You might want to know the secret sauce of blog commenting here!
Well, I got more than one to share with you!
Let me clarify something before I get started!
I’m not the best expert to tell you how to get blog comments but all I can share is that what I did in the last few months that increased comments on my blog.
Comments show that people are interested in your opinion — more importantly, it shows that there are a bunch of people who are coming over to read and respond to your content. It gives a huge signal to the first timers who land on your blog post.
There is something that hurts me.
I feel bad that some newbie bloggers step on the wrong foot.
What they do is that they comment JUST TO COMMENT.
I guess they believe that the biggest reason for leaving a comment on someone else’s blog post is to leave the link on his or her property to gain the benefit.
This mindset could take them off the rails, and that’s what I don’t want to happen.
You don’t have to put your blog post or page’s link in the comment URL.
WordPress has made the comment URLs nofollow ages ago.
So, if your SEO friend tells you to go aggressive on commenting to get the SEO juice, you might want to check that reference. It clearly tells that WordPress 1.5 and above versions will attribute nofollow to all user-generated comment data.
Back to the point!
Well, I wasn’t seeing any traction underneath my blog posts.
But I never thought to do the cliché SEO things — not for a split second.
Here is what I did:
I Got More Engaged in the Facebook Comments
Does it look like a strategy?
That’s why most of us miss out in the first place.
I started thanking everyone who used to like, comment, and share my blog posts on social media.
A fellow blogger John Paul Aguiar does that. I saw him doing that. Perhaps, that was somewhere in my sub-conscious mind. He goes on to thank every single person who likes or comments on his Facebook posts.
When I did that, it influenced not just my blog visitors, but it also increased the number of comments.
You might say 20 comments!
Is that your best number?
It means 10 unique comments and 10 of them are your replies!
Well, two years back, I was on zero; so yeah I’m happy about that.
I’m telling you to use the power of Facebook comments. If you share your blog post on your timeline and 3 friends like it, go to your comments, thank your friends by tagging them. It does impact on your overall engagement. It’s a fact that when you interact with people and they respond to you on any big social media platform, the platform encourages that sort of activity.
So, get off your couch and start interacting with friends after sharing your blog post.
I Started Interacting More on Twitter
I felt that I’m really not cashing in on Twitter. Using the right hashtags would attract the new audience; what about the people who’ve already followed you. If they aren’t interacting with you, then it’s a big problem.
Do you know what I did?
I started interacting with a lot of them.
Anyone who notices me on Twitter, for example, like my tweet, retweet it, or follow me. I tend to start off a conversation even if it’s a short one.
Sometimes, it’s just a THANK YOU tweet!
Sometimes, it’s a DM.
I felt that I was missing this thing out.
If you’re thinking what twitter interaction has to do with the comments, then let me tell you.
Perhaps, it’s not going to make a big difference but I’ll take my chances.
The reason is that my blog URL is on my twitter profile. Anyone who visits my Twitter profile could land on my blog after a single click. Additionally, I’m using the Twitter cover to the fullest. It also reveals my blog URL. So, the chances are, out of every 100 people who see my Twitter profile, at least, 8 people could come visit my blog. I’m an optimist; I won’t dwell on 92 readers that aren’t coming to my blog, instead, I’d be pumped to serve the 8 readers that are stopping by.
I Started thoroughly Reading Others’ Blog Posts
There is a clear difference between a comment that is done after a thorough read and the one that is done without reading the blog post.
Although, I never ever left a comment on someone else’s blog without reading the blog post.
But I started reading the blog posts from other bloggers compassionately to understand the point of view. And, I started leaving the comments about what I observed about the blog post, in fact, highlighting the key elements of the blog post did help the cause.
What it did was that my comments on others’ blogs got better.
Because once you read the blog post and comment explaining what you’ve learned; what you think about the points being discussed — it just takes the comment to the next level.
I’m not the one who stops by on others’ blogs every single day just to comment. Usually, I take a couple of days every week to read some of the interesting blog posts that I recently came across. Sometimes, I open up through my inbox because I have subscribed to various blogs or I use the Pocket tool to read the bookmarked articles.
I Started Sharing Others’ Content More Often
Believe it or not, sharing others’ useful content with your friends has its perks. You can’t always come up with a fresh content of yours. The best you can do is share your friends’ content with your Facebook and Twitter followers.
It does work very well. Not only does it built relations with other bloggers, but you also get to feed fresh content to the followers. I make sure that I share others’ content on both Twitter and Facebook.
You might see people doing this all along but they don’t realize the importance of this strategy, therefore, either they don’t do it on a consistent basis or they stop at some point.
So, having the clarity of what you’re doing does help.
As you can see, I’m discussing the wireframe of my personal blog commenting strategy and I’m trying to explain that sharing others’ content on social media has helped me gain more comments on my blog.
So, I’m crystal clear what I’ve been doing lately and what I’m conveying it to you. The clarity matters.
I Encouraged Subscribers to Comment On My Blog Post
Of course, I share my blog posts with my email list.
Whenever I send them a newsletter, whether it’s an update or a weekly newsletter, I make sure that I tell them about the recently posted blog post. In fact, I go one step further and ask them to leave a comment underneath the blog post.
The reason is that email subscribers are the ones who have been following you on a different level. They trusted you with their email addresses and they’re open to receiving your emails; probably because you’ve impressed them or helped them in the past.
There is no harm in asking your email list subscribers to open up the blog post to check it out and leave a comment at the end of the blog post.
It’s time to Wrap up the blog post
There is no hidden secret behind the comments on my blog.
I’m not bragging that I get so many comments — because I don’t get so many comments, after all.
I just shared the strategies that have started the commenting process on my blog.
People stop by and leave comments more than ever.
Blogging is all about sharing something useful with your readers.
I did exactly that.
You should do the same with your readers.
Are you struggling with your blog commenting?
Let me know in the comments below and keep an eye on others’ comments on this blog post because there might be great opinions coming your way through this comments section. Stay tuned.