How to Arouse Engagement On Your Blog – Get More Comments and Retweets

increase blog engagement - get more comments and retweetsI have been observing something on my blog recently and if you are a regular reader of this blog you will also have observed the same.

The thing is, the number of comments and retweets on my posts are becoming significantly low. I will tell you boldly that my traffic is not decreasing (it is not even near that), it is rather increasing. The question that comes to mind now is that, when my traffic is increasing, why is my comments and retweets decreasing?

I still have some people who comments on my posts and some loyal followers on twitter who tweet my posts when they are online – one of them is @dragonblogger, he retweets some of my tweets when he is online.

I was checking my twitter stats today (via hootsuite) and I saw a retweet by @dragonblogger, I was now thinking that I have not being paying him back for his retweets.

This also goes for blog comments, How do I pay my commenters back?

Reciprocity Matters!

This simple rule must not be ignored in blogging just as it is applicable in other areas of life “Do unto others what you want to be done to you”…What the heck? Why do I want comments on my blog when I don’t comment on the blogs of others? I discovered I have not been commenting on the blogs of others lately and this is also part of the reason why I am not getting comments, I will be subscribing to the blogs of my readers and will be making valuable comments when necessary.

Let me make this clear… if you are simply commenting here so that I can do the same to your blog then this is not the right place for you, you have been mistaken. This blog is to provide value to readers and if you don’t enjoy my articles, why make a comment anyway?

You might ask me why I am commenting on readers blogs anyway? The reason is to show them that I care and their support is really appreciated.

What If you Have no Audience?

Some newbies reading this post might be saying it is easy because I have an audience, even if I don’t I will still get lots of retweets and comments ;). All you have to do is go to the comments section of a popular blog and begin to visit the blogs of their commenters, add those blogs to your readers, retweet and comment on their posts and very soon you will be getting results.

I wouldn’t have cared (as in my true nature ;)), but I knew something is wrong! If I had not been getting lots of comments and retweets before, I would have ignored this but since I do, this will be a sign of retrogression and that is not my mark…I reject it.

What Thinkest Thou?

What do you think? Do you think I am taking the right move or a wrong one? I know I am not perfect and there are some things I have said I would do (on this same blog) that I am no longer doing (because it is wrong). I presently don’t think there is something wrong in what I am doing now and I would like to know what you think.

Do You Buy My Idea?

If you are in support of my idea, feel free to drop a link to your blog in the comments section (Yeah, In the comments section, below your comments – so that I can subscribe).

Pls, don’t drop links to adult or gambling sites or bad sites and also note that dropping links to your site is no guarantee that I will subscribe, if you have great content then I can assure you I will.

About the Author

Onibalusi Bamidele is the 17 year old founder of YoungPrePro. Follow him on twitter here.
  • http://www.standoutblogger.com Thomas Sinfield

    I used to comment just to get comments back and it works really well – but you also waste a lot of time of people who are only doing the same thing (so really just time wasters).

    Now I really only leave comments of posts that I feel I have something to add, and while my comment count has gone down, I’m not really that worried.

    Your commentators are not usually the ones that will buy something your recommend – so comment when you have something to add.

    That being said, if someone comments on my blog I will always visit their website or blog. However, that doesn’t mean I always leave a comment. A lot of times they are on topics that I personally have no knowledge or interest in (or sometimes they just don’t deserve a comment – just being honest). But then again, there have been some great blogs added to my RSS reader because someone decided to leave a comment and I clicked with their blogging style.

    Sorry for the massive comment! :D

    • http://www.youngprepro.com Onibalusi Bamidele

      Hi Thomas,

      Yeah! You are so right with your comment and you made me laugh so much :)

      …”Your commentators are not usually the ones that will buy something your recommend – so comment when you have something to add.… This is so true but they also help you make more sales because more comments means more social proof (which is really important in our time nowadays).

      However, that doesn’t mean I always leave a comment. A lot of times they are on topics that I personally have no knowledge or interest in (or sometimes they just don’t deserve a comment – just being honest).… You are so right! Some people don’t deserve a comment (because their posts sucks) and some people have unrelated blogs, in the case of these people, I will do nothing.

      I just visited your blog and it looks great, you will be seeing me reciprocating on your blog now.

      Thanks so much for your nice comment, I really appreciate it.
      -Onibalusi

      • http://www.making-your-own-website.com Nabeel | Create Your First Website

        Yeah his blog is really great too. I have also subscribed to Thomas’s blog. I will be commenting there too!

        Kindest,
        Nabeel

    • http://privateLabelUnlimited.com/build50klist/build50klist.html Gary David | Build Your List Fast

      You’re right there Thomas. It’s a waste of time if people commenting on your blog are still the same people over and over again, and you do the same to their blog. There’s nothing wrong if you comment everyday on a particular blogs, as long as you’re providing helpful comments.

      Other ways to gain fresh and new readers is to constantly write and submit articles which links to your blog on the resource box.

      Kind regards,

      Gary

  • http://www.making-your-own-website.com Nabeel | Create Your First Website

    Interesting read Onibalusi.

    Thanks for sharing your insights. I believe you are taking the right step, as the web is interconnected. The more you socialize and interconnect, the more you will get in return. So I commend your decision and wish you all the best!

    Kindest,
    Nabeel

    Although I do not have a blog, and you have already subscribed to my list on my website, I am still inserting my link as you are offering this, hope you don’t mind Onibalusi:

    http://www.making-your-own-website.com

    • http://www.youngprepro.com Onibalusi Bamidele

      Hi Nabeel,

      Yeah! Thanks so much for re-affirming my action.

      You really have a great offer and I am happy to be your subscriber.

      Thanks so much for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

    • http://privateLabelUnlimited.com/build50klist/build50klist.html Gary David | Build Your List Fast

      Hi Nabeel,

      You are correct. The more you socialize and interconnect with other people, the more you gain as well. I agree with you on that. You don’t want to be a loner, because people will not even know you if that happens.=)

      You don’t have a blog? Me too!=) But I’m building one right now and it will be live in a few weeks. We should also be blogging now Nabeel, I’m always seeing you in some other blogs as well and you are very active making comments.=)

      Regards,

      Gary

  • http://technblogging.com Sourav

    I strongly believe in reciprocal matters in blogging. If someone comments on my blog or RT my post, I definitely visit his blog to make a comment or RT, stumble, digg and whatever (if I like the content). I believe that a blogger cannot go too far in blogging if he is all alone…he needs to be a part of a community where there is engagement among the people.

    • http://www.youngprepro.com Onibalusi Bamidele

      Hi Sourav,

      Exactly! I have been noticing your RT’s and stumbles recently I will most definitely reciprocate and I have been reading your blog for sometimes now and you have a great blog.

      Count me as a subscriber and regular commenter and retweeter of your blog.

      Thanks so much for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  • http://www.site-fusion.co.za/blog Mark Atkinson

    Hi Onibalusi,

    Well I’m sure reciprocity matters, however I have seen you commenting on other blogs quite often! (It’s hard to forget a fellow African blogger!) ;) Perhaps I haven’t been following you for quite long enough to notice a change in trends.

    Well I have recently started up a new blog aligning with my business, which deals with web design, corporate identity, marketing etc. It’s brand new, and I only get the chance to post once a week, so there are only a few posts so far.

    I haven’t even received one comment yet. :(

    If you would like to check it out, please feel free to follow the link. I’d love any feedback I can get, as this is our first blog.

    Either way, keep up the good work. I’ll be back to keep commenting!

    P.S. That guest post is coming soon!

    • http://www.youngprepro.com Onibalusi Bamidele

      Hi Mark,

      Yeah! You are absolutely right, I never knew the power in reciprocity until now (and now, I am glad I did).

      Wow! I am very happy I will be your first (and regular commenter) :), I will also be subscribing to your blog.

      Concerning the guest post, I will really appreciate it.

      Thanks so much for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

      • Mark Atkinson

        Awesome! :D

        Can’t wait! Haha we’ll be so excited about our first comment! Any feedback we can get at this point would be fantastic. I’m pretty sure there’s some refinement we can do on our site.

        Regarding the guest post, I’d just like to build up a few more articles on our blog before I guest post. Just to give readers something to see if they actually decide to click through to my own blog! ;)

  • http://cashwithatrueconscience.com/rbblog Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Onibalusi,

    Yep, the Golden Rule applies to blogging too ;)

    My blog did not become well read until I commented on other’s blogs, RT’ed and shared their posts on FB. When I gave, I received. My blogging buddies promoted my stuff and commented my blog while my network grew.

    Keep in mind that my intent was to add value: I wasn’t doing this solely to drive traffic to my blog because if that were the case I would have repelled others instead of attracting them. You can’t fool the universe. As you mentioned focus on adding value with each comment to become valuable yourself.

    Thanks for sharing your insight :)

    Ryan Biddulph

    • http://www.youngprepro.com Onibalusi Bamidele

      Hi Ryan,

      Thanks so much for the inspiring comment as always.

      Exactly, you are absolutely right, having the right intention when doing such is the best.

      PS: I just tried to subscribe to your blog but email option is not enabled, pls can you check on this?

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment and the retweet, I really appreciate it,
      -Onibalusi

  • http://www.newbizblogger.com Michele

    I’m with you Onibalusi! I’m all about reciprocity but more importantly about connecting and creating relationships.
    I believe that only through collaborative efforts will you truly reach the level of success you want in your business.
    Many people unfortunately get this wrong and have the Lone Ranger mentality…do it on their own for themselves and don’t realize the power of creating a network of partners.
    As always thanks for the great post!

    • http://www.youngprepro.com Onibalusi Bamidele

      Hi Michelle,

      You are absolutely right.

      Thanks so much for the nice comment and RT, I really appreciate it,
      -Onibalusi

  • http://privateLabelUnlimited.com/build50klist/build50klist.html Gary David | Build Your List Fast

    Thanks for sharing this Oni! I really like the title “how to AROUSE…”.=) You got my attention there lol! Anyway, You’ve covered every important details when it comes to increasing your blog comments.

    Keep it up!

    Gary

    • http://www.youngprepro.com Onibalusi Bamidele

      Yeah Gary,

      You are absolutely right.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  • http://www.climbthenet.com Matt Jackson

    It is a community or network we’re trying to build for ourselves after all – the more effort you put in, the greater the reward you reap.

    • http://www.youngprepro.com Onibalusi Bamidele

      Exactly Matt,

      You are absolutely right.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  • http://www.givingplants.com jeff@givingplants

    Good advices by the way. I like it. We are humans all ethics socially are applicable here as well. Golden rules as to speak still applies!

    • http://www.youngprepro.com Onibalusi Bamidele

      Exactly Jeff,

      Thanks so much for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  • http://workfromhomesuccesszone.com Chris Gustafson | Work From Home Blog

    Hi Onibalusi,

    I just found your blog and was immediately drawn to this post. This is a very interesting read, and something I am working on since I recently just started my own blog.

    Thank-you for the great information.

    Chris

    • http://www.youngprepro.com Onibalusi Bamidele

      Yeah Chris,

      That is really great :)

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  • http://www.hooksandlattice.com/ Brian @ flower box

    Hi there. On my end, I make comments not just to have something in return. I make comments because I definitely want to show appreciation on the posts that I like and has helped me. But there are really some who are asking in return. But not really directly that they are asking for something in return. But I think it will not hurt us to pay some gratitude to others right? But on your end, it would be a lot knowing that you have so many followers. (Smiling) Posting a thank you message would be fine I think.

  • http://www.seekersfind.com/how-to-get-traffic-from-stumbleupon.html Abhishek-seekersfind.com

    Hi
    This is true and we should reciprocate.

    Thanks For Sharing
    -Abhishek

  • http://www.pgesystems.com Mike

    Reciprocity is something that while is appreciated, it is not expected. When I write a comment on an article that I’ve read, I think that I have something of value to add not only to the article, but also to the comments that have already been written.

    Commenting should be viewed as a method of providing additional information and conversation to an article. If you focus on the quality of the information that you provide, not only on your blog, but also in the comments that you leave, there will be more interest in what you have to say. This will go a long way in getting people coming back to your blog to read what you have written.

    Sure, getting an influx of traffic because of a comment that you have written on someone else’s post is great, but if you have not added value to the conversation, that will not happen.

  • http://www.vidyasury.com Vidya Sury, Freelance Writer & Blogger

    I agree with what Mike said. We’ve got to be realistic. Also, I’ve noticed that many bloggers do not care to return the courtesy of going over to see where the commenter came from, as they prefer to reply to comments on their own blog. I believe it is best to comment only when there’s something to add to a post. If not, appreciation can always be shown in the form of a “+1″, “retweet” or “share”.

    That said, reading what others are writing is a wonderfully educative experience, and usually provokes thought.

    First visit to your site, Onibalusi. I remember reading your guest post on DailyBlogTips. I look forward to visiting often. Cheers!

    • http://www.youngprepro.com/about Onibalusi

      Thanks Vidya :)

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    To make a blog social proof is great way…. And for that blog comments is great way… If any blog gets comments thats great to see