Comment Bait: 12 Post Types You Should Use
Trying to increase the conversation and activity on your blog?
Want to boost your momentum and your social proof?
Try some of these 12 types of posts that always get lots of comments.
Announcing any kind of competition is always good for a rousing round of comments.
Everybody wants to thank you and let you know they’ll be entering.
Increase your comment rate even more by telling your readers they have to leave a comment if they want to participate.
2. Share a link posts
Ask your readers to share a link to their favorite post on your blog, their favorite post on their own blog, their favorite post on someone else’s blog, or a link to their favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Whatever seems most appropriate.
3. Surprising posts
If all your posts are text posts, put your next post in a cartoon format.
If you can’t draw a cartoon, hire someone to do it for you.
Or create a colorful, information-packed infographic.
Or a video.
4. How-To and hack posts
Video game bloggers and gadget geeks will tell you that hack posts are always some of the most popular content on their blogs.
If there’s nothing to “hack” in your niche, give your readers a well-written How-To loaded with plenty of graphics.
5. In-Depth posts
Take an in-depth look at something.
Spend an entire week working on this post.
Read everything the other bloggers in your niche are saying.
Then, find your own angle and back everything up with plenty of links to resources and relevant information.
6. Actionable posts
Give your readers a short, sharp post that gives them something they can do right now that will immediately have an effect on their lives.
Tell them to follow you while you show them how to do it and then have them leave a comment about their adventure.
7. Question posts
The human mind is automatically programmed to reply or search for an answer when someone asks a question.
The problem is getting your visitors to read the question.
Ask the question in your title so they come to your post prepared.
8. Personal stories
Personal stories always make more of an emotional impact on your readers, which in turn causes them to want to speak to that emotion.
Personal stories are especially effective for generating comments if your readers have already started to bond with you.
9. Opinion posts
Start your post with, “Here’s what I think…” and before you know it someone will pipe up with a comment that starts with, “Well, you’re wrong.
Here’s what I think…” and then suddenly your blog is the place to be.
10. Humorous posts
Humor is difficult to write if you’re not a comedy writer, but if you have the ability, use it.
For many people the world is a pretty dreary place and if you can brighten their day with a laugh or a giggle they’ll chime in and thank you for it.
Challenge your readers to do something daring and then tell them to report back in the comments.
Not too daring, mind you, you don’t want to be responsible for any injuries.
12. Comprehensive lists
The most popular post that always gets lots of comments is a comprehensive list post.
Not the Top 3, or the Top 10, but the Top 100 or Top 101.
Give your readers a list they can really sink their teeth into and they’ll be falling all over themselves in the comments.
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