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7 Reasons No One Comments On Your Blog And The Way Out

7 Reasons No One Comments On Your Blog And The Way Out

If you claim you don’t love getting comments on your blog, you’re a liar!

…because in reality, you love getting comments on your posts. Everyone does.

But the vast majority of bloggers don’t get them.  For some of them, it’s “no comment”, always. For others, it’s one or two comments, always. Even when you spend days writing a very valuable post, your readers still refuse to post comments.

So sad!

If you’re one of those majority, chances are high you secretly envy other bloggers who get tons of comments. But doing that would not help you. It will only make you feel more miserable.

So instead, you should look into the mirror and see whether one or more of the reasons below are why your blog gets no comments.

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1. Lack of quality content

The first rule in blogging is this: “Content is king!”

Quality content helps your readers. It adds value to them. Maybe it inspires them, or alleviates their fear, or challenges their opinions, or just ‘wow’ them in some other ways.

That’s what attracts quality comments. Without quality content, your readers would just feel they’ve wasted their time reading your post, and fixing all the other problems below would not help you.

2. Not marketing your blog

If you open a supermarket in a forest, you won’t just sit back and expect people to discover you. You would go into the city to tell people about what you sell.

Your blog is like the supermarket in the forest. It can’t be discovered on the web unless you market it. The more you market it, the more readers you get and the higher your chances of getting comments.

3. Bad comment system

Some comment systems are terrible on mobile devices. Examples of these are Disqus, Livefyre, Google+ comment and sometimes Facebook comment. However hard your reader tries to comment on a mobile device, they just would not let him.

Also, requiring users to log in before they can comment, or using unreliable captcha is a surefire way to not get any comment.

The way out? Use your default blog comment system. It’s also the best for SEO purposes.

4. No call to action

If you want your readers to leave a comment, let them know at  the end of  your post. Don’t just assume they will. Ask, and it shall (or might) be given! To make it simpler, ask them a specific question about the post as a way of guiding their thoughts and setting the ball rolling for an engaging conversation.

Instead of just saying “What do you think about this post?” say “What challenge is keeping you from writing regularly and how do you plan to overcome it? Please leave a comment below.”

That’s what popular bloggers do. Copy them and you won’t go wrong.

5. Writing for yourself

Your blog may bear your name and headshot but it’s not for you. It’s for your readers. Except you’re a celebrity, no one will listen if all you do on your blog is talk about yourself. If you only post your short stories on your blog for instance, you’re writing for yourself. If you post tutorials on how to write short stories (even if you also post your own short stories), you’re writing for your audience.

If you want readers who listen to you, and comment on your posts, make your blog about them.

6. Not being personable

As much as possible, always make your readers feel you’re a friend and a real, ordinary person like them. Refer to your readers as “you,” as if you’re talking to a bosom friend. Instead of saying “Today, I’ll show everyone how to start a farming business,” say “Today, I’ll show you how to start a farming business.”

Referring to yourself as “we” and “us” in your blog posts makes you sound like one faceless machine that no one wants to connect with. So be personable.

7. Being snobbish

Except you’re a popular blogger who gets over 100 comments for every single post, you should always endeavour to respond to comments on your blog. When you get questions, provide helpful answers, and timely too. When a commenter points out your mistake, admit it and thank him. When you get a dissenting or critical comment, show maturity. You may delete extremely rude or indecent comments but never delete the critical ones. You can’t always be right.

Otherwise, your readers will soon realize you’re not open to conversation and shy away from commenting.

Question: For what other reasons do you think some blogs don’t get comments? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Comments

  1. I actually agree with most if not all of the points here.
    A blogger really needs to strategise well for his/her blog to achieve success and besides most people fail in the publicity aspect.
    Thanks for the reminder Abdullah

  2. Abdulghaniy says:

    Being the first to comment here is a pleasure. Isn’t it?

  3. Abdulghaniy says:

    Sure I’m not the first sha! Damn it! Didn’t send on time. Got carried away on the job.
    O.k Nice talk here Abdullah, How do you think I can cope with blogging since I am not self-employed? I spend most time at work and this has been affecting my “writing life” as well. There is just not enough time

  4. No mistake had been made in this observation. Absolutely true! We should agree to be true to ourselves the errors easily committed. If proper solutions will be tailored to address these problems, we will be having an hand book for bloggers, tittled; “IRREFUTABLE LAWS OF BLOGGING.”

  5. I think I’m guilty of number 2. But I’m trying to work on it through more of guest posting, blog commenting and social media.

    As for number 3, I feel sad when I read a really touching post, scroll down only to be instructed to Login with Disqus.

    And most times, when I try to login , I keep landing on the same page.
    It’s timely
    Thanks

  6. Thanks for d exposure, i am sure to implement this suggestion

  7. Hello Muhammed,

    You’ve hit the nail straight on the head and I must agree with you, especially on points 1 and 3. Personally, nothing pisses me off like a blog with low quality (often spammed content) and to cap things, an annoying commenting system that makes it next to impossible to comment. Who appreciates logging in simply to leave a comment?

    However, from personal experience with most of the blogs I’ve run, comments begin to take of when (in addition to your points), you observe the following:

    1. Comment on blogs in similar niches – everybody loves comments and many actually do return the favor.

    2. Give your readers a reason to comment: either a dofollow link or you allow them to leave their URL via a system like the comment luv commenting system.

    3. Ensure your blog stats are impressive…it may surprise you that many comment for the traffic and consider commenting on a blog getting little or no traffic as a ‘waste of time.’

    Your posts rock, Muhammed…do keep up the great work!

    Always,
    Terungwa

    • Thanks for this very valuable contribution, Akaahan.:-)

      I think the impressive blog stats is beginning to work for me. As for using the comment luv plugin or dofollowing links in comments, I’ve never been a fan. I fear it might swerve attention away from having a purposeful conversation to having a spammy link contest.

      But that doesn’t detract from the fact that they work, like you said.

  8. I agree with all your points and they’re all valid but here’s one thing I think is missing which is–the blog that gets read has more chance of getting comments. If no one reads your blog, then there’s no chance of getting comments. Some of us are still struggling with readership because hey, this is the blogosphere where millions of blogs are begging for attention.

    One more thing, after reading this post I did some search on Google to work on my commenting system. So, I found that I need to reset to my theme comment default or better connect with jetpack comment service or play with some dirty codes. If you want to attach link to “share in the comments” like Abdullahi did in this post, then you need to add #commentform to your blogpost link. It’ll look like this: http://www.yourblogurl.com/post-permalink/#commentform
    This will automatically take your readers to the comments. Thank you, Abdullahi, for writing this post and for solving problems.

  9. Thank you so much for this. Not like I didn’t know this but you just hammered it in

  10. Really insightful stuff. Thanks for sharing

  11. Very rich content. Continue the good work, Tosin

  12. Onu Brian Onochie says:

    Well done…..I have been following you for a long time now. God bless you!

  13. Because of lenty content with little information.

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