5 Ways To Increase Comments On Your Blog via @NicheParent #blogging

23 Oct Top 5 Ways To Increase Comments On Your Blog

5 Ways To Increase Comments On Your Blog via @NicheParent #blogging

This entry was submitted by one of our community members.

Most people want comments on their blog. There is the odd person who does not see the benefit of the engagement that comments show on a blog. On our blog, we largely do products reviews, brand ambassadorships and sponsored posts. Our partners want to see engagement with readers when we’re talking about their brand. Thus, comments are a GREAT thing.

Now that I have convinced you that you need them, how can you get them? These 5 steps will help:

  1. Make it easy. Am I the only one out there that can NEVER get the CAPTCHA lettering correct? It is also frustrating to have to take the time and sign up for an account on the page, just to make a comment. To be frank, I won’t do it. My time is precious and unless it is something that I am VERY passionate about, I will not take the time to do it. I know we do not like spammers, so a nice little tick box ‘I am not a spammer’ works just great for us here at TOTS and TOTS: Family.
  2. Ask a question. Once you have a dedicated, or vocal readership, you will get comments on some topics. One way of encouraging this, or encouraging discussion on a specific topic is to ask a question. As an example my business partner, Katrina, asked a question in this post and 12 people replied. Not all of them answered the question, but it certainly helped generate comment ideas. If you are anything like me, if someone asks me a question, I will answer it.
  3. Ask for comments. Sometimes a few comments will get the ball rolling, either because they make people believe that commenting is a good thing to do, or it sparks some interesting conversation that your readers will want to get involved in. Asking for a comment from a blogger group, or on your Facebook page is a great way to get the ball rolling.
  4. Create some controversy. People love to debate topics they feel passionate about. I was excited to see the comments in response to one of our contributor’s, Kelly’s post on bedsharing that came out a few months ago. I expected that parents who bedshare, or feel strongly against co-sleeping will want to share their opinions with our readership. Sometimes a little (and in my opinion, ONLY a little) drama is a good thing for a blog.
  5. Reply to comments. Taking the time to reply to almost all the comments you receive on your page will make people feel heard. This is important. Asking another question in your reply, or even just making a statement may also encourage them to reply to your reply, which obviously adds more comments to your page. It is also just polite, in my opinion.

Side note: Using CommentLuv on your blog will allow you to see posts that your commenters are posting, which is a great way of getting to know your readers and supporting other blogging mamas.

Those are what I consider the top 5 ways to encourage commenting on your blog. Do you agree? How do you encourage engagement on your blog?

 

Cat Clutchey of Tots Business

This entry was submitted by one of our community members. If you are interested in submitting a social media/blogging related article, email assistant [at] thenicheparent{dot}com with subject line “Guest Author Submission.”

About the contributor: Catherine, a mom-erce promotion whiz is the mommy of four awesome boys and a beautiful baby girl. Lover of cupcakes and all things kid related (except video games). A serial mompreneur, Cat currently owns Bundles and Buzz and FlipSize Canada as well as being co-owner of TOTS: Business and TOTS: Family, FREE resources for busy, modern parents!

Nadia Jones
nadia@thenetworkniche.com

Nadia is the CEO & Owner of The Network Niche Influencer Agency. Nadia has over 8 years of social media marketing experience connecting bloggers and online influencers to brands. She’s been named an “innovator” and “game changer” by her peers for leading the way in how brands connect to diverse and multicultural bloggers.

5 Comments
  • Anne Sweden
    Posted at 15:59h, 23 October Reply

    Number one is a biggie. Like you, I rarely leave a comment if I have to jump through a lot of hoops to do it. Having to “sign in” is guaranteed to steer me away. By the way, hats off to The Niche Mommy for making the comment form so simple!!

  • Jessica Hehir
    Posted at 06:12h, 24 October Reply

    Thanks so much! I love comments on my blog, but I usually just cross my fingers and hope for the best. Your approach will be more practical!

  • Jen @Making Our Life Matter
    Posted at 20:51h, 02 November Reply

    CAPTCHA is my #1 reason for not commenting on a blog. If an owner is that worried about spam, then they should moderate the comments instead.

  • Jenny
    Posted at 02:03h, 13 December Reply

    Captcha is definitely annoying since most blogging platforms have built it spam detectors that auto mark them as spam, so we shouldn’t really have to jump through the extra hoops for you to prevent it. Also, I feel like people should have name and url as a comment option instead of logging in or signing up for certain programs that way others can get a backlink in the process. I just switched over to intensedebate because it has commentluv as an application, so we shall see how that works, even though it has certain network logins in order to leave a comment. lol I never said I wasn’t crazy.. 😉

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