The Blog Improvement Project challenged me to make my blog more comment friendly, so last week I initiated three big changes to try to increase the number of comments on my blog. These were:
Ask specific questions
I ensured that every post contained at least one, and frequently more, specific questions, to try to encourage my lovely blog readers to supply me with their book knowledge, and engage in discussion.
Reply to every comment received
I made an effort to reply to every single comment left on my blog, as soon as possible. Even when people left short “I loved this book too” comments, I used this as an opportunity to agree with them, and then give further reasons as to why the book was great, or to recommend similar books they might enjoy.
Launch Comment of the Week Competition
The idea was that at the end of the week I’d write a post highlighting the most thoughtful/inspiring/amusing comments I received in the previous seven days.
So here it is!
My post on The Ten Most Useful Cookbooks had a record-breaking (for me anyway!) 33 comments. I loved hearing about other people’s love of cookbooks, and here are a few of my favourite comments from this post:
I also found many of the replies to My First Week on Twitter post very useful:
It took me a long time to decide who should win my comment of the week competition, and finally decided that Dorte H sneaked into the lead with:
It summed up exactly how I’d feel if one of my blogging friends launched a competition like this, and as it was a little bit different to all the other comments I didn’t have to decide who was being the most useful!!
You win 3 bookmooch points, or the choice of any book I have for sale on greenmetropolis – I’ll send you an email later!
The improvements to the way I handle comments on my blog had a positive effect on comment numbers. In the week I launched the improvements the number of comments I received increased by 33%, compared to the previous week. I also noticed an improvement in the quality of the comment – so a big thank you to everyone who has taken the time to comment on my blog! I really appreciate every single one!
I will continue to use these techniques, and although there will no longer be prizes, I hope to highlight the best comments I have received at the end of each month.
Did you notice the comment friendly improvements on my blog?
Did you feel that you were commenting more than usual, and if so why?
Can you think of other ways I can make it more comment friendly?
I look forward to hearing all your comments/suggestions!