5 Ways to Get More Comments on Your Blog

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Jennine asked the question “if no one comments on your blog, is it really a blog?” earlier this week, and my simple answer to that question is “no.” Leaving aside blogs that don't allow comments (which I used to somewhat understand, but now I don't), if you write and write for years and still aren't getting any comments, you might be doing it wrong. It's not only about quality content either, you may have great pictures and compelling posts, but don't have the tools in place to encourage discussion and engagement on your blog. Just thinking about your community and making it easier for readers to comment can make all the difference.

Up until the the last couple of years, my blog posts never got a lot of comments consistently. A few posts here and there got some, but mostly, I was discouraged with how few comments I would get; I knew my readers were relatively engaged with my site in other ways, but I really wanted to see more discussion on my site. So I started doing a few simple things to try and increase comments and since then I rarely have a post that doesn't get a few.

Here's what has worked for me:*

Ask for Comments!

I don't mean exactly in that way, but at the end of every post I make an effort to ask a question that can encourage discussion. My posts are always very personal anyway, so it's not hard to ask my readers to share their stories, favorite finds, or what they're looking for, but I'm surprised at how such a simple thing has made a difference in numbers of comments. Even if you think your question is silly, ask it anyway – make your readers feel like they are important to the discussion and have something to add. Blogging is about sharing your passion with others; make sure they can share theirs with you too. And don't forget to respond!!

Make it easy

Make it as easy as possible for your readers to leave a comment: automatically approve their comments after so many approved comments, use Akismet for spam if you're on WordPress, use Comment Luv so bloggers will get a link back to their own blog…these are all tools that will significantly increase engagement if you use them. Disqus is also a good tool for comments. It's important to think about your comments section, not just ignore it and leave it at the default, or whatever “came with” your blog. The easier it is for your readers to leave comments, the more they will want to engage with you and other readers.

Have a strict comment policy in place

I have a very strict comment policy on my blogs: all comments are moderated and I always approve comments that disagree with me, but any comment that contains a link back to a commenters blog is automatically marked as spam. Okay, so I'm not always that harsh, if the comment is actually relevant, and adds to the discussion, then I edit out the link and approve the comment (I use the Comment Luv plugin, so it automatically links back to the commenters blog if they have one), but as a rule, I mark those comments as spam. I also don't approve simple comments like “love your outfit” or obvious “follow-my-blog” fishing comments unless they're from regular commenters. Those comments do nothing to nurture community or increase engagement on your blog, all they do is serve to keep comment counts up artificially for stats purposes. Too many “fishing” comments has the opposite affect on engagement – they in fact discourage real discussion because who wants their thoughtful comment to get lost in a sea of “nice outfit, follow my blog XOXO” comments?

Encourage other ways to Communicate

Make it really easy for readers to contact you via other means, like email, twitter or Facebook in case they don't want to leave a comment – this may sound strange, but I get a lot of emails from readers who prefer to interact that way in the beginning, then after some time, they start leaving comments on blog posts. Making them feel like they are a part of your community however they feel comfortable is an important first step.

Comment on other blogs

I don't do this nearly enough, but I know that when I do comment on other blogs, engagement on my own blog usually increases. If you think about how much comments mean to you, it's easy to see why commenting on other blogs is so important; it's such a meaningful step towards building trust and community among all bloggers, and in turn, on your own blog.

*just to be clear, I'm not talking about aiming for 100+ comments per post, I'm talking about a reasonable number of high-quality, relevant comments from readers who are truly engaged with your site. The numbers here don't matter – at least they shouldn't matter – the quality of the comments does. One thoughtful comment is worth 1,000 “luv your outfit, pls. follow my blog” comments in my opinion; aim for quality and quality will follow.

Have you increased comments on your blog? How have you done it?

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  1. Ally

    Good tips! I don’t use Comment Luv, but I don’t have an issue with people linking back to their blogs if it’s a throughtful comment. Actually, I only visit blogs that leave thoughtful comments. It’s really not that hard and I want fans who are actually engaged with my content rather than readers who just want views. Back when my blog was brand new I was getting around 30 comments per post but none were very throughtful. Now I get about 10 and many are very thoughtful! I suppose what I’m saying is while I want comments, I prefer quality over quantity.

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    • Nadya Helena

      I also have no problems with people linking back to their blogs AS LONG AS they leave thoughtful comments. After all, it’s an extra incentive to make people want to comment on your blog anyway, IMO.
      Leaving “follow me” comments are also a big no no for me and my blog as well. If someone leaves a comment like that, then most likely I will not follow and I will not even bother looking at their blogs. I also apply the same rule for IFB messages. If you ask for a follow most likely I will not do it.

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    • Michelle

      I end up editing comments that are Link Heavy. I guess from certain people who I know are just commenting to leave their infomation.

      I have two bloggers do this. One she would come on my blog not speak about the post and then say. Come visit my blog, I posted something new today. *insert link s*

      Then I had another who left a ton of links only to say “thanks for leaving a comment” on all of my post!!! It got really annoying after awhile.

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  2. A Style of Your Own

    I could definitely comment on other blogs more. It’s something I’ve challenged myself to do more lately. Thanks for the tips! I would love to create more of a community of my blog πŸ™‚

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  3. Call me M

    Check to all 5. And I totally agree with no.3. I do this too! I ask them not to put an extra link in their comment text (which they always do anyway), but I have Comment Luv enabled, and of course they can use the website box for this purpose. I always edit out the extra links, as per my blog’s policies.
    These are all really great tips. And I also agree about quality vs. quantity comments.

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  4. Daura

    Thanks for the tips. The only way I have ever gotten comments on my blog (unless it was on those couple of highly ranked pages I have) is by commenting on other blogs. This can be frustrating because the comments I get in return are there simply there to return the favor. No interesting discussion takes place, but I guess this is because I tend to post about fashion photography instead of opening up controversial topics and whatnot.

    In my next post I will aim to bring up a discussion worth having. Thanks again.

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  5. Taila

    Great suggestions! I am going to look into Comment Luv and update my comment section this weekend :)! I realized once I began commenting on other blogs , the comments increased on my blog. . . you have to give conversation to get it in return. πŸ™‚

    Taila -www.hautehemisphere.com

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  6. Corinne Alexandra

    These are really great tips! I think the part I struggle with is that the type of content I post doesn’t really facilitate discussion. I’m not really a fashion blogger; more of a lifestyle blogger / artist. I post a lot of my work and processes, but I’m not really sure how to make it more engaging other than “Look at my stuff and tell me how much you like it!”

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    • Grechen Reiter

      you could ask readers to share they processes – or ask them about their work…everyone LOVES to talk about themselves, sometimes they just need a little prodding. and showing to your readers that you’re ready to listen really opens everything up!

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  7. Kathleen Lisson

    I find that a photo of me draws more comments than a tutorial or instructional post, but the tutorials bring more traffic to the site. My blog is about hats and targeted toward a specific type of woman, so I find new blogs to comment on by visiting bloggers that comment on some of my favorite blogs. There are no other hat blogs out there, but there are plenty of blogs by women who attend polo matches and horse racing.

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    • Bike Pretty

      I have found the same thing to be true:
      Photos of my personal style garner the most comments, while my shopping guides pull in the most traffic.
      So it’s important to have a balance of these content categories.

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  8. AJ Wears Clothes

    I definitely feel if you want more engagement, you need to be more engaging. I often gauge how well a post did based not only on how many comments I got, but what kind of comments. I tell people little stories with my outfits, and I love when people reply with their own stories and experiences. If I have a low engaging post, it’s usually one where I didn’t do a funny story or say something helpful, I just posted and went on with my day.

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  9. laura redburn

    i definitely agree that some people seem to comment PURELY so they can put a link to their blog, and leave a comment that adds nothing or sometimes even has no real relevance to what you’ve said. i just started using commentluv on my blog, so i’m hoping that cuts down on people adding a million links. that’s a really good idea about editing out the links though! i’ll definitely be using that. do you need to mention that in a policy or disclaimer anywhere, or can you just do it when moderating?

    i also agree that asking questions in your posts is a fantastic idea, it encourages readers to engage because it feels more personal to them, rather than all about you.

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    • Grechen Reiter

      i actually don’t have a formal policy in place with regard to comments, i usually just edit links out, but it’s on my list to do on my next maintenance day πŸ™‚
      i do think it’s important to have a stated policy so your readers know up front…

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  10. Josie

    Agree with all except I don’t mind people leaving their link in comments unless they are being spammy and obviously just commenting to try to get you to follow them. Otherwise, if it’s a thoughtful comment with a link I have no problem with it.

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  11. Rebeca MuΓ±oz LΓ³pez

    Is a interesting article! The comments are very important in a blog, thanks for share.

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  12. Alyssa

    You bring up good points with the comment moderation. I’ve never really moderated my comments besides deleting the silly “follow me back” ones, but thank you for sharing this as it will allow me some guidelines for installing a stricter commenting policy.

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  13. Eat.Style.Play

    My friends and I were having this conversation the other day. She stated if the “entire outfit is posted on IG” then i dont bother logging on to the blog. We all all sort of agreed if you’re going to link your blog post or mention to go to your blog then you have to tease the readers. Instead of showing the entire outfit, show just maybe the shorts, or the shoes, or a detailed shot saying, if you want more info check the blog post out. You have to let your readers want more info which should be directed to the blog. I agree and I think a lot of people who do this still get a ton of comments on their blog. I very rarely get people on twitter to comment on the post. Because they are already on the blog at the point to see what the post is about and they leave their comments there. But I also know that people leave comments because I take time to comment on blogs myself. I do maybe 30 mins or and hour every couple of days and most of the time I’m on the hunt for newer blogs to show support, and my normal favorites.

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  14. Fashion Studio

    Great tips. I have to start commenting on other blogs and ask my readers a question at the end of each article! I will definitely try that. Eva

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  15. Melinda's Musings

    Thanks so much for this post, this has been something that I’ve been working on lately. I’ve been trying to be better at commenting on other blogs and engaging in other social media outlets (i.e. I just discovered how interactive and inspiring Twitter can be!) I also started asking questions at the end of my posts as well to get reader’s opinions. I think the blog comment form on blogger is pretty uninviting so I also was thinking of switching to Disquss. I’ve been seeing a lot of mentions for Comment Luv lately too though – anyone here have a preference?

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  16. Becca

    Here’s the thing; what’s the real measure of engagement? Is it quid pro quo in a world or widgets or something deeper? If an angel investor is looking at your site they sure as shit aren’t looking at shallow commentary or FMFMB. Plus not all posts that add value require comments. Some are just “here’s the facts” mam that add silent value. (And they can install Google analytics if they’re truly interested)

    Think about the audience that will eventually be on the internet, not for the quick win of today.

    (Total non sequitor, I’m listening to the Gatsby soundtrack on NPR — OMG Florence Welch– and enjoying a vodka tonic, just sayin).

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  17. Abby

    As a South African based blog I find very few locals actually comment on blogs unless they are fellow bloggers and most international commentators are just leaving their link. Even if you go onto top sites such as The Blonde Salad 90% of comments are left with links so as to promote their sites. For this reason as long as I see the stats and how long people hang around on my site I am happy with one or two comments because comments have mostly lost their value when it comes to engagement.

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  18. Juliana Bui

    This post has really helped me because seeing even one new comment makes me so happy, so I’m always looking for ways to get more. Is leaving your blog link in the comment a bad thing?

    – Juliana

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  19. Craft Guerrilla

    Lovely article about blogging and how we easily forget to include readers in the story! I’m guilty as charged!!! It’s nice to write but also just as nice to get feedback, initiate a debate and so forth. I always try but after reading this I can see why I haven’t achieved the results I was after. Great tips & advice! Thanks!!!

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  20. Catherine Summers

    I’m really surprised that so many people don’t like a link to someone’s blog left in a comment – I find it extremely frustrating on my blog when a link ISN’T left (I can’t understand why they wouldn’t want me to visit their blog and easily find them)! If the commenter has left a really great comment that is engaging and makes me want to visit their blog, a link to it is the quickest and easiest way* to get there for me to start a relationship. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to get to their blog via the link on their name that takes you to a confusing Google+ page (they’re the worst for trying to find a blog URL), or a Google profile that lists about four blogs they write and I don’t know which one to go to.

    Agreed – if it’s a generic “love your outfit” or “wanna follow each other” then yes, I ignore them – but when I leave comments I try to be as engaging as possible and leave a thoughtful and observant comment. Is it wrong to give an easy-to-use link back to my blog so they can choose to come and interact with me if they so wish? I simply add the link at the end – I certainly don’t do follow-for-follows.

    Catherine x

    *I use Blogger and it doesn’t give you the option to add a blog URL when leaving a comment that will link against your name. I leave a link when leaving a comment on sites hosted by Blogger, otherwise no, an extra link isn’t needed πŸ™‚

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    • Grechen

      Perhaps I should have qualified – if there’s no other way to link to your blog in a comment other than including a link, then it’s ok to have a link in a comment. If there Is however (comment luv or disqus for example) then leaving a link to your blog in the body of the comment is spammy in my opinion.

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      • Catherine Summers

        In that case I think we’re definitely on the same wavelength, Grechen! Funnily enough I think IFB comments are a great example of a time to leave a link – my blog name isn’t displayed, and the link on my name doesn’t lead back to my blog – just my IFB profile. I often give up if I have to do too much “investigation” to find someone’s blog… which is a shame!

        Do I now dare to leave a link, hehe…

        nope I’m a chicken πŸ˜‰

      • Grechen Reiter

        haha catherine! i should qualify again – it’s not spammy if there’s no other way for someone to reach your blog other than to leave a link in the comment – only if there is another way. in my opinion anyway πŸ˜‰ so here on IFB, it’s appropriate to leave a link i guess, although i wish it was different. i just think it’s cleaner, you know?

  21. Mary

    I’ve found that running competitions on my blog (and getting people to comment to enter) helps people to start commenting, and then they seem to keep on commenting afterwards. I make a point of not running too many competitions, but it’s a good way of breaking the silence πŸ™‚

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  22. Veronika

    Thank you for your tips, they’ve been really helpful as long as I was thinking about this for the past few days.

    I’m living in Russia and it seems for me that it’s so much harder to encourage russian readers on comments because we’re kind of closer or more timid, though may be that’s just me, who doesn’t do enough to make people comment?

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  23. Alison Cosier

    Hello there, I have just joined IFB and am really enjoying reading all the useful tips on blogging, this one in particular. I agree that engaging with your audience is paramount, without that you have no way of gauging whether your content is valuable to anyone. I have learnt from this to comment more when I read a good article to show appreciation, also that I need to encourage more comments on my own blog and get more engaged with my readers, many thanks!

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  24. June

    I’m afraid to ask questions at the end of my posts, because if noone answers it’s kinda embarrassing. :/

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    • Grechen Reiter

      no…that happens to me still. keep trying!! someone will answer πŸ™‚

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  25. Julz

    Hope I can build a community of thoughtful sharing fashion lovers like myself. But seems I need more engagement to my writing or something. Sometimes I cant tell if they are legitiment if you know what I mean. Thanks for the advice though!

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  26. CrissyM

    Thank you for sharing a post like this.

    When I do post something I see the views & likes and few comments on select posts but most of the time I notice the blank comment box. πŸ™

    After reading your post I will definitely be more thoughtful of my readers to not just visit my blog but to make them feel comfortable enough to leave comments after reading as well as comfortable enough to engage with one another on Facebook too.

    Have an enjoyable weekend!

    CrissyM
    GRAFFITI MIMOSA (formerly City Muse)

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  27. Bethany

    I think I’ve left very thought provoking posts, and just started out. I don’t always leave questions. When would you say that the “time limit” for no comments would be before you quit your blog or decided something was wrong vs. just beginning. Weeks? Months? When should you see improvement in your blog?

    I just started out and I’m getting better, but I’m just curious about what guidelines there are for how long before a blogger should know they’re doing something wrong. I also would like to see an article about encouragements for beginners, because it’s easy to be frustrated when you don’t feel your voice is heard.

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    • Grechen Reiter

      i don’t think there’s a “time limit” to not having any comments on your blog – i didn’t have comments for years, although i could measure engagement in other ways (affiliate sales, ad sales, emails, etc). if you don’t have a lot of comments, but you have engagement via social media, or other methods, then it should be just a matter of trying to implement a few of the things i mentioned to get more comments on your blog. or maybe your readers just prefer to stay on facebook/twitter/pinterest.

      and i certainly don’t think you should quit if you don’t have any comments – but you’re right, that’s something that should be addressed in a different article!!

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  28. Alexis

    These are such useful tips, thanks so much! But I need to get more views first before working towards comments.. I don’t know why I’m finding it so hard to get viewers!

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  29. Winston & Willow

    I really love this post, especially when you talk about quality comments. I really hate it when someone comments on my blog with something like “cute outfit, want to follow each other?” because you know they are just after followers and not looking at building actual blogging relationships.

    I also have found that on some blogs it is really hard to find where to actually leave a comment and sometimes I just give up because it’s too hard to find! I think comments would be increased on these sites if they made the “leave a comment” clearly visible.

    One last thing! I know a lot of bloggers out there use captcha to stop spam but I really hate it and makes the whole process of leaving a comment that much harder if you know you’re going to spend the next 5 minutes trying to figure out what the letters and numbers say. There are that many plugins that work even better than these (such as Askimet etc) which don’t require captcha.

    Charlotte
    http://www.winstonandwillow

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  30. Alexandra Merritt

    i don’t mind people leaving their link on my comments it makes it easier for me to check out their blog which i like to do although i don’t like people asking for follows or follow me and i will follow you comments.
    i love exploring others blogs but i definitely believe in following and commenting the blogs and posts you actually like rather than following a blog to get a follow
    xx

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  31. Leif

    It seems silly to not comment on this particular post! haha. Great info! I’m new to blogging and I’m trying to learn all the ins and outs. Such a simple idea to leave your posts open ended with a question to spice up discussion..people have the urge to respond naturally! Thanks…my next post will stealthily be asking for comments and I have a feeling they will be left! I’ll make sure I’m wearing a nice outfit as well! πŸ™‚

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  32. Astrid Mueller

    Ok I shouldn’t be writing because it’s 2:50 am, but this discussion has me mesmerized, and I’m bursting with 2 inputs!

    One: in the bridal industry (which is where I come from with my design business AstridMueller.com, before I started working on my jewelry line) there’s quite a collaborative spirit going around sometimes. Someone (the name eludes me since it’s 3:07 am now) formed a group where business owners help each other promote their business and blogs by commenting on each other’s blogs/ twitter/facebook regularly. A friendship circle with like-minded ladies who share similar goals. Kind of like coffee-networking – having fun, but also helping each other. Everyone ends up with comments on their platforms, plus real friendships can form. Then the whole pressure of needing comments can become secondary, you just have a bit of fun engaging with your group, and if you get more comments, great, if not, at least your blog isn’t empty when others come by and look at it. And then we can focus on other important things in our business πŸ™‚ This seems like a great concept for bloggers who seek more engagement (raising my hand!!!) – anyone interested in starting such a coffee friendship circle? Come peek at my blog, if you like it, email me! > Astrid(at)AstridMueller.com

    My second comment to everyone: straightforward opinion – I really *hate* it when I see a great blog post and then I cannot leave the comment with my blog url as signature. You know, those blogs where you can only choose from blogger / google / etc. I like to be able to choose with what brand I’m presenting myself – what if I’m leaving a comment on an fashion boutique owner’s blog – then maybe I’d like to leave my jewelry design website URL. If it’s a blog about design I’d probably prefer my design business website as URL. Some blogs don’t let you choose. I’ve often left, frustrated, and didn’t leave my comment because it was too cumbersome, or not in my best interest to write something under my (only privately used) google account. I understand that spamming can be annoying, but blocking off options to leave a URL can also keep out people who genuinely care.

    Sorry, long comment. 3:05 am. haha. (DUH Astrid)

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  33. Dominique

    Loving all the tips coming from the comments (and ofcourse the post!) any suggestions on plugins to manage spam comments?

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  34. Adela

    Commenting on other blogs definitely helps. My number of comments is slowly growing and it’s mostly quality but I get the occasional follow for follow.. Asking questions is definitely good πŸ™‚
    Adela x

    Misspinkstyle.net

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  35. Erin @ Loop Looks

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make it so I don’t have to have a Google Account or an Open ID to comment! That is one my biggest pet peeves since my Google Account is linked to an old Blogger blog and the Open ID link doesn’t take you back to my actual blog.

    Also, I find it hilarious that to comment on this post I have to enter a Captcha Code. Is that irony?

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  36. Manuela

    I try to be quite tolerant with the linking back, because I think if we take, we should give back in some form! I never had a blank “fallow me back” comment so far, but is the only comment I will not tolerate.

    My biggest problem is the time πŸ™ When we have to manage a business & mange a blog next to it, is quite hard to find the time to visit other blogs. So, similar to you, I find that I am not visiting other blogs often enough, I limit myself for now to visit back bloggers that somehow found me & comment me, because I like to be grateful! But, I made a resolution to create time for visiting & comment on fellow bloggers I find interesting and do not know me yet πŸ™‚

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  37. Robin Avidor

    Yes, yes, yes! We all seem to share the same issuses. As a community I want to support all of us. So I promise to check out your blogs, 1/2 hr per night and leave meaningful comments! Anyone else want to make the same promise?

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  38. Amanda Marzolini

    HI, i’m an italian blogger, and i really needed to say my opinion here,
    obviously the post is useful and the advices are good! yes, but i want underline,
    than in italy for exemple, the main part of comments on other blogs are “WOW! GREAT LOOK! FOLLOW EACHOTHER” and spammers doesn’t even read the post, don’t look at the pics, don’t look at the outfit informations, this is the truth in italy…so really i do prefer to have 5, 8 comments per day that 100 unusual too breve comments. In my country is too easy the system “COMMENTS FOR COMMENTS” especially for beginner bloggers, and since my post take hours and hours, i don’t want to waist my time to comment 100 other blogs, just 5, 10, per day, and i don’ think i have to comment so much, because i do prefer to care my contents, because i know that the community of blog readers is made not only by blogger, but common people,

    me too i have many readers that prefer email me on facebook or email,
    maybe others bloggers thinks my blog miss comments, but
    i do prefer a quality community than a spam community,
    in italy you can find the WORST blog with 60 , 70 comments
    but it’s just about spam….

    some great blogs have 100 comments , some great blogs have 2,
    but the value is the same πŸ˜‰

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  39. Brooke

    Thank you for this post. Lack of comments is something that really gets to me. I often get a lot of conversation and comments on my Facebook fan page when I post about a new blog post, but people rarely comment on my actual blog. Its so disappointing because the facebook comment thread just gets lost in the timeline but the blog post is there forever.

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  40. Dale Janee

    I find these tips really helpful and I noticed people are more likely to comment when you don’t require email/name/etc which is on blogger but I don’t think wordpress has a plugin like that. Commenting on other blogs definitely helps.

    Nice tips!
    -Dale

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  41. Roubalita

    I first started a tech related blog on WP & getting comments on a tech focused blog did not matter a lot to me plus WP gave me the ability to answer to my readers and them to see my answer.
    When I started my second more personal fashion related blog, I faced two problems. Firstly i felt i was talking to myself when not getting any comments as a more personal blog needs more engagement with its readers. Secondly, I hated answering to my readers comments and knowing that nobody would come back to see my reply but I kept doing it anyway out of respect to my followers. I always try to ask a question at the end of each post to encourage discussion and have now installed Disqus so that the people commenting can finally get an answer. I still look forward to better engagement however and working on it πŸ™‚

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  42. Roubalita

    PS Commenting on other blogs does bring more comments back

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  43. Michelle

    I know i should definitely comment on other blogs more. I have started asking a question at the end of my blog but that has not seemed to work yet. Should i ask the readers to “comment below” after i ask the question?

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  44. Sarah Jean Ballard

    Well I’m glad that I’m doing everything right at least! Just sad it isn’t working. I don’t get many comments at all… And I almost always ask a question at the end of a post, I use Disqus, had the comment luv plugin till the last update screwed it up, and I do leave comments on other fashion blogs. It would be nice is facebook comments could get sent to the post comments…

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  45. Kim Porter

    I do all of this and I still don’t get as many comments as I was prior to leaving blogger for self-hosted wordpress

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  46. Thea

    This is super helpful. Thank you! I just launched my blog, so tips like this are essential as I get things set up and humming along. I will definitely refer back to this post πŸ™‚

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  47. Faiza Raintree

    Hello Gretchen,

    Thanks for a very useful article. I totally agree with your statement: “Blogging is about sharing your passion with others; make sure they can share theirs with you too.”

    I’m a new blogger, posting ESL activities & worksheets for adult ESL teachers. I absolutely love what I’m doing and put a lot into my posts. (Each post takes me at least 4 hours from start to finish, if not longer.) I do get a lot of visitors, but no comments, which has made it a little bit of a lonely business! However, I must remind myself that I’ve been doing this for all of 6 weeks.

    I had a question about one of your tips: I wanted to try your tip to include my email as an alternate method of communicating, but I’m kind of nervous about having my email on every article for everyone to see (spam, etc.). Did you find this to be a problem?

    Thanks again & good luck!

    Faiza Raintree

    P.S. I love your text/post format, by the way (large font & large, clear subtitles.) FR

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  48. Nova Woodrow

    I am new to blogging and use Blogspot which maybe isn’t as good as WordPress?? It doesn’t seem to have much in the way of customization for the comments section but maybe I need to look again or figure out how to add on other things. As a result of reading this I have added questions to the end of each of my posts – hopefully it will give people a way to interact because they will know what they could say in reply?! I have also started a facebook page – so double thank you for the tips!

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  49. stephanie

    I end a lot of my blogposts with a question, but most people dont react to it. πŸ™
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.blogspot.com)

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  50. Joelle

    I recently starting blogging so i am very thankful for this information! Hope it will help people get to know my blog and i like people’s opinions πŸ™‚

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  51. Don Speranza

    First of all I am a novice blogger and do not have much of a readership but the few people that do subscribe seem to genuinely like it. It seems that most of my readers are reading the blog via the email from Feedburner. Consequently they don’t actually go to the blog and respond to me in the email. Very frustrating. Should I drop the subscription service and and just email people with a link to the blog?

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  52. Ataur Rahman

    Great tips,
    I agree with you. Really helpful for me. More comments means more audience,and otherwise need more struggle for your site.

    Thanks

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  53. Rebecca

    Hi. Thank you for the good tips. I have been reading fashion blogs for a long time and just recently started one of my own. I have noticed that when I comment on other blogs and then leave my site address in the comment I get a lot more traffic. Although when I leave my site address I feel like I am self promoting. I realize that to be successful in blogging (especially fashion blogging) that self promotion is key. But is there etiquette for self promotion in the comments section? I see so many comments on other blogs that have no substance and are just published because the author is trying to get a few more page views. They usually look something like this: “Great post!!! http://www.myblog.com” What are other’s thoughts on this subject?

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