“Awesome” is the only word that can describe your post, you’ve gone wrong nowhere, but still you have nothing in the comments. Is it that none has a word to say? Maybe. You get comments only when your readers feel like commenting. What do you do when none even seem to spare a couple of their minutes to comment on your post? Well, all I can say is mend your ways.
Firstly, tempt your readers to comment:
- Make wise use of Disqus, IntenseDebate and the likes to enable social log-in. It would be amazing if I could log in to my twitter account to drop a comment, rather than hog with the age old way of entering my name, e-mail and website and of course, my comment — wouldn’t it?
- Speak controversial – Who here doesn’t like to dominate? Everyone does. Let your reader speak, speak something controversial so that they can raise their voice.
- Give a link to the comment section – This sounds crazy, but it works crazy too. The posts in which I’ve linked to the comment section get far more comments than the posts in which I haven’t linked it.
- Keep you comments moderated; but not ‘much’ moderated. If most comments are sent to spam or trash, what is the reason for them to comment? Or I’d be wondering what even makes them to read your post when you trash all their comments.
I tried everything, but they just aren’t turning up…
If that be the case, why long for comments? Employ better methods for reactions. Here are a few suggestions:
- Conduct polls: When my question is to check whether Chrome suits you better or Firefox does I can’t expect you to write a comment. At these times, polls can come handy. Also, using Polldaddy, you can embed your poll wherever you’d like to.
- Surveys: Embed or redirect to a survey form if you want to extract a lot from your Reader. Make sure you don’t go for this option often because this needs a lot of time from the part of your reader and chances are many that he/she may avoid responding.
- E-mails: This is something least used by most bloggers around the world. I have seen in lifehacker.com, under an article, the author’s e-mail ID is provided so that the reader can contact him. I’m not sure if this works well because I’m not quite used to this practice either. But after all, Something is better than nothing, right? 😉
Feel free to express your views in your comments.