In the first few months of blogging it can be frustrating to put a lot of time and energy into writing quality posts only to find that it seems as though no one is reading them.

I’ve previously written an article on how to get more comments on your blog posts, so I won’t go over all of that again – however I wanted to share one simple technique to get folks talking. It is obvious and very basic – but so many bloggers don’t do it.

The technique is simply to ask them a question at the end of your blog post.

This blew your mind, right?

I know. Powerful stuff.

Here are six questions to ask at the end of a blog post to encourage comments.

  • Ask them for an opinion on a controversial topic – write about a controversial topic or one you think people have strong opinions about. Ask them what they think at the end of the post. Some folks will love to disagree with you, and you should encourage that.
  • Ask your readers for advice – state a problem that you or a reader has and ask for help, solutions and advice. You’d be surprised to see how many folks will comment.
  • Ask for tips – choose a topic that your readers might know something about and ask them for practical tips. Write a list post, and ask them to add to it.
  • Ask for examples – ask your readers to give you examples of something that worked or didn’t work.
  • Ask for experiences – ask a question about what your readers have done or experienced. Of course, something related to the blog post they’ve just read.
  • Give them the chance to self-promote – give readers an opportunity to self-promote in the comments section. Do not be selfish, share the stage with them. Maybe ask them to share their blogs and a short pitch as to why people would like to subscribe to their blogs. Something like that

Do feel free to add to the list in comments section below.