15 tips to get more comments on your blog

The number of comments per post on this blog has reduced drastically over the past six months or so while the traffic remained much the same. However, the monetization aspects are getting better and better despite this reduction in reader engagement. The learning here is that, getting a lot of comments on a particular blog dosen’t always mean that it is hugely successful or popular. It may be also noted that, many highly popular blogs receive few comments where the comments to visitors ratio is 1:200 or even 1:500.

Nevertheless, let me share a few things that worked for me in the past in terms of getting a lot of comments. In fact compared to getting link backs or traffic, receiving a lot of comments is not all that difficult. The following are some of the comment baiting (that’s my imaginative phrase) technics:

#1 Comment on other blogs

This is the most popular technic that works for everyone. If you are actively commenting on a number of blogs, you are going go get back a lot of comments as well. And sometimes, it is even a more religious reciprocate action from those who display ‘U comment, I comment back’.

#2 Have a blogging alliance

I remember reading this wonderful guest post on ProBlogger whereby the author was talking about a hidden blogging alliance between fellow bloggers. In that kind of a setup, as soon as you are done with a post you allies will be commenting (along with other social media favors as well). This method is in fact a variation of #1 but with more predictable outcome.

#3 Reward commenters

There are some blogs that run that top commenter contest whereby they reward the commenters mostly on a monthly basis. Whenever the prizes involve hard cash, more and more comments might show up whereas prizes such as 125×125 ad spots or useless eBooks may not make any difference in reader engagement.

#4 Make your blog DoFollow

DoFollow blogs still attract traffic and comments despite being spammers’ dump ground at times. Though Google might be changing their PR and link strength algorithms, dofollow blogs are still attractive for most commenters.

#5 Make your commenters visible

Blog widgets (or plugins) such as top commenters, recent comments will definitely attract comments on your blog. If the top commenters plugin allows dofollow links, the potential to get comments is even more.

#6 Faster moderation

This is an area where I need to improve. Faster the moderation, better the response from commenters. If you are moderating comments only once in two or three days, the readers may hesitate to get engaged next time (Also read: blog comment moderation ethics)

#7 Reply promptly

Along with prompt moderation, it is a good idea to reply to your commenters faster as well. The web readers’ interests are often short-lived and they have short memories about your blog post as well. The earlier you reply, the better. Also, do remember to provide detail reply to their questions or view point to make them feel important.

#8 Subscribe to comment plugin

The subscribe to comments plugins allow your readers to followup on their own comments on a post. It can work very well towards creating highly engaging posts and discussions.

#9 Keep commenting process bug free

Periodically check (especially after upgrades and installing new plugins) if your commenting process itself is working. I had tough time with a couple of buggy blogs where script errors or complicated blog commenting services prevented me from making easy comments. Along with making it bug free, one needs to keep its simplicity intact as well.

#10 Avoid signups

I personally do not comment on blogs that needs a sign up to even comment. More such restrictions would mean lesser comments.

#11 Avoid captcha

Along with the above two points, if you have complicated captcha mechanisms, chances are you receive very less comments on your blog. Instead of using captcha, you may revert to a standard anti-spam plugin to arrest spammer bots and humans.

#12 Write survey posts or ask questions

Survey posts usually attract a lot of comments. You may use them sparingly as long as it is to do with a topic related to your blog niche. Also, even if you cannot write survey posts, it is a good habit to ask questions or keep your topic a little bit open at the end of each post.

#13 Be in the commenter’s wavelength

You may get all types of queries as comments – some from very proficient readers and some from enthusiasts. It matters a lot how you respond to their comments. If you respond arrogantly and at a different level than that of a beginner, he might never come back to you asking for things.

#14 Controversial and sensational topics

Controversial views, sensational topics and breaking news can often fetch in more traffic and comments. Some even go to the level of injecting a bit of profanity in order to get popular. However, this can also damage your Internet profile of a blogger and writer.

#15 Run contests

Blog contests and competitions definitely attract a lot of comments. Instead of running mega annual contests, if you can run one every quarter or so and keep each running for a month or two you may see a big positive difference in comments and traffic.

#16 Please fill in…

Happy Blogging!


  1. George :

    My 2 cents-Stick to WP default comment system.I hate using other add ons coming along comment box. No comment moderation, a blogger will get plenty of comments including spams.

  2. Raju :

    Bang on! #15 would have been #1 if I had written this post 😉 Over the last 20 days or so since I started Christmas Giveaway I have got a whopping 4000+ comments!
    They don’t mean much outside of this Giveaway campaign!
    Getting comments for normal posts from readers (and not always the fellow bloggers) means a lot for me, as that truly implies I am hitting the right chords

  3. Ricky :

    Contest is a great way to drive some traffic. Did you miss commentluv plugin. Many people(including me) likes to target commentluv enabled blog to drive some traffic. If you are on top then there are few chances that people will click on your name or post(if commentluv is enabled). This way one can drive more comments.
    BTW good list to follow.

  4. Rajiv :

    The scratch my back and I will scratch your back does get to be a headache after a while. Most will drop by because you are dropping by their blog, sort of like a mutual admiration society. Not really sure how useful it is though.

  5. Nihar :

    Nice post!

    I have never tried 2 and 3. and i am weak on 6 and 7

    Raju is getting lots of comments due to the contests running on his blog

    and agree with ricky. you missed out on CommentLuv plugin

  6. Point 3, a good tip.

  7. Ajith,

    I’ve seen most of these points about getting more comments from lot of other sources. However, I’ve never seen anybody talk about 15 ideas on this subject.

    Excellent Job. I’ve bookmarked it for future reference.

  8. Hi Ajith :) :)
    I am using an captcha plugin which is very much complicated , now i will think of using simple maths plugin 😉

    Adding one more point :
    * Purposely leaving few points while writing the post so that these points will be covered through the comment section :) :)

    #16 works well when you try to give the credit for adding more points :) :)

  9. brih :

    +5 about “Faster moderation”, it`s very important

  10. For #3 for top commentors contest, if you want to drive more loyal traffic, one criteria to add to win the contest is also to be a subscriber as well.

    Check out how to add the subscriber feedcount at http://blogger-templates123.blogspot.com/2009/11/feedcount.html

    Btw, I have added your blog URL link to my blog http://blogger-templates123.blogspot.com if you don’t mind.

  11. Nice website youve got there. I didnt know what comment luv did until i found your website on google so will definately apply it to my own blog.


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