So you’ve started a new blog and are elated on doing so. But don’t become too excited yet. You should focus on getting reader feedback or comments which will truly signify whether your blog posts are being enjoyed by readers or not.
As most of us know, getting readers to comment on your blog post, especially if your blog is new and you’re just starting out, can be a daunting task. People would refrain from commenting on your blog as they would probably doubt your credibility and the veracity of the points you make in your blog post. However the onus is on you to engage the reader into conversation and encourage them to leave comments more frequently. Here are a few ways by which you can do so:
1. Guest Blogging:
It is the most effective for any newbie blogger and can instantly build your reputation if you get your blog post featured in an authority blog in your niche. Once people read a few times about you on other blogs, chances are they will most probably start trusting you and feel more comfortable trusting your advice. This is one of the best ways you can gain authority on any particular topic or niche.
2. Social Networking:
Make a few friends on popular social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Myspace. The first two are particularly useful for getting some traffic to your new blog and since most of the people who visit would already be knowing you, they will most likely leave a few comments. I have used this technique successfully on most blogs of mine which resulted in quality comments from friends & acquaintances.
3. Blog Commenting:
Try to subscribe to the RSS feeds of a few authority blogs in your niche and whenever they dish out a new blog post, comment on it and make sure you are among the first few ones to do so. Try to ideally go for 10-15 quality comments everyday. Not only does this result in targeted traffic to your blog but also helps establish a few connections with fellow bloggers in the niche.
4. Participating in Forums:
Having an active presence in some of the major online forums like WarriorForum and DigitalPoint can lead to a good amount of traffic to your blog. Try to actively participate in ongoing discussions related to your niche and leave your blog url in your signature. Since the visitors would be interested in the topic, they would generally visit your blog and leave a few comments on your posts too.
5. Inviting Comments:
This is a strategy that most bloggers, including me, use. At the end of each post, make an effort to engage the reader by including lines like “Feel Free to Comment” or “What do you guys think” or “What’s your point of view on this” or “Do share your tips”. This works most of the time since generally readers only feel like commenting when they know that the blogger is interested in their comments.
These were a few insights from my side. What do you think is the best method to gain more comments? Feel free to share your views !