How to Get More Comments on Your Next Post

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I was going through some of my old blog posts, and I discovered something quite unexpected: my personal favorite posts were not the most popular.  It seemed so weird at first.  I started questioning myself–didn’t anyone like what I liked?  Was I doing something wrong?

I did some digging, and I noticed a pattern.  The posts that got the most engagement were the ones that gave something of value to the readers.  Things like tips, tutorials, and how-tos.  It totally explains why my post about curating your closet got a lot of comments while my last one was, well, pretty silent.

Now I want to share a little bit about what I learned with you!  Here are a few ways you can get some more comments on your next post:

  1. Come up with a catchy title. Most of the time, when I write up an outfit post, I’ll title it something like this: “Outfit: Obscure 1980s Song Lyrics.”  That’s not really enticing, is it?  Not to mention it’s almost completely unsearchable.  Instead, a great blog post title offers something to the reader–maybe a how-to or a list of tips.  For my last blog post, instead of “Outfit: Blending In,” I bet something like “How to Wear an All-Neutral Outfit” would have gotten a little more noise.
  2. Find a way to help.  Going off the last point, posts that help the reader are the ones that get the most love.  If you can put together a hair tutorial or a review of your favorite (and not-so-favorite) beauty products, I can almost guarantee you’ll see positive results.  Of course, there’s also nothing wrong with some good old-fashioned inspiration.  Showing off an outfit with amazing pics is also an excellent way to attract readers–just make sure you don’t scare them off with a weird title.
  3. Ask questions.  Don’t just leave your reader hanging at the end of a post!  You’ve just spent a ton of time talking, so let them get a chance to weigh in.  If you’re posting an outfit, ask them what they think or how they’d style the dress you’re wearing.  Make it a conversation–and always try to respond to your comments.
  4. Leave comments of your own.  Nothing brightens my day more than a thoughtful comment.  When a person takes the time to write something nice to me, I always check out their blog, and if I have time, I like to return the favor.  The more you get out and engage with other people, the more likely you’ll see them reciprocating.

So what about you?  What strategies do you use to get more comments?

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13 thoughts on “How to Get More Comments on Your Next Post

  1. I always try to include a question to wrap up my blog – sometimes I don’t, but I try to. I like to think those who actually read my little anecdotes will leave with some thoughts and may like to contribute!

    Also, YES YES YES to spreading the love. You can be a great blogger, but if you don’t spread the love to your readers or just to blogs you like in general, it’s not a good practice. Obviously, you shouldn’t force yourself to comment on content that just doesn’t tickle your fancy or follow a blog you don’t enjoy JUST to do this, but certainly, it’s notice-able when a blogger returns the favor and when some bloggers just NEVER comment on other people’s blogs. Readers notice this – especially if they follow many blogs – and it speaks volumes!

    Great suggestions here!

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    1. Very true! As a reader, I’ve left so many comments that go unanswered, and eventually with some bloggers I had to stop trying. What’s the point if you don’t want to actually interact with the people who are reaching out to you??

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  2. I love how this centers around “it’s not about you” – it’s about your readers and what value your posts give them. Keeping that in mind can shape your post titles, your voice, and the conversation. Thanks for the great advice. ❤

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    1. I’m glad you found it helpful! I think that if you’re not just blogging for yourself, you have to put your readers first. Five years ago, it was enough to just post pretty outfits, but nowadays you have to distinguish yourself–and I think the best way to do that is by being a good resource for your readers!

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