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    Hello and happy new year to you,

    I'd like to pick your brain about a topic that is bothering me a little, that is how to increase the number of comments on my articles? I know that you can direct people, prompt them to take action by using specific language and action words.

    On the CMS I use (Drupal) the sentence before the comment box is simple, like "Comments" something very simple just to indicate that the commenting comes next. I've switched to a long sentence I have noticed that the frequence of comments both from members and visitors has slightly increased, but I also had some negative comments about the wording, like begging for comments...

    Here's what I have now:

    "
    WRITE YOUR MESSAGE HERE - Saying something - anything - to the creator of this page is actually good behavior. Please do not leave this page without sending a message... It feels good to say what we have on our mind sometimes, try it! It doesn't even have to be relevant to the topic of this page, you can open your heart to us, do it now. Please, pretty please?
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    Now, what would you recommend to do? Simplify this sentence? Make it longer? Shorter? More serious? Even more casual/funny?
    And what have you done yourself that you saw brought good results?

    Cheers,
    James
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    This is pleading for a comment, I would not do that.

    Try something like:

    Do you dare to write your opinion?
    What are your thoughts on this ranking?

    Something in this direction

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    Thank you for your feedback.
    I have to specify something of importance it is that my articles are indeed not written by myself. I run several sites where members write the articles, so I can't be specific to the topic of the articles.

    If I were to write the articles myself, I could end them with a question to the readers, a question inviting them to react to the article, I have seen it works on blogs who do this on every post.

    I need to find a generic sentence to put at the end of each articles that would invite readers to react in the comments.

    I hear your critic about the childish/begging nature of my current sentences.

    Perhaps something lighter such as:

    "Your opinion is important to me. What do you think I am missing here? Please leave your message below..."

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    So how did it work out?
    Did you increase your comment rate with this new approach?

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    I would say, without any tracking or stats, that I haven't witness any significant increase in comments from before and after adding this final sentence:
    "
    YOU ARE IMPORTANT! Please take a moment to speak your mind by leaving a comment... We value your opinion very much.


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    So when do you start a different approach then?

    Something like

    "Have something to say?"

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    I've kind of abandonned the idea of improving amount of comments. Mind you there are several comments a day on the latest site I've done, so it's largely enough in my opinion, as I have to approve/deny every single comment because of spam.
    I think the one I have now is pretty good and I'll re-use it on future sites.
    Last edited by JamesColin; 04-17-11 at 01:18.
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