Post-It Notes – 4th November 2011: Getting More Blog Comments

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Little sneaky sneak of Gareth & my shoot this week with Ashton Jean-Pierre. Full shoot on the blog on Monday.

Welcome to part two of this week’s Post It Notes – the businessy section…

Last week I spoke a little about comment etiquette, so I thought I’d continue the theme today with a few ideas on how you can get more comments on your own blog. We all like feedback and nice comments about a wedding I’ve shared always make me smile!

♥ Start a conversation and ask questions within your posts. People like to feel like they’re adding someone to a discussion or debate. I’m not saying try to start fiery arguments for no reason, but asking for people’s views and opinions should get the discussion flowing.  Ask questions within your blog posts so your readers feel involved in the conversation. Although it’s important to share your opinions and write in a way that is true to who you are, talking to yourself is no fun.

♥ Make it as easy as possible to leave a comment. There is nothing more frustrating that wanting to leave a comment but having to jump through a million hoops to do so. I’ll often just give up after a couple of attempts. Unfortunately Blogger is one of the worst for this (WordPress FTW!) Often you have to type in a verification code (annoying) or sign in with your Blogger account (I don’t have one.)

Also having to register to leave a comment is annoying and will turn people away – people don’t like giving away too much personal information online and there is always the worry when you have to sign up for something that your inbox is going to end up full of spam!

You can avoid horrible or spammy comments from getting through by setting up a system so you have to moderate any comments by commenters. It’s simple really – the less reasons not to comment the better…break down those barriers!

Be personal and personable & respond to your comments. If people feel they are talking to a real person they are more likely to want to interact. Take the time to read through your comments and respond to them. This lets your readers feel valued and shows that you care about their opinions.

So, why not add to the discussion below and leave your own tips for getting blog comments…

As always, I hope you’ve found this post helpful. These wedding and business notes are for YOU. So if you have any topics you’d like me to cover in these posts be sure to let me know! You can either comment below or drop me an email.

16 comments

  1. yes, yes and amen.
    before I went freelance I blogged for 5 years about personal stuff, just for fun with no book deal in mind, I hasten to add 😉 and comment etiquette was always a big discussion topic among us fellow bloggers and blogerettes.
    I totally agree with everything you say in your business notes . be nice. don’t spam. don’t troll.
    the internet makes it so easy to forget the basic rules of social interaction but I see commenting on blogs as a conversation between people. the same rules apply.
    as for the plugging, I always found it really, really annoying if people obviously only commented on my blog to generate traffic to their site. if you have nothing to say and only want to plant a link to your own site maybe it’s time to think about some paid advertising…

  2. Asking questions is a great idea to get conversations started. I’ll be checking comments for other tips because I’m sure there will be many more.

  3. I feel like I do all of these things, but hardly ever get any comments… with facebook so prevalent, having a blog today is really hard…

    so I guess my tip would be to keep at it… if you stick around, then eventually the comments will come… even the greatest blogs didnt have alot of comments at first…

    now to follow my own advice…. 🙂

  4. Hey Kat, thanks for another fabulously useful Post-it! I really found ur email management post-it very useful, and wondered if you would consider telling us about how you organise potential blog content or inspiration (e.g. starring things in Reader, creating handwritten lists, bookmarking etc)? It’s something im struggling with and it would be great to know how others go about it.

    Cheers m’dear!

  5. You’ve made me think twice about taking out my verification code. I have one to reduce spam – but I think it might also b reducing comments.

    I agree with the poster who commented on FB or Twitter as killing comments. I often time get most of my comments on twitter or FB – which (although great) would be better on my Blog.

    Getting more comments has been on my ‘to do’ list for a while!

  6. It’s interesting what people are saying about facebook/twitter getting more comments than blogs….I only have facebook ( not even a website yet, which ‘I know’ is a bit of a disgrace ! ) ……am I doing myself a huge disservice do you think (I’m a wedding photographer) by not having a blog ….. or am as well just sticking with facebook ( & getting a website obviously ! ) ??
    It’s been a very busy year & I just haven’t had chance to sort it all out yet….never too busy to read Rock n Roll Bride though of course !!

  7. This is really helpful, Thank you!
    Some more tips on basic writing would be great and ‘finding your voice’. I’m really struggling with the writing part and tend to ramble, use way too many !!!! and spend far to long writing a simple sentence. And then no comments arrive and the worry sets in that I’ve said the wrong thing. How do you get past this? 🙂

  8. for topics to cover-alternative hen do ideas?? =)
    that would be a good feature…!! Some alternatives to L plates, neon tutus, Blackpool + male strippers (ugh!!)

  9. I normally don’t leave comments, but I just wanted to say thank you for the great advice. The post it note features are really informative and helpful, I have learnt loads! Off to get myself a Gravatar 😉

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