Sometimes I read comments from Active Rain members who wish they knew how to get more comments on their posts.
Before I found Active Rain I was on Blogger. It was very lonely there. I had one comment during that time and I felt like I was in some deep dark cave and no one was ever going to find me! But I also knew that Google analytics would tell me if anyone was even reading and they were.
Writing for your local markets and posting your articles about your area to Localism is a great way to build upon your consumer readership. Localism posts don't garner a ton of Active Rain member comments. But that does not matter if you have readers who are reading your blog.
One time I read a post written by an Active Rain member who titled her post something like, Why is no one commenting on my blog? Just because no one comments does not mean that no one is reading. There is a big difference. Now if you don't have anyone reading your blog- well, that is a problem. You will have to figure out why no one is reading. But let's assume for the sake of this post that is not the case.
There are many more people reading your blog than are commenting on your blog. Typically I read many more blogs here on Active Rain and outside of Active Rain than I ever would have time to comment on. I try to make about 20 comments per day. Sometimes I can only get my 10 comments in on very busy days and often on Sundays I make no comments.
So I told this member to go and look at her statistics to see how many people came to each particular post she had written.
While we all love to have recognition and comments from fellow Active Rain members and that is great to build a referral business in this manner we must remember that the public, the consumers, the readers outside of Active Rain very rarely comment on any blog. So while you may feel lost in this community called Active Rain you may well be surprised to find out how many people are actually visiting your blog and profile.
How do you find this out?
On the left side towards the bottom of your home page on Active Rain you will see a set up links that looks like this:
Click on the link that is called, 'STATISTICS'. What a wealth of information you will find on your statistics page.
At the top of your Statistics page you can see how many times your profile has been visited. That is the page on your Active Rain blog that you place information on about your services, your experience, links to home searches, market information, email, phone number, etc.
Underneath that you will see two tabs. One of those tabs is Subscribers. This is where you can see who has subscribed to your blog.
There is the Blog Entries tab. At this tab you can see the title of your post, how many comments you received on that post, how many views of that post and how many click throughs on that post.
What I would like to call your attention to is that the posts with very few comments are my posts to Localism and our outside Activeblog. But the amazing thing is that these same posts have a huge draw to them by the readers that will never leave a comment. These are for my posts about short sales. There usually are over 1000 views on my posts about short sale information and help and only a few comments. Most of the click throughs are to our website since I do not link out to many outside sources. You can see the one below that has only 8 comments but 1527 views and 176 click throughs. We also just got another short sale listing over the phone from a person who found our Active Rain blog and clicked through to our Short Sale information page on our website.
The best way to build a large readership of those who comment and those who don't is to provide value. Pay it forward attitudes really create a great energy around your blog that will attract others to you. Don't just post your listings. People can go a million places online to see listings. Don't just post to Members only. Actually, I can probably count on one hand how many members only posts I have written. You do not get the Google Juice that you are here to get by writing members only posts.
And if you want comments from members on Active Rain then go out and make comments first on their blogs. This is the fastest and best way to get comments.
Your Blog May Not Be As Lonely As You Think! No Comments? by Katerina Gasset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.