Wednesday, 18 March 2015

5 Ways to Increase Engagement & Blog Comments.


It's one of those topics that I forever see bloggers fretting about on Twitter, hardly receiving any comments on certain posts or having pageviews and engagements taking a little dip. Of course it's not the end of the world, but it can feel a bit disheartening after working for hours, days or perhaps even weeks on a particular post. Other than trying to create the best possible content you can, making it interesting and helpful, there are a few steps you can do daily to make sure your posts aren't left lonely and lacking in comments.

L E A R N   A B O U T   Y O U R   
R E A D E R S
Bloggers don't just suddenly decide to post at random times of the day, the same with scheduling. Readers like consistency so learn when the majority of them are online to check out your latest posts and get your posts scheduled appropriately for that. I always schedule my posts for 8am, but I recently double posted in one day and within an hour or so of my second post going live in the afternoon, I had a ton of comments already on. I'm considering now whether to post at mid-day, but have a look at when most of your comments come through, and check your GA stats to see when most of the traffic is on your blog.

N E T W O R K   W I T H   O T H E R   B L O G S
As much as it shouldn't be "you comment me and I'll comment back", if you don't spend at least a little bit of time every week reading and commenting on other blogs, it's likely they won't feel inclined to do the same for you. Leave some thoughtful and meaningful comments ( No "Great post!" or "Come see my blog!" ) and you'll get a few back in return.

S T A R T   A   C O N V E R S A T I O N
An example I can give of this is my latest Staying True To you post where I talked about bloggers following what's popular instead of blogging about their true interests. It was clear pretty quickly that so many of you had been feeling the same way about this, and it got shared on Twitter, pinned to Pinterest boards, and had about double the usual comments and pageviews I get on most posts.

M A K E   I T   E A S Y
One of the biggest bugbears in blogging are difficult to use comment platforms. I personally hate the ones where you have to enter your name, email and blog link every time, as well as word verification. Sure, no-one wants a ton of spam comments, but there's been many times when the verification codes have been so obscure, after three of four attempts I've just closed the page and left no comment. Both are things you should take into consideration if your posts are lacking comments but your pageviews are good.

A L W A Y S   R E S P O N D
I always find it a little bit shocking to see blogs that never respond to comments, it almost feels like it's falling on deaf ears. Of course they do probably read it, but why would you not want to respond to the people taking time out of their day to comment on your posts? It's a great way to carry on the conversation, and personally I do feel like it would encourage people to comment again in the future.

Do you have any tips to increase engagement and blog comments?


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25 comments

  1. Making it easy is so, so important. Anyone with Disqus I am so much more likely to leave a comment, but it is so quick and simple.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  2. I totally agree about it having to be easy - personally I think Disqus is the way forward! So much easier and I love the notification system too as it really encourages a proper conversation x

    Charlotte / Colours & Carousels

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  3. These were so lovely and I agree the interaction is nice. I love leaving worthwhile comments and I've seen it helps. Hope you have a nice day Cath and I enjoyed reading this post!

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

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  4. Great tips - I find that interacting with other bloggers and commenting on blogs really helps!


    www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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  5. Great tips. I agree with all of these. I really want to increase how many comments I get on my blog, so this will help x


    pintsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. One of my tips is to always ask questions at the end of your posts and ask people to leave their responses in the comments.

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  7. All great points. I never liked the "I'll follow your blog if you follow mine" comments... Apart from that, I love reading comments and responding to them. I don't get when bloggers don't respond to comments. In that case, the comment section might as well not be there. ^^

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  8. Starting a conversation can be so hard, yet so worthwhile!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  9. Great tips :)
    www.katinalindaa.com

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  10. Yeah it can be sometimes, I'm usually a little unsure of how it'll be received!

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  11. Exactly right! I understand if you're getting so many you'd be taking all day to, but even then I'd at least respond to as many as I could!

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  12. Thanks Lily! Hope it will help for you.

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  13. Thanks Heather! It's definitely one of the most important things to do.

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  14. Thanks Jackie! You always leave the loveliest comments <3

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  15. Yes, me too! Although I know Disqus doesn't work for some, I love it and it definitely encourages a conversation.

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  16. GReat tips!

    I also hate when I comment on a post and never receive an answer. It's like the blogger doesn't really care about his readers. I understand that some bloggers have tons of comments but it's not the same.

    http://atouchofpink1.blogspot.ca/

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  17. Chloe Wetherall17:46

    This is very a very interesting read. I will defo be taking these tips forward with me!
    ps I know what you mean about the difficult to use comment platforms..oh it does annoy me!!

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  18. Thanks for reading Chloe, I'm glad you found it a bit helpful! It definitely makes a big difference.

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  19. Thanks for reading, Meghan! I always try to respond to comments even if it takes a week or so, it's one of my biggest annoyances in blogging when you see blogs that never respond.

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  20. Thank you, Marjorie! I can understand that it is time consuming, but I see some bloggers who've received over fifty comments on one post, and they respond to every single one.

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  21. Jamie RS14:54

    Thank you for these awesome tips! I will definitely use these tips to grow my blog audiences :)

    http://lovepeaceandshimmer.blogspot.com

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