I read today that apparently only 1 out of ever 100 visitors to your blog is likely to leave a comment. The article then continues to give 10 helpful and easy-to-follow techniques that you can use to get more comments on your blog. So if you are a fellow blogger who also struggles to have people be more interactive with your blog, I think that you would find this interesting indeed. Just maybe there is something that you have not thought of or tried already.
One other thing that it helped me realize is how important it becomes then to increase the number of readers that view your site. If people don't even know about you then their leaving comments or not becomes irrelevant, doesn't it? If you know what I mean I hope that this will be of value to you :)
I've been considering it for a while to just give a short "how to" on leaving comments on a blog in Blogger, just in case someone is not that familiar with how to do it and therefore don't. It's very easy, really! I'm going to base it on my blog in particular, although the principles are very similar from one blog to the next.
1) At the bottom of each post I've set it to display a block titled "Post a comment". The first step is simply doing that.
2) Then you need to choose an identity - whether you have a blog on a another platform (i.e. Wordpress, Typepad, etc.) or whether you choose to stay anonymous doesn't matter. If you don't have a blog but rather a website you can also use that by making use of the "Name/URL" option. What I like about this is that, should others read your comment, they are free to check our your web location too which, in turn, could increase traffic to your site.
3) The next step is very easy - simply click "post comment" (or preview it first if you want to).
4) Step four is the part that I am not sure whether it is easy or not, but if you want to be notified of follow up comments, whether by other readers or myself, you need to click the "Subscribe by e-mail" link just below the comment block after you have posted your comment. If you have chosen this option the link will change to "Unsubscribe" and that is exactly what you click on to unsubscribe from receiving further follow up comments via e-mail.
Unfortunately I have to admit that the "Manage your subscriptions" is a feature that I think Google can definitely learn more about from platforms like Wordpress, but maybe that will come in time. However, for the time being it works sufficiently and for that I'm grateful!
I would like for my blog to be a more interactive site where you can feel free to share your thoughts on whichever topic is blogged about. I'd love to hear from you. Hopefully these guidelines help you to realize that it doesn't have to take up a lot of your time and you don't have to worry about the hassle of registration before you can leave a comment. Simple does it!
Thank you for visiting my site and for those who have left comments in the past, or do so frequently, I always enjoy hearing from you!
Please feel free to let me know if any of these features are giving you problems. I'd love to help make your commenting experience a fun one so you will keep coming back to leave another one :)
Now all that is left is for you to have a relaxing, fun weekend!