How to Get More Comments! [Blogger Series]

Comments are like currency in the blog world.  Or maybe they are the calling card of the blog world.  They let you know that you’ve had a visitor and in return you let someone else know you stopped in.  Plus, who doesnt love to get a sweet comment from a friend?  I know I do.  
So who wouldn’t want more comments?  They may not be the reason we blog, but they sure are a nice reminder that someone out there is reading.  And cares enough to take the time to say ‘hello!’  
There are a few things that we can do to get more comments.  Simple things that make a huge difference.  
1.  Remove word verification 
Word verification is a tool that is suppose to deter spammers from commenting.  In reality it deters everyone from commenting.  
This is what word verification looks like.  Im sure everyone has seen it.  Its not fun.. I cant ever make out the words half the time and it always tells me to try again.  Which frustrates me and makes not want to comment anymore.  Not that Im upset with the blogger or the post, just that silly word verification.  
Its pretty simple to remove.  Just go to settings (from your dashboard) and click ‘No’ to remove word verification.  Then save.  (When I went to do this mine said ‘yes’.. go figure!)

A few more notes on the comment section.  
- I prefer embedded comments because if people are ‘No-Reply‘ bloggers then you can respond to them right under their original comment.  Plus its a lot cleaner looking.  
- I allow anyone to comment as well.  I have never had a negative comment and if I do get one it is easy to delete.  I do get a few spam comments but they are no biggie.  
- I dont have comment moderation which means when you comment on my site it immediately posts and I dont have to approve it.  
2. Comment as often as possible
I have a rule that if I take the time to read through someone’s post then I have to comment.  (Even if I just say ‘cute!’.. which I tend to do because thats what I think when Im reading the post.)  I feel that it lets the person know I was there.  Its like my calling card.  And they are more likely to come back to my site and comment.  
Sometimes bloggers dont comment back or they take awhile to respond.  Dont let this stop you commenting; people are busy.  But if you continue to comment and you never get a response, feel free to email the blogger and introduce yourself.  Ive done it.  Its not creepy if your genuine.  
http://www.thegrantlife.com/search/label/financial%20friday
3. Link Parties
Link parties are a great way to not only get more comments on your posts but to make new friends.  General rule of thumb is to comment on at least two other posts at the link party.  Its just common courtesy.    Plus it lets others know that you stopped by and they in turn.. comment on your site.  (Ill go into link parties more soon.)
4. Write posts that matter
When you write something that you truly care about and it reflects in your post, people will notice.  Trust me, anyone can throw together a blog post and get a few comments.  But the posts that make a difference in someones life will result in more comments.  (Even if it is a great recipe, or a new hairstyle.)  Im not saying write posts with other people in mind; write posts that you are proud of and show your true self.  
(Last night before I went to bed I thought of two more points about comments.  Yes.. I think about blogging in my sleep.)


5. Make yourself easy to find
When you comment and dont leave a link to your site you are less likely to get a comment back.  Even though we can click on the name and attempt to track them through their blogger profile, not everyone has it set up to show their personal site.  And then you can never find that person and return the comment.  The most common way to make yourself easy to find is by:
a. Putting your URL in your name (like you see above – Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com) -or-
b. Posting your URL at the end of your comment
(You can also make your sites URL clickable with html coding.. super easy to do and saves time finding you.)
6. Make Genuine Friends
The first few readers that you have to your blog are most likely your real life friends and family. They read your site and encourage you in real life, but if they are not bloggers they may not know anything about commenting.  Which is fine, I dont blog only for comments (even I love love love them!).  The bloggy world is a huge community of people just like you and me that are trying to share their stories.  Find someone that you connect with and encourage each other through comments and emails.  I truly have met some of the greatest people through blogging and I am happy to call them my friends.
Kelley
Kelley is a work at home mom who loves making her kids laugh. She enjoys cooking, crafting, and the everyday chaos of life.
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Comments

  1. says

    I detest word verification. I double checked and mine was on (sorry to those who commented on my blog!). I have actually given up when trying to leave comments because I couldn't figure out the letters and refreshing just didn't give me better ones. Thanks for the post.

  2. says

    Thanks for sharing this good info, I also thought I didn't have word certification on and lobamd behold ibdos. If you have not looked yourself, do it now readers!

  3. says

    Good tips! I love the new reply option that Blogger recently added to comments, but last time I checked it wasn't working correctly with bloggers that have a custom template. I'll have to check on that again.

  4. says

    Great advice, Kelley! And I know that everything that you say about commenting is absolutely genuine because you have been my most consistent commenter since I started my blog last month. I appreciate your feedback and letting me know that someone is reading!

    Thank you so much!

    Claire @ alittlesomethinginthemeantime.blogspot.com

  5. says

    Whenever I turn off my word verification I get no less than 10 spam comments a day. I feel like I can't keep up with them. I wish there was a better way to stop the spam!

  6. Jessica says

    OK, I'm asking; how do you html code a link to your site in a comment?

    Don't forget no-reply commenters, so frustrating to not be able to answer a question!

  7. says

    Hi! Just found you through the EGG HUNT– what fun! I participated too and was just thrilled to be included. I appreciate your post here about comments…so I am commenting to let you know! I am new to blogging and comments absolutely make my day. Hope you'll stop by to see me at http://www.abakershouse.com
    Holly

  8. --Amie-- says

    So glad you posted this! I have truly noticed that since I have regularly been commenting on blogs, I myself have been getting regular commenters! =)

  9. says

    Great Post, Kelley! My biggest disappointment and frustration….”noreply-comment”!! Most people don't even realize that their emails cannot be replied to…. I keep trying to hunt them down… :)

  10. says

    Oh man, I'm so guilty of reading and not commenting :(. I'm sorry to say, I do this to you all the time. Sometimes because I read your posts via email (and, hey, only a select few get email priority, so that's something, right??)…and, sometimes I come over and read, think great thoughts and then leave without commenting. I'm the worst at that! SO sorry! I'll try to do better…

    Great post, though!! Or, in your words “cute!” ;-)

  11. says

    Love to see all the comments :) I was just saying to a fellow blogger that commenting and being active on other people's blogs will help you gain friends and comments also :) I tend to comment a lot then slow down when I get busy. I have gained several true friends from blogging and I love it :) Thanks for this post it was great. I'm your newest follower, please feel free to come along and follow my blog the happily ever after project

  12. says

    I LOVE this post!! Thank you so much for the tips. I totally agree with you..I do not like the word verification. It is annoying!

  13. says

    For some reason, I have to constantly turn off word verification. I click on “no”, then save it. I go back in to make sure it still says “no” and it dose. Then, the next day or two days later, it's back to saying “yes”. Have you or anyone else had this problem? I cannot stand the word verification.

  14. says

    Amen! Amen!! I so do NOT like that word verification. OR the no-reply. That is one of the many things I LOVE about wordpress – you have to leave your name and email address to comment. I moved from blogger ealier this year and I've never been sorry!
    I have been thinking about blogging about the word verification thing too – when I do I will be linking to your post – you said it very well for all the blogger hosted blogs! Thank you!

  15. says

    Great collection of thoughts on the topic. Keeping them in mind is going to save me a lot of trouble! Thanks for sharing =)
    I just recently discovered tht I'm a terrible blogger (however, hopefully not writing terrible posts ;-) ) because I thought clicking on the reply button under a comment on my blog means that I actually answer the person with an e-mail. Go figure! So not a single person on my blog got an answer to their comments which is so embarrassing. Duh! Maybe that's a tip that you want to include, too.
    Anja @ cocalores.blogspot.com

  16. says

    Thank you. I found this post full of good information. Although I do all of the above I still get very few comments on my blog. I know people are busy and I do get a lot of views. So at least people are looking hee hee

  17. says

    Well hmmm I guess I need to comment more :) I do try to but as I read it I realized that I have already improved my blog by reading yours and I had yet to comment. Bad Tracy. Sorry I will try to fix that and thank you so much for bringing it to my attention. I guess I get so involved in what I am doing that I forget someone else too the time to put it out there for me to read. So thank you and sorry for being a lurker. I will try harder to show my appreciation instead of just thinking it. p.s. I took off word verification as soon as I read that. I have always hated it too.

    • says

      Hey Tracy! Thanks for stopping by! Commenting on others blog is great for so many reasons, but its hard to do sometimes. I understand. I appreciate every comment I get because I know it takes time to leave it. And yay for no more word verification! :)

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