When looking back at my blogs I get the feeling that although I am doing all the right things and most of my blogs are getting lots of hits, very few people are taking the time to comment. Now if you’re like me you just have to agree that getting comments virtually breathes life into a blog. Without comments it’s sort of like talking to the wind. If we think of our blog as a room and the readers as visitors to that room then perhaps getting that initial comment would be like what would happen when someone breaks the silence and a conversation ensues. So, what we need is a way to break the ice, and what better way than to offer an incentive and the incentive that I have in mind is that we return the favor by commenting on a post on their blog.

Considering the vast amount of bloggers out there who would dearly love to increase the comments on their blog I reckon the solution should be very popular. I want to start a “You Comment And I Will Comment On Your Blog” movement, and to show who is involved in the movement we should display the following icon.

In addition I feel that like the ‘dofollow’ movement we should also get rid of the no-follow tags that is standard with most blogs.

Anyone who wants to get involved in this movement needs to meet the following requirements

  1. Always follow the commenter to their blog and leave a comment otherwise it defeats the purpose of the movement.
  2. Try to leave a quality comment that relates to the post. Comments like, ‘nice blog’, or ‘nice post’ should be avoided.
  3. Do not spam while commenting. Yeah I know this is obvious but I don’t think we should leave anything to chance.
  4. Let people know you are part of the movement by displaying the icon. If you don’t like mine feel free to make one of your own.

Displaying the icon is as simple as copying the following code onto your blog. The code will also link to this post but it would be a great idea if you introduce your readers to the movement by providing your own post.

<!–Start I Follow–>
<a href=”http://wassupblog.com/2008/08/22/do-you-want-more-people-commenting-on-your-blog//”<img title=”You Comment And I Will Comment Back” src=”http://www.wassupblog.com/images/commentback.gif” alt=”You Comment And I Will Comment Back” height=”40″ width=”88″>
<!–End I Follow–>

If there are any other requirements that you think we should add to make this a better system then why not leave me a comment.

Before you leave I want you to just think about all the blogs you have left a comment on, and how many of the bloggers have actually reciprocated?

Edit: In case you are worried that any Tom, Dick or Harry from a totally unrelated blog, leaves a comment forcing you to reciprocate, something that you would not be comfortable with, then perhaps you could set a few rules in your comment policy.

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