How To Get More Comments On Your Blog Following 10 Simple Ways

by Lee Ka Hoong · 41 comments

This is a guest post by Lee Ka Hoong from MyBlog2Day.

Comments are an important element in a blog, a blog without comments is like a cage without birds, which is not fun at all. Blog comments are important for a blog as readers would share their experiences and opinions regarding your article topic. Therefore, you may be able to learn something new from the comments.

When you visit a blog and see that there are less or no comments on every single post, what will you feel? You might feel that the quality of content is poor and doesn’t attract anymore to leave a comment, and then you’ll leave too. It’s important for us to do something to increase the participation rate in our blog, it adds value to our blog.

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Here are the 10 ways to increase comments on your blog:

1. Simple And Useful Content

When writing a blog post, make it simple and easy to understand. If you write something in too much detail and technical, it definitely pisses off your reader because it’s complicated for them to leave a comment and share their thought.

2. Call To Action

Ask a question at the end of your article. Shoot a question to your readers and ask for their opinions or ask them to answer your question. Again, make the question as simple as you can.

3. Comment On Related Blogs

All of us know that blog commenting is a way to drive traffic, build backlinks and brand. You might know the concept of “you comment and I’ll comment back”. When you leave a comment in a related niche blog, the blog owner may be interested to know who his reader is and what his blog is. This is what I used to do to see who my reader is, I’ll leave a comment if the blog has article that attracts me.

4. Hold Blog Commenting Contest

This is hot and many blogs are holding similar contest on their blog. As what you can see in SmartBloggerz, Sushant held a “Commenting Idol Contest” few months ago and the contest page itself received up to 369 comments. All his following blog post received at least 100 comments each. This is a good way to increase participation rate in your blog, but you have to really control and modify the quality of comments left on the post, it may take your lot of time away.

5. Make Your Blog Dofollow

People love dofollow blog because they can get one way dofollow backlinks for their blog to improve the search engine rankings. In fact, there is no harm to make your blog dofollow as long as you control the quality of outgoing link, just make sure there is no outgoing link to spam site, then it would be safe.

6. CommentLuv WordPress Plugin

CommentLuv is a popular wordpress plugin. When your reader leaves a comment on your blog, then the plugin will track and display the latest blog post of your reader’s blog at the end of his/her comment. Therefore, your reader would receive a backlink to his post plus some traffic through the exposure. It encourages your reader to leave comment.

7. KeywordLuv WordPress Plugin

Nowadays, blog owners are used to modify each comment left on their blog and they ignore commentator who uses keyword in the name field. KeywordLuv allows commentators to get a keyword backlink in their comment in the form – “YourName@YourKeyword”; it improves the search engine ranking for that particular keyword.

8 . Top Commentator WordPress Plugin

It’s widely used by many bloggers on blogosphere, this is a plugin which shows a list of commentators who leave the most comments on the blog, as what you can see in the sidebar of this blog. Usually links in top commentator widgets are dofollow.

9. Build A Community

Build a community in your niche and you could get your readers coming back to leave a comment again and again. Of course, building a community is tough but it’s not an impossible task. You can try to help any bloggers to resolve their problems when they have doubt, you would definitely get the reader to stick with your blog.

10. Reward Your Readers Monthly

You may do it with the list of top commentator. You may reward the top 3 commentators in the list of top commentator some prizes every month, such as cash or banner advertising in your blog. As we know, people love free prizes especially cash.

Wrap Up

There are many ways through which you can increase the participation rate in your blog, these are what I did on my blog and I found them very useful and effective. Quality content is still the main key to make a reader to read the full article and leave comment.

Do you find these ways effective to increase comments? What other method that you use to increase comment on your blog?

[Admin Note: Do check my article – “15 Plugins To Make Your WordPress Comment System Better” for improving the experience of your blog’s commenting system. ]


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Usama October 1, 2010 at 4:37 am

These are great ideas. Especially the ones that can keep the readers to come back time and again like holding a contest.
Thanks.

Alison Graham December 7, 2010 at 3:07 am

Well, judging by how far I had to scroll down to post this comment, your ideas for getting more blog commenters certainly work! Seriously though, useful information as we all know that getting comments is the life-blood of any good blog.

James January 22, 2011 at 1:04 am

I have tried the call to action on my published articles, but not a blog. If I were to pick only 1 plugin for my WP blog to increase comments (maybe SEO as well) which one would you use?

Deborah Ainsworth February 14, 2011 at 4:38 am

You have some really great tips here, which I’m going to implement on my blogs. I especially like the review of the WordPress plugins, as that’s what I’m going to be using for the blogs I’ll be hosting on my domain. Attracting comments has always been a mystery to me, so these tips have really helped. Thanks!

Vanna March 17, 2011 at 8:35 am

I think comments on a blog are great because they help give life to blogs such as your own. You seem to have mastered how to get more comments on your blog so I think we should all give your advice considerable weight. Great post! – Vanna

Rom October 12, 2011 at 11:26 am

I think that was a great move adding this cool pluggins into your site. Comment and Keyword Luv pluggins are awesome and really gives benefits to both site owner and commenter(reader/visitor).

Lyka October 13, 2011 at 10:29 am

I think more people should use that Keywordluv plugin. It certainly makes a difference from not having it as people tend not to contribute as much as you do have it. Its really useful to get backlinks. Feel free to drop by and leave a comment.

Duy November 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Hi Lee 😀

Interesting post man. I agree with you that a blog without comments is not a blog. It’s like a class with only the teacher preaching to nobody lol!

And what you shared with us is very true. There are many ways to encourage visitors to leave a comment. It all comes down to what we have for them and how we moderate the comments.

Thanks for sharing, have a nice day!

Duy.

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