’s a great conversation going on here”.
11. The last tip – well I’m going to leave that up to you. I want to know what you would add.
I could go on with this list for quite a while now but I want to take my own advice and get your opinion on it, so I’d love you to leave a comment over at www.problogger.com/podcast/79 with your own tip on how to get more comments. I went 30 seconds over today but hope that you’ll forgive me and I’d love to hear your feedback on this particular podcast at the show notes. Thanks for listening.
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