Let’s face it, receiving comments means we know “for sure” our blog posts are be read (or maybe skimmed), and in some cases, comments are what keeps us motivated to keep going.
But, how to get others to comment on our blogs is something we’re often uncertain of.
Recently a semi-new blogger left a comment on an older post of mine.
To reiterate, this is what Linda of Roses To Rainbows wrote.
I’m glad I stumbled across your blog. I am trying to earn an audience. I have been blogging since September, and thanks to a statcounter, I know a few people are stopping by. To date I have had a total of 3 comments and a couple people responded to my email instead of commenting.
I invite people to comment, and often times ask a question or invite readers to relate a story or experience. I would really [like to] interact with people. My blog is not about any one thing specifically. I have pictures, recipes, coupon & grocery stores savings, musings about what we’ve been up to and links to other places I visit. I’ve tried to make it attractive and interesting, but apparently something is lacking.
I do post on other blogs when I enjoy what I’ve read/seen, have something useful or informative to say or ask a question. I don’t just plop down a comment on every blog just for the sake of “being seen”.
I noticed two things about Linda’s comment. First she said she is trying to EARN an audience, and secondly she says, “I don’t just plop down a comment on every blog just for the sake of “being seen”.”
I like her attitude. She’s not looking for a free ride, nor will she comment just to comment.
When answering her comment, I wanted to share what I’ve learned and in part, said,
I also noticed you commented on an older post. Although I don’t close comments and appreciate any comment I get, what I’ve found is by also commenting on the current post (if it’s something that moves you) the other bloggers who comment may read your comment and click on your link. I can’t guarantee it will drive more traffic to your blog, but it will help to get yourself in front of others as on most blogs the “action” is on the most current post.
That’s one thing I’ve found to be true. Although we may have dozens of articles buried in our archives, unless a reader has subscribed to comments, the comments which are left on older posts usually end up being a conversation between the blog author and the commenter only.
To help Linda (or any new blogger) get more comments, what advice would you give?
Or, do you have the same problem as Linda?
Care to share?