How I Got 403 Comments on One Blog Post

Legend says that bloggers can even survive on comments if nothing else is available…

But what to do when no one cares enough to leave even a simple comment? What if the feedback is non-existent?

Would you like to know how to get the readers talking? How to turn this somewhat interesting notion of traffic into what looks and feels like actual people giving a damn about your blog?

If yes, then read on, for all will be explained.

1. The Headline

What is the first thing a potential reader notices about your blog posts?

Yup.

The headline is your best bet to ensure that someone will read your content. You must write the most interesting and intriguing headline possible.

The title of the post is “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers.”

It’s kind of funny, or better said, it’s got a bit of swagger to it. Just a little bit. It’s obviously a spin on Stephen Covey’s super famous book. It’s also clear that it’s a list post, and we do know that those list posts tend to attract readers.

It also does something interesting: someone reads this title and they are curious to read it.

Want to know why?

Because if they read it and don’t have those traits, they are not highly effective bloggers.

Simply put, the title makes use of qualities that everyone wants to have ( I mean, what blogger does not want to be as effective as possible) to ensure that folks are curious enough to read it.

2. The Introduction

Do you want to be a successful blogger? Do ideas for posts randomly pop into your head whenever, wherever? Do you think about ways to improve your blog?

How to write more? Better? Faster?

Do you study what the most successful bloggers have done to get to where they are right now?

I was writing this intro and imagining readers nodding their heads and going all, “Yes, man, yeah, yeah… now just take me to the damn post!”

A blog post should read like a roller-coaster ride. There should be momentum. The words take you somewhere, both in terms of information, but also emotionally, and I believe this is a part that is ignored by most bloggers.

THE EMOTIONS.

What are they? What emotions are your words transmitting? And how are they flowing? Growing. Expanding into what? Transforming to become what?

A great introduction should always set the mood for the rest of your blog post.

3. The Blog Post Itself

Of course, now I proceed to list my habits.

This is not the shortest blog post ever, but it’s not incredibly long. I did write it with the goal to keep it nice and short.

Some people found some stuff in there funny. Want to know a secret? I wasn’t. I was just writing my opinion, and trying to be clear about it.

What was it that I thought of those habits, and how did those habits affect me as a blogger.

I also make use of some analogies (like the one with the Chinese bamboo tree) and metaphors and such, all in the hopes of better translating how I felt and what I thought into actual words that you could understand and relate to.

4. The Ending – A simple call for action

What do you think the most important trait of a top blogger is?

What do you think?

After all, I just wrote this article for you, and only for you. I wrote it because I had some knowledge that I’d like to share with you, so that we can both succeed as bloggers. So that we can both solve certain issues and meet certain goals and expectations that we have.

Yes, asking questions at the end of posts does ensure that people will comment; you know, to answer the question.

But it’s also important to take a few moments to think what question to ask, and how much does it relate to your blog post.

I thought that as people read through the list of habits that they’d come up with new ones, that maybe they’d disagree with some of them and come up with different ones to replace them, and that they’d offer me feedback in that way.

5. EMOTIONS

99.99% of people do one thing or another when they FEEL like it.

People do not comment on your blog posts because you ask them to, because you wrote something that is useful to them, or interesting, or even amusing. They comment because they felt like commenting.

Always, always, always try to figure out what kind of emotions are you transmitting, and also try to engage your readers’ emotions.

Don’t write lukewarm stuff and then wonder why no one comments.

You have a strong emotional impact when at least a few folks don’t agree with you. They strongly disagree with you, as a matter of fact. They might not be haters yet, but they feel like your piece is somewhat offensive or that you’re just wrong or boring or writing about the same old stuff as everyone else. The evidence that you’re not either one of those things is that, well, they take the time to let you know that (if the piece would be that boring, they’d just go do something else instead) and the fact that most other comments will be positive.

So, yeah, I’d say that the number one trick is to engage your readers on an emotional level.


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14 thoughts on “How I Got 403 Comments on One Blog Post

  1. Fabulous blogging tips that I’ll be integrating into my writing immediately. Thanks for your generosity in sharing them. One comment. Besides using analogies to help readers make a connection, I’ve found that adding images is effective (a picture is worth a thousand words), especially if your topic lends itself to visuals. I’m keeping your tips handy for future reference.

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  2. I have a lot of videos on my blog; however, I am finding that no one really watches them. I am at a loss of what to do to get people to pay attention to me.

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  3. Wow, 403 comments is a huge number.
    Congratulations.
    How did you manage to reply to all of them?

    I love comments because they provide instant feedback and are a good yardstick for newbies like me to measure themselves against.

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    1. I don’t reply to all comments. It’s something that I don’t even recommend. Unless you can add to the conversation, there’s no point in replying.

      Otherwise, you’ll have a bunch of “thank yous” that follow a bunch of “wow. great post” and it just clutters the comments section and makes other folks less likely to scroll all the way down to comment.

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    1. Yes, of course. There are a bunch of other factors that influence a post. I just analyzed the things that I did with that one post.

      For instance, if the blogger never replies to comments, then it’s possible that posts will receive less and less comments. Nothing wrong with the content, it’s just that folks stop commenting as much.

      Like I said, it’s just a conversation, so the idea is to give people incentives to talk. That is all.

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  4. Having a Call to Action is a very intruiging point in my opinion. It allows the reader to consciously reflect on their own opinions, and may entice them to leave a comment, or write a blog post of their own!

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  5. I like thinking about what thoughts my readers might have as they read the post. So the following paragraph speaks to me:”” I thought that as people read through the list of habits that they’d come up with new ones, that maybe they’d disagree with some of them and come up with different ones to replace them, and that they’d offer me feedback in that way.”” Also, I hadn’t thought about how readers can also disagree with my thoughts and how this, too, is valuable feedback.

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