How to get more comments on your blog…
It’s a question I’ve been asked about more than a few times by fellow bloggers who are looking to grow their audience.
Since one of the purposes of Talkin About Thursdays (see button and instructions for joining in below) is to visit each other’s blogs and get people talking,
and since today’s topic is anything, with the only requirement being to stop by each other’s blogs and leave a comment,
I thought I’d take a minute to talk about comments today.
I have to start off by saying I love comments.
It’s through them that I’ve gotten to know many of you, and it’s through them that a sense of community has been built here.
I’ve discovered great blogs and resources, I’ve been touched by the way you’ve reached out to my friends and family, and I’ve laughed and cried — all as a result of you taking a minute to leave a comment. Thank you!
When I answered Lori’s question last week about growing her blog, I also emailed her some points about comments, because while I’m not an expert, I do have some thoughts on them and I wanted to encourage her.
Here are some of the things I shared:
–Each comment, even if you only get one, is important. It’s a reflection that your post touched someone enough that they took the time to share their thoughts or respond in some way.
–Remember that the number of comments on a post doesn’t necessarily reflect the number of people reading it. For example, last week, the day I got the least comments was also the day I got the most traffic on my blog. Another example: when I posted one of my most popular posts (Five Reasons Why Whiteboards Are The Greatest Parenting Tool Ever) last year, I got about 3,500 visits the first day it posted, but I think just about 30 comments, so you can see that the number of comments doesn’t always reflect the number of people reading. A post with just a few comments on it might be your best post ever, as well as your most-read.
–As much as you can, be personal in your comments on other people’s blogs and in your responses to the comments on yours. While it’s not always possible to respond to every comment I get, I do read and appreciate each one. Sometimes, I’ll email a response. Sometimes, I’ll stop by that person’s blog. And as many times as I can, if I learn something from a reader’s comments or if it’s something I want to share, I’ll try to mention it in a later post, or link to that person at some point in the future.
-While comments are an important part of fostering a sense of community on any blog, try not to get caught up in focusing on quantity. Focus on providing value and appreciating and interacting with your readers instead. :)
If you’re a blogger and you’ve been wondering about comments, I hope this helps in some small way.
And if you’re interested in visiting other blogs or introducing yours, join in and link up today for Talkin’ About Thursdays…
All you have to do is:
-choose any post from your blog (it can be old or new)
-link back here (you can use my button if you want)
-add your link to the list below
-then stop by each other’s blogs, leave a comment, and get talkin!