Recently I wrote a blog about comments which received a large amount of comments of its own. I was very pleased about this, as I also received a similar amount of valuable comments via the various LinkedIn groups I positioned my post into.
This was particularly gratifying because getting comments, especially good quality comments by real people interested in what you write and willing to share their enthusiasm with you, is increasingly rare.
Comments are good because they are seen as an extension to your post, which is considered as additional content by spiders, totally relevant stuff to start munching on ready for indexing and ranking higher in the search engines.
In fact a recent tweet to me proved that this is true:
— Matt Hayden (@ozblogsarticles) August 26, 2013
Thanks for the confirmation Matt! This is an excellent example of a comment to my tweet – note the full stop before my Twitter username so that all his followers see the tweet as well as me, exposing it to a much larger audience.
(In fact if you like his response, this link is live for you to suitably retweet it so more peeps get a chance to share the news.)
Comments from anywhere within social media and from real people (not spammers) are always welcome and rewarding, but the best ones are on your blog, because they are immediately connected with that post and its subject. They are captured there for all perpetuity and hopefully will encourage others to leave a comment too. A post that has many comments justifiably appears to be popular and will command more responses.
To get a higher chance of comments, write your post in a style that will stimulate a response, aggravate an argument, or provide a question that needs answering. Put forward your point of view on a particular subject that will spark off debate, ring true with many or raise the hackles of the reader in defiance!
And then there’s always the call to action: ask your readers to give you their point of view of your post or its subject matter. If you don’t ask, you don’t get! So how about letting me know what you think of this post? – your call, the comment box is just below!
About the author:
Alice Elliott is an online marketer and blogger, who runs Fairy Blog Mother which trains, explains and creates awareness about blogs and blogging for businesses and individuals. She specialises in using ordinary, everyday words within easy to understand workshops and courses.