Welcome to another edition of how to improve your blog with your host, MInTheGap. Today’s topic is Blog Comments– specifically, how to increase dramatically the number of comments that you get to an individual blog post.
To help us in the list, we will provide some fresh and not-so-fresh examples of posts that got a crazy amount of comments to show you how you to can accomplish this feat.
1. Announce that You’re Done Blogging
This one is classic. I believe that it was early on in my blogging that I found my first post where someone announced that they were done blogging– and I commented!
Our latest example of just how powerful this kind of post can be comes from Holly at Seeking Faithfulness. Her post, entitled Slow Death of a Blog, is up to 59 comments as of this writing, and would have been much higher had she not posted three more posts after this one.
The classic in this genre comes from Adventures in Mercy where I believe it took her not one, but three announcements that she was done blogging before actually stopping. The latest one (My Goodbye Post) has 63 comments, but I think that this is only because she announced that she may be blogging at a different place and her followers went there.
2. Have a Child
This gets a lot of comments– and positive ones! for the most part, people like seeing baby pictures, women love reading baby stories, and people like to offer congratulations. So, My Malachi on The Haphazard Housewife is off to a great start having 15 comments!
My own post on my daughter’s birth got me 16 comments easily.
3. Have a Post on a Controversial Topic
Want to see comments soar? Pick a controversial topic. Like When is it a Baby? This post got 44 comments– partly because yours truly was posting a lot about what it means to be a baby and a lot of the other commenters disagreed.
Or how about the discussion we had here just a little while ago about whether a Woman Could Be President? That post got 35 comments!
You have to be careful with controversial topics, though, that you keep people on task. They can degenerate into name calling and mischaracterization!
4. Launch a New Theme for Your Blog
This one worked to get me 12 comments. This works especially well if it’s a new theme and you’ve had the old one a while. Also, if there are bugs you get more this way.
5. Write about a Change in Faith
Don’t know that I want to link to these kinds of posts, but it seems that any time someone questions their own faith, announces that they are leaving it, or that they have major problems with it, that people come out of the woodwork for both sides to fight it out.
In fact, anything challenging Christianity and/or God in a controversial way (see #3) have the effect of ballooning comment counts out of proportion if there are people with strongly held opinions on both sides of the fence.
This concludes this edition of how to improve your blog. Tune in next time for more exciting ways to make your blog a better place.