10 Ways to Get Tons of Massive Comments on Your Blog Every Time

by Marcus Sheridan

Note**: I’ve been waiting for the day to write an article about this subject for some time, but when it comes to my blog posts, there’s pretty much only one rule that I live by—I won’t write about it unless I’ve actually ‘been there, done that’. You see, it always bothers me when I read headlines from bloggers like, “How to Make 25k a Month on Your Blog” when it’s obvious the blogger is only regurgitating something he or she read in a book but has yet to accomplish the feat themselves.

Also, this article is a little longer than normal but I promise it won’t be a waste of your time, as I think there is probably something of value here for everyone. Here goes…..

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Lately, I’ve been receiving a number of emails with two repeating questions:

1. How do you get so many comments to your blog?

2. How do you get so many quality comments on you blog?

Good questions indeed. My last 8 articles have received  an average of 75 comments each, a far cry from the days many, many months ago when I practically had to pay friends and family to read my posts and add a thought or two at the end. So the question is how does this shift happen? How do we go from 0 to 75 with every post? Here are my thoughts, and I can’t wait to hear yours:

10 Ways to Get Tons of Massive Blog Comments Every Time

1. Stir Up the Pot: My friend and excellent blogger Marlee Ward from Metamorphoself said this the other day regarding my Tim Ferriss article. “Marcus, Marcus, Marcus, I love how you gently stir the pot….” It made me laugh when she said it but it’s true, great blog articles ‘stir the pot’, thus causing people to think, question, and have a desire to respond with their own sentiments. And like Marlee said, you don’t have to be over the top, a ‘gentle’ stir is all that is needed to initiate some great conversation.

2. Don’t See Comments as a One-Way Street: Many bloggers see comments as a simple exclamation point, confirming their article’s greatness. This makes no sense to me at all. Personally, I don’t think the ‘learning’, in most cases, starts until the comment section. The comment section is the place where the community converges and a synergy of diverse thought mixes. If you want to see a great example of this, visit Gini Dietrich’s killer blog at Spin Sucks. She’s a master at promoting conversation ‘after the fact’ and it’s obvious her community loves it.

3. Actively Comment Everywhere: As I’ve stated before, I simply didn’t understand this early on in my blogging days.  I was so wrapped up in ‘writing’ that I was aloof  of everything else. It wasn’t until I started reading the thoughts of Tristan Higbee at Blogging Bookshelf that I finally started to ‘get it’. You see, Tristan was one of the first bloggers to break down the science of commenting on other blogs so as to build awareness, branding, and comment reciprocity. He set commenting goals, did studies, and once even commented on 100 blog articles in a single day. Crazy? Yeah, but Tristan’s blog took off like a rocket, and he was willing to pay the price to get there much quicker than most because of his extraordinary commenting efforts (plus he writes like a beast). He has obviously scaled back now, but the foundation has been built.

Personally, I spend about 5-6 hours a week reading and commenting on other blog posts. And although this may sound like a lot of time, it certainly is a guaranteed way to get people back to your blog so they then have the opportunity to share, and thus the snowball begins to grow.

4. Use CommentLuv and ReplyMe: Wow, what a difference these two plugins make. Although there are certain commenting platforms like Livefyre and Disqus, I much prefer your standard WordPress comment box with these two plugins. Why? 3 Reasons:

1. CommentLuv allows you to ‘share the love’ with those who comment by showing their blog feed under the comment. I can’t say how many times I’ve clicked on someone’s CommentLuv feed simply because it showed a great blog title.

2. ReplyMe sends your individual reply to a commentor. With this plugin, the individual is guaranteed to know you appreciate them stopping by and allows you to further the discussion, especially if you integrate questions to that person in your reply.

3. The standard wordpress comment box is easy. It doesn’t require too many hoops to jump through. This is the reason I don’t like Livefyre and Disqus, as they make it tough for non-techies and beginners to leave comments. For example, if your grandmother (assuming she’s not all that tech savvy) was reading your blog for the first time, could she leave a comment without help? If not, then you need to ask yourself if you’re missing a good part of your audience.

Note** It goes without saying you should reply to every comment someone leaves on your site. Yes, it takes time, but it’s worth it. Also, when you individually reply to every comment, it makes the total comment number greater, which acts as more of a social proof to first timers and others visiting your blog.

5. Let Your Articles Simmer: I used to write 3-4 articles a week. Now I post every 3 days. This pattern allows comments, and conversation, to build up much more over that time period. To give you a better feel for this, if an article gets 75 comments, 35 are usually the first day, 25 the second, and 15 the third.

6. Be a Thought Leader: Yep, we can do everything in the world in terms of great networking, but you’ve got to be a thought leader in your niche. You must tackle issues others are not. You must stretch your mind and see the world ‘just a little differently’ than everyone else. This is what thought-leaders do and this is why they’re great. Want to see to powerful examples? Just visit Danny Brown’s stellar blog or Mitch Joel’s incredibly innovative Six Pixels of Separation to see two guys that are ‘crushin it’ in this area of thought leadership.

7. Be Very Opinionated: If you’re really looking to make the sparks fly and hear what others are thinking, learn to be the guy or girl that isn’t afraid to have a strong opinion regarding topics in your niche. Remember, people want black and white, not gray, so take a stand. A perfect example of this was Brankica Underwood with her gutsy article MarketMeSuite Sucks: The Worst Product I’ve Ever Tried’, which got a meager 110 comments and initiated quite the lively conversation. Sadly, many bloggers simply don’t have Brankica’s chutzpah, but if they did, they’d surely see many, many more comments.

8. Look to Give Value to Others at Every turn: Are you regularly tweeting other people’s stuff? And when you tweet, is it generic or does it actually say something cool and thoughtful about the article? Do you mention others in your blog posts? Do you praise your peers more than you praise yourself? If you’re not doing these things, you’re missing the boat. John Falchetto does this as well as anyone I’ve seen online. Honestly, I’m amazed at how much time he spends promoting other people’s stuff, but that’s also why his blog is skyrocketing and he’s getting more and more comments with every new post.

9. Use GREAT Headlines: It’s sad to me just how often I see great blog articles fade off in the sunset because their titles stink. To give you an example, my last article, which was entitled “The Curse of Tim Ferriss, Why Living Abroad Ain’t Always the Answer” was extremely catchy (100+ comments and counting), and within one hour of posting it had been read a few hundred times. Why? Because internet folks like you and I get countless articles in our feed or inbox each and every day. We must stand out. If not, then it’s likely the article will get shifted to the bottom of the pile. So the next time you write a blog article ask yourself if the title is catchy, appealing, or thought-promoting. If it’s not, come up with a new one.

10. Ask and Ye Shall Receive: Have you ever asked readers to comment? If not, what the heck is wrong with you? Do you realize many newer bloggers and readers don’t know whether you care if they comment or not? As for me, I care. This is why at the end of almost all of my articles I’ll ask one or two questions to readers and then say something really silly, like “Remember, comment checks will be sent in the mail every 3rd Friday of the month”. Obviously, everyone knows I’m just being goofy, but it’s enough to make a reader smile and say, “Heck, why not?”

Your Turn:

OK, I’ve listed my 10, now I can’t wait to hear yours. What would you add to the list? Are there any you disagree with? Remember, if this article doesn’t get many comments I’ll look like an idiot and feel very sad ;-)

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Hector Avellaneda March 17, 2011 at

Marcus – great topic man.I have comment lic enabled on my blog but have not installed Reply Me. Sounds like a great plugin given I reply to all of my comments so I’ll definitely be taking a look installing it pretty soon.

Hey let me ask you a question. Personally, I have days throughout the week when traffic generally spikes and those are days when I usually get the most comments – what do you think about releasing content around the days you (generally speaking) have the highest traffic? Do you think it makes a difference? Is this relative at all?

BTW – You make a good point about the asking questions at the end of Posts. I definitely think this engages people directly rather than just leaving it up to them to respond or not.

Great tips, Marcus!

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Marcus Sheridan March 18, 2011 at

Hector my friend, always so great to have your visits and comments. A couple of things:

1. You’re going to love ReplyMe. Most people don’t ‘subscribe to comments’ because this will blow up their inbox. I’m the same way. Sometimes I’ll check back but I get so busy that it’s easy to forget. So ReplyMe takes care of that everytime and I promise you that your comments will go up at least 25% if you use this plugin.

2. Because my posts simmer, I don’t have a particular day when I get tons of comments, although one could argue that Tuesdays are possibly the strongest day of the week (Mondays are good but sometimes people have tons of work to catch up on from the weekend Monday mornings). But assuming you let your posts simmer for a few days, everyone should get a chance to jump in.

Thanks again for your constant support Hector!

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Billy Kirsch March 17, 2011 at

This is a great guide Marcus, thanks. I’ve noticed I get good response when I have a grabbing headline and when I end my posts with questions. I’ll keep your post handy, because all in all, this is a wonderful summary and helpful guide. I’m doing some of this, but not enough!

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Marcus Sheridan March 18, 2011 at

Billy! Thrilled you came by bud :-)

Headlines are HUGE. If someone looks at the percentage of subscribers clicking through to articles and finds that it’s less than 50%, then their headlines just aren’t good enough, and a major change is needed.

Good luck with adding those plugins btw, you’ll love ‘em.

Marcus

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paul wolfe March 17, 2011 at

Hey Marcus

You’re absolutely right with your thoughts in this article. But it doesn’t stop there – I wrote a post on my blog called THE HIDDEN DEPTHS OF BLOG COMMENTING with some info that I found.

I’ll summarize though, so folks can stay here.

1) Blog Comments DO encourage traffic and you get links. This was why I started blog commenting.

2) Social Proof – if a visitor lands on one of your posts and they see that 30, or 40, or 50 people or more have read your article and liked it enough to comment, they’ll think – even if only subconsciously – this post must be worth reading.

3) Builds relationships. Commenting on other people’s blogs, answering and asking questions, builds relationships. My guest posts so far – here, Tristan’s blog and Mark Harai’s – all came about as relationships that were developed in blog comments.

4) Personal branding – you reveal stuff about yourself in blog comments that you perhaps wouldn’t put into posts. That creates a rounded personality in the minds of your audience.

5) THE GOLDMINE. The number of ideas for posts I’ve had as a result of exchanges in blog comments is huge. That blog post at Mark’s – that was a rewrite of a comment I left him. And on. And on.

What’s funny is that I started commenting to get traffic and links. Now I just see that as a fortuitous byproduct.

Blog comments rock. If they didn’t exist, I’d have to invent them!

Keep on doing your thang….

Paul

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Jk Allen March 17, 2011 at

PAUL – I loved your summary…headed over to check out the post now! Thanks for highlighting.

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Marlee March 18, 2011 at

Paul,
I totally agree with number 5. I get so many ideas from the rich comment content on my site, which also helps be better serve my readers because then I can write about things that are already on their mind.

Great points!

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Marcus Sheridan March 18, 2011 at

Looks like everyone loves your summary Paul, as do I. You’ve added some great ones here. As you mentioned, I get blog article ideas all the time off of commenting. Sometimes we don’t know how passionate we are about a subject until we starting putting our thoughts on the page, and then all of the sudden we’re energized.

Great list and value as always Paul. You’re a shooting star my friend!!

Marcus

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Davina K. Brewer March 18, 2011 at

I commented on your original article Paul, agree that comments are a great source of future content.

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Mark Harai March 18, 2011 at

I couldn’t agree with you more Paul, or write a more a more effective reply, so I’ll just ride your comment : P

There’s truly gold in the comments – the people, their thoughts and insights, the relationships that develop and so on. I love the folks that visit my blog and invest their time to support me and share in the community. They make me want to do and be better for them.

I constantly learn from the comments of others. A thought is always expanded 10 fold in the comments. That’s where the brain power is : )

I love what you do Paul.

I’m inspired by the all the work you crank out Marcus.

The people in this community absolutely rock and roll.

Cheers to a truly awesome community!

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

The people in this community absolutely rock and roll.

Yup, that’s exactly what I’m saying Mark….and you’re a big part of that community.

Cheers back at ya mate. :-)

Marcus

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Harriet March 17, 2011 at

You make a good point about what quality comments you’re getting. I always think that its important to leave good quality comments on peoples blogs instead of always putting ‘great blog keep it up’ or words to that effect!

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Marcus Sheridan March 18, 2011 at

Agreed Harriet. If I’m getting a bunch of one-liners, it basically tells me that people like me but they weren’t particularly moved by the article….which is a bummer.

As I mentioned above, if my article doesn’t stretch someone’s thoughts and mind, then it probably isn’t relevant.

Thanks again for your support Harriet. :-)

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Jk Allen March 17, 2011 at

Marcus – Thanks for all the tips. Your growth has been truly inspirational. It’s actually amazing – because just a few months back when I first starting coming around (in November 2010) – your comments weren’t hitting as they are now. I love it.

The thing I love about comments on my site (although I’ve NEVER HIT 75…but I will by the end of April (I think I just set a goal) is that’s where the process starts for me. Writing article is like practice, but the comments are the game. I get much more from the in-game experience. And, it allows me to personally thank each person and learn from their prospective….and of course connect with them.

I think you’ve managed to fuse your style, into what blogging is becoming and be a great example to all. 3 areas I need to step my game up in: (1)Stir up the pot, (2)Be a thought leader, (3) Use great headlines.

The thing that is so cool about you Marcus (and I said this recently) is that you teach it, you preach and you live it and prove it. The best type of leadership that I’m aware of is in the form that leads by example. You do that in a personal, informative and entertaining format. You can’t beat that. You just can’t beat that. That’s why you’re growing at such rates; people are attracted to the real deal. And in a land with a lot of fakes – the real stands out.

PEACE

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Marcus Sheridan March 18, 2011 at

Man JK, this comment made your boy on this end feel pretty good man ;-)

Yes, you’ll be hitting 75 very, very soon, there’s absolutely no question in my mind about that, especially if you continue to improve.

I think your self-assesment is spot on. You’re always so real with yourself and you take feedback so well, so do just that. Stir it up my friend. Be edgy with your headlines. (I think you’re already a very good thought leader btw) You’ve got so much value to give to readers JK, and I can’t wait till Clark Kent fully learns how to fly (I’m a big Smallville fan) ;-)

Thanks for all you do bud, it means a lot to me.

Marcus

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Jk Allen March 20, 2011 at

Man, you killed it didn’ t you. You’re now sitting at 107 comments, with a few comments still left un-replied. Wow!
I was stopping by to share that the 75 comment mark I said I hadn’t ever hit, and planned to by the end of April was surpassed today. I guess the odds were on my side, sooner than expected.
And they’re surely on yours too! Great, great job man.

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Marcus Sheridan March 21, 2011 at

A HUGE congrats to you my friend. I’m not at all surprised, really. You’ve got so much talent and skill to offer the world JK and it’s all just beginning. Even cooler, you’re doing this as a full time employee, a full time husband, a full time dad, and a full time HUSTLER.

Looking forward to seeing bigger and better from you my friend. :-)

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Jk Allen April 11, 2011 at

I crushed it Marcus…my Keep it Real article has exceed the century mark!

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Bill Dorman April 11, 2011 at

Goin’ yard JK………….congrats……………

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Jk Allen April 11, 2011 at

Hey Bill – I didn’t expect anyone to see this, since it’s an older article…but thanks for the congrats!

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Marcus Sheridan April 11, 2011 at

Well I saw it too buddy ;-) And must admit I’m simply thrilled to see it happen…but certainly not surprised. :-)

Well done JK, well done.

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Brankica March 17, 2011 at

Hey Marcus, first let me say thanks a bunch for the link love and such great words :)

You are so right about that, my two most commented posts are actually both – me being very opinionated :)

I love how you mention Danny, Gini, Tristan and the others, they really are great examples of leaders and great networkers. Those are some of my favorite people in this blogging world.

I actually remember asking Tristan if I can copy his “commenting widget” from the sidebar and after doing that, starting to reply to every single comment and commenting on other blogs, my comment numbers sky rocketed.

I also use these plugins and have never considered converting my commenting system to Disqus or any other, I like giving that ComLuv love to my readers. ReplyMe is also awesome. I also have that third one that will subscribe you to all the comments (I see you have it here) and I copied the text on it fro Danny Brown and told people they will still get the reply to their comments and only to check the box if they want to keep up with all the comments.

I too try not to post too often and at the moment am posting 4 times a week. For now, I get a fine number of comments and keep the traffic steady. I will lower it to 3 times a week in the future and I think it will result in more comments per post.

I also have to mention that I do have a commenting policy on my blog and that I delete, yes delete, all comments along the lines of “great post, thanks for sharing”.

I would like to add one more thing that people sometimes forget. We are all very busy, the more I write and get into projects the less I visit some of my friend’s blogs. I am sad because of that but will all the stuff I am working on and my ADHD I just forget. But I told them all and I remind them and beg them to send me the links of their new posts. Because then I will visit straight away!

So remind your friends you haven’t seen on your new post, they won’t hold it against you!

Thanks for including me and keep ‘em coming :)

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Marcus Sheridan March 18, 2011 at

Awesome comment Brankica, and you more than merited a mention. :-)

Tell me (or us) if you wouldn’t mind the answer to this question:

How are you able to be fearless in your writing?

As I mentioned above, you got attacked a little with your MarketMeSuite article. Most people can’t deal with that, and they’re looking to please everyone. But you’re not cut from that cloth, and I’d love to know your thoughts on this subject.

Also, the fact that you post 3-4 times a week and still get all the comments you do is really amazing. You’ve got a very loyal audience, so good for you lady!!

Marcus

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Brankica March 18, 2011 at

Hey Marcus,
I have never really thought about this, but if I tell you that I have been a VIP security police officer for 3 years and then a special police unit officer for 5 and that I am a shooting instructor and multiple shooting medals winner I would say that the answer would be “What is there to be scared off”?

Lol… I paid for that MMS and didn’t like it because they didn’t deliver. I believe I have the right to say so. The problem with all that fuss was that some people didn’t take it with dignity but lowered them selves to some levels they never should have. Also, some took it personally for some reason.

It was never my intention, I just wanted to tell my readers I don’t think MMS is worth their money.

I don’t take what they were saying about me personally because they don’t know me personally. If my best friend was telling me what they have, I would be sad and hurt, but I don’t know those people and they can’t hurt my feelings.

Thanks again for the mention and I do need to say that the MMS post brought me closer to some great people, took some not so great people away from me (fortunately) and persuaded a lot of my readers that I am honest, which resulted in a lot more traffic, great connections and even some money.

Just be honest and be yourself :)

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paul wolfe March 18, 2011 at

Hey Brankica

That’s an awesome reply to Marcus’s question – you should turn that into a post. At the risk of making another small list on this thread here are the things you achieved with that post:

1) People think you’re honest. Before you can sell any products or services people have got to believe in you. Check One.
2) The post brought you closer to great people. (I’m guessing that by ‘great’ you mean people whose values are closely in alignment with yours. Creating those relationships is a win-win propostion). Check Two.
3) The post polarized your audience and got rid of people whose values are not in alignment with yours. Those people are unlikely to progress to becoming clients anyway – because their values are not similar to yours. Check Three.
4) The controversy no doubt attracted new people. Those who fit point 2 will stay around and join ‘your tribe.’ Those who resemble point 3 won’t stick around – but you don’t want them anyway. Check Four.
5) The Honesty thing is more about being honest. We’re so used to the prominent figures in our lives either not telling the truth, or giving a very watered down version of it so as not to offend anyone, that when anyone goes outside of this and tells it how they see it, it resonates powerfully with lots of people. It’s no surprise to me that Marcus’s blog is getting more popular. Or that Gary Vaynerchuk is popular – these people live and breathe this. PEOPLE LIKE IT because we don’t get it in our everyday lives anymore. This is a huge lesson. Check Five.

Well done for being true to who you are and posting that. Keep on doing your thang….

Paul

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

I second that Paul. Brankica, that comment was awesome!

So you’re packin, huh Brankica?? Sweeeeet!

But among many things you said there, this really stood out:

I don’t take what they were saying about me personally because they don’t know me personally. If my best friend was telling me what they have, I would be sad and hurt, but I don’t know those people and they can’t hurt my feelings.

That’s a powerful perspective to have, and one we should always remember.

That’s again Brankica for adding a ton to this conversation.

Marcus

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Patricia@lavender-oil March 17, 2011 at

Hi Marcus

I wrote my last post on commenting but my take was different to yours ;-) I too get emails about how to get more comments on a blog. My question was don’t you want more sales?!

You actually get a mention cos you do know how to market and run a viable business. I agree that networking and all it entails does bring comments. It has worked for me so how could I disagree with that one LOL

However, what I point out in my post is that even with all the comments, this does not equate to sales. In fact marketers often don’t have many comments if any on their sites. Yet they know how to market and many are successful business owners.

Blogging is great for building community. But some do it as a hobby and for people like me who want it to be a platform for my business, I know I have to be more laser focused with my time management. This is my challenge.

Great post as always Marcus. Thanks for sharing with us. You definitely rock with this blog and your business. A great example of how to combine both with success :-)

Patricia Perth Australia

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Marcus Sheridan March 18, 2011 at

Hey Patricia, always so great to see you stop in, as you know you’re one of my favs…

You are right to some extent Patricia, comments don’t equal sales….at least not directly in most cases. But if they equal shares, and those shares equal more shares, and then those shares land on someone’s lap that would not have seen the product in the first place but end up buying….then that’s an indirect sale.

For me, I want to do speaking/coaching, and writing for a living. With so many comments, I’m able to tell potential clients– ‘Hey, look at my tribe and community. I’m living this and I can teach you how to do it to.’ Plus, when I’m approached by a publisher for a book, I’m able to say —hey, look, I’ve already got an army of supporters that will help this book launch.

I think in your case the biggest problem is niche identity. Selling lavender, or another similar unique item, doesn’t cross over as easily into the blogosphere community as selling ‘services’, like coaching or teaching or specific product creation, etc.

For example, Tristan has his Blogging Bookshelf site, and he is trying to create a product for that and I believe it will be out soon. But he also has a very niche site with rock climbing, and he is going to create a product for that as well— A ‘How To’ video for climbers. When he told me about this I was really impressed with his ability to find products that were specifically directed as his blog’s community and thus directed to his audience.

Not sure if I’m making any sense here but I very much hope your able to get more and more sales over time Patricia, because you sure as heck deserve it ;-)

Thanks for all you do and your support and mentions and all that other good stuff ;-)

Marcus

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Patricia@lavender-oil March 18, 2011 at

Sorry Marcus, should have given you the previous post so you can check out what I’ve said about you ;-) All good I hasten to add.

Patricia Perth Australia

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Sally Brown March 18, 2011 at

I really enjoyed reading this article as I am having problems getting comments. I am going to spend more time looking at other blogs and commenting more, plus the Reply Me plugin. I will also save this article because of the other things you and commenters have said. Thanks again. Sally

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Marcus Sheridan March 18, 2011 at

Glad to help Sally. Btw, I noticed you didn’t click the ‘commentluv’ box. When you do that, it will show your blog’s feed (hopefully you have a feed set up), and that way people like me can see the title of your latest blog post.

Good luck and please come back again Sally! :-)

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Sally Brown March 18, 2011 at

I have been having some issues with my CommentLuv plugin, but am trying to fix it now. Thank you. I’ll click it this time & see what happens. Still a problem. Will come back later when fixed. Thanks.

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Peggy Baron March 21, 2011 at

Hi Sally,
If you’re still having trouble with your ComLuv, there’s a post over at http://www.imnirvana.com where he talks about how he got his fixed quickly after tearing his hair out. :)
Peggy

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Peggy Baron March 21, 2011 at

How ironic that I talk about trouble with Sally’s ComLuv and then mine didn’t work. Sheesh!
Peggy

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Jens P. Berget March 18, 2011 at

This is actually a question I wanted to ask you as well. But I didn’t because I believed that it was only one answer (now I know there are at least 10). To me, the answer was the quality of the content. The way you write you make people want to leave a comment, and if they don’t, they feel like they are missing something. They want to be part of your tribe.

One thing I have done lately is switch from disqus to commentluv and replyme, and it feels great (thanks to you and Tristan).

I don’t get as many comments, by far. So, your 10 points will be a lot of help.

My biggest obstacle at the moment is lack of time (you know about the novel, and that’s really what I spend most of my time doing, that and the family). I could never find the time to comment on more than 20 posts in one day (at the moment).

I feel that it’s very important to try to comment on the posts of people who are commenting on your own posts. It’s like saying, thanks for your support, now it’s my time to support you.

PS. I’ll bookmark this for further reading, in order to develop my blogging strategy.

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Marcus Sheridan March 18, 2011 at

Hey Jens, great to see you bud and you’ve brought up something about commenting that we all struggle with– Balance.

There is only so much time during the day and we’ve go to figure out how to use each minute wisely. You’ve got family, regular work, a novel, and you’re trying to produce content as well. No doubt, it’s tough, and I’m always looking for ways to refine my schedule as well and make it more efficient and productive. And I tell you, if I were writing a novel I’d post once a month on this blog if I was lucky ;-)

Like you said, it’s nice to be able to comment on the blogs of those persons that support you. I try very, very hard to do this but I also realize that I’m not going to get them all, so at least I can RT their stuff and try to make it to every other article. I never want to get so big that I just lose those relationships that really make all the difference and also make this so worth it.

You’re a great guy Jens. Glad to have you in my corner. :-)

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Jens P. Berget March 18, 2011 at

Thanks a lot Marcus.

I have wanted to ask you this for a long time; how much time do you spend each week on things related to your blog? Like writing, commenting, promoting etc..

Actually, that might be an interesting blog post. All the various stuff you do online when it comes to blogging and marketing, and breaking the “work” into small pieces of action :)

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Nupur Maskara March 18, 2011 at

I can say commenting has really worked for me- I feel connected, so it’s not just about getting more people to my blog. Also I feel the quality of visitors via comments are better.

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Marcus Sheridan March 18, 2011 at

‘Feeling Connected’….Yeah, like that phrase Nupur, that’s why I do what I do— Connections are Everything.

BTW, speaking of being connected, do you have an avatar yet?? If not, make sure you go to http://www.gravatar.com and get one. It’s easy and it’s free.

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john Falchetto March 18, 2011 at

Marcus, once again you hit it out of the park and once again I you leave me speechless with your kind words towards me.
All your points are spot on and yes you are writing about something you accomplished first hand. How many bloggers out there are just repeating the gospel according to some A-list blogger?
You have been there, done it, got the shirt and you speak from a position of experience.

Love the comment checks joke, I am always making fun of people who buy blog topics online, I am sure some also buy comments. Sad of state of affairs.

Thanks for the shout in your post and I think you covered it all. Speaking of comments did you see Ingrid’s guest post is moving up on Danny’s blog to #1 spot. Hopefully Danny won’t start deleting comments (as he threatened on twitter) :)

Looking forward to connect on Skype, in the meantime all my best to you and the Sheridan clan

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Davina K. Brewer March 18, 2011 at

People buy blog topics, comments? Guess that’s like buying little eggs to follow you around on Twitter.

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Ha Davina! Yep, I’m sure some would actually do that. Heck, it’s probably offered on Fiverr already ;-)

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Davina K. Brewer March 19, 2011 at

Add that to things I never knew existed: Fiverr. ;-)

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

I’ll be doing an article on Fiverr soon Davina. It’s awesome, kinda like the internet’s store of the ‘Dollar Tree’ except everything is 5 bucks….and you can get some crazy stuff for that.

If you go check out my twitter profile some chick (from who knows what country) did that for me and it cost me all of $5. Awesome.

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

You’re very welcome John, as it’s much deserved, the stuff you’ve been able to do on your blog, in the short amount of time that you’ve done it, is exceptional and deserves recognition.

That’s funny about Ingrid’s guest post. Yeah, she’s a community superstar and I could have easily mentioned her along Gini as people that are conversation masters in the comment section. Danny’s a smart guy to bring in a lady like that to speak on his powerful platform.

Thanks for all your kind support mate. :-)

ttys

Marcus

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Ingrid Abboud March 19, 2011 at

Ummm…Blushing ;). Thank you both for all your incredibly kind words and support! Wow. Honored!

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Danny Brown March 24, 2011 at

I have Mass Delete on standby… ;-)

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Stuart March 18, 2011 at

Boom! The king of swimming pools unleashs another awesome post ;-)

You’re already aware of my recent situations with blog commenting Marcus, so I won’t go into it again here, but I must add that (with regards to comment numbers), I don’t look for a particular level of comments before I call it a success. I write, people comment, and I’m happy with that.

Of course, I’m always looking for more commentors (as is everyone), but I don’t set goals in that respect. I find it’s better to just comment on new blogs, promote your content, keep the traffic up and see what happens.

You’re only as good as your last blog post ;-)

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Hey Stu, so great to hear from you man. I tell ya, although I’m just like you and really appreciate comments, I more guauge the success of this blog and its articles by new comments. In other words, I very much appreciate my existing community, but I also want to know I’m reaching new people. I think also the type of comments we get is an indication of how well the article was written. If everything is one or two sentences, it’s likely the people are there to support us but the article itself didn’t quite make much of an impact.

But as I told you before Stu, I hope you continue to grow and find the balance and success you’re looking for from your blog.

Thanks so much for your support and comment.

Marcus

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Lori Gosselin March 18, 2011 at

Marcus,
I know I’m still new at this, but it seems to me you’ve summed it all up very well! Not that I won’t continue to read the comments that come after this (I love Stu’s “You’re only as good as your last blog post”!) because I agree that the learning continues with the comments. Plus that’s where you meet people.

My question: how do you keep up with all the new people whose blogs you like and want to follow? My “Favorite Blogs” folder is added to nearly daily and I have a limited amount of time to indulge in having my “Reader” open and pulling me in!

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Davina K. Brewer March 18, 2011 at

I have the SAME problem Lori and even my MUST READ folder gets overloaded, sadly falls victim to the Mark All As Read button. IDK how Marcus keeps up, but I just set aside time here and there, usually first thing in the morning or late at night for a few MUST reads, then during the day check out the CommentLuv or Tweeted posts that catch my eye. FWIW.

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Lori Gosselin March 18, 2011 at

what Davina?! No answers then :( One could spend a lot of time here in the blogosphere reading and commenting. It’s hard to draw the line, and as my folder gets more full, yikes!

Gotta go check out your CommentLuv link – don’t I have you in my folder yet!?!?
:-)
Lori
P.S. I’d say your comments are always W a lot! (FWIW!)

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

This is a tough problem we all deal with Lori. And to be honest, I’m developing a post in my mind right now on this very subject, as it’s something everyone on here likely has to tackle every day. But to make a long story short, I think there are two main ways to deal with this issue Lori:

1. Naturally, over time, you’ll start to see/know which blogs and bloggers are most important to you and your circle. Honestly, this is not something you can just know. It takes time and observation.

2. I think it’s also important to understand that you don’t have to comment on every article someone in your folder posts. How about every other article?You’re still showing support this way but you’re also not taking as much time. Ya know what I mean?

Hope this helps Lori. Look for my article in the future, I think it will be pretty darn epic.

And thanks again for your support!

Marcus

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Marlee March 18, 2011 at

Happy Friday Marcus!

First, I want to thank you for not only including me in the body of this post (it made my day), but for always teaching me something. I love being part of The Sales Lion community because I always leave your blog a little better than I was before I showed up (evidence of #8). You’re a real testament to the phrase “added value.”

I think all of your points here are spot on. Particularly numbers 4, 6, & 10.

When I experienced “reply-me” for the first time, I had to have it immediately. It was such a good feeling to know that my comment had been received and it enabled me to maintain a discussion with everyone involved. I think it’s one of the best community building tools when it comes to comment management.

Oh…and I CAN’T stand the fancy commenting tools (disqus, livefrye). They blow up my inbox and slow me down. In this case, it’s best to apply K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple…SILLY).

You’ve also inspired me to write a post about thought-leadership. I’ve been working out my own thoughts on the practical application of the concept and I think people could really use some help in formulating their own inner genius – we all have one. Six Pixels of Separation is a great example btw, and numbers 1, 7, & 8 lend themselves to becoming a thought-leader as well.

Number 10 is such an important point and it’s often overlooked. Being that you’re a sales guy you know the importance of having a “Call to Action” in an ad or offer. It’s no different on your blog. You have to call people to action. You have to inspire them to comment.

You’ve implemented all of this wisdom very well Marcus, and the proof is in…the comments! ;)

Comment with ya soon.

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

So glad you were pleased to be here Marlee, but you sure deserved it. Everywhere I see you in the blogosphere you’re adding to the conversation, just as you did right here. And boy are you right about ReplyMe— the first time I saw it (on Tristan’s blog) I was like ‘sweet, this is GREAT!’.

And one other thing, your KISS analogy is perfect, the exact reason I don’t use other commenting platforms—at least until they figure out a way to be much simpler. I don’t want to limit comments to just techies and the blogging community. I want it from anyone and everyone that stops by and is prompted to further the discussion.

Thanks again for all your support Marlee :-)

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Lindsey March 18, 2011 at

Excellent thoughts. I learned very early on that replying to each of my commenters was the best way to forge a relationship with them and encourage continued dialogue. I understand bloggers that receive 100′s upon 100′s of comments couldn’t possibly spend the time replying to each but when you’re starting out it’s extremely important.

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Yep, sure thing Lindsey. There have been times when I’ve commented a few times on someone’s blog and gotten nothing in return. No reply, no ty tweet, no nothing. Although I understand people are busy, a simple thank you, a least occasionally, sure goes a long ways.

Thanks so much for coming by Lindsey. Hope to see you smiling around here again. :-)

Marcus

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Alex Blackwell | The BridgeMaker March 18, 2011 at

Marcus,

You are building a strong community around your comments – great job. Thanks for sharing your tricks and tips.

Alex

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

You’re welcome Alex, you’ve done the same on your wonderful blog there on Bridge Maker. Heck, the amount of Facebook Fans you have blows me away.

Thanks for stopping by bud.

Marcus

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Stella March 18, 2011 at

Marcus, I especially dig the part about “stirring the pot” and engaging readers. Provide useful and valuable content for great discussion. Win-win on both ends. :)

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Yep, so the question is…..

How is Stella going to stir the pot in her next article? :-)

Continued success to you Stella!

Marcus

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Lisa Gerber March 18, 2011 at

Marcus, I like your last unwritten tip: appeal to the sympathy of your readers. (“comment so I don’t look like an idiot”!) lol!

I’m the Chief Content Officer for Spin Sucks and thank you for the very nice mention! Gini Dietrich and I have been talking a lot about how to get the lurkers out. We all love getting lots of comments but they are a small percentage of the total traffic, yes? But it’s not just about ego. It’s how we get to know our readers, otherwise we become this small insular group.

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Hi Lisa, what a pleasure to meet the CCO for one of the best dang SM blogs on the internet :-) Ya’ll are doing what heck of a job over there and if you ever need a guest post, just let me know ;-)

Regarding ‘the lurkers’, have you found anything specific to work yet? Also, I know ya’ll use Livefyre and for all its pros, the cons of the ‘added step’ concerns me. Would love to know your thoughts there.

So glad the sympathy worked on you Lisa, and really hope we chat more in the future.

Marcus

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Lisa Gerber March 19, 2011 at

Marcus! thanks for the compliment, it makes me very proud to be a part of Spin Sucks although I can’t accept credit, since I just joined Gini a couple months ago.

Having said that, it’s a little early for me to offer any opinions on the Livefyre – I have not heard from anyone that they don’t like the extra step. I do know what you mean. I myself have had troubles with it when I’m accessing it remotely and not on a computer that remembers who I am. If you have a livefyre ID, it’s quite easy.

We LOVE what it has done to increase the feeling of community in terms of replying and tagging other users, and twitter users as well. I can tag a twitter friend and have a tweet sent to them that I have mentioned them in my comment.

Lastly, I’d LOVE to have you guest blog. I’ll contact you privately now.

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Gini Dietrich March 20, 2011 at

Yes, I’m with Lisa! We want you to guest post!

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Paul Salmon March 18, 2011 at

For me, I find articles that provide “how-to” explanations do well. Such articles that I have written on my blog usually do well in search engines, since many people use search engines to find answers.

Once they read the article, they may leave a comment where they ask for some advice, an explanation or a follow-up question. Many times if I don’t answer, someone else will and provide an answer to the original commenter. Also, the comments section may also provide answers to those that have questions. The comments becomes sort of a knowledgebase for the topic in the post.

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Love your thoughts here Paul. ‘How to’ posts are huge, and they can often times become a pillar article for your blog and can certainly garner fans. Pat at Smart Passive Income is a great example of that.

And yes, having further learning in the comments section is a beautiful thing. I really, really love it when I see the ‘community’ helping each other out.

Thanks so much for stopping by Paul. It means a lot to me and I very much hope to see you again.

Marcus

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Danny @ Firepole Marketing March 18, 2011 at

Thanks for the great post, Marcus. Comments are the life-blood of blogs, and this is great advice on how to spark more of them.

I’ve found that another strategy that works well is to create “comment bait” throughout the post – little questions for the reader, and things they might have an opinion about. Then at the end of the post, re-cap those questions – it tends to provoke a lot of comments to start the conversation.

Of course, after that, you have to continue the conversation – which you are a master at. :)

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Hmmm, that’s a great idea Danny. I do comments at the end but I rarely, if ever, ask those questions in the post itself. Kinda helps the brain starting thinking early on, before the comments section.

Again, awesome thoughts Danny and love the value you bring to this community every time.

Marcus

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Joe @ Not Your Average Joe March 18, 2011 at

Marcus, I think the key phrase here is “chutzpah”. Your writing, for the lack of a better term, has balls. It’s meaty and unique, and not the same positive-personal development posts that every blogger (including myself) is guilty of rehashing. And becoming a thought leader is something you’ve become very adept at. I’m a work in progress, but I expect it to happen.

Great list!

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

That comment made my day Joe, especially coming from a Philly guy like yourself ;-)

And btw, we’re all a work in progress, so just keep plugging along brother, it will happen for you.

Marcus

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Sanjeev Sharma@Random Raves & Rants of Sanjeev March 18, 2011 at

I followed Brankica’s tweet and reached here. And I am glad that I did.

A writer always wants a whole lot of readers – no point writing something that only you’ll read. There is an old joke about a poet looking for someone who will listen to his poetry. Finally someone promised him that I’ll listen to your poetry but only in the the next birth. The poet immediately killed him!

Well that might be an exaggeration, but if truth be told then it is without doubt a writer’s most cherished dream that he must have lots of readers. When you write books, you know there are people buying your books and the more you sell, more people must be liking what you have written. In the case of blogs however, the feedback can only come by way of comments. And therefore you need more and more comments. Add to that the other benefits such as increased traffic which can be converted into loyal readership, new and diverse ideas and the importance of comments becomes even more evident.

I think my blog currently is at a stage where you were probably many months earlier. And that is why the ideas here are of great value to someone like me.

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Hi Sanjeev, and loved your crazy little poet story man, very funny :-)

Like everyone, it’s nice to know people like what I write…and that their lives benefits from the content found herein. That’s just so critical and rewarding to the person that is spending late hours, night after night, just hoping the community will soon build. What drives this? Good question, but it’s something I believe just about all of us writers have.

Hope we chat again Sanjeev. Thanks so much for your comment and best of luck with your blog!!!

Marcus

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David March 18, 2011 at

Marcus:

Enjoyed your top 10 ways to increase comments. Thanks for your suggests. They all sound doable. I’ll implement a few things I’m not doing. Primarily it will be: budgeting more time to comment on other blogs (like yours). I do a lot with Social Media but sometimes get busy! Need to focus on the little things: commenting and sharing are little things that will produce fruit.

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Hey David. Good to hear from you. It’s a tough deal man, it really is. We want to do everything but in reality time only allows for but a few things. Connections are great though, and fans are even better, at least for me, as TSL is my blog and my brand…my future in many ways. Good luck with your new strategies. I hope very much you get what you’re looking for.

Marcus

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Lye Kuek Hin March 18, 2011 at

Hi Marcus,

I am surely happy add another comment here. What i love about my blog is i always see 10-20 comments in average. Though it’s not as many as you, but i am happy with it as i know some bloggers may not have one or two comments.

I believe my decision to reply every comment is what attract people to comment. I tend to let my visitor know that i value each and every one of their comments, no matter it’s short or long.

Actively commenting in other blogs is also a good way. By exposing your name and brand everywhere, soon people will know who you are and take an interest to visit and comment.

Thanks for sharing the post mate.

Lye

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

10-20 is great Lye, it really is, especially considering you do it consistently over and over again….and that’s most than most people really want.

Even though I wrote this article on how to get more comments, I don’t by any stretch think everyone’s goal for their blog should even be comments…for some success might solely be based on sales. For others, it my be visits to site per day or bounce rate or whatever. The main thing is that you’re accomplishing what you’ve set out for and it seems like you are doing just that. :-)

Thanks so much for you support Lye!

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Davina K. Brewer March 18, 2011 at

Another great post Marcus, and of course lively comments.

First, I must disagree with you. (Shocker, isn’t it?) It should but sadly does NOT go without saying: YES to replying to all comments. Some bloggers who argue that don’t always walk the talk; I notice when my comment doesn’t get a reply, so will others. I’ve seen it debated and argued elsewhere, why should you take the time to reply to EVERY comment if the comment was just “learned a lot, great post, BBL”? My response is well THEY took that time. Typing TY is nothing, do a group of @replies for like-minded comments if you’re wanting to save time, space and keep the flow of comments.

Anyway, everything else is spot-on. Funny I’ve been reading and commenting on blogs by Gini, Danny and Mitch for years and only now discovered you, Tristan, Brankica.. and seeing more crossover. Thought leaders don’t mind smart, challenging comments from others and I think that shows. I’m not as opinionated or controversial I think, unless something just fires me up and I go off on a rant.

I’ve been thinking about Livefyre but like you, insist on the CommentLuv plugin. For example, Lye’s posts – and I’ve never been to his blog before – “blogging about blogging” is a thing with me, so I gotta check it out. And yes to #10, that call to action: answer my question or leave a comment, so simple yet sometimes overlooked.

One you didn’t mention: keeping comments on. I haven’t had many new comments on older posts, but there are times I read something from a year ago, still want to add my thoughts and share it. Keeping it open can attract new readers. That’s enough from me now, FWIW.

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Another great comment Davina. YES, it should go without saying that replies should be made to every comment but it still doesn’t happen quite often, which is a head scratcher IMO.

I like the point you made at the bottom as well regarding leaving comments open. For me, it’s cool when I learn that someone has read an old post of mine, something that likely only got 2 or 3 comments a year ago, and now it is being re-read…and maybe finally appreciated ;-) And what’s the benefit of closing comments anyway???

I’m glad different circles are coming together here. I was talking about this with JK a few days ago. Like minds start converging over time as top thinkers and leaders naturally attract to each other. I think that’s exactly what’s going on in this case.

Love your thoughts and support Davina. Have a great weekend.

Marcus

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Jason from Skyward March 18, 2011 at

Ok man, let’s just refer to this article from here on as ‘The Comment Bible’.

This truly is the complete package!…..mainly because it’s not just about getting “tons of comments” every time (which is a very cool bi-product), but about building an awesome tribe!

Not only have you done that, and not only do you get tons of comments, but as I read through the comments I make two observations:

1. Every commenter is engaged in the conversation. There are no 1-2 line comments here because you have actually inspired them to think and discuss….awesome!

2. There are tons of replies to your replies…..or people leaving 2 and 3 comments. That’s a testimony not only of the value of the conversation, but of your ability to write reply comments in away that perpetuates the conversation.

Keep on rockin’ brother!

As I read through these comments, there all Great!…..no one/two liners.

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Thanks buddy, really appreciate that. Yes, we do have some stinking awesome minds around these parts, adding so much value to the post, and just making the reading experience that much greater for the community.

Now if we’ll all just apply everything we learn from each other ;-)……

Thanks again broseph…

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Crystal March 18, 2011 at

OK Marcus – question here on #8. Is tweeting absolutely necessary? I don’t tweet, and don’t personally know anyone who does. The whole tweet things escapes me. But I don’t text either and struggle to spend any time on facebook. Maybe I’m just anti-social:) Anyway, is there any hope for those of us who are unwilling/able to jump into the social scene? Or is it mandatory for success?

Great post, by the way!

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Trust me Crystal, I get you on the tweeting thing. For the longest time I just didn’t ‘get’ twitter. But around 2 or 3 months ago I decided it was time to ‘get over myself’ and figure it out. And although I’m not there yet, it has made a big difference in communication with others, relationships, and traffic to my blog. For example, twitter is now far and away my #1 referring site to this blog (other than google search results of course).

You ought to give it a try Crystal. I know, it’s weird, and sometimes I still look like the dummy in the room that didn’t get the joke, but that’s OK, we’ve all got to start somewhere.

Thanks for your constant support Crystal!!

Marcus

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Sondra Healy March 18, 2011 at

Thank, Bart.

What a great article. See, there I’m confirming your feelings… ;) Really though, it’s nice to have a down and dirty list. Thanks for sharing.

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Sondra Healy March 18, 2011 at

oops, sorry, my friend named Bart came into my office and I ended up writing his name, not yours, in my comment…my mind and my fingers don’t always know what the other is doing. ;)

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Quite alright Sondra, call me whatever you’d like, just make sure you’ve subscribed and keep coming back to continue the conversation in the future, OK ;-)

Have a great weekend.

Marcus

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leon Noone March 18, 2011 at

G’Day Marcus
How could I not leave a comment? I read on someone’s blog that bloggers were something like five times more likely to comment on other’s blogs than non-bloggers. That’s certainly been my experience.

I don’t mind Discus too much. But anyone who uses Livefyre isn’t really interested in receiving comments. Years and years ago I remember Jay Abrahams saying, “Make it easy for people to buy.” Livefyre makes it bloody difficult.

Your point about responding to all comments is spot on too. We’re all taught in pre-school to “always say thanks.” It’s just common courtesy. Apart from that, if you don’t respond to comments, you’re missing an opportunity to develop a relationship.

The really good news is that I’ve resisted the opportunity to tell a St. Patrick’s Day joke. It’s a small mark of respect.

Keep having fun

Regards

Leon

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

No joke Leon?? Honestly mate, I’m disappointed as we always need your comic relief in these parts.

Seriously though my friend, I very much appreciate your thoughts and support here on TSL. Have a tremendous weekend. :-)

Marcus

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Dia March 18, 2011 at

Hi Marcus,

These are very helpful tips my friend. Having catchy headlines are crucial. One question, what do you think of “How to” headlines?

Getting over 75 comments in a single post is great Marcus. I love the growth that your blog is getting. Keep up the excellent work my friend and thanks for sharing :)

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

I definitely like ‘How to’ headlines Dia, especially if SEO is your goal, but if you have a large group of subscribers and you want them to read the article, sometimes ‘how to’ is fine and on other occasions the subject may come across as boring. Honestly, I just think it varies from niche to niche, article to article.

Appreciate your comments regarding the blog growth. You’ve been a big part of it. :-)

Marcus

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James M March 19, 2011 at

I go back and forth on whether I want to receive a tonne of comments on my posts, or whether I want to continue writing and allow the comments to come organically. What I mean is that plugins like CommentLuv or KeywordLuv and so forth, encourage people to leave a comment in order to get that gift in return. Are they leaving a comment to encourage more conversation on a blog, or are they leaving a comment to entice people to click through to their website?

I’ve always worried that the quality of comments drops when people are doing it for themselves, rather than the blogger. I mentioned it to Tristan in the past when he wrote about how many blogs he can comment on that it bothered me that people would skim a post in order to develop a comment to leave at the end – instead of reading the entire post and wanting to stimulate the conversation more.

Whereas on my site, people tend to leave comments when they feel inspired to. I don’t think there are any other motives there, because my traffic levels are small, and most of the people who have commented know that I subscribe to their site and comment somewhat regularly as is. They don’t need to comment to receive a gift from me, because they receive it already. The other night, Stan Faryna left comments on something like ten posts within a few hours. I asked him about it on Twitter, and he said that he wanted to help me fill in the gaps with my writing and encourage me to be better.

That’s the type of commenter that I wish I could see on other blogs. People who stimulate the conversation and make the blogger want to write better, not more.

Consider the pot stirred!

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Wow, this was pretty deep James, and I’m so glad you shared. When it comes to commentluv, I use it because I like reading what people are writing about for my own sake. It’s actually a little selfish. I can scan lots of titles fast. I don’t do keyword luv and do-follow for those reasons you mentioned above.

I think the main question one has to ask is what is the ultimate goal of their blog? What do they want in terms of traffic? Comments? Sales? Offers? Brand? Etc.

Because I really don’t hard sell anything on TSL, my goal is branding, community, and to teach as many possible so as to affect positive change in people’s lives and businesses. So comments are a big part of that for me.

Love how you think James and appreciate your support.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Marcus

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Keith Davis March 19, 2011 at

I hate commenting on your blog Marcus…
Because it takes me twenty minutes to scroll to the bottom of your comments. LOL

That interaction with the blogging community is so important.
Reply to all comments and then comment on your commenters blog.
That’s where it all starts and it grows from there.
And how it’s grown on TSL.

A question Marcus… at what point do you have so many comments that you can’t reply and or visit the commenters blog?

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Yes, good question bud. (btw, you get TONS of comments yourself my friend, so I should maybe be asking you this same question ;-)

Anyway, if I posted articles much more often, I’d be in trouble, and wouldn’t be able to keep up. But I write less and focus more on networking, and since I made this shift everything has really changed. Granted, responding in a meaningful way to 50+ comments per post can be a challenge, but when one weights that against the benefits, it’s pretty dang worth it.

I already do not have time to visit many of the blogs I’d like. I still own my pool company, and my web coaching company is growing at a fine rate….which means I have to do like everyone else, and sacrifice some stuff. For me, that often times means I comment on every other article, instead of every one, of my favorite bloggers. Make sense?

Of course, I’d imagine this strategy will likely change 30-50 more times over the coming years. ;-)

Cheers mate,

Marcus

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Samuel March 19, 2011 at

Awesome tips Marcus,
Getting comments on your blog is a way to communicate with your readers. Even if you don’t have any comment does not mean that your post is not read or it’s full of crap :)

Love those tips man, commenting on other blogs will help you get more comments on your blog and through that process you will get to meet people (bloggers or real readers). I love the idea of “ask and ye shall receive” I do that a lot :) Thanks for sharing.

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Sweet Samuel, so glad you liked this man and I hope it helped a little. But you already know quite a bit of this considering you’re an excellent networker and stay so active in the blogosphere.

Well done my friend, have a wonderful weekend.

Marcus

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Riley Harrison March 19, 2011 at

One of the great features of ComLuv.com is that you can hover (with your cursor) over the little red heart and it will tell you how times the link has been clicked. Valuable info for analysis. I’m with you about being able to leverage a good website to support a writing and speaking career. It can help increase attendance at speaking gigs and enhances credentials when soliciting for speaking opportunities.
Riley

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Hmm Riley, so glad you’ve brought that up…Well said and I think many people are likely not aware of that CLuv feature, which just goes to show that it works! And yes, I do very much hope all of this helps grow my speaking and writing career, as that is the ultimate goal of TSL.

Thanks for your support Riley :-)

Marcus

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Sally Brown March 19, 2011 at

I’m still having issues with ComLuv. Not sure what the problem is. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled commentluv and reply me. I went to site you spoke of, but wasn’t able to figure out what to do. I’m a newbie to blogging and I guess this one is kicking my butt. If you have any ideas to help me figure this out, please let me know. Frustrated!!! Thanks, Sally

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Edwin March 19, 2011 at

Awesome thank you for the tips. The technique about asking for comments is probably so popular because people like getting directions and you are probably hitting a nerve inside their subconscious mind.

Also, when you write awesome content, you will (hopefully) get awesome comments. Thats what I see that happened on this site.

Cheers! Great site, and post, thanks once more.

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Kind words Edwin….yeah, great content, when it comes down to it, makes a HUGE difference….as it’s almost impossible to get 100 comments on something that….well….ain’t good ;-)

Thanks for coming by and supporting the blog Edwin. :-)

Marcus

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Sandra / Always Well Within March 19, 2011 at

Marcus,

Very well done. You are a talented writer. My question is this – how much time do you put into guest posting vs. commenting? Which one ranks first in your mind?

I find being genuinely inquisitive and interested in what people say naturally brings people back. Thanks for this excellent advice. I always find it helpful when bloggers are very specific, i.e. “I spend 5-6 hours a week reading and commenting.”

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Marcus Sheridan March 19, 2011 at

Hey Sandra, wonderful to hear from you and I’m grateful for the question. It’s funny you should ask this really, as I’ve been thinking about journaling every hour of one of my weeks in the future to see exactly where my time is going . But here’s what I think I’m at….

For me, writing does not take very much time. This article took much longer than a normal one, so from the time I started typing to the moment I hit publish it took about 2.5 hours. Most articles, like the Tim Ferris one from the other day, was exactly 60 minutes, start to publish (40 minutes to actually write).

In terms of guest posting, I really need to do much more of that, and I will be. I’ve only been doing 1-2 a month, but I’m going to move that to 3-4….as I know it’s the one thing that’s really holding me back.

BTW, responding to comments takes about 3 hours a week as well. In fact, I spend much more time answering comments on each article than I do writing them.

Hope this helps a little. Would be very curious to hear your breakdown as well Sandra. Would make for an excellent article on your blog ;-)

Marcus

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DailyAppNews March 19, 2011 at

I absolutely agree with “Actively Comment Everywhere”. I have tried it for my new blog. My new blog doesn’t need long time to get visitors, although the totally is not up to a thousand visitors. I think it’s still great, because in 1-2 weeks I have gotten 100-400 visitors/day.
However, If we want to get massive blog comments, we need to post many high quality content, and interesting.

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Marcus Sheridan March 20, 2011 at

100-400 visitors in your first two weeks?? Wow, that’s very impressive. Nice job.

And thanks for stopping by. :-)

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Gini Dietrich March 20, 2011 at

Hey Marcus! I agree with all of your ideas and have one to add. Early on, I would email people who commented and thank them. Other bloggers do that, too, but it’s all automated. Mine were not automated. It seems like a silly thing, but it worked really, really well. Then I realized that if I took a strong stance on a topic, it would engage people – some even angrily. It took a long time to build a thick skin, but it’s very much worth it.

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Steve@Internet Lifestyle March 20, 2011 at

Marcus,

As I write this comment it looks like you are a shade away from breaking 100 comments on this article too. “The proof is in the pudding” as they say.

I certainly am glad you held off on writing this until you really had the “pudding” as they say.

As for the tips. Rockstar tips one-and-all. I have really tapered my commenting also. But I have also seen the incredible way you can ramp up traffic by getting out there and interacting.

It is all about building relationships not just securing a random comment, SU, Digg or Tweet. (though those can be nice)

The only way this happens it to be genuine and interact.

A lot here for people to learn from! Keep rocking it!

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Marcus Sheridan March 22, 2011 at

Thanks for all your kind words Steve. And yeah, it always bothers me when people want to teach others on things they’ve never accomplished. Kinda odd, ya know ;-)

But I really like what you say about building relationships versus building comments. If comments are just there for reciprocity, then ain’t much ‘relationship building’ going on.

Thanks again for all you do to support me and this site Steve.

Marcus

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Melanie Kissell @SoloMompreneur March 20, 2011 at

As expected — outstanding post! Heck, the comment thread alone could be turned into an e-book or special report. Please notify me when the download is ready. :)

Well, Marcus, I tried #7 for the first time this year and being ‘opinionated’ is pretty SCARY stuff!

I really wasn’t prepared for the numbers and the different kinds of feedback I received when I posted my personal opinion on a subject that definitely went ‘against the grain’. Whoa, Nelly. It was rough going there for a while — wasn’t sure I’d come out on the other end, unscathed. But I did. Have to be honest, though. I won’t be trying that visibility strategy again anytime soon. :)

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Marcus Sheridan March 22, 2011 at

Hey Melanie! Well, even if you got negative feedback on your article you should be proud of yourself for saying what you thought. Debate is a very good thing. So is controversy. I’m not saying we stir the pot just for whims, but if we have an opinion and believe in it strongly, then there’s no better place in the world to share that than in a blog setting. And if people don’t like it, those are likely the types of persons you really don’t want in your circle anyone.

Good luck Melanie and stay strong!! :-)

Marcus

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Jon March 20, 2011 at

Hey Marcus,

I’m nice and late to this party. Wow, maybe I’ll land in the 100th spot. But great post and great detail as well.

What stood out for me was you stated you used to write 3-4 times a week and now you let your posts “season.” I believe that strategy works but I also believe you’ve earned some down time because of all that writing you did to build credibility.

All that legacy SEO juice and commitment finally took on its own momentum. Then again, some may argue that we should all write less. I know some heavy-hitters only post once per week. It likely depends what kind of content you’re publishing.

Powerful headlines are game winners, agreed. Great to see you getting so much attention here!

Jon

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Marcus Sheridan March 22, 2011 at

Hey Jon, as always, great to have you on here my friend. I think this whole concept of ‘post everyday’ and all that jazz is a killer to many blogs and bloggers. If I had to write every day, I don’t think I’d still be blogging. And it’s not because I don’t like to write (heck, I spend plenty of time every day answering comments), it’s just that I do this because it’s a love and passion, not because someone has a gun to my head.

Last month I posted less than I ever had, and traffic was way up. This month I’ll post even less than last and again, this will be my best month ever. Like you said, much of it has to do with momentum.

Thanks again for everything Jon.

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Martha Giffen March 20, 2011 at

Thank you thank you thank you!! I have been a blog commenter ever since I read “Crush It!” Sometimes, I get weary of it but you have just cemented that I need to keep on. Again, thank YOU!

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Marcus Sheridan March 22, 2011 at

That’s right Martha, just keep going….You really can do this…but I’ll be writing even more about the art of commenting soon (later this week I think) so I very much hope you’ll stop by again.

Keep smiling :-)

Marcus

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Tristan March 20, 2011 at

Sweeeet post, Marcus! And thanks a ton for the mention, man!

With this post currently at 100+ comments, you’re obviously walking the walk here. And the great thing is that it’s not rocket science. You were able to break it down to a very succinct recipe that really anyone can follow. Does it require some work? Yes. But hey, welcome to blogging, right? :)

Here’s something interesting that I’ve noticed recently. In the last month or so, I’ve vastly scaled down the amount of commenting I’ve been doing. It’s so that I can 1) work on my product, and 2) get outside and climb more (the weather’s getting better!). But even though I haven’t been commenting as much, the relationships that I built when I was commenting a ton have carried over. I still get a lot of comments (not quite as many as before, but still a number I’m happy with) and traffic (has gone down slightly, but again, it’s still at a number I’m happy with). But yeah, my commenting binges have initiated amazing relationships that I definitely wouldn’t have otherwise.

As soon as my product is out, you can bed I’ll be doing another round of binge commenting.

Thanks again for the great post!

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Marcus Sheridan March 22, 2011 at

This was a really insightful comment Tristan, and I’m so glad you shared.

Your comments initiated traffic…and the continued traffic and comments initiated relationships….and those relationships are now the life-blood of the blog. I think many people do the comment thing, but don’t do the relationship thing as a next step, and therefore the comments are often wasted, ya know what I mean? It’s almost like the comment is the initial handshake and introduction, but what happens after that is what the relationship will be built upon.

You’re awesome T’, and I’m glad you’re having more time to climb. I’m sure it’s working wonders for your mind and body, and the inspiration that comes with it.

Marcus

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Christina Crowe March 20, 2011 at

Hey Marcus,

“Remember, if this article doesn’t get many comments I’ll look like an idiot and feel very sad.” – Haha, love it!

This is CRAZY awesome, Marcus! I still remember the days when you were only receiving about 40 comments per post. Now that I read this article and see that it has over 100 comments (and I’m sure more to follow), I’m flabbergasted! What an amazing feat – so amazing, that I would give you a pat on the back if I could!

(Alright, enough of that. I think I had way too much caffeine. ;) )

Moving on…

I’m also a pretty active reader of Tristan’s blog Blogging Bookshelf, and, I must say, he writes some pretty good stuff. I did read his article on commenting, though never had the chance to try out his methods yet (comment on 100 or so blogs). But now that I see you’re also receiving similar success, I can’t help but wonder what the heck I’m waiting for. Part of me is saying that time is an issue, but another part of me knows that just isn’t true. After leaving this comment, I think a reality check is in order… ;)

Also, you mentioned how you didn’t like Disqus; well, I’m of a similar mind, but only because it requires commenters to register (I mean, come on – really?). In fact, it took me ages to register in the beginning. I finally gave in though after enough blogs were using it. It’s still a pain when I have to re-sign in though.

As for headlines… Well, I’ll be honest with ya, writing headlines isn’t exactly a strong characteristic of mine. And often when I’m writing a post, I don’t even stop to think whether or not the headline is good – I just write the post and publish it.

I’m going to try to get in the habit of working on my headlines though from now on. I can’t even tell you how often I’ve read an article on “how to create good headlines;” at least five times! That should have been a wake-up call to me that headlines were important. But I guess sometimes it takes you many tries (or in this case – many readings?) before it hits you.

Welp, sorry for the little rant. I’m just really impressed with your progress so far! Keep up the awesome work man (can women say that? bah, who cares…). :p

Christina

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Marcus Sheridan March 22, 2011 at

Christina, this was great, as are all your comments. And I appreciate your thoughts about the growth of this blog. You’ve been reading my stuff for a long time, and it is kinda crazy how things have gone for it lately.

I think commenting is important, yes, but I also think it’s just the start to a relationship, and so focus on like-minded people that you feel share similar interests to you.

I earnestly believe that your writing is of such quality, and all it needs is a few more eyes so that you can have more sharing in the good ‘ol blogosphere.

BTW, I noticed earlier you didn’t have a Twitter share button (like tweet meme) on your articles. (unless I just missed that) So do yourself and your readers a favor and get that up right away so we can spread the love ;-)

Have a great day Christina!

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Christina Crowe March 22, 2011 at

Marcus – you are now the second person who’s said that about social media buttons. I actually do use Twitter, Facebook, and StumbleUpon buttons, though I use the Sharebar, which is visible off to the left-hand side of each blog post.

If people aren’t seeing it (and you and someone else had both made that aware), I’m definitely going to go back to what I used to do, and put a Twitter button on the right hand corner of each post, and keep other social media buttons on the bottom.

I had no idea that others couldn’t see the Sharebar, and for some reason I can. =/

Christina

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Marcus Sheridan March 22, 2011 at

Yeah, I’ve never noticed your share sidebar Christina. Plus the click/share rates are much higher when the button is showing on the article itself.

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lenore charles March 20, 2011 at

Hi Marcus first time writing to you love your articles,but also love to write and wish some body will tell me what i am doing wrong would appreciate it if you could find the time in your busy schedule to read some of my writing and give me your honest opinion.
all of my article is on Better Network

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Marcus Sheridan March 22, 2011 at

Hello Lenore! I’m so glad you came by for a visit. I’ll try and stop by your site and offer some feedback. Hang in there and keep it up…..it will pay off for you, I promise :-)

Marcus

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Sheila Atwood March 20, 2011 at

Oh my gosh. I am soooo late in commenting you now have 105 comments on this post.

I would say you know what you are talking about. Well done!

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Marcus Sheridan March 22, 2011 at

Thanks Sheila. You’re a huge support and I hope you know that. :-)

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Tito Philips, Jnr. March 21, 2011 at

There are several ways of getting comments on ones blog. And in my little experience, I will say they all require a lot of hard work and serious effort on the part of the blogger.

Recently, I have been giving this issue of getting comments on blogs a deep thought that it has even inspired an article in itself. Early on when I began blogging, say four months after my blog went live, I tried the going about to drop comment strategy. That was when I first learnt about “Comment Trading”. Back then, I didn’t realize that many people simply go about blogs to drop comments because they wanted some in return. I thought comments were a way to really, really express your own views about the post that you just read.

Gradually, I started noticing that my blog began to grow in comments. But being the kind of person I am, I immediately flawed this strategy, not completely, but fundamentally. I noticed many people didn’t provide any value on my blog through their comments. And that made it more and more difficult for me to continue with this strategy of growing my blog’s comment. If you just want to bribe me with your comments, then make it a highly valueable one. Don’t just litter my blog with your comments if it won’t add value to the community. I soon realized, much more than QUANTITY, I would prefer, QUALITY.

That was when I became deliberate about commenting, I chose only valueable commenters to return the favour. I wasn’t just going everywhere to drop comments because I wanted some back in return, I followed only valuable content providers. Because whether we like it or not, our comments are also part of the contents we create online. So if your comments suck, it tells me you suck and so does your blog posts too. With this, my blog comments has been reducing, but as I have learnt, I will pick QUALITY over QUANTITY any time any day.

To get the kind of quality comments I desire, I am switching to guest blogging rather than Comment Trading as a strategy to attract quality visitors to my blog. Those who really really want to learn and share something SIGNIFICANT – unique and useful.

Thanks.

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Marcus Sheridan March 22, 2011 at

I love what you’ve said here Tito. And yes, I’d pick Quality over Quantity any day of the week. And you wanting to do more guest posts to initiate a higher quality is an excellent idea man. I really like the way you think Tito.

Thanks for the tremendous comment man.

Marcus

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Peggy Baron March 21, 2011 at

Hi Marcus,

I read your posts because what you say resonates with me, plus you have a comfortable conversational style that makes it easy for me to read.

So why shouldn’t I comment and add to the conversation? What I can’t figure out is how you make me EAGER to join the conversation. ;)

I have yet to try your #7, mostly because I find the older I get, the more I realize there are 2 sides to (almost) everything. But I do like to stir the pot now and then.

I’m not sure if Reply Me will work with my blog theme as apparently it’s not able to do comment nesting. I probably need to get that worked out first. But I do think Reply Me is pretty awesome.

There are many advantages to giving and receiving blog comments. As Paul goes on to point out, relationships are built and opportunities abound. I was even spurred to finally create an ebook I’d been meaning to do because of blog commenting > relationship building > upcoming interview (and a desire to write and showcase the ebook).

Thanks for the conversation with my coffee. :)
Peggy

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Marcus Sheridan March 22, 2011 at

Wow Peggy, this was so great, thanks for sharing your coffee time with us ;-)

You’ve said something that really got me thinking here— EAGER.

The process of making people ‘eager’ to comment is such a unique and interesting one to analyze, but it’s importance can’t be overstated…Now as to how it’s happening, I have no idea, I’m just THRILLED you feel that way!!

Good luck with your eBook Peggy. That’s awesome :-)

Marcus

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Tonia Johnson March 22, 2011 at

Great article. Sometimes I need those obvious reminders. You are right Gini Dietrich & Spin Sucks rock! I like that you have your family photos on your blog– too many bloggers act like they are not real people, by leaving out their real life. Cool.

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Marcus Sheridan March 22, 2011 at

Hey Tonia! I can see you and I agree on Spin Sucks :-) Yeah, those guys are great.

So glad you liked the photos, and thanks for stopping by!

Marcus

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Dennis March 22, 2011 at

This has got to be one of the best articles I read so far on this subject. I never thought of asking people to comment. but I recently put questions at the end of my blog to get a response. :D

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Marcus Sheridan March 22, 2011 at

Thanks Dennis :-) ….I thought it was pretty thorough myself ;-)

Come back again soon and thanks for your support!

Marcus

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Cosmin Stefan March 24, 2011 at

I’m waiting… actually scratch that working for the day when I can write one of these posts.

One thing I read on another blog on the same subject was that the blog owner was disabling comments on posts older than a week. He said he was applying the principle of scarcity. Visitors weren’t able to post comments on older posts so they were quick to do it for new ones. Still, I haven’t tried this on my blog.

Another ironic thing I noticed is that posts on how to get comments usually attract a lot of comments. This article is a perfect example.

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Danny Brown March 24, 2011 at

Awesome, awesome, AWESOME. That is all. :)

Okay, more? Dammit! There’s absolutely nothing to add, man, you covered all bases. This is bookmarked and referenced for future inspiration. :)

PS – thank you for the kind words, mate, and these are some awesome examples you used for who’s making their blog comments section sing. Cheers, sir!

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Harriet Cabelly March 30, 2011 at

Wow, what a wonderfully useful piece. I’m surely printing this one up and referring back to it again and again. As a new blogger, and new to this whole world of social media, this is sooooo useful. Thank you so much for providing such practical and helpful information in an area that is very new to me where I could use all the help I can get.

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Marcus Sheridan March 31, 2011 at

Hi Harriet, and thanks so much for coming by! This may sound self-serving, but I truly do wish I had read an article like this when I started blogging 16 months ago, so I do hope you’re able to put in practice some of the stuff you read here, as it will save you so much time and effort.

So happy for you as a new blogger and good luck!! Come back again :-)

Marcus

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Bill Dorman April 1, 2011 at

Gini is the best, isn’t she? Because I have some quirky symbol by my name on Griddy’s blog I said I at least wanted a lion’s head like yours. And then I saw Gini telling you to change to a tiger or bear so maybe I can rent the head from you…….:).

I think you are spot on with you list. I’m a novice blogger (basically invisible) but just sticking my toe in the water to see if it has any sustainability before I make the commitment to take it to the next level.

However, I have taken the time to check other people out and engage with them (some more than others) which in a small way I feel gives me some kind of presence.

I have been somewhat guilty of engaging only at the level of leaving a comment and waiting for a reply, so my next step is to follow the comment stream and plug in from there.

It has provided the opportunity to see what seems to be working and what doesn’t. First and foremost is the network. I think that once it is established you can lay an egg every once in awhile and still get 50+ comments.

Now that Gini is pimpin’ ya, you will probably be blowin’ up all over again. I’ll see you around.

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Mouh April 5, 2011 at

Hi,

I really like the idea of promoting other people stuff as a way of attracting more comments. I think it is quite effective. I experienced that myself. One person talked about one of my blog post on her blog. I really loved that and I always visit her and comment regularly maybe to show my gratitude for mentioning me in a blog post.

I’ll start implementing this strategy on my blog. I am sure it’ll work perfectly well.

Thanks for drawing my attention to this technique.

Kindest regards,
Mouh

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Marcus Sheridan April 5, 2011 at

No question Mouh, and personally, I feel mentions in other posts are much stronger than general commenting. They are really a strong sign of appreciation for one’s work, ya know? Anyway, I want you to know I very much appreciate this comment and you stopping by.

Marcus

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jared smith April 6, 2011 at

That’s amazing Marcus! Your blog is just the perfect example of what you’ve shared. Of course, communicating with your commentators is very vital. Replying on what they have shared would make them feel valued which would inspire them to share more of what they know. But first of all, get noticed first!

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Marcus Sheridan April 6, 2011 at

Hey Jared, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Yes, getting noticed is pretty darn important, and we’ve sure talked about it quite a bit. Hope you can back again Jared and make sure you subscribe as well if you haven’t already. We’ve got a special community of people in these parts that are willing to help everyone.

Marcus

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Benny April 6, 2011 at

First time visitor and will be coming back for sure. Love what I’ve read so far here.

Question. what do you do about comments you get from people who are just looking to get links back to their website selling “fake watches”? They leave a decent comment but it’s their real name but it’s linking back to their website.

And I love reply me. I saw others used it and knew it was something I had to install. I wish more would use it so I would know when they replied back to me.

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Marcus Sheridan April 6, 2011 at

Hey Benny, great to meet you fella!

Yes, ReplyMe is like the greatest plugin ever for building relationships through comments. It’s personable and really enhances the entire conversation in general.

Also, make sure you’re using the GASP plugin, that says ‘confirm you’re not a spammer’….or customize it like I did.

Beyond that, you’re normal spam filters should catch most.

BTW, make sure you subscribe Benny if you haven’t already and come back again. It’s a great community around here I think you’ll find.

Marcus

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Benny April 6, 2011 at

That was fast! I do have the GASP plugin. His comment wasn’t super spammy. He did sort of address what the post about but I know he’s trying more to get links to his site. Just wasn’t sure if I should approve it or not.

Sure I’ll subscribe. I just followed on Twitter too.

Thanks!

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Marcus Sheridan April 6, 2011 at

Hi Again Benny. If someone puts an anchor text link in a comment, I’d likely smoke it. Or at least edit the comment and kill the link. But I think you’ll find that’s rare. Most people have more manners. Thanks again man! :-)

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Marcia Hoeck April 13, 2011 at

Stellar post, Marcus, I installed the 2 plugins before I finished reading it! I’ve read many posts on getting comments, but yours was the best. Lotsa learning here.

Came here through Melanie Kissell’s post this morning where she featured your post about your tag line. Then I subscribed.

Thanks a bunch.
M
Yes, lions are cool. The first stuffed animal I remember having was a lion named Charlemagne.

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Marcus Sheridan April 13, 2011 at

Well a roaring ‘Hello’ to you Marcia! :-)

I’m curious, what were the two plugins? If you have any questions at all about them once you’ve got ‘em rockin and rollin just let me know.

And I’m so glad you’ve stumbled across the site here and the fact that your first stuffed animal was a lion essentially means that you and I are officially ‘friends’ for the long haul ;-) Very cool….

Headed over now to see your site Marcia, have a wonderful rest of your week and I do hope we chat again.

Marcus

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Marcia Hoeck April 13, 2011 at

The 2 plug-ins were ReplyMe and CommentLuv — I didn’t have either, but I do now! Thanks for the great tips. Bookmarking them, also tweeted ya.
M

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Marcus Sheridan April 13, 2011 at

Awesome Marci, I can assure you that you will see an immediate difference. :-)

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Nancy Johnson April 13, 2011 at

Marcus,
What are your thoughts on how to create an effective blog post using content from other sources? For example, the bloggers at our company like to comment on articles that have appeared in trade magazines/other blogs, as well as on legislation and trade group announcements. The challenge is how to cite the information from those sources. Do we just link to the article and make our pronouncements about it, or should we include content from these sources within our blogs (in quotation marks)? And, if we include quotes from the article, how much should we include (50 words or fewer, 100 words, etc.)?

Thanks for your insight!

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Marcus Sheridan April 13, 2011 at

Hmm, good question Nancy. I’d suggest that yes, you do a summation. 50-100 words (in italics by itself) would likely be about right, and make sure you link back to that post (not the blog, but the specific post). If you do this the right way, it will actually be quite a relationship builder for your company, so good luck, and let me know if you have any further questions.

Please come back again to chat. :-)

Marcus

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Yuwanda Black April 13, 2011 at

. . . from a fellow blogger who doesn’t want you to look like an idiot, or feel sad :-)

Seriously, after years of blogging, I’m just now starting to average few comments per post. Like you, I am too focused on turning out (writing) the content. But as you so brilliantly pointed out, “. . . the ‘learning’, in most cases, [doesn't start] until the comment section.”

Great post!

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Marcus Sheridan April 13, 2011 at

Well hello Yuwanda, I’m so grateful you stopped by today and thanks also for helping me not be ‘sad’ ;-)

Major props to you for sticking with it all these years. I hope you are nowing seeing the fruits of your labors, and don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have any further questions, K??

Come back again soon—

Marcus

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Jungo April 13, 2011 at

In some ways I am new to blogging (Not really, new!), and I’ve always read articles that will show a blue print on how to get comments on my blog. I must really honest, this article is the most simple how to articles I have read on this subject. There is not fancy wording or clever lines…Love it! Steps 6 and 7 had really sparked motivation in me to really write some more blog posts, which I have saved on files. Great Job, and I look forward on reading some more from you.

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Marcus Sheridan April 13, 2011 at

Hi Jungo, and thanks so much for taking the time to leave this comment.

I’m glad you found the article to be simple and helpful— my only goal here is to teach, not impress, and so the fact that you’ve found something that might help you and your blog makes me smile.

Well I hope you’ve subscribed and that we’ll get the chance to chat again.

Best!

Marcus

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Dan Bischoff April 25, 2011 at

Wow, there are massive amounts of comments on this blog. Awesome tips.

You referred to Mitch Joel in this piece, interesting that he wrote a post about how comments may not be what you should really be trying to get with your blog. There may be other numbers that are more valuable to you than comments.

I’m also not sure about letting your blog simmer for 3 days. I guess it depends on what you want out of your blog. Hubspot publishes about 3 blogs per day, and still gets a lot of shares, comments, etc. on their posts. Plus the search engines probably eat that stuff up, not to mention the thought-leadership that comes out of generating that much good content. What do you think?

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Marcus Sheridan April 25, 2011 at

Hey Dan, great to hear from you and I’m so glad you stopped by. I think Mitch has a good point about comments, in the sense that comments aren’t indicative of success per se, and it’s all a matter of goals. But let’s talk about Hubspot for a moment. (And keep in mind I’m a HUGE fan of HS).

Just how engaged is their audience really? I’ve talked to subscribers of their blog that simply became disenchanted with the number of posts, and so instead of trying to keep up, they just gave up. I think many readers like to dedicate themselves to a blog– in other words, they want to read most if not all the articles. And if they can’t? They leave. Almost an all or nothing approach.

Also, Hubspot has huge brand recognition and huge amounts of employees, which means they get tons of shares to their articles on twitter no matter what, but again, how is the interaction?– this can be shown in many ways by comments. Their blog used to get many more comments than it does now, and that’s the cost of pumping out huge amounts of content all the time.

This being said, I get the HS model. They are going after traffic and visits and leads…and ultimately sales.

My approach is a tribe of raving fans, smaller community, huge interaction, but loyal till the end.

Hope this answers your question Dan, again, thanks for stopping in man.

Marcus

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Dan Bischoff April 25, 2011 at

I think you differentiated it well: traffic, visits, leads vs. raving fans, loyalty, community. Sounds like another blog post.

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Marcus Sheridan April 25, 2011 at

Really funny you mention that Dan. I’ve been thinking a LOT about that very blog post, so it’s cool that you brought it up today. :-)

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Shivam Garg April 27, 2011 at

Hi Marcus,
Very nice and effective tips.You have got a lot of comments on this blog.I feel your point about title is true.It is a very big catalyst for heavy traffic.People only love to read blogs which have effective and catchy titles not the monotonous ones.

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Marcus Sheridan April 29, 2011 at

Hi Shivam. Yes, title are huge, and the majority I see out there in the blogosphere are pretty slack, to tell you the truth. Come back and see us again!

Marcus

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Eric B May 15, 2011 at

This is great! But now I have to go back and make some adjustments to my blogs. Better late than never. Thank you for the tips.

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Marcus Sheridan May 16, 2011 at

Hi Eric. So glad you got a little out of the article. I truly do hope you’ll apply its principles and I can assure you they’ll work.

Make sure you subscribe and come back again soon, the community here is special. ;-)

Marcus

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Jon May 19, 2011 at

It does seem a trend that blogs about blogging do get a lot more conversation that blogs on other topics. A more interesting statistic (has anyone done this I wonder?) would be to know the percentage of people who leave a comment and also the % of comments which are passed. Maybe this blog just gets more traffic because it ranks well in Google for searches about improving your blog? I will look at Reply Me though, is it much different to Subscribe to Comments? I installed that one the other day.

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Marcus Sheridan May 20, 2011 at

Hi Jon, and thanks so much for stopping by. The short answer to your question is that this site doesn’t get a lot of traffic because of SEO for those phrases. Although it does do well for certain phrases, blogging phrases are not one of them. Keep in mind that it was not until I really focused on ‘community’ that I was able to start getting so much interaction from other readers. Good luck with ReplyMe, it will makes a huge difference and you’re going to love it.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Marcus

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Stacy-Ann June 6, 2011 at

Wow! This is perfect. As a fairly new person blogging, its resources that like this that I truly appreciate. I will definitely continue reading your blog and using your tips. And it seems I will have to return to this page as well because scrolling through the comments, I saw some great titles that I simply must revisit.

I’m subscribing right now. Thanks again.

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Marcus Sheridan June 6, 2011 at

Hi Stacy-Ann!! So glad you’ve subscribed and commented. Now you just need to get an avatar (photo on side of comments), which is free and can be found at http://www.gravatar.com .

Good luck connecting with some of the bloggers in this community. They’re truly an amazing bunch.

Thanks!

Marcus

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Steve LeBlanc September 13, 2011 at

Great job Marcus. This post reminds us how to get in the conversation and how to stay in it. It’s not just about showing up. It’s about speaking up and adding value.

I particularly like #4. Use CommentLuv and ReplyMe widgets for WordPress. Unfortunately, I use WordPress.com and can’t use those. But I have others sites I plan to build with WordPress that will support them. I agree with @Peggy Baron when she said you made her EAGER to comment here. Me too. And with @Danny Brown when he said, “Damit, I have nothing to add here.” What a great compliment to hear from someone like Danny.

No wonder you get such high quality comments. You have a seriously smart audience, who demands great content from you.

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Marcus Sheridan September 21, 2011 at

Hey Steve, sorry for the slow reply here but I’m so glad you got a little something out of this. Speaking of CommentLuv and ReplyMe (which are huge deals), have you considered getting off of wordpress.com so you can enjoy those benefits? The financial cost to make such a move really isn’t that bad at all.

But thanks so much for your kind words regarding the audience here. They are a special group, that’s for certain.

Cheers Steve!

Marcus

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Tony Payne September 14, 2011 at

This is an excellent guide Marcus, thanks.

I use Comment Luv and find that this works well, but I haven’t used Reply Me. I think this would be a great addition to my blog.

My problem is getting the blog popular enough so that people notice the articles that pose controversial questions. I guess part ofthe answer is to write more of these articles, especially if they are not time sensitive, so that they get picked up over time when then blog has gained a larger following.

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mimi October 13, 2011 at

Ok, maybe I’m even slower than the last guy who said he was slow. I have wordpress on my website and while commentluv seemed like an interesting idea, I have inactivated it for now (I was able to get it) ReplyMe on the other hand was not an available plug in. Instead I used something called “Comment Reply Notification” and it did appear to work.
A lot of your suggestions are absolutely on spot for getting people going, but I am painting pictures, not stating opinions so much. It seems to me that I have to find the blogs of people who might be interested in my paintings. So far, I have not been very successful, I have sold a lot more stuff via facebook and just friends than I have on my blog. I will continue reading your blog, it is interesting for certain. Thanks

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Marcus Sheridan October 13, 2011 at

Hi Mimi, and thanks for your comment here.

You’re an artist, ehh? Very cool. Tell me, how often do you:

1. Blog about the stories of your paintings?
2. Show before, during, and after photos of projects?
3. Show before,during and after videos of your projects?
4. Frequent other artist sites and make connections with them, and share their work?

These are just a few things I’d be doing if I had an art-based blog. You may already be doing them all, but I figured I’d throw this out there anyway.

Good luck to you and please come back again!!!

Marcus

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mimi October 14, 2011 at

heh, Marcus, I LOVE LIONS (are you a Leo?)

I do #1 and #4 – sometimes these stories that my paintings tell are very evocative..

I’ve never made a video.. that would be quite the feat. I will definitely try doing a blog about my process (before during and after) That’s a good idea.

I will come back. I like your energy.

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Poonam October 19, 2011 at

I also had this problem, not getting enough comments to my blog posts. The problem is even more critical my new blog post won’t get any comments. But once one comment the other followed. So I tried this to get some comments to my blog.

I hope your information will also help my blog to some more comments, thanks for sharing.

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CherylB November 9, 2011 at

Great tips. I was actually looking for post like this. I’ll try to implement the other tips you mentioned here too. Thanks for posting..I really love to hear from the expert!

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Gavin Ryan November 14, 2011 at

Hi Marcus,
Thanks for your tips! Blogging is very new to me but it is fun and rewarding. I enjoy the fact you get straight to the point.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
Gavin

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hypnodude December 6, 2011 at

I’ve seen a definite increase in traffic after I begun commenting on other blogs like this one :), especially if they use either CommentLuv or Livefyre, which I did after reading one of your post Marcus. I’m not having much comments on my blog actually but given the raise in traffic they’ll surely come also because, again inspired by one of your posts, I’ve added Livefyre to my blog.

Well, I can say that if my blog becomes bigger is certainly thanks to your advices.

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Kerri Baruch January 6, 2012 at

Excellent post! And you got my comment ;-) I know there are differing opinions on asking for comments – but I tend to agree with you.

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Marsha Cornelius January 6, 2012 at

Hi Marcus,
Really appreciated your suggestions about blogging, but I’m a bit of a tech dummy so I didn’t understand the Commentluv and ReplyMe part. What are these?

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Jeannie Spiro February 5, 2012 at

Excellent post. It took me a while to figure out that you need to invest the time in commenting on blogs and adding valuable feedback and content. Now I consider them to be online conversations I can’t wait to have. I’m still working on my to create more engagement so I appreciate the great tips.

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Marcus Sheridan February 6, 2012 at

Well then I certainly hope it continues to go well for you and your blog is able to grow how you’d want it to grow Jeannie. Good luck and thanks for dropping in!

Marcus

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Melanie Kissell February 5, 2012 at

A dead center bull’s eye on this one, Marcus!

(Enjoyed this post so much — wanted to make a second stop in the comment box). ;)

Agree totally about the myriad of bloggers out there who simply “cough up” what everyone else is writing about. Or those that publish what I call “copy and paste” content.

I think it’s worth noting even some of the most interesting, entertaining, and enriching posts won’t get many comments, sadly, and some won’t get any at all …

Without good “promotional strategies”.

Of course, once you get a loyal following, promoting your posts is no longer an issue. Your loyal readership will do the work for you! :)

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Leslie Porter February 9, 2012 at

I am going to use this article as my “go to” when I post to my blog, or do a lens or hub from now on. This information is invaluable. I *sigh*…still have to learn to tweet. Facebook was a challenge, but now that I have hundreds of friends, it is easier to navigate and get feedback. I feel like I am starting all over again joining Twitter. What a challenge!

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Marcus Sheridan February 9, 2012 at

Trust me Leslie, I understand what you’re going through. Just keep pushing and great things will happen. Stay strong!

Marcus

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Scott Martin February 10, 2012 at

Thanks for the article! I just opened the doors to the .com version of my blog yesterday to a pretty warm welcome, but tips like these are always fun to read and greatly appreciated.

I’m bookmarking the site. Great content!

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Marcus Sheridan February 10, 2012 at

Well good for you Scott! Continued success with you new blog! :)

Marcus

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Tash February 26, 2012 at

The biggest down side to you getting so many comments on here Marcus is that it takes so long to read them all (and in fact I ran out of time so didn’t) – the scroll bar seems to be a long way from the bottom as I read!

Thanks for the great list – all of which I think I knew but don’t always put into practice or find time for.

I love blogs that offer commentluv (or equivalent) and have been wondering if it actually makes a traffic/comment difference so good to read that part of this post -t hanks.

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Janus February 29, 2012 at

Hi Marcus,

I think you have made the 10 most solid tips about getting blog comments!

I have used some of these strategies like using CommentLuv and posting regularly. I also do blog commenting but only have time to make about 5 comments everyday. I know this is not much but I try to be consistent and it does get me some results.

Thanks for the great advice!

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Marcus Sheridan March 1, 2012 at

Good for you Janus, and hopefully you’re getting the results you hoped for.

Have a great one!

Marcus

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Bob the Water Cat March 3, 2012 at

Just had to comment. 3 down 97 to go.

Thanks for sharing your experience Marcus. Good stuff in there.

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Marcus Sheridan March 3, 2012 at

Appreciate the kind words Bob. :)

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Victoria March 12, 2012 at

This is a great article. I ran across the link on a forum and the advice you share here is something that I must try. I hardly get any comments on most of my posts and now I see why.

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Marcus Sheridan March 14, 2012 at

Just keep pushing it Victoria. I know it’s tough, but remember too that comments, although “nice”, certainly aren’t the end-all to why we do what we do.

Good luck!!

Marcus

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Kitty April 6, 2012 at

Thank you for the advice. Looking forward to improving.

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Lynn Brown April 16, 2012 at

Marcus this is my first time to your blog and I found you through Social Media Examiner. You were listed as the Top 10 Blog Winners for 2012, so first of all congrats!

I am glad that I visited and really enjoyed your information on getting tons of comments to your blog. I know that it takes some time and is not something that happens overnight. But I do like your suggestion about ‘stirring the pot’! That is something I will always remember – and it is good advice. Looking forward to learning and enjoying more from your blog – so I will be back!

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Marcus Sheridan April 16, 2012 at

Hi Lynn! So glad you came over from SME and thrilled this post helped you a little. So good luck with your blog and I hope to see you again!

Marcus

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Jonny Cooper April 18, 2012 at

This was a totally awesome article Marcus, and more confirmation that you’re a master at your craft. It’s good to hear that you started at nowhere just a few months ago, and
I’m sure that gives encouragement for all of us still studying and finding our voice.

I’ll keep on reading for sure, and will keep you posted as my following starts to build.

Thanks for the great tips! Jonny

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Marcus Sheridan April 19, 2012 at

Jonny, thrilled to hear it and I hope your growth meets your goals….Good luck!!!

Marcus

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Jon April 18, 2012 at

I was forced to switch off Subscribe to Comments on Monday – it was creating too many emails. Some sort of RSS or third party software must be a better solution. Never thought about the day that all the comment subscription emails would result in server overload!

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David Frey - MarketingBlogger.com April 26, 2012 at

Whew, well, you’ve proved that you can get comments. Just look at the amount of comments on this post!

I currently use Facebook comments for the viral aspect, but I’ve been contemplating moving to commentluv. You’re the second blogger today that I respect who has recommended commentluv. All I need is a 3rd to for my “3 witnesses” rule. LOL

Thanks Marcus.

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Laura Haykel May 8, 2012 at

Hi Marcus… give thanks for this article!! I just recently started blogging and find myself absolutely thrilled to get a few comments or a new follower. I know I need to up my game because i’ve got some great things to share. This article is bringing me up to speed in the world of blogging.
Thanks again for the easy and practical tips!!
Best,
~Laura

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Marcus Sheridan May 9, 2012 at

Love your excitement and energy Laura :-)

Just keep pushing like you are and I’m sure it will pay the dividends!

Marcus

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Susan Fuller May 8, 2012 at

What about Facebook comments? I’ve tried a few times but have never been able to get them to work, but it seems to me that would be even better than CommentLuv and ReplyMe. Thots?

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Marcus Sheridan May 9, 2012 at

I don’t like FB as a comment platform Susan because it’s not universal, and it’s not something that is hosted on your site. Then again, some people are happy with it and you may want to give it a look. :)

Best,

Marcus

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Patti Winker May 8, 2012 at

Am I comment number 201? Ha!

This post and the suggestions were wonderful. Thank you especially for the links to the examples you talked about. THAT was very valuable – click, open in new tab, continue reading – then go open the other tabs and see what and who you were talking about.

What I have found very valuable about commenting on other people’s blogs is you create a community and, if your comments are meaty enough, offers for guest posting start coming in. And, if the bloggers who ask you to guest post have busy blogs, you get to ride their coat tails, and everybody’s happy! They get content (your guest post) and you get their readers to click on over to see who the heck you are. I’ve found this a great way to start growing a blog. My readership is still slow, but I see how things are improving by cross-commenting turning into guest posting. It’s all good!

I’m still very dissatisfied with the lack of commenters on my blog, so will definitely take all your tips to heart.

Oh, one last thought. There were several times I read a “bloggers blog” about how to get more comments, so I commented, and never saw my comment approved. AND one of the things I do when I comment on a blog post is, just as soon as I see it approved, I share the post – via Facebook, Twitter. BUT, if I don’t see my comment, I don’t share the post. In other words, if I put my time into commenting, I want to see my comment go live. After all, that’s the LUV!

Thanks again for this very informative post. I’ve got my work cut out for me. And I’m going to follow your advice to post every 3 days. Maybe my readership will start climbing. That would be awesome!

p.s. I’m having a ‘comment for a chance to win’ thing right now. Just not enough of an audience to get a lot of comments, but it’s fun. What do you think of contests?

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Ehsan May 19, 2012 at

Another great idea to increase blog comments in to start connecting with other bloggers by commenting on their blogs and following them on social media.
Thanks for the post, Great tips to get more comments:)

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Patti Winker May 24, 2012 at

Thank you, Ehsan. Reading now…

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Christian Hofer June 9, 2012 at

Very interesting topic – I agree with all of it – the main problem is just how to initially get off the ground….

How do you get your first readers from which you can build. I put a lot of time in building my blog but I don’t yet see the pay off in the form of readership – any suggestions would be welcome!

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Linda August 5, 2012 at

Good morning Christian!

I don’t know the answer to your question – it’s the (main) one I have too, so I thought I would sit right next to you for brotherly… err, sisterly… support.

The general consensus is that by ‘visiting’, commenting, tweeting and stuff, eventually readership will come. All I’ve seen so far is an increase in my bounce rate and my spam count is rising!

Could it be that my content is cr**?
Hope not, but when no-one leaves a comment it’s difficult to know.

Kind regards,
Linda

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Christian Hofer August 5, 2012 at

Hi Linda,
I just checked your content and I think it’s so that’s not the problem. I already know about three of my weaknesses:
a) I don’t post regular enough
b) I don’t comment enough on other sites
c) The titels of my blogs where just not interesting. I found a great posting on that – need to look up where I have it and I will let you know
Cheers,
Christian

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Nicki Goff June 22, 2012 at

Great tips – I’ve bookmarked this to come back to. I love to read comments, and through them have discovered a great many interesting blogs and people whom I now follow and read on a regular basis. In fact, you’re one!

Now – just have to put some of your tips into action.

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Marcus Sheridan June 28, 2012 at

So glad you liked it Nicki,and I hope those tips are now being implemented!!! ;-)

Best,

Marcus

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Sylviane Nuccio July 10, 2012 at

Wow, I didn’t even know about your blog until yesterday, but like you, for the longest time I was pretty much wrapped up with my own writing and marketing that I completely neglected other blogs. I love your blog though.

OK, now about your post. Well, I thought I would learn something, but I didn’t :) Well, I take it that it’s a good sign and I ‘ve been blogging for some time now, so the least I could do is know about what I call the MUST have.

Great , blog and I will be back here soon :)

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Lindsay Listanski July 10, 2012 at

This is a really great article. Thanks for sharing your “Secret Sauce” for increasing engagement. I will certainly put these to use on my company blog!

Best! -@LListanski

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Keith July 26, 2012 at

Marcus,

You always put out such wonderful stuff and in such quantity that my biggest problem is figuring out what to implement first! I’m installing commentluv right now, I think that’s as good a place as any to begin.

Thanks for all the great work you do, it’s a great help to a beginner like me!

Keith

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Marcus Sheridan July 27, 2012 at

Keith, you’re very welcome. Don’t over-analyze….just start. :-)

Cheers,

Marcus

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Linda August 5, 2012 at

Good afternoon, Marcus!

I cannot believe I started reading this post several hours ago and have only just got to the end of it – with some very kind and encouraging comments from your readers along the way, I might add!

Thank you to everyone …. now, if you could just pop a few on the blog… (ooh! that was soooo spammy, I apologise!)

For those of us whose work isn’t perhaps of such wide appeal as the focus of ‘The Sales Lion’, it is certainly good to know that you have the experience of blogging in a more ‘specialised’ niche. I’m off to check out what you’ve done about swimming pools and maybe plagiarise a little …. I’m assuming you get plenty of comments there too?

Kind regards,
L

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Wade August 16, 2012 at

You’re right…the comment section is where you can really learn more in depth about the topic. Posting to 100 blogs a day sounds crazy! lol! I’ll have to try that sometime! I definitely believe in using catchy titles to attract website visitors, when it comes to posting on social media, sometimes that only thing they see is the title, and you need to make it interesting!

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Enstine Muki@easyretweet.com August 27, 2012 at

Hey Marcus,
I just discovered this blog through Wade’s blog and I’m quite impressed. There are lots of impressive articles to be absorbed. This will certainly be on my list of most read blogs

WTB, these are great ways to encourage commenting.

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Deidre August 31, 2012 at

Hey Marcus,
After listening to one of your webinars on blogging I decided to check your site out and tell you that I love the way you deliver with passion, clarity and simplicity!

Thanks for sharing your wonderful insights!!! As a complete novice I’m glad you shared. I now have the motivation to impliment a stragegy to build my traffic!

The person who helped me set up my blog is nowhere to be found and now I’m it! Learning by trial and error. I’ve got some work to do but thanks to you now it doesn’t seem to feel daunting! I’ll wait to share it when things start to happen!

I do have a question about comments…. I’ve had to disable the comments on my blogs due to spam. What’s the best way to manage that?

Deidre

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Marcus Sheridan September 3, 2012 at

Hi Deidre, and thanks for you kind words, so glad this has helped you a little.

If you’re using Wordpress, you simply need to install a plugin that’s an anti-spam plugin. One that I like is called the “Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin”, and it’s the checkbox you see after the comment box, and it eliminates tons of auto spam.

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John Geroutis September 17, 2012 at

Thanks for the tips! I was trying to find a way to make my readers comment more. I always reply to them and stay active and now I’m thinking to try some plugins to the comment section to encourage them more :)

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steve werner September 21, 2012 at

All great, great suggestions!!

I admittedly have never asked anyone to comment on my blog.

will you??

thanks

sw

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Sara - Rockin' Oily Momma October 7, 2012 at

Great suggestions! I think I need to do some title editing. There were others I need to put into practice as well. Thanks for the great post.

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Shaharyar Afzal October 12, 2012 at

hmmm i have a problem with disqus and want to know its solution…
I put disqus on my website so when someone comment on it the disqus publish the comment without my permission.. there are some comments i dont want to approve but it make them appear in front of all…. what can i do for it???

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David Paul Krug January 7, 2013 at

Easily one of the best articles I’ve read in awhile. Something I need to focus on as I build my new website.

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Marcus Sheridan January 7, 2013 at

Glad it helped, and good luck with your site DP! :-)

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Keith February 4, 2013 at

You have opened my eyes to blogging. I had thought that it was all about just blogging i.e Just posting However, it’s clear to me now that it’s more about a community and of course content. Still with much to learn and hopefully contribute but at least with a fresh approach
Thank you

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Marcus Sheridan February 4, 2013 at

Thrilled to hear it Keith. Keep up the great work man!!

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Dave February 23, 2013 at

I’ve never really been a fan of third party plugins for altering the comment system. the inbuilt wordpress comment system is pretty elegant and user friendly by itself, and with a nice theme framework a lot of the legwork, such as the functionality of reply me can be included.

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Wade February 24, 2013 at

Marcus, I’m actually looking to switch from CommentLuv to Disqus because of the new Google “DoFollow” update. From what I can tell the site’s that have a lot of dofollow links going out will be penalized by Google in the searches.

As you already know, CommentLuv enables dofollow to people that share or are logged in to their account on your site. Is it time to switch to Disqus, or simply turn off the dofollow feature for CommentLuv?

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Philip Featherstone March 5, 2013 at

Thanks Marcus you have finally made my mind up for me after reading your article about Commentluv and Disqus I’m going to swop to Disqus as soon as possible.Have enjoyed your article and look forward to reading more!

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Marcus Sheridan March 6, 2013 at

Philip, so glad it helped. Hope it goes well for you sir!!

Marcus

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Phililp Featherstone March 7, 2013 at

Thank Marcus,
I enjoyed your article I think anything that makes you think twice about what you are doing is a good thing! As we are all about improvement and taking thing to the next level. Thanks for sharing buddy!

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Nick - Goats On The Road March 12, 2013 at

Great post! I was always love getting an email from blogs I’ve commented on and now I’ll use it on my own blog. Just wondering… If I switch from Disqus to Comment Luv, will I loose all my Disqus comments or can I import them somehow?
Thanks for the article

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Siegfried April 23, 2013 at

Lots of comments here, seems your tips are working well!
Thanks for sharing!

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Carol Carini April 27, 2013 at

Marcus, getting people to comment is a big issue for many of us. Thank you for the tips, and I will be using them on my new online magazine.

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rajeev May 1, 2013 at

Hi Marcus

I am now inspired to comment like a mad man, I haven’t had a single comment on my blogs as I have been asking for shares, likes and G+ ;-)

I think this will definitely help my SEO ranking and I never thoughts of these points you elaborated on above.

Thanks

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Johnny Bravo May 2, 2013 at

Wonderful points Marcus. if you are looking to stand out from the crowd you have to do what no one else is doing. Like you mentioned be a thought leader, that will surely drive comments and leads.

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Ayush May 10, 2013 at

nice post hope it helps my blog which is basically based on online music download
myentertainmentplace.blospot.com please suggest me with something to help me increase my web traffic

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Denzil May 22, 2013 at

Nice article, and even though its a few years old, still generating comments. I try to engage the readers as much as possible through the ways you mentioned, but I cant complain, 9 comments in less than a month from brand new blog. Be a thought leader and carve your own opinions, don’t be afraid to share them, it’s what makes your blog you.

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Sherri June 9, 2013 at

Thanks for this! It is the fourth article I have read this hour on comments and the most helpful by far.

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Marcus Sheridan June 11, 2013 at

Glad it helped Sherri, good luck!

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Harikrishna July 29, 2013 at

This is a great guide and great achievement you got tons of comments. i’m struggling from few days to get more comments on my blog, but i had failed. Your #10 points are very interesting… i Should kept all above points in my mind to get lots of comments. i need to take care more about #2,#5,#9 and #10points.

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Anna Robeson September 2, 2013 at

Hello Marcus,
Your article was very helpful for me. I have been writing for a very long time, but never have I really understood the importance of comments (I knew that they are good for SEO), but they are actually invaluable for networking and building relationships.

I especially agree with being opinionated, because people love discussions! It is what fuels a conversation, and your example on writing a post once every 3 days is great. If you write too many articles people might never get the chance to read them, but if you write one good post, and also reply to comments, the chances of winning their loyalty are far greater.

Thank you for the inspiring post.
Anna.

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Marcus Sheridan September 3, 2013 at

Glad it helped Anna, good luck!! :-)

Marcus

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Laura Smith October 2, 2013 at

hi there, great aricle. hanks fo sharing.

i thing there are 3 types of blogs.

1. the high-ranked blogs, those peolpe don’t need to go out and leave comments. they’re just receiving comments after paying tons of mony to ads, media etc.
2. the blogs that host blog hops memes.

3. the blogs that their owner posts daily and goes out on a regular basis and leave comments on about 120 blogs a day, everyday. bloggers usually do reciprocate.

thank you for your tips! helful indeed.

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Julius October 24, 2013 at

Hi Marcus,

Congratulations!

You made a tons of comments with a very helpful tips. Keep up the excellent work my friend and thanks for sharing :)

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Sam Adeyinka January 7, 2014 at

Hey Marcus, it’s my first time here and you really are a what you call yourself! You are indeed a fantastic blogger and I so much I’m liking you already. :)

Speaking about this post, I love comments. I’m already getting good comments on my blog but I want more comments like getting 200 and above like you and other top bloggers I know of – so I decided to search for the topic of how to get huge comments and one of the sites that popped up for me was yours and I wanted to quickly consume what you’ve got to share.

Trust me it was truly worth my while.

I’ve already been doing most of the points you shared but I will make sure I up my game in order to get more results than the ones I’m currently getting.

BTW, you have a great blog design and a huge following, which I’m now happy to be a part of.

If I’m not mistaken, this should be my 23rd comments today and I’m still not sure if I could actually meet your friend’s mark of 100 daily comments on different blogs. Man! He’s definitely a machine.

Thanks for sharing this great piece with this great community. I do really appreciate. :)

Sam

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Jonathan @ SW January 15, 2014 at

Hi, great post – but I have a question for you?

I work in a niche area – one where comments are probably harder to come by than normal – that area is dating (oh yes!). It’s tough because people leaving comments have to take a mental step – one that says if I comment I may send a signal out that says I’m alone.

Any tips?

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Marcus Sheridan January 15, 2014 at

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Make sense?

Keep up the great work!

Marcus

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