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I'm hardly an expert on the subject, but she's pretty persuasive, so I said I'd give it a go.
In part one of my post, I talk about lulz cat up there.
To read part one, which is on Arianne's blog, click here.
Here's a summary:
Tip 1. Turn off captcha. It's awful. Also those forms that ask for my name, my email, the URL of my blog. Do you really need to know all that?
Tip 2. Ask a question at the end of your post. You'd be surprised how effective this is!
Tip 3: Participate in memes. Yes, they can be overdone, but they are a great way to get more comments.
Tip 4: Respond to comments. Yes, it's time consuming. But if I visit a blog and see that the blogger doesn't respond to any comments, I am far less likely to leave one.
Here's part two:
Tip 5: Comment on other people's blogs.
If you want to get comments, it really helps if you make a habit of leaving comments. If you have to brave the dreaded captcha, so be it. Every day, I try to spend five minutes leaving comments on other people's blogs. And whenever I can, I try to find a new blog or two to visit.
Tip 6: Be a detective
First, look and see which of your (non-meme, non-giveaway) posts got the most comments. Or the least. To do this in Blogger, click on your Edit Posts tab and you'll see a list of all your recent posts and how many comments were made on each one. In Wordpress, go to your dashboard and click on Posts and you'll see the same stats. Then read the posts and the comments and try to figure out what the magic formula was -- or wasn't.
Leave me a comment!
Does word verification discourage you from commenting?
If you're a blog reader, what encourages/discourages you from commenting?
If you're a blogger, do you have any tips for getting more comments?
My Kick Butt Characters YA Blog Hop post goes up this afternoon!