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5 ways to invite more blog comments

Most bloggers understand the importance of encouraging readers to comment on posts. This activity affirms bloggers, letting them know folks are finding and interacting with their work. It also encourages repeat visits to such sites.

How can bloggers raise their odds of receiving plentiful reader comments?

Lots of bloggers participate in blog carnivals, blogging contests, blogging challenges (such as the April A to Z Blogging Challenge), blog prompt sites (such as the Meme Express or Simply Snickers), NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month), or other blogging events. These highlights are prime opportunities for bumping up blog comments. But it takes a little know-how.

Here are five steps a blogger can take to make commenting easier and more appealing for readers.

1. Enable blog comments. This sounds pretty straightforward, but a surprising number of bloggers do not check out the comment settings for their blogs. To maximize comments, choose the most open settings.

2. Lose the +CAPTCHA codes. These are the jumbled words (or numbers or a combination of both) that make readers' eyes hurt. They must type the characters into a box before their blog comments will be posts. Lots of readers skip commenting, if this requirement pops up on a blog.
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3. Curate comments to remove spam. Sales pitches and nonsensical spam comments that do not relate to your blog posts can detract from your site's credibility in readers' eyes, and they can also dilute your site's influence in search engine rankings. Most blog host sites (such as Blogger and Wordpress) enable bloggers to delete comments at will.

4. Cut out the techno-clutter. Remove slow-loading widgets, music/video playlists, and other gadgets that prevent your blog pages from loading promptly. Visiting readers (especially first-timers) may not stick around long enough for all of those whiz-bang devices to pop up.

5. Visit other bloggers' sites, and always comment. Networking runs both ways. A comment-less stop is a wasted errand, from a networking standpoint. Sure, you may be enriched personally or professionally by what you read on another blog, but you surely won't be inviting visits in return. If you'd like to receive comments, then you will want to create rational and relevant comments on other sites as well.

It’s OK to leave a link to your own blog in a comment on another blogger’s post, but the message you leave should have some substance. It’s not enough to say, “Nice post.” A comment that invites reciprocation should show you actually read a post.

For more information, you can read "Boost your blog’s readership by commenting."

Should a blogger reply to comments on his or her own blog site?

This question stymies many. Yes, it seems polite and professional to answer blog comments. On the other hand, many hit-and-run comment-writers will never even notice such replies, unless they have activated a notification service for replies (which many blog hosts do not even offer).

Regular readers generally do not circle back to blog posts they have already read, just to see if their comments have received feedback. So replying is a personal choice.

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1 comment:

  1. Yo have hit tha nail on the head. Bloggin is a community activity. And the community must grow together. I strongly believe one must comment on other blog posts, Reply to comments on ones own blog, and also participate in discussions - replying to other comments on the blog!


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