Why Is My Comment Box Empty? A Common Question Many Bloggers Ask

Why Is My Comment Box Empty? A Common Question Many Bloggers Ask

 

Here Are Four Reasons And Solutions!

 

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Why my comment box is empty?  This is a common question many bloggers ask!time-for-feedback-showing-opinion-evaluation-and-surveys-100146228

It’s obvious that blog authors eagerly wait for comments after publishing their contents!

Why are no comments showing up in my comment box?

Where did it go? When will it get some comments?

How other fellow bloggers get hundreds of comments on their posts?

Oh, my… How can I get some comments on my posts?

These are some of the anxious questions or fears most of the bloggers especially the newbie bloggers ask in the beginning of their blog journey.

Yes, we the blog authors eagerly wait to hear the feedback from our esteemed readers on our posts. This feedback comes in the form of comments at the comment column or box. Yes, the many objects of any blogger is to get comments or feedback from their readers. Of course, that gives him a kind of boosting in his further writing, and it also helps him to improve or rectify the things in his future writings.

But alas! A new blogger has to wait more time to see a comment in his comment box. The reasons are many. I would like to point out some of the reasons why many of the new bloggers are not getting responses to their well-written post thru their comment boxes.

I am sure the following reasons play a vital role in this! If taken care you will get enough comments into your comment box. So let us be aware of it and be cautious while we do blogging!

 

Reason #1: You are not posting constructive and insightful comments on fellow blogger’s pages.

 

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One of the main reasons I found from my own experience for not getting comments is that our non-participation in the fellow blogger’s pages. If we engage with other fellow bloggers thru comments there is a good chance to get a return visit and a response in our comment box.

 

So make it a point to visit fellow blogger’s pages and read and post constructive comments. I am sure seeing your insightful comments others also may notice it and have a curiosity to see your page and there are many chances to get other bloggers attention too in this regard. And most of them will land on your page with a lovely comment. 🙂

 

Though many of my fellow bloggers are doing this, a good number of newbies here do not know this fact. So my sincere advice to my fellow newbies is that, visit at least a minimum of 5 blog pages (in the long run you can increase the numbers to 10 or so) of your niche, read thoroughly and post constructive comments. I am sure some of your readers and of course the blogger who receives the comment will respond to your comment and mostly they even visit your page and return the favor by posting a comment on your page. Though some may call this as a barter system and they do not follow it but I do not support or believe that idea.

While making comments at fellow bloggers post, please note that your comments should not be a one-line comment or a generic one like ‘good post’,  ‘Excellent’,  ‘keep it up’, ‘wonderful’ etc. instead read the content thoroughly and make a relevant and constructive comment. That will surely catch the attention of other fellow bloggers and they too will visit your page and if they like your contents they will post their opinion in the comment box and some may even promote your page through their social sites.

 

Reason # 2: The ‘Word Verification’ From Your Comment Box is not removed.

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This is another reason I found for the less participation of the fellow bloggers and readers. The word verification at the comment box is indeed an irritating thing to your visitor.

In this busy world, if a reader coming to your page itself is a great thing and if he or she decides to post a comment in return is yet another great thing. But when the visitor found this irritating process of captcha business provided some may literally go away from without posting a comment.

This happened to me at several places and sometimes I tried to fill the captcha word and number which never accept as correct. In one case I tried almost ten times to post a comment at one of my friend’s place, but at last, I could succeed and I mentioned this problem in the same comment as a postscript. This I do generally with all the places where I comment when I found this captcha trouble.

I am sure most of your visitors never take that much pain to spend time at our places to play with the word verification. This problem is faced mainly in the blogger platform.

You can read a post in this regard at this link:

Reason # 3: No proper Promotion of your Posts through Social media.

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“Unless we do the promotion of our blog posts who else will do for us?”

Yes, the primary factor is that promotion should take place and it should start with us. There are a good number of social websites now available for our use. Prominent among them are Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Digg and many others. Use these sites to promote your posts. You can even place these plugins in your blog pages so that without going directly to the sites a click from these buttons you can promote it to these pages. There are a number of widgets available in the market free as well as the pro. Among them, I use “Sharethis” button. This is free and presently I use this in my Blogger pages and WordPress pages.

Here is the link to their page. This button is available in different format and size. According to your needs, you can select the button. It is very easy to place this button in your web/blog pages. How to embed this button in your pages is as simple as that since the company provided tutorials for each platform on that website. Visit this page and avail this for your easy share. Please click on this link to visit the page: SHARETHIS

Reason # 4: You Do Not Ask Your Readers to Air their Views, Opinion, Suggestions etc.

give-feedback-switch-10079553There is nothing wrong in asking. I am reminded of a famous Bible verse, it says and I quote: “Ask and it shall be given unto you”

Yes, unless you ask how you will get it or how others will know your requirements.

Yes, when it comes to the subject of blog and blog comments the same theory may be applied! So why not ask your fellow bloggers to post their opinion suggestion or whatever they feel about the post you published.

In blogging, feedback can get within no time from the readers, whereas in the print media as we all know it’s a long process. At blog posts, the readers can opine their reaction through the comment box. This can be done by asking few questions to them and to share their opinion or their experience in this regard. I am sure, some readers may come up with some counter questions or answers, or suggestions. That will surely pave the way to build a communication between you and your readers and in due course, those friends will re-share your post link to their social networks and to their friends’ networks.

Some may even go a step further and may post a review about it. This will surely lead many readers to your page and that eventually leads to filling your comment box. So do not hesitate to ask your readers to post their experiences, suggestions, opinion etc. through the comment box. This can be done in the concluding paragraph of your post.

The well-known blog author and trainer Cherry Schmidt wrote in one of her latest posts and I quote: “You always want to think about ways to get others commenting. Ask questions and always encourage others to comment on everything that you do.

Cherry recently wrote a Guest Post on my blog in relation to blog comments. Please read that here at this link. Guest Post by Cherry Schmidt.

In short:

BLOG COMMENTING is the best and the easiest way to get return comments as well as to get associated with fellow bloggers around the world

Let us make note of these reasons while we do the blogging!
Thanks for your valuable time, and I expect your Views/Suggestions if any in this regard.

As I mentioned in this post above you can air your opinion suggestion etc. in the comment box below 🙂

Thank you very much for your valuable time at this place.

Keep visiting.

Keep informed.

Sincerely Yours

Philip V Ariel & Associates

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Philip Varghese ‘Ariel’

This post has first appeared on the pages of International Bloggers Associations website managed by  Brittany Bullen of NerdyGirl.com.  Read more about her here:

Brittany is a freelance writer and blogger who manages several blogs.  When she is not busy writing, singing or wrangling freelancers at NerdyGirl, she wrangles her three sons. She has the world’s coolest husband, who expertly shushes said, sons, while Brittany makes fabulously nerdy YouTube videos to help people make money online. Visit NERDDYGIRL to see her in all of her pink-bespectacled glory and get the NerdyGirl Guide to Making the Most of Your Marketing Budget (for free, of course).

 

GIVEN BELOW ARE SOME OF THE RESPONSES RECEIVED ON THE ORIGINAL POST:

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    My response is applause. Everything that you said is accurate from commenting to promotion. Failing to promote our writing tells the world that we don’t have confidence in our own words! Another excellent post my friend.

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    Hi Philip.

    Your views about bloggers having an empty comment box are spot on. How will you be noticed if you don’t make yourself known. Commenting on other blogs makes you noticed most especially if your comments are informative and worthwhile.

    I agree about Captcha as they can be annoying and time wasting. There are many better alternatives of dealing with spam without stressing your readers. Social media is a beautiful platform to promote your post so how sad it is for an author underestimate this platform.

    Ask and it shall be given to you says the good book. You are right that most authors don’t ask for opinions, suggestions or even a question. Given your audience, an opportunity to comment on your post or take an action can make your blog very engaging.

    Thanks for such a cool post. Have a nice weekend.

    Philip,

    What a very valuable topic and one that is dear to me because commenting is definitely in the top 3 of my marketing arsenal. I believe that when we visit a blog we should thoroughly read the post and not just be there for a quick one liner comment in hopes of getting a comment in return.

    You will be noticed by others if you leave a well thought out comment that adds value to the topic. I know first hand that works. People like Harleena Singh and Adrienne Smith who are my mentors are living proof it works as well!

    We must understand as bloggers that people are busy and we cannot make the commenting process harder by adding another layer to the process with a verification of some type. A captcha may help with spam but it does more harm than good because it turns people away from commenting. I mean, who has the time to do this?

    I like your views on social media also. We must self promote! We must be social and connect with others and by doing so you open a dialogue in which you can share your content. Technology has made this so easy for us with wordpress and all of the widgets and other means of promotions out there. It is up to us to take advantage of it and get the word out about our blogs an posts.

    Finally, I see many bloggers make the mistake of not asking the reader to act. Some readers will just read your post and click off, and especially so if they are new bloggers. Why not give them a call to action. Ask them to share your post or comment on our post. There are many ways of doing so but ways I find that work for me is to add a “share this” button on the middle of my post or at the very end of my article, I ask them to share and give me their comments below on the topic at hand.

    Great article my friend and one that all bloggers should read.

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    Hi Philip, and good to see you at Brittany’s blog 🙂

    Though an old post, it’s always an evergreen topic! Yes indeed, blog comments are SO essential and a lifeline of a blog I would say. I cannot imagine a blog without comments, though I know several blogs out there that do well without comments too, but one cannot relate and connect to those people, as well as we can to where comments are left, isn’t it?

    You are right in the reasons you mentioned if your comment doesn’t provide value when you visit other blogs, which happens when you patiently read through the post and leave a meaningful comment, no one is going to read it, nor visit your blog in return.

    Just like you and a few others, captchas put me off too, and they stop many from leaving a comment on your blogs. You need to have an easy commenting system where people from all walks of life can come and comment, perhaps have the social media logins enabled too, for non-bloggers and those who are more on the social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, especially if you have more non-bloggers than bloggers visit your blogs.

    Yes, there should be a call to action at the end of your post that makes people leave a comment, and that happens once your content is compelling too. Also, if you write your posts using words like ‘I’ or ‘you’, the readers feel as if you are talking to them and they are able to relate to that much better, which makes them ‘speak’ to you through their comments – it’s like a one to one conversation very soon.

    That’s just the way it’s worked for me, and thanks to the ABC, the little blog community, and forum we’ve built on our blog – I see all the members commenting just like that now 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, and have a nice weekend, both of you 🙂

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    Hi Brittany,
    I just opened a discussion topic at AhaNOW Blog pages.
    This post has been mentioned int he discussion forum.
    Here is the link. http://www.aha-now.com/topi…

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  • Hey Hey, Not Found what is this?
    Keep reading blog posts and then comment.
    Off topic, comments will never get approved. 🙂
    Have good time ahead.
    Keep visiting fellow bloggers pages and read it well
    and then post your comment
    Have a great day

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    Hi Philip,

    I blogged for ages and got no comments until I learned the lessons you taught above. It’s very depressing! I was even happy when I got spam comments because I didn’t know any better. Then I began to question whether my posts really WERE so totally amazing! LOL

    I also find that having the CommentLuv plugin helped me a lot.

    Have a great weekend. Joy

  • Hi Joy,
    Good to hear from you.
    Sorry for the delay in responding to this lovely and thoughtful feedback.
    Yes, in the initial stage i too thought that way, what to say i even approved some of the spam comments too, which later only i came to know those are pure spam and I started deleting them. Now, of course at WP pages scam filter works well and we can control them too.
    Thank you so much for your precious time here and for the insight into this post.
    Keep in touch
    Have a great and blessed weekend.
    ~ Phil

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    An excellent post, sharing 🙂 I am guilty of having the smart captcha on my blog. Will be removing it today 🙂
    Have a beautiful week!

  •  Philip Verghese Ariel

    Hi Limeade,
    Thank you so much for your kind visit and comment.
    I am extremely sorry for the delay in replying to your
    thoughtful and encouraging comment here on the
    subject “Comments”
    Nice to meet you here
    Keep visiting
    May you have a great and blessed weekend
    Keep informed
    Best Regards
    ~ Philip

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    Hello Philip,

    I have no doubt that You have done a great job with this topic.

    Blog Commenting is one of the best ways to promote your posts. I have seen that many blogger comments on others blog by writing only Thank You or like that. Don’t do that. I think this is one of the main reason behind the empty comment section of your blog. Apart from all the points, you have mentioned are equally important. But I would like to say about Social Media Promotion.

    Try to utilize more social media network to promote your article.
    Always do quality comment on others blog.
    And follow others points in the above posts.

    You will see that your Comment Section will fulfill with lots of thoughtful comments.

    Thank You Philip for sharing such an informative Post.

    Regards,
    Sarmista

    • Hi Sarmista,
      I am sorry i missed your wonderful response here.
      Thank you so much for the kind compliments! 🙂
      Yes, we need to be careful while commenting,
      generic comments never get any response and
      most of the time nobody will notice it too!
      I fully agree with you on the point of sharing at
      social media. That is indeed one of the vital points.
      Thanks Sarmista for the added insightful thoughts.
      May you have a great and profitable day.
      Best Wishes
      ~ Philip

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    Good post.

  • Hi Doctor Saab,
    thanks for the visit and good words.
    Good day.

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    The point you make is useful. I have personally found that it has become harder and harder to get comments on a blog these days.

    Five years ago if you stared blogging and sharing your posts, within five posts you’d at least get some comments. Now you can write many, many posts, have lots of readers but get zero comments.

    But I agree that it is something worth working on.

    • Hi Vernon,
      I am sorry for the delay in attending to your feedback.
      Yes, Vernon the trend now totally changed from the previous years.
      People are so busy with their own engagements and very difficult to catch them up at our pages, Of course many may visit, read and go, a few in number return the credit.
      I am sure some of the tips mentioned in this post will surly be a help in this matter.
      Thank you so much for your kind visit to this place.
      Nice to meet you
      Have a great week ahead. 🙂
      ~ Philip V Ariel

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    Hi Philip,

    Posting thorough comments on other blogs is a quick, easy way to generate comments on your blog. Make sure each blog is relevant and targeted, and you’re beyond golden.

    Give to receive. I keep this idea in mind each hour of the day to make an impact, to help, and to detach, because if I know that by giving freely through the comments field, I’m instantly prospering, I no longer need to worry about generating comments, traffic or sales on my blog.

    The secret is being present. In this moment, as I stare out at the bay in Savusavu, Fiji, I’m at the moment. I can slowly and deliberately type each word at a time, not rushing ahead, or worrying, or trying to *get* anything through my comment.

    I can make an impact, add value here, make buddies with bloggers, and leave it at that.

    Awesome post, Phillip. Tweeting in a bit.

    Ryan

    • Hi Ryan,
      I am really sorry for the late reply.
      Somehow I missed it, since the page and post talk about comments and its responses etc, I should not be late to respond to my visitor’s reactions. LOL I am extremely sorry for this Ryan. Hope you are doing well with the tremendous travel. Have a wonderful time ahead,

      Yes, I fully agree with you in this aspect of, we can make a great impact on the web world especially by posting our constructive and meaningful comments at our fellow bloggers’ spaces, that will surely be a backlink to our pages, and of course with another wonderful feedback. 🙂

      I am so glad that you found time to drop in here to post your wonderful and meaningful insights into this subject. Hope you are enjoying the cool atmosphere of Fiji Island.
      Thank you ones again for the great impact you made here too. 🙂

      Keep it up my dear friend.

      Keep going.

      Keep informed about the new developments. 🙂

      Have a Happy and blessed

      ~ Phil

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    Hi Philip.

    I agree that commenting on other blogs is essential for a good start. It helps to get us out there, and as you said, sometimes they do return to make a comment.

    • Hi Nathan,

      I am extremely sorry for the delay in responding to your feedback.
      Thank you so much for the kind visit and for the thought.
      Thanks again for the mail in regard to my webpage. I will surely
      follow the tips you were given. So grateful to you for the suggestions
      and review. Keep up the good work.
      Have a good day. 🙂
      Best Regards

      ~ Philip

      Source: IBA

pvariel

A Multilingual Freelance Writer, Editor, Blogger, Roundup Expert, Translator, Internet Marketer And A Social Campaigner. Manages different sites in English as well as in Malayalam. Born And Brought Up In Kerala. Now Based At Secunderabad, Telangana, India. Can Reach: philipscom55(@)Gmail [.] Com twitter: @PVAriel Skype Philva6

6 thoughts on “Why Is My Comment Box Empty? A Common Question Many Bloggers Ask

  • September 18, 2017 at 8:35 am
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    Truly insightful. Now I come to know why our comment box is empty most of the pages deeper. Now we gonna work on this and will definitely make your tips work.
    Thanks for the share.

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  • October 2, 2017 at 7:42 am
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    Hi,

    Very nice article, the reasons you mentioned in this post is really worth checkable.
    Thanks for sharing this informative and timely alert. I follow some of the strategies mentioned in this article, May God bless you.

    Reply
  • October 3, 2017 at 10:08 am
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    Hey Philip,
    You have discussed all the real reasons and very well explained every point. Captcha is really an annoying thing and i sometimes faced some websites requires javascript on or off for comment. I appreciate the social media steps you wrote. Actually, i gather few valuable knowledge from your post. Thanks for sharing this great post.

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    • October 9, 2017 at 9:14 am
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      Hi Antor,
      Thank you so much for your maiden visit to our page,
      I appreciate your time and the valuable feedback.
      Yes, Captcha is indeed a headache and sometimes people leave our page after several attempts for posting a comment.
      We need to be careful in placing our comment options.
      Keep visiting
      Have a great day.
      Best
      ~ Philip
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