Have You Been Commenting On Daily Blog Tips Lately?

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This is a guest post by Harrison Li. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

Yeah…you don’t often see one of these random posts on Daily Blog Tips do you? But ignore the fact that I’m a guest poster and take your time to read what I have to say. This is the real question you’ve got to ask yourself. Have you been commenting on DBT recently? Or should I ask, in the last three months?

You might not care about who I am, but what matters is, Daniel has worked hard to create this blog and grow his audience, and commenting is one of the best ways to say thanks and to show that you enjoy the content.

I’m talking about community here, if you would take a look at the archives right now, pick a post from one year ago, or a post 3 months after he first started Daily Blog Tips. It can be shocking to see there are even more comments on posts back then than right now.

There’s only one simple reason to all this, the result of bloggers being lazy and wanting only benefits from the sites they visit. We read, absorb new knowledge, and leave. Ever thought about commenting? And I don’t mean commenting for your own benefit again (i.e., to get traffic), but commenting to add value to the community.

I wish there was a time travel machine that could transfer the community of this blog (and many others) back to a year ago, having to enjoy those nice and fun moments networking with fellow bloggers and making new relationships (and participating in arguing with trolls). Unfortunately impossible, unless you are willing to afford the price of spending one minute after reading each post.

Of course, there are some benefits for you in reading this post other than myself expressing my thoughts on the community of DBT. Here are some tricks to keep your readers out of pure information consumption mode and putting them into the inner circle.

  • Write regular opinion-generating posts, such as “Why should we blog?”.
  • Create interactive polls like Daniel has, What Browser Are You Using These Days?. (take a look at the huge increase of comments compare to the other posts)
  • Get a little personal with your life.
  • Host blogging contests, offer freebies or giveaways.
  • Use Questions & Answers, so people could ask you questions and attract readers at the same time. (like DBT had)

Those were just some ideas, I honestly don’t pay much attention to this because I don’t have a successful blog with almost 60,000 feed readers.

If you’ve been a regular reader of DBT for a quiet long amount of time, the valuable information you have freely gotten from this blog could actually be charged quite a bit of money. So did you give something back to community? Have you even used one minute of your time to spend on commenting?

Start rebuilding the Daily Blog Tips’ community, every little comment adds up.

Daniel’s Note: I appreciate the motivation behind this post, but I also think that what Harrison is talking about is a natural trend around the blogosphere. That is, blog readers were much more engaged a couple of years ago, while these days blogs and traditional websites are becoming almost the same thing, so the community aspect died a little bit. But let us know what you think in the comments below.

About the Author: Harrison Li is a 14 year old blogger who writes in-depth blogging tips at BlogLectures.com. His blog aims to teach anyone to starting a blog for money, he currently also has a goal of getting 100 feed subscribers to his new blog, help him achieve this goal by subscribing to his feed (only if you could find the icon).

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44 Responses to “Have You Been Commenting On Daily Blog Tips Lately?”

  • Anastasia

    I comment only when I want to say something more than “nice post, keep going!”

  • cb

    It’s a trend I see and I’ve seen far more immediate reaction to blog posts move onto Facebook and Twitter – even Google+. I don’t think I’m getting less ‘reaction’ – just fewer comments. The reaction is coming in different places. Sending or retweeting a blog post is a different way of commenting and is generally easier. I think it reflects the way that social media is evolving.

  • Paul

    I have to say.. I agree with Daniel’s note. Having to tell someone to comment on your blog is artificial and damaging to your blog.

  • jorge jacobo

    Hey interesting post today. By the way, where is the icon? : ) I found it yeah.

    My comment,
    I love how Daniel has the archives here, I can easily browse for any post. I wish every blog had it like DBT does.

  • Emma Cossey

    I don’t often comment here because I don’t feel I have much more to add than “really useful, thanks!”. I do however recommend this blog to a lot of new bloggers, and often rt the content on Twitter. In fact, I think sharing content on Twitter/Google+/Facebook etc has replaced commenting for many people, as it opens the discussion up to a further audience.

    Another factor is how we view blogs. It’s harder to comment if you’re on a phone or tablet, which more and more people are doing.

    Interesting discussion though. I’d agree with Daniel though, it’s a general blog trend.

  • Harrison Li

    Anastasia- isn’t that what you just meant?

    Jorge- hola! hehe I read your blog so I knew you spoke spanish, oh well this bio is lame I made it ages ago, didn’t bother changing it so yeah, do you want to have an archives page?

    Try this: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/clean-archives-reloaded/

  • Rohit Sharma

    I appreciate the honest innocent opinion of Harrison.

    I am a huge fan of DBT, not only the content archives are wonderful but I love the elegance associated with it.

    About the evolution taking place at blogosphere, I am sure its a temporary phase and serious blogging is certainly going to rock! 🙂

    Long live DBT

  • Frosti Speaks

    I love this blog and do thank the owner, Daniel, for allowing free access to the large amount of information available here on DBT. I try to comment on articles as much as possible and am a subscriber to his RSS and newsletter. So am giving back(in that small way). Thanks Daniel and keep up the good work. Cheers!

  • Tom

    I comment normally in the morning. If I wake up late that throws off my schedule.

  • Annemieke

    I appreciate this post and agree that blogging is about giving and taking where possible, but as Anastasia pointed out you don’t want 300 people to post something like ‘Nice post!’.

  • Hazel Edmunds

    Give and take will only occur when you ask questions – and at the beginning of the post not the end (although in this instance I did read to the end). If you want a community then that is, I think, a different animal from a group of people who all read, and sometimes comment on, the same blog. An example of what I’m talking about is at http://willmanley.com/ where there is a real feeling of community.

    “Great post – keep up the good work” just isn’t useful and any such that I get on my blog I don’t allow through moderation!

  • Leif G.S.

    There are times when comments might not add on more to the discussion, when one does not want to reveal their newness or being completely unaware of this dog-eat-shark world of blogging. Some people are shy.

    You have to resonate with them, motivate them so much they WANT to comment, not to be guilted into commenting. Not saying you did this here.

    There are times when a gun to the head and someone screaming they better comment or else doesn’t quite do the job, as it were.

  • Icy Sedgwick

    I often don’t comment on blogs in general because there are either already lots of comments and I don’t see the point in adding another voice to the clamour, or because I’ve commented in the past and the poster never replied. If it’s supposed to be about community then it works both ways. Obviously if a blog has 300 comments on one post then I’d understand if the poster doesn’t reply individually but I often visit blogs where there are one or two comments, and I take the time to leave something more expansive than “Nice post!” and you get nothing back. It doesn’t encourage you to visit again.

  • Hub McCann

    While I appreciate the author’s intent, I believe that commenting should be done if and only if the commenter has something to add to the conversation, or to ask a question.

    I comment when I am moved, challenged, or motivated in some way by the post. This is not a reflection on this Blog, since I have just started following it. In order to have a successful social/community interaction, comments should refer to the content of the post, or to the response of another reader/commenter. Then you have a true dialog/conversation that is of value to the community.

    To post on a blog, just to help the blogger rank or be seen as someone who is widely read, is not of real value, and quickly exposed. It is a waste of time – both of those making the comments and other readers.

    Just my humble opinion.

    Hub

  • Kerri-Anne

    I don’t often comment on blogs, simply because I read them on my mobile device on the bus, and sadly most blogs do not have an easy way (in fact there’s often NO way) to comment via my phone. With the increase in mobile device users, could this be why the comments are less common?

    Of course, the fact that there are a million blogs telling us not to post simply to say “Nice post!” might also have some impact…

    🙂

  • Harrison Li

    Rohit- thanks for the compliment Rohit 😀

    Tom- Ahh I normally do my blogging stuff after the day when I get home after school and stuff like that well we have the most energy in the mornings!

    Annemieke- yup nice post is such a gstupid and messed up comment, i don’t approve those, I once got a comment called “cool” and that was it lol…

    Icy- yeah I agree to what you say completely, for me I have never in my life ignored one comment, even if it were just good tips thanks, I try my best to get the readers comment again in the future 🙂

  • Angeline

    I think the trend of less comments over the last couple of years has to do with the “like” button. So much easier to press that than write a comment for some. Of course, if the “like” button was taken away the writer would then have no idea of people’s thoughts on their post.
    I’m comparing it to facebook, also with the ease of just “liking” a status/comment. It let’s the reader off the hook, in a way.

  • sibin

    Thanks.I commented on other blogs to increase my blog traffic. Commenting on Top bloggers improve our Page Rank.I think commenting is a part of SEO

  • Jessica Flory

    You inspired me! I’m going to comment more on this blog and others.
    It is interesting to note that readers have been commenting less and less. The best part about being involved in a blog (besides all the great, free knowledge) is being part of a community willing to share and trade ideas. Comments are definitely a huge part of that.
    What do other readers think about this? Have you been noticing the same trend? Why do you think it is?

  • Ruth

    I have indeed learned a lot of ‘free’ and valuable stuff on this blog. And perhaps because I am a relative newbie in the blogging world, I do still believe that commenting is valuable – not just to generate traffic, but to forge authentic relationships with others in the blogosphere. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Sharon in Mississippi

    I think the reason fewer people are taking the time to post comments on blogs is that they are spending more of their time on Facebook and other social media posting comments there.

    It takes a special blog with a special appeal and special, constant interaction with its readers to motivate people to post their comments.

    It also helps to have a handy “subscribe” button so that people can subscribe to a comment thread and post back if they have more to say.

    Hope this feedback helps.

  • Dionne White

    If I go to the blog and there are already more than 50 comments I never comment as I don’t have time to read all of them all to check if I am just going to say the same thin. I also never comment if I am required to sign in through Social Media such as facebook as I just don’t want the application to have access to all the information on my profile.
    Otherwise I like to comment if I think I can add value or help. This is usually on needlecraft blogs or forums. As a needlecraft shop owner and designer, not sure that my comments on blogging would be appreciated as there is often a little aside on blogs about sewing or needlecraft being, low interest and a bit boring.

    I also comment if I am utterly outraged about some current affairs rubbish.

  • Elle

    I often don’t comment because I can’t add anything new to the discussion. Or I just don’t know enough about the subject…yet. A lot of the stuff I’m reading these is new to me. I’m sure I’ll form my own opinions eventually but for now…I really don’t know what I think about a lot of the posts I have been reading.

    Besides most of you guys sound so much smarter than me…I’m afraid I’ll sound stupid.

  • Ricardo Nuñez

    Commenting is the easier way to get comments in my own blog. Also, I have noticed that is a good complementing for the social networks and to grow a relationship. Nice post Harrison.

  • Bill

    You rock Harrison. 14 years old, good job. Like your site and the content. You already got the email sign up going, that’s great. I was trying to get my 15 year old nephew involved with blogging or some kind of website and he just doesn’t get it yet.

    I would imagine there are websites that track the stats for how many and what social networking sites have taken comments away from bloggers.

    Some of the big blog guys seem to have less comments when I visit their sites.

    I’ve always wanted to test or try facebook comments plugin on a blog, maybe that would help since people are hanging out on fb a lot.

    I did see one blog that had regular blog comments and the fb plugin above or beneath the regular comments. Kind of neat way to do it.

    I read somewhere about the fb commenting system taking away a bit of seo from a site if it was implemented on that site. But I suppose if you have great content then it shouldn’t matter how you’re doing comments.

    I know for one, DBT is great content and a great community through the years.

    Thanks again Harrison, best of luck. Man I wish I was your age.

  • wally

    ‘Guilty as Charged’
    It takes a post like this to get me thinking about comments.

    I’m not really into my blog for money. As long as I can post whatever I what, and get a few bucks back into it, well the hosting pays are paid.

    If I was really looking and needed more visits for my product, this is a good place to be ‘involved’ and a great place to make a team.

    I follow DBT to learn how and the latest tid bits of info… in the blog world to adapt my blog to my readers.

    Having said this, I will be more closely involved in leaving comments when I see a tip or interest that has helped me.

  • NgPillai

    There won’t be use to flood posts with comments. I feel if i wanna comment there should be some ideas implemented to the readers and the blog posting author as well. We should not just simply comment”very nice post. Keep up the good job”. There is no use with such comments.

    Cheers

    NgPillai

  • Irfan

    I have subscribed myself for DBT and i read every new article of DBT but i comment rarely on any posts.

  • Harrison Li

    Bill – Oh Bill, thanks for all that liking, why don’t you start a blog yourself since you know so much about them? Don’t waste your potential when you have the chance not to!

    Yeah DBT is absolutely fantastic I know too, but because it’s full of information people just read and leave, sad but true. As for the facebook comments thing, I suggest not using it like you said since it takes away some seo benefits.

    NgPillai- Ah that’s exactly what I”m talking about, and the real point of comments is to talk to the author as well as the other readers, that’s what I think.

    Irfan- ahh why is that? (same here to be honest)

  • Dexter | Techathand

    Nice post.. It made me comment again in this blog. I was surprised that you are only 14 Years old. I remember carlo ocab when I start blogging he was also 14 on that time

  • Derek

    Yes, I guess that I am become lazy over the years with my blogging responses. If I search my mind and focus, then if I have read an interesting blog, there is a response somewhere within me! Then there’s a point that the Internet forums and blogs tend to keep me very busy, and in busy-ness leads to non-focus. Not very Zen-like for a Zen practitioner I guess, allowing myself to be swept along by the forces of WWW!

    Anyway, thanks to your article, my focus has received kick in the backside. We are forming communities through our blogs and it is not just about traffic generation. Personally I much prefer the interaction as I find that teachers and students tend to change places constantly particularly when it comes to Zen. So thanks for reminding me and getting me started again.. 🙂

  • Marijn

    I agree with Daniel, I think the trend has changed and ‘the good old times’ won’t come back again….

  • Marine

    I comment quite frequently because I like the discussion and am a chatty person. Even more online.
    But, as other posters also pointed out, there is no use commenting unless you really don´t have much to say.

    Oh, btw, if anyone feels like commenting on my blog, don´t be shy 🙂

  • googler

    For a 14 year-old kid, you really are quite impressive. But with regarding to the commenting after every post read, I don’t see the logic behind it! Don’t get me wrong! I mean not all the time readers will have something to say after reading a post.

    Yes everyone can comment with thank you or nice article or great post or keep it up but there is no value to it right? Sometimes it is better not to say anything if there is no value to it. Well there are also readers that don’t comment but share the link with their friends or subscribe to feeds or bookmark DBT.

    Although these activities are not visual unlike commenting, still it helps the DBT community to grow right? But I also really get your point behind this point! Good stuff Harrison!

  • eTipsLibrary

    I just want to say , this 14 year old kid make me comment. I am regular reader of the DBT, but mostly in Google Reader so i don’t bother to go to actual site and fill out the comment form until unless i have something really to comment or share.

  • Deb

    Great reminder – we all love to get comments, whether our blogs are brand new or have thousands of regular readers. I agree that meaningless comments like “great post” are a waste of time (and actually come across sounding like spam), but we do need to remember to take the time to encourage each other when we read something that was helpful or thought-provoking!

  • Phanindra

    I have seen the major difference between dailyblogtips and other blogs. Its the commenting. I can still see the comments touching above 50 is very common here for which the credit really goes to the excellent quality of these articles. I still know there are blogs where though good posts are there comment participation is very less. Its not like , commenting on every post but atleast it makes a point when we comment on the article which we write.

    The commentor can gain a backlink and at the same time, a small appreciation from the reader gives the energy for the writer to come up with more such good articles.

    Good writeup Harrison.

  • kalyan

    First, good post Harrison. You really have good concern on the current trend on blogshere. Well, that’s a part of blogging now. People these days do not want to give anything without taking anything in return. Most commentators just want backlinks to their sites, with their insane comments like, nice post, great post, oh! your post was awesome, I just subscribed to it. If you check your feedburner, there may not be any more addition of readers. These are all bullshit from the so-called cheap bloggers. Your post is really thought provoking.

    I have some requests to Daniel too. First, please check the comments before they are made public. If you think, the comment is good but the linked site is not, delete the link and then publish it. You can also put up a comment policy so all can follow it.

    Earlier, there was an option to reply to any commentator (If I remember correctly. Correct me if I am wrong.) But you have disabled that. Any reason? It’s better to talk to commentator directly and counter-comment on his/her. Request you to enable it.

    Do not let others to get their comments approved instantly, even if they might have their earlier comments approved. If they notice this feature on your blog, first, they will give a nice and polite and maybe informative comment. Later they will spam it with loads of spam comments. It’s hard to track those.

    Lastly, I’d request you to comment on guest articles too liking or disliking any point or adding some other tips. Other blogger will be encouraged to get your comment on a guest article. Make your comment distinct from others with color change or with your pic or so.

    Good work DBT. Keep rocking.

  • Shyam @ScorpionGod Lair

    Ya really really encouraging post. I comment in DBT when I read the full post. But I never comment very long ones. But little ones.

    Thanks!
    Shyam

  • Harrison Li

    Hey thanks everyone for your honest and sincere praise on this commenting problem (I find it quiet hard to respond to all comments too since they all have their points and there isn’t a reply function), well on DBT from now on, you probably won’t ever see a post with more than 40 comments, unless it’s like written by daniel himself or other top bloggers.

    What I have suggested in this post won’t really work, it’s just a temporary (talk), like Daniel said it’s a natural trend, it can’t be changed.

  • Ron’s SEO Copywriting Blog

    Commenting is NOT just saying thanks! And readers got to feel the need to add something to the post. Remember, most of the readers are looking for answers, in a listening mode…not in a communicative sharing mode…So, once they are done reading the article, they will probably go on to reading another, or just leave the site. Say, a guru was teaching you something, would you say…”whoa! you just took my words. thanks for the awesome information”? No. You will just appreciate it inside and probably want to visit him more and more. That’s how everything works.

    P.S. I wrote a LONG comment in the process!

  • Exabytes

    i always the huge supporter for DBT. i may come back and comment frequently while i learn lot of new update from here.
    Usually i felt that DBT blog is easy to understand and read, it may become one of my hobbies to wasting time here.
    But if you would like to get as much comment as last time, you must have certain action . You must have something to attract them back with your new post.
    What i previous see that is they do some repeat topic around few month, i think that the reason why people not leaving comment or read DBT dailly.

  • Paul Vachon

    Great point about bloggers being a community that need to support each other. While I’m on the topic stop by TheFrugalToad read, learn, and leave a comment!

  • CaptiousNut

    Prolific blogging AND prolific commenting (from the personally blog-less) serves a purpose. Done correctly and over time it takes someone to another place in their own mind, and in their own life. Most blogs from days of yore are dying because their traffic is down, their best commenters have moved on, and the proprietors have developed other passions (often because of their blogging adventures!). That’s just the way it is. My content has never been better but everyone else started gaming the search algorithms and I fell by the wayside. Plus there’s really just way too much content out there – it’s increasingly hard to stand out. We’re all Olympian skimmers now!

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