Today I received my 6,500th comment on Blogging From Paradise.
Look up top for backoffice proof.
I created the blog in 2014. 3 years later I received comment #6500, even after closing comments for over 3 months a while back.
Getting comments was never really a massive goal of mine. During my dingbat blogging days – well before BFP – I obsessed over earning profits and cared less about comments. I even saw responding to comments as an inconvenience during my leanest of years. I know; silly guy.
Over the years I appreciated both getting and responding to comments. Seeing my backoffice light up after a post, visiting my commentor’s blogs and building bonds all were huge difference makers with my blog and online businesses.
I want to share how I nabbed over 6K comments to help you:
- get more comments
- grow your blogger friend network
- get more traffic
- build a loyal blog community
- boost your profits
Let’s dive in.
1: Make it Easy to Comment
- a bespoke system
- Com Luv
during the life cycle of my blog. Each system encourages commenting. Easy commenting. No fuss. No muss. No CAPTCHA. No barriers to comment.
I always made it easy for readers to comment. So they commented.
Avoid archaic CAPTCHA forms or check boxes or anything making commenting a pain in the rump. Make it easy. Get more comments.
2: Ask Questions throughout the Post
I ask 3 to 4 questions in each post to increase engagement. Asking people something goads comments.
Asking folks about their pressing blogging problems, their biggest blogging struggles and their most spectacular blogging dreams puts the ball in their court.
Give them the floor. Give them the podium. Ask. Get the heck out of the way.
Get more comments.
3: Comment on Commentor’s Blogs
Comment on commentor’s blogs to get more comments.
I learned this one from commenting legends like Donna Merrill and Adrienne Smith. Each commented on every one of their commentor’s blogs over months and years to foster friendships and in so doing, to land more comments too.
Unless you have nothing to do with a blogging niche or perhaps the blog is a bit low quality it helps to comment on your commentor’s blogs to build bonds, to increase your blog traffic and to boost your blog comments too.
4: Solve Specific Reader Problems
Solve the pressing problems suffered by your ideal reader. Resonant readers are commenting readers.
My greatest engagement on posts correlates to hitting some pressing, terrible pain point. Perhaps a post dissecting a dramatic drop in blog traffic or profits elicits serious engagement. Comments go through the roof if someone feels the pain and suffering you share and celebrates your solution.
Press on pain points. Stay on topic. Solve relevant problems to get more comments.
5: Respond to Comments Quickly
I respond to comments within minutes or hours. Max response time is 24 hours.
Responding quickly helps you create a party-like atmosphere where more folks want to comment.
Everybody wants to be part of the party.
Replying to comments quickly proves I am not asleep at the wheel. Another good quality for any blogger thirsting for greater engagement.
6: Write Long Form Blog Posts
Longer posts almost always get more pop for me. People respond to thorough value.
Unless involving some massive life-changing news my short posts get little pop.
Some of my longer blog posts generate upwards of 120 comments. Readers love sharing their thoughts in response to resources.
Wrote 1,500 word posts. Or longer. Give readers something to chew on and respond to. Boost your comments.
What tips can you add?