Besides not having spare time to leave comments or just not having anything of value to say, there are many other reasons why readers may not be leaving comments on your blog posts. Let’s get into them below.
You require readers to login to leave a comment. Bloggers and non-bloggers who comment on blog posts usually tend to have a WordPress.com account, Google account, Disqus account, or a social media account (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.) they can use to leave a comment. So if they have to create an additional account with a username and password just to leave one comment on one of your blog posts, chances are they won’t bother to leave a comment. Who needs another username and password to remember?
You don’t respond to comments. I no longer waste time leaving comments on blogs that I know won’t result in a reply. Frankly, it’s a turn-off when I see bloggers whose blog posts gets dozens of comments, yet the blogger doesn’t take time to respond to any of those comments. When bloggers ask readers to leave a comment below or to share their thoughts, the expectation is that you, the blogger, will eventually respond to the comment. Responding to comments may take a few hours, a couple days, or even a week, which is understandable considering that most bloggers are not full-time bloggers. But, when a month has gone by and you still haven’t replied, it becomes obvious that you have no intention of responding, and that feels like a slap in the face. No one wants to feel as if they’re talking to themselves. If you don’t want to or you simply don’t have the time to respond to comments regularly, you should consider disabling the commenting system on your blog.
You make readers feel like spammers. Internet trolls and spambots are the worst. I know because I’ve had my fair share of them. But, it’s not fair for me to burden readers with combatting my spam issue. Instead, I use Akismet (the best plugin for catching spammy comments!) to discern which comments are written by real people and which ones are from spammers. No potential commenter wants to jump through unnecessary hoops just to leave a comment on your post. Thus it’s best to make commenting a painless process. You do this by getting rid of Captcha (and similar spam controllers) and installing a plugin that will limit/control the spam behind the scenes.
You don’t leave comments on other blogs. We all know that most of our comments come from other bloggers. So, if you’ve ever wondered why your comment count is dismal, you may have to look in the mirror to find your answer. Speaking from personal experience, I didn’t notice an uptick in my comments until I started being intentional about sharing my fellow bloggers’ posts and leaving thoughtful, well-crafted responses on their posts. For the most part, blogging is all about karma. Do good unto other bloggers and (usually) good will come back to you.
Can you think of other reasons readers may not be leaving comments on blog posts? Leave a comment below.