Are you feeling frustrated because you’re not getting comments on your top-notch articles? Is it that your readers are only reading (or rather skimming) your articles? Why do you think your readers are not commenting on blog posts?
Is it that they are not finding it useful? Or is it that they are lazy? Whatever the circumstances are; it’s time to get into the bottom of this thing.
In order to find why your readers are not commenting on blog posts, it’s important to look out for the root causes. In our first phase, we will be finding out reasons on why your readers are not commenting.
The first and foremost thing to get comments on your blog is to have easy (really easy) interface. It’s totally fine till the time you ask your readers to fill up the details such as name, e-mail and final comment but things looks weird when you ask them to fill up CAPTCHA. I know, you don’t like spam comment and neither do I.
But, why are you placing extra burden on shoulders of your readers? Remove CAPTCHA system right away and look for some spam prevention plugins.
Similarly, if you’re using any extra fields in comments section, I would recommend you to remove those.
If you’re writing a long (actually very long ;)) article and throughout the article, you’re just explaining things but not asking any questions to your readers. Now, how on the earth your readers will comment? If you’re not sparking a controversy or query, no one will bother to comment on your blog.
There are bunch of commenting systems available in the market such as Disqus, livefyre and IntenseDebate. However, I’m using an extra layer to the default commenting system which is called CommentLuv. This plugin will surely attract bunch of bloggers to leave comments on your blog posts.
If you’re following same fashion or style to write 100 articles then it is likely to bore your readers. In this case, one of the best solution could be using awesome infographics or high quality YouTube videos. So, don’t be afraid to post useful infographics once in a month.
Since I’ve discussed few key issues of why your readers won’t be commenting on your blog posts, it’s time to see if you’re following few steps that will entice your readers to comment.
If your readers are having any doubts about what you’ve written, you should never ignore them. In fact, this is the golden opportunity to get them engaged. Once they have posted a comment with doubt, do your best to solve it and at end, lure them by asking questions such as “how their blog is doing” or “what’s new on their blog” etc. In addition to this, you can also link to the related article from your blog.
What I’ve observed throughout my blogging experience is if you do something for them, they will definitely return the favor. So, taking that principle on broader scale, if you comment on other blogs, you’ll have two benefits.
First, you’ll expand your network and reach. How? It’s so simple! When you comment on other blogs, they get to know about you and the level of curiosity is so high that most of them tend to visit your blog.
Secondly, they are likely to leave comment on your blog.
Controversial posts are always best suited for sparking discussion. However, you got to be extra careful while choosing topic that will spark controversy. And when it comes to putting your views, be super careful because it may land you in trouble.
Giveaways are one of the best ways of getting comments however the possibility is that they will be restricted to that certain post. Giveaways are mainly aimed at expanding your network through various social channels and giving exposure to your golden blog posts.
There are bunch of bloggers who think that giveaway will only take out money of their pocket and won’t benefit them at all. You’re wrong. If you know where and how to invest your money, you’ll certainly benefit from it.
The recent giveaway from my blog, gave me an awesome boost in terms of number of subscribers, Facebook fan page likes, twitter followers, tweets, google plus ones and so on and so forth.
Here is the screenshot of the activities from that giveaway. I know the giveaway wasn’t that big but it performed up to my expectations because my blog is bit new and gaining readership slowly.
Do I need to make it clear that your final (& probably first) action would be finding reasons? Get up and hunt down the reasons and see which of the techniques can be applied to make it engaging. Most of your problems will be sorted out once you know the reasons and proper techniques that you need to follow. Till then, see you!
Pawan is an enthusiastic blogger who loves writing about his experience in blogging tips, making money online and optimizing the content to make it search engine friendly. You can read his latest article on preventing spam comments at eBloggingHow.