Last week I wrote a post on 4 Posts 200 Comments and Lesson Learned
So today I wanted to build on that and go over some blog posts that work well for attracting more comments.
Writing great content is your first step to getting comments on each of your posts. Knowing that, there are some posts that just work better at getting comments then others. Below is a list of the post that have worked well for me.
You also want to write content that is relevant to your blog, all posts below can be used in any niche on any topic.
People like to learn how to “do things” themselves. Writing a step by step outline on how your reader can do
something is very powerful. To make this even more powerful, add references to what your talking about.
How to posts work best when you offer a beginning, middle and an end on how to do something new. Be as detailed as you can, so your reader is left with no unanswered questions.
Doing this type of post also allows you to get returning traffic too, since you will be branding yourself as someone to go to for help on the specific “how to” post you wrote.
Now this goes without saying… BUT I’ll say it anyway haha
Make sure the how to you write is on something you have a good amount of know how on, you don’t want to offer half ass info that will lead your readers in a negative direction.
I have seen bloggers offer a “How To Get Traffic” ebook yet they have a 1 million Alexa rank on a 2 yr blog. So make sure you know what your talking about, before you start a how to post.
Another great tip, is to add pictures and videos as much as you can, for me I learn better watching a video then I do reading a post.
I like top lists, they take some time to pull the information and to put this type of post together, but the feedback is huge if done right.
Example of this Top 50 Places To Advertise For Under $25
It doesn’t matter if your post is on information that is easily available online, people like to have it all in one place, saving them time and energy searching for it themselves. Your readers will show their support and appreciation for the work you did putting that resource together for them.
You can do a Top List post on pretty much any topic, but again try to stick to your blogs topic.
Another benefit is these posts do very well when pushed on social media sites.
Share Your Story
I’m a big believer in bringing your story and personality to your blog. This works well for many reasons…
People want to know your real and a normal guy/girl just like they are, they will relate to you easier.
Also it makes it much easier to build relationships with your readers since you have already shared some of who you are with them.
Be honest and real here, people will smell bullshit a mile away!
Example is Jeremy at shoemoney.com He had a great story, he was really really fat..lol and he shared how he lost the weight, that’s awesome, people relate to that, since we all need to lose a lil weight.. well at least I do..haha
He also share about his Adsense earnings.. years later I still remember 2 big things about Shoe, he was fat and lost the weight and he earned a HUGE Adsense check.
Sharing your story is powerful! Share your failures and successes with people, no one is perfect, not even you, people feel they can trust you when you share the good and the bad.
Think of it like this.. used car salesman are pretty much seen as scumbags, why? Might be because no matter if true or not, they ONLY push perfection.. that car is great, that car is fast, that car fits you, blah blah
So sharing good and bad will attract more comments and readers.
You can also share about specific situations that you have dealt with and how you worked thru that negative and turned it into a positive.
Run A Contest
As far as contest posts, I’m not big on doing these, but I do know many bloggers that have used contests to get huge amounts of comments.
First, contests take time and planning and you also want to make sure you are offering things that your readers will want.
Contests work well because the people that sponsor the contest and the people that participate will leave comments in support of the contest.
If done right, this will drive new readers to your blog long term.
We all like to laugh and if you don’t, then up your Prozac dose haha (see I made a funny there)
So mixing in some funny within your posts will help your readers enjoy reading that much more. What’s better then learning something and getting a good laugh at same time? If you said nothing.. then you are correct!
For me, I blog about blogging tips, making money blogging and making money online, so I try to bring a little funny to every post I write, but there is a fine line to follow.
Normally the more funny you bring the better, but there are some niches and topics that you will need to find that balance between bringing the funny and sharing information and branding yourself as the go to guy in your niche.
If you can teach your reader something new and make them laugh, then you are almost guaranteed to get a comment and a reader for life.
Another thing is social media buzz, what gets the most Viral juice thru social media? It’s always those funny pics or hilarious Youtube videos right?
Have you seen peopleofwalmart.com? OH MY GOD, The best laughs you will ever get.
So if you can bring the funny to your writing people will share it faster because they want to share the funny with friends and this will drive more traffic and comments back to your blog.
These are just a few of the post I like to write and have had some nice success with so far.
You have any posts you like to write to drive comments? Let me know!