While surfing the web, I came across Brian Wallace’s blog and his article on blogs and comments. I felt it was worth sharing. He pointed me to Liz Strauss who has some other good points. Even if you don’t have a blog, I think you can apply it to other parts of your life.
1 – You’re boring. Ok, maybe boring is a strong word, but if you are just putting something very general, late (we know who won the Superbowl by now, thanks), or beaten to death, don’t expect people to jump on board.
2 – You have no call to action. Consider adding the WWSGD plugin or ask people a question to leave in the comments.
3 – You’re greedy. Virtually any chance you get to link to others, you instead link either to yourself or worse yet, Wikipedia. Linking to someone is not only generous but extremely relevant at the right time. Not only that, but the blogger will get a pingback and quickly come back to your site, hopefully also to thank you
4 – You’re haphazard. People like rhythm. When people expect you to post 5 times a week, once a week, whatever – at least they know what’s coming. If you fall off with this momentum, loss of commenters is often to follow.
5 – People don’t comment anymore, anyway. The blog reading community has fallen off in my opinion in terms of leaving quality comments, but I wouldn’t put all the blame on their shoulders. There are so many blogs out there, sometimes it is just easier to just retweet if you like a post rather than say something dumb like “great job!” Still, there is room for commenters – you just have to give the post your best shot (or at least the best that time will allow, please don’t stop blogging for 3 months to write your master thesis blog post ) and see the commenters come in.
6 – You’re slow in responding. Even if you do respond to comments, you’re doing it days and weeks later.
7 – Worse yet, you don’t respond. For shame. People spend time to give you their 2 cents. The least you can do is thank them.
Liz Strauss blogged about this is 2006. What she had to say then still applies now.
2. You’ve taught me something I didn’t know,
and I need to think about it before I even have a question. Much like number 1, I don’t want to embarrass myself. I’m better off moving on.
4. The folks who comment on your posts like to argue and I don’t. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to fight my way into the crowd.
6. Your blog has geeky attitude and I’m not geeky enough to keep up.
8. You end your posts with a giant general question like “What do you think of the Big Bang Theory?” That question is such a big one. I don’t have time to answer it. I feel strange answering with a lesser comment.
10. Your content wasn’t fresh and exciting, and I couldn’t find anything YOU inside it. It seemed the same post that I’ve read on 10 other blogs. If I commented, I would have to tell you that.
Visit Liz Strauss at http://www.successful-blog.com/1/10-reasons-readers-dont-leave-comments/
I posted on May 11th last year about how to get more comments on your blog. You can read that by clicking here.
I wonder how many of you have your own blog? If you don’t you can still get your name out there on other people’s blogs. Example: You might have some great tips on writing and could share it on my blog. I would love to hear them and share them and you would get some buzz. Good idea? Bad idea?