HOW TO: Get More Blog Comments On Every Article

Get more comments on every articleHow do you feel when you land on a blog with no comments on most of the posts?

It becomes hard for any blogger to take their blogs to the next level without having much reader interaction on their blogs. Agree?

If you want to build loyal readership around your blog(s), blog comments are the best way to start.

Without further ado here are few unique ways to get more blog comments on every article that you write.

Headlines are EVERYTHING

If you want to get blog comments, the first thing you should worry about is your headlines.

How are your headlines? Are they creating enough curiosity to open the links or they are just generic?

If you have attention grabbing headlines on all of your blog posts, you tend to get more blog comments. When people find your headlines interesting, they will further read your blog posts and if they find enough meat in your posts, they will like to give you something in return by sharing your posts or commenting on them.

So make sure you are spending quality time in writing great headlines that will make anyone to click on your posts.

Make it extremely easy to comment

Only 5 out of 100 people leave blog comments on any blog. Because most bloggers are lazy, they read the stuff and go away without taking any action.

So it’s your responsibility to make the commenting system as easy as possible to get more blog comments. Don’t use the captcha system on your comment box, it will scare anyone. Most readers will never comment if you use captcha on your blogs.

If you have a brand new blog, it’s a smart strategy to enable Facebook comments in your blog along with the normal commenting system. This way you will be able to pull more people’s attention to comment on your blogs, nevertheless to say Facebook commenting system is the easiest way to get more comments.

If you worry about getting spam blog comments, install G.A.S.P WP plugin. This is by far the best plugin to control spam comments when you use it along with the Akismet plugin.

Ask opinions at the end

Do you know the secret of getting more product sales, leads or blog comments?

It is, ASKING others to do it.

If you don’t ask, no one cares, simple as that.

Most bloggers who get less blog comments don’t ask their readers’ opinions about the post, and they don’t create any anticipation among their visitors.

If you want to get more blog comments on every article that you write, call your readers to take some action. It’s often called CTA (Call To Action); you can boost your comments by using CTA at the end of each post.

You could ask questions like, what do you think about the post, Do you have any more thoughts about the post, etc. to know their opinions.

Notify when they get replies

Comment notifier is the best WP plugin to get more blog comments. It will send emails to the commentators when you respond to them. You will also receive mails whenever you commenters further respond to you. This will improve the loyalty of your readership.

You can turn on automatic notification by default or you can modify a few changes manually.

Subscribe to Comments is another good alternative plugin that allows commenters to subscribe to e-mail notifications for subsequent comments.

Most people love CommentLuv

Have you observed CommentLuv enabled blogs? They get lots of blog comments every time. Why?

There are so many benefits of using CommentLuv on your blogs. Few are:

  • Your commenters will be able to show their recent posts
  • You can offer dofollow links to those who shares, circles or tweets
  • Most people love to comment on CommentLuv enabled blogs

Here’s the free version of CommentLuv plugin, install it if you want to get more blog comments.

Reward the BEST commentators

Use top commenter widget to show the top commentators on your blogs every month. Who doesn’t like to be spotted on #1 on any blog? The commenter will get traffic to their blogs and also links to improve their rankings.

Or write a post for the best commentators on your blogs to encourage them to write more thoughtful comments on your blogs.

You can also highlight the unique comments by displaying the comments on your blog posts.

What do you think about the post? Share your valuable views in the Comment section.

How Blog Comments Can Be Dangerous Sometimes

Did you ever guess that the comments at your own blog can completely kill your blog? No, I am not talking about the spam or irrelevant comments. A huge number of comments, genuine as well as extremely related to the article, can invite a Google penalization. So, how the comments at your own blog can harm you? Let me describe.

In late October of 2012, I experienced a huge drop in my blog (Tech Tips Geek) traffic. It jumped down to monthly Two lakhs page views from Four lakhs. I received an email in my Google Webmaster tool stating that there was a big traffic drop in my top performing pages due to site configuration change.

I was bit confused to figure out the meaning of “Site Configuration Change”. Henceforth, I started to guess what the heck damn thing I did with my blog configuration.

1. At first, I guessed, there should be some problem with WordPress as I upgraded it to 3.5 just 2-3 days before that alert from Google. I searched the web to find out if there was any bug with WP 3.5. No major feedback! I was frustrated as my traffic was going down and down.

2. Two months after the impact, I though there must be some Panda update which might have eaten my traffic. I started to pickup older articles which have almost no traffic. I could find 15-16 pieces of such content. I deleted them and decided to wait for some times. Also filed a lot of DMCA complaint against the scrapers. But, nothing did work for me. Traffic was more downwards which made me much frustrated.

3. Suddenly, I noticed that Google was delaying to index my new posts. I started checking the reason out again. But again, nothing found!!

4. Lastly, I opened Google Webmaster Tool for my site. I tried to check if there were too many 404 error pages (some time huge ‘404 Not Found’ links in your pages can discourage Google to index your pages). But there was no such broken links.

Eventually, I went for the “Fetch as Google” link at WMT to submit my new posts into Google index. Here, I discovered some dramatic result. The fetch results for my top pages contain a suspicious line. The line was like this:

“The page content that is displayed here may have been truncated. Please check the Help Center article about Fetch as Google for details about fetch limits.”

truncated-page

I noticed that Google is not reaching to the last of the page. It ends up far before the closing BODY and HTML tags. I was wondered! How does it possible!! When I am opening those pages in my browser and checking the source, it seems everything is fine there.

I started Googling and came to know that Google can fetch only less than 100 KB of the text version of a page. Curiosity was going high! I deeply noticed that Google is ending up in between the comment section of those pages which have a lots of comment.

Then, I decided to Fetch the pages which do not have too much comments. Yep! I got it!! The page was completely accessed by Google according to the fetch result.

Finally, I fetched all the pages of my blog which have more than 100 comments. The result was expected. They all were truncated due crossing the 100 KB limit.

Now things were clear to me. Google was trying to access those page and getting a truncated version. As everything about an authority blog is monitored by various tools of Google, my blog was not the exception. They send a message to me stating the configuration problem. It was my limitation that I could not figure out their hints.

And lastly, I received an alert message in my Adsense account asking to minimize the size of the HTML resource of my blog. They also gave a link of one the best performing page from my site as an example.

How did I get out of that problem?

After receiving the alert from the Adsense team, I was confirmed that the traffic drop in my site was due to page size. I followed some tasks in order to get out of the situation.

1. I deleted some comments which do not sound good or do not have any value.

2. I wiped out unusual div classes and sections from the comment part. For instance, if you use several div classes e.g comment header class, comment meta class, comment author class for the design purpose, you are nothing but creating a huge number of HTML resource for the page. Suppose, you’re using this code in your comment section:

<div class="comment-header">

<div class="comment-author-image">

<div class="comment-author"

</div>

</div>

</div>

<div class="comment-meta">

</div>

Here you should avoid the inner sections of the comment-header section. Because, those extra words (11 words) will be repeated 200 times if you have 200 comments at you blog. As a result your page will contain extra 200 x 11 = 2200 words as HTML resource which is much more than your content body has. It is recommended to remove those inner classes and design simply.

3. Installed W3TC (you should do it with caution as it may break up your site if configured improperly. Do not enable Database cache), configured it according to my need. I enabled the Minify option, activated comment removals, white space removals, line break removal options for HTML and CSS. Also enabled the Browser cache to set expire headers, HTTP compression etc.

4. Applied CSS sprite tricks to combine too many HTTP requests for the static CSS image sources.

5. I do host images at a subdomain for my WordPress blog for a better performance. I followed some tricks to optimized the images served from the subdomain.

As a result, my weighty pages became lighter, started performing great in Google Page Speed tool. According to the Google Page Speed tool, the score is about 92-93/100 for my pages.

Conclusion

Comment is an important part of your blog. It involves readers in conversations and asking for a solution of their problem. Again, relevant comments also help a bit in search engine ranking as well. But if the number of comments in a post exceeds hundred, you should close the comment for that post. Otherwise you’ll be a victim of high HTML resource issue.

8 Sureshot Benefits Of Blog Commenting

Blog Commenting

In this blogosphere thousands of new blogs are evolving everyday. It is obvious that there will be heavy competition between the bloggers who work hard to achieve good ranking to their blog. There are several ways to achieve a good ranking on the web. One of the interesting and proven way is Blog Commenting.

What Exactly Is Blog Commenting?

Blog commenting is a method of creating an identity by leaving relevant comments on the published posts of other blogs.

There are many advantages of blog commenting on other blogs. To mention, the main benefits are as follows:

1. Gain Identity

It is an initial step of growing a network of friends and followers. By leaving the details like Name, Email and URL, the fellow commenter as well as the blog admin will definitely have a look aty your blog.

You just need to drop a comment that is relevant to the blog post content. Never comment like ‘Thanks for the share, Great info, Thanks for the useful post it helped me a lot, awesome post, etc..’

Do not use abusive language or any informal words that hurt or insult the other commentators. This will spoil your reputation. Instead you can criticize with negative comments.

2. Raise In Traffic

Leaving a comment by submitting your blog in the URL field will get a backlink to your blog. It doesn’t matter whether it is a do-follow or no-follow, people are likely to check out your blog. The more visits you gain, the more traffic raise to your blog.

3. Improves Bonding

Comment section is the best place to increase healthy interaction between the blog admin and the other readers of that particular blog. Frequent interaction results in forming a rigid bond between them. This is very essential for growing and maintains a responsive network in the online world.

4. Improves Writing Skills

By frequent commenting you will get the ability to improve your writing skills by your own. In addition to that proficiency in English grammar will also increase. Writing lengthy comments will surely make you highlight from rest of the commentators.

5. Expands Your Knowledge

If you are ready to write a comment on any blog post, firstly you should need to read that particular post. Everyone must accept that reading makes our knowledge widen.

6. Growth of Following in Social Media

We often observe most of the blogs use CommentLuv plugin, KeywordLuv  plugin and some even uses social commenting integration support to the comment system. By commenting on those kind of sites, we can project our social network profiles too and grow some handsome subscribers.

7. Earn by Comment Services

Do you have good skills in commenting? Then you fill your pockets with some bucks. Yeah, what you heard is a fact. There are several companies which offer commenting services. They are ready to pay in monthly basis or pay per comment basis.

8. Link Building

And here comes the most interesting part. Whenever you leave a comment with your blog URL, a backlink points out to your blog. If the link is do-follow you are damn lucky. You will have the maximum chances of getting a good PageRank.

Conclusion

Blog commenting not only helps in gaining the above mentioned advantages but also helps in knowing what exactly is going on in the web world.

Last but not the least – ‘Blog commenting is an art, try it and do it but never spam it’.

Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Comments On Your Blog – Success Prospective

Usually we see a lot of websites with over 300 comments on each article they post. Did you ever observe why so many people are leaving comments on their blogs? Well, there are many reasons to stay active in a blog or forum via comments or replies. People usually search many different ways of getting popular via comments in popular blogs. They don’t care if the community which they are leaving comments are giving them back-links or not, but they do care about popularity and trust which is good for your site reputation.

Picture Credit: zwani.com
Picture Credit: zwani.com

When someone is leaving a comment on your website, you have to check whats the motto behind it. Majority of people comment on other sites to gain back-links via comment luv or comment URL section. They don’t give a damn about your content, or about your writing skills. All they want is to gain some back-links  and they are completely shameless about it. How can I say this? Well, ask yourself! How many people have commented genuinely on your websites? How many of them have not mentioned their website address in the comment URL section? I know these questions are pretty hard to answer. But its okay, we all pass through the similar situation everyday.

So why you shouldn’t worry about comments on your blog? The answer is pretty simple. People who comment in your website are basically looking for return of investment. May it be the Popularity, Show Off, Money, Leads, Selling services, or any other. No matter how good the comment is, it still doesn’t give you any benefit for approving it. You should stop bothering about zero comments in your blog posts, and start writing some awesome content. As content and readability are the most important aspects of any website to gain popularity, you should focus more on getting quality content and loyal visitors who expect nothing but your content.

So Why People are Commenting on Other Blogs?

If you start focusing on making rich content, you can earn a lot of money via monetization, selling services and gaining popularity at the same time. You should reply and take action on only those comments which are genuinely seeking your help on a particular product or review. These people will be loyal to your websites, and will surely generate some leads to your website in future. Other Internet marketers and blog owners who comment on your websites for back-links doesn’t add any value to your website. These people want only back-link as I mentioned above. Usually there are 5 types of people who leave comments on your websites/blogs.

Type 1: Bloggers/Internet Marketers/Web Masters

Majority of these people spam or enter a comment in your blog for a back-link. They are completely shameless about providing spam links in their comments for back-links. They always leave their website links in comments, forums and every where on internet to gain a back-link.

Credit: SEOSiren.com
Credit: SEOSiren.com

Type 2: Bloggers/Internet Marketers/Web Masters

These people are genuinely seeking your help on a particular service or product your have mentioned in your blog. Help these people with your through knowledge on the subject, and gain their trust. They just leave their website links in the optional comment URL section, and never spam in comments or replies.

Type 3: Bloggers/Internet Marketers/Web Masters

These people never spam in forums, blogs to gain popularity or back-links. They just leave their valuable suggestions via comments and present their amazing skills towards the product you review. They don’t care if the community is closed or open, or if it gives a back-link or not. They are just some loyal webmaster, bloggers who respect your content, contribution and website.

Type 4: Readers/Buyers/Ad Clickers

These people are your website readers, who consider your suggestion on buying a product. These people leave comments only about that particular topic, and gain more knowledge via other comments. Sometimes these people click on your ads or donate some money as a token of appreciation.

Type 5: Guests/Visitors/Unknown

These people are pseudo commentators, who leave bad or abusive comments in your website. Either they just hate your site, or being jealous with your content and knowledge. Usually these people send some automated messages, comments to your site for negative publicity.

These are the top 5 types of commentators in Internet world. You don’t need someones comment to keep writing. Do you? No right? So keep yourself cool, and focus on producing more valuable content to people. Comments will automatically follow your website once it is popular. I hope this article has helped you in understanding why comments are not that important for a blog to succeed. Please leave your valuable comment on this article, and show your type level in this blog.

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.

Tips To Get Free Traffic From Blog Commenting

Interested in getting free traffic for your blog? And one that doesn’t need much effort either? Well, you can through blog commenting. You know, when you visit another blog and leave your comments instead of being a silent reader. You can drive traffic to your blog by branding your comments.

Benefits of Blog Commenting

There are quite a few benefits to commenting on blogs, of which some of them are:

  • Building relationshipsin the Blogging community
  • Let others know of your existence and expertise
  • Create quality backlinks to your blog
  • Of course, increase your blog’s traffic

With so many comments out there, I’m sure you sometimes wonder just how to attract attention to your comments. Here are some questions that you may want to ask.

Does The Blog Have CommentLuv Plugin?

blog comments trafficI like it when I see a CommentLuv plugin on the blogs that I am about to comment. It does encourage me to comment. I’m sure many of you would agree too.

What this plugin does is to place a link of the commenter’s latest blog post at the end of their comment. This way, other readers and commenters are able to view the title of my latest post and if they are interested, can just hop over. Great to get some free traffic to my website!

Do You Have An Avatar?

An avatar is your image that tags along on your comments on posts and forums, together with your name. It is easily created. Check out Gravatar.

Would be great if you do create one. Sure will come in handy especially when you are not among the first few commentators or when there are a whole bunch of other comments too. It definitely makes your comment stand out and be more visible to other readers. This will get you some good traffic for sure!

Although recommended, you don’t have to put your picture. You can upload an image of your pet or an animation or just about anything else you fancy. Nothing rude or offensive though please.

Are You Adding Value?

Is what you have to say, meaningful? Or does it even make sense? Is it of value to the other readers of the blog?
Too often, commenters make general comments that seemed to fit in almost any blog they go to. It’s like the ultimate go-to comment that you use on every single blog you visit. It gives the impression that you are trying to blog-hopto as many blogs as possible in the shortest time… without really reading the posts. That’s akin to being a fake. And you know what? You are sounding like a spammer too.

Try to come up with something informative, witty or funny. Alternatively, you could also provide your insights and recommendations. Good advices are always appreciated. If you can’t or don’t have the inspirations at that moment, you could even comment on other comments.

Is Your Comment Related To The Topic?

Even though you desperately wanted to talk about something else, the comments section is not the right place to do so. Not only will you sound irrelevant, you may end up irritating some people.

So, read the blog posts (and not just the post title only) to understand what the author is trying to say before you comment. And make sure that it is relevant.

Now, if you have an entirely different experience on the topic, won’t that be a great idea for a new post? You can place a link on your comments to let others know where to find your post.

Are You Nice?

Being nice doesn’t mean that you have to always agree with the author. You can disagree but be polite in delivering your thoughts. Respect the author and other readers and you will find that you will get respected too. I’m sure many will be interested to know more about you if you display a good character.


Commenting on blogs definitely bring you lots of benefits. When properly done, this will get you a lot of free traffic to your own website or blog. I do hope that you find the above tips useful in improving your blog’s traffic, just like how I did for mine – 100Webhosting.com. You can’t just comment normally, you can use some tips to become a Hero on Blog Commenting.

6 Reasons Why No One Comments on Your Blog

Blog CommentsWe know that comments are the thing that validates a blog’s existence. Comments allows us to see what other people think about our posts, inspires new ideas and, above all, it does not make us feel like an idiot talking to our self. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to build an audience that cares enough to speak up. Is your blog struggling to get responses from readers? Then you may be committing one or more mistakes listed below.

1. You are not responding to comments

You come into the room, make your little speech, and leave the building. No one wants to talk to a wall (except in Facebook). Commentators will expect reply for their comments and if they don’t get that they will not be interested in commenting on your blog. The blog conversations are not meant to be one sided, if we are not willing to use our own comment section why our readers would? Don’t hesitate to interact with your readers. Your blog’s comment section is where the relation between you and your readers begins. Replying to comments may consume some of your time, but it is well worth it.

2. You make it too difficult to comment

Make your comment section an easy place to access and hang out. A combination of Akismet and GASP plugin prevents spam to almost 100% then why we need to add captcha’s and puzzles? We can’t expect readers to stay in our blog solving puzzles whole day, so adding captcha’s will pull back them from commenting. Comment implementations like Disqus and Intense Debate may help you to manage comments efficiently but at the same time it can also set a barrier to comment. Even too many options are confusing and prevent people from commenting. Do you want readers to login to comment on your blog? If you really like the idea of having a login system, host a forum!

3. You don’t network with other bloggers

People who blog themselves will be much more likely to comment than those who don’t. Reach out to other bloggers by commenting on their blog and linking to their posts on your blog. Treat people like you wanted to be treated, so be generous with your own comments on others blogs. When the blog owner sees you contribute a relevant comment, then they’ll be happier to leave you a comment on your blog in return. It’s the concept of “give and take”.

4. You are not rewarding commentators

Let’s accept the fact — many blog commenters are self-serving and looking for links back to their own blog. There is nothing wrong in that because they are spending their valuable time for dropping a comment in our blog. As the blog owner it is our duty to reward them for their time. If you give them what they want, then they’ll be happier to leave a comment. CommentLuv is a fantastic plugin which helps commenters get more out of their commenting experience. It includes the commenters’ last blog post link at the end of their comments, which is an “incentive” that encourages your readers to leave their comments. You have to give special recognition to your top commentators and Top commentators plugin make it easy.

5. Readers do not comment because there is no comments

It isn’t fun to go to a party with no people at it. We feel more comfortable getting to the party after a few people are there. The same is true for your blog also. Our world is populated in such a way that there are more followers than leaders. Most people want to become followers rather than leaders. It’s easier to add a comment when somebody else has been there. The first comment is the hardest one to get, but there is an easy way to get it – simply do it yourself 😉  Get a cute name, gravatar and leave the first comment yourself.

 6. You don’t ask for it

If you want readers to speak up, ask them a question or two at the end of your post. If your post is so complete, readers may not know what to say except ‘good job’. So instead of commenting they read and move on. Don’t close a post such that your readers will be in confusion whether you want them to comment. You can ask a simple and related question at the end of the post, and ask your readers to share their thoughts.

As you can see, there are a lot of different reasons that people might not be leaving comments on your blog. Comments play a huge role in the structure of a blog, and if your blog has no discussions going on, you have to realize that something is wrong with your blog. Experiment different things and find out what works best for you.

What techniques do you use to encourage your readers to comment? Let’s chat about them in comments.

This article is written by Rojish Roy. He is a 21 year old blogger who loves to write about blogging tips, affiliate marketing, SEO and his favorite CMS – WordPress.