Blogger Qs Answered: How do we get people talking (leaving comments)?

June 8, 2010

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Howdy, folks. So how in the world do you get people talking to you… aka leaving comments?

Well we have certainly talked about [intlink id="2601" type="post" target="_blank"]blog commenting[/intlink] before on BizChickBlogs, and that post was one of the more popular ones, too. It’s obviously something people care about.

This question was submitted by Valerie of Bellbridge Blog:

Bellbridge Blog

Q.

I appreciate the insight provided in your blog. Currently we have not received many comments to our blog; would you take a look and forward your opinion of how to get people ‘talking’ to us? Thank you kindly.

A.

Thanks for your question, Valerie! It’s tough, though. There are a couple of factors involved.

The first factor is traffic. What is the traffic like currently on the blog? Remember not to expect that everyone who visits is going to leave a comment. Omer of WebTechWise.com wrote a great post about commenting. You also might want to consider increasing your posting frequency. If there’s going to be a month in between each post, you may lose the attention of interested readers.

The second factor is topic. From your tagline, we are told that your blog is about interior design and specifically about sustainable floor coverings, so one thing you might want to focus on is traveling in blog circles that are home improvement and/or interior design centric. In doing so, you’ll draw people of like-mind back to your blog and the content will be of interest to them.

A great blog in a semi-related niche to look at for an example is Yale Lighting and Appliance.

What needs are you fulfilling with your blog? This is something Darren Rowse of ProBlogger.net has written about several times and discovering the answer for yourself is going to make a world of difference. Ultimately, if you can figure out what it is your intended audience needs to know, or would appreciate knowing, your readers will be grateful and will express the gratitude in some way – probably by leaving comments, but also be passing on the word through social channels like Facebook and Twitter.

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I’m including some additional general blog tips below! Keep up the good work and you might want to buy 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. I have it, I’ve read it, and it’s excellent and will help you accomplish all that you would like to with your blog!

General Blog Tips

  • First things first :): You have great topic choices, length of your posts, and your layout is really lovely.
  • Categorize your posts into topics that make sense. Right now everything is in the Uncategorized category but if you section them off, people will be able to navigate your blog more easily, AND it will organize you as well and give some structure to your blog.
  • Use permalinks. Rather than using the default WordPress permalink structure, perhaps you should use custom permalinks that display the post title in the URL. This will go a long way toward improving SEO, as page URL is one of the most important on-page SEO elements.
  • Respond to comments. In these early stages, you might try to do your best to reply to each comment someone leaves you. Show that you appreciate and desire commenting on your blog. Can you install CommentLuv on your blog? It will encourage more commenting, also.

Thanks very much, Valerie, for submitting your question! If anyone else has input for Bellbridge Blog – helpful tips on how they can facilitate more commenting – please feel free to chip in! And if you are struggling in a similar way, check out everything I’ve linked to in this blog as it will all help you immensely.

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seospidy@Internet marketing August 10, 2010 at 3:48 am

I believe relationship management works best for my blog when i post comment to my neighbour blogs then they come back to my blog after caching by google i got lots of guest post too great post. :)

Arafat H. Piyada June 15, 2010 at 10:49 am

The easier solution to get comment can be commenting in other blog. Blogger are social by nature and if they found your content is useful for them, they never hesitate to give a comment. However, the fact remain the same, you have to write quality content to attract reader.
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Ari Herzog June 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Tip for all: I read more blog posts than I comment, so your goal shouldn't be to seduce me to add a comment but keep writing great stuff that I'll continue reading and tell other people to read. Focus on the eyeball, not the comment, and wonderful things will bounce back your way.

ashok June 9, 2010 at 3:03 am

Actually, one thing that works for me is that friends will sometimes comment on a topic with relevant information, and it is much easier to respond to them. While staying on topic, I can keep the tone light. People tend to chime in when they see people talking already.
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bbrian017 June 8, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I don't know if there is a secret to blog commenting or getting comments. Sometimes I get so many comments on an article I thought would be a flop and other article I spent hours writing gets nothing. I have some amazing article about SEO and Back links that got no comments but simple page rank article have 25 or 30 comments.

I do however think at minimum yo should follow specific steps or guidelines. Your suggestions were great for all bloggers to follow.
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bizchickblogs June 9, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Thanks, Brian! Sorry this got caught up in the spam filter (oy) so it took me some time to find it. Thanks for dropping by.

For those of you who don't know, Brian runs BlogEngage.com which is a great place for bloggers to connect and promote their blogs, so go there. http://www.blogengage.com.
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Firegirl June 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Anyone see success in funny blog posts and comments? I would like to inject more humor in my blog and was wondering if this could lead to more comments as an added bonus?

bizchickblogs June 9, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Ha! We'll see. I just posted something humorous today. I know my strength is in instruction and not humor so I won't be surprised if it doesn't go over well.

That said, Andy Bailey from ComLuv.com – dude is HILARIOUS. :)

Firegirl June 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Interesting, a little test going on here. You will have to let us know of the results!
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dasa June 8, 2010 at 7:07 am

Indeed, to get people to open up, express their opinions is a very difficult task for bloggers! but it is solvable, we must first open up, ask questions to the reader.

Jean Sarauer June 8, 2010 at 1:23 pm

The most commented on posts for me are those that touch on universal feelings or that are especially helpful in some way. I also end each post with a question or two for readers to answer if they choose. Replying to every comment helps too. Hang in there and the comments will pick up!
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bizchickblogs June 8, 2010 at 9:04 am

Hi Jean,

That's true for me, too! And so when I do write something that I know is really only interesting to me, I make sure to brace myself for the fact that no one is going to say anything. :)

Cori June 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Hee…does writing TO your blog count as only writing for you I wonder? ;) Great post Tia, especially about categorizing. I love the way yours are neat and clean. Mine are fairly neat and clean, but I could probably get by with a handful less and make it easier. lol
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bizchickblogs June 8, 2010 at 9:12 pm

:) Thanks, Cori. I remember when I selected those categories. I was looking at someone else's blog and thought her way was better than mine. lol Now I can't remember who! But I like my categories now; they are general enough so that I don't have to keep adding to the list. Everything I write fits into at least one of those categories.

Carla June 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Yes, after all this time I'm finally popping by here to say hi :)

No one comments on my site either :(
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bizchickblogs June 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Yay! So happy you came by, Carla. Do you mean on the running blog? Because you get comments on the other one. I'll have to check out the running blog!

Carla June 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I don't update the other blog anymore — I never got many comments in it anyway. The running blog is now my main blog :) (I talk about running and wedding planning, fun stuff)
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