Hey hey to all my aspiring blog friends! 🙂 I’m back today to share some more tips with you that I’ve learned over the past year. Today, we are talking about blog comments and how to get more of them.
Every blogger loves comments! We spend hours on end writing posts to send out to our readers, however few or many there may be, in hopes to inspire someone and maybe even get a shout back from at least one of them. Am I right?? So maybe you have been blogging for awhile and hearing nothing but the cricket chirps out there in the blogosphere. Hey, it’s okay. You’re not alone!
The good news is there are some simple things you can do right now to get more blog comments today!
First of all, let me re-iterate that I’m not a blogging professional, not a web designer (maybe a wanna-be), not a big time blogger by any means… nope. I am just like some of you that decided to take the leap into blogland and sharing what I have learned in the short time I’ve been here.
Let’s take a look at few behind the scene settings on your blog to be sure you are not holding yourself back on getting those beloved comments.
Are you a “no-reply” blogger??
“A what” did she say? When you comment on my blog, I do this silly happy dance around the room, and then I always reply back to you. Always… unless, you are a no-reply blogger. If you are a no-reply blogger, I cannot email you my response to the very much appreciated comment you just left for me. My only hope is to reply to you on the blog and then cross-my heart hope you come back to visit and see my reply. Um, who am I kidding? Time is a precious thing people and chances you are coming back for seconds are slim to none, I know. So how do you fix this? First of all, this is just for those that use a Blogger profile. If you have already switched over to connect your Google + profile to your blog, these instructions do not apply. 🙂
- Go to your Blogger dashboard
- Click on the down arrow by your name in the top right hand corner
- Select the orange box that says “Blogger Profile”
- Click “Edit Profile” in the top right hand corner
- Under Privacy, make sure the “Show my email address” box is checked.
- Under Identity, make sure your email address is listed by where it says “Email Address”
- Scroll to the bottom and click “Save Changes”
So how does that help you get more comments? When someone can reply to you, you start a conversation, you build a network of friends, and those friends comment on your blog and vice versa. Win. Win.
Comment on other blogs.
If you want comments, give comments. It’s just that simple. If you comment on my blog and leave me your website address, you can bet that I’ve been there and many times will leave a comment for you. Giveth and you shall receive. For every comment you want, give three comments away. 🙂
Leave quality comments.
Okay, I’m not being picky here. If you wanna leave a comment like, “Suzy wuz here.” I’ll take that, and you can bet I’ll respond. 🙂 But if you really want to grab my attention and get me to visiting your blog, then share a little more of you. Add content and value to one of my posts, share your tips, advice, quirkiness, or anything about you! It’s not rocket science, but if you can add value to someone’s post through your comments, other people will read that and you will spark some interest.
Reply to comments.
‘Nuf said. I respond to your comments, because you took the time to reach out to me. It’s just the right thing to do. I am so thankful for every comment you leave and I want you to know it. That’s how you build relationships with your readers. If you are making friends out here in the blogosphere, then you are already doing something right.
Try some link parties.
I’m not the best at linking up to a gazeelion link parties, but I strive for quality, not quantity. I have a few that I’m pretty dedicated to. They are easy to remember and link up with as well as some are great friends I’ve met along the way. But you don’t go to a party and expect everyone to come to you right? No. You must mingle. So link up to a few parties, visit some other blogs, leave some fantastical comments and see what happens! If you need some suggestions for link parties, I’m happy to give you some of my favs.
No word verification mumbo jumbo, please.
Time is a precious thing people. Have I said that before? Here’s the picture… I’ve found this amazing post on your blog. I write out my comments just for you and then there’s this crazy distorted picture that I need to decode in order for me to tell you how great I think you are. Please don’t make me work for it. 🙂 Just let me tell you how awesome your project is and we’ll go on happily ever after, BFFs forever, umkay? 🙂
Ask a Question.
Okay, here’s a little fun game to play. Ever notice how most of my posts end with a question? That’s because I’m really hoping someone out there will answer it. Go ahead and try it! Ask your readers a question… make a call to action! I dare ya. 😉
Content is EVERY.THING.
You’ve probably heard this before, and you will certainly hear it again if you are following along with my tips. Nothing beats building comments and readership than having good content and good pictures. That doesn’t mean you have to be a 5 star journalist and professional photographer. It doesn’t mean being someone you’re not. It just means you need to make sure your content is valuable. Would you want to subscribe to your blog? Be yourself, be positive, share valuable content, take time to get good pictures (post coming soon about photography tips) and remember the world can be a beautiful place. 🙂
Remember… Blogging should be fun. And remind yourself that the number of comments on your blog does not define your success or likability. It just means you may have a few opportunities to grow from and you can’t complain about that. Your success is only defined by you and what you want to make it. Like I’ve said before, remember why you signed up for that blog in the first place. It’s easy to get anxious and compare yourself. Stop it. Stop it now.
Be you.. the best you can be.
Comments don’t come flooding in overnight and they don’t happen on every post. Only about 1% of your readers will comment, truth be known. But don’t underestimate that 1% of your readership. It can be the most uplifting 1% you’ll know! 🙂
Does this help give you some ideas on how to get more comments? Do you have any other tips or advice to share as well?
Want more of the blog tips in this series? Check out these other posts as well!