I have been blogging for a while and I’m reading hundreds of blog posts a day. I have come to realize that one of the hardest things when it comes to blogging is to get comments on what I write. It’s not hard to lose readers, not at all.
I don’t measure my success in comments, but I really appreciate them, no matter if they’re short and all they say is “great post”. Well, I even appreciate spam (but I don’t publish them).
I have discovered a secret
I don’t know why I say that this is a secret, because it’s fairly obvious, but it seems that a lot of people don’t know this (that’s why I’m saying that it’s a secret).
I’m not saying that I get a lot of comments, because I don’t. But I believe that I have discovered a secret, actually I’ve discovered three secrets to get more blog comments (in a way, it’s all about building a community).
I never did this, that’s why I didn’t receive almost any in the past. But now I do, well, not on all of my blog posts, but most of them.
Don’t look at the professionals
At first I was only reading the blogs where the professional bloggers shared their thoughts. Then, I discovered that they didn’t do anything to receive comments, they wrote awesome content, that’s it. That’s all I experienced when I looked at all the different blogs.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t read the blogs from professional blogs like problogger, copyblogger, entrepreneurs-journey and more. You’ll learn a lot from them, but when it comes to how to receive more blog comments on your own blog, that’s not where you should be looking.
I assume that you’re already writing awesome content.
Look at the semi professional bloggers. They’re doing the stuff that the professionals did a while ago, stuff that they don’t need to do anymore, and don’t have the time to do.
The 3 Secrets to receive more blog comments
What you should do is this:
Comment on blogs regularly
If you comment on other blogs, you will receive some in return. If you comment on the same blogs over and over again, the chances are even bigger that you’ll get some in return. You should, depending on how much time you have every day, comment on 10 blogs (keep adding to the same blogs, don’t just throw your comment all over the place).
Think of it as building a community. You want to hang out with people you like, and people you admire, people you can learn a lot from.
Reply to comments
When you get a comment on your own blog posts, or the blog posts you’ve commented on, always think about leaving a reply (there’s not always a reason for you to reply, but if there is, add a reply).
You want to communicate, you want to add value to the conversation. You want to be personal. If you interact and leave replies they feel appreciated. In the end, they’ll be visiting your blog and they’ll be leaving comments, over and over again.
When people comment on your blog posts, you should make sure that they’ll get notifications when a new comment arrives. Almost nobody will visit your blog post again to check if there are any replies. They need to receive an e-mail if there is a new comment, and especially if someone replies to their comment.
You want the conversation to continue, you want them to visit and leave new comments to the same blog posts.
This is it
The 3 secrets can be summed up like this; do to others what you would have them do to you. That’s it. Actually, this is a lot like the pizza delivery guy.