Adding to Shoemoney’s post on 6 Easy Ways To Increase Your Comment Count
here is a summary with some additions:
- End your post with an open-ended question to start a discussion
- Reward your top commentators by linking to them : WordPress Plugin Show Top Commentators. I think to add a rel=”nofollow” for Google.
- Write opinionated posts, tell what you think and be who you are
- Use WordPress Plugin Subscribe to Comments to let your visitors subscribe to your comments by email (they receive a notification when a new response is posted)
- If you have already a lot of comments on your posts, you can install the WordPress Plugin Threaded Comments. It allows threaded comments like in forums or on Digg.
- Answer people’s comments. Show you are involved in the discussion and that at least you read their comment!
- Use WordPress Plugin Rate your comments that allows to vote for best comments like on Digg
- Display comments count on your blog. Comments attract comments.
- If you use Trackbacks, put them at the bottom, under your comments (personally I don’t use them, most of the time it’s spam)
- And the most important, Apply points 1 to 9 !!
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