Lets be honest, we feel genuinely happy when we see more people commenting our blog, spams apart. Its a sense of satisfaction we get when see a piece of content from our blog is grabbing people’s attention and making them want to give out their own opinions. Also search engines like Google take the number of comments on a each content of your blog in to consideration when it wants to rank your pages in its search results, but don’t get too excited about this fact as its one of hundreds of other measures which Google uses in its algorithm and also search spiders are very good with detecting spam comments from a genuine one in recent times.
You need not necessarily want to spam your way in to getting more comments in your posts like hiring someone to make comments on each post in your blog, doing so you might just only be wasting your time and money. Rather you need genuine comments from real people, if that is what you really need then here are some tips which might just give a little boost to your comment section.
1. Ask For Reader’s Opinion
No matter whatever you are sharing on your blog, its a good idea to end your article by asking for your reader’s view on what they think about the topic chosen? this will give a little inclination to your readers to engage with the topic, most people like to post their views on things and when you express your need for reader’s opinion, they will be more than happy to take advantage of it.
2. Interact With Your Reader’s Comments
I have seen blogs where people just keep on making comments and rising doubts on the topic, but the owner of the blog or content do not spend anytime to respond to those queries, this is would flag a bad impression on the blogger and discourages the readers who make comments. Spending time to responding to the comments gives a more positive impact on your readers and encourages them to post more views on your posts in future, this will pave way for a more healthy commenting community on your blog.
3. Comment On Other Related Blogs
Take time to research on active blogs related to your niche and make regular and genuine comments on posts in those blogs, doing so will encourage the webmasters of those blog to comment on yours. This will not only help you to get more comments on your posts but also gives you a chance to develop healthy relationship with other fellow bloggers with similar interest as you.
4. Credit The People Who Make Comments
I have seen blogs where the owner of the blog allot specific slots in blog roll for the top commentators so that their blog links stay alive for the whole month or credit them with an adspace which they can use to advertise their site to the blog visitors, I know some people might find it going bit over board but crediting the readers who spend their time and energy to make comments on your blog is not a bad idea at all. You can just use a keywordluv or commentluv plugin which does enough to encourage people to make comments.
5. Do Not Scare Away Your Readers and Commentators
I came across a lot of blogs where bloggers feel frustrated about the number of spam comments and post a caution note before the comment section, just keep in mind that majority of spam comments are generated through bots or some kind of automated commenting system which can be ridden off effectively by using akismet, conditional comment plugins etc.. with that being said majority of the people who read those might very well be a genuine person who wants to post a comment and when he/she reads those notes like your ip address will be noted and reported etc.. it will scare them away from making a comment. Controlling the spam should be the responsibility of the owner and should be done not by cautioning your readers, its a very bad practice.