How to Get More Comments on Your Blog

Jan 6, 2010   //   by Alisa Bowman   //   blogging, SEO Blog, Social Media  //  152 Comments

About six months ago, I had 1500 blog subscribers—all of whom left few if any comments. On a good day, I would get maybe 8 comments.

On a bad day, I might get zero

It hurt my feelings more than a little.

And it made me wonder: Is anyone actually reading my blog? Or are all of these people pressing the delete button whenever my blog feeds into their inbox? Am I the most unloved blogger on the planet?

I thought about throwing a De-Lurking Party, as I’d read about other bloggers doing that sort of thing. But that seemed, well. In a word? Terrifying. What if I held a party and no one showed?

No, I couldn’t do that. No. No. No. A De-Lurking Party? That was waaaaay too risky.

So I did all of the usual things that people tell you to do in order to get more comments. I ended each post with this line, “Please leave a comment.” I installed the Comment Luv and the Subscribe To Comments plugins. I begged my Twitter followers to please comment on my blog.

Nothing.

Then, one day, I accidentally purchased the wrong size of bed sheets. I opened the package and washed them before realizing the issue. I didn’t know what to do with the dang things, so in the middle of a post Of Cobwebs, Bedsheets and Butter I wrote: Would you like a set of free Bakugan bed sheets? Leave a comment on today’s post that makes me laugh and forget all of my life’s problems and they are yours.

It was a joke. I didn’t think anyone would want them. I mean, seriously? They were kid’s bed sheets. They were already out of the package.

They had Bakugan designs on them.

That post? It generated 23 comments. As the comments flowed in, I danced around my room saying, “Who-hoo. People really do read my blog. Who-ho. People love me.”

Reward Your Readers

Let me tell you something. I. Did. Not. Want. To. Come. Down. From. That. 23 Comments. High.

Did not.

So I decided to give away more stuff.

I included a line from Where the Wild Things Are in one post’s headline and offered to send a chocolate bar to the first reader who figured out the book from which I’d stolen the line.

I won a bunch of dildos at a conference (don’t you just wish you were at THAT conference?), so I gave two away to my readers.

I re-gifted swag. I gave away crap that I didn’t want anymore. I gave, and I gave, and I gave.

Here are some other things that I did:

Created a Reader of the Month award. I give it to one frequent commenter each month.

Thanked my readers. I thanked them in my posts. I thanked them in the comments area. I told them just how much their comments helped inspire me. I told them just had crappy I felt whenever a post did not generate a lot of comments.

Started a Reader Participation post. I did the first one on a morning when I was busy and didn’t have enough time to write a real post. So I posed a question, asking, “What was the best marriage advice you ever got?” In the body, I told readers that they would write the post instead of me. I would, however, reward one commenter with a subscription to Wired magazine. That post? It got 46 comments. Now I regularly post questions—usually ones that were sent to me by readers—and I ask my readers to answer them.


Installed the My Top Commentators Widget
. It keeps a running tab in your sidebar of who has left the most comments. This is a nice, free way to reward your readers, but it’s also helpful for you when picking Readers of the Month.

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Other Secrets for Getting More Comments

Now it’s a rare day when a post elicits zero comments. Whereas 8 comments used to be a big day for me, now it’s a slow one. I’ve averaging around 25.

You want some of that, right? Sure you do. Everyone loves comments, even bloggers who have that elusive trait known as self-confidence.

So here are even more comment-getting secrets that have worked for me, and might just work for you, too.

  • Ask questions within the body of your posts. I often insert little phrases here and there like, “Don’t you think?” and “Would you have done the same thing?” I think of each post as a conversation and I try to write it just as I would say it to a girlfriend over wine.
  • Write about controversial topics. Readers are more likely to comment about something they feel passionate about. If you continually write safe posts—defined as posts that are about topics that nearly everyone can agree upon—you won’t tempt your readers to comment as much as you will if you write posts that are more controversial.
  • Suggest they leave a comment, and give them ideas of what to say. Many people don’t comment because they can’t think of anything to say. That’s why the “please leave a comment” doesn’t always work. Be more specific. At the end of your post, include a bolded section about what types of comments you’d like to see from your readers. For instance, you might write, “Readers, I’m curious about your take on this situation. How do you define marriage? Should people stay married just for the kids? When is it okay to get a divorce?” (Can you tell that I write about marriage?) And, just in case you missed it, that parenthetical was an example of how I might embed a question in the body of a post.
  • Write about your weaknesses. One of my most commented posts of all time was a rant I wrote about how I was embarrassed about my paltry mothering skills. I broke nearly every single blogging rule in that post. I titled it “How M&Ms Got Me a Better Flight,” even though it’s not remotely about that topic at all. It’s one of the longest posts I’ve ever written. And it’s not on topic in terms of my blog niche. It generated 68 comments, though, because it’s about weakness, and that’s something that a lot of other people can relate to.

What have you already done to increase the number of comments on your blog? Do low comment days make you cry, or does that only happen to me? Do you sometimes approve spam comments, just so your posts don’t seem to God awful lonely? Did you find this post helpful, or did I come off as kind of braggy? Share your thoughts in the comments area.

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  • This is an awesome article that shares some GREAT ideas for all bloggers looking to generate more comments

    • patty Sherry says:

      Lisa Collier tweeted this, and I am so happy I clicked on the link. Your blog is so helpful, especially to a newbie blogger like me. I will be sure to pass this on.

      Tusen takk ( Norwegian for 1000 thanks, and no I’m not Norwegian, but my partner is and I like saying it ;-)

      • Gerald Weber
        Twitter:
        says:

        Patty,

        Thank you so much for the kind words and I'm glad you found my blog useful.

        Also it helps when I have great writers like Alisa doing guest posts on my blog. ;-)

        Thanks for stopping by and keep in touch.

  • This is an awesome article that shares some GREAT ideas for all bloggers looking to generate more comments

    • patty Sherry says:

      Lisa Collier tweeted this, and I am so happy I clicked on the link. Your blog is so helpful, especially to a newbie blogger like me. I will be sure to pass this on.

      Tusen takk ( Norwegian for 1000 thanks, and no I'm not Norwegian, but my partner is and I like saying it ;-)

      • Gerald Weber
        Twitter:
        says:

        Patty,

        Thank you so much for the kind words and I’m glad you found my blog useful.

        Also it helps when I have great writers like Alisa doing guest posts on my blog. ;-)

        Thanks for stopping by and keep in touch.

  • Mindy Lou says:

    This is a very useful article for those that blog. I will pass it on! Thanks! Sign me up for the free dildo btw!! (I prefer the vibrating kind) LMAO! LOVE the monkey picture btw, where ever did you find that?? :)

  • Mindy Lou says:

    This is a very useful article for those that blog. I will pass it on! Thanks! Sign me up for the free dildo btw!! (I prefer the vibrating kind) LMAO! LOVE the monkey picture btw, where ever did you find that?? :)

  • Great advice! It's always so hard to know that there are people out there *maybe* reading…or maybe not. I'm going to see if I can implement some of these tactics myself!
    .-= Kris Bordessa´s last blog ..Coconut Bay Resort & Spa =-.

  • Great advice! It's always so hard to know that there are people out there *maybe* reading…or maybe not. I'm going to see if I can implement some of these tactics myself!
    .-= Kris Bordessa´s last blog ..Coconut Bay Resort & Spa =-.

  • Angela Wills says:

    Thanks for the great blog post, I’m definitely inspired! I’m sure there’s lots of stuff I can give away on my blog, starting with a bunch of books I have here about working at home.

    :)
    Angela
    .-= Angela Wills´s last blog ..Getting Grounded & Balanced in Business =-.

  • Angela Wills says:

    Thanks for the great blog post, I'm definitely inspired! I'm sure there's lots of stuff I can give away on my blog, starting with a bunch of books I have here about working at home.

    :)

    Angela
    .-= Angela Wills´s last blog ..Getting Grounded & Balanced in Business =-.

  • Good post. I find that giving stuff away always causes people to comment. Yay, buying love and validation! ;)
    .-= Stephanie – Wasabimon´s last blog ..Prosciutto, Havarti and Tomato Gluten Free Panini Sandwich Recipe =-.

  • Good post. I find that giving stuff away always causes people to comment. Yay, buying love and validation! ;)
    .-= Stephanie – Wasabimon´s last blog ..Prosciutto, Havarti and Tomato Gluten Free Panini Sandwich Recipe =-.

  • Misslindadee says:

    I love your spirit and the fact you think outside of the Box! I Love the dildo give away! How Tawdry was that? Brilliant! LMAO! Love YOU! Love your post!

  • Misslindadee says:

    I love your spirit and the fact you think outside of the Box! I Love the dildo give away! How Tawdry was that? Brilliant! LMAO! Love YOU! Love your post!

  • Wonderful ideas on how to get readers more involved. I love the giveaways, it’s like playing a game with your readers. Great post!
    .-= Heather Villa´s last blog ..Pay it forward for big payback =-.

  • Wonderful ideas on how to get readers more involved. I love the giveaways, it's like playing a game with your readers. Great post!
    .-= Heather Villa´s last blog ..Pay it forward for big payback =-.

  • Gerald Weber
    Twitter:
    says:

    Alisa,

    Thanks for taking the time to put this guest post together. I remember when you wrote the Where The Wild Things are post and gave away the candy bar. Also remember the others lol. Creative and effective ideas.

  • Gerald Weber
    Twitter:
    says:

    Alisa,

    Thanks for taking the time to put this guest post together. I remember when you wrote the Where The Wild Things are post and gave away the candy bar. Also remember the others lol. Creative and effective ideas.

  • Ann Smarty
    Twitter:
    says:

    What I really like about that post is that Alisa is talking from experience – this is priceless.
    .-= Ann Smarty´s last blog ..How Guest Blogging Made Me 5-Figures in 2009 =-.

  • Ann Smarty
    Twitter:
    says:

    What I really like about that post is that Alisa is talking from experience – this is priceless.
    .-= Ann Smarty´s last blog ..How Guest Blogging Made Me 5-Figures in 2009 =-.

  • I'm just here for the free bed sheets. ;)

  • I’m just here for the free bed sheets. ;)

  • Alisa Bowman says:

    Susan–you win an award for giving me my first out loud laugh of the day. THANK YOU!

    Thanks everyone else for making me feel like a writer who gets read and not like a, well, I better not go to that place.
    .-= Alisa Bowman´s last blog ..How to Accept Defeat, part 2 =-.

  • Alisa Bowman says:

    Susan–you win an award for giving me my first out loud laugh of the day. THANK YOU!

    Thanks everyone else for making me feel like a writer who gets read and not like a, well, I better not go to that place.
    .-= Alisa Bowman´s last blog ..How to Accept Defeat, part 2 =-.

  • Hadassah says:

    Awesome tips. I love the giveaway idea. I love the comments too – one inane post of mine on getting my husband’s hand me down GPS got me 107 comments. It was ridiculous. Would love to keep that momentum.
    .-= Hadassah´s last blog ..Moving Advice Needed =-.

  • Hadassah says:

    Awesome tips. I love the giveaway idea. I love the comments too – one inane post of mine on getting my husband's hand me down GPS got me 107 comments. It was ridiculous. Would love to keep that momentum.
    .-= Hadassah´s last blog ..Moving Advice Needed =-.

  • william says:

    thanks a million for the tips, very helpful….

  • william says:

    thanks a million for the tips, very helpful….

  • Erika Kotite says:

    Here's another tip–write about how to get more comments on your blog and anyone with an ounce of civility will leave you one! You have some great, practical ideas. Best of all, you write humorously and well, which alone ought to bring everyone back for more.
    .-= Erika Kotite´s last blog ..Short-Waisted People =-.

  • Erika Kotite says:

    Here's another tip–write about how to get more comments on your blog and anyone with an ounce of civility will leave you one! You have some great, practical ideas. Best of all, you write humorously and well, which alone ought to bring everyone back for more.
    .-= Erika Kotite´s last blog ..Short-Waisted People =-.

  • I enjoyed this article and the tips you provided so much – thank you! I usually refer to conversational writing as “friends having a chat over lunch” but I prefer “talking with a girlfriend over wine” much more! Great stuff.

  • I enjoyed this article and the tips you provided so much – thank you! I usually refer to conversational writing as "friends having a chat over lunch" but I prefer "talking with a girlfriend over wine" much more! Great stuff.

  • nandoism says:

    My dear friend, you never cease to help me out on my blogging problems. You are such an inspiration. I just might give out some free candy on my blog today!

    Just brilliant!
    .-= nandoism´s last blog ..Levi Johnston: Gay Icon =-.

  • nandoism says:

    My dear friend, you never cease to help me out on my blogging problems. You are such an inspiration. I just might give out some free candy on my blog today!

    Just brilliant!
    .-= nandoism´s last blog ..Levi Johnston: Gay Icon =-.

  • Alisa ~ Great post! Stumbled and Retweeted! I remember most of these giveaways LOL … I too often feel bummed when my comment numbers get low … I'll put some thought into what I can give away … could get interesting LOL … thanks for the great ideas! *SmiLes* Suzanne

    P.S. I read every single post you write … often from my Blackberry … but I'm one of those "lurkers" who doesn't make it all the way over to comment *sigh* … I KNOW better! LOL
    .-= Suzanne Franco´s last blog ..Checking In and Free eBook Offer =-.

  • Alisa ~ Great post! Stumbled and Retweeted! I remember most of these giveaways LOL … I too often feel bummed when my comment numbers get low … I'll put some thought into what I can give away … could get interesting LOL … thanks for the great ideas! *SmiLes* Suzanne

    P.S. I read every single post you write … often from my Blackberry … but I'm one of those "lurkers" who doesn't make it all the way over to comment *sigh* … I KNOW better! LOL
    .-= Suzanne Franco´s last blog ..Checking In and Free eBook Offer =-.

  • Abby says:

    Great post. I'd add one more thing: comment on OTHER people's blogs. I realized I was guilty of this myself. I adore getting comments on my blog, yet I often wouldn't take the time to read and comment on my commenters' blogs. No fair, right? It's the same on Twitter. I won't follow you just because you're following me, but I will happily follow you if you respond to my tweets.

    And also? Just because people aren't commenting doesn't mean they're not reading. I constantly have people e-mail me directly w/ comments or people that I know will respond in person. Some people are just shy about commenting publicly, or feel that other people have already said it better.
    .-= Abby´s last blog ..46 Inches of Fun =-.

  • Abby says:

    Great post. I'd add one more thing: comment on OTHER people's blogs. I realized I was guilty of this myself. I adore getting comments on my blog, yet I often wouldn't take the time to read and comment on my commenters' blogs. No fair, right? It's the same on Twitter. I won't follow you just because you're following me, but I will happily follow you if you respond to my tweets.

    And also? Just because people aren't commenting doesn't mean they're not reading. I constantly have people e-mail me directly w/ comments or people that I know will respond in person. Some people are just shy about commenting publicly, or feel that other people have already said it better.
    .-= Abby´s last blog ..46 Inches of Fun =-.

  • Patricia says:

    Great tips! I will definitely try them out for the new year.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..A look back at =-.

  • Patricia says:

    Great tips! I will definitely try them out for the new year.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..A look back at =-.

  • Gerri says:

    Great ideas. I can definitely relate to being hurt when you spend a lot of time on a post and nobody comments.
    .-= Gerri´s last blog ..absolutelytrue: RT @BridgetAyers: How to Get More Comments on Your Blog http://su.pr/1xBe1N via @mayhemstudios @the_gman @AlisaBowman =-.

  • Gerri says:

    Great ideas. I can definitely relate to being hurt when you spend a lot of time on a post and nobody comments.
    .-= Gerri´s last blog ..absolutelytrue: RT @BridgetAyers: How to Get More Comments on Your Blog http://su.pr/1xBe1N via @mayhemstudios @the_gman @AlisaBowman =-.

  • LOVED IT! I have given personalized printables I make away but have often cried too because of lack of comments. This post was so much fun to read :)

    Thanks for the wacky, and ..ummm.. inovative iteads lol

    Belinda
    Cooking with Kids

  • LOVED IT! I have given personalized printables I make away but have often cried too because of lack of comments. This post was so much fun to read :)

    Thanks for the wacky, and ..ummm.. inovative iteads lol

    Belinda

    Cooking with Kids

  • Alisa

    I was smiling the whole time I read this post (and all the comments too). As a new blogger I feel like at times I'm writing my heart out but all I can hear are the crickets typing. LOL

    Giveaways are what I pay attention to so I guess giving away is what I'll be doing more of.

    I love your writing.

    Vernon
    .-= Vernon Harleston´s last blog ..Stuff Somebody Should’ve Told Me Before I got Married =-.

  • Alisa

    I was smiling the whole time I read this post (and all the comments too). As a new blogger I feel like at times I'm writing my heart out but all I can hear are the crickets typing. LOL

    Giveaways are what I pay attention to so I guess giving away is what I'll be doing more of.

    I love your writing.

    Vernon
    .-= Vernon Harleston´s last blog ..Stuff Somebody Should’ve Told Me Before I got Married =-.

  • Gloson
    Twitter:
    says:

    "What have you already done to increase the number of comments on your blog? Do low comment days make you cry, or does that only happen to me? Do you sometimes approve spam comments, just so your posts don’t seem to God awful lonely? Did you find this post helpful, or did I come off as kind of braggy? Share your thoughts in the comments area."

    Hi Alisa,

    I have to say that I get a little frustrated when I get little comments. LOL. So you are not alone ;-) .

    Well, I must admit that I had once approved a short and meaningless comment to make it less lonely. Haha! But now I don't anymore.

    And I find this post really helpful (tweeted it), because it comes from your personal experience, like Ann Smarty said. ;-)

    And about two months ago I've written a post on 11 Ways to get more Comments on Your Blog on my blog. So those are my tips to get more comments ;-) .

    Cheers!

  • Gloson
    Twitter:
    says:

    "What have you already done to increase the number of comments on your blog? Do low comment days make you cry, or does that only happen to me? Do you sometimes approve spam comments, just so your posts don’t seem to God awful lonely? Did you find this post helpful, or did I come off as kind of braggy? Share your thoughts in the comments area."

    Hi Alisa,

    I have to say that I get a little frustrated when I get little comments. LOL. So you are not alone ;-) .

    Well, I must admit that I had once approved a short and meaningless comment to make it less lonely. Haha! But now I don't anymore.

    And I find this post really helpful (tweeted it), because it comes from your personal experience, like Ann Smarty said. ;-)

    And about two months ago I've written a post on 11 Ways to get more Comments on Your Blog on my blog. So those are my tips to get more comments ;-) .

    Cheers!

  • Alexandra says:

    I have been following Alisa's blog for several months and am grateful to have this summary of what works for her, since I've experienced the same problem with lurkers on my blog. The idea of giving away free stuff doesn't enchant me, but it does seem to produce results.
    .-= Alexandra ´s last blog ..Article on Cape Cod Appears in Latitudes/Life =-.

  • Alexandra says:

    I have been following Alisa's blog for several months and am grateful to have this summary of what works for her, since I've experienced the same problem with lurkers on my blog. The idea of giving away free stuff doesn't enchant me, but it does seem to produce results.
    .-= Alexandra ´s last blog ..Article on Cape Cod Appears in Latitudes/Life =-.

  • Are Morch says:

    I just love Twitter… My friends take time to share brilliant articles with me.. And this was a real winner today.

    I will study your suggestions and techniques here.

    For sure will be interesting to see what effect using these techniques will have on my articles.

    You got a new subscriber here..

    Cheers.. Are
    .-= Are Morch´s last blog ..Are You Still New To Twitter? =-.

  • Are Morch says:

    I just love Twitter… My friends take time to share brilliant articles with me.. And this was a real winner today.

    I will study your suggestions and techniques here.

    For sure will be interesting to see what effect using these techniques will have on my articles.

    You got a new subscriber here..

    Cheers.. Are
    .-= Are Morch´s last blog ..Are You Still New To Twitter? =-.

  • Tracy says:

    OMG Alisa I was SO thinking this morning that I should throw a delurking party then realized I would die of embarrassment if nobody participated.

    Thanks for this post, it is very helpful too me. I'm in a similar position, fair number of subscribers, great page views, and a tenth of the comments of other blogs that I know get fewer visitors than I do.

    I think really my problem is I'm not very interested in what others have to say and it shows. Hehehe. Winkie.

  • Tracy says:

    OMG Alisa I was SO thinking this morning that I should throw a delurking party then realized I would die of embarrassment if nobody participated.

    Thanks for this post, it is very helpful too me. I’m in a similar position, fair number of subscribers, great page views, and a tenth of the comments of other blogs that I know get fewer visitors than I do.

    I think really my problem is I’m not very interested in what others have to say and it shows. Hehehe. Winkie.

  • Kikolani
    Twitter:
    says:

    These are great tips. The following things helped raise the number of comments I receive on posts:

    - Promoting my site as Dofollow and CommentLuv enabled (huge plus)

    - Commenting on other blogs

    - Promoting posts on other networks (especially Twitter, StumbleUpon)
    .-= Kikolani´s last blog ..Reasons to Love CommentLuv Blogs =-.

    • Gerald Weber
      Twitter:
      says:

      I’m right there with you Kristi. I have gotten some of my best comment results by simply commenting on other blogs. Just wish I had the time to do more of it these days. And of course Twitter and SU FTW always! :-)

  • Kikolani
    Twitter:
    says:

    These are great tips. The following things helped raise the number of comments I receive on posts:

    - Promoting my site as Dofollow and CommentLuv enabled (huge plus)

    - Commenting on other blogs

    - Promoting posts on other networks (especially Twitter, StumbleUpon)
    .-= Kikolani´s last blog ..Reasons to Love CommentLuv Blogs =-.

    • Gerald Weber
      Twitter:
      says:

      I'm right there with you Kristi. I have gotten some of my best comment results by simply commenting on other blogs. Just wish I had the time to do more of it these days. And of course Twitter and SU FTW always! :-)

  • Alisa,

    I've read a number of the usual "how to" articles on this subject. None has come close to the variety and depth of methods you've used successfully. So thank you!

    As others have said, I too take the community approach – engaging on other people's blogs routinely (while maintaining integrity of adding value) is a big one for me. I also engage everyone I can on twitter with true respect, and also fun because that's part of my particular voice.

    Replying to as many comments as possible within reality is also a cornerstone approach I learned. It means the world to me when I leave a comment on someone else's post and they acknowledge that.

    From time to time, I also call attention to some comments through a tweet, which both gives credit to the commenter and lets others know about it.

    Another method I use is occassionally switching things up and posting an article to my personal blog, rather than my professinal blog – in that emotional honesty or off-beat subject matter way, so people get a much better sense of who I am as a complete person. Like revealing the human behind the curtain.

    But mostly I blog about highly controversial topics. And either go on a deep long rant, or take the humor aspect of an otherwise serious subject to a whole new level.

    I think everything helps in the long run. And I'm seriously going to incorporate some of your methods and suggestions in coming articles.
    .-= Alan Bleiweiss´s last blog ..Google AdWords Contact Forms – A Bad Idea =-.

  • Alisa,

    I've read a number of the usual "how to" articles on this subject. None has come close to the variety and depth of methods you've used successfully. So thank you!

    As others have said, I too take the community approach – engaging on other people's blogs routinely (while maintaining integrity of adding value) is a big one for me. I also engage everyone I can on twitter with true respect, and also fun because that's part of my particular voice.

    Replying to as many comments as possible within reality is also a cornerstone approach I learned. It means the world to me when I leave a comment on someone else's post and they acknowledge that.

    From time to time, I also call attention to some comments through a tweet, which both gives credit to the commenter and lets others know about it.

    Another method I use is occassionally switching things up and posting an article to my personal blog, rather than my professinal blog – in that emotional honesty or off-beat subject matter way, so people get a much better sense of who I am as a complete person. Like revealing the human behind the curtain.

    But mostly I blog about highly controversial topics. And either go on a deep long rant, or take the humor aspect of an otherwise serious subject to a whole new level.

    I think everything helps in the long run. And I'm seriously going to incorporate some of your methods and suggestions in coming articles.
    .-= Alan Bleiweiss´s last blog ..Google AdWords Contact Forms – A Bad Idea =-.

  • Alisa Bowman says:

    Alan–Those are all GREAT strategies. Thanks for mentioning all of them. I think they really help to add to the mix. I really like the idea of highlighting a comment in a tweet.

    One other thing that I do (that I sort of forgot about) is that I have an unofficial "comment ring," which is basically made up of a few bloggers that I'm friendly with. We all keep up with each other's blogs and comment on nearly every single post. I think this strategy can especially help people who are very early in blogging, with the subscriber numbers are still low. It makes the blog come alive.
    .-= Alisa Bowman´s last blog ..How to Accept Defeat, Part 3 =-.

    • Alisa – regarding the comment ring – when I first heard about it, it was in an article that made it sound like an underground secret clan thing, black-hat-like. And my first reaction was “evil”. Then a while later, I got the same concept presented in a new way, where it was presented as friends helping friends out. That changed my whole perspective.

      Because that’s how IRL friendship works. We always only help each other out when we really do agree with the others article or position on something. Or offer a counter-point that’s also a legitimate point of view. So it’s really an online way for friends to have dialogue. Which, I’ve discovered, in turn then encourages more dialogue from others.

      Anyhow, that’s just my take on it now. And oh yeah – I now cherish my online friends for their support and encouragement more than ever. Go figure. :-)
      .-= Alan Bleiweiss´s last blog ..Google AdWords Contact Forms – A Bad Idea =-.

  • Alisa Bowman says:

    Alan–Those are all GREAT strategies. Thanks for mentioning all of them. I think they really help to add to the mix. I really like the idea of highlighting a comment in a tweet.

    One other thing that I do (that I sort of forgot about) is that I have an unofficial "comment ring," which is basically made up of a few bloggers that I'm friendly with. We all keep up with each other's blogs and comment on nearly every single post. I think this strategy can especially help people who are very early in blogging, with the subscriber numbers are still low. It makes the blog come alive.
    .-= Alisa Bowman´s last blog ..How to Accept Defeat, Part 3 =-.

    • Alisa – regarding the comment ring – when I first heard about it, it was in an article that made it sound like an underground secret clan thing, black-hat-like. And my first reaction was “evil”. Then a while later, I got the same concept presented in a new way, where it was presented as friends helping friends out. That changed my whole perspective.

      Because that’s how IRL friendship works. We always only help each other out when we really do agree with the others article or position on something. Or offer a counter-point that’s also a legitimate point of view. So it’s really an online way for friends to have dialogue. Which, I’ve discovered, in turn then encourages more dialogue from others.

      Anyhow, that’s just my take on it now. And oh yeah – I now cherish my online friends for their support and encouragement more than ever. Go figure. :-)
      .-= Alan Bleiweiss´s last blog ..Google AdWords Contact Forms – A Bad Idea =-.

  • Excellent information!

    I find thanking personally every loyal reader of my SEO blog, works well in creating better long term readers. This always leads to more and better blog comments!

  • Excellent information!

    I find thanking personally every loyal reader of my SEO blog, works well in creating better long term readers. This always leads to more and better blog comments!

  • Kerry Dexter says:

    Alisa,
    like your sense of humor.

    interesting to ehar you experience with giveaways, thanks. been considering doing that.

    for some reason, number of comments has never concerned me. I see people reading, spending time on the blog, linking to it, and coming back — if they’d like to say something, fine, if not, I think they are still finding something they like.

    that said, one of the methods I think no one’s metioned yet is to do jusr as you are with this post — do guest posts. I’ve found this brings in comments, sometimes long after the time of the actual post.
    .-= Kerry Dexter´s last blog ..Winter music: first week of January =-.

    • Gerald Weber
      Twitter:
      says:

      Not only is guest posting a great way to get more comments but it’s also a great way to expose yourself to a new audience and gain new RSS subscribers. Guest posting FTW! :-p

  • Kerry Dexter says:

    Alisa,

    like your sense of humor.

    interesting to ehar you experience with giveaways, thanks. been considering doing that.

    for some reason, number of comments has never concerned me. I see people reading, spending time on the blog, linking to it, and coming back — if they'd like to say something, fine, if not, I think they are still finding something they like.

    that said, one of the methods I think no one's metioned yet is to do jusr as you are with this post — do guest posts. I've found this brings in comments, sometimes long after the time of the actual post.
    .-= Kerry Dexter´s last blog ..Winter music: first week of January =-.

    • Gerald Weber
      Twitter:
      says:

      Not only is guest posting a great way to get more comments but it's also a great way to expose yourself to a new audience and gain new RSS subscribers. Guest posting FTW! :-p

  • Levo says:

    Some brilliant and simple tips here some of which I already use. Although I have failed to get anywhere with the user interaction posts, but I think that could come down to the quality of the post that and the subject I choose.

    I think I need to work harder at networking with other bloggers that have products that they can donate as at the moment I am not making any money from blogging to donate as rewards.

    But I love the idea of having a best commentator of the month award etc… I think that I might do more of that too.

  • Levo says:

    Some brilliant and simple tips here some of which I already use. Although I have failed to get anywhere with the user interaction posts, but I think that could come down to the quality of the post that and the subject I choose.

    I think I need to work harder at networking with other bloggers that have products that they can donate as at the moment I am not making any money from blogging to donate as rewards.

    But I love the idea of having a best commentator of the month award etc… I think that I might do more of that too.

  • I have had more trouble with this in recent months. I think something more than my blogging has changed. I have seen a random post get well over 100 replies on my blog in under under 48 hours, but these days they seem far more elusive. A lot of people will comment on Twitter, Facebook, or other networks about a post, but completely neglect to add their comment on the blog.

    I really like the post and I can relate to it. :-)
    .-= Mark Aaron Murnahan´s last blog ..How Connected Are You With Your Social Networks? =-.

  • I have had more trouble with this in recent months. I think something more than my blogging has changed. I have seen a random post get well over 100 replies on my blog in under under 48 hours, but these days they seem far more elusive. A lot of people will comment on Twitter, Facebook, or other networks about a post, but completely neglect to add their comment on the blog.

    I really like the post and I can relate to it. :-)
    .-= Mark Aaron Murnahan´s last blog ..How Connected Are You With Your Social Networks? =-.

  • Alisa Bowman says:

    Levo–you could give away old things you have in your house. I’ve given books off my bookshelf. People seem to like winning things, even if the prize is not anything remotely elaborate.
    .-= Alisa Bowman´s last blog ..How to Accept Defeat, Part 3 =-.

  • Alisa Bowman says:

    Levo–you could give away old things you have in your house. I've given books off my bookshelf. People seem to like winning things, even if the prize is not anything remotely elaborate.
    .-= Alisa Bowman´s last blog ..How to Accept Defeat, Part 3 =-.

  • Hameedullah Khan says:

    Amazing trick you found to increase the comments, I hope I will be able to figure out something to give away on my blog.
    .-= Hameedullah Khan´s last blog ..Google just can’t replace twitterfeed for now. =-.

  • Hameedullah Khan says:

    Amazing trick you found to increase the comments, I hope I will be able to figure out something to give away on my blog.
    .-= Hameedullah Khan´s last blog ..Google just can’t replace twitterfeed for now. =-.

  • Rosie says:

    Great post! Thanks for giving not only the tips, but a fun read!
    .-= Rosie´s last blog ..We Tree Kings =-.

  • Rosie says:

    Great post! Thanks for giving not only the tips, but a fun read!
    .-= Rosie´s last blog ..We Tree Kings =-.

  • Scot Duke says:

    Real good information. I have been blogging for over five years and I have used it all to no avail. Still looking for what will work for my blog.
    .-= Scot Duke´s last blog ..The Fun of Social Media =-.

  • Scot Duke says:

    Real good information. I have been blogging for over five years and I have used it all to no avail. Still looking for what will work for my blog.
    .-= Scot Duke´s last blog ..The Fun of Social Media =-.

  • Adam Sherk says:

    It seems only fitting that a post like this should generate a bunch of comments, so here's one more. :) Thanks for the tips.
    .-= Adam Sherk´s last blog ..Hearst Skiff Reader Looks Cool =-.

  • Adam Sherk says:

    It seems only fitting that a post like this should generate a bunch of comments, so here's one more. :) Thanks for the tips.
    .-= Adam Sherk´s last blog ..Hearst Skiff Reader Looks Cool =-.

  • zsameer says:

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    .-= zsameer´s last blog ..Baby Girl brushing teeth =-.

  • zsameer says:

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    .-= zsameer´s last blog ..Baby Girl brushing teeth =-.

  • Yea, news I can use! Great post! I'm going to try several of the ideas.

  • Yea, news I can use! Great post! I’m going to try several of the ideas.

  • Dennis Edell says:

    Congrats Alisa, it sounds like you're really on the right track! You've actually given me some cool new ideas for comment getting, and that in itself is a rare find nowadays.

    (Many of my readers have asked me to write a book on the topic. lol)

    You've installed all the right plugins and have really come up with some excellent suggestions. I'd be careful and slow down the freebies a bit though, becoming known for that can actually harm you in the end a bit.

    Let me know if you ever wanna bounce some ideas around. ;)
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Updates – Latest $10 Domain Winner, Latest Move News, and more. =-.

  • Dennis Edell says:

    Congrats Alisa, it sounds like you’re really on the right track! You’ve actually given me some cool new ideas for comment getting, and that in itself is a rare find nowadays.

    (Many of my readers have asked me to write a book on the topic. lol)

    You’ve installed all the right plugins and have really come up with some excellent suggestions. I’d be careful and slow down the freebies a bit though, becoming known for that can actually harm you in the end a bit.

    Let me know if you ever wanna bounce some ideas around. ;)
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Updates – Latest $10 Domain Winner, Latest Move News, and more. =-.

  • I'm not really too sure how giving away stuff for comments can really translate into a profitable activity for a blogger, the rest of this post has some interesting ideas that can help people.

    Its interesting that the event seems to have given you critical mass to build a community and get regular comments. Good work :)

  • I’m not really too sure how giving away stuff for comments can really translate into a profitable activity for a blogger, the rest of this post has some interesting ideas that can help people.

    Its interesting that the event seems to have given you critical mass to build a community and get regular comments. Good work :)

  • Excellent ideas Alisa! Getting blog comments is relatively easy… getting intelligent, thought-provoking comments is harder ;)

    Another tactic that can inspire more comments is don't say everything in the post… leave holes for commenters (i.e. leave info out deliberately).

  • Excellent ideas Alisa! Getting blog comments is relatively easy… getting intelligent, thought-provoking comments is harder ;)

    Another tactic that can inspire more comments is don’t say everything in the post… leave holes for commenters (i.e. leave info out deliberately).

  • The Cash Man says:

    I think rewarding your readers and actually responding back to their comments helps build more of a discussion.

  • The Cash Man says:

    I think rewarding your readers and actually responding back to their comments helps build more of a discussion.

  • Vance Sova says:

    Hi Alisa,

    What I do to get comments on my blog is commenting on other peoples' blogs.

    I don't find your post braggy because your motivation is sharing what works for you.

    I never approve spam comments even though sometimes the spammers are quite clever.

    Today I received 3 diversified spam comments from one person and they all looked quite OK at first glance but were obviously generic and used over and over.

    I have found your post helpful, especially the part about the call to action at the end of your posts.

    It helps people to leave a comment if you ask them with a hint as to what points you want them to comment on.

    Vance
    .-= Vance Sova´s last blog ..Get Blog Traffic Increase With Blog Comments =-.

  • Vance Sova says:

    Hi Alisa,

    What I do to get comments on my blog is commenting on other peoples' blogs.

    I don't find your post braggy because your motivation is sharing what works for you.

    I never approve spam comments even though sometimes the spammers are quite clever.

    Today I received 3 diversified spam comments from one person and they all looked quite OK at first glance but were obviously generic and used over and over.

    I have found your post helpful, especially the part about the call to action at the end of your posts.

    It helps people to leave a comment if you ask them with a hint as to what points you want them to comment on.

    Vance
    .-= Vance Sova´s last blog ..Get Blog Traffic Increase With Blog Comments =-.

  • Yes, giving stuff away — the more expensive the better — always works for me.

    But I've also learned that asking people to leave a comment and disclose something embarrassing also generates a lot of feedback. I always try to connect it to the topic of the post or the giveaway.

    After a week's worth of knife sharpening videos, I asked readers to comment about a knife in your past, either one you’ve loved or one you’ve been terrified of, in order to win a knife sharpener.

    It generated 158 comments, a record so far!

    Lisa@behindtheknife.com

  • Yes, giving stuff away — the more expensive the better — always works for me.

    But I’ve also learned that asking people to leave a comment and disclose something embarrassing also generates a lot of feedback. I always try to connect it to the topic of the post or the giveaway.

    After a week’s worth of knife sharpening videos, I asked readers to comment about a knife in your past, either one you’ve loved or one you’ve been terrified of, in order to win a knife sharpener.

    It generated 158 comments, a record so far!

    Lisa@behindtheknife.com

  • yinka dixon says:

    this is such a useful resource. thanks for the insight.

  • yinka dixon says:

    this is such a useful resource. thanks for the insight.

  • Ryan says:

    Hi Alisa,

    Besides giving me a solution on how to increase my blog comments, think you also helped me figure out what to do with all those little things that’s lying around the house that’s either unopened or totally no use to me.

    Thanks!
    .-= Ryan ´s last blog ..Getting More Comments On Your Blog =-.

  • Ryan says:

    Hi Alisa,

    Besides giving me a solution on how to increase my blog comments, think you also helped me figure out what to do with all those little things that's lying around the house that's either unopened or totally no use to me.

    Thanks!
    .-= Ryan ´s last blog ..Getting More Comments On Your Blog =-.

  • Great post Alisa! Definitely am going to read it a few more times and take notes. Some great ideas to try out on a couple blogs I have struggled getting comments on.

    I also make sure I drive my lists to my blog posts through broadcasts and my best posts I highlight and put into my autoresponders; inserting a reason to post a comment.. building a list, might as well build a readership on your blog as well. :)

    Thanks!

    -Matt Levenhagen

    P.S. You might break that record with this blog post. :) ;)
    .-= Matt Levenhagen´s last blog ..Why the 'Research' in Keyword Research Matters =-.

  • Great post Alisa! Definitely am going to read it a few more times and take notes. Some great ideas to try out on a couple blogs I have struggled getting comments on.

    I also make sure I drive my lists to my blog posts through broadcasts and my best posts I highlight and put into my autoresponders; inserting a reason to post a comment.. building a list, might as well build a readership on your blog as well. :)

    Thanks!

    -Matt Levenhagen

    P.S. You might break that record with this blog post. :) ;)
    .-= Matt Levenhagen´s last blog ..Why the ‘Research’ in Keyword Research Matters =-.

  • Alisa, this post certainly generated a lot of comments! Excellent advice; thank you for sharing. I'm going to try to incorporate some of your suggestions into my own blog. Like you, I know people are reading. Also, like you, I love when people comment!

  • Sheryl says:

    So THAT'S how you do it. Well, it obviously is working for you. Thanks for sharing, Alisa. A blog is so much more fun when you get lots and lots of comments!

  • Sheryl says:

    So THAT’S how you do it. Well, it obviously is working for you. Thanks for sharing, Alisa. A blog is so much more fun when you get lots and lots of comments!

  • ag says:

    I never get comments :(

  • ag says:

    I never get comments :(

  • Chris the Dunwoody E says:

    This was amazing advice.

    I thought something was wrong with me.

    I tried all the things that "everyone" tells you to do like inviting people to leave comments etc.

    All I got was a big fat goose egg.

    I am going to try giving stuff away for free
    .-= Chris the Dunwoody Electrician´s last blog ..Dunwoody Electrician Offers FREE Phone Help =-.

  • Chris the Dunwoody Electrician says:

    This was amazing advice.

    I thought something was wrong with me.
    I tried all the things that “everyone” tells you to do like inviting people to leave comments etc.

    All I got was a big fat goose egg.

    I am going to try giving stuff away for free
    .-= Chris the Dunwoody Electrician´s last blog ..Dunwoody Electrician Offers FREE Phone Help =-.

  • Comments are exactly what I've been pondering today. I got my 3rd comment today-yipee! My dermatology/medical blog has been up since September and I'm wondering what people are thinking about it. Google Analytics tells me that I'm getting traffic, but no comments. Your ideas to ask readers a question or give them specific comment topics is now on my 'to-do' list. Can't wait to see if it draws out the comments. Thanks.
    .-= cynthia bailey md´s last blog ..Understanding The Alkaline Diet =-.

  • Comments are exactly what I’ve been pondering today. I got my 3rd comment today-yipee! My dermatology/medical blog has been up since September and I’m wondering what people are thinking about it. Google Analytics tells me that I’m getting traffic, but no comments. Your ideas to ask readers a question or give them specific comment topics is now on my ‘to-do’ list. Can’t wait to see if it draws out the comments. Thanks.
    .-= cynthia bailey md´s last blog ..Understanding The Alkaline Diet =-.

  • Arthur says:

    Thanks for the great article. As i’m just about to launch a huge blog in the travel industry, I plan on using all of the tecniques that you have suggested. Gracias
    Arthur

  • Arthur says:

    Thanks for the great article. As i’m just about to launch a huge blog in the travel industry, I plan on using all of the tecniques that you have suggested. Gracias
    Arthur

  • gautam hans says:

    I wrote a similar post,I think comments grow with reputation. But if you are a very active commentator, yourself, then you can expect to get a lot more number of comments
    .-= gautam hans´s last blog ..How to boost your pageviews =-.

  • gautam hans says:

    I wrote a similar post,I think comments grow with reputation. But if you are a very active commentator, yourself, then you can expect to get a lot more number of comments
    .-= gautam hans´s last blog ..How to boost your pageviews =-.

  • Gerald Weber
    Twitter:
    says:

    That's true. Another benefit of actively commenting on other blogs is that you will become more knowledgeable because in order to comment effectively you have to read first.

  • Gerald Weber
    Twitter:
    says:

    That’s true. Another benefit of actively commenting on other blogs is that you will become more knowledgeable because in order to comment effectively you have to read first.

  • Lorna says:

    Thanks, Alisa, for the link back to the Top Commentators widget. Although I myself use the widget to increase reader participation, I blog mostly for myself, so if no one leaves a comment on my post, it doesn't bother me. The widget is just a way for me to thank those who even bothered reading my posts :)
    .-= Lorna´s last blog ..Paid posts are out of my life =-.

  • Lorna says:

    Thanks, Alisa, for the link back to the Top Commentators widget. Although I myself use the widget to increase reader participation, I blog mostly for myself, so if no one leaves a comment on my post, it doesn’t bother me. The widget is just a way for me to thank those who even bothered reading my posts :)
    .-= Lorna´s last blog ..Paid posts are out of my life =-.

  • Larry says:

    You really struck home by mentioning being tempted to let a little spam comment slide though just to have a fake feeling of success. I was self-loathing for that moment – but you thought it too! Thanks!

  • Larry says:

    You really struck home by mentioning being tempted to let a little spam comment slide though just to have a fake feeling of success. I was self-loathing for that moment – but you thought it too! Thanks!

  • francesca says:

    wow, what a great post Alisa! funny and smart.

    …i'd love to give out stuff, i actually get a lot of items related to the blog (beauty items) but more than 95% of my readers is from the USA while i'm in europe, and the shipping of free things would be way too expensive for me :(

  • francesca says:

    wow, what a great post Alisa! funny and smart.
    …i’d love to give out stuff, i actually get a lot of items related to the blog (beauty items) but more than 95% of my readers is from the USA while i’m in europe, and the shipping of free things would be way too expensive for me :(

  • I want to know who got the Bakugan sheets? You spend so much time picking out a "theme" for your child's room and then that sort of thing happens. Thank you for the other advice on generating comments as well.

  • I want to know who got the Bakugan sheets? You spend so much time picking out a “theme” for your child’s room and then that sort of thing happens. Thank you for the other advice on generating comments as well.

  • Keith Revell says:

    excellent story it's great when someone tries something different, I always just ask if you like the post please leave a comment just like you mentioned but now you gave me some idea's.
    by the way great picture of the monkeys.

  • Dean Stone says:

    I have my comments turned off but after reading this i think i will turn them on
    thanks

  • There’s this super-specific blogging community that you only understand if you’re knee-deep in the trenches. So maybe my friends don’t 100% get why I dig comments, but anyone else with a blog understands how vital they are to not only your site’s survival, but to your sanity/ego/motivation to move forward with your life.

    We judge a blog entirely on its comments. I could give less of a sh*t if you get millions of readers every month, but if you’re getting 100 comments per post you are the cat’s pajamas. If you’re in PR you understand that reaching out to bloggers is important. But which bloggers do you contact? Those who are part of something bigger? The columnists for AOL? The biggies on HuffPo? Or do you go to the ones who have established their own little “cult followings”? People like The Bloggess or Marie Forleo…

    To be perfectly honest, the reason I comment on blogs isn’t because people ask. From my experience, both with my own comments and seeing why other people write, here are the top reasons I comment a blog post:

    * The blogger has said something I agree or disagree with strongly
    * I want to congratulate someone on a new job/baby/engagement/personal success
    * Something is hilarious and I want to add my own experience
    * Something is so amazing I couldn’t possibly leave the website without letting the blogger know how amazing they are but am too lazy to write an email (There is a fine line. Remember that.)
    * There’s some form of list, usually in advice-form, where I have something to contribute

    This is an interesting post!

  • Cindy says:

    Hi Alisa,

    thanks for this article. I am a keen blogger and run a few of them (?). My passion is London and although I get loads of comments….they are mostly trash or spam so obviously they dont count. I have been wondering how to generate decent and real comments and your article has given me a few ideas, so thanks for that.

    Regards

    Cindy

    @3days_in_london and @notjustagranny

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  • The amount of times I have read an article, but didn’t comment because I didn’t know what to say and worried that my comment would be flagged as spam and deleted. I never thought about what the blogger feels when spending ages on a post, seeing lots of views but zero comments.

    Thanks for highlighting that, I will have to try harder to leave comments!
    Interesting method by the way! :)