Everyone knows that comment boxes are a sure fire to increase the traffic to your blog. People tend to develop a personal connection when they have a say on what goes on in a blog. Not to mention they get to communicate with other like-minded(and often not) individuals. But how do you turn readers into commentators? It’s easier than you think, sometimes. Below is Webrulon’s handy, dandy guide to increasing the amount of comments on your blog.
First of all, there has been much written about this topic in other places. Let’s take a moment to honor those zen masters by relinking some of them:
- 10 techniques to get more comments on your blog
- 10 tips for attracting more comments
- How to increase comments on your blog
- Encourage your first time commenters
- Get your Blog lurkers to comment
- Getting people to comment on your new blog
Now here’s our take. Here is what we think you do to get those comment boxes a-rumblin’.
Encourage lurkers to get involved – Even with comment boxes, most people who visit your blog can be categorized as lurkers. They look, they listen but they don’t speak. Stem that tide by suggesting people say a bit about themselves. If a lurker emails you personally suggest they get involved in the community of the site. You’d be surprised how well some gentle prodding works.
Ask questions – End posts with a question. This way readers have something to think about and, more importantly, something to form an opinion on. Never underestimate the power of a good, or a childish, debate.
Become part of the dialog – If people do begin leaving comments, get involved. Comment back and make your presence known. People like when the webmaster interacts with the readers. It lets them you know you are a real person and robot somewhere. This, in turn, allows them to open up.
which allows commenters on your blog to check a box before commenting and get e-mail notification of further comments. This encourages them to come back and continue the thread, especially if there is some hefty blog drama going on.
Reward those who comment – Everyone loves a treat. There are several easy and fun ways to reward users who get involved. WordPress offers a plugin(Below) that shows lists of the top users who comment. Also, link to pertinent comments once in a while and build future posts around them.
Make it easy – This might be a bit of a headache for you, but eliminate the need for captcha entering or registration in order to leave comments. The easier it is the more people will just throw their thoughts out there.
WordPress help – WordPress has a number of fantastic plugins designed with this task in mind. Check out the plugins that can help increase comments.
Now, to practice what I preach, what techniques have you guys used to get those feisty comment boxes to light up?