Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How to Get More Comments and Followers on Your Blog

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 11/16/15

Getting comments and followers is fairly easy to do if you follow these simple guidelines.

Get More Comments

Become an Active Blogger - Being an active blogger means participating in blogging, which might include commenting on the blogs you visit, posting more often and sharing yours and other people's posts. It can also men engaging in the conversation, with more than just an acknowledgement that you were there. It's nice to say, "Hi" and all, but it's even better when you actively share your thoughts and views about what you are reading, thereby creating the possibility of developing relationships with other bloggers.

Turn off Captcha - It’s one of the most frustrating comment turn-offs in the world. No one enjoys spending time commenting, only to have to decipher a bunch of numbers and letters, in order to leave their comment for you. Use comment moderation to protect your blog from spam, but skip the Captcha, because deciphering those letters and numbers is nothing more than a pain in the neck, and a strain on the eyes.

Make Comments User Friendly - Check your settings and make it easy for people to comment on your blog. This doesn't mean you should disregard security. Keeping your blog safe on the web is not only good for you, but for everyone else too. It does mean that people should be able to submit their comments readily, even if they have to wait for them to be published by the owner of the blog.

Return Comments - You have a handy list of blogs to comment on right at your fingertips. If someone comments on your blog, be sure to return the favor. Oh, and don’t be afraid to be the one to comment first on someone’s blog. Chances are, they’ll return the favor too. If that's not enough for you, make a point to comment on several blogs per day. After a while, or maybe immediately, you'll see an increase in comments. You might even see comments from people's blogs you didn't comment on, because they noticed your thoughtful and intelligent comment on someone else's blog.

Get More Followers

Add Multiple Follow Options - Follow gadgets and email are the easiest way to get more followers. RSS Feed and Contributor also have the ability to add to your follower count, because they work in different ways, making your blog user-friendly on a variety of fronts. Provide a few different options, so people can choose their preference. It's important to remember that email followers might be less likely to comment on your blog, because it's in an email and that's an extra step. This is nothing to worry about, because as long as you provide quality content, email followers will continue to read your posts, because they enjoy what you are publishing.

Social Networking - Share your posts, so people can read them. Add widgets to the bottom of each post, and include social networking options in your RSS feeds too. Then produce irresistible content that people are eager to share and pass around. It is not enough to put a post out there and click on a social networking button. Your content has to be something people want to share, which means it needs to provide valuable and important information.

Market Your Blog - Join groups relating to the content of your blog. Not all of these people or groups need to relate to blogging, because if you provide quality content, they’ll likely follow your blog, even if they don’t have a blog themselves. Add your blog to specific blog directories, and seek out focus points, where your blog and content will be a welcome addition to their purpose, and the goals they are striving to achieve.

Be yourself and be unique when you blog. Your words matter, and when you present them to the public, they will make a difference. Have faith in yourself and don't worry, because at the end of the day, it's not a competition to see who gets the most comments or is most popular in the blogging world. Your blog is an expression of you, and however you choose to express yourself, it matters, and so do you.

M. J. 

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