Are Your Posts Feeling Lonely? 10 Ways to Get Blog Comments (Part 1)

Blog Lonely? 10 Tips to Get More Blog CommentsWould you like to have more blog comments?  Of course you would.  We all want our blogs to be like “the popular house” in the neighborhood during a great block party where everyone’s having fun and rushing over to join in the conversation.  But unfortunately, for many network marketing mlm blog owners who are just getting started blogging, their home base online may feel ignored and lonely.

Doubt can settle in and make you wonder if it’s ever going to work, if anyone will ever give you a smile let alone a high-five and a “way-to-go-girl!”  for all your hard work.

Since I’m still a relative ‘newbie’ in the mlm blogging arena,  those insecure feelings are still fresh in the back of my mind.  A couple of months ago, I really I wondered how I was ever going get this blog off the ground.  I’d been working my buns of, blogging away, but I wasn’t seeing the results I was hoping for yet.

If you know someone like that, or if you’re in those shoes right now, stop worrying because I’ve stumbled on a few blog commenting strategies that really got the conversation started on my blog and I’m going to share them with you here!

But first, let’s talk about the benefits of blog commenting:

  • SEO – Google loves to see a blog post that’s popular, getting lots of comments, because it shows that the post is offering good value to the readers.  Every time a comment is made the page contains new information, so even a post that was written months ago that is still getting comments is looked at as new and current content.  Also, blog comments are indexed on Google as well as the posts.
  • Relationship Building – Relationships is where it’s at when you are using attraction marketing to build your network marketing business online.  Conversing with your readers in your blog comments is an awesome way to quickly develop a relationship and trust. Your blog commentators are also another source of leads for your business and you can easily follow up with them in social media to further develop your relationship!
  • Social validation – When you visit a blog that is getting comments from it’s readers you know that it’s liked by others and if it’s liked by so many other people you’ll probably like it too.  Plus when comments are visible on a post it makes it acts as an ice-breaker at a party and others will be likely to share their blog comments too.
  • Syndication – When someone finds enough value in your post to comment on it, it’s very likely they will syndicate it to their social medial followers and friends which will boost your blog traffic resulting in a boost your blog comments!
  • New ideas for blog posts -Blogger’s block be-gone! –  I love how many ideas I get for blog posts that are sparked by something someone says in the blog comments on my site.
  • Add to the value of the content on your site – When I write something that gets commented on by a few people, frequently, someone will bring up another great point or an alternate viewpoint which adds to the value of the content on my site.

So there are probably tons more great reasons why you want blog comments and you’re welcome to add yours in the comments below…but let’s get this party started and move on to how to entice your readers to come out and play on your blog!

5 Ways to encourage your readers to make blog comments:

Blog commenting strategies you can implement:

  1. Awesome content – Writing content that blows the socks off your readers with value will lead them to wanting to thank you for the helpful information.  (Remember that old familiar psychological trigger, Cialdini talks about, called reciprocity?)
  2. Ask for comments – Don’t be shy…get your “ask” in gear and let your readers know that you want them to comment!
  3. Comment Back – I’m struggling to keep up with comments on my blog when some weeks get busy like this one has, but I always make it a point to get caught up on replying to my blog comments.  It’s important to me and I want my readers to know that I read every comment and their time and effort in sharing their thoughts is appreciated and valued by me.  And when they know I appreciate their comments they’re more likely to leave comments in the future.
  4. Click for More – Not everyone is familiar with the “more” function on wordpress.  It’s a button that looks like this:  get more blog comments by using the more function on your wordpress blog When you write a blog post it gets posted to your home page and the whole post is displayed in most themes, but there is no place to comment. Your readers have to click to view the post on it’s own page in order to see the comment section on the blog post.  Not everyone will look for where to comment but many will comment if they notice the comment box at the bottom of the post.  A simple trick (which I just learned myself) is to use the “more” function so when someone visits your blog via the home page, they are given an enticing beginning of your post and then they have to click to read the rest of it. If you’re writing has pulled them in and they click through, you’ll be more likely to get a comment.
  5. Comment on other blogs – To have friends you have to be a friend.  Commenting on other blogs and letting them know you found their content to be helpful, interesting, valuable, or you respectfully share a contrasting opinion, you’re likely to draw them and some of their readers back to your blog to learn more about you.

This post is feeling a little bit like the children’s book (my son’s favorite) If You Give a Pig a Pancake: “If you give a pig a pancake, she’s probably going to want some syrup to go with it, then she’ll get sticky and want to take a bath…” (Sorry I can’t help it; it’s one of my favorite’s too!)

But really, when you do these things it’s likely that you’re going to set the stage for your readers who are going to want to comment back and this creates a very sweet circle of communication between you and your readers.

Want to automatically get more blog comments?

I’m all about making things easy and I’ve got more great tips to automatically encourage your readers to leave more comments.  In tomorrow’s post, I’ll share with you how to easily and automatically appeal to your readers’ “what’s in it for me” hot button that will encourage them to leave you some blog comments!

It will be worth the wait, I promise!  But in the meantime, how about leaving me a comment?! 🙂  You are on a dofollow blog so you’ll be getting some link love from me when you do.  Please also share this post on twitter and facebook so other blog owners who may be feeling a little lonely, can feel the love from their readers like I feel the love from all your blog comments!

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  1. I would say that you could probably entice more comments also by letting people know that your blog is do-follow.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      You were a little bit ahead of me, Richard. 🙂 I was saving that for the part 2 of my blog comments posts. You’re right, letting people know that my blog is do-follow has to be one of the best ways I’ve been able to build my blog with awesome value-packed comments.

      Thanks for your comment!

  2. Hi Heather 5 valid points – reciprocation works in all areas of life – the real acre of diamonds result though is in the valuable lessons learned by making the effort to actually read and comment on other blogs – the initial motivation might be self serving – ie return comments – but the big pay off is in the inspiration garnered

    Cheers Kiaran

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Kiaran!

      Thanks for your comment! I agree that commenting on other blogs has to be one of the greatest things I’ve done for my business. Based on the knowledge I’ve gained, friends I’ve made, and traffic it’s generated, it’s one of the best activities for a blogger to participate in.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Hi Heather,

    thanks for this value-packed post. Blog commenting is about relationships and reciprocity. I shouldn’t expect to get comments on my blog if I’m too lazy to comment on other people’s blogs first ! I would say, that’s the bottom line, isn’t it ?

    Take care


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Oliver,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m always glad to see your smiling face in my blog comments and always grateful for your value adding comments.

      You’re a great relationship and reciprocity marketer!


  4. Hi Heather,

    This is certainly a post packed full of valuable info.

    One of my favorites is the added value of commenting. There have been times when I enjoyed the post, but got more value from some of the comments than the actual post. Now that’s powerful. (Also a great reason to leave value IN the comments you leave on other blogs!)

    You’re right, it’s a great way to build relationships. Might sound weird, but we really get to know each other as we read and comment on each others blogs. Even those I’ve never spoken to over the phone, or had a private conversation with, I would call friends based off the relationship we’ve developed through blogging & commenting.

    Thanks for another great post!


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Susanna,

      I think of you as a friend although we’ve not spoken by phone yet. (Why haven’t we?) I love how I’ve gotten to know others through their blogs, and their comments on other blogs. It’s a great benefit for the small investment of time.

      I also love reading the comments of a blog post and love how much I learn from others. It is a great way to mastermind in a casual way with other talented people.

      Have a great day!


  5. Great points Heather! It’s amazing what can happen once a conversation gets started. The different directions the subject matter can head in leads to more and more opportunities to connect and grow in your business. I feel truly enlightened when I have the chance to read all the great content on other people’s blogs and look forward to sharing those “nuggets” with others. 🙂

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Karen!

      Isn’t it funny how what we thought about while writing our post can be interpreted so many different ways by others who read it? It’s like getting little surprises and new perspectives in these little nuggets of information.

      I so appreciate your comment! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Heather,

    These are great tips! I have been following them since I started my blog and I’ve always had a good amount of shares and comments – not because I figured all of this out on my own. I did research before starting my blog and joined a tribe first. Lately has been the only time that I’ve had low(er) comments and shares, this is because I haven’t been able to follow these tips as often (due to being so close to having a baby). Which just goes to show how valuable following those steps really is!


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      You’re such a clever marketer, Stacy!

      I didn’t think to do research on commenting before I started my blog so I suffered through the cricket’s chirping stages on my blog. Thankfully I’m a quick learner and that didn’t last too long. 🙂

      So, how’s the baby baking going? When are you due again? I want to be on the update when the big day happens!


  7. Hey Heather,

    I can attest to this. Commenting has definitely improved the popularity of my blog and the generation of business leads from it.

    It’s great to get different insights from readers of the content that you put out. It’s sort of like a mastermind environment, a melting pot of ideas coming together.

    Have a great day,

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Wayne,

      Thanks for your comment. A great blog becomes an awesome blog with lots of comments! I love your idea of “melting pot of ideas coming together!”

      That is such a great way of putting it!

      Thanks so much, Wayne. I appreciate you,

  8. Commenting can truly increase site traffic and therefore blog’s popularity that’s why I really like your post.Those are truly great tips! I’m also one of the blogger and a follower of lots of blog and I really see the development of a site through commenting.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Daphne,

      Commenting really can increase a blog’s popularity.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts,


  9. Hey Heather,

    You jammed packed this post! Anyone reading this will walk out with some valuable knowledge. 🙂

    Chat with you later…

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Josh,

      I was just going through and getting caught up on comments and I see that I missed replying to yours.

      I’m sorry. Thank you for your time and your comment.


  10. You offer some great information in this post, I think two of the suggesting you offer are teh easiest and will get you the most bang for your time.

    1 Ask people to leave comments. You would be amazed how many people don’t know they can leave comments or can’t figure out where or how to leave them. Don’t assume your readers have as much knowledge as you do. It’s likely most won’t.

    2 was hidden in your request for people to comment. Have a do follow blog, or us a plugin like comment luv to give your commenter’s a do follow link back to there blog, this will naturally get you more comments.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Rob!

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, asking people to leave comments is an easy way to make that happen. I do talk about the dofollow blog plugin in the next part of this blog post series, but you’re very right. It is a huge benefit to your readers who leave comments and is a great way to entice people to share their thoughts.

      Thanks for sharing your valuable comment, Rob!


  11. You’re so right! It is imperative that you ask your blog readers to participate in commenting on each blog post. I have started doing this on my fitness blogs, and as simple as it is, has really worked like crazy.

    Thanks Heather for your very informative post!

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Andy,

      I’m so glad you shared your comment on my blog. I think participation in the comments is one of the best parts of blogging, allowing us to meet new people and learning from their experiences.

      Thanks so much.


  12. Hi Heather, Thanks so much for the above post. I find your points very helpful as it took me 2 1/2 years online to take the plunge into blogging world from the ‘website’ world. I am still in the learning process and genuinely appreciate blogging advice and reading posts such as yours. I have SO much to implement!! ((Yikes))

    I fully concur with with your point “to have friends you much be a friend” and to be honest I have made some incredible friends, even recently, just by simply leaving a comment or two. Not only that, but I have learned so much from many kind and knowledgeable people.

    I feel commenting and mingling is what puts the ‘network’ into network marketing, and adds to the enjoyment! Not to mention, it is rewarding and empowering to receive feedback as it makes your efforts so much more worthwhile when you know that someone else has taken an interest and that you are not sat alone writing to yourself!!

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Jayne!

      I hear you about still being in the learning process. I’ve only been online since the end of June, so I’m still learning and implementing too.

      I’ve learned so much by commenting on other blogs, that’s probably one of the best activities a new blogger can participate in.

      You put it beautifully, commenting is “mingling” and networking and honestly, I think it’s much more fun that any other type of marketing! 🙂

      Thank you for your awesome, value-adding comment! I’m looking forward to getting to know you.


  13. Awesome post! I do agree with you. You’ve taught me valuable things about blog commenting. I appreciate you for taking the effort to extend this topic so comprehensively. I look forward to learning more on your upcoming posts.

  14. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. It was truly great. I will truly try your suggestions and I hope it gonna work well. Thanks again and have a great day!

  15. Another remarkable tips i have gained today! I’m an avid blogger, and I really do want my topics on my blog page to be always sizzling hot. I want them to be on the hype, you know. Thanks for the Post! I had benefited much of this! More Power!

  16. Hi Heather,

    Great tips you are sharing here. Blog commenting is a great way to build your brand and to grow your blog traffic and comments.

    It all starts with commenting on other blogs.

    Thanks for sharing your insights.

    All the best,


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