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Imagine this scenario: You constantly post fresh content, but for some weird reason your readers refuse to leave comments. You keep track of your Web traffic too—you do in fact have a good amount of visitors and loyal readers. So you’re left thinking, “well then what’s the problem?” If this scene hits a little too close to home you may need to re-evaluate the way you go about blogging to encourage more comments—and to boost blog comments are in fact important. They give you some insight to what you’re doing right/wrong and can even spark inspiration for another spin-off post. That said, to learn some simple tips to get your readers more involved and to post a comment or two, continue reading below.
You may have a tendency to tie up loose ends by writing a closing statement designed to evoke deep thoughts for your readers, but if you really want to get feedback from your readers skip all the rhetorical stuff and ask a real question. Proposing a question is a direct invite for your readers to say something. So, whenever it seems appropriate, try to ask one final question at the end of the closing paragraph that can encourage feedback from your readers. It could be something as simple as “what do you think?”, “do you agree or disagree,” or even a “do you think we missed anything?” question to kick-start comments.
While you may purposefully try to steer away from controversial blog post topics because you don’t want to upset your readers, sometimes readers don’t have much to say about a cookie-cutter post aside from, “oh, that was well written.” But stirring the pot a little by writing some “spicy” headlines and blog posts may just get your readers riled up and their opinions and voices on your comments page. To boost blog comments is not to suggest that you should post explicit and derogatory material, but do try to post a topic that you know will get a reaction out of your readers.
Lastly, you may have a great idea for a blog post that calls for 1,000 words but you might want to consider breaking the post into a two-part series of some sort. This is because the internet doesn’t call for lengthy articles and your reader’s short attention-span may prevent your readers from ever reaching the end; and if they don’t reach the end they won’t contribute with feedback. Thus, try to aim at formulating 300-600 word blog posts.
You want to always get involved whenever your readers comment. This means you should not only thank your readers for taking out the time to leave a comment but also by answering their question/addressing their concerns. If your readers know that you actually care about what they have to say, they will be more inclined to leave more comments in the future. In addition, you want to make sure that your comment box is fully functional and that it sounds warm and inviting—you may want to change your comment box message from “no comments” to “be the first one to comment!”
Guest Post written by Alvina Lopez:
Alvina Lopez is a freelance writer and blog junkie, who blogs about accredited online colleges.
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