Blogging: How to Increase Comments

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I struggled with the title of this post because getting comments isn’t about stats; it’s about building relationships.

Some visitors to this blog might have noticed the number of comments here. It wasn’t and isn’t a goal, honestly. And there really isn’t any magic to it either. Comments grow out of a desire to genuinely connect with other bloggers, and a commitment to put in the time to do so.

Here’s how it happens:

I leave lots of comments on other blogs. These are my invitations to engage, my knock on a blogger’s door. They say, “Want to come out and play?”

Because blogging-time is precious, if a blogger doesn’t bother to reply to my knock, even with a simple “thank you,” I’m less inclined to knock again. On some level, they’ve declined my offer to engage.

At the very least, say “thank you” to someone who took the time to read and leave a comment.

What’s better than a simple “thank you?” A comment on the visitor’s comment! Even a kind thought, or sharing something more about the post conveys that you are delighted with their visit and the time they dedicated to your blog.

Then reciprocate! Comments are a two-way streets.

I reciprocate 99.9% of the comments I receive. I head over to the blogger’s site, read and share my thoughts.

This is the relationship-building part of blogging. It says, “I valued your visit and wanted to see what’s up at your house.” If I can, I learn the blogger’s name and reflect on something specific from the content. “Great post,” is fine, but it doesn’t invite conversation the same way as mentioning what was great.

Are there comments that will sabotage your efforts? Yes! Please don’t leave comments on anyone’s blog that say, “Follow me” or “Check out my blog” (or something similar). They come across as pushy, and I, for one, am likely to delete them. 

Some of the genuinely promising starts will fizzle, some will mosey along, and others will blast off with an instant connection. That’s okay; it how life works. Remember, the goal isn’t to amass tons of comments; it’s to end up with a collection of blogging friends that make this journey enjoyable.

And we all know that sometimes life gets in way, or our comments end up in spam. Or we get busy and need a break or for some personal reason just can’t respond or reciprocate. And that’s fine too. We’re not super-human beings. The great thing about building blogging relationships is that once in place, our online friends understand.

Keep in mind that there is tons of good content in blogland, and though quality is important, YOU are a huge part of what makes your blog stand out. Share yourself and invite others to come out and play.

That’s all there is to it.

Happy Blogging!

 

 

304 thoughts on “Blogging: How to Increase Comments

  1. I sometimes ‘like’ a post without feeling that I have anything meaningful to add to the discussion.

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  2. I was excited to come across this post of yours because I’ve been thinking about the same topic. My friend and I have launched a survey of older bloggers (meaning anyone past middle age) with a special interest in the personal, rather than the business blog. One of the questions asks how people measure the success of their blog, and “number of comments” is one possible criterion. For me, every comment is exciting but above all it’s the quality of comments that I find heart-warming. The results so far are fascinating — I hope some of your followers find their way there.

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  3. Hannah says:

    Thanks for the reminder of the importance of commenting! Oftentimes, I’m not so sure what to say, although I do want to leave comments.

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  4. Antonia says:

    Have a wonderful time with your parents, Diana! I completely agree with you. It’s not about the numbers, it’s about relationships. I also agree, you should acknowledge someone taking the time to visit and comment on your blog, and reciprocating is such an important part of relationship building. I fall short on time sometimes, but try and visit the bloggers I have relationships with. I always appreciate when you visit my blog and it makes me so happy to hear you have made and liked some of my dishes. It is so rewarding. Have a great Memorial weekend and blogging break!

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  5. Chris Hall says:

    It’s just like life really: be polite, be nice and hope to make some lovely friends!

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    • Yes! It’s that easy, isn’t it? Sort of a no-brainer, except that it took me two years to figure out. Lol. I figured that I couldn’t be the only clueless one out there and hoped this would help. Have a great weekend and thanks so much for the visit and comment!

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  6. Dear Ms. Wallace Peach, thank you ☺️! Building relationships has never been a priority for me, for some (silly) reason, although I consider myself to be a people lover. Just recently I discovered why (I’ll write a blog post about it,… probably). Your post helped me clarify why. I know you are now away to family reunion fun. Looking forward to reading more of your writings and perhaps even … a chat?
    Much love 💕

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    • Thanks for the comment, Andreea. I’m curious to learn about your comment and do hope that you post about it. Blogging fills different needs for each of us, and I’d never suggest that we all need to do it the same way or for the same reasons. This post is for those people who want more comments and don’t know how to go about it. Honestly, I would have stopped blogging years ago, except for the friendships I’ve made around the world. ❤ I am away at a reunion, but stealing some time to reply to comments! Lol. Have a great weekend!

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  7. Absolutely! Great Advice. 🙂

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  8. Ocean Bream says:

    Diana – I read this weeks ago and kept it open on my computer because I meant to ‘comment’ on it! Ah, time ran away with me, But I have snatched some fatigue free moments and am here now! 🙂 I thoroughly enjoyed this post – very informative and touches on something this internet society, so hell bent on comments and likes and statistics, is missing out on! This is why I love blogging so much, it provides a connection with other like-minded people, sharing thoughts and opinions on a vast spectrum of topics. The amount of scintillating conversations I have had with other bloggers – I can’t begin to say! Building relationships is definitely the best part of commenting on blogs. I hope you enjoy your family reunion and have a good blogging break!

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    • Thanks so much for the comment, Lenora. 🙂 I never check my stats and honestly if blogging was only about likes and stats I would have quit a long time ago! It’s the connections all over the world that make it worthwhile. ❤ Happy Blogging, my friend.

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  9. I liked your post. It’s the likes and comments that makes this application enjoyable for me. I think if people follow your suggestions they will enjoy blogging more too.

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  10. PoetSpeak says:

    These tips are invaluable.

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  11. devereaux frazier says:

    Reblogged this on Creative Writing Reblogged.

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  13. Teri Polen says:

    Excellent advice, Diana. I’m way behind on your posts! Both my boys are home for a couple of weeks and everything has fallen to the wayside.

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    • No problem, Teri. I’m all for having a balanced life and however blogging fits into the picture is fine. So enjoy having your boys home! I’m on a break too and just have an hour to do a little catch-up. So I can relate! Have a great weekend! 😀

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