Why Readers May Not Be Leaving Comments on Your Blog Posts

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.

See Also: 6 Ways to Make Commenting Easier For Your Readers

Can you think of other reasons readers may not be leaving comments on blog posts? Leave a comment below.

Author: Drea Hall

Drea is a Chicago-based freelance writer and lifestyle blogger at The Drea Daily. She’s obsessed with coffee, books and blogs, handbags, and lipstick. When she’s not blogging, you can likely catch her tweeting about something on Twitter @DreaEHall.

  • Tiffany Winbush

    I’m completely guilty of not leaving comments on other blogs. I’ll certainly make it a focus going forward. Thanks for the insight!

  • Tyra

    Very good read!

  • Yeah, Disqus is really good – most blogs I frequent have it installed. I’ve been thinking about getting on the bandwagon but I like my commenting system better, lol.

    I’m with you, Adia! To me it makes sense to remove the comments section if you know you don’t have the time to or don’t want to reply to comments. It looks weird seeing 4 or 40+ comments just sitting there with no responses from the blogger. Kinda rude in my opinion.

  • Thanks for reading, Doreen. :)

  • I totally agree with all of these points. +1 to “You require readers to login”. I’m lazy sometimes, and I don’t need any more accounts spread out over the internet or notifications in my email inbox. I love Disqus though, because all of my notes get to me in a timely fashion and I can quickly respond.

    I also wrote a related post about blogs with large followings that don’t capitalize on the comment system: “My Issue with Most Successful Blogs” http://bit.ly/1F53x3g. My biggest comment pet peeves are when people don’t respond to comments, or when people use a “one size fits all” approach to leaving comments on other blogs.

    Adia // loveanintrovert.com

  • It does… finally! Haha

  • And you’re doing so well at it!! I know you’ve been blogging for a minute — it must feel good to see your engagement climbing =))

  • Doreen

    I’m so glad I clicked on this post. My visit to your blog has been a blog changing experience for me. I’m so glad I stopped by

  • Hey Kristen! It does cost a lot of time to comment (you have to read, then think of something to say, and then write the comment), which is an understandable reason as to why many people who read blogs don’t comment. I think, though, if you want

  • Thanks, Bre. I’ve been doing brainstorming ideas on how to get non-bloggers to leave comments because I know my audience is not 100% bloggers. I get that many non-bloggers read and share posts, but I wonder what can be done to convince them to join the conversation.

  • Lol, well I appreciate the “yup” Mary. I read your blog and can confidently say you’re good about responding to comments; you don’t make me feel like a spammer (yay, Disqus!) and you leave comments on my blog. :)

  • Yes to all of these. For me the biggie is time — I just read and appreciate a lot b/c leaving valuable comments everywhere would collectively take up good chunks of time. I also think leaving comments just isn’t the thing for the majority of internet users. I know of sites & blogs that have thousands of readers that may only get, say, 15 comments on an article — and others who don’t even get that much.

  • brewrites

    Good tips!! I know bloggers tend to leave comments because blogger to blogger, you know theyre appreciated. But I also find non-bloggers reply on FB or twitter or just share it and move along. But i do try to reply to every comment I get, no matter where it is.

  • YUP. That’s all I gotta say haha.