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How To Get Your First 500 Blog Comments [INFOGRAPHIC]

How To Get Your First 500 Blog Comments Infographic

Picture this:

You pour your heart and soul into writing a blog post.

You polish up the post and you sit back with a grin on your face – it’s your best yet and you can’t wait to share it with the world.

Then this happens:

You publish your post and wait patiently for all of the comment notifications to appear.

A few trickle through but nowhere near how many you imagined.

Does this sound familiar?

We’ve all been there at some point, so what can we do about it?

Today I’ve got some great data-driven tips to share with you that will help you get more comments on your blog.

Be sure to check out some additional tips below the infographic.

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A few points to remember about encouraging comments

Below you’ll find some thoughts about specific steps in the infographic along with some additional tips to help you get more blog comments.

  • Test to find what works for you – The important thing to remember about the tips in this infographic is that they are based on best practice. And that’s only a starting point. For example, while posting on weekends has the potential to encourage commenting, not all posts are created equal. There are nuances to every audience so it ultimately comes down to trying these tips out for yourself.
  • Improve your blog design – A tidier and smarter blog design will always help you get noticed. Occasionally you may get people leaving blog comments or mentioning you on their own blogs, simply by having a slick design. But there’s another aspect to consider; if you don’t get many comments, you shouldn’t draw attention to it. 0 comments is number you never want to display if you can help it.
  • Use of the word giveaway – People love free stuff so running your own giveaway can be a great way to boost engagement. By making blog commenting an entry method, you provide a great incentive that can provide a solid first impression when new readers find the post. Ultimately you want to be in a position where you don’t have to incentivize commenting.
  • Technical jargon – Aim to write content that is easy to consume and understand.
  • Email subscribers are more likely to comment – We’ve talked about list building in the past and it’s by far one of the most effective ways to grow a blog. And it’s your subscribers that will likely be the ones to comment on your blog. Check out my essential guide to list building for more help.
  • Minimize distractions and keep your content focused – The more things you’re asking your readers to do, the less chance they’ll do anything. This is why each post you publish and each page on your blog should have a specific goal in mind. You may have posts where your goal is to build your email list, but for others you should encourage blog comments.
  • Invite your readers to leave a comment – I like to end most of my posts with a comment to encourage readers to join us in the comments section. You could take things a step further and encourage comments from the emails telling your subscribers about new posts.

Conclusion

It’s true that moderating comments can take a significant amount of time.

But the relationships you’ll strengthen by connecting with your audience in the comments section will prove to be invaluable.

More comments will help you create social proof, gain actionable feedback from your readers and provide more of a sense of community.

Blog comments give you a unique opportunity to connect and engage on a meaningful level.

So now I have a question for you:

Which tips would you add to this list? And what’s worked or not worked so well for you?

Let us know in the comments below.

About Adam Connell

Adam used to run a team of marketers. Now he shares what he’s learned about growing blogs and businesses here on Blogging Wizard. He’s a fan of Firefly and Chinese takeaways. Click here to join the Blogging Wizard newsletter; you’ll get our best content & 15+ guides to grow your online presence faster.

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  • okekamwala

    Nice Article. I love your Blogs, they help me a lot.

  • Hey Adam,

    Awesome design. I like it.

    Will try these tips for sure.

    In the Infographic, you say that blogs with more comments have stronger keyword potential but you use Disqus on your own blog.

    Technically speaking, Disqus uses JavaScript to display blog comments which means Google won’t be able to discover them.

    What do you think?

    Anyways, I love blog comments.

    Regards,
    Mohit Gangrade

    • Hey Mohit,

      Thanks for the comment. Let us know how you get on!

      Good question; Disqus has an option in the settings called “server-side rendering” where you get the option to hide comments from most search engines.

      By default they’re visible based on the settings. Here’s a screenshot: http://screencast.com/t/oIlQvuJUx

      Thanks!
      Adam

      • I second Adam’s point. Google fully indexes Disqus comments if right options are selected. In fact if you cut and paste a few lines from one of the disqus comments and put it in search engine, it will find the right article with right comment.

  • Daniel Harrison

    Thank you for this post! I’ve just started my blog 3 months ago. But I’ve worked hard. Your content has greatly helped me! Out of around 10 posts so far, half of them have between 2 and 5 comments. The rest are zero. I have 8 weeks of email follow ups and 206 subscribers. Feel like I’m off to a fair start. I embedded a sign up form within a post once and it got 12 sign ups on it. So that worked! Thanks Adam! Love your story!

    • Sure thing, Daniel. Glad we’ve been able to help out.

      It sounds like you’re off to a great start. Sounds like you’ve got a big focus on building your list and it’s already starting to pay off.

      Keep up the hard work!

      – Adam

      • Daniel Harrison

        Thank you! And for replying!

  • Ruth Zubairu

    Hi Adam,
    This is great insight.
    One thing about infographics is that they save your post from being too long and engage readers more. People respond more to images than words. Infographics give you the best of both worlds.
    This post reminds me of Kevin Duncan’s reverse post on blog commenting.
    Thanks for taking the time to put this together. I’d definitely learn soon.*grins*
    Cheers,
    Ruth

    • Thanks Ruth!

      I agree – infographics make information far easier to digest.

      I love Kevin’s posts!

      My pleasure, thanks for taking the time to comment.

      – Adam

  • Great infographic! I agree with introduction paragraph.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • [ Smiles ] Responding to comments promptly usually works.

    Great post, Adam!

    • Thanks Renard!

      Definitely! That’s an area I definitely need to improve – need to get faster at replying :)

      – Adam

      • [ Smiles ] Here is a tip; one that works.

        Subscribe to your comment feed via email; it would enable you to respond to comments quickly.

        • Good tip! I do get notifications via email from Disqus, but my main challenge is time.

  • gizmo4me2

    Thank you I will diffidently try it out

  • Sue Anne Dunlevie

    Hi, Adam,

    I loved this introduction. Even us,not-so-new bloggers, know what it’s like to pour our heart and souls into a post and wait excitedly for the comments to come in.

    Interesting infographic! I hadn’t known the statistics on publishing on weekdays vs. weekends. It’s definitely something to keep in mind.

    Thanks,

    Sue

    • Hi Sue,

      Thanks for the kind words! So true – it can definitely happen to those of us who have been at this for a while.

      I’ve started publishing the occasional post at the weekend to test it out, and while it definitely depends on the topic, I’ve noticed an increase on some. The other thing I’ve noticed is that when publishing at weekends, there are a few people I haven’t seen leave a comment for a long while so there’s a possibility that some folks are easier to reach at weekends with less content being published.

      – Adam

      • Sue Anne Dunlevie

        I think our readers are more relaxed and can catch up on the weekends.

        Thanks for the feedback, Adam!
        Sue

        • Good point, Sue! It’s my pleasure.

          Thanks,
          Adam

  • Awesome infographic and helpful blogging guide as usual.

    While getting 500 post comments are great – monitoring and answering the comment is not very cool. Which is why – after some careful consideration -we decided to shut down our comment section at WHSR this year. But it’s just us and I am sure many other bloggers would have a different view.

    • Thanks Jerry!

      I hear you. The time it takes to monitor and answer that many comments is huge, so I can definitely understand why you shut down comments on WHSR.

      I guess the other side of this to consider is what value you can add if that time isn’t spent on comments.

      Copyblogger recently added comments back. Huge surprise! Didn’t see that coming, but I think they’ve struck a good balance by making them available for 7 days only. Still, considering their audience it’ll still be time consuming.

      Every person/site/business is in a different situation so, there’s a lot of ways to look at this.

      – Adam

      • Oh wow, thanks for the tip. I’ve no idea CopyBlogger is pulling the comment section back.

        “I guess the other side of this to consider is what value you can add if that time isn’t spent on comments.” – Spot on, couldn’t agree more.

        Always love hearing your thoughts and exchanging ideas with you.

        Cheers, Jerry

  • Mary R. Dickinson

    Great infographic! I agree with introduction paragraph.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Hi Adam,

    Are you designing the infographics yourself or outsourcing? Whatever, it’s cool!

    You raised a couple of interesting stats on there:
    1) Publish posts at a weekend for more comments: I was surprised to read that, and I know you have started doing so. What impact have you noticed? Where was the original data source?
    2) Publish content between 8-9am: doesn’t that depend on your time-zone?

    Good food for thought, Adam!
    – David

    • Hi David,

      I wish I was able to design something like this. Had to work with a designer on this unfortunately.

      Still, tools like Canva and Piktochart are doing well at making this process easier.

      1) Still early days yet but the 1st post generated more comments than usual & some commenters that I haven’t seen for a while. The 2 posts we did at weekends don’t really count as 1 was a rewrite and the other was to replace an old post. I think that some people are more likely to comment on weekends simply because more bloggers publish in the week. The source was this post: http://www.copyblogger.com/scientific-comments/ from a data set of 150,000 blog posts.
      2) Good question. It’s more for the time-zone of your target audience. A difficult one to nail down. One way to tackle this would be to use the timetravel feature in an email marketing tool like MailChimp so subscribers get it 8-9am in their time.

      It’s always good to shake up publishing times and days every so often to see what happens.

      Thanks David!

      – Adam

      • Thanks for the feedback Adam. It’s an interesting article on Copyblogger, although a little dated. Would be good to see an updated version of that.
        I use a similar feature in GetResponse called perfect timing.

        • No worries, David. Very true – the closest I could find was this: http://trackmaven.com/blog/2014/05/best-time-publish-a-blog-post/

          The data set was a lot smaller though, it did show that most don’t publish on weekends. And that there can be a bump in shares/engagement when publishing at weekends, although doesn’t mention comments specifically.

          Good stuff. A lot of providers seem to do something similar now.

          – Adam

          • Thanks Adam – more food for thought. I think everyone will find their sweet spot from experimenting. Sometimes you just have to be brave to try these things!

          • Sure thing, David. That’s a great point. It’s easy to stick to doing what we’re used to, but the best results can often be found by taking a different approach.

  • NAGB

    thanks Adam
    Great Infographic

  • Hey Adam,

    Nice work Adam! These are great tips. The only tip that wouldn’t work well for me is publishing my blog posts on the weekend to get more comments. I’ve found that if I publish during the week between Monday through Thursday is when I get the most comments.

    The best tip that you mentioned are numbers 5 and 7. One thing that a lot of my readers mentioned to me is that I tend to not use a lot of technical jargon and made each post easy to read and understand. Also, I reply to all of the comments that follow my commentluv guidelines. With just these two, I’ve been getting a good number of comments.

    One thing I would add is to make sure to build your reputation by commenting, mentioning and sharing other blogger’s post. When you’re consistently in their radar, I found that at least 70% of other bloggers will come back and do the same for you.

    Thanks for sharing Adam! Have a great rest of the week!

    • Thanks Sherman!

      Interesting that posting on weekends hasn’t shown an increase in comments for you. Then again, it just stresses the importance of testing the takeaways from the data – we all have slightly different audiences so testing to find what works is always good to do.

      Definitely! Your posts are always super easy to follow & you do a great job at replying to all those comments.

      Great tip about commenting, mentioning and sharing other blogger’s post. Wow, 70% is a great number and shows it works. I need to do more of this when I get some free time :)

      Sure thing, thanks for the great comment, Sherman. Enjoy your week too!

      – Adam

  • Wow, Adam.
    Great infographic.

    Posts published on weekends get more comments? That’s a great takeaway!

    • Thanks Akshay!

      That’s what the data shows, but it’s always worth testing this for yourself because everyone’s audience is a bit different :)

  • Great work Adam! Loved the infographic!

    As @davidhartshorne:disqus mentioned, your infographics are super cool!

    Publishing during weekends to get far more comments is a simple logic, but it’s a revelation to me, never really gave a thought to that.

    Thanks for the post, Adam! Saving the JPEG to my collections..

    • Thanks Arun, glad you liked the infographic!

      Definitely. Sometimes we just need a bit of data to show us a different approach we can take.

      It’s always worth testing to see how it works for ourselves. Always worth changing things up every so often.

      My pleasure, Arun!

  • Geeksla

    What do you suggest, a disqus comment to integrate in my blog or just a common wordpress blog comment. Since you are using Disqus..

    • It really depends on what your needs are.

      For example, I like that Disqus handles notifications and stops automated spam entirely. Manual spam sometimes gets through but most of that is caught too.

      But some people are more likely to comment without Disqus as they are under the impression they have to register an account to comment.

      Disqus has a setting that allows guest commenting, but it has to be enabled. Most people don’t, so in turn, a lot of people think it’s the same for other sites.

  • And this is the best way to make viewers engaged and do leave a comment on your blog. Just like I am doing write now. 😀

    • Definitely Animesh! Thanks for stopping by to comment :)

  • Johnbright Anodebe

    Wow! You’re a miraculous resource Adam! And just how can i create a wow blog?

  • Hi Adam,

    Yes, agreed, comments are good. It’s always a boost to get comments on our blogs because it’s a way of knowing how relevant your content is for people coming to your blog.

    It’s also a good reason not to simply write comment-bait for the sake of big comment counts because you also need a good number of people coming to your site who want to buy what you sell.

    Having readers is good. Having loyal readers is great (as are their comments and the time they take to leave them). But attracting people who also want what you sell is going to make you the independent income you want.

    Btw, Step 3: posting between 8-9 a.m. – is that EST?

    Step 2: It’s funny but I thought people would be busy doing other things at weekends, not reading blogs.

    – Tom

    • Hi Tom,

      Thanks for stopping by! I agree, it’s a great way of gauging how relevant our content is.

      Great point. There’s definitely a benefit to be found between creating a loyal following & attracting those that want to buy.

      I’m not 100% sure if it was EST. I can’t spot a mention in the study, but it’s likely due to people checking feeds/emails early in the morning.

      A good way to test this out would be to work out the most popular time-zone for your readers and publish at that time. Here’s a direct link to the post with all the data: http://www.copyblogger.com/scientific-comments/.

      It’s an older study, there is a more recent one but used a smaller data set: http://trackmaven.com/blog/2014/05/best-time-publish-a-blog-post/
      For step 2: I read more at weekends, although I thought others would be doing other things too.

      – Adam

  • Great infographics. Makes sense a lot. Comments are really important for several reasons and I think we should have that “sign up for newsletter” option while commenting so that we can have our users an option to signup as well.

  • Excellent infographic, Adam. I love getting comments on my posts. Not only do they serve as validation that people read and care about the content, but as you said, comments give me insights into what my audience is thinking. That’s why the comments section is a goldmine for ideas.

    I’ve found that asking a question at the end of the post also encourages comments.

    Question for you: I’ve noticed that an increasing number of publishers are eliminating the comments section from their sites because of trolls and negative discussions. Personally, it’s not something I’m inclined to do (like I said, I love comments.) But I’m curious to see your take on this. :)

    • Thanks Francesca – I appreciate the kind words!

      Asking a question at the end of the post can work great. Sometimes I’ll ask a question in the email to my list as well.

      Good question! I understand why large publications might remove them. They have dizzying amounts of content and some may not have the resources to moderate comments.

      And for some smaller sites it makes sense too. I used to run a video game blog. We got far more trolls & spam comments than legit comments.

      There are others that are specifically targeted for manual comment spam, which for small sites with limited resources and very few legit comments coming through, it might make sense to remove them.

      I guess, the point at which comments go from being an asset to a burden is the point where you have to consider keeping comments open.

      ***

      On Blogging Wizard I enjoy having comments and moderating them is something I enjoy. Mostly because of getting so many nice comments like yours.

      I get some great feedback and some of that feedback has turned into some brilliant post ideas that I probably wouldn’t thought of otherwise.

      Ultimately, it all comes down to our specific circumstances. It makes sense for some, not for others :)

      • That’s so cool that you used to have a video game blog!

        I can imagine there being lots of trolls haha.

        • Sure did lol! It got pretty crazy but it was a lot of fun :)

  • Hi Adam,,
    First of all great info graphic, You really have made some efforts on the info graphic. And the tips you have shared are also good and worth using.
    Thanks for the share.

  • These are some great pointers for getting more comments! I love the infograhic. I’m only getting started, but these insights will help tremendously when I launch my blog next week, I’m sure. I’m so pumped to start blogging, and I can’t wait to get my first comments.

    Thanks for this post Adam!

    • Hey Eli. Awesome that these pointers will be helpful & glad you liked the infographic. Let me know how the blog launch goes, exciting times!

  • Gloria Franklin

    Thanks for sharing such valuable information with us.

  • This is a great infographic. I didn’t know that about weekends. I am going to start publishing on the weekends just to see.

    • Thanks Renee! Let us know how it goes with publishing on weekends.

      It can definitely depend on your audience, so well worth experimenting with!

  • Hi Adam,

    First of all Infographic is very clear in motive and very attractive. Tips mention here is like a checklist to find out reasons why no one comment on our blog.

    Arpit

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