10 Tactics To Get More Comments On Your Blog

It’s really difficult to find attention of your blog readers and covert the same to get more comments on your blog posts. The comments or rather those comments which provide value to your blog posts are like sweets and confidence boosters for bloggers. It is very well-known truth that getting more comments on your blog would definitely make it popular and better. The first thing you must understand is that it is possible to get more comments but it will happen only when the reader finds an article to be interesting and astonishing.

Tactics to Get More Comments on Your Blog

1. Questioning your readers

Questioning your readers is one of the best ways to engage your readers in conversation and subsequently to get more comments. In fact, a reader will never comment on your blog unless he himself has any doubt or want to drop a link of his latest article etc. The second option is more precisely chosen by newbie bloggers however it is not always true. By questioning your readers, you’ll be asking your readers to present their personal views on the respective topic.

2.  Answering commentators doubts

It is always a good practice to answer or clear the doubt of your readers instead of avoiding them. It is perhaps the best way to keep the conversation going and flood it with valuable comments. Also, interacting and putting your own views on the commentator’s comment will definitely keep the atmosphere around your blog a bit engaging and super healthy.

3. Exchanging the comments

It is well-known fact that most of the people across the world would only do something in exchange of something that they desire. Comments are no exception to this and if you’re expecting valuable comments on your blog then you must put valuable comments on other blogs. The best way to exchange the comments would be by building a relationship with other fellow bloggers. Arrange a meet-up with them and have a cup of coffee (or tea or whatever that keeps you relaxed).

4. Giveaways

The well-known fact which I discussed earlier applies here as well. As a loyal reader, I would certainly love to win freebies. If you’re thinking in a way that giving away freebies might just put you in trouble with respect to money then it’s totally wrong. Rather, think in a way that you’re investing some bucks on building your social presence and popularity. And for your info, giveaways do attract people and might just get you a viral traffic if the product you’re giving away is popular enough. Finally, you can try to put a question regarding the giveaway to get more comments.

5. Controversial Posts

It is very likely to get more comments on controversial posts or debatable articles than those with general titles. Reading an article title of such controversial posts provokes a reader to check it and post his personal opinion. The only time when you need to be careful is while posting your views about the respective controversial posts.

6. Promoting the way it should be

If you’ve launched a new blog or product that needs an initial promotion then make sure you start it with your own primary blog. Even if the new blog or product is totally un-related to your primary blog it does makes some sense to make the promotion. First of all, be open and mention that it is a promotional post. Let your readers decide whether they are interested in taking a look at it or not.

7. Sending Trackbacks

Are you aware of what trackbacks means? In simple words, when you link an external link, the blog owner is notified of the same. He is told that a trackback has been received from your blog and he must accept or decline the same. It will definitely amaze the blog owner and he or she might just check back the respective article and leave a comment.

8. Appearance does matters

All right! Who would like to check a messy web page even if the content is valuable and informative? I would simply close the tab and hunt down other websites rather than wasting my time in collecting that information. So, my point here is; take extra efforts on deciding which presentation technique is working best for your blog and apply the same for rest of your blog posts.

9. Swapping the article ingredients

It might just seem boring to your readers if you’re simply writing articles in same fashion for months. Go ahead and give a try to various other article ingredients such as infographics and videos once in a month to refresh your readers.

10. Commenting System

I should have talked about this initially but I thought about discussing the issue at the end. A good and hassle free commenting system is a good way to get more comments. Also, asking your readers a CAPTCHA or other verification code would most probably restrict them from commenting. Instead, use a good plugin such as GASP or Akismet to control the spam comments.

Putting final words – It’s very difficult to sum up the final words from above ten points but if I’ve to do it, I’ll simply ask you to deliver a well-researched and quality article and then following all the above tactics one by one.

Few useful WordPress Comment Plugins

  • If your blog is taking bunch of seconds to validate and post a comment by reloading the entire web page then it’s time to give a try to WP-Ajaxify-Comments
  • If you’ve a blog which focuses on images then Comment Images might just help your readers in putting images in comments.

Image Credits – Mashable.com

This article is written by Pavan. He is an IT person with great interest in blogging. He speaks about various blogging techniques and topics on his blog @ eBloggingHow.com.

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On February 26, 2013 by in Blogging | Short Link: http://hbb.me/YxBLEO  

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54 Opinions on “10 Tactics To Get More Comments On Your Blog

  1. In my opinion first we have write useful content for readers, After that they love come our site and it is very important to solve there doubts.

  2. I was about to say that you have a great blog design, and then I read #8. BTW which commenting system are you using on HBB? looks clean.

  3. I do believe in writing controversial posts and if my post doesn’t a comment, I do believe it wasn’t controversial enough.

  4. I believe it is default WordPress commenting system however, Pradeep would be the one who can confidently comment on that.

  5. The process of the commenting should be easy.Several sites are make the procedure critical.I agree with you Pawan WordPress based sites are more user friendly for commenting.The points you mentioned is important.Thanks for the article.

    • Yes, thank you for agreeing with me and understanding the point. The more user friendly an interface, more it would provoke the readers to comment.

  6. In my opinion first we have write useful content for readers, After that they love come our site…

  7. Thanks for sharing this. it informative post. I like it

  8. Great shot, I’m very appreciate your tips, Thanks for sharing this post.

  9. i guess having an easy to use commenting system matters a lot…if we use a system where users need to sign in before posting a comment then we are login them right there!

  10. Commenting is unique way to create more traffic & reader! I agree with “Promoting the way it should be” point. This is absolutely right promote anyway where can be promoted. More promoting gives more traffic & comments too.

  11. Goo Post!!! ….And specially when Google is clear about penalizing Guest Post, the Commenting trade would surely gain more importance.

    • I don’t know whether Google will ever penalize guest posting or not but I still believe that it is also one of the best way to interact number of bloggers and thereby with their readers (just like you! :) ) Commenting is also an important aspect.

  12. 1,2,3,5,8 & 10 are what I’m trying to follow already. Leaving questions for readers, comments exchange and Commentluv are some effective ways for getting attention. BTW, my blog is new and I’m confused whether giveaways will work for me. what you say pawan?

    • You’re doing it right buddy! You got to keep doing that for longer time as you’ve mentioned that your blog is new. Giveaways are the best ways to invest the money, get social attention and subsequently comments. But, you got to work on how you’re gonna make publicity of that giveaway? Teaming up with various bloggers for “BIG” giveaway is also a good option.

  13. hello Pavan…
    nice post …commenting is the thing which makes feel alive our blog. You share really nice methods for increasing comments in someone blog.But after all it is difficult for a newbie to get comment in his blog in starting days. I’m doing things you mentioned above ,specially making relations with other bloggers . thanks for nice sharing.

    • Thank you appreciating me Mahendra.
      Yes, it is quite difficult for a newbie to get comments on his in early days, however, I’m confident that following above mentioned 10 tactics would definitely get you some valuable comments.

  14. Hi Pavan, You have given few excellent useful tips to attract readers towards our blog and convincing them to post comments accordingly. We can also add a Recent Comment Widget to our sidebar. Users can actively read the feedback left by other readers. This can compel a reader to leave a comment in return.

    • That’s an excellent point Jack. I completely agree with you that recent comment widget provides nice overview of feedbacks left by other readers.

  15. I was so eager to hit ‘Post Comment’ that I forgot to say congratulations! Two years as a blogger is equivalent to 20 man years. No mean feat, when you look at it like that…

  16. Great piece of writing Pavan. Learn several new things about blog commenting. Generally I love blogs which use comluv plugin. Thanks for sharing.

  17. great post, but why bother? you could just open it up for spammers and you would get tons and tons of comments :D

    • Well I believe in (& love to have) valuable and meaningful comments. Spam comments will only increase the comment count which in my opinion is not even 0.1% useful.

  18. Give away is best I think. You would get a good revenue if you use some PPD site.

  19. I don’t see what’s exactly the relation between giveaway and PPD sites. Giveaways are definitely good “only” when you can make good publicity of it.

  20. Totally agree with you Pawan, that by response the comments of reader’s is the best way to increase the blog comments and it also helps to make good relations with the readers. Thanks for sharing such useful tips.

  21. Exchanging the comments is one of the best ways used to drive more audience and potential customers to you blog. It will give them the chance share what they know that can be of big help to others.

    • Yes, exchanging comments is definitely one of the best ways however my personal views are not so in favor of that practice. Its more of a like deliberately commenting on other blogs and asking them to do so.

  22. As per my observation, every blogger should take care of an user-friendly comment system. In most of the cases default WP comment system is recommended. If we use Disqus plugin on a Blogging Tips blog, where comments are vital then its a big fail! Similarly, for tutorials blogs its good to use 3rd party comment systems like Disqus & Lifefyre.

    • Great observation Ramsay. Yes, default WP comment system is very nice and useful in most of the cases that you don’t really need other commenting system.

  23. nice tips to fetch more comments….There are many thing to boost commenting but the most effective and multipurpose is quality content.

  24. Great post, but why bother? you could just open it up for spammers and you would get tons and tons of comments

    • Hi Jessica,
      I don’t really like spam comments. I delete them as soon as they appear on my own blog. Also, its not recommended either to accept such spam comments.

  25. It is an tremendous tip. i like it very much.
    thanks for sharing a nice article.

  26. Hey nice tips over there, I have also seen increased comments by using comluv plugin because its lets commentators add a link back to an article on their blog. Also top commentators widget in the sidebar helps alot :)

  27. #11 Write a post titled “10 Tactics To Get More Comments On Your Blog” :)

    I kid, but it certainly got me to click on the post and comment on it!!

    • Hahaha! Yes, title has been playing vital role in blog posts as it is directly associated with user’s/reader’s mindset. It is the only thing that will decide future events – Whether he/she will open that particular blog post or not.

  28. Point 2 and 4 are very critical in my opinion. Free giveaway is awesome trick to get more comments on blog but reply to every comments is more important and it encourage commentators to post more and more,,

    • Hi,

      Yes, in my opinion all points are equally critical. It’s just matter of perspective. Nevertheless, giveaways will “DEFINITELY” get you more comments.

  29. Excellent tips! looks like they work well – you have tons of comments!

  30. You guy really wrote awesome. Comments shows the reflection of that. Thanks for write down awesome article.

  31. Nice Article Pawan :)
    Thanks for Sharing your valuable post for getting more comments
    on blog Post. :)

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