Welcome Commentsâ€“ Ja Kel Daily Dot Com is still very young only four months old and growing with 152 posts and 958 comments.Â At present according to the amount of post to comments readers are commenting at a rate of 15%.Â I am unsure what would be considered a successful comment to post ratio but I would like to see a rate of at least 30%. So I invite you now to leave a comment negative or positive, it is the only way that my blog will achieve better standards.
Responsive Comments– You can not expect your readers to comment if you are unwilling to respond back to comments that are left. If a reader leaves a comment make sure to respond at least within 24 hours from the time the comment is left.Â When responding to your readersâ€™ comments you are adding value to your blog and at the same time you are showing respect for the person taking the time to comment.Â
Easy Commentsâ€“ If you want people to comment do not make it a requirement to register first.Â I do not have any research proof behind this but if I had to guess I would say that 98% of the time a person will not leave a comment with this as a requirement to leave comments.Â I know that I have never left a comment on a blog that has required registration before leaving the comment.Â If you are using registration for the sole purpose of blocking out spam comments then I suggest turning it off now and using achiket spam instead.
Top Commentsâ€“ Reward your top commentators by acknowledging them with a top commenting section in your side bar and prizes to the top commentator within a specified timeframe when available to give. To install WordPress plugin for Top Commentators download, note unable to get it to work with the sidebar widget.
Ask Questions â€“ This is something that I have not been doing as of yet and that is asking questions of my readers. To start you can include a question in the title or in the first sentence of your post as an effective way of attempting to get a response from readers.
Policy Commentsâ€“ Set the rules for comments on your blog (comment policy) readers will feel more comfortable commenting. In my opinion a more controlled commenting environment is more attractive to the reader and shows that you run an organized blog.
Start Debates â€“ There is nothing better than starting a debate.Â To achieve this post an article that has a controversial side to it and watch as the comments start coming in.Â
Be Modestâ€“ Yes I am very modest and first to point out that with out Microsoftâ€™s spell check you would be spending most of your time correcting my spelling while reading my blog.Â I think that people respond to modesty and are more likely to respond to your articles as apposed to an article that is written in way that is off-putting to the reader.
Be Polite – Last but not least try to always be polite when responding back to your readers.Â I know that readers can be harsh at times, making fun of your spelling, grammar, or just your overall article and you are ready to go to war with them in the comment section.Â Just admit it if you were wrong or state your opinion in the most polite way that you can deem possible.