8 Ways to Encourage your Visitors to leave Comments on your Posts

ways to encourage your visitors to leave commentsTalk to your Visitors! Comments and reactions in each Blog post can be very useful in convincing your visitors to visit your Blog regulary. Blog readership can be measured as well by checking how many comments on an average each blog post gets. A blog post with a huge number of comments means that the article and the blog itself is much appreciated. But the question is, How are you going to convince or maintain your visitors to leave comments on your posts? Heres how:

  1. Implement the Do Follow Plugin:
    The dofollow plugin for WordPress lets you remove the evil nofollow attribute from your comments. By implementing this plugin to your blog, it will encourage your readers to leave comments not just because they simply appreciate your post but to gain “link love” as well. Download and activate “do follow plugin now“.
  2. Implement the Top Commentators Plugin:
    By adding “Show Top Commentators” plugin to your blog, you can encourage more discussion from your readers by displaying their names, link to their blogs and number of comments they have made recently to your sidebar. To Download Show Top Commentators Plugin:  Click here
  3. Implement Get Recent Comments Plugin:
    This plugin displays excerpts of the most recent comments and/or trackbacks that have been posted to the articles in your blog. To Download: click here
  4. Respond to Commments :
    Listen to your readers! They love to know your reaction to their comments. Let them know that you listen by answering their questions. In the long run, it will encourage them to go back to see follow up responses.
  5. Leave a Question after each Post:
    Encourage your readers to Speak out and share their views and suggestions about your blog post. I got this tip from Karlo of Pinoyblogero.com, which i find very effective.
  6. Implement Subscribe to Comments plugin:
    Subscribe to Comments is a plugin that allows commenters on your blog to check a box before commenting and get e-mail notification of further comments. It is one of the most popular WordPress plugins out there for the simple reason that it helps foster a community around your blog by encouraging commenters to come back and stay engaged in the dialog. To Download Subscribe to Comments plugin for WordPress: click here
  7. Run a contest: 
    Run contests where participants needs to post comments to your blog, create a trackback, answer questions or some other criterias you may want to include. Offer up a prize to the winner(s). I found this very effective, the most recent contest I had gave almost 55 comments check it here.
  8. Create a controversial post:
    Most bloggers find this unethical but I find this technique very effective. Of course controversial blog post can create missunderstandings and other consequences. Always remember that your blog is publicly available and it has a devastating power. SpiderMan once said “With Great Power comes Great Responsibility“.

Do you value your visitors comments? Do you own a blog that you have trouble receiving comments on? How do you encourage your visitors to return by engaging them in conversation?

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  • Great Post. I’m working on ways to encourage more comments at my site. I’m going to have to try some of these.

  • @ John Bennett: theres no harm in trying… good luck..

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  • @ John Bennett: thanks for the link love

  • Another suggestion would be to write about getting comments… It worked – I commented. ;)

  • @ Parenting Tips: LOL thanks for dropping by

  • i agree with your tips. sme i still have to implement like getting a top commentor plugin

  • You might also want to install the Comment Email Responder plugin. What it does is it emails the commentator a copy of your reply to his/her comment.

  • @ Jaypee : thanks , ill include that later…

  • Marvin

    I agree with this… Melo, you must be an experienced blogger.. thanks for this tip

  • @ Marvin, Im still a newbie.. hehe btw next time you post a comment pls include your URL coz this blog implemented dofollow.. meaning an additional link love for you!

  • very nice tips
    thank you very much
    very helpful:)

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  • Hi, I just stopped by to check to see that you’re still “dofollow”. I’m adding your blog to my list. Thanks!

    RT Cunningham
    Untwisted Vortex

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  • This is a great post!

    I have been thinking about making my blog “do follow” for a while and your tips have convinced me.

    Thanks again