Why don’t readers leave comments on my blog?
This is hard for me to post but here goes: I would like constructive feedback from the forum for possible reasons that readers don’t leave comments on my blog and any suggestions for what I might do to change that. I started my blog in July and have had more than 5,000 page views but no comments (except for occasional friends and relations) so something seems to be wrong but I don’t know what. TIA
Most don’t comment. They just like to read. But believe me when I say be careful what you wish for. I wondered the same thing too. Now it’s a nightmare a lot of the time on my blog.
Not all readers comment on blogs. In fact, most readers do not, unless they have something worth commenting on. I know for a fact that many of my friends read my blog, but do not comment. This isn’t a phenomenon and it doesn’t mean something is wrong; it’s just that some people like reading, and do not have comments.
You could try encouraging people to comment in your blog posts, but there is no guarentee that people will start commenting.
Try asking questions, putting in polls, and blogging about things which you know are hot topics for debate. But still, don’t expect a tidal wave of comments.
If the stuff posted in your blog is interesting, you will surely start receiving comments.
Are you asking questions of your readers? I have some very talky readers but if I get 3000 hits in one day I’ll get maybe 5 comments. It’s a pretty low ratio.
And: do you comment on other people’s blogs? The internet is entirely give-to-get.
If the concern is about a blog’s Google ranking, either PageRank or for positioning in searches, it’s been my experience that the number of comments makes no observable difference. I had very few comments when I started out (I still don’t get all that many), but after a few months Google started to treat me rather well. What matters most seems to be the number and quality of links to your blog.
The person who encouraged me to start a WP blog (after she started one) asked her friends to comment on a specific event, both on her blog and in person, but they didn’t. So it’s even a relief to know that our experiences aren’t that unusual. Thanks, all.
@ raincoaster – No, I don’t comment on other people’s blogs b/c I don’t surf much, but I will try to do more of both. Good suggestion.
I’ve found comments have trailed off in the past few months, but then again, maybe it’s me. :-(
Or could it be Twitter? Everyone’s on Twitter, too busy to comment on blogs…
I think you’ve got it right.
Comments are down overall, and Twitter is up, because it’s far more narcissistic.
<<Comments are down overall, and Twitter is up, because it’s far more narcissistic. >>
Rain, can you elaborate on this a bit more? I am researching how people are using blogging and Twitter in the past 2 years, and what their impact has been. What exactly do you mean by “Narcissitic.” And are you implying that people simply twitter more, and have less time for blogging in general? Since Twitter is more of “micro-blogging,” and doesn’t really have much content to comment upon, I am not sure why it would reduce commenting on more traditional blogs. Can you expound on this more?
I could, but I don’t actually have time. Here’s the quick and dirty version:
Twitter doesn’t reduce blogging. Twitter reduces commenting.
Comments are not posts: commenters are not necessarily bloggers. The urge to make a comment can be satisfied by doing it on Twitter, and then it’s branded with YOUR identity primarily, not that of the hosting blogger. And since it’s smaller, there’s less pressure to be good. Quality of Twitter posts is so low that people think nothing of signing up for Alltop or Magpie and inserting ads in their Twitter stream as if they were real posts. So there’s less barrier to entry, more ego satisfaction, and less pressure altogether. And Twitter is always updating. You can jump in any time.
I recommend offering a way for visitors to sign up for e-mail newsletters, they usually become regular visitors and regular commentors. At least that’s how it is on my blog. And, become blogger friends with other bloggers, you can exchange links and comment on their blog and they will most likely comment on your blog. Also, your blog is about yarns, so maybe you can blog about something controversial within the yarning community and leave an open ended question, this will make your blog more popular and people will continue to visit even if your not talking about a hot button issue.
You can also use twitter to promote your blog, I only tried to do it a few times, but its not my thing. But I do know other websites are starting to do this.
Also, you may come to regret getting a lot of comments. Today I had someone call me stupid, but that was probably only the third time that happened. I was also called an a-hole before.
I had someone post a link to a harcore porn site on my blog the day after I sent out 800 press releases asking people to look at my blog. I’ve had death threats. I got into a flamewar with the nation of Albania once.
Be careful what you ask for…you may get it.
Buyathread, I don’t see where on your blog to click for comments! There’s no comment button at the end of the posts, is there? But that aside, I agree with the respondent here who said ‘Ask questions.’ The kind of questions you ask would determine the comments (if there are any commentators left in the world!) and I’m not sure what you see the purpose of your blog to be. I looked at the baby bib weave, for example. My associations must be different from those of a weaver. If you want weaver-ly comments, you would ask those kind of questions. My only association with the bib is not weaver-ly. I’d respond if you asked me something like, do you remember a garment with a weave (or a stain!) similar to this one. And so forth. But if you want comments from weavers, you’d have to customize the question and perhaps point the posts more in that direction.
I’ve found in general that you can ask almost anyone, What surprised you about this? and get an answer. Or ‘what stands out?’
I don’t get many comments, either. Perhaps that beats getting into a shooting war with Albania! WordPress directs me now and then to like-blogs, and I go and comment, and mention that I’ve covered something similar on my blog, and find like-minded folk that way, and they sometimes comment. I don’t put my blog address on big open forums of controversial questions, though, just because of the potential to get the response some have mentioned here (I cover rather controversial topics, of which weaving is NOT, right?)
your blog is about yarn ….. time for a nap
I don’t notice that the “middle finger” gets more comments than yarn. But that does not call for nap-time. Let us all be nice.
On top of that, these forums are for blogs hosted at wordpress.COM, not blogs hosted elsewhere. So take it elsewhere.
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