Blog On, Baby
Literally, I am getting no comments. I’m not happy about it. And it can be quite discouraging to motivate me to create more posts. Where is the incentive? Is anybody listening? I think many bloggers, especially newbies, feel this way at times. It can also be a big reason why bloggers quit posting altogether and abandon their sites. No one wants that to happen.
Encouragement for the Discouraged
So if you are not getting comments; what can you do to stay motivated and not feel so alone out there in the blogosphere.
1. Remember why you started your blog.
Did you create your site for people to talk to you. Not likely. I wrote a post on Why Farmers Should Blog. One of those reasons might hit home for you. But I think most bloggers want to get their ideas out there and maybe even help people to understand where they are coming from. Maybe you could focus on the enjoyment of creating something worthwhile to you. Take pride in a nice looking site. Feel the sense of accomplishment and follow-through.
2. Track Your Blog’s Traffic
This is a great time to find out some stats on your site’s traffic. If you haven’t already, add some kind of counter to your blog. You will feel very lonely if you can’t see that you have had some visitors. The stats will let you know that some warm bodies have actually seen your blog, even if it is a small number. When you are feeling down about no one commenting, go to your stats for a little boost.
3. Be active in social media
If I had not been on twitter, I would not have received these two tweets (one from this morning) from two sweet people.
They didn’t leave any comments. But boy do these types of contacts really put a spring in your step. And make you want to push on.
Thank you, Jennifer & Ryan.
You could say the same about facebook connections or google +. But you have to have skin in the game. You gotta be active or umm “social”.
Which takes me to the next point.
4. Comment on Other Blogs
While your lamenting the lack of post comments and wondering why people don’t say something, are you commenting on other blogs? ie.. Do unto others. The Golden Rule. How would you feel…? What goes around, comes around. That is all I can think of right now. I’m just as guilty of being a bad blog visitor as anyone though I am reforming my ways and have been commenting more. Oh, got another one: You’ve got to give to receive.
5. Keep Posting
The longer a blog is around and has continual updated content the easier it is to be found in search engines. So keep it up. Be sure you are making your posts search friendly and easy to navigate. Post interesting information that people want to read and throw in a little controversy from time to time for good measure. Also make it easy for readers to pass on with share buttons at the bottom of the post. This brings in more readers. Remember, don’t give up. Even if you let your writing lapse a little, start right back up again. No need to apologize.
Bonus tip: Contact Page – EVERY blog/site should have a contact page to make it easy for visitors to send you a message. Some people for many different reasons might not want to leave a comment but have something to tell or ask you. Make it easy for them or they will just move on.
Building a blog audience takes time.
Building an active audience takes even more time. So don’t give up. Keep this list in mind when you feel like packing it in because it seems like no one is paying attention to you. And if it makes you feel better, I’m not getting many comments either. But I’m going to Blog On!