I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I think it’s harder these days to get people to engage and leave comments on blog posts. Best practice recommendations include having at the end of your blog post a call to action which may include a request to leave a comment which is fine but what if your blog post is one where you want someone to go away and do something? And really ending all of your blog posts with a line that invites them to leave a comment is going to make your blog posts boring so you want to have the freedom to end in different ways.
The standard text that is above the comment box in WordPress simply says Leave a reply. Not exactly inspiring is it? Well – you can actually change this and make it a bit more exciting and compelling for people to leave comments on your blog posts. Maybe you want to use the line that this blog post is titled “Leave a comment – please please please….you know you want to!” but I think that may sound a little desperate and other than the people who might feel sorry for you I’m not sure it’s going to work.
I’ll let you decide what works best for your blog and your audience but I just wanted to share with you the fact that you can change this if you wanted and weren’t aware of it. So how do you do it? Well from the Dashboard select the option for Settings which will then open up a page with a lot of different things you can alter and set. Right down at the bottom of the page there is a section titled Comment Form and there it display the current uninspiring Leave a reply which you change.
So now my call to action – I challenge you to go and change your prompt to something more interesting and compelling. Surely you can do better than my What do you think?