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How To Get More Comments On Your Blog Posts

Affiliate links | Ever since I started blogging, perhaps a year into my blogging career (although it was far from a career back then!) I’ve always managed to gain a decent amount of comments on my blog posts. Of course “a decent amount” is subjective but in this instance, I’m talking 40/50+ comments. Some topics had more, some less but in general, the vast majority of my content has performed well in terms of comments. It’s something I’m quite proud of and feel like I could offer some advice on, to anyone who wants to know how to get comments on your blog posts.

How To Get Blog Comments

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Having an engaged blog following will boost your blog comments

First and foremost, let’s start with your audience and followers. Having an engaged and loyal following is a great way how to get more comments on your blog posts. But of course, you need to establish and build that following first. A solid blog following won’t appear over night and may take time (and definitely work) to build up.

But ultimately, if you have an already established loyal and engaged blog following, you’re more likely to get blog comments from those followers who are genuinely interested in you, your blog and what you have to offer.

Building a large and engaged blog following is something that I can safely say I have done. My follower numbers are probably my proudest blogging achievement to date. A few years ago, when I REALLY started to knuckle down with my blog, I gained 5,000 new followers in just 18 months. Which brings my total now up to 11,000. Which continues to grow every day.

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Reply to your own blog comments

I always make an effort to reply to all my blog comments. Of course I sometimes miss a few or have had times where I haven’t been able to reply (due to a bad mental health day or something similar) but 95% of the time, I will be replying to all the comments on my blog posts. It helps readers to know that their comment isn’t disappearing into the void and that there is a human being on the other side of the screen interested in what they have to say.

Leave a question at the end of the post

This is something else I’ve always done and find it really useful in how to get more comments on your blog posts. I find blog posts that end abruptly are often the hardest to comment on because you’ve just digested all that information and now what? Try leave a question for your readers at the end of EVERY post. Yes, every single one! Perhaps hone in on a specific point you made within the post or ask for their recommendations.

Consider whether you’ve given readers something to comment on

This point will very much depend on the type of content you’re writing. Because naturally, some topics warrant more comments than others. Some purely informational pieces of content don’t really NEED comments and comments rarely add value. But a lot of content you create will be “commentable” so to speak, so you need to give your readers something to comment on.

Related post: How To Write a Banging Blog Post People Will Actually Read

Would you comment on your own post?

Flip the script and look at your blog content from the other perspective. If you were reading your OWN blog post, would YOU want to comment on it? Would YOU skim read it and not bother leaving a comment because there’s nothing to comment on? (See above). Just by stepping back and looking at your content from another perspective might give you the answers you need on how to get blog comments on your posts!

How To Get More Blog Comments On Every Blog Post

Is it easy to leave a comment on your blog?

This is a BIG one. And really, it’s the most obvious and irritating reason why you might not be getting many (or any) blog comments. Take a look at your comment system. Is it easy enough for readers to comment? Do they have to jump through hoops to leave a comment on your blog? If they do, reconsider. It might sound lazy but if it’s NOT easy to comment, chances are, people won’t.

You get out what you put in

Actually, you don’t. Consider the 80/20 rule in blogging. You put in 80%, you get back 20%. It doesn’t seem fair but that’s usually the case. Being involved in a supportive community is an amazing side of having a blog. And community means engagement. So make sure you’re taking the time to comment on other people’s content and your favourite bloggers regularly and you’ll start to get more back.

Get involved with comment swaps and pods

Comment swaps and comment pods are a great way to get more comments on your own content, discover amazing new bloggers and also have all your faves in one place so it’s easy to dish those comments out. Some of my favourite comment swaps on Twitter are: @TeacupClub_ (Mon & Thur @ 5:00pm), @BloggersHut (every day @ 5:00pm) and @theclique_rt (every morning around 8:00am).

Boost your SEO & work on your page views

And finally, I believe that your blog is a whole package. You have more followers, you’ll get more comments. You have more views, you have the potential for more readers and followers and therefore, more comments. It’s worth investing in ALL areas of your blog – like SEO – in order to grow it as a WHOLE, not just one isolated element. A few resources I’d highly recommend to help with this are:

9 Ways To Get More Blog Comments

I hope you find these tips helpful and they help you learn how to get blog comments on a more regular basis on your content! If you have anything else to add, I’d love to hear it. If you’re a blogger who struggles with blog comments, I’d love to hear from you too!

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120 Comments

  1. Love this! My views have really increased so far this year so I’m really trying to put a focus on engagement at the moment and these are great tips. I’ve never tried the flip to see if I’d comment on my own posts – probably going to not like the answer now that I think about it, aha. The idea of finishing with a question is also a really good idea and definitely something I’ll be encompassing more. Thank you!

    1. You’re welcome! So glad to hear about your views too!

  2. How long has it taken you to get to where you are now?

    1. I’ve been blogging for 7 years overall but have only really taken it seriously for around 4

  3. Thank you so much for this post. It has been super helpful and I will look into these comment swaps. I am having issues of getting more comments, but I noticed that you have visited my blog and left comments, which I am very grateful for ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you.

    1. You’re very welcome! Come and join in some more swaps!

  4. I’ve found getting comments quite difficult, if I’m honest – thinking about my own habits as a reader, I rarely comment on anything unless I’m trying to be supportive as a blogger (before blogging I wouldn’t comment on anything). I do need to get back into comment swaps again…It’s just finding the time!

    1. They certainly can be time consuming! Maybe just pick 1 or 2 and go from there ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Love this post Jenny! Perfect timing actually as I was just thinking earlier this week how I could improve my blog, especially my page views. Some of these tips are perfect! Never thought of them either. I definitely need to improve my SEO. I have a basic understanding from work but have never implemented it on my blog. Thanks for the guides as well! I’ll definitely check those out.

    Gemma | https://anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com/

    1. Glad you found this helpful Gemma!

  6. I always leave a question and I think it really helps as a starting point. I get around 30-40 per post which I don’t think is too bad as I don’t think recipes are something that necessarily needs a comment. I totally agree with that paragraph about whether there’s something to comment on. To this day my most highly commented on post is the first one I did about periods and female healthcare, then the one I did on smear tests. They both connected with people as something they could share their own experiences with, a subject much easier to comment on than granola… Comment swaps are great, I always find they help me to find new blogs and I probably end up learning something by reading a blog I wouldn’t necessarily read if I hadn’t found it there x

    Sophie

  7. These great tips! I definitely agree the comment swap threads on Twitter are helpful!

    1. They certainly are!

  8. Great things to think about. I usually reply to all my comments unless they are repeats of the same thing over and over. I always try to ask a question at the end as much as possible. I find that my engagement isn’t too bad in regards to comments, so I must be doing something right!

    1. You certainly are! Your posts definitely give people something to talk about ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Thanks for sharing your tips ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m finding some of my recipe posts don’t get as many comments, but this post might help with my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

    1. I guess recipe posts have a certain niche! Hope these tips help ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Really great advice – I am definitely going to be taking on some of these tips as I move forward with my blog!

    1. Hope they help!

  11. Like you, replying to my own blog comments is something I always do, I feel it’s the right thing and only courteous. And making it easy to leave a comment without having to set up an account (Wix) or login via Facebook or Squarespace (for example) is soooo important. It’s so frustrating when this happens on other blogs. But your point about flipping and asking if I would leave a comment on my own post is fab – I’d never thought of that and now I’m paranoid, haha! xxx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. Hahaha don’t be paranoid! Your posts are very commentable ๐Ÿ™‚ Having to make a freaking ACCOUNT to leave a comment is the worst!

  12. When I had more time to engage in comments swaps/threads on Twitter, I used to get around 50+ comments per post which is amazing! It’s such an easy and simple way to gain more comments. I also definitely agree having an engaged audience you’ve authentically built up too is super important, as they’ll follow you for your content rather than just for a follow back, so they’ll be more likely to have something to say about your blog post topic as they’re actually interested in it/relate to it! Fab post, Jenny xx

    1. Totally agree ๐Ÿ™‚ Both are valubale in their own way!

  13. This made me realize I do not have an engaged following whatsoever lol I have like almost 50 subscribers on my blog BUT my twitter followers engage on my blog more then my actual subscribers LOL why is that???

    1. Haha I’m not sure. But continue with building up that following! Your voice is amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ check out my eBook if that’s the advice you’re after!

  14. nortoncharity says:

    This was such a great and helpful post! I always learn so much from reading your blog posts! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Awh thank you!

  15. This was really helpful – I always leave a question at the end of my posts which I think really helps get more comments! x

    – charlotte / https://charlottesspace.com

    1. It definitely does!

  16. I think I love the question ‘would you comment on your own post’ more then anything; that is a solid question to ask if one answers it honestly! I have come to love opening up comment swaps when I sit down to check in on my blog; I have met so many amazing people. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It’s definitely an easy way to determine why you’re not getting enough comments!

  17. Great tips! I so agree on needing to put in the effort and engage. You can’t expect people to read and comment on your blog if you’re not doing the same. And the ease of leaving comments is so important too. I know I’ve left blog pages that require me to sign in or create a password before leaving a comment.

    1. Oh same! Ones that make you create an account, do a sum, pick out the traffic lights – it’s an absolute nuisance!

  18. Excellent post as always! Iโ€™ve always noticed how well engaged your blog readers are and itโ€™s definitely something you should be proud of! Great tips, thank you x
    Rachael
    palegirlrambling.co.uk

    1. Thanks so much Rachael, that means a lot!

  19. Great tips Jenny. I always ask a question at the end of my posts and hope it could spark a conversation. Pesky anxiety got in the way of joining comment pods for a while as I would doubt myself too much. But I am loving being back involved ๐Ÿ™‚

    Helen x
    https://www.whathelenloves.com

    1. Some great tips that I need to grow my following. It needs a big boost. Thank you

      1. You’re welcome! Check out my eBook if you need advice on growing your following! All the advice in there is exactly what I used to get to over 11,200 subscribers today!

    2. It definitely does help spark that conversation. Glad to have you back!

  20. Giulia says:

    I always reply to blog comments too. I don’t know if it’s helping me but I feel like it’s important to do. I always hate it when I posted a comment, especially a question (before I was a blogger really) and there was no response. Great tips Jenny.

    1. I agree with you, I think it’s important to do as well. I just think it’s a common courtesy x

  21. These are great tips Jenny! I always try to ask a question at the end of my blog posts to spark conversation, some work better than others. I really need to get into the habit of replying to your own blog comments – it’s something i often forget to do.

    Eve x

    1. I’d definitely recommend doing it – a lot of people prefer it if a bloggers replies to their comments ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I really struggle with comments on my blog so these tips are great!

    1. Hope these help!

  23. Awesome tips! I’ll have to try these out.

    1. Hope they help!

  24. Thanks for sharing, I agree that one of the best pieces of advice is asking yourself whether there’s anything to comment on in your posts. Have a good day ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It’s really such an easy thing to do!

  25. Amber Page says:

    I love this! Thank you for the tips! I will be trying to leave questions on my posts now!

    Amber – The Unpredicted Page

    1. Hope that helps!

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