How To Triple Your Blog Comments Today

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Yes, that’s right… You read the headline correctly.

Over the last three months I’ve Tripled the average number of comments received on each new blog post.

I’d like to think it’s because I’m producing amazing content and web visitors just can’t help themselves but get involved in the conversation!

Actually… I’m going to get a little arrogant for a second and proclaim I have been producing more provocative content lately… so Boom to me!

“Sometimes you got’a step your game up homey…”

However, great content might be the cornerstone of getting comments but isn’t always enough.

There are a few tricks that encourage comments and that’s what this post is all about…

Getting YOUR blog more comments TODAY!

And the Trick to Getting more Blog Comments is…

…there are actually THREE tricks:

1) Show Appreciation

I created a Thank You page for first time commentors…

It’s that simple… Show appreciation for people taking time out there day to add value to your blog.

Now what I really want you to do is comment below to see how the process works exactly.  However, some of you may have already commented before I created the Thank You page…

Soooo… Even though I really want you to comment and I hope you will anyway just to give me some feedback on the process and your thoughts on my Thank You page in general… I’ve included the link to my Thank You page below:

Thank You for Commenting!

We’ll just go on the honor system that you will leave a comment below to give me you feedback.  I trust you… We’re cool like that.

How to Build a Thank You Page

Building the Thank You page took two tools

I used Premise Landing Pages by Copyblogger to create a dedicated, stand alone page to thank every first time commentor to my site.  I wanted a stand alone page because it takes the Header and Sidebar distractions away so that my first-time commentors can focus on the message… Thank You!

Then I used Comment Redirect by Yoast plugin which does exactly what it says… This plugin redirects first time commentors to whatever page you like.  In this case my Thank You page.

Simple. Easy. Effective

2) CommentLuv

CommentLuv allows commentors to add a link to a recent post from their blog.  The CommentLuv plugin pulls the last 10 posts from the commentors RSS Feed and allows the commentor to choose whichever post they want.  See below…

commentluv

This encourages engagement because now the commentor is getting a link back to their website.

Yes, you do get some spam comments, but the upside of additional comments is worth filtering through a few extra Spam comments.

For more on CommentLuv read my Guest Post:  How Cheapskates Build a Quality Comment System.

3) DoFollow Links

If you don’t know what DoFollow links are read DoFollow NoFollow Links to learn more.

Basically DoFollow links tell Google and other search engines to follow the link and apply ranking to the link site.  So I am giving some of my Search Engine ranking (which is PR4) to the website I link to.  It’s kind of SEO techy stuff but it is important.

Individuals that are familiar with DoFollow very much appreciate the Google Shout Out and tend to participate more on blogs with DoFollow links.

Using the CommentLuv plugin you can apply DoFollow to your comment links.

The Rub

I want more comments because comments help me to understand what my readers are thinking.  Comments help me shape my content so that it adds value to my readers… And if I’m off-base with something I’ve wrote readers comments will let me know.

Comments are a very important part of building a quality blog… So tripling my blog comments makes me very happy.

I think that you use these three tricks… Especially #1 and #2… You will see a drastic increase in the number of comments you get on your blog as well.  Which will ultimately help to deliver value, create relationships and become a success Online!!

Thank you and Good luck,

Ryan H.

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  • It is actually quite funny as you mention disqus and livefyre, both of which I installed and used on my site, only to have my readership drop and complain about not getting links and also being taken off site.

    So, I upgraded to Commentluv Premium and have not once looked back. It is a great plugin and actually very easy to use.

    Thank you for the additonal site resources, they are most welcome.

    All the best
    Shruti

  • Hey Ryan

    The concept what you thought is really awesome. Not everyone can really think about it. Getting more blog comments is somewhat difficult. If you ever try to use any qualifying procedure, the chances are that it can fail. But you need to first experiment by yourself and then only you can confirm it.

  • generally, its the commentluv and do follow aspects that i think is really encouraging. its beneficial to both the “commentor” and “commentee”, if you get what i mean

  • I’m actually going to install commentluv in the coming week. I also like the idea of having a thank you page, I’ve seen a few of them around.

    Let me ask you a question about your thank you page, is there a reason you would want it to not match the design/look of the rest of your site? Is it converting more that way?

    • Jamie,

      That’s a great question… And I guess I don’t have a real good answer for you. I use a Landing Page to make it stand out.

      As a user would you have preferred a page that matches the feel of the rest of the site?

      Thanks

  • Great tips Ryan! These simple ways work really well in luring comments onto our sites. Commenting is only worth it for the reader if they know it would truly appear on the site, and if they also get something in return, like a bit of link-juice. It is also good when the reader sees that the owner of the blog engages in the conversation and answers most of the comments, especially those with a question. As I see, your tactics work well because your posts have lots of valuable comments with real content, and I hope mine will also make it among the other comments.
    Thanks and best wishes,
    Leonard

  • Ryan,

    Thanks for the detailed step by step setup for this. Getting comments can be tough but following these steps will help.

    I do notice that depending on your topic and audience, comments can be easier to get. Lots of blogs dedicated to blogging are far more likely to get comments compared to one on knitting.

    This is obviously because everyone reading the blog dedicated to blogging wants to comment and add to the conversation to build their blogs awareness. The blog about knitting caters mostly to people who don’t have a blog and those people are more likely to not leave a comment.

    Anyways I love the idea of a redirect to a thank you page and I will set this up right now! Redirecting to a thank you page for email subscription is another great way to personalize your site and to say thank you.

    Cheers!
    Jordan
    A taste of Jordan J. Caron’s work: Is your businesses website a sieve?

    • Jordan,

      I agree with you in part on blog Niche and commenting. Though blog about blogging may have an easier time soliciting comments… To a retail shop or a knitting blogs the comments they do get most likely will have a higher value applied to them.

      Comments on those blogs are going to be from consumers with real issues and your response can mean Serious Dollars in the form of expertise applied based on your response.

      Does that make sense?

      Thanks!

  • Hi Adria… I’m honored you’d consider adding my Blog to your RSS.

    If you go to the bottom of the page there is a RSS Button in the “Let’s Connect” Section. Let me know if that works.

    Thanks,

    Ryan H>

    • Geez Bob Thank you…

      Other the years I’ve figured out how to create content very fast so that doesn’t take up so much time anymore. And I love writing so that helps.

      Have a great day.

  • I personally love the thank you message when I submit a comment; it makes me feels as if my opinion will actually be read. I also use CommentLuv. Thanks for the advice, hopefully more people will follow suit.
    A taste of Sara’s work: Mailbox Post

  • Thanks for posting this Ryan, this is good advice.
    Now while I believe that showing appreciation is important and thoughtful, when I click on a button and then am sent off to another page, I tend to freak out more than just sit there and think “Aw, how nice!”.
    CommentLuv is also a good idea, plus it’s a safe check for yourself that you put your name, e-mail address, and website in right. And then people can look at the other peoples pages (try saying that five times fast).
    DoFollow is also a good idea, and you pretty much summed it up in your other page, so I wont repeat what was already said.
    Thanks again for posting!

    • Hi Kevin,

      Right now I have the Free version but soon I’m switching to the paid version. It is far superior and worth the price. There are so many features included that are awesome.

      Thanks!

  • I guess it all comes down to customer service. Comments are great to have and I suppose if you have a load of them, you’re likely to get a load more.

    Treating commenters like customers is a great idea and I must steal it. I’m seeing a lot of things about Premise as well. I think I might have to give in and get it!

    • Mike,

      You’re Love Premise… You can do some really cool stuff with it. There is a type of page that I really want to try but haven’t figured out a use for yet… It’s called a Share Page which allows you ask people to share the page either on Twitter or Facebook before they get to the content.

      If you had a Whitepaper or short eBook resource you wanted to give people it would be awesome.

      Let me know what you think Mike!!

      Ryan h.

  • Hey Ryan,

    Thanks for all the great tips. I’ve noticed the dedicated thank you page on a few blogs I’ve commented on & wanted to incorporate it on my own blog, so I’m very glad I read your blog to figure out how to do it.

  • Hi there I am kind of new to your site, it seems that all you have written is very useful specially for newbie like me, it proves that once you own a site we must show a simple politeness and kindness. for many readers to visit your site daily.

  • Well, I agree your content’s rockin’. And I agree comments serve some great purposes. And I agree your 3 methods are excellent and I use them all…

    …but I can not *believe* you didn’t mention Comment Tribes :P

    Also, if you can get a commenter who’s a s***starter and thought-leader, they’ll provoke more conversation / discussion naturally. They’re very valuable.

    You can also educate your people on how to write powerful, impactful, valuable comments, like so: http://www.logallot.com/holy-grail-praise-worthy-comments-1/

    • Haha… I’m actually working on an entire post about Comment Tribes and how at first I was very skeptical but now I absolutely LOVE!

      The group of bloggers we’ve formed is amazing and I look forward to reading everyone’s work every week.

      It’s only been a couple months and some fantastic relationships have started to form

      Thanks S@#$starter…

      • Heheh… love it dude, love it.

        I 100% agree about the tribes, we have great quality (props to Jeanne), and I think the hesitation comes from how it’s marketed.

        “Trade” comments? “Inorganic” traffic? Ew.

        But what if it was “A group of bloggers helping bloggers – building relationships and developing community together.”

        Easier sell, eh? :) Someone should tell Jeanne :P
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    • Chadrack… I’ve been considering doing a re-cap post that lists top commentors…

      I’m trying to stay away from adding new plugins… But I’m always down to show appreciation.

      Thanks!

      Ryan H.

  • Who is that dashing fellow on Tip #2? Must be Burt Reynolds or something :)

    The best part about increasing the comments on your site is that you are increasing the engagement and feedback from your target audience. When you have a better understanding of where they are coming from, you can then tailor and tweak your posts and content to better suit them. Ex. I had a question from Tom Treanor in my comments section and my answer ended up being a whole post in itself. It doesn’t get any better than that!

    Solid, as always, Ryan!-
    A taste of Jason Anthony’s work: Stop Wasting Your Efforts And Start Getting Focused

    • Jason…

      I very appreciate you standing in as the Model for my post this week!

      I completely agree with your comments… Taking a look at what people are saying in comments is a huge part of developing content.

      Thanks!!

  • Hey Ryan

    Comments are great feedback. I remember back (not that long ago really) when I felt like there were just crickets chirping. Those first few commenters make you feel like you’re not alone and someone is interested in what you have to say. Plus they give you some insight into who your audience is.

    I was running a plugin that sent an email out to first time commenters, but sadly it stopped working, so it seems the thank you page might be a great option.

    • Jackie,

      I like the Thank You page because it keeps people on the site longer. My Thank You Page is pretty simple but I think it gets the point across.

      Comments are such a huge part of successful blog… It also helps to make you a better blogger.

      Thanks!!!

      Ryan H.

    • Jeanne,

      ReplyMe is a great plugin that I actually do use (as you’re probably seeing since I’m replying to you). What I like about ReplyMe is you can add extra information to every reply like eBook Link or a webpage you’d like people to visit.

      Thanks!!

  • Hey Ryan,

    I agree that Dofollow and Comment luv helpful for getting traffic and comments but dealing that comment with proper appreciation I think best way to make permanent visitors.

  • Thanks for the tips, Ryan. I started our blog less than a couple months ago and am just starting to see consistent comments with our posts. I’m certainly not getting the response I’d like, but I know that it can be a slow battle sometimes before people start noticing you.

    I’m not up to par on my knowledge with Dofollow vs. Nofollow blogs. I’ve read a bit about the difference and see that there are positives and negatives to each. I’m currently on Blogger and looked into how to switch over to Dofollow, but we are actually in the process of migrating our website and blog over to Hubspot. Do you have any experience with them or their blogging platform?

    I’ve also found that an effective way of getting more comments is to actually comment on other blogs. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours…that kind of thing. It’s an interesting point you make in the comments here about posting comments and growing relationships where your potential clients are, not your competitors. I’ll keep that in mind.

    Thanks again.
    A taste of Brad E.’s work: Tips for New Bloggers

  • All the things you pointed on how to triple your blog comments per article are really true – Thanking your readers who leave comments, rewarding them by via commentluv, and allowing their links to be dofollow. Commenting is, for me, a way to open up communication in between bloggers and readers, and it makes a blog more interactive and friendly. Thanks for sharing!
    A taste of Sylvia’s work: Titanic is back – in 3D

    • Thanks Sylvia… I’ve started some really good relationships with other bloggers by simply commenting on their website and being involved in their content.

      I’m glad you stopped by!

  • Great ideas Ryan…..simple manners and politeness will bring you far in life. Pay it forward ( if you saw the movie )! I myself am a bit intimidated by all of the plugins and add-onns required to be effective that I have yet to have enough content for my niche…..but soon.

    Keep up the good work.

    Aaron

  • Hey Ryan – thanks for sharing this how you created the ‘Thank you page’ on your blog. This is something that I’ve actually been trying to do for sometime but I always end up working on something else and getting distracted, which really sucks because I appreciate my commentors (don’t think that’s a real word :) ) so much.

    Like you said, it let’s me know how they are feeling, what they think about my content (i.e. what they like, don’t like or what topics are more interesting) but most importantly I think showing appreciation to those who comment is likely to bring those people back to your blog and read any future content you may publish!

    Ah, man! I really need to get on this. Thanks for sharing the plug-in, too! I will definitely be levering it for my ‘Thank you Page’.
    A taste of Hector Avellaneda’s work: 5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Become Effective Public Speakers

  • Ryan,
    Thanks for the tips. I never thought of #2 and #3. I am trying to go into blogs with similar content of mine and make sure I leave feedback and comments. I have not done a great job of this in the past and I know it is a great way to build relationships, learn from others, and create traffic to my site.

    • Brent,

      Use the RSS system like Google Reader to keep track of your favorite blogs to comment on.

      Also I would consider posting comments and growing relationships where your potential Clients are not your competitors…

      Thanks!