How dare I say this? Obviously some blogs still get tons. I get that. But there's also a huge percentage of blogs that don't get any at all in spite of great stories posted, or no matter how active they are online. Unless of course, it is something super-controversial. But even this is short-lived. After that, you can literally hear crickets! I'm not exempted from this epidemic. Worst thing a blogger would go through, is write a killer post and once posted, comments or reactions are non-existent! What is wrong in this equation?
To satisfy my nagging curiosity and hopefully unravel a bit of mystery, I went on a commenting spree. For two separate weeks, I've set a 2 hour slot from my day just to blog hop and comment. On the outset, I love discovering new blogs but I'll tell you now, visiting tons of blogs is not fun. It gets you thinking. Some of them stumped me. Some of them I just can't relate to and I left without commenting. In the end, I was able to visit hundreds of blogs!And guess how many came back to me and visited me back? Take a wild mental guess. I'll let you know at the end of this post.
Here are the 2 things that I found that's most likely killing blog comments big time! See if you agree:
- Facebook - It's right in their faces. Instant access to comments right there for the taking. Even if you put your actual link and directs back to your site, people are creatures of habit, they will go back to their facebook page and leave their comments there.
- Twitter - Same thing. They take a peek and tweet you back with their comments.
I adore both these sites mind you. But how can one keep patronizing them when they're obviously killing the traffic in our blogs? No traffic = no business. This sort of puts us in a realistic perspective that in the end, our blog will get the axe if we're not vigilant or creative.
Now, are you ready for the answer?
See if you guessed right. Of all the hundreds of blogs I visited, I only got less than 10. I kid you not! Some commented back. Some replied via email.
Dead or what?!
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