How many of you are having trouble getting people to leave comments on their blog?
Before I became a blogger, I never noticed ‘comments’ although I searched the Internet regularly for information and went to many blogs.
Now that I’m a blogger myself and know the importance of comments, I try to return the favor to people who have visited my blog.
Comments tell your readers that you are engaged with others. I know when I visit a post and there are no comments, in the back of my head I ask why?
As people visit your blog and interact with you through comments, your relationship with your readers will grow, as well as, your website traffic and your reputation.
There are some things that I noticed that I think are some of the reasons why people don’t leave comments. If we can figure out ‘why’, then we can fix it and start obtaining those comments.
So here are 6 reasons why people may not be leaving comments on your blog.
1. No call to action to ‘leave a comment’ or interact with the writer.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this from experienced bloggers. It’s been in every course and every experienced blogger will tell you to ‘put in a call to action.’
Many people have told me that they just didn’t think about leaving a comment for various reasons like they didn’t feel that anyone would be interested in what they had to say, so they did nothing.
Tell the reader you’d like to hear from them. It definitely makes a difference because they will at least pause and think about it before leaving your page.
2. Your blog has no comments
I know people I talk to are hesitant to be the first one to leave a comment on what appears to be an unpopular or new blog. We judge immediately that the value of the post or content is not valuable to people. Maybe a bit harsh, but that’s what happens. But hey, we all had to start somewhere right..so even if the blog is new – leave a comment! 🙂
3. You have to login to leave a comment. This will immediately stop me from leaving a comment for two reasons:
- It’s troublesome. With the world of hackers and spammers running rampant on the Internet, for me it becomes a matter of security. I do not want to leave my information ‘just at any old post,’ especially if I have not been engaged with the writer or know the writer yet.
- It also becomes time consuming. When I am syndicating, because of my busy schedule, I schedule a certain time frame to keep to my schedule. If my goal that day is to syndicate 10 blogs, then anything that slows me down is a deterrent. Hence, I may not leave a comment. I know many others who feel the same way.
4. Your comment has to be approved by an Admin.
One thing that bothers me is that after I’ve read through a post and I type in my comment, it’s disappointing when it comes back and tells me it has to be approved by an admin.
I understand that it is because of security protecting against spammers and hackers. But hackers and spammers may find a way in anyway and if you have good security (yes even if you have to pay for it), spam should be caught and hackers should be stopped.
5. Writers do not follow-up and answer comments back.
One thing I was taught is to answer ‘every’ person who leaves a comment on my blog. I know one awesome blogger who gets over 100’s of comments regularly and she answers ‘every single person’ who leaves a comment on every one of her posts. Needless to say, she and her blog are very popular!
Some bloggers don’t even know to go back and engage their readers or approve the posts, so your posts never shows up. You now have lost a potential relationship and this is what our blogs should be about in the first place.
6. Your blog is boring or content is not valuable to the reader.
About 5 months ago, I read a post from a friend of mine that asked if ‘your blog was boring.’ Since I was receiving little to no comments, I immediately re-evaluated by blog and based on her input in her post, determined that the answer was ‘Yes.’ My blog was boring! 🙁
Instead of being upset or disappointed, I took the opportunity to make a major change to my writing and my topics and almost immediately turned it around so that comments were being left, blogger interaction increased and so did visitor traffic.
Well, those are six reasons why people will not leave comments on your blog.
It’s important to know and make changes as necessary to get people to comment as it provides two way communication between you and your readers. It provides social proof and is a prime way to development relationships with people with whom you want to interact.