“I don’t have any comments. How can I get more comments?”
First of all, let me explain something and I want you to read closely.
You don’t want comments.
If you just want comments, be content with comment spam.
If you want good comments, be specific.
What you want is a discussion. You don’t just want comments. You want interactivity. You want the social intercourse, to share your thoughts with others and have them reciprocate. You want dialog.
Now that you know you don’t want comments, how does that change things on your site?
Your blog exercise today is to get clear about what you mean when you ask how to get more comments on your site.
Your goal in this exercise is to be specific, very specific, about defining not just who your audience is but the type of conversation you are really seeking on your site.
- Who do want to comment? What do they know? How much do they know? Do you want to interact with people who know more than you or those who want to learn from you?
- What would they sound like? What stories would they have to share? What questions do you want to ask them to answer?
- What would the conversation look like? Would it be yes/no, A/B responses or true dialog? Or supportive comments and at-a-boys – pats on the back to reassure you that you are on the right track?
- Do you want arguments? Debates over a topic? Do you want people to challenge your thinking or statements, or do you just want to hold hands and walk through the garden in harmony like old friends?
Write out a description of the ideal person(s) you wish to talk to on your site. Follow this with a clear description of how the conversation would look.
If not, you need to realign your vision of the perfect reader or your site purpose and goals. If yes, you are on the right course.
The more precise you are, the more likely you are to write for and attract those individuals.
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