|Image from here*|
Obviously timing has something to do with it, as does the size of your readership (different to follower count), and the length of your posts (500 words or less) but at the end of the day, none of us really knows what will trigger a reader to comment or what makes a dud post. But how do we maximise the likelihood?
The blogging pro's would have us think about SEO. About writing engaging content. About asking something of your readers. About sharing the comment love. About having your own unique voice.
But me? I reckon it is more about luck. It just takes one brave soul (who isn't related to you!) to type something in the comment box and that instantly transforms the post from comment-less to comment-worthy.
Think about it. Do you comment more on blogs with lots of comments or ones with only a few (or none)? Do you comment on 'popular' blogs or any blog that pushes the right buttons? What types of bloggers comment on your blog?
With each comment you write, you have done a service. You have given the blogger a reason to keep blogging, to be sure, but you have also opened the door for others to follow. Your comment may in fact be the reason the next person leaves a note. You become integral to the success of the post. Feeling the pressure yet?
Like content on your blog, your comment content is equally important. You may think you can get away with 'great post'. But can you? Every comment you write is an opportunity to advertise your own blog, to draw other's into your
Beyond that it is up to your community. Do you hang with commenting types? Do you fraternize with your folk? Do you reciprocate?
If you want people to comment on your blog, make sure you write good content absolutely, but take the time to interact with your readers (most if whom are bloggers just like you).
Commenters breed comments. What do you think about that?
* And when in doubt, add a picture of a highly comment worthy gentleman to stimulate conversation of another variety!