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You have been blogging for quite some time now. The traffic is growing steadily, but the amount of blog comments are not getting there. You wanted to connect with other people with similar interest when you first started your own blog, but so far it seems like no one’s caring about your posts. So why is no one commenting to share their thoughts? Here are 5 reasons why you might not be getting many comments.
Your Posts Are Too Long
Even though writing longer posts may lead you to more keywords and better SEO results, most readers want posts to be short and clean. Writing a long post that seems to go on forever won’t get you anywhere from getting nice blog comments. Most readers check how long a post is before deciding they should read your post or not. Therefore, it’s important to keep your posts at a reasonable length. Another tip is to make sure your fonts and texts are extremely easy to read and absorb. That is – divide your post into appropriate paragraphs and perhaps headings.
You Never Really Asked For Comments
Not many people likes the idea of posting the first comment on the post, purely because it would seem to be “awkward” to be the only one commenting. But once your blog is significantly popular, your loyal readers will start to comment more often and before you know it they will always want to go for the first comment of the post!
But before that happens, you might want to start off by putting a question at the end of every posts you publish. Something like… “Did you find the post useful/funny/entertaining?” or “What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!”. By doing this, you are specifically asking your visitors to comment because you want them to!
What?! What is Facebook?
You know how some blogs make you have to connect to social sites such as Facebook, Twitter and even WordPress, just to comment? Some may find it irritating to have to do that. But the worse thing is, many are forgetting that there are still many blog visitors who aren’t connected to social networking sites!
Make sure you don’t make it difficult for people to comment – just a normal form requiring the name, email and comment would do. Always think of the simplest way for a visitor to connect with your blog.
Relevant interlinks are great. But there’s got to be a limit – countless of interlinks will set your readers wandering around and opening up too many tabs. Depending on your blog topic and suitability, there shouldn’t really be any more than 3-5 interlinks. A good tip would be to set your link to open in another tab, so readers can always come back to your post that they came for in the first place and still get to comment.
Interact With Your Readers
Readers who have posted one or two comments before would stop commenting, if the author doesn’t even care about them. Make sure you are responding back to them and try to talk to each and every one of your reader. This is an excellent strategy of building a positive relationship with your visitors, especially your long-term readers. This way, your readers would love to keep reading your upcoming stories/posts and you will be more happy about receiving more interactions. In the end, it’s really beneficial for you and your readers.