Blog Comment Generating Techniques

Three Underused Blog Comment Generating Techniques

I could easily change the title of this Thursday’€™s Quick Blogging Tip to, Three Under-Used Relationship Building Techniques.

image - Blog CommentersI have been blessed with some of the greatest blogging friends online. You comment, share and help one another. Thank You for that. πŸ™‚ One question I consistently get asked is, “How are you getting so many people to comment on your blog?Β€ There are plenty of steps we, as bloggers, take every day to encourage our readers and subscribers to comment. We take the time to reply to blog comments, we add a call to action by actually asking for comments on every post and make it easy for people to post comments by eliminating silly hoops to jump; or at least we should.

Three Common Sense Commenting Techniques:

Follow Your Blog Commenters

This was pretty big not long ago but I see less and less blogs doing it today. I’m not sure if we’ve gotten a little lazy as bloggers or what but it’s a very powerful way of developing blogging allies. When possible, follow the link that your commenters leave and post a quality comment on their blog if itҀ™s something you can relate to. If the blog is about Underwater Welding Careers and you can’t come up with a decent comment, tweet their post using their @ name, 1+ it or like it. Better yet, do all of the above. Everyone likes a little attention and who better to give a few minutes of your time than your readers?

Engage Commenters On Your Favorite Blogs

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We see this on a few very active blogs and it’s a cool thing to witness. One person will leave a great comment and it will trigger one or more bloggers, other than the admin, to reply to that comment. Sometimes this turns into a forum style thread that goes many levels deep with a handful of bloggers; all getting to know each other a little better. This social interaction can help to build a bond that lasts for years.

Follow Commenters On Other Blogs

Don’t stop with tip number two, visit those “third party” commenter’s blogs and interact there as well. You’ll be surprised at the results.
Tip: It’s best to interact with bloggers within you niche.

Okay, I did it; I actually kept a quick blogging tip Thursday post short and to the point.

Do You Have Any Blog Comment Generating Ideas?

How do you encourage commenting on your blog? Have you tried any of these blogging techniques and did they work for you? If you have anything to add I’d love to discuss it with you in the comments below.

Inspired by:Β 5 Ways to Encourage Comment Discussion on Your Blog

About Brian D. Hawkins

Blogging superhero by day and internet super villain by night. Blogger, future online millionaire and an all around great guy.

Comments

  1. on Tip #3 – I always did that, when I find something that looks interesting I dont think twice on heading to that blog.

    • Hi Herbert, I was just practicing Tip#1 and found a link back to my blog on your latest post. Thank you for that. I’m running behind today and I wanted to make sure I visited everyone’s blog as I was replying to comments. I’m glad I did.

  2. sai krishna says

    your one of the last short TIP is really very useful.keep rocking πŸ™‚

  3. Engaging the other commenters also work well. The author almost always will join such conversations, and when that happens, other commenters chime in as well.

  4. I believe that people are willing to comment on your blog much more in case you have the amazing WordPress plugin: CommentLuv installed. This makes it so much easier to build/maintain a community, where you can see right away, who had to say what, and about what. Do you believe in this too? πŸ™‚

  5. You will get a lot of commenters if you interfere with them. Answer to each and one of them and you will get feedback.

  6. If you want to get more valuable comments then try to reply to your commenters questions and appreciate them for giving their time to your blog. Engagement with the blog readers helps a lot.

  7. I love this. It’s like the 6 degrees of separation, which I understand has turned into 4 degrees of separation thanks to FaceBook and Twitter – except for bloggers. So let’s take this one step further. At those third party blogs, see which commenters look like they also have interesting blogs. I have done this before, and because I am active in business, writing, personal development and personal finance communities, I have read an amazing array of interesting posts. No wonder I don’t have time to read the newspaper anymore!

  8. Matt Kinsella says

    I think using comment friendly gadgets like Commentluv (that you use here) will encourage people to leave comments.

    • Thanks Matt, that’s two mentions of Commentluv so far. It really is a great tool. I just downloaded your e-book “Guide to Creating Luck & Opportunities” by the way, I’m looking forward to reading it.

  9. Good stuff here Brian. I will admit that I’m a bit more perspicacious in which links I’ll follow back to other blogs now because one, I don’t have the time, and two, the title & link might not grab my eye as something I’m interested in. You know, if someone’s talking about cosmetics or growing flowers I’m just not going to check it out because I’m not interested in that stuff. It’s a great strategy but people have to find stuff they like, otherwise they’ll never leave great comments.

    • Absolutely Mitch, I agree 100%. That’s why I added in “if itҀ™s something you can relate to” and recommend we stay within our niche. The later part is for SEO more than anything else but it would be pretty tough for me to come up with a decent comment on “grass seed germination rates”. Great point.

  10. Solid techniques, really. Still, people get further and further away from these basics, and i believe this happens because a lot of other factors bringing in traffic came to life, like social networks.
    People had to choose how to split their time, and comments simply didn’t make it.

  11. I personally find that the more I get out and comment on other blogs, the more I get back. Consistency is very important and the comments should speak for themselves. No “great post” comments πŸ™‚

  12. EleonoraEOF says

    Hello Brian,
    this is my first time to visit your blog. This is really a nice post, thanks for sharing with us. In my opinion, people like to comment more on others blogs if that person has CommenLuv installed, at least it is what i noticed until now. Also, people like to receive responses to their comments. Keep up with good posts!
    Cheers!

  13. Lennart Heleander says

    Hi Brian,
    To follow good comments on other blogs has helped me to find Wong with TheBadblogger, Ana with trafficgenerationcafe, Hesham with Famousbloggers, etc.

  14. Ganesh J. Acharya says

    “Everyone likes a little attention” well said… that’s the key. I liked you personally coming to my blog and commenting.

  15. ioana moise says

    A time ago i want to using wordpress and just use forums to build any community site after one of my friend told me that come on wordpress you will see a good touch of comunity in blog so at that i was too much confiiused that how it is possible but its really true that blog is also good community where people comments on posts and share thier veiws,i like your tips thanks for nice posting

    • Thanks Ioana, I like both forums and blogs and I believe both or either can take most websites to new levels. Even popular news sites have found that blogs fit nicely in almost any environment.

  16. Hey Brian, hot tips as usual! And two thumbs up for keeping it short. LOL! To be honest, people never really need to search for CommentLuv blogs is they’re smart. All they have to do is visit blogs like yours, mine, Ana Hoffman’s, Hesham’s, Mitch’s etc. and look for that heart next to the CommentLuv link. The expanded profile shows targeted posts and more information than anyone could ever find by searching for blogs in search engines. They even added a post link to LiveFyre now and even though it’s not as awesome as the CommentLuv profile, it still helps. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the post Brian.

  17. Brian,
    One of the things I like to stir up are controversial comments or challenging the writer of that post. I’ve noticed it increase my followers whether on twitter, etc. Everyone wants to read about something new, fresh or some delicious gosh darn beef.
    Until next time, adieu!

    • I can see how that could work Ryan. Of course, attacking the author would probably get your comment deleted. I’ve had a few in the past that I regretted leaving and wished the admin would have deleted. ha ha

  18. I agree with the third technique. Commentators could actually use the blogs of other commentators just for them to improve their blog list for commenting. This could actually be very effective, but of course time consuming. As we all know, not all people are actually willing to spend time doing research or other boring stuffs no matter how useful these are.

  19. Great tips there Brian and ones which I try my best to adhere to in my busy lifestyle πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ CommentLuv has been a boost for most bloggers, I know my blog had a boost when the premium version went live πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Karen, the same here but there are still many bloggers not taking advantage of it, especially the keyword luv part. I get a lot of new bloggers so I think it’s just a matter of educating the reader.

  20. Michael Alexis says

    I always respond to commenters using their names.

    I haven’t measured the impact on quantity of traffic – but re: how to win friends and influence people, a person’s name is the sweetest thing for them – and it certainly seems to help build friendships.


    Michael

  21. How about rewarding your top commenters every month? I know there are many bloggers who does this already but I just thought I’d mention it. Rewarding your top commenters with backlinks or anything can make them feel appreciated.

  22. William Anderson says

    Under used blog comment to the point talk short word key word maximum impact to viewers.great topic luv it.

  23. Manuel Garcia says

    You have a very interesting topic here. You remind me of Darren Rowse of problogger. Good Job !

  24. Getting comments is great for many reasons. Engaging in conversation is definitely one way to get more comments/readers. I think the “luv” also helps! I give luv back on my blog because I understand how people appreciate it, but I am still careful on approving spammers or “auto” posters! Thanks for the tips!

  25. I definitely slack in “follow your commentators” category, Brian – I only wish there was more time! LOL

    But no argument from me: it does pay off to do that and can build long-lasting relationships.

    • I understand the lack of time Ana, I see you everywhere I go online, you’re like the net’s super hero. lol I think you are doing a fine job, just having a blog as popular as yours must to be a full time job in it’s self. I get a fraction of the traffic and interaction and I’m struggling to keep up – but I’m having a blast πŸ˜‰

  26. Those are great tips Brian. I really like the way you interact with your followers. You never failed to say thank you or reply to your followers.

  27. Gabriel Gutierrez says

    Thanks for the post all the tips was great…

  28. Wow Brian, this is brilliant. I love the number 1 tip. I dont know how we never thought about it. Its simply brilliant.

    Following them on twitter or interacting with commentators on other social networking sites really can affirm the relationship, thus making them more interested in wanting to interact with you and you blog. Thanks Brian.

  29. Nice tips though. Replying on comments is a way to attract visitors and comments. Readers will not think that you are just an article-writing bot. πŸ™‚

  30. Nice tips on Brian πŸ˜€ Although I haven’t owned a blog yet but I can see how effective these tactics work! You’re right, when we pay attention to others, they will come back and do the same to us (not all of them, but most will).

  31. Even from comments to this post, it is established that replying to comments is one of the most effective methods of generating new comments. Both old and new visitors to your site will notice this and will be encouraged knowing that they are dealing with a real person who will reply to their comments.

    Thanks for the useful tips.

  32. nice technique but i think it’s most important is video marketing and seo but this technique also works. and guest blogging is also effective.

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