How To Increase Blog Feedback From Readers

So you wrote up a brilliant blog post, but no one is commenting, right?

Or maybe you are looking for more useful feedback, rather than the typical “great post” comment, in order to create a discussion or get ideas for future blog posts.

Acquiring feedback from readers is tricky. Most people like to simply read an article and then move on. Others will like or share the article via social media and then not comment or email you with comments or questions.

I often feel that a share on Facebook or Twitter is better than a comment because it allows more traffic to come to your site, however when looking for feedback or ideas for future blog posts, useful comments are crucial.

So how can you increase the chances of people giving you feedback on your blog posts?

Allow comments

This might be a no-brainer for some people, but many times a blogger doesn’t even know that they can activate a comments section. In order to do this in WordPress, go to Settings > Discussion, then check off the “

Create A Survey/Poll

This is the easiest way to get quick feedback. People are busy and it is more simple to click a button than type in a well thought out comment. I like using surveys from Survey Monkey (when asking for feedback in emails) but you can get polls that can be embedded into your post that make it easier for someone to make a quick response. For those with a self-hosted WordPress sites, you can try the WordPress Simple Survey plugin. There are many options for a survey that can be embedded into your post that allow you to create a quick, easy way for generating feedback.

A Contact Page

Can your readers even contact you? Make sure you create a contact page, and at the end of your posts encourage them to shoot you an email through this form. I would avoid putting your email address on your site because spam bots can then scan your site and send you email. Stick to a contact form such as the Contact Form 7 plugin, which can be seen on my contact page.

A call-to-action

At the end of every blog post you should create a call-to-action, encouraging people to post in the comments section. Ask them a question that relates to your blog post. A conversation will not start until you instigate it. Be as specific as possible. Some questions and call-to-actions I have created are “What helps you cope with stress?” or “Tell me about a time you had trouble generating ideas in the comment section below”.

Reply to comments with valuable content

A comment that simply thanks you or says “great post” only justifies a quick response in return, but if someone replies with a legitimate comment that took some sort of thought and time, reply with something that can evoke a discussion, make them feel special or create ideas for the future.

Post all your article on social media

Many people are more comfortable discussing on social media. Post a link to your most recent blog post on your Facebook and Twitter pages and then give readers a call-to-action to get them to start chatting.

Emails

Send out all your blog posts in an email and encourage people to reply to the email with a call-to-action. Also, include a link in all your emails that leads to a survey asking what people would like to read.

Connect with your readers

Use examples from your personal life. Unveil your vulnerabilities in order to connect with others with the same problems. Most of the time I get the most passionate responses from people connecting with my own failures and rough times, because they can connect with these vivid experiences.

Pick a side

With opinion pieces, make sure your pick a side and stick to it. This puts some people on your team and others against you. This generates conversation, controversy and really instigates people to express their own opinion about the issue.

Leave your own blog

Interact with people on their blogs and they will come to chat on yours. Sitting and waiting for comments and feedback isn’t going to get you anywhere. If someone likes your blog post, go and read one of their articles and provide some feedback. The blogging community is a friendly place. Many times people will reciprocate when you comment on their blog.

Link to other blogs

If another post or comment you read inspired your post, link to those bloggers. They will receive a pingback, notifying them that you linked to their site. Then they might come and comment on your post.

Let me know in the comments how you generate conversations and acquire feedback from your readers!

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Comments

  1. My own sister won’t comment on a post I’ve made because she doesn’t want to put in a bunch of personal information in order to leave a comment, like an email address, for fear of being bombarded with junk mail…no matter what I say, she is stingy with her email address! So, I disabled the requirement that a person who wants to comment has to add their email address and name…not sure if that’s a good idea, we’ll see if it generates more comments. Not sure how I’ll get back to the person making the comment…what do you think?

    • Hi Tatum,

      I know some people who won’t give their email address as well, so it’s kind of a tough situation. I would assume that it would indeed generate more comments, however when you respond to that comment it will not send them an email saying you responded. However, if they are a WordPress user and they are currently logged in to their account, it will send them an email because their email address is already on file. I personally would sacrifice the select few who don’t give their email addresses in order to get the ones who are willing. I’m not sure if it would make your sister feel any better, but when she types in her email address it is completely confidential to the public. The only person that can see that email address and respond is the owner of the blog, aka you. Hope this helps!

  2. Thank you, Joe. Like always a helpful advice.

  3. Thank you for your helpful posts =) I already knew how to leave my own blog, and always linked to social media, but did only realize that it is ‘normal’ to reply to comments when I started on wordpress and read it in a blog here somewhere. Before that, I really didn’t know, and on blogger it is not as usual. I noticed that it really works, because people feel like their comment is appreciated.

    • Hi Jantine,

      I’m glad this was helpful! Most blogs that don’t allow comments (with good reason) are corporations who see it as a legal liability or they may not have the time or resources to filter out spam or inappropriate comments. When it comes to promoting yourself or a small business, I personally don’t see any reason not to allow comments. I know some people don’t allow them because they see their blog as more of a personal diary and not a place for discussion. However, one thing to keep in mind is to check off that you want to approve all your comments before they are posted. This way you can filter out the spam and inappropriate comments. Good luck!

  4. Great tips and suggestions here, Joe. I’m always looking for this specific kind of information. I’m going to print it out and keep it close at my desk. Thanks!

  5. Amy Oppenheim says:

    This is great advice. I’m just starting out with my blog so I feel like I can learn a lot from this. I’m going to start sending my blogs through email like you said because I think that’s an excellent way to get people to read and comment.

    Thanks!

  6. Well, I had been considering it, but you convinced me. I put up a contact page on my blog. I was really glad that WordPress made it so easy to put up a form without having to put my personal email on the blog. I feel like that is when things get sketchy. The form provides the same service with a little less risk of having every spammer in the world privy to your email.

    I also want to say that I really enjoy your blog. Your posts are helpful beyond belief to someone like me. I have always loved writing, but actually producing publishable material and creating a successful blog? I’m just taking it step by step.

  7. Another great post Joe! You’ve really helped open my eyes to the ins and outs of building a platform through social media. Thanks for your tips!

  8. I’ve definitely found the more you show interest on other’s blogs, the more they’ll stop by and interact on your own blog. Great advice, Joe.

  9. I love your tips! They have really helped me think about how to do things differently on my blog. One of your last ones was about attracting readers to your blog. You were saying to post something once a week on a particular day to give readers something to look forward too. I’m trying to think of something to do like that! Two of my friends do Motivational Mondays and Munchie Mondays….maybe I need to look into a different day of the week haha. Keep up your posts! Love reading them!

    • Thanks Jenny, and yea setting up those scheduled days helps stick to a plan, and you can make it creative and catchy (ie. Munchie Mondays). πŸ™‚ Have a good one!

  10. Hi, just stopped by to thank you for liking my blog and found this article. Quite interesting. Thanks for sharing – thats very helpful.
    Also today ,found something funny about comment forms πŸ˜‰
    http://raemegoneinsane.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/how-to-be-a-bad-blog-host-10-suggestions/

    Happy blogging to you!

  11. [ Smiles ] I am in complete agreement with you!

  12. I would have never got to read such helpful tips and descriptive how-to’s if it wasn’t for you following my blog. Thank you for both. I really appreciate it. I have been researching how to get more comments and traffic this past week. My blog is just shy of 2 months old. Woo hoo! I am going to try links. After my daughter goes to sleep I plan on reading more of your posts.

  13. Asking a question at the end of a post to stimulate dialogue is a great idea. I get some likes and even follows πŸ™‚ but the comments are rare and I’m not sure why.

  14. I often do the call to action, but people seldom hear. I’ll try the email option because I suspect a lot of non-bloggers don’t like others reading their comments in fair of being laughed at. The email will allow more personal engagement.

  15. Hi Joe!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am learning to make time for myself to spend reading more blogs. I love to read, I find many ways to increase my own expression through others’ experiences. Keep up the encouraging work!

  16. Great blog and great post! I’ve been struggling with how to build interaction. I use the editorial “we” on my blog so my posts focus less on me and more on the readers. Sometimes I think this prevents more people from interacting, though its hard to say because I’ve read other blogs using “we”, and they have lots of comments. I’m wondering what your take is? Oh and I blog at http://www.veggiescene.com.

    • Hi Eebee

      I try to focus on the “we” as much as I can. I’m not sure how much it matters, but I do know that catering to the readers by reflecting on your own successes and shortcomings seems to be the best route. As long as your posts are always thinking about how you can help your readers. I hope this helps a little bit. Thanks!

  17. Most say that this post has been indeed helpful. thanks a lot for it. As true as these steps are, i’v noticed that once you frequent people’s blog, it automatically draws their attention to yours and once you stop visiting, they also do likewise. But please, I want to ask, how can i add a blog poll as stand alone on my blog without having to add it to a post cos each time i try doing that, it keeps asking me which post i want to add it to.

    • Hi Mica, that is very true. However, I would compare an online relationship to a real life one. If you stop texting or calling or speaking to someone, it’s only natural for them to stop talking to you. It can be time consuming but building strong online relationships requires collaboration and discussion! For adding a poll on your site, you have two option, you can always include them in a post or on a page. If you don’t want followers getting notified of a poll, you can always put the poll on a page. You can also create a survey on surveymonkey if you would like a page completely separate from your blog.

  18. Katherine says:

    Thanks soooooo much for this post!
    Really helpful.
    Katherine
    At Old Good Books For Kids

  19. Joe, thanks for your tips. of course I will try this ASAP πŸ™‚
    I really want others to reads my site and hope they can get something positive from what I’ve write.

  20. Joe, thanks for your tips. of course I will try this ASAP
    I really want others to reads my site and hope they can get something positive from what I’ve write.

  21. Awesome tips, Joe. Thanks for sharing. Getting more feedback is something I’ve been working on these past few months. I’m not seeing that much results but I know that the results will be gradual. You’ve taught me additional ways to get more feedback for my posts. Thanks!

  22. very nice tips.i want to suggest you a plugin.Use “was this helpful” http://codecanyon.net/item/was-this-helpful/7415852 plugin by flippercode. and you can get feed back in the from of “yes” and “no”.very effective way to know your response.