Top 7 Reasons Why People Don’t Return To Comment On Your Blog

I reckon ever since my famous post on why I will no longer link on A list blogs people are starting to realize how important my commentators are to me. I’ve actually done a whole heap of posts on the importance of commenting, inluding, Do You Want More People Commenting On Your Blog, Commentators, How Do I Reward Thee, Let Me Count The Ways and I’ve even done a post on the importance of Commenting Etiquette.

Those were just a few of the many posts that I’ve written on how important it is to not only get comments to your blog, but also how to treat those very special people who take the time to leave a comment.

The trouble is that not everyone is getting as many comments as they would like and this post will expose the top 7 reasons why people are not returning to comment on your blog.

  1. Your Blog Sucks: Sorry, but if you’re not going to spend the time going over your posts to make sure that it’s concise, makes sense to the average reader and is free of grammatical errors then people are’t going to comment. What’s that, you have comments? Then you are a dofollow blog and they’re only there for the link juice.
  2. You’re Not Comment Friendly: This applies to all those people who insist on having those impossible to read Captcha plugins. This also includes those people that insist you have to log in to leave a comment. Honestly if your content isn’t up to par do you honestly think people will jump hoops just to leave a comment.
  3. You Insist On Having A Blogger Blog: Ever since my post on why I Don’t Comment On Blogger Blogs I’ve discovered I’m not the only person who feels that way. If you have a blogger blog with lots of comments, imagine how much better you could do if you had a REAL blog? Don’t believe me, as some of those bloggers like Ching Ya who have made the move.
  4. You Don’t Reply To Comments:  Who the hell do you think you are, some snotty nosed A lister that you expect people to comment on your blog and yet you won’t take the time to reply to their comments. People love interaction and if you’re not giving them that don’t expect them to come back.
  5. You’ve Given Them Too Much Information: There are some blogs that I’ve read that are so long and tedious covering every point imaginable, that by the time I’ve finished reading it, if I haven’t dropped off to sleep, I’m too damn tired to leave a comment, even if there was something left for me to comment on. Honestly, it’s a whole lot better to leave your post open so that people have an opportunity to comment. In essence a there are times when less is best.
  6. You Don’t Use A Subscribe To Comment Plugin: Come on guys, wake up and smell the cyber roses. People are so busy commenting on other people’s blogs you don’t honestly believe that they are going to remember which blogs they’ve left a comment on? This plugin is a must as it will enable commenters to sign up for e-mail notification of any subsequent comment. A plugin of this sort is absolutely essential. I actually use the WP Threaded Comment plugin which allows you to edit the message sent to those who have left a comment.
  7. I’ll leave this one up to you:  What do you think is keeping people away from some blogs, or what keeps you away?

So, what do you think? How many of these apply to you, and if they do what are you going to do about it?

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  1. Do my posts put you to sleep? I’ve got to know. :)
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Strange December Holidays- Give me Chocolate =-.

    1. Nope, not even once Rose.

  2. My posts are a bit long… I just can’t help myself though. I feel like if I’m writing about something, I want to cover everything I know about it. I assume that I don’t know everything, but I want to give readers the most information I can. Is that so wrong of me? :)
    .-= Kikolani´s last blog ..2010 Social Media Wishlist – New Features for Facebook, StumbleUpon, & Twitter =-.

    1. Heck Kristi, it’s not like you have anything to worry about as far as comments are concerned. This is for the rest of us who need to do everything we can to maximize our comments.

      PS, I’ve never fallen asleep on one of your posts either.

  3. Sire, I don’t think you have anything to worry about as far as comments go. Your posts are always worth commenting on.
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Strange December Holidays- Give me Chocolate =-.

    1. Why shucks, thanks Rose :blush_tb:

      1. YVW even if you didn’t know I was Canadian. :)
        .-= Rose´s last blog ..Strange December Holidays- Give me Chocolate =-.

  4. I think I make the grade with 100%! But having said that I should be penalized 10% for arrogance. ;)

    If there’s one thing that there isn’t enough of, it’s threaded comments where commenters and the blogger can post their comments directly under who they’re addressing. It helps create flow and several mini-conversations on one comment thread.
    .-= Gordie´s last blog ..Beyond Blogging. =-.

    1. Gordie, I am penalizing you 20%, 10% for your arrogance and the other 10% for not using the Tweet button :guns_tb: :lol_tb:

      I agree with you that more people should make use of threaded comments, but I’m not sure if that alone will stop people from commenting. I reckon that would make a good post for you my blogging friend.

      1. In 2010, most of my guest posts will probably be on blogs about blogging such as yours. I’ll keep most of the lifestyle design and personal development stuff for my blog.
        .-= Gordie´s last blog ..Beyond Blogging. =-.

  5. Ok, so that’s why some of my post only have few comment, and some have many comments. I will try to remember this article each time i write an article.
    .-= Dana @ Blogging Update´s last blog ..How To Get Google AdSense Code =-.

    1. Exactly which ones do you attribute to getting more comments and what do you attribute to getting less comments?

      1. i attribute having good and comment friendly blog the most as the way to get much comments. And in contrary, i get less comment when moderate all the comment, and especially when i write a suck post in which there are many error on it.
        .-= Dana @ Blogging Update´s last blog ..How To Get Google AdSense Code =-.

        1. I’m not sure your posts such Dana when you consider English is not your preferred language. I couldn’t write this blog in anything but English so you are one up on me there.

  6. I’m so guilty of reason #s 6 and 7.

    #6 – I still haven’t installed a ‘subscribe to comments’ plugin, which I should really have installed because,

    #7 – I don’t post often. As I’m not blogging full time, I can’t keep up the momentum, thus readers may stop returning after several days without new posts.
    .-= James Moralde´s last blog ..Smooth Link Scrolling =-.

    1. WordPress has “subscribe to comments” on by default. http://moralde.com/comments/feed/ is usually the URL. Maybe your theme has either turned them off or has hidden them?
      .-= ray´s last blog ..And A Merry Christmas To You, Too =-.

      1. Ray, I reckon that’s more for admin than for commentators, but I have been known to be wrong every now and again.

        1. That was in reply to James point #6. It should be on by default.
          .-= ray´s last blog ..How To Be An Atheist =-.

          1. OK, I’m lost. As far as I know WordPress doesn’t have a subscribe to comment feature which is why they have plugins, and Jame is saying he hasn’t installed any plugin.

            1. Under the Meta list, you have Entries RSS and Comments RSS. Add them both to your RSS feed reader and you are subscribed.

              Or did you both mean receiving an email every time a new comment is made to a particular article?
              .-= ray´s last blog ..How To Be An Atheist =-.

            2. Yeah, but that means you would be subscribed to every comment, wouldn’t it. With the plugin, you only subscribe to the comment you’re interested in.


            3. Twitter:
              Actually Sire, WP does have it, and even with Subscribe to Comments, you can have it set to default to subscribe to comments, as I do on my blog. But with the WP software, if you have an older theme, as I do, you won’t find the setting.
              .-= Mitch´s last blog ..When You Can’t Even Boot Up In Safe Mode in XP =-.


            4. Twitter:
              Man Sire, you’re on a roll! You know, the only one I’ve worried about every once in awhile is #5, and I decided that if I give too much information, so be it. Being a trainer in my other life, the last thing I ever want to do is be incomplete if I can help it. I figure I’m like Mozart in my own way; enough notes to get through what I want to convey.

              The Threaded Comments plugin was one I added a long time ago because I couldn’t tell what people were responding to; best move I ever made.
              .-= Mitch´s last blog ..My Online Goals For 2010, And A Look Back At 2009 =-.

    2. Hey James, #7 is for you guys to supply me with what you believe would me a good #7 reason, and I think perhaps not posting enough is a pretty good reason for not getting many return visits.

  7. For me I am not able to return comments because of a simple reason – I am just plain busy with freelance jobs!
    .-= Gem´s last blog ..Mid-afternoon Snack with the LunchBreakBlogger =-.

    1. Not to mention you’re a mum as well.

  8. The problem with long posts is that you have to write better than average to keep the post interesting. If you are a good writer, then people will take the time to even read longer posts. This is just my opinion.
    .-= Bloggeri@Social Media Guide´s last blog ..Simple Blog SEO Tips for Beginners =-.

    1. Unless I know the blogger well, I tend to not read long posts. I’ll usually move along to another blog.

  9. I totally agree with #6. It was just the other day that you turned me onto threaded comments and I have noticed the difference. Thanks Sire!
    .-= Jim Hardin´s last blog ..Passionate WordPress Blog Bread =-.

    1. No worries Jim, that’s what I’m here for.

      1. Now I am trying to juggle 3 kids under 8 and replying to comments. Its better than the alternative though. I love the interaction with other readers and bloggers :)
        .-= Jim Hardin´s last blog ..Passionate WordPress Blog Bread =-.

        1. Lucky for me my kids are now 21 and 18 so they don’t require my attention all that much. As to the wife, heck I reckon a bit of attention there wouldn’t go astray :devil_tb:

          1. Yes always give full attention to my wife…wait I think she is calling me. I gotta run I’ll be back :)
            .-= Jim Hardin´s last blog ..Passionate WordPress Blog Bread =-.

  10. Just added the thread plugin, WordPress has an option for this already but that plugin had added features and looks much cleaner on the site.
    .-= Keith @NeedInformation´s last blog ..Do you Use Disqus Or Other Comment Sign In App? =-.

    1. Yep, that’s why use it. I didn’t like the way the WP one displayed the comments. Too messy.

      1. Just wanted to add, that comments on blogs serve a purpose of building community (link below on my opinion) and I see so many people so worried about “dropping” links and that is NOT the purpose of comments, the links are not SEO!!!! They are advertising, if we begin to realize the difference maybe the quality of comments will increase…. just my “expert” opinion. ;-)
        .-= Keith @Need Information´s last blog ..Why Comments Build Community On A Blog =-.

        1. You know what else would make the quality of comments improve Keith. A good comment policy, one that is enforced. Once people realize that their comments are being deleted because they lack substance, they will put more effort into them.

  11. I think a really good way of getting people to come back to comment again is showing them respect, by allowing them to link to their site with their name just like you do here, use commentluv, again as you do here and interact with them.

    Sire, we both reply and interact with people as much as is humanly possible and I think that stands the test of time.

    Only this morning I received a comment which back up this.

    Great post yet again, Re-tweeting now

    1. Thanks mate. Good to see we’re on the same page with this.

  12. Oh – too long – yeah guilty on that one – what can I say – I try to break it up with pics and bullet points so you skim the boring bits LOL. I find that particularly if I forget to ask a question at the end of the post I get fewer comments. I agree with the blogger blogs – pain in the a*se to comment on – I make an exception for Grizz – but hardly do any others. Having commentluv/keyword luv seems to help with comments and having a subxribe to comments is essential – I rarely remember where I’ve commented unless someone has that enabled!
    .-= Lis Sowerbutts ´s last blog ..Move to New Zealand – Australia Compared =-.

    1. Hey Lis. Actually the whole reason for the post was because I was getting tired of asking people to install that plugin. I thought that a mention of the plugin alone was insufficient for a post and so I decided to a bit of waffle wouldn’t go astray.

      1. Ok. I have taken your advice and installed the plugin on my other blogs. :) Do you have any other recommendations to promote blog commenting?

  13. Hi Sire. Really nice tips on blog commenting. To answer the very last question, I agree with one of the people up there that if a blogger doesn’t post often, it kind of discourages the visitor to want to comment. Even posting once a week is better than posting like once a month or two.

    1. Hey Hulbert, I agree if you want people to come back you have to post fairly frequently, otherwise they will forget you exist.

  14. I think that some folks won’t comment on my blog because I drop too many F-bombs in some of my posts. I am not trying to be funny with that comment either… I think that coming across too strong discourages new folks.
    However, it seems to encourage my loyal readers and friends… so there is a bit of a trade off and balance there.
    AL
    .-= Allyn´s last blog ..David Risley; When A-List Turns To A-Hole =-.

    1. Hey Allyn, I’m formulating a post in my overworked brain covering the point you’ve just made. If I can get it together I will post it.

      The point is you can’t please everyone and seeing as how you have a targeted audience, the least you can do is keep them happy.

  15. I think I’ve put myself to sleep before. :thumbup_tb: But seriously, another is not commenting on other people’s blogs. It’s great to reply back on your own blog, but reciprocating the visit and commenting is important, too.

    Oh, and what do you use to send an email that says I have a reply to my comment? I don’t always want to see all comments left, but do like to know when I’ve received a reply to mine. Thanks. :bye_tb:
    .-= Anne@AnneOnLife´s last blog ..2010 Wish List ~ Non-Resolution Style =-.

    1. I think that link I left has that feature Anne. I have mine configured so I see all comments so that I can delete the spam ones.

      As you know I always reciprocate comments by leaving one on their blog and it’s a great way to build your social presence.

  16. The point you mentioned here that “giving too much information”, I see that some bloggers just put too many unrelated information to make their post long and I get confused what I comment on that blog.

    I think if we write to the point of any topic then It will help us to read the article completely and also leave one valuable comment.
    .-= chandan´s last blog ..How Google Caffeine effect on your work at home blog ranking system? =-.

    1. That’s true Chandan, some bloggers do waffle, but there are some who write very long posts where all the information is of value. I just feel that perhaps some of these posts can be broken up into smaller individual posts. Then you could use the ‘sequel’ technique where they have to come back to read the rest of the article.

  17. Another Nice post Sire. I see you commenting around other blogs and i’ve got to give you props for your interaction within communities. I’ll keep your tips in mind. I’m definitely going to grab a plugin to allow replies. I can’t stand not being able to reply to a specific comment.
    .-= Josiah@Tumblr Themes´s last blog ..Midnight =-.

    1. Way to go Josiah, it’s one thing to read a post, another to comment and yet another to take something away that you can act on.

  18. LOL, your blog sucks! I agree with all your points, and I would add that another reason is that they do not provide an email subscription option for updates, so I won’t comment or ever come back at all since I do not use RSS readers.

    I hate Blogger comments as well and will not comment on those blogs.
    .-= JR @ Internet Marketing´s last blog ..Reply in Comments Fixed and Best Reply to Comments – Threaded Comment Plugins =-.

    1. JR, thank you :thumbup_tb: Finally someone who got a kick out of #1. I reckon you must have been laughing so hard you missed #6 altogether, which is exactly what you’re referring to in your comment.

      Then again, do you mean an email subscription for actual post updates? Man, I don’t even know if I have that? Gonna have to check that mama out.

      1. LOL, that sucks thing was classic, a lot of blogs out there just plain SUCK!

        No I meant subscribe with email to actual blog post updates instead of just RSS and you definitely have it or else I would have never been here ;-)

        By the way I love the new design and colors in your comments, look really nice!
        .-= JR @ Internet Marketing´s last blog ..Check Your Websites and Blogs – You Might Be Losing Money =-.

        1. Well, I don’t know how you got here because the one in my header wasn’t working, but thanks to you I was able to find the error and to fix it.

          You must have subscribed when it was working.

          1. Yes it’s been a long while since I subscribed! Glad it was fixed, it certainly helps greatly to get more readers as many people don’t like RSS

  19. Well, I’m guilty of at least two of those (long posts and no comment subscription thingy). Hopefully not the “your blog sucks” one…

    From my personal experience I would add two more things:
    – You don’t have an online network
    – You don’t have lots of comments

    The first one is something I notice a lot. Since I’ve never done the social media stuff (Facebook and whatnot), I don’t have a network of frieds that I can advertise a new post to and that might get some initial activity going.

    Which leads to the second point: Social proof.
    If you have some comments, people are more likely to comment. We just like to do what others are already doing.
    .-= Shane´s last blog ..Strategic Link-Building (Videos) =-.

    1. I don’t have much of a social network either Shane. In case you’re wondering how I get all these comments, it’s because over the years I’ve been out there visiting blogs and leaving constructive, for the most part, comments. Once people have gotten to know me they’ve come around to see what I’m all about. Luckily they’ve liked, for the most part :laugh_tb: what they saw and stuck around.

      1. I’m very releaved to to hear that! :)
        I really do feel that my lack of social networking is a bit of a handicap for me.

        On the other hand, it’s all about getting people to know you and facebook and twitter certainly aren’t the only places where you can make that happen.

        Thanks for replying.
        .-= Shane´s last blog ..Strategic Link-Building (Videos) =-.

        1. That’s another good lesson for you Shane, replying to those kind enough to leave a comment on your blog.

  20. Hi Sire,

    I’m one of those that you bothered to tell to install “subscribe to comments”. Thanks. I’ve done it today.

    I actually installed “Comment Notifier” since it wasn’t as far removed from it’s last update as the subscribe to comments plug in.

    All your other points are valid too and I will be improving on those where I need to improve. Like making some short posts and some unfinished ones.

    You certainly have a lot of comments just one day after this post so I’m happy to learn a thing or two from you.

    Vance
    .-= Vance@Blog Traffic Increase´s last blog ..Get Blog Traffic Increase With Blog Comments =-.

    1. Vance, :clap_tb: You’ve made my day! That’s one less blogger I have to nag about installing that plugin. Glad you liked the post mate.

  21. You stole my first comment thought by placing it as #6 and I THANK YOU FOR IT!

    OMFG, you have no idea how many personal messages I’ve left through contact forms asking (politely TELLING them) to please install it.

    I will add that I strongly advise being very careful “leaving out info” as per #5. There are plenty of ways to invite comments without leaving off vital parts to the article.
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..UPDATED – ONE MORE DAY & MORE DOMAINS! Again – Pick My New Domain Names With A chance To Win $10! =-.

    1. They don’t have to be vital parts Dennis, it’s just that a lot of people include every single thing possible. That being the case what is left to say.

      As to the plugin, I reckon we will be telling people this for years to come.

  22. Well written post.
    I don’t agree with point 3. for me anyways. But, I am not writing a business oriented blog.
    I read several Blogger blogs for entertainment.

    BTW, you have so many comments beyond your article that I lost track of the points you had made. Actually, to make my comment I had to go back and re-read your post, ha,ha..

    Anyways, the article was still a good read the second time around..

    1. Hi Shane, naturally no-one is going to agree with all the points, it would be unreasonable for me to expect that. In my defense of #3, although there is nothing wrong with having a Blogger blog in that you can still post your articles and all, if you really want people to believe you are serious I still think you need to have your own domain.

      That is only one of several points I outlined in that post.

  23. Hey Mitch, took your time getting here mate. :laugh_tb:

    Like I said to Ray, up there somewhere, if you subscribe to comments using the standard WP link, doesn’t that mean that you will get an email every time someone leaves a comment on any of the posts?

  24. haha nice one Sire. Maybe my blog sucks and I need more knowledge to improve it. And it’s true, blogger blogs are too time consuming and disturbing lol (though I run a blogger blog until now, but I don’t comment)
    .-= Jp Manching @ Beginners Blogging Guide´s last blog ..The Beginners First PageRank =-.

    1. Hey JP, I never said your blog sucks and I reckon you don’t believe that either. :smile1_ee:

      1. No :)…I say my blog sucks maybe for now, but someday I’ll be good as you. Thanks for letting me know of these things that I should be aware of.
        .-= Jp Manching @ Beginners Blogging Guide´s last blog ..The Beginners First PageRank =-.

  25. Hello Sire , back to the new phase of life ;) :)
    I would like to add one more [This problem even i am suffering from my blog :(]

    *Using Some Nasty Antispam Plugin [w.r.t WordPress]
    I am using captcha plugin , for which many of the visitors just read my blog and do not comment as they feel its is little difficult to comment , this way i also loose my readers who want to become loyal visitors for my blog :(

    What can you suggest for this ?? and also i am using AJAX reply comment plugin , by which i cant use any other antispam plugin :( :(
    .-= Sunil Jain@gupshup´s last blog ..50+ Best Free Premium WordPress Themes of December 2009 =-.

    1. Honestly Sunil, why do you even have a captcha plugin if you know it’s stopping people from commenting. :doh_tb:

      1. If i don’t use captcha plugin , i get 15 to 20 spam comments daily and many times some loyal comments also are mixed up with it , which makes me difficult to choose which i should i approve and which i shouldn’t :neutral_wp: :wallbash_tb:
        .-= Sunil Jain@gupshup´s last blog ..50+ Best Free Premium WordPress Themes of December 2009 =-.

        1. Do you Akismet? I find it catches most of the spam, and of the ones it missed I spam them manually. Sure it’s a bit of an effort but I think the end result is worth it.

          1. Ya i am using Akismet , but i am not happy with the results of it , so i would like to add one more spam field manually only , may be this will help me , what say?? and do you have any idea??
            .-= Sunil Jain@gupshup´s last blog ..50+ Best Free Premium WordPress Themes of December 2009 =-.

  26. I think similar to #5: “You’ve Given Them Too Much Information” is “You don’t give them anything to respond to”. There is a reason why controversial posts wrack up more comments: people have opinions to share.
    .-= Andrea Hill´s last blog ..Throwing it Against the Wall =-.

    1. Hey Andrea, Happy New Year luv, and you’re right, they’re pretty well one and the same. In regards to controversial posts I reckon great care needs to be taken so as to not offend anybody.

      Now I just have to see what you’re chucking up against the wall.

      1. Agreed: you don’t want to be controversial just for the sake of controversy, nor do you want to offend unless you really do feel strongly.
        .-= Andrea Hill´s last blog ..Top Ten Blog Posts of 2009 =-.

  27. Beats the heck out of me most of the time, so I choose your ambiguous 7th reason.
    .-= Ari Herzog@Social Media´s last blog ..Satisfying Saturday: 7 Ways to Praise Tweeting Birdbrains =-.

    1. Ari, there is no ambiguous 7th reason, that’s meant for the reader to supply a reason as to why people aren’t returning to your blog. :doh_tb:

  28. Tone has a lot to do with comments too. I find when I get preachy or start sermonising ala Steve Pavlina, who has no comments btw my comment count drops. I’ve been doing lots of guest posts working on relaxing my writing style and it seems to be working.
    .-= Michael´s last blog ..What’s more important what’s Right or getting caught =-.

    1. That’s true Michael, too strong a tone could put people off. Thanks for adding that to the list.

  29. This a really powerful list and I hope that more pay attention to it! There is so much to be said for being comment & subscription friendly today. Readers flat out expect it! If bloggers don’t go out of their way to bend over backwards to take care of their honest commenters, they can expect not to have any!
    .-= Kimberly Castleberry@socialmedia,technology´s last blog ..Social Media Metrics, Measuring Your Impact for Maximum ROI =-.

    1. Thanks Kimberly, and although there are probably many versions of this list out there I still feel that sometimes saying it in a different way can help others to assimilate the ideas.

  30. I too hate those Captcha plugins.

    If I will be making a comment on your site, why would you make my life miserable just by doing it, right?

    1. That’s 100% correct ark.

  31. Sire, this is the first time I’ve visited you and I’m thrilled to have found so much really useful stuff!

    In my quest to become a Blogging Goddess, I found this post most enlightening. I always thought I had fairly good comment numbers, but nowhere near what you’re getting so I obviously have work to do LOL.

    Thanks for the step-by-step remedy, and especially the plug-in on #6. I really think that one is critical to engendering real conversations.

    And that, after all, is the main reason we’re doing this anyway!

    Bliss and blessings,
    The goddess known as Jacqui
    .-= Jacqueline Gates´s last blog ..The Goddess Guide to Finding your Purpose =-.

    1. Hey Jacqui, welcome to Wassupblog. I’ve always wanted to know a Goddess and I reckon a Blogging Goddess is about as close as I will ever get to one :tongue_laugh_ee:

      The reply to comment plugins is really important and I am surprised at how many people are not using it. I’m glad you found the post worth enough to leave a comment. Now I must pay you a visit to get a little closer to my first ever Goddess.

      1. A pleasure to see you Sire becoming acquainted with my good friend, the Goddess known as Jacqui Gates! You’re in for a real treat!
        .-= Kimberly Castleberry@wordpress help´s last blog ..How To Enable Threaded Comments In WordPress =-.

        1. I’ve actually been exposed to her charm before Kim, I just forgot about it.

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