How do you get more comments on your blog?

When you first start out blogging it seems no-one is reading your blog. The stats are low, the income zero and the comments…. what comments??? Then one day – your first comment! You suddenly feel as if the whole world is beating a path to your door.

After a few months the enthusiasm is starting to wane a little. The stats are steadily climbing; you might have 10 visitors a day instead of five! The income, well you made 91 cents for the month. At that rate it will take 91 millenia to become a millionaire, give or take a few hundred years.

How do you get comments? Darren Rowse on ProBlogger suggests that less than 1% of all readers will ever comment. How to get more comments? Darren suggests 10 Techniques to Get More Comments on Your Blog. All are well worth following but I’d add another strategy.

11. Write Good Content: if readers perceive a need to read your blog or they have a deep interest in your topics they will return. Increased traffic should generate more comments and more return visits. Interesting content will develop a community of readers who will become involved. When they start getting involved it can take on a life of its own. Interesting content is intellectually stimulating and the readers will want to be involved. And they will start telling others (through links and posts quoting you). It’s just like word of mouth about the latest great movie or book – everyone checks it out to see what all the hype is about.

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