Anyone who has a blog knows comments are like gold. Comments from readers help to further your efforts of supplying the reader with the information they want and need. But those comments can also be hard to come by. The Internet is filled with endless sources of ideas, information and inspirations; and many readers, due to the sheer lack of time, are not taking the time to comment on blog posts like they used to. Here are some handy blogging tools designed to encourage comments and feedback from your valued readers and site visitors.
CommentLuv is a free WordPress plugin that rewards readers for commenting by automatically placing a link to their last blog post at the end of their comment. This helps encourage other readers in your community to discover new posts, and gives the commenter a chance to possibly gain new readers. A paid version, Comment Luv Premium, is also available for a one-time fee of around $87 (for multiple sites). When using the premium version users can comment on any of the 50000+ CommentLuv blogs, and it will detect that your site is using CommentLuv Premium and shows other readers up to 10 of your recent posts and up to 5 of your favorite posts or pages.
The Top Comments Widget is a free tool that helps give social kudos to those who faithfully visit and comment on your blog. The Top Comments Widget monitors and reveals who your top commenters are and showcases them on a handy little sidebar widget for other visitors and readers to see.
Subscribe to Comments is a free plugin that enables commenters to subscribe to a comments thread and receive email notifications of subsequent comments. If you have readers that aren’t subscribed to your site, but still want to keep tabs on a hot topic that is getting lots of feedback via comments, this plugin includes a full-featured subscription manager your commenters can use to unsubscribe to certain posts, block all notifications, or even change their notification email address. Allowing readers to keep tabs on a trending conversation also encourages those who are lurking and not commenting, to step out of the shadows and comment or engage.
Final tip; ASK for a comment. That may seem overly obvious, but when writing an ending for your blog post, finish it off with a question that includes a request for a comment. “What marketing tactics do you find most useful? Share your thoughts in the comment box below!” Ask and you shall receive.
Speaking of asking for comments … have you tried any of the tools I’ve mentioned? If you have, why don’t you leave a comment and tell me what works for you?