Are people reading my posts is a question that I have asked myself on a fair few occasions. It’s also a very important question because as bloggers the reason we do what we do is so people can stop by and read what we have to say. But how do you know if people are reading your posts? Is the fact that they’re leaving a comment enough proof of them reading them? If only that was a true indication!
You know as well as I do that the majority of comments left these days are by people who are only interested in getting a link back to their site. They don’t care in the slightest what you have to say and more often than not formulate their comment from your title or from quickly scanning some of your content. Sometimes their comment is so bad you know they’re full of shit and so you can spam their comment but a lot of the time their comments are so vague you’re just not sure.
Are People Reading Your Posts? How Do You Know?
The best way is to ask them a question in your post that requires a specific answer in your comments. The problem is you can’t do this in all your posts as it will get pretty tedious for your commentators commenters. Thanks Mitch.
One way I’ve been doing is by asking them to do something to earn the right to leave a comment. I use this in my Friday Funnies post where I require them to LIKE my Best Gifts Idea blog. lately I’ve been promoting my YouTube videos and asking them to click on a LINK, leaving a comment there and then LIKING the video
This may seem unusual to many who know me as I have always told everyone how they should make it as easy as possible for people to leave comments and not make them jump through hoops to do so. So, why the sudden change? There are actually two reasons. The first being because of the nature of the posts most of the comments were of the “Great Post”, “Love the jokes” and the like. They left no real substance and I just got tired of the anal commentary.
The second reason was to try and promote my new FaceBook Page, blog or YouTube videos. At the beginning I left the instructions of what I required them to do at the end of the post. That didn’t seem to work as people were leaving comments without completing the task set. I would then leave the instructions at the beginning of the post. I then put it in the beginning and at the end. I even used the Logo Creator to create an image in the hope that would get the message across. All to no avail. People would still leave comments without jumping through the required hoops
The other day my mate Mitch said to me during one of our regular chess games;
Okay, time for me to say this. I think you should give up on making people like & share your stuff to leave a comment on your Friday funnies. I know you say you don’t care if you lose traffic and such but in a way aren’t you going away from the original intent of blogging to begin with?
I pointed out to him that the original intent of blogging was to get people to read our posts. If they’re not doing that then what is the point? As for traffic, the loss of comments did not detract from traffic as my Friday Funnies posts are bringing more traffic than any other posts.
Still, the question remains, am I being unreasonable in requiring people to complete certain tasks in order to leave a comment? Only you can answer that for me and to help you do so I’ve created a special poll.
This poll allows you to choose more than one answer if you so wish. I will make my decision once enough people have taken the time to vote. Naturally I’m always happy to read your opinions so feel free to leave a comment and take part in the discussion.