When you start blogging, one of the first things you think about is that it’s like being inside a forrest, you’re all alone, and you need to get more comments. You consider more comments as a synonym of more traffic, and more traffic means popularity and a popular blog might help you earn money. This is part of running your online business. It sounds like a good plan, but it might not be one.
Before you continue, answer the question; why do you want more comments? There are many reasons why people work hard to get more comments; feedback is one of them. It’s hard to become a better blogger if nobody will leave you any feedback. More comments will be more work for you, that’s why it’s important to answer the question before you continue.
The reason we blog might change during the years; it might be personal and business. And, sometimes, we just need to write, and we don’t need feedback or anything from anyone. As a blogger, ask yourself why you are blogging, and create a good definition of success.
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Blogging is hard work. It’s nothing like, write and people will come. You need to keep working and eventually you’ll see good results. The one thing you need is to experience progress. That’s why I started out by saying, you need a good definition of success. It’s so much easier to keep doing hard work, when you see that you are moving towards your goal (whatever your goal is).
The reason you’d want more comments to your blog as part of your business, is that engagement with your customers is important to build trust and a strong relationship.
1. Publish when people expect you to publish
Create a publishing schedule and tell your readers about it. You might be asking yourself; how often should I publish? There’s no right or wrong answer, it all depends. Seth Godin publishes a new blog post daily, many other famous bloggers publishes once a week. You decide when, and tell people about it.
2. Write short articles and ask for help
I have written long articles, and I have written many short articles. I get more comments on the short articles, and especially if I ask for help. I might just ask for your opinion at the end, but if I add the question as part of the headline, I get more comments.
3. Respond to comments
Reply to the comments. Think of the people leaving comments on your blog as your VIP followers, you want them to return to your blog and leave more comments. This is part of how you transform a lone nut into a leader.
4. Take a stand and hit a nerve
Don’t be generic. Be specific. Tell people who you are, what you believe and why. It helps to be controversial when you want to get more comments. Ask yourself, would you comment on the post?
5. Make announcements
If you’ve decided to start exercising and run a marathon, tell people. The same goes for everything relevant to your readers. It doesn’t just have to be about your business, if it’s about you, the announcement is relevant.
6. Comment on blogs
You need to comment on blogs. If you support other people, they’ll support you. Leave a comment on a blog, and most likely, the author will read your blog and maybe leave a comment. Besides that, there are 12 reasons why you should comment on blogs.
Your turn: How do you get more comments?
I started out by asking a question; why do you want more comments? That’s a question you need to ask yourself. If more comments is not part of how you make progress as a blogger, you might want to focus on something completely different. But, remember, comments is part of how you build trust and relationships as a blogger.
How do you get more comments? Are you doing something completely different and what works for you? Let’s discuss it in the comments.