Getting your blog out there is only one part of the picture. In order for your blog to be all that it can be, it is crucial to have healthy input from your readers, and comments are a great indicator of a healthy flow of communication. However, getting people to actually comment on your blog isn’t always that easy.
In fact, for most bloggers, getting people to comment is about as easy as pulling teeth. But there are ways to get people to loosen up and start contributing. An added bonus is that comments have a sort of cumulative effect in that once they start rolling in, more people will be encouraged to comment, and the process continues. Before you know it, you will have an active blog with a healthy flow of traffic, and you won’t have to do much other than be yourself.
What goes around comes around
The thing about blogging is that you often get back what you give out. One of the best ways to get people to start commenting on your blogs is by doing so yourself. Start out by joining in on the community and dropping comments on other people’s blogs. You don’t necessarily want to just drop comments indiscriminately either. Most online audiences and bloggers can quickly tell if someone is simply trying to jack up the numbers or comment for the sake of it. What you really should be focused on is becoming an essential contributor to the community and providing something of value. Once your name gets around, it is only a matter of time before other people will reciprocate.
Be creative with your titles
A lot of bloggers don’t really spend time coming up with creative titles. This is an area that you definitely don’t want to neglect as the title is often the first thing that people look at when considering the value of a blog.
Don’t stop at just being descriptive either. Sure you want your titles to give your readers a good idea of what your blog is all about. But you also want your titles to grab them, fuel their imagination, set off a spark, and to get the ball rolling.
Don’t be afraid to take a stand. Far too many people play it safe and post content out there that really doesn’t offer anything more than what everyone has access to already. You can even be a bit controversial if you wish, just as long as it is in line with your personality and your goals as a blogger. Be bold and make your titles stands out, and you will have the numbers to show for your efforts.
Keep up the pace
One of the worst things you can do as a blogger is to neglect the needs of your audience for timely and relevant content. As a blogger, it is your responsibility to maintain a healthy flow of communication and speed is of the essence. Respond to comments quickly and never leave any post unanswered, and your audience will thank you for it. How are your blogs doing in terms of comments? Are you really getting all the input that you need from your readers? If not, what are you going to do about it?