Today’s post comes in a Problem- Solution format…
You pour your heart and soul into your blog content, but no one seems to care. You scroll through your comment section and the sound of crickets seems to play in the background. (We’ll get to the solution in a moment, patience darling. Or, you can skip my explanation and scroll on down.)
Those of you who are newer here may not know that Immensely Social has been through a few redesigns/theme changes. The reason, quite frankly, I had no clue what I was doing when it all started. The site actually had a dark background with hot pink highlights in the beginning. I cringe at the flashback, it was an eyesore to be sure. When I switched to the current theme, I had a minor, meaning there was no rehab, but possibly large quantities of ice-cream involved, breakdown. I was tired of the outdated blog posts that were no longer relevant, the less than praise-worthy graphics, and all the other craziness that had happened. I decided to build a new site on a subdomain, back up the old site in a zip folder, and basically start offer. New design, updated posts, graphics, etc. A cleaner, easier to navigate blog site. It’s been great and I do not regret a minute of it. However, I lost all the previous blog comments. This makes me and Google a bit sad.
Fortunately, this time around, I have a slightly better idea of what the heck this blogging thing is about. Now, I do not have comments flying in on every post. It’s a work in progress. But, I have found some things that work and want to share them with you.
Now, I’m done with my rambling, I promise. On to the…
Solution aka Solution(s)
1. Link Parties
I’ll be honest, it took a while for me to get on board with this one, but happy I did. Link Parties, are online events that bloggers host to allow you to share your link while learning about other bloggers. There are link parties hosted for every day of the week. It’s fun and helps you form connections with other bloggers. You add a link to a post you would love viewed and promoted and then, in turn, visit the posts linked up by other bloggers. It’s a pay-it-forward system.
One of my favorites is the weekend Sharefest via The SITS Girls. You can link up on their website and also participate on Twitter with #sitsblogging. The SITS Girls have loads of other resources too, so be sure to pay them a visit.
For more info and to get started, check out this post: Best Link Parties to Help Grow Your Blog
*Note- not all link parties are going to be the right fit for your topic or niche, so it may take some searching to find the right ones that you can enjoy. But, the time and effort are worth it and there are hundreds, so you have plenty to choose from.
2. Syndication groups
I may be a bit partial to this one, as Immensely Social has its own blog syndication group on Facebook, but this is another great way to share and support. Different groups have different rules, so be sure to read them before you participate. In the Immensely Social Group, as long as you support other bloggers and keep it family friendly, you can share your posts any day of the week. Other groups like Blogging Boost, keep their promotions to a certain day, Monday. This is still great as the group is highly active on that day.
If you start sharing in syndication groups, I think you will find that bloggers are typically generous and happy to help you get shares, likes, and yes…comments!
3. Link to Other Bloggers
Another way to get more comments and traffic for your blog is by linking out to other blogs. Some bloggers are afraid to do this because they think it will cause readers to leave their posts to view another. I, however, believe that there is plenty of viewership to go around for all of us and that this method only enhances the chance of blog comments.
Bloggers feel honored when you use their content as a reference and support the work they are doing. They will often comment to thank you and may even link back, add you to their list of resources, and even promote you on social media. Roundup posts are also great for this. I experienced a nice reaction with this post: Top 12 Blogs About Blogging
Which brings me to number 4…
4. Tag on Twitter
If you do happen to mention another blog or blogger within your post, take the extra few minutes to find them on Twitter. Use the @ sign to add them to the tweet you share promoting your post. They may not respond if they have a huge audience, but more than likely they will like your tweet and maybe even retweet it. This allows you to reach not only your audience but theirs, as well.
You gain greater exposure and may have a new blogger in your corner for support. It’s a win-win!
If you are on my newsletter list, you know that I provide a recap of blog posts within the Sunday Newsletter. (If you are not on my list, why NOT! You can sign up here.) I’m not sure if this will work for everyone, but I have not received any complaints and my email list is finally growing. I feel like it is an easy way to give readers a second opportunity to come on over to view and comment on posts they may have missed during the week.
This is also a great way to fill up your newsletter with valuable links and content without having to do a ton more writing. Any of us who blog, know how busy things can get. I adore my Immensely Social peeps, but write for other sites too. If I didn’t recap, I’m honestly not sure a newsletter would get completed out all. This technique keeps me consistent. If you’re not on the list and would like to see an example, you can check out one of my published newsletters here: Blogs, Organizing, and a Beautiful Life
6. Schedule & Reshare on Social Media
Folks are on the “interweb,” because we’re being trendy, at different times of day. Sharing a post once, when you first publish it, is not enough. I do not recommend you share the same thing every 15 minutes, but there is something to be said for repeats. Grab as many of your viewers you can whenever. You can use a scheduler like my affiliate partner Hootsuite for this, or just remember to go back and reshare. Throwback Thursday anyone!
I know that this one may seem a bit obvious, but how often do we forget the Call to Action (CTA)? You may get tired of my questions at the end of posts, but I write them to help with engagement. I want you to be active and involved. What do you want your readers to do at the end of your posts? If it’s share on social media, then say so, but if it’s comments you want, ask.
And a Bonus, because who doesn’t love bonuses!
Keep it simple. If readers have to jump through hoops to comment on your blog, they are less likely to comment. Let’s face it, those CAPTCHA things may keep your security a bit higher and help prevent spam, but they are a huge pain in the you know what! If you have a larger, dedicated following you may be able to get away with it, but it’s a risk.
Bloggers can get pretty adamant about what commenting system they choose. The comment system I have with this theme, Foodie Pro, allows myself and other readers to click on the commenter’s name and visit his or her site. That means I can easily give support back to those that comment. If you want to use a separate plugin, CommentLuv is one of my favorites as it allows commenters to leave a link to their latest post. This encourages additional comments because they know they are getting a link back. If I were not on a rampage to keep plugins at a minimum, I would definitely be using it.
There you have it, 7+ ways to grab more comments on your blog!
Do you disagree with any of these or have a better way? You know what to do! Leave me a comment and let me know. (See what I did there.)
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