Bloggers: How to Ask for Comments

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Recently the quantity of blog commenting has been on the decline. Even top bloggers are reporting a drop in the total number of comments on their individual blog posts. Seasonality has certainly played a role in less blog interaction. We are also reaching a saturation point in the sheer number of blogs that are competing for traffic and commenting love. There’s only so much time in a day for people to read their favorite blogs.

If you’ve been noticing this disturbing trend, don’t become a victim of Silent Blog Syndrome! A simple fix is to ASK FOR COMMENTS! There is no shame in asking for blog comments. Asking for comments is not begging or annoying. It’s a polite way to get your blog visitors talking and interacting. When you write and publish a blog post, you’re essentially laying the foundation for a discussion. Be bold! Ask your readers to chime in! And ask again (once shared on social media)!

Here’s how to ask for comments:

  • Ask a leading question at the end of all of your posts. What about a specific post is something your readers might like to talk about? What will inspire them or get them excited? Maybe the post is humorous. Ask a funny question that begs for a reply!
  • Drive the discussion by commenting first on an issue or a point. Sometimes people need a nudge to get the conversation started. Take that first step and give them a reason to leave their thoughts and viewpoints.
  • Let your readers know that their input is valuable and appreciated. Try something like, “I’d love to hear what you think about this issue. Let me know in the comments.”

When asking for comments, don’t be generic and boring. Posting “Please comment” is not very inspiring. Try to be more engaging:

  • Have you ever experienced a day like this? If so, I want to hear your story! Share it in the comments!
  • What tips do you have for dealing with a mouthy teen?
  • I’m still on the fence about coloring my hair at home. Should I do it? Why or why not?

What technique do you use to encourage blog comments?

Posted on by Crystal in Blogging Tips

20 Responses to Bloggers: How to Ask for Comments

  1. Kristen

    Really good tips! I always ask a question but doesn’t always help…
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    • Crystal

      Same here! But definitely worth a shot. You can always edit and change the question. I have done that and it’s worked.

  2. Kathy Radigan

    Great tips! Thanks!
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    • Crystal

      Of course! Simple but effective.

  3. Tamara

    I’ve noticed a slight decrease for sure. And I did ask for one recently – from my mom, though! I was so curious as to what she thought about a post.
    Mainly I comment on a lot of blog, so I get a lot back. So I don’t generally ask, but I like these tips a lot.
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    • Crystal

      They are just basic but worth mentioning again.

  4. Chris Carter

    Yes, definite decrease! These are great tips though, Crystal!
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  5. Janine Huldie

    Excellent tips, Crystal and I am big on commenting and most definitely try my best to comment on blogs that also comment on my own blog, as well. So, if I had to add anything (and have been asked this by blogging clients), I would say if you are a blogger, make sure to reciprocate comments when you can and do have time, because it does indeed increase commenting interaction in my experience.
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  6. Lisa @ The Golden Spoons

    These are great tips! I would also say reply to comments that people make and use a system that lets commenters know you have replied. Nobody likes to take time to leave a comment without knowing whether or not the writer saw it. A simple reply lets them know you saw it read, it, and appreciated it.
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  7. Rabia @TheLiebers

    I am working on always replying to comments and visiting the commenter’s blog, if I can find it. Reciprocity is a big thing. I’m also working on expanding beyond the regular blogs I visit and trying to find new ones to love.
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  8. Linda (elleroy was here)

    Great suggestions Crystal! Thanks for sharing these. I’m going to give them a try.
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  9. Jack

    I tried offering free sex in exchange for comments and was told that is considered sexual harassment. I moved to free hugs and was told that was ok, but only if no yoga pants were involved because that could lead to sex.
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  10. WriterMom Angela

    Careful, your years of experience managing online communities is showing. 🙂
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  11. Kelly

    Good reminders. I’m bad about asking questions at the end of my posts. I always means to do it, and then I’m so happy the post is finished I forget to tag it on there 🙂
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  12. Andrea B.

    I think so many of the “comments” have moved over to FB. When people share a link, readers click over and go back to the FB post to respond. But here’s a comment for you, anyway! 🙂
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  13. Bev

    I almost always end with a question. I think, though, that most of my comments come from commenting on others’ blogs. It can be a full-time job just to read and respond blog posts, so I try to comment regularly on a handful of blogs and when other ones really speak to me.
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  14. Caryn Sullivan

    I like this post. I often try to leave a question, but it may not be as great of a call to action.
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  15. Keisha | The Girl Next Door is Black

    These are all useful tips. I’ve tried some combination of them and I think they help. Ultimately, I think there are commenters and non-commenters and occasionally the non-commenters feel moved enough by a post to throw in their $.02 – prompts can help with that.
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  16. Angela Gilmore.

    I ask questions all the time. Sometimes I get answers to them, sometimes I get responses to the post. I think I get about five comments per fifty views. When I comment on posts I will usually only answer the question. If there is no question I will comment on the post. I agree though, it takes a lot of time to comment on all the posts you read.
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