Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Do you ever wonder why some people get the most comments? How their social media posts or blogs can get tons of comments – and yours barely get any? Is it some sort of magic? Well, not quite.
But they have figured out that some types of posts are more commented-on than others. And these comments are most likely the best ones to choose – especially if you really want to amp up your comments.
Try a tip or two – or try all 12 to help attract more comments!
Show Your Opinion or Point of View
This is one of the best things you can do with either social media or blogging. Both of these are interactive and that’s the entire point of commenting, to let people respond. When you choose to share your opinion, most people just can’t help to go ahead and share theirs. Now your opinion can be about anything. It can be about serious topics like politics, religion or what you think makes the most delicious sandwich. It might surprise you that the delicious sandwich type of opinions will get just as many comments sometimes as some of the other “hot topic” opinion ones!
Don’t neglect this oh so important writing style when you create your social media and blog posts. You don’t want to sound like you are writing a formal letter at work or a note to your great grandmother. The best posts have a conversational tone, as if you were talking to a good friend. Just imagine what you would say if you were talking to one of your friends about this topic and that may help get your creative juices flowing.
Ask a Question
This is a great way to encourage comments and it will work for so many different types of topics! One of the best things about questions is that you can ask a few questions a week, add this into your routine and people who follow you will look forward to it. Answering questions is interactive. If you are a personal trainer, you may want to ask fitness questions or even healthy eating questions. But remember people also like the conversational type of questions like “What are you doing this weekend?” or “What will you do after your next workout?” (if you are a personal trainer this is a good question to ask).
Have Something of Value to Say
Too many people hop on social media or blogs and just blab away. They don’t have anything truly of value to say. When you join in on the ‘net you want to bring something great to the table, you want people to take notice of you. This is how you get comments. You can share something informative, educational or simply fun. But always try to add value in some way. Take a critical look at your posts over the past week and look at how you have added value – or where you may be lacking so you can plan ahead for the next week’s posts.
Show “How To” Do Something
This is similar to adding value but “How To’s” are very popular content that people love to see on social media and blogs. Think about what niche or business you are in and create a How To series based on this theme. If you have a blog and social media about cupcakes, you could create a series of How To’s about cupcake decorating and baking. Without a doubt these would get a ton of comments! These also would encourage ideas for your next series of How To’s as people ask questions in the comments, so you could do follow-up How To’s and get even more comments!
Make Them Laugh – Really Laugh
Now who doesn’t like to laugh? We can’t imagine anyone who would say “No.” Jokes are some of the most popular content online, especially at blogs and social media. Not only is this content super share-able, but it is commented on like crazy. If you create or share jokes – or just say something funny to make them laugh – you will get lots of comments!
Do Something Provocative
Be warned: being provocative is not for everyone. If you create websites for churches and other religious centers, then probably you wont want to create provocative content at your blog and on social media. But if you are a comedian, an artist or lots of other businesses or niches – being provocative could be the ideal choice in some cases for you.
One of the worst things you can do on social media and blogging is spend all of your time talking about “me, me, me, me!” Try shining the spotlight on people or businesses you follow or advice. Say “Thank You” “Happy Birthday” “Happy Anniversary” or “Congratulations” whenever the celebration comes for people or businesses. Get known as a person or company who celebrates the big and small moments for other people – not only does it make you a heck of a nice guy, but others will be likely to do this for you too!
Try the Occasional Contest
Contests can get expensive to run all the time, but most people and businesses can do them sometimes. Having a contest certainly can encourage comments and followers. Look at other businesses or blogs in your niche to get a sense of what would be popular. Products and gift cards are often favorite prizes – and most often they don’t have to be high dollar amounts. Commenting is usually how people enter to win – and people will want to comment to enter!
Ask for It (comments!)
If you want comments then try asking for them! You probably have more readers than you think. A much higher percentage will read and not comment. The goal is to encourage them to try to comment – and then to comment again and again. Try asking them to comment on some of your posts. End your post by saying something like “What do you think?” or “Leave a message in the comments!”
Then Be Quick To Respond (to comments)
Don’t just let people leave comments and be glad they did so. You need to show that you care about your comments in a big way. Make a special effort to respond to your comments as often as you can. Some on social media and blogging try to respond to every comment. This may be too much for you. But make an effort to respond to as many comments as you can.
Keep the Conversation Going
We just mentioned how important it is to respond to comments – and we know it sounds like work. The other key factor in encouraging comments is keeping the conversation going. In your comments you may get ideas for your next blog post or social media post. Embrace the interactive aspect of this media you are using.
Yes, you can get more comments. Make an effort and in a short time you’ll notice a nice increase!