Comments are the lifeblood of blogs. Every blogger wants them and sometimes it can be hard to understand why no one is commenting on your brilliant blog post. I’ve been there and thought I’d share the top 5 reasons I’m not commenting on your blog (that have nothing to do with content – that’s a separate post):
- CAPTCHA. UGH. Yes, I bolded ugh because of my extreme level of hatred of Captcha. If you want comments on your blog, why don’t you try making it easy for people to comment? Yes, I know that blog spam is annoying. But there are tons of free plugins to help with that. What if you aren’t self hosted and can’t add a nifty plugin to catch spam? Use wordpress.com. I used wordpress.com for free for almost two years and never had any serious spam issues. WordPress has a spam catcher and it works pretty well. What if you use blogger? Switch to wordpress. Yes, that is my serious recommendation. Blogger is simply not as friendly to the outside blog world as wordpress. Which leads me to my next point…
- Your comments don’t work for a large segment of the bloggersphere. Ahem, Blogger, I’m looking at you. I can’t tell you how many times I read a great post from one of my blogger buddies and I type out a comment but have to create an account to comment or sign in to google. Stop making it hard for me to comment. Use commenluv or at least just give a basic name/url field. If I have to sign up for disqus or create some account or anything extra, I will not be commenting on your blog. Pretty much ever.
- Your blog ate my comment. This isn’t necessarily your fault but if it happens more than a few times, I’m going to stop trying to comment. I hate coming up with a thoughtful comment and then seeing it disappear in cyberspace. I will probably try one more time, but if it fails again…I move on. I’m busy (like all of us) and…
- I can’t figure out how to comment – EASILY. If I have to search for more than about 45 seconds to find a comment button, you’ve lost me. You might be noticing a theme here – easy! Make it easy for readers to comment and you’ll get more comments.
- You never respond to comments. Yes, it’s fine not to respond to each and every comment…but if you NEVER respond to comments, then I’m going to stop commenting. And likely stop reading, as well. It just seems rude to this Southern gal
Those are my tips – am I missing anything? What would you add to this list?