10 Reasons Why Your Articles do not Receive Comments
There are innumerate reasons why your blog does not receive comments. You are going to get a lot of bad advice online that says that you are not getting comments because your content is not good enough. This sort of advice is no good for you because it is not specific enough. This article goes into specifics and gives you ten clear concise reasons why you are not getting comments, and then points you in the right direction so that you can fix the problem.
1 – It does not ask a question
If you want people to comment on your article then you need to ask them a question. A question on your article is less of a call to action–it is more a reason to engage. If you create a very good article that is factually correct and well written then you have to ask yourself what there is to comment about. People comment if there is a mistake in the article, if it strikes a chord in them, or if it asks a question or raises a discussion point. People are not going to comment and congratulate you on a good article unless they can get something out of it, such as a link.
2 – It is uninteresting or un-engaging
You may have to face the fact that your articles are not getting comments because they are uninteresting. If this is the case then do not be too dismayed. Most good articles are not interesting, but that it not the point of an article. The point of an article is to pass information along in bite-sized chunks (as opposed to a book, which is more like a feast). If your articles are un-engaging then you can add to the user engagement a little but you may have to accept that the subject matter will always engage a person more than the writing style. Look at women’s magazines–some of the writing styles are positively child like, but the material and subjects are so engaging that women will buy them every week.
3 – It is not being read
A simple answer to a simple question. If your blog post is not getting comments then there is a good chance that it is not being read. It is time to examine your amount of traffic to see if it has petered out. You need to look for reasons why your blog is not being read. Are you advertising it poorly? Does it have no theme or point? Is the writing boring? Are you having your traffic stolen by better blogs? Try to find your blog online and see how easy it is. Maybe your SEO efforts are not up to scratch.
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4 – Your comments are NoFollow
You can add a No-Follow tag to your comment section so that the search engines will not index it. This is sometimes what people do if they do not want people spamming links in their comment section. Some people will copy and paste a comment on multiple blogs–just so they can add a link to it. Some people will add a No-Follow tag to their comment section. This has the effect of stopping people bothering to comment on your comment section, because there is no chance of them getting a usable link in return. If people are largely aware of your No-Follow policy they may simply stop commenting.
5 – You do not allow links on your comment section
In a similar vein to point number four, if you advertise that you do not allow links on your comment section, or you do not allow places for links to be placed on your comment section then people may not bother to comment on your comment section. Genuine commenters may not comment on your comment section because even genuine comment posting people would like a link as a reward.
6 – You are not getting the traffic
This is in a similar vein to you not having people read your blog, except that this is everything to do with your marketing, and far less to do with your blog/websites content. If you are not getting traffic in the first place then it means that you are very low on the search engine results pages. It means that your advertising and social media efforts are not working, and it means that people are not clicking the link to your domain (even if they see it). This represents a nest of problems that you are going to have to root out and then solve very quickly if you want to see more comments on your website/blog.
7 – Your comment section is broken
A simple answer to your problem. If you have stopped receiving comments then your comment section may be broken. Test it using different internet browsers to see if there is a problem.
8 – People don’t like you or your content
The old saying that, “You cannot fool everyone all the time,” is also true for, “You cannot please everyone all the time,” but you can go a long way to putting people off. Sometimes if you have an unpopular opinion then people may comment on your articles and discuss how wrong you are, or how you can be corrected. There are times however when people do not like your content and do not want to comment. This is often when your content is annoying, more than it is controversial, distasteful or ignorant (although they are not good traits to have either). For example if your content rambles on or if it is repetitive–people will not like it. Therefore in these circumstances they will not comment either. Try scanning your article and see if you get the impression that people may find your content annoying. This may be the problem that is causing you all the trouble.
9 – Your comment section is too difficult or complex to be worth the while of the commenter
If you have Captcha installed then get rid of it. It may be good for getting rid of spam bots, but if you are reading this article then it has gotten rid of your commenters. Get rid of it, and make the commenting process as easy as possible.
10 – Your readers are dispassionate about your content
When you see blogs that say, “Well written” and comments such as that–those comments are not real. They are the comments that the blog writer has written on him/herself using other accounts that he/she has opened. People do not write things like that in real life. They will either have read your blog/website/article and have a genuine comment, or they are commenting so that they can place a link in the comment section. If your readers are dispassionate about your content then you are going to have to find ways of making them engage with the content, or find ways of making the comment using other methods (such as asking questions within your article/blog, or asking questions near the end of the blog/article).
Author bio: Korah Morrison is a specialist of context advertising, social marketing and copywriter on essay writing service EssayWritingServices.com. She writes articles on various topics that deal with internet marketing, web design, branding and business promotion in the internet.