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How can I encourage comments and discussion on my blog?

  1. theembellishednest
    Member

    What are some ways I can encourage comments and discussion on my blog? I often will ask for feedback or opinions, but hardly anyone ever contributes!

    The blog I need help with is theembellishednest.wordpress.com.

  2. In blogging and social networking we must give, give, give before we get. Leaving meaningful comments on similar blogs in the same niche is a powerful way to secure comments.Learning how to structure your posts in a manner that encourages comments ie. comment baiting is extremely effective as well.

  3. theembellishednest
    Member

    I feel like I spend a lot of time giving comments on blogs in the same niche. That's worked great for getting traffic, but hasn't done much for discussion on my blog. I see some bloggers just straight out ask for comments. Do you think that's a bit pushy? and affective?

  4. Did you read the article on comment baiting?

  5. theembellishednest
    Member

    Yes. I do try hard to comment bait (I do many of those suggestions), though I have not really pushed asking for readers to subscribe.

  6. There is no such thing as passive blog promotion. It takes about 6 months of effort on the bloggers part to secure enough regular readers who form a blog centered community. You can enable blog subscriptions and post a blog subscription widget.

    Start here please > getting more traffic and also read Freshly Pressed

  7. I have flagged this thread so it will be moved to the Off-Topic Forum. There you can interact with other WordPress.com bloggers and get their advice too.

    Here are 25 basic steps to take to increase traffic to your blog:
    1. Structure a reader and search engine blog;
    2. In blogging content is king create unique, high quality content so publish fresh content frequently;
    3. Learn basic SEO so you can use keywords effectively and apply basic SEO to your headlines, blog and posts;
    Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines via the "natural" or un-paid ("organic" or "algorithmic") search results.
    4. Make your blog posts look professional;
    5. Create at least 4-6 pillar posts and continue to create pillar posts;
    Pillar posts are also referred to as flagship content. Pillar posts are comprehensive posts that offer great value to readers as the contents are timeless in nature. They define you as having authority in the niche you blog in.
    6. Select and link to appropriate anchor text;
    7. Leave meaningful comments on related blogs and encourage comments on your own blog;
    8. Develop relationships with other bloggers so you can build a blog readers’ community around your own blog;
    9. Support the blog centered communities on related blogs by commenting on them and promoting posts from them;
    10. Link to authoritative sources in your posts;
    11. Deep link to your earlier related posts in your new posts;
    12. Assign appropriate categories and tag your posts with care;
    13. Link to related authoritative blogs in your blogroll;
    14. Provide RSS feeds for subscribers;
    RSS (Rich Site Summary or really simple syndication) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.
    15. Having a well designed theme is important, evaluate your theme for effectiveness, and if required, create a new header, make improvements or replace your theme and reduce page loading time;
    16. Avoid cluttering your blog with widgets that lack reader value and slow page loading time;
    17. Buy your own domain and domain mapping;
    18. Verify your blog with the three big search engines.
    19. Get organized, use an online to do list by developing a blogging workflow;
    20. Join social networks and social media sites like Facebook and use Twitter, Friendfeed and other Free RSS directories to promote your blog posts;
    21. Promote your blog through social networks, online groups, and selected directories;
    22. Develop a social media time management strategy and stick to it;
    23. Submit your latest pillar article to a blog carnival;
    24. Become a guest blogger on sites with higher page rank than your own site.
    25. Create newsletters and/or ebooks for your subscribers.

  8. theembellishednest
    Member

    Subscriptions is enabled and I have a widget. Thanks for your help! I find your blog is helpful too!

  9. You're welcome and best wishes.

  10. @theembellishednest
    I forgot to draw your attention to the step by step learn WordPress.com blogging tutorial prepared by staff. Happy blogging!

  11. ravishingrambles
    Member

    timethief definitely knows what they're talking about. i'd love to encourage discussion and comments on my blog as well! they're so entertaining and fun to read! :)

  12. @ravishingrambles
    Thanks for the compliment. :) Best wishes with your blog promotion efforts.

  13. My current ratio is about 1 comment per 700 reads, so lower your expectations.

    Also, reply to each comment on your blog. Some people shy away from it, but it rewards your commenters and might make regulars of them.

  14. You need to make sure that you've got enough people reading your blog first, and as your blog is orientated towards crafts, I'd suggest that you particularly seek out fellow bloggers with those interests. That means reading craft blogs, leaving comments that make other people want to surf into your blog from them (ie, not just 'that's nice' or 'I like that' which a lot of people do, but comments that show your own personality as being separate from everyone else's).

    When you find other blogs that you enjoy, do link to them in your posts (particularly in posts that you feel might be popular because then more people will see them).

    Some of this post in my blog about finding readers might help.

  15. theembellishednest
    Member

    @absurdoldbird
    Thanks for the great ideas!

  16. Don't comment on blogs in your niche: comment on the blogs of people who comment on your posts!

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