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Why are blog comments important to your blog and how to get more?



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Why are blog comments important to your blog and how to get more?

If you have a blog, then you need some good reviews or comments about your blog post.

Why this important?

Just imagine how you feel when you go to a blog that has a post from a year ago and yet no one has commented yet? Let's assume you've skipped down and seen there are no blog comments. Are you still as likely to scroll back up to read the blog post?

Probably not!

Seeing that others have commented will let you know this is a hot topic, so you will be more likely to comment too.

And, it's easier said than done. How do you get people to actually take time to comment on a blog post, rather than reading it or just skimming and clicking away?

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idealmike

Well one way is to actually ask people. The thing is that's such an obvious way and people sometimes feel rude asking their readers to comment on their blog posts. But it doesn't have to be and asking for your readers opinions, thoughts, feedback etc of your blog posts is all part and parcel of blogging anyway. And as for skimming, well people do do that, but one thing you can do is to paraphrase at the top of your article not to skim it and to read it word for word. Most people will literally still skim that and the rest of your article. But some people will oblige to it and go ahead and actually read it word for word. But asking people at the end of that article to post their comments, questions, thoughts and feedback is one way that can increase that amount of people that do actually post a comment on it. You can't force people to do so and it should always be optional and up to them.

Another way would to reward people that do post comments. Especially those that post great comments. That could be by contacting you after to receive a free gift of some kind. This could be something like an eBook you could email to them. Or even some free tickets or coupon codes or something like that. You could mention that in the post itself but if you can get it out there that you reward commenters on your blog posts, and actually do so, that would encourage more comments all round too. Why are blog comments important to your blog and how to get more?

Another thing to do is just ask more question! Ask questions that you already know the answers of but ask them in your post and leave it up to the reader to answer them. Most blog posts are informative and go into detail about stuff. But few rarely leave them open by asking the readers questions. These could be throughout your blog post or even put at the end of them.

Try that in your next blog posts. Ask some questions and put them in bullet points. Leave them open for people to answer and you should find that actually gets your posts much more comments in response to those questions. Why are blog comments important to your blog and how to get more?



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DarthHazard

I think blog comments are more important to the article writer than they are to the public really. When someone comments something on your article, as long as it is not negative or spam, then you feel proud because someone has decided to take their time to write a comment on something that you have written. I guess blog comments are important to the readers as well because it shows that people are actively visiting the site and reading the content as well. You feel a lot more confident reading the content because the information is much more likely to be reliable and trustworthy if a lot of other people are reading it as well.



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Corzhens

Yeah, blog comments are more important to the writer than the public. In fact, the comment is the most important thing for the blogger because it is the concrete proof that someone is reading the blog and has the interest hence the effort to write a comment. Blogs with so many comments are admirable especially for small blogs that are just starting.



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Kakashi2020

In my opinion blog commentary helps produce more engagements since people would see the comments and might be influenced in commenting themselves, this means for them to post an effective comment, they would have to read your content to its entirety to properly comprehend it in order to give a right comment. What you could do is to ask your friends to write the very first comment on your posts, so that people would see it and be influenced in commenting also.



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Baburra

At the most basic, I would say I am just happy to know by getting comments that people are reading what I am writing, and that I have done my job well enough to warrant extra effort from my audience to put in a few words in the comments after reading my articles. Additionally, I think having an active comment section not only adds value to an article by having lively discussion about it, but also it entices others to do the same when they see that it is encouraged. As for its effect on monetization, I can't say I am educated enough on that specific topic to speak on it, but I imagine having an active community that regularly engages with the content we put out helps a lot in attracting advertisers since it is visual evidence that you have a strong and healthy following that companies might want to sell to.



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Kakashi2020

A good way to jumpstart commentary on a post is by telling your friends and family to post one. Most of the time people would start commenting if they see some comments on a post.



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Authord

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.Blog commenting is very important for online reputation and blog popularity.



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galegatling

Depends on how well you do your blogging strategies and specially in getting comments. What usually works is to ask people what they think or what their opinions are about the article or certain topic that you have posted. Get them interested and keep them hooked. Also, post something that requires argument and interaction. In that way, you'll surely have people commenting faster than Eminem rapping. Why are blog comments important to your blog and how to get more?



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peachpurple

Very good ideas. When I write a post, I usually end the post with questions in order for my readers to comment in my post. Then reply to them, keep them coming back for more information. That way, I could get them to read my other posts too.



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ballyhara

Haha, faster than Eminem. I do like that guy btw. I totally agree with this, the main part for posting is to have some strategy, and making questions is one of the best ones, specially if those questions are about something controversial, make your followers or subscribers feel the need to express their opinions on it. Eventually, they will answer between themselves and you will have a lot of posts.



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Judas2018

I don't normally come to blogs or articles to read the comments or comment section. I read the piece first, and then see what people have to say about it. If there are no comments, and the article greatly filled my need for information on a topic. I am satisfied regardless. I do notice thought that articles with high amounts of comments are controversial ones. Pieces on religion, race, gun control, sexism, etc. They really bring out the trolls and argumentative people. Articles without the proverbial 'stick to stir up the hornets nest,' have very few comments unless the readership is very loyal.



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ballyhara

So do I. Usually I go to posts that look interesting to me, or if they catch my attention somehow. Then, after reading the author opinion, I read the comments about it. Usually controversial ones have mostly the comments, because they allow us to express our own thinking. You may agree or not, but anyway, your opinion is valid, and you can expose whatever is related to the theme. Obviously, that's the reason why controversial postings, are always the best ones for getting a lot of comments.



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Judas2018

Indeed. But I think any article writer or news site prefers constructive dialogue. Some sites manage to actually get that most of the time. Others don't. If you notice, the comments on a controversial topic start out okay. But then by page two they've broken down into insults, sniping and sometimes worse. I think the quality of the readership can be gauged by how many pages of comments it takes before insults start to fly. More mature commenter's try their best to not verbally attack until they themselves are attacked.



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ballyhara

Unfortunately, that's true. I even know people that are always making bad comments, just to make some other get angry, and turn the comments on the bad side. They say they are the controversial ones, or getting the real attitude of every member, but they're nothing but trolls to me. Just like you, I really appreciate a good forum, blog, or site, where you can give and receive information, learn about it, and share experiences with others.



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Judas2018

That's pretty much what a blog or site should be. Heated, passionate debates are fine. But name-calling I think is childish. If you're trying to describe someone or something - plenty of better terms to use than profanity or vile personal attacks.



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ballyhara

True! I was never a fan of being a name-caller, in fact I was always defending the others and myself from those kind of people. I guess is a disrespectful way to call for attention, and to somehow show off. You know, vile persons find it easy to show their evil side, specially online.



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Judas2018

I wouldn't call it vile but more, 'too easy.' Being online gives people such high levels of anonymity, thus they feel empowered to attack without holding back. Because they fear no repercussions.



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Kakashi2020

Agreed, also comments are social interaction signals which is helpful to SEO. Good or Bad you can't go wrong in opening your posts to commentary.



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Corzhens

I have seen blogs with very long line of comments that I think if I would post a comment, it wouldn't be seen. And I believe that a controversial issue has the tendency to receive comments because the reader wanted to rebut or strengthen the opinion of the blogger. That's why bloggers of religious subjects are prone to controversies because religion stirs the minds of the faithful that they just wouldn't take things sitting down.



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mildredtabitha

My blog has not been having comments like for two years now and I had never focused on it. I felt it was because of the less traffic I got. I later learned the importance of having comments and so I am thinking of adding my blog on forums so I can get writers to comment while they get points for it.



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ballyhara

That's the spirit. Go add some new topics or comments. Your blog deserves a refresh, so try to give it a new look, put some new discussions, and make it come alive again. Blogs pass for those not active moments, but it's on us to keep them running.



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