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7 Ways to Turn a Blog Post Upside Down and Get More Comments

Posted By Darren Rowse 3rd of February 2009 Writing Content 0 Comments

In the early days of a new blog it can be frustrating to put a lot of time and energy into the writing of posts only to find that it seems as though no one is listening. While you feel you’ve said something worthy of some discussion the comments section of your post resembles a ghost town with tumbleweed blowing around.

I’ve previously written a post with 10 techniques to get more comments on your blog (one of the most commented upon posts I’ve ever written) so I won’t go over all of that again – however I wanted to share one simple technique that I’ve always found to be effective at getting readers interacting. It is obvious and very basic – but so many bloggers don’t do it.

The technique is simply to turn a post upside down and make the comments the primary focus of the post rather than what you have to say.

Here are a number of ways of doing this with some links to examples of where I’ve done it:

Do feel free to add to the list in comments!

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  1. Anything that sparks emotion seems to keep people coming back to make multiple post.

  2. I’m currently running a giveaway where the comments are the main feature. Although there are other ways to enter, most people are choosing to share ways they make someone feel loved or the way someone makes them feel loved. Obviously, this is a Valentine’s giveaway.

    I’d love for your readers to come by and add their comments as well. And don’t forget to read the other comments. Most of them are great!


    It’s been a huge lesson to me that people want to share what they know.

  3. There are hundred of this kind of article on how to get more comment from your visitor and most of it were telling the same. Anyway Darren you forgot to include, Make a blog contest – its the best tips and most of it are worked 100%

  4. I couldn’t understand why my page views quadrupled recently, then I noticed alot of new traffic coming from my post to your landscape question! Today was a new record for number of page views on my site, and I can attribute alot of it to that single post on this site!

  5. Great post! For a few months now I’ve been working on my first website. It’s a combination of a blog and a series of articles.

    It started with my wanting to basically put together a complete set of articles introducing all the math needed to do basic game programming and computer graphics. I frequent a lot of game development forums and do a lot of game programming as a hobby, so I figured this would be a neat way to catalogue my knowledge and help people out at the same time.

    The articles are only about a third of the way done. It’s tough writing something almost the length of a small book in your spare time for no compensation!

    I also maintain a blog there where I just post about anything interesting and related to games, game development, math, computer graphics, or programming in general.

    Unfortunately, I don’t get too many readers. Recently I’ve been really trying to expand this website into something less niche and more mainstream. Well, mainstream is maybe not the right word… I’ve just been trying to get a broader audience.

    Thanks again for these tips. I’ll put them to use.

  6. Great tips Darren… To get more comments you need to have a more personal interaction with your reader. Turning a post up side down is really a good idea

  7. I am going to try 2 or 3 of these ideas next week – Can’t wait to see how it turns out! Thanks for the new ideas.

  8. Great tips as always, ProBlogger. I’ve been lamenting the lack of comments on my blog as I put a lot of effort into it. But who would want to read a personal travel/life blog anyway?

  9. impressive post. I will try it thanks.

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