Discouraging, isn’t it?
You research, write, and promote your post. You even include a picture Pinterest pinners will be sure to love. Then nothing happens.
You have two choices. You can hope people read your post and then hope those readers comment, or… you can follow the advice in this post.
By following my advice, you will be able to quickly get a post with zero comments on it to a minimum of 16 guaranteed comments.
It will be easy, quick, free, and probably even fun. Intrigued?
I was a little disheartened when it seemed people weren’t commenting on my blog, but I could see that I’d had clicks on my site…. So this may be because they haven’t liked my post or didn’t have time? Who knows…
This quote from a reader inspired this post which I consider a follow-up to How to Increase Traffic By Writing Better Comments.
If you are disheartened because people aren’t commenting on your post, the solution is simple. Don’t just sit there and feel discouraged. Go get the commenters and bring them to your post.
The bandwagon effect is a psychological term that explains people like doing things because other people are doing them. They will actually let that desire override their own wishes.
People like “getting out with the crowd”. If they see there is a “crowd” commenting on your blog post, they will be more inclined to comment themselves.
Readers, 16 comments constitutes a small crowd. That’s a minimum of comments I am promising you on your post.
Where to find them? You will find them in the most likely of places–Facebook.com.
Where to Find Commenters
Groups are in existence to help you. They are full of people just like you, bloggers who want comments on their posts.
This is Kathy Hadley’s group. She is helpful to her members.
Look at the underlined instruction in the screenshot. If you leave your post link, you must comment on the two above you. Kathy asks for proof–the date. Notice, her instruction at the bottom of the screenshot– group members must immediately comment on the two posts above them.
She explains that if members don’t have time to comment, not to post their link. Get there early to ensure members come in after you.
Okay, let’s do the math:
0 + 2=2. You have two comments on your post, the two members who put their links in the Ultra Blog group after yours.
You are now going to respond to the comments. That will get you up to four comments–their two, and your two responses. You now have 4 comments on your post.
Simplistic math, I admit, but stay with me anyway. This next part is important.
When you respond to their comments, ask them a question. It doesn’t really matter what you ask them, but inquire as to something they will be likely to respond to.
This is imperative. You can thank them for reading and commenting. Extend all the common courtesies you want. In addition, ask them a question.
When the bloggers each answer your question, you will be up to six comments on your post. (4 + 2 = 6).
Then, you should respond again to each of them. Thank them for answering your question.
You will now be up to 8 comments on your post.
Bloggers Corner workers like Ultra Blog Challenge; it guarantees you two comments, the two readers coming in under you. Can you tell there are 87 comments in this group? Two will certainly come in after you, especially if you get there early in the day.
When you are in Bloggers Corner, follow the same instructions I gave for Ultra Blog Challenge. You will have doubled the comments on your post.
Wahla, a post with zero comments on it in no time has 16. Your post now has double-digit comments.
Additional Places To Get Comments on Posts
This is Nicole Keener’s group. She seems very supportive of the bloggers that frequent her group.
Look at the screenshot. The underlined words explain what happens when you leave your post link. You must comment on every post that is in the group. Hang on! Look at the bottom arrow. There were only four comments there. You could comment on the four that got to the group before you in no time.
In exchange, every blogger that comes in after you in this group must click on your link, go into your post, read it, and comment.
In addition, Nicole requires a minimum of an eight-word comment.
Look what you get from going to her group. First, you will get a guaranteed comment from each person that goes into your group after you. I went after Nicole, and she still commented on mine.
Next, there are several benefits to her requiring an eight-word comment.
First, your search engine optimization is enhanced. That’s why the group is called Bloggers Rule SEO. Next, readers must actually read your post, and put together a thoughtful comment eight words or longer.
Go to the Grow Your Blog group. As can be seen by the screenshot, their members are required to choose five others to comment on.
How do you know yours will be picked? Leave your post early enough in the day, before you leave the house, that there will be so few links there, the probability members will pick yours is increased.
In conclusion, succeeding at blogging really does involve networking. I have received new followers that found my blog simply by attempting to meet the mandates of these groups.
Oh, are you still sitting there? Why? Go get the commenters! They are waiting for you at Facebook.com
Readers, if you think other bloggers would like additional comments on their posts and a chance to meet additional bloggers, please share.
Do you have any other tips for getting not just comments, but thoughtful comments? Please share in the comment section. I look forward to your views.