9 Ways to Increase Comments on Your Blog

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Are you trying to figure out ways to increase comments on your blog? This is your authoritative guide for growing your blog’s conversation.

We all understand that after a while it gets boring just talking to yourself.  If you don’t believe me, just ask Chuck Nolan, Tom Hanks’ character from castaway.  If he’s not talking to his friend Wilson, the volleyball, he might have the time to answer you.

Comments are the life-blood of a successful blog.  They reveal the level of engagement between the author and the readers.  They bring the ideas and experiences of the community together and can result in a wealth of knowledge being shared at your blog and in a high level of excitement being built.

Site Sketch 101 is just over 5 months old and yet I have many posts at my blog with comments numbering over 100 comments on a single article.  In other words, it doesn’t matter how old your blog is, you can incorporate a few simple concepts into your blogging and you can develop a thriving community around your blog.

When I first began blogging, I was reaching out and trying anything that I could to get people to comment at my blog.  I begged for comments.  I added incentives to commenting.  I even stood on the street corner with a big sign…okay, maybe I never did that last one, but I was desperate enough.

Those first comments were so precious to me.  I’m sure we all know that feeling.  I wanted more and more comments so I set out to figure out how to encourage my readers to do it.

I began to look outside of my own blog and observe what other bloggers were doing to encourage comments at their sites.  I thought about which sites had inspired me to join their conversations and what they had done to provide that inspiration.

I set out to incorporate the principles that I saw being used around me.  And the results were amazing.  I now get tons of valuable comments on nearly every article and I truly believe that you can also.  Here’s 9 tips that have helped me and I’m sure that if you put them to work at your site that they’ll help you too.

9 Ways to Increase Comments on Your Blog

  1. Encourage Engagement: At the end of nearly every post I write, I create a paragraph called “Group Discussion.”  I use that final, closing paragraph to invite my readers to share with me their thoughts, ideas and experiences.  You see, I understand that many of my readers have experienced thing that I haven’t.  They can provide perspective to some issues that I can’t and I want that wisdom.  I want to learn from them and so I make it very clear in each post.
  2. Reach Outside Your Own Blog: I learned the Golden Rule when I was a little kid: Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.  Remember that?  Then why aren’t you out there bringing value to other bloggers in their comment sections?  If you want comments on your blog, then get out in the blogosphere and get involved.
  3. Interact Openly With Your Readers: Few things are more aggravating than asking someone a question and not getting an answer.  I’d rather talk to a doorpost than to talk to someone who is just going to ignore me.  You can rest assured that if you ask me a question at Site Sketch 101, I’m going to give you an open and honest answer.  I will respond to you and interact with you.  Are you providing that for your readers?
  4. Provide Value In Your Comments: A simple 2 or 3 word comment doesn’t connect with people.  It makes you look simple.  They’re all right once in a while, but for the most part they need to be avoided.  Here’s a couple of rules on how to provide value in your comments: 2 or 3 sentences minimum, proper grammar, proof read it, ask a question, mention the person’s name that your addressing.  These tips will massively improve the effectiveness of your comments.
  5. Connect Across Multiple Platforms: I send one email to each first time commenter at Site Sketch 101.  In that email, I thank them for the expressing themselves on the blog here and I invite them to feel free to connect with me at my personal email address.  I want every reader here to feel a sense of belonging and a freedom to connect with me in any way they’re most comfortable.  You need to create that same environment at your site.
  6. Simplify the Commenting Process: Every obstacle that your readers have to tackle in order to leave a comment will only result in less comments.  Forget about forcing people to login or forcing people to fill out a captcha form.  These tools are useless.  If your worried about spam, just use Akismet or the spam filter of your choice.  They’ll get the job done and you can keep your blog open for comments.
  7. Reward Your Commenters: You can increase comments by providing incentives to those who do comment.  You can give your readers some page rank by providing ‘dofollow’ links on your comments.  You can advertise their most recent articles from their blogs with the WordPress CommentLuv plugin.  And you can promote their twitter status with WP Twitttip  ID plugin for WordPress.  I offer each of these incentives at Site Sketch 101 and I’m very pleased with the results.
  8. Show Off Your Top Commenters: Use a widget in the sidebar or in the footer to show off the names of your readers who’ve really jumped in and gotten involved on your site.  This is a great way to puff their ego and to increase their page rank.  Those users who are my biggest commenters will receive a dofollow link from every single page on my site.
  9. Think Outside the Box: Be creative. Do something that nobody else is doing to increase your comments. Maybe hold a contest to generate comments and offer a prize.  Maybe offer to give a book to the person who provides the best comment.  Just do something to make it more exciting…to be different.

Group Discussion:

Will you please leave me comment on this post?  Pretty please!

Seriously though.  I’ve shown you 9 ways to increase comments on a blog and now I want to know what you do to encourage comments at your site? Are you actively working to connect and engage with your readers?  If not, why not?  What other methods or ideas do you have that you can share with us?

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It's my personal quest to enable every person that I can to unlock that dormant potential concerning their online influence. Also, I'm a geek.

167 Comments

  • Susan says:

    Man, after reading that, how can I NOT post a comment! Great stuff Nick – useful tidbits I’ll be utilizing for sure.

    Sue

    • Seth W says:

      Haha I agree. Great post on a topic that is pretty frustrating for a lot of people.

      Comments are sometimes more important to new bloggers than visitors or sales! I have had some clients who told me they just want to feel validated by getting a few comments on their blog!

      Your tips for getting comments are good ones and will lead to success.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: Does the User Really Matter? =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Susan –> That’s what I love to hear. I’m glad to hear that these tidbits are useful for you.

    • Sarge | BeginnerBlogger.com says:

      Haha – exactly, how can you NOT comment this post after reading.

      I always try and put forward some questions after each blog post. Which seems to work really well. I’ve noticed posts where I don’t pose any questions and they get next to no comments. The ones where I ask questions get a lot.

      I really like the ‘group reflection’ part of each of your blog posts Nicholas. Brings a sense of the ‘campfire’ metaphor that Chris Brogan always talks about. It’s not so much you talking to us but that particular section brings your community together to have a conversation about the topic you’ve just addressed.

      Rewarding your commentators is also a great way to get comments, just as long as they’re valuable ones ;)

      Sarge | BeginnerBlogger.com
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: How To Apply A Google Analytics Filter For Quality Results =-.

    • Mary Sevinsky says:

      Ditto – Great post! (and lots of good comments!)

  • Ron Leyba says:

    Simplify the Commenting Process

    Sometimes, webmasters (including me, I admit), plays little attention to this area.

    I encountered few blogs in which they do have so many anti spam sort of things like captcha or those silly math questions to prove you are not spammer.

    Its wise to use some anti spam plugin rather than those kind of things, in my opinion.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: SEO Contests =-.

  • Dana @ Online Knowledge says:

    Yeah — i do almost all of the nine thing you write in this article and work perfectly. But, i do not do contest for commentators ye.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Deep Thanks to HostGator and Readers =-.

  • Eric Bannatyne says:

    These are some excellent tips that will be very useful to anyone with a blog.

    I also find it a bit annoying when I ask a question on someone’s blog, and it doesn’t get answered.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: 6 Tips to Take Your WordPress Theme from Good to Great =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Eric Bannatyne –> I feel the same way. I like to think of it as a two way dialogue and when I’m ignored it’s upsetting.

  • Blogging Handbook says:

    I have noted that commenting on other peoples blogs is really powerful. Firstly the blog owners can come back an make comments on your blog and also people from the other blog’s community can also join in. You gain a lot by just beign active in other communities
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Get Loyal Readers by Focusing on Content =-.

    • Robomaster @ CoolAppSite says:

      So true. I find it best to find a few (3~4) blogs that have really excellent content, an active community, and aren’t way too huge (like Problogger), and then leave helpful, relevant comments and reply to anyone asking for help.

      I do this on SS101 and it really helps build relationships that can take a blog far! My blog is about two weeks old and I am already getting 20+ meaningful comments on my posts by using this technique – many of the people that post comments on my blog are ones I first met right here on SS101.

      Now I just have to remember to go on my friend’s blogs and comment there too, not just at sites like DBT and SS101…
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: Media Cope: A Multipurpose Utility =-.

      • Nicholas Cardot says:

        Robomaster @ CoolAppSite –> That’s a great strategy to get around and influence the blogs around you with comments. It’s a great way to start interacting with people.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Blogging Handbook –> You really do. You also gain the relationships with those other bloggers that can be so valuable in developing your online presence.

  • Typhoon says:

    Thanks for the tips. I think having commenting contest and using plugins good for commentators could be some great ways to increase comments on the blog.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Writing an Article That Converts Into Sales: Part 2 =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Typhoon –> They really are. I’ve done both of those ideas and they’ve worked wonders for me.

    • Ron Leyba says:

      It is! As you can see on this site the evidence and huge success of it.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: Sikat Ang Pinoy =-.

      • Nicholas Cardot says:

        Ron Leyba –> That’s exactly right. I’m definitely speaking from experience here. I want to make sure that you can learn from my successes and from my failures as you grow in your own blogging journey.

  • Ali Papila says:

    I saw a lot of benefits, when I started to offer free advertisement spaces to top commentators on my blog. This encouraged people to leave more comments and allowed me to meet some really nice people.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Phobia of Writing New Blog Posts =-.

  • Daryle Dickens says:

    This must be one of the most common questions bloggers have, especially new bloggers. And these are all great ways to encourage comments on a blog. But in my experience using a contest to encourage comments can take away from the discussion. Because many people will leave very simple comments like “great post” just to be entered in the drawing. A long string of these makes it heard for the real comments that are trying to talk about the post to be heard.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Teach Your Art For Income And To Increase Your Reputation =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Daryle Dickens –> A contest certainly can do that if it’s not regulated. Personally, when I run a contest, I actually tell people that their comments have to be a certain amount of words and I delete comments that I don’t feel actually add to the conversation.

  • Robomaster @ CoolAppSite says:

    “Show Off Your Top Commenters”

    That just happens to be a great technique! ;-) I definitely need to get around to installing that plugin on my blog, I’m sure my readers will benefit from it!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Media Cope: A Multipurpose Utility =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Robomaster @ CoolAppSite –> You definitely should. I also noticed that you’re at the top of the list here right now. Great job.

  • King Sidharth says:

    Yummy article, solved much of my problems. Let’s have it – a comment marathon
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: World Aids Day – I Will Be Human =-.

  • jan geronimo says:

    I used to give away books to my monthly top commentator with a nice post featuring the reader. I don’t do it anymore but most of the early readers stayed with me. Being there for your readers by replying to their comments help a lot in building a community of readers.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Anatomy of My FarmVille Addiction =-.

    • David | ilcantone.com says:

      Agree Jan, replying comments it’s a great way to engage with your commenters. Besides, with your replies you can add value to your posts and blog, some extra valuable content related with the topic of the post.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: HOW TO DEVELOP PERSISTENCE =-.

      • Nicholas Cardot says:

        David | ilcantone.com –> I sometimes feel so bad when I’m unable to respond to every comment on my site. I really believe that people fail to realize the value of interacting with their readers in a genuine and personal way.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      jan geronimo –> That’s a cool idea. Giving away books seems like an awesome way to stir up excitement at a website.

  • Kok Siong Chen says:

    Thanks for sharing! I just noticed that your blog is 5 months old only. Amazing! You have done well for your blog! I’m looking forward to learn from you! My new blog still lack of comment. I will try to implement your suggestions in my blog to increase comments on my blog. Thanks again!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Cytogenetic Studies in Malignancy Cancer =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Kok Siong Chen –> Yeah. This blog is still very new, but as you can probably tell, it’s made a huge splash in the blogosphere and I’m working hard to grow it even more. I think that this site has an exciting future in front of it.

      • Lee Ka Hoong says:

        Nicholas, you’re doing very well in this blog, I believe that the way you share your tips and your brilliant design help you a lot.

        Between, you back from training already Nicholas? How was it?

        Cheers,
        Lee

        • Nicholas Cardot says:

          Lee Ka Hoong –> It was great. I had so much more fun than I thought that I would have and I got to shoot thousands of rounds. Thanks for asking.

  • Deepika says:

    Hi Nick,

    nice article and the tips are very useful. In the above nine points, first and fifth points are new and interesting.. I try to follow these tips in my blog too. Thanks for these tips..
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Google Wave Gadgets =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Deepika –> You’re welcome. I’m glad that you find these helpful and I hope that you see an increase in comments at your website.

  • Jeevanjacobjohn says:

    Hi, Nicholas

    I have surfed across the web for tips to increase my blog comments. Although I am familiar with all you have discussed, I am thankful to you for taking time writing this. The reason is that This may help a lot of bloggers out there. By the way, how was your military training ?

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Jeevanjacobjohn –> The training was great. It was fun and intense. I got to shoot off a lot of rounds. Thanks for asking.

  • David | ilcantone.com says:

    All these are good tips and I think I do almost all of them. Maybe I should comment on more blogs, but sometimes it’s hard because I like to add to my comments some value and it takes time.

    I want to increase the number of comments on my blog, that’s why I reward all my commenters with a top commentators list, with dofollow backlinks, comentluv, etc. I’d also like to show their twitter ID, so thanks Nick for telling me about this plugin :)

    See you.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: HOW TO DEVELOP PERSISTENCE =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      David | ilcantone.com –> You’re welcome. Stick with it and keep engaging with people and you’ll see an increase. Don’t be mistaken into thinking that it will suddenly happen in a day. It takes doing the right thing day after day to really start seeing results.

  • Chad says:

    #2 is an important point. You have to comment on other sites if you want comments on yours. There is nothing better for creating community and driving traffic.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Is This Spam? How To Tell. =-.

  • Mike says:

    Great tips and EXTREMELY helpful for me since I’m new at this whole blogging thing. Totally using your #2 and going to comment more on other blogs I read regularly. Thanks again!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Turkey Samurai =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Mike –> Great. I think that you’ll find that it will help you gain exposure in the blogosphere. I’m thrilled that you’ve enjoyed this.

  • Lee Ka Hoong says:

    These tips are really great and if everyone follows the tips, they might be able to get quite some traffic and comments to their blog.

    I believe that giving dofollow to the comment link would really help. I’m trying to make my blog a dofollow but the comment section is not dofollow even though I uninstall the nofollow plugin, and even install a dofollow plugin. No idea on how to do that.

    Anyway, great tips Nicholas! Also, hope you enjoyed your training and came back in full strength. :D

    Cheers,
    Lee

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Lee Ka Hoong –> Thanks. They really do work. Just look at this post as an example and you’ll see that it really is possible to get lots of comments on an article.

  • kosaidpo says:

    very true but if theres no capcha then say welcom spam ; ]
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: WZPV432MQ8EF =-.

    • Chad says:

      Akismet has always done a great job for me. I’ve never had any spam get through.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      kosaidpo –> I get dozens of spam per day, but I only get about 1 or 2 spam per month that actually gets through my Akismet anit-spam filter. It really works wonders.

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  • IVAN says:

    man .. it’s very true!
    thanks for the very useful article ?
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  • Sanna Lee says:

    Great blog… Thanks for writing it. This is frustration of my own… although, I remind myself that my blog is new (only a couple of months old) and I have not strongly promoted it.

    Since I am here, I invite you to read (and comment on!) my latest blog: http://sannaleeconsulting.blogspot.com/

    Thanks again for the tips. :)
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  • Evelyn says:

    This post opened my eyes to the importance of comments and commenting. I’ll try incorporating a widget to show off commentators. Great information!

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Evelyn –> Great. Too often we fail to realize some of the most important things to building our sites. If you brag on and reward those who comment then others will see that and join in on the fun.

  • Kidgas says:

    Nicholas,
    These articles are fabulous. I am so glad that I ran across your blog. It is absolutely fantastic. It is amazing what you have been able to accomplish in such a short time while serving our country. God Bless you.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: I Want to be the Turtle =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Kidgas –> I appreciate it. Thank you. I’m thrilled to know that these articles are a help to you. Thanks so much for the positive feedback.

  • Angela says:

    OMG! I wanna be like Nicholas! After reading this and seeing all the comments and your plugins I feel sooo inferior. I seriously have to print this out and keep it close by so I follow these rules.

    How do you give people a dofollow link on your site? Is it within the comment or within a plugin? Sounds like a great idea so I’d like to find out your process. I’ve also heard to use the person’s name when you respond back to their comment.

    To encourage comments I occasionally ask people to comment or pose a question, but don’t get much out of that one sentence so a more involved way of asking like you do sounds like a great idea.

    I already see a few other articles of yours I need to read. I’m sure I’ll comment on those as you make it so enticing. Outstanding post! Thank you!!!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Blog Accountability =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Angela –> First, you are not inferior in any way. You may be in a different stage of your blogging journey than I am, but I was there once too. And right now I’m working to help others gain the knowledge and tools necessary to realize the success that we all desire.

      I use a plugin called “Nofollow Case by Case” and it makes all the comments dofollow. It’s a terrific little plugin that’s also very easy to use.

  • Phaoloo says:

    Hey, it’s nice to see you again :). I believe comment is a lifeblood of a blog and it tells that we are going the right way.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: What To Do When Traffic From Google Dramatically Drops =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Phaoloo –> It sure it. Comments are terrific for a whole range of reasons and it’s so important to encourage them on our websites.

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  • Ruth - Web Career Girl says:

    These are fantastic tips! I have to say that one thing that puts me off leaving comments the most is a Blogger blog that doesn’t let you leave comments unless you have a blogger account – they are the worst! But apart from that I think responses to your comments are really important and can keep you going back to a blog.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: What Are You Working For and How Do You Measure Your Progress? =-.

    • Angeal says:

      Ruth, I strongly agree with your comment about bloggers that make you have an account to comment. They probably have significantly less comments posted. I have only registered once in order to leave a comment.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: Blog Accountability =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Ruth – Web Career Girl –> I’m with you on that. People think that they are reducing spam or something by doing that but all they are accomplishing is choking away the conversations that could be sprouting on their sites.

  • Adam says:

    I’ve seen a lot of similar posts on this subject, but reading through all the comments on this post was actually very useful! I like the idea of individually e-mailing first-time commenters!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: O Pioneers! Go Forth =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Adam –> I really like the email concept because so many people respond to the email and connect with me personally and I’m all about that.

  • Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot says:

    Too right about the Captcha thing but they are so popularly used. Not on my blog though so at least I’m doing something right, if only by default:)

    Also I hate it when you have to join something special to comment. Please do I really have to?

    Finally, I always wonder why I’m the very last person to leave a comment everywhere I go….

    One of the mysteries of blogging:)

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot –> I absolutely won’t leave a comment if I have to sign up in order to do so. Ha ha. I love your last sentence.

  • Web Design Company says:

    Nicholas, this is an excellent post.
    I feel I need to look over some of your tips since I am lacking the desired interaction on my blog.

    Hope the tips you have delivered will make some good to me.

    Thanks for writing these tips.

    - J.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: 100+ CSS Tools and Frameworks – CSS Tips and Tricks =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Web Design Company –> These tips have worked great for me so I’m sure that they’ll work wonders for your site as well. I mean, I’ve got over 80 comments on this post alone. Some of these tips are very powerful.

      • Web Design Company says:

        Hi,

        I have implemented two of your tips :)

        1. I made my blog DoFollow
        2. Plugged with Twitttip ID

        I was considering it to make it dofollow but I didnt till yesterday. But, now my blog is dofollow and enabled with twittip ID pluging too.

        - J.
        .-= My Latest Blog Post: 100+ CSS Tools and Frameworks – CSS Tips and Tricks =-.

        • Nicholas Cardot says:

          Web Design Company –> I think that you’ll find that it helps…especially if you let your readers know that it’s dofollow. It’s always great to reward people as an expression of appreciation.

          • Web Design Company says:

            Well, I have observed almost 2 weeks after making some changes on my blog by following some of the tips in this post and other helpful posts, that the visitor/user interaction on my blog has significantly lifted up.

            The thing which I am curious to know is that which of the things is resulting in more response from the user. Hope so I will be finding it too.

            - J.
            .-= My Latest Blog Post: 10 Virtues of Website Design =-.

  • sernan says:

    a good comment system is important as well, i had been using a previous plugin in joomla that does not have the link back and i find some visitor that does not care to post any comment, then i had an email from a blogger saying to change my comment system, which i did, and for the past 3 months, comments are coming in… and there was indeed a significant change…i’ll try to work on the tips above, hopefully it will work.. thanks for the tips.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: To Joomla or to WordPress? =-.

  • John Samuel says:

    I have been following most of these for a long time and I am able to get a lot of comments
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Operations on Pipe (Advanced Pipe Usage) =-.

  • Davor Gasparevic says:

    I failed at this big time :(

    I’ve read this post 2-3 times to memorize all the techniques, will be utilizing them soon in my future posts
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Niche/money making ebook #5 – The Law Of Attraction! =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Davor Gasparevic –> That’s good. I remember when I was trying to learn how to build the interactivity here at Site Sketch 101. Now it seems like I have a whole community of friendly people like yourself that comment and interact with each other. It takes time and it requires some of these principles but it can be done. My blog is only 6 months old and I’ve seen phenomenal results.

  • Davor Gasparevic says:

    Yea, I bookmarked this post in a separate folder for posts that I find most useful for me and my blog.

    Check it out every day when I write a new post to see if I’ve done everything properly.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Niche/money making ebook #6 – ATV Made Easy! =-.

  • Ed says:

    Awesome post. Everything time I get a new comment on my blog I get a rush of excitement. I feel I taught someone something with my posts. It gets me excited to write another post
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: How To Get Free Prizes =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Ed –> I know exactly how you feel. It’s really invigorating to experience that sense of validation. What types of posts do you feel like you get the most comments on? Have you used any of these principles in the past? How did they work for you?

  • Eric says:

    I must say that I couldn’t go away without commenting on this first. All wonderful ideas here and taking action is what works most of all. I like 7, 8 and 9 on here. I think those are most rewarding and of course things are always changing so something new is sure to arise.

  • Onthebuzz says:

    Appreciate this insightful article, mines pretty much an entertainment blog and welcome any input into improving posts, comments, blog etc hence this is where sitesketch comes in.

    No comments is like talking to yourself when looking in the mirror :)

    Some of these have been implemented in the past but now Nicholas has offered a few pointers. Thanks

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      I’m glad to hear that these are helpful for you. We’ve got a vibrant community here at Site Sketch 101 and attribute it to these tips and ideas. They really do work wonders.

  • g3niuz says:

    hey nicholas,

    founds your site via google – and ive to say great stuff here…
    keep up the good work ;)

    cheers from germany
    stefan
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Neverland =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Thanks. I’m thrilled that you found the site and I hope that you won’t be a stranger. What was your search term that you were searching for on Google?

  • Tisha C says:

    Thank you for the great information. Now that I have gotten my comp back I can start creating my blog!!! You are great Nick!

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      You’re welcome. I’m glad that it’s helpful. Be sure to ask any questions that you might have. What is your blog going to be about?

  • John Chatman says:

    Nicholas,
    Thanks for the great tips my friend. I have just spent some time looking around your site and wanted to stop and give you some kudos on fostering a fantastic sense of community here partner.

    I have really picked up on some great direction to take my own blog into so for that I appreciate you.

    To Our Massive Success,

    John
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Network Marketing Discipline: Your Key To Success! =-.

  • Paul O'Rear says:

    Nicholas,

    I’ve been blogging, on and off, for a couple of years. My posts are often about lessons I’ve learned in life, music I’ve discovered that really connects with me, people who inspire me, and my thoughts on various biblical topics (I’ve been a minister for over 25 years). Even though I’ve been blogging for awhile and have put LOTS of time and attention into designing my blog and LOTS of time and thought into the articles I post there, I feel like a newbie after reading some of your “how to blog” posts. You have so many great suggestions for improving a blog. I have a feeling “Site Sketch 101″ is going to become a regular read for me!

    Keep up the good work!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Heritage of Faith =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Paul O’Rear » I’m thrilled to hear that you’re able to find value in Site Sketch 101 articles. Remember that it was Harry S. Truman that said, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

      I’ve been blogging for a while and I feel the same way sometimes. I feel like a complete newbie. But remember that you can’t put anything in a cup that’s already full. Having that attitude is the key to success. We’ve got to keep learning and growing.

  • Don Gilbert says:

    What is your take on using a commenting system like Disqus or intensedebate rather than just the default WordPress comments?

    Also – what do you use for your sidebar widget that shows the top commenters? something custom?
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Top 10 Tips to Dominate Your Niche for SEO =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Don Gilbert » I think that Disqus and Intensedebate are both unnecessary and can actually draw people away from your site as they explore the new fancy commenting system. I use a plugin on the sidebar called Top Commentators Widget.

  • Shane says:

    Great roundup!
    I agree that when you start a new blog, it’s just totally gratifiying once those first few comments finally start coming in!
    Commenting is definitely a very important part of this whole blogging thing.

    Cheers,
    Shane
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Gary Vaynerchuk Doesn’t Like Internet Marketers =-.

  • Shay Howe says:

    Nicholas your doing a great job with Site Sketch 101. The layout is great and the content is awesome.

    I really like what you have done with your comments. Adding the “Follow Me On Twitter” along with “My Latest Blog Post:” are great touches that really encourage users to leave comments. On top of all of that you do not nofollow the comments. Very nice!

    Thanks Nicholas!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Strategizing Web Content =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Shay Howe » Thanks. I really appreciate that. I really do try to make it worthwhile for people to join in the conversation on Site Sketch 101. I love hearing from people and I love discussing the topics at hand so I do whatever I can to encourage it. On top of that, I’m all about rewarding the people who take the time to chat with me on here. If someone leaves a comment, which I love, then I want them to be rewarded for it.

  • Olusegun says:

    Hi Nick,

    I certainly can testify to the first timer email as i just read mine now. I think you make a good tutor – I guess it’s in born :)

    I also appreciate the way you engage your commenters on the blog by trying to personally reply to most posts – i don’t know of a better way to connect emotionally with people.

    I think another way to get more regular visitors to your blog is if you can get them to leave thinking as they get to the end of your post with a question that can engage their thoughts all day long…Well,maybe not all day at least enough to get them coming. I learnt that from Lee Kahoong – another great guy

    My blog is just 2 months old and I must say your post as inspired me to do something similar. Thanks.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Olusegun » I’m glad to hear that. I don’t believe that we’re born with greatness. I believe that we develop it. Which means that you can be just as successful as me. In fact, you’re probably smarter than I am so learn from me and then pass me up. I would love to see that. In fact, that is what this site is all about.

  • Ali says:

    Very true. I’ve just started my blog (one month old) and I’ve heard nothing but crickets. I try putting an invite at the bottom of each post to incite readers to comment, because I know how helpful that would be to me.

    I’m still working on getting people to take a look at the site, so maybe that’s the first step? You do pose some excellent suggestions, and I will definitely be looking into adding CommentLuv.

    A few questions I have about getting the party started… Should you ask a friend to comment for the first time? Are people more likely to comment if someone else has already commented?

    Thanks again for the great article!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: What do you wear when you write? =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Ali » There’s nothing wrong with asking a close friend to help with a comment to get your blog started. That’s actually a great idea. Also, try to think of as many ways as you can to invite and incentivize comments on your site.

  • Ruben Zevallos Jr. says:

    My web site have comments… but most people do not like to leave a comment… so… we have to wait.
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  • Jill says:

    Hi Nicholas – some great tips here. I do use CommentLuv. It has great support too, in fact it used to have some html errors, I wrote to Andy and he responded, did some tweaking and now the lastest versions are great.

    Twittip I had not seen. I went to download it to find that it is no longer supported and Twitterlink is recommended instead.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/twitterlink-comments/

    Going to reread this post and put some more of your tips into action today.

    Thanks as always Nic – you do some great work.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Fear – Is It A Cover Up For Laziness? =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Jill » That’s good. I actually just stopped using Twittip and it’s nice to see an alternative option offered. I’m going to look into it and see if I can get that functionality working on this site again. Thanks for the heads up on that.

  • Latief@AnotherBlogger says:

    I suggest to add CommentLuv :)
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  • Shamim says:

    After reading this post I made my blog’s comment link Dofollow. Thanks cardot.

    But i think peoples reads the “How to blog”, “SEO”, “Online Money Making” type blog more and comment often. But on other blogs peoples don’t want to comment more. I don’t know why………!

  • Jake Russ says:

    Just getting started and I’ve seen you mention a few times the e-mail that you send out to first time commenters. I’m curious how you actually handle that. So here’s me commenting for an e-mail!

    In other words, it works.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Books That Have Influenced My Thinking =-.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Jake Russ » You’ll get the email in a few hours. It’s powered by a plugin called “Thank Me Later.” Be sure to reply to that email and let me know what you think!

  • Chris says:

    Nicholas,

    I think that sending out an initial email to first time commenters is a really smart thing to do–I may have to use that idea.

    It’s a good non-spammy way to reach out to someone. Usually, when I leave comments on blogs they go unanswered and just sit there stagnant.

    Your approach is a good way to reach out to the audience and make them feel welcome. I like the idea.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: 5 Ways to Make More Money on Hubpages =-.

  • Cathy @ DSWP says:

    thanks for these tips. this is one i struggle with on my work blog. I think ppl like the blog – b/c they keep sending me orders, but absolutely ZERO comments. Its weird. Maybe they like the services, but not the posts? haven’t figured out the answer yet to this one!

    I’ll try these tips though.
    thank you.

  • Sean Sabourin says:

    Great site. Thanks for for the insight. Keep up the great work

  • Boni says:

    I remember the people that commenting on my blog is some called Robomaster. I really remember that name. He found my old blog from this website after seeing my comments. Haha… You remind me that feeling.

    I make a new blog now after my old blog is banned, and i lost everything i have there, all the comments and all the file.

    I hope someone here found my blog and give a comment there again. because you will be the first now, My new blog just rebuild for only 2 days.

    Be the first and you’ll be in my mind for a long time.. Haha :)

    Good article Nick. I hope you are the first man that commenting my blog. It will be a pride if the Great Blogger comment on my website. :)
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  • Alan says:

    Very nice blog post Nicholas.

    I’m just new to blogging and as such, only have a limited amount of blog posts on my blog. So alot of these techniques are really useful for myself.

    I already do a few of the things you suggest, but step 7 is something im going to try and integrate straight away.

    Thanks.

  • Pierre says:

    Another tip you should have mentionned because you do it well : big big gravatars !

  • Angel M. says:

    Very good article! How could I not thought about doing those things before? I’m new to blogging so this and many other articles are really useful! I’ve noticed that I talk like a robot and I gotta be more “human” now. Thanks for the advice! You got a new fan :)

  • BJ says:

    Hello from a first timer..

    Thanks for this info, and some other page about “best plugins” it was fun to read..

    Hope to get back soon.
    BJ

  • geekbabe says:

    As usual another gem of wisdom from you here!

    The one thing I try to do to reward my commenting readers is to note their fresh content (having comment Luv installed makes that easy) Obviously not all their topics are going to be relevant to my life but it takes what? 3 seconds to retweet their their link or to hit the “like” button for their facebook page or to recommend them to somebody else on twitter? Is one of my readers running in a contest and needs votes? I’m there.

    Getting a reputation for being keenly away of what’s happening for your readers & supporting them outside your site as well as on it
    is a good thing IMHO.

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    I have tried literally everything you mentioned here (well, except the top commentators widget :)). Hopefully my blog will soon buzz with engaging comments.

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  • Ash Menon says:

    Thank you, Nicholas! I’ve been working on my site for a year plus now (albeit not very diligently :P), and while I can see my ranking and views go up, I can’t seem to engage any comments. I’ll be sure to try some of these out.

  • Kars says:

    I wouldn’t have any method to add to your topic Nicholas, but what makes me comment on your blog is the great content AND your personality. I don’t feel like I’m talking to a blogging robot, but a real person that likes to hear my opinion too. You do, right? (#4 executed =P)

  • Navin says:

    Fantastic post, Comments are really lifeblood of a blog. We need to support “You Comment I follow”. Im against “nofollow” links. Thanks alsot for the great post again.

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  • Rose says:

    Hi Nicholas,

    These are absolutely excellent ways. We are thinking to start our own blog for our business and looking for the way to receive as much comments as we can. Thank you for sharing.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      I’m glad that you found this helpful and I wish you the best of luck on you upcoming business blog.

  • Michael Charney says:

    I heard about this blog entry through a fellow Tweeter; excellent advice. As a blogging newbie–and with a particular niche–I can see how implementing several of these ideas will start to generate commentary. Also, I very much appreciate your knowledge-sharing attitude!

  • Alex says:

    Great list of ideas. I especially agree with the n°6, Akismet does such a great job that no one should be worried about spam.

    I wonder about the dofollow links in terms of SEO though. I have to say I don’t know much about it but there must be a reason why no one does it. Wouldn’t it bring down the PR of the posts for instance?

    To be honest I don’t care so much about SEO but I wonder why no one has dofollow links then. Or maybe is it just by default on WordPress?

  • Mel Melhado says:

    The number of comments reflects your post. Its very interesting to interact, learn and share. I like commenting and interacting because it helps me become more well informed and value the opinions of others as well.

  • Simon Duck says:

    Oh the day that I got my first comment, and then the next few comments after that, I have to say when you get that email through asking you to moderate a comment, the smile on your face is amazing.

    The problem is that you do need to keep that up. Currently I normally ask people to join in, but only add a line at the end of the article. A group discussion paragraph seems like it would work better.

    I find that commenting on others blogs is one of the best ways, it shows that you are interested and would like people to join in with conversation more.

    I’m going to have to go through your steps and add a few more, like the top commenters in the sidebar etc.

    Regards,
    Simon Duck

  • Ava Jae says:

    I like the idea of ending a blog post with a group discussion section. I usually end with a question or two, but it seems like a good idea to separate it from the rest and make it a little more obvious. Could encourage a few more people to jump in. :)

    Nice tips! It’s no wonder you have so many comments!

  • Bill Gassett says:

    There is no doubt you do a great job with your blog and this alone is enough to make people want to comment. Of course in my opinion the subject matter is also interesting:)

  • awangshamsul says:

    thanks for the nice article. I will try to implement some of your tips here to attract more comments on my website.

  • Michelle says:

    The first and foremost thing in attracting comments is to have a compelling and time sensitive article. Discussing on the current events as well as keeping your article bias free, crisp and precise, can help the commenters to express their opinions on your writing. Have a call-to-action article which touches cord with a majority of your readers. Make it easy for your readers to leave comments by placing comment boxes appropriately and using social network logins. Join in the conversation and involve yourself with your readers by replying on their posts and opinions.

  • Dan Developpeur php says:

    wow… I really didn’t think that far when I was building my small blog.
    You have some good tips,but i’m not sure they’re all so easy to implement…
    Anyway thank you for the good info !

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