Where Are All The Comments?

Where Are All The Comments? | Bonjour, Blogger!

Your blog is amazing. Right? (Right.) Every post is interesting, funny and thought provoking. But why aren’t people leaving more comments? It’s a question every blogger will ask themselves – so many of us will judge the success of a post based on the number of comments. Here are a few reasons why people might not be leaving comments on your blog, and a few ways around them…

Who are you?

You might not be getting comments on your posts because no one really knows about your blog. While you might be talking about it occasionally on Twitter and Facebook, the likelihood is that only a few people are going to click through and read that post, and a smaller percentage are going to comment on it. The best way to combat this is to leave comments on other blogs. As we said when we set the commenting challenge way back in June, if you get excited when someone leaves a comment, then other people are going to be just as excited when you do it and they’ll probably come and visit your blog. (Just don’t be too spammy like the example in this post!)

It’s too difficult!

For the average blogger on WordPress, this might not be so much of an issue, but for Blogger users, you should consider the ways that your readers can leave comments. The simplest option for most people is to use the “Name/URL” if they’re not Blogger users, so make sure that option is selected. This does mean that your blog is also open to Anonymous commenters – and while we hope that all anonymous comments left on your blog are from friends that do not blog, it is up to you (of course!) whether you are happy to take the risk of mean comments. Obviously though, there is nothing stopping the mean commenters either leaving the comments under their own name, or setting up a separate account to do it!
Consider using a different commenting system than the one built into your blogging platform, although some people do find they have problems with those systems. We’ll be looking into the different systems like Disqus in a future post so you can think about changing over.

There’s nothing to say!

Some blog posts will generate a discussion easily, but some might not. You could ask a relevant question at the end of your posts to get people talking, but try not to over do this – putting a random question at the end of each post is as bad as not having anything to prompt a discussion because your readers will just end up ignoring it!

You’re over moderating!

Maybe you’ve been hit by too many spammers or mean comments so you’ve set every single comment to be approved by you. This is fine if you’re only expecting comments that don’t interact with any other comments, but if you’re looking for a discussion to happen in the comments, then moderating will hinder that, even if you’re constantly approving comments. One way around this is to have a good commenting policy and retrospectively moderate. Clearly set out to your commenters what sort of thing you’ll allow to be said and you shouldn’t need to moderate so much. (Looking for an example of a policy? Here’s ours!)

You don’t ever reply!

Commenters want to feel loved. If they’re asking a question in your comments, then reply to them! If it’s something that other people might be interested in (e.g. where something in your post is from) then leave your reply as a comment (and maybe update your post so people don’t have to hunt through the comments to find where that scarf is from) but if it’s something specific, then maybe tweet or email the commenter to let them know.

We’re going to follow our own advice to finish this post and ask you a question – what puts you off leaving a comment on a blog?

 

  • Emma

    I was wondering which one of the options in the blogger settings is the name/URL option? Because the choices are anyone, registered users, users with google accounts or members of this blog. Thank you :)

    August 2, 2013 at 4:51 am Reply
    • Sarahmia

      Pretty sure it would be the “anyone” option :)

      August 2, 2013 at 8:12 am Reply
      • Niki

        Yep, me too. Choose the ‘anyone’ option

        August 2, 2013 at 10:05 am Reply
  • Devyn

    I challenged myself a while back (before I started reading this blog!) to start commenting on more posts because I realized I would read about 25 posts a day but would never tell the writer how much I loved them so now I’ve started comment I’ve noticed how much more I enjoy sitting down at the end of the day and actually interacting with cool people :)

    August 2, 2013 at 4:58 am Reply
  • Sarahmia

    I mostly read via RSS and that’s mostly via my phone. So I have to click through to the original and then type it out on a small screen. I only do it for things I’m REALLY interested in :)

    Also, if a blog has too many comments already I usually won’t bother since I don’t always feel like I’m adding to the discussion.

    Lastly, if I think the blog won’t moderate my comment because it doesn’t fall in line with the other fawning comments (like when I asked http://www.abeautifulmess.com if they really thought their readers needed a recipe for TOAST & it didn’t get through).

    August 2, 2013 at 8:17 am Reply
  • Niki

    I guess if there are already a ton of comments then I probably won’t bother commenting as like Sarahmia said – I don’t think I’m adding much. It’s also a shame when the author of the blog’s not bothered to reply to any of the comments. But in general, if I want to comment, I will.

    CAPTCHA bugs me a little – it’s totally my fault as I end up having to enter it about three times due to my silly mistakes, but still, it’s pretty frustrating. I have a blogger blog and used CAPTCHA for a while due to the insane amount of spam comments I was getting, but I got so fed up with it that I decided to install Disqus instead. So far, all is good – It’s made it easier for people to comment and I no longer get spam!

    August 2, 2013 at 10:02 am Reply
    • Niki

      Haha…after singing Disqus’s praises, it now doesn’t appear to be working. Typical!

      August 2, 2013 at 10:09 am Reply
  • Ged from The Ged Lab

    This is a great post. I ‘battled’ with this for a short while only because I wanted to make it simple and easy for people to comment on my blog. For me as blogger and a blog follower, if I have to go through too many steps just to write a comment I don’t even bother so I did not want that to happen with my blog. I ended up choosing a platform that enables users to log in with most social media platforms or their email accounts and since then I have not looked back.

    August 4, 2013 at 10:17 pm Reply
  • Nose in a book

    I comment if I have more to say than ‘I like this post’, because that doesn’t feel like a useful contribution. But without a clear question asked in the post it can be hard to come up with something to say.

    August 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm Reply
  • Dovile

    I’m a fashion blogger, and I’m reading a lot of other girls blogs. Occasionally I’m commenting when I really like the outfit, or the photography or even the content of the post. But I think you can only comment if you really mean it. Like someone said before, don’t just write “I like this”. Just imagine how much a blogger goes through to make post happen, including arranging outfit, finding place where to shoot, retouching, uploading and other stuff.
    It’s nice to get comments, but it’s nice to leave honest comments to others as well.

    Dovile
    http://www.dovilefashion.blogspot.co.uk

    June 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm Reply
  • KnockOffNerd

    Thanks for the tips. I think I’m doing it right, but despite all this, I can’t get any comments :/ if anyone cares to check out my site and give me some feedback I would be very gratefull.

    July 20, 2015 at 11:29 pm Reply

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