Hello my dear folks! How are you all doing? One of the most common questions my fellow bloggers ask me is how I get regular comments. Fujinsei is by no means popular, but I do enjoy regular comments as soon as my posts are published. Sometimes they’re just one or two comments per post, but when I get lucky they can reach up to hundreds with the discussion lasting for months.
I want to say that it’s because of my magnetic personality that I get regular comments, but the truth is that I blackmail people to read my posts and comment or else. . . .Kukukuku.
…or maybe not. 😉
I’d never encourage you to threaten others to comment on your blog posts, so I’m going to show you a more. . .er, “civilized” way. Here we go:
10 Tips on How to Get Regular Comments on Your Blog Posts
1. Befriend other bloggers.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to other bloggers. Introduce yourself and let them know that you blog about the same topics. Show a genuine interest in getting to know them as fellow bloggers. If you’re a newbie, associating yourself with a much more established blogger will open doors to connections that may help your blog get exposed to a wider audience. By befriending other bloggers and working hard to deepen and strengthen that friendship, you’re simultaneously creating an exclusive support group of bloggers that will help your development as a blogger. Your blogging buddies will also be the first ones to comment on your posts.
Some word of caution, though. Make sure that when you’re befriending other bloggers, you’re genuinely befriending them and not just because you’re desperate to use their connections for your own selfish benefit. Make “give-and-take” your mantra when befriending fellow bloggers. If you “take” something from them, be prepared to “give” at least twice as much back. If all you do is take and take and take, well, don’t be surprised when you suddenly find yourself an outcast.
I can’t emphasize how grateful I am from the bottom of my heart to all of my wonderful blogging buddies. You already know who you are, Friends of Fujinsei! You never fail to motivate and inspire me to be a better blogger. I treasure the friendship and community you constantly grant me. And to my fellow members of the crazy Lyndere Club, you continue to stick with me through all of my insanity because of course you’re as much cuckooheads as me. But that’s why we rock, yeah? And also to my other clubs Gundam Sisters and NinjaPirateers. Wohoo!
2. Visit & comment on other blogs.
Don’t just wait there like a frog on a log and hope for the best for a comment. Take the initiative to visit other blogs and comment on their posts. Use your reader and exploit the tag feature to discover similar blogs. I mainly use the tags “Anime”, “Manga”, “Otaku”, “Japan”, and similar keywords to discover other aniblogs. Of course, like what I said in #1, you have to show genuine interest. Focus your comment on their posts. Never write a comment like this:
Hey, blogger. Visit my blog at biggestanimedouchebag.com. Comment too, okay? I insist that you comment. <insert narcissistic description of self> I’ll be waiting. It would be great if you could also spread the word about my blog to your followers. I’m sure they’ll love my blog as much as you will if you visit AND comment on my blog. Thanks. Bye! And oh, by the way, great post.
How insincere and disrespectful. And how selfish! What a huge douchebag. Remember that whenever you comment on others’ posts, it’s about them and not about you. We bloggers may never meet each other in person, but we can smell egotistic selfishness and desperation from stinking typing fingers from miles away.
And when you do comment on other blogs, always remember to be genuine. I can’t emphasize this enough. If you successfully do this, you’ll interest these bloggers and make them want to be your friend. After all, if you commented on their blog, there’s a chance that you’ll do it again. And because they want you to keep commenting on their blog, they’ll also comment back on your blog to honour the unspoken “give-and-take” rule of the blogging world. But if they’re being douchebags and ignore you, just forget about them and move on. They’re not worth your time. Just write their names and blog addresses in your cursed black book of rude bloggers. You never know. That list may come in handy one day. Just saying. Kukukuku.
3. Ask for a comment.
Well, duh. If you want a comment, ask for it. It’s the most straight-forward and arguably the most effective. But of course it’s not always as simple as saying “please comment on my post”; although that works, too. Depending on the approach you take, you might end up sounding desperate which will hurt you rather than help you. Perhaps a more subtle method and one that I often use is “What do you think?” Another one is “Do you agree?” Remember that it’s more tasteful to sound confident and ask for a genuine opinion, rather than sound like you’re begging because you’re desperate for comments.
4. Make commenting easy and accessible.
Find a comment-friendly theme or format your already existing one to make the comment box visible to your readers. The most common place for the comment box is immediately at the end of your post. I don’t know about you, but I’ve encountered plenty of blogs who make commenting very complicated. Some place the comment box at the least visible area within their blogs. Some make you click on another post/page. Some require you to follow their Twitter, FB pages, other social media accounts, or to subscribe to their e-mail lists. Some will have surveys you’re required to complete.
What a hassle. I just leave and don’t bother to visit again. When I want to comment, I want to be able to just type it all up and click “post comment”. That’s it. I don’t want to jump hoops of fire just so I can comment on your blog. Most free themes automatically take care of this, but it’s your responsibility to check its accessibility. Oh, and don’t forget to check if your comment box is turned on. Sometimes unbeknownst to you, it’s turned off and you wait in vain for comments that will never come.
5. Write interesting posts that have specific focus.
This is a given. If you write boring posts, nobody will read them, much less comment on them. It’s also better to write posts that have specific focus. Be clear about your opinions because they’ll either agree or disagree with you. If you’re too general, what are they supposed to comment on? Focused posts attract focused comments; general posts attract general comments. Which do you want to get? Focused comments that encourage more in-depth discussions or general comments that peter out after a reply or two? Think about it.
6. Establish yourself as an active voice in the community that you belong in.
This takes time and effort, but it’s worth it. I’m not presumptuous to say that I have the strongest voice in the community. I’m not even close to that level yet. However, I make sure that within the small blogging circle that I belong in, my fellow bloggers know my name and my blog, and that I’ll be one of the first bloggers they’ll recommend to their friends. The key here is to make them remember who you are. Identify your blogging style and work hard to polish it. Aim to be an expert or someone close to that level on a particular field. Be consistent and firm on what kind of blogger you are. I personally still have a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG way to go, but the gradual progress I’m making from a newbie aniblogger who doesn’t know anyone in the community to the blogger that I am today still makes me shake my head in amazed disbelief.
7. Be original.
Don’t be a second-rate copycat. Of course it’s difficult to be completely original when it comes to blogging, but try to be as original as you can. Don’t just rip off exactly what you read from other blogs. Perhaps you can edit your own images. Provide new insights about the most common topics. Disagree with the mass.
I’m very proud of my Fujinsei Kempo Series, and I argue that it’s what differentiates me from other anibloggers. I’m not ashamed that these posts are outrageous; on the contrary, I work hard to make them as outrageous as possible without sounding like a crazy moron. I also write Blogging Tips posts, which isn’t new nor original—oh no, not at all—but I make it a bit more original by fashioning them specifically for otaku bloggers like myself. I also don’t consider myself an anime reviewer unlike many other otaku bloggers. On this site’s About Page, I never claim Fujinsei as an anime review blog. I label it as an “entertainment blog”. I’m not afraid of the outrageous; I embrace it. I threw away “the proper way of writing an anime review” out of the window a long time ago. This gives me the freedom to be as original, as creative, and as flexible as I want in writing my posts. As a result, I garner frequent comments not only about what I’m writing but also on how I write my posts.
8. Post regularly.
Try to post at least once a week, if you can. More if you’re just starting out. Exploit the “Schedule” function on your post editor. I personally use it on all of my posts. If you’re a new blogger, I strongly recommend that you focus more on writing posts and building your archives first rather than spending all of your time inviting visitors and followers to an empty blog. If you already have a considerable amount of posts, then that’s the time that you can focus on connecting with other bloggers and hopefully obtain followers and regular commenters.
Posting regularly accomplishes at least 4 things. First, it signals to fellow bloggers that there’s still a blogger behind your blog with whom they can connect with. Second, it signals to search engines that your blog is not “dead”, so it’ll rank more favourably in search results compared to abandoned websites. Third, your posts will appear more frequently on your followers’ feed readers/mailboxes. As a result, they’ll remember who you are and more likely to comment because you’re now familiar to them. Fourth, more posts in your archives means more opportunities for additional comments, which means they spend more time on your blog. Of course, there are a lot more benefits of posting regularly than what I included here.
9. Be nice & approachable.
I’m not always a nice person, but I do my best to be one. Not everyone appreciates my strong opinions, outrageous posts and style of humour. However, it’s a fact that I’m a cheerful person (most of the time) and that my cheerfulness shows in my writing. I think that this is what encourages people to comment on my posts because they don’t fear me suddenly biting their heads off. I also make it a point to reply to comments, and not be one of those big-ass corporate hotshot bloggers who never reply.
However, I’ve been known to bare my fangs to pinheads who think that they can insult and bully me just because I appear nice and approachable. . .and easy. I fight back, just to let you know. I prefer to use a more diplomatic way of handling things of course, but if that fails, I’m not afraid to crack my knuckles and jump into battle, if need be. You’ve been warned.
10. Be patient.
Unless you’re a celebrity or have already established yourself as a reputable blogger, don’t expect to get regular comments right away. It takes time to make your blog visible to more readers, and of course a lot of effort to build connections with fellow bloggers who will usually make up the majority of your regular commenters. Stop whining. Roll your sleeves and do the work. And most importantly, don’t ever give up.
And that’s it for my 10 Tips on How to Get Regular Comments on Your Blog Posts. Some of you may think they’re too general or too common, and yes, they may be. However, I did my best to infuse each of them with a bit of my personal experiences that I hope will be of some help to those of you who need it. I’m not an expert blogger; just a shady one you’re not even sure is sane—even I’m not sure—but it’s a fact that I do enjoy regular comments from almost all of newly published posts.
How about you? Do you know some tips or tricks to get regular comments? If yes, I would be delighted if you could share them with me!
Finally, I wish all of us good luck on our blogging journey. Goodness knows we need it. I think that the most important thing I can say is to just enjoy and keep on blogging. Cheers!
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