What Can You Do to Get More Comments?

Not getting enough comments on your blog posts and wonder if you are missing something or if there is some kind of secret to getting tons more comments?





The first step to getting more comments is to understand how they work.

In today’s post,  popular blogger Jon Morrow (Boostblogtraffic.com) explains with his “3-Part Formula for Getting More Comments” what you can do now to increase your chances of getting more comments on your blog posts today.







Here’s the formula: Traffic + Engagement + Emotion = Bunches of Comments

  • The number of comments you receive is dependent on how much traffic you’re getting, so if you want more comments, get more traffic.
  • Engagement is all about how much of the reader’s attention you have.
  • Most bloggers are so busy trying to tell a story or make a point or pass along valuable information they totally forget to engage readers on an emotional level.
  • Think about it…………If you look at posts that receive hundreds of comments, all of them provoke some sort of emotional response, right?
  • The point is, it makes them feel something, and what do we do when we’re overcome with emotion? We comment. Our emotions compel us.


“It’s only by putting all three together, by compounding their effects, Jon says, that you get dozens or even hundreds of comments on a single post”.


So, now that you understand HOW comments work, here are 14 specific steps you can take right now to getting more comments:


1. Get visitors to subscribe. 

  • Many readers won’t comment the first time they visit your blog.
  • They need to get to know you first.
  • To give them a chance, get them to subscribe to your blog by offering them an incentive like a free report, video, or webinar.

2. Emphasize email over RSS.

  • On average, the engagement of subscribers to your email list is about four times higher than subscribers to your RSS feed.

3. Publish less often. 

  • The more often you publish, the less comments your posts will receive
  • By publishing less often, say once a week, you can actually increase your engagement, and therefore, your comments.

4. Email your unopens.

  • If you email your subscribers a post, and they don’t read it, they must not be interested, right? Wrong.
  • They may have overlooked it, been too busy to read it, or failed to receive it because of some technical glitch.
  • So, here’s what to do: use an email service provider like AWeber that tracks who opens your emails, and email the post again to subscribers who don’t open it.

5. Ask for links

  • When you get a link from an authority in your niche, the visitors are much more likely to comment than visitors who stumble across you on search engines or social sharing sites.
  • So ask for links. Just hit them up on Facebook or Twitter and explain how the post will help their audience.
  • Don’t be pushy.
  • Offer it as a resource.
  • You’ll be surprised how often they link to you.

6. Revive the archives.

  • As a blogger, it’s all too easy to constantly be focused on the next post and forget about the great posts you wrote weeks, months, or years in the past.
  • Most of your audience won’t have read those posts, and so linking to them will not only help your readers, but it will get those old posts more comments as well.

7. Write with more passion

  • If you believe passionately in what you’re talking about, it’s like connecting jumper cables from yourself to the reader and then revving your engine.
  • You’ll wake them up and get them to comment.

8. Assault the norm.

  • Controversy is probably the most reliable tool for getting people to comment, but you have to use it in the right way, or you’ll offend your readers.
  • Here’s how to do it right: assault the norm.
  • Find the commonly held belief in your niche that’s actually a myth or flat out wrong, and tell people why you disagree with it.
  • You don’t have to be aggressive or try to provoke an argument.
  • The more thoughtful the post is, the better it will do.

9. Tell a tearjerker.

  • You want a surefire method for getting people to comment?
  • Make them cry.
  • Tell a story that’s so sad, inspiring, or downright upsetting that it brings readers to tears.
  • The only problems with this method is you do have to be a good storyteller to make it work, and most of us don’t have more than a handful of tearjerker stories, so you can’t depend on them all the time.

10. Attack a common enemy.

  • The idea is simple: identify a person, company, or culture your audience hates, and then let them have it.
  • Write a good old-fashioned rant.
  • If you do it right, you’ll be a hero, because you’ll be giving voice to the anger and frustration your audience feels but can’t express.
  • Not only will you get “I’m so glad you said this” comments, but you’ll strengthen your bond with your audience, transforming readers into converts who will hang on your every word.

11. Give a pep talk.

  • You can give them all the greatest information in the world, but they’ll either gloss over it or quickly forget, because their internal response to everything you say is, “I could never do that.”
  • The solution?
  • Be the one person in their life who truly believes in them, and end your posts with a pep talk about how they can do it.
  • You’ll get more “thank you” comments than you’ve ever seen in your life.

12. Respond to the comments you do get.

  • You may not realize this, but many of your commenters are expecting a response.
  • They might elaborate on one of your points, tell a story from their own life, or simply thank you for the post, none of which obviously need a response.
  • But respond anyway.
  • They’ll be excited to get a response from you, and it’ll encourage them to comment more in the future.

13. Ask a question that’s easy to answer.

  • The solution is to ask questions like “What frustrates you?” or “What’s your favorite tool for such and such?”
  • Those types of questions require almost no thought to answer, and so they get a lot of comments.

14. Resort to bribery.

  • If all else fails, bribe them.
  • Give away free products, consultations, feedback, — pretty much whatever your audience desires.
  • By getting people to comment, you employ the Law of Consistency, which means if people do something once, they’re much more likely to do it again.
  • Commenting also makes readers feel more a part of your community, and they’re more likely to stick around, tell their friends, and buy your products and services.
  • So, sometimes it’s worth giving them a little incentive to get off their butts and comment.





The bottom line is this……Comments are always good for your motivation. We all need to be reminded of how much other people treasure us and that’s what comments are. 


The world is full of self-proclaimed experts offering to help in exchange for a hefty fee, but here you are, giving away your most valuable insights for free. The least you can ask for is a little bit of feedback. If you want more comments, you have to get more traffic. If you want more comments, you have to engage your readers. If you want more comments, you have to touch people’s emotions.




Now don’t you think it’s time for you to get to work. Map out your strategy. And write a post that makes your readers fall in love with you?



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Joan is a full time blogger/network marketing coach whose passion comes from helping others learn how to brand themselves through blogging and become an expert blogger

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0 thoughts on “What Can You Do to Get More Comments?

  • BG Jenkins

    Hi Joan, Love all of your strategies. It’s good to know that you don’t have to email everyday. Honestly, I personally feel that way from the amount of email I get, that I sometimes can’t even get through. Telling a good story (“tear jerker”) is always good for comments. And my motto lately has been “review, revise, revisit.” Just to make sure I haven’t overlooked something. Thanks for the tips.

    • Joan Harrington Post author

      Hi BG 🙂
      Thanks so much! I would tend to agree with you that telling a good tear jerker is definately a way to get tons more comments it works!
      I love your motto! Glad you enjoyed 🙂

  • Beverley Golden

    Great info in this post, Joan. Especially as I am a writer. 🙂 I had never thought of re-emailing the same newsletter to those who don’t open it the first time. My open rates are quite high, and my thought is I might be “bugging” them if I send them the same thing again. I often include something from a previous newsletter in my next one, so that they won’t miss the info all together. Mostly I share new posts I’ve written, and have been really taking posts from the archives, reworking them and sharing them again with new blog group audiences. Enjoy reading this and learned a few new tricks. I definitely don’t post too much so I was also happy to hear that tip. Once again, a very valuable post!

    • Joan Harrington Post author

      Thanks so much Beverley! Yes, as a writer and a blogger these tips are awesome and easy to follow and implement 🙂 Replying to ALL comments is a must to keep the engagement going 🙂 Appreciate the feedback my friend!!

  • Ian Campbell

    Excellent tips for getting more comments Joan. I will have to work out how to add more emotion into my own posts and get some discussions happening. I was replying to most of the comments on my posts at one stage, but have been a bit slack on that lately so I will have to revisit that part. Cheers. 🙂

  • Deb Nelson

    Sharing relevant content that’s a story from the heart is a good start to bringing traffic and comments to your work. And, yes, a side of bribery comes in handy too! After all, a good bartender starts off her shift by putting money in the tip jar:)

  • Cierra Cole

    Wonderful information! I will definitely be trying sooner of these. I like the tip about resending to the unopens and evoking an emotional response. Really great information, extremely helpful.

  • Monna Ellithorpe

    Hi Joan,

    Getting comments really gives you a boost in your self confidence. I remember a time where I would never get a comment and after creating PAC with Lesly, the comments are awesome, along with coming in contact with new people. I see a new person to me who commented on this post that I am going to visit her page.

    Expand your reach and you will get more comments.

    • Joan Harrington Post author

      Hi Monna,
      Yes totally agree with you, getting comments really does boost your self confidence 🙂 Definately expanding your reach will get you more comments which is always a good thing!1

  • Coach Niquenya

    I enjoy blogs that seem like the author is having a conversation with me. This is what I aim for when writing my own blogs. Stories are great to create that emotional connection with readers. Great tips!

  • Erika Mohssen-Beyk

    Hi Joan ,
    this is really a great article ,many things to think about
    and do something for it. i did not think that publishing
    less would be good and I never heard that it can be
    tracked who opens your email.
    Thank you for this interesting post

  • Renee

    Engaging your audience on an emotional level is really important to keep them involved. Having an email list is necessary for traffic generation. Thanks!

  • Kaz

    Great tips Joan. Thank you so much! Building great relationships with readers and audience is key. So I will try some of your tips now. Thanks!

  • Lozelle Mathai

    I love comments. I love to engage with my readers. You are absolutely correct. I did find when I was blogging twice a week, I got less comments. I believe it was a little bit to much. My happy medium is 2-3 times a month.

    As always, thanks for another great share.

  • Lori Ann

    I like the idea of posting once a week. While on my 15day blog challenge, daily was fine as I was given tasks. I’m once again faced with “what to write everyday.” I’m going to shoot for once a week (after this week!)

    • Joan Harrington Post author

      Hi Lori Ann,
      Yes for some posting once per week works 🙂 If you are looking for some content ideas, I would suggest that you figure out “who” you are writing content for and get a real good hold of what your niche is….if you know already, great! I would be happy to share some awesome resources with you if you like, anytime 🙂 Just holler at me if you would like me to share with you some content ideas that you can utilize. Wishing you the best of luck in focusing on your once per week blog posts!!! You can do it!! Thanks for your feedback and comments 🙂