Until comments begin to show up, new bloggers often feel like they’re in an echo chamber – talking to themselves.
For some blogs, it can take months before someone comments. For others, a matter of days.
It’s when we feel what we’re sharing isn’t being read, we think of giving up.
After all, blogging is supposed to be interactive.
I feel fortunate that I receive the amount of comments I do. Comments inspire me to continue on. Comments inspire new posts. And via comments I get to meet other bloggers.
But it wasn’t always that way. My audience (or lack thereof) remained silent for quite some time.
I’d publish posts, but no one seemed to care.
But I didn’t give up.
What worked for me were five things.
- I visited other blogs and left comments.
- I linked to other blogs, but I did it a little different.
- Another important aspect to receiving comments, ASK questions.
- I answered the comments I received.
- I asked a comment expert for additional advice.
Not every blogger reciprocated with comments on my blog, but some did, as did some of their readers. HINT: Comment on new or smaller blogs. Generally, A-list bloggers do not reciprocate comments.
I set up a series which I named, “New Blog Of The Week” (NBOTW) and hunted for new bloggers (usually under four months old). I used Tuesday as my NBOTW day and would write a post showcasing their blog, including excerpts from three of their posts/pages and included links to them.
This was a slow process, but over time, I began to build my readership, as well as my blog community.
I’ve discontinued this series, however, the list of 90 blogs remains here.
Even if you feel your post is complete, it doesn’t hurt to ask your readers, “Did I forget anything?’, “What are your thoughts on this topic?”, or ____fill in the blank___.
Give readers a reason to comment.
Although I occasionally miss comments which show up on older posts, my goal is answer all comments I receive on this blog.
Unfortunately, due to the amount of spam I receive, I closed the comments on posts older than 90 days.
Liz Strauss, of Successful and Outstanding Bloggers is known for the huge amount of comments she has received over the years so naturally she was the one I approached for advice.
The information Liz shared is priceless.
For some bloggers, comments aren’t important, but for others, they become the real reason to continue on.
What technique(s) do/did you use to entice your readers to comment?
Care to share?