The Reason Why People “Like” But They Don’t Comment

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Comments are everything! But great “content”breaks “likes”and brings “comments”

The Golden Lands

I’ve been seeing a lot of blogs recently where the authors have a MAD following.  I sigh and drool and faint whenever I see how many followers these people have.  They average at LEAST 40 likes a post.

But they also average MAYBE 2-3 comments a post.

Why?

These people have 5,000+ followers.  Some have 20,000+ followers.  Why is no one commenting?

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Let’s be honest.  Everybody likes to get Liked.  But I think we can agree that when people take the time to comment, this feedback means way more to us.  Because it’s easy for people to click the Like button, but it takes effort to comment.  And that means they are taking us seriously and actually paying attention.  We like comments more than Likes.

The question is then: What makes people comment?

Personality.

Sig and Armstrong

You might have a huge following, but if you don’t have a sense of personality

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98 comments on “The Reason Why People “Like” But They Don’t Comment”

  1. I do comment reply to every comment on my blog. I think that such is more than courtesy but obligatory out of respect and maintaining the network of loyalty to each other. These bloggers get loyal visits from me on their posts as priority. However, I cannot comment on every post by bloggers. Easily get 300 notifications a day and cannot keep up with it. Too many people post a dozen or more posts a days and many of those I have unfollowed because jamming up my inbox. Several that multipost I may comment on one. Many I just give likes to let them know I have read the post and want to acknowledge a visit as they do for me. If I don’t have an intelligent or meaningful comment for a post I just like with no comment. And I certainly make return visits to new followers. I cannot follow so many new visitors though. Too much so I limit to certain genres and blogs of strong particular interest for me.

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    1. Carl, I agree. It’s time management. I do try to pay it forward to bloggers who follow me and am now following more than 200 blogs. Some do not post daily, but others posts multiple times in one day. If I took time to always comment, I would not have time to write posts and maybe not sleep for the reason you also state; i.e., I would not be able to keep up with responses. I appreciate those who take time to “like” my posts. When I do so, It’s my way of saying “hello” even when I don’t leave a comment.

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  2. Right! I totally get your point👌You are going about it the right way. I go by interesting and helpful Content,I don’t believe appreciation should be my main reason of commenting to a post . My love for a post breaks likes and comments and simply brings follow and shares because I always want my audience to learn from any post I found useful. Your method is so cool Carl 👌🙌 Thanks for stopping by and take care of you 😍✌️

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  3. Thanks for sharing this content Sharon. It is a very interesting question that researchers should investigate actually. Carl, you and the lady from Quintessential faith did brought important informations regarding this topic. I am also intrigue as to know if the majority really read the post before they comment? Not so sure sometimes. Have a lovely day.

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  4. Comments are always more personal and take more effort. We live in a “take the shortcut” road. I always love leaving comments and I always reply to every single one I get. I love it because it fosters a sense of community; it makes me feel like I’m making actually connections which really, is exactly what I’m here to do! I want to connect with other writers and learn from them so to me, commenting is so much better than a quick like. Nowadays, you don’t even have to read the content before you dash the like button. I loved this post. ✨✨✨

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    1. Strongly agreed with you dear “Shortcut “ But how do we understand what the content is all about without reading 📖 because by reading and understanding you can drop proper insights/views on the article.Is really a great way to build relationships with follow bloggers “like minded people “Thanks dear for your time😍✌️

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  5. Good post! I always reply by comment to comments on my posts. Of the people I follow I usually try to give their posts a like and will often comment as well but not always. I have found the comments to this post also very interesting. I like the way this post opened up a good dialogue about how people handle responding and managing their time as well.

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    1. Hey Rosaliene! Got you dear. Connecting with people who share same identity with you is cool! If we have purpose of providing useful information and support , they won’t focus on their number of followers. Thanks for stopping by and remain blessed🙌🙏😍✌️

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  6. Here’s a comment to say I agree 🙂 and tx for following umanbn.wordpress.com I also reply to all comments made but then I don’t have that many followers. I wonder how you manage if there would be millions of followers!!

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    1. Hey Mark🙌 I got you 😉 I will “say” For new bloggers who don’t have a solid following yet, I will say respond to as many comments as possible 😊We love feedback and readers love to know what we think about their own opinions 😑 And if millions of followers comes😏Then “Comment policy” may be considered! Atleast readers will know “When you can”& “Why you can’t” As at the time they expected 🤗 Thanks for stopping by dear😀😍✌️

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  7. Hi Sharon! Thank you for following me! Interesting post. I do my best to comment and I have met some great people doing so. Unfortunately, I don’t always have the energy to comment so I make sure to like the post so they know that I’ve taken the time to read their words and I really enjoyed it. All the best! xo

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    1. Hey dear 👋I got you 😉 It can be tiring to comment *yap! And most people are the same way, especially when you have large number of followers. Just keep showing love the best way you can ! Thanks for stopping by and remain blessed 😍✌️

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  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I’ve just clicked to follow you and offer my comment – I had two faithful commenters and one passed away – she was the one who encouraged me to blog in the first place … so I have one faithful “commenter” (if that is a word) … I try not to worry about it – but sometimes you want to say “Yoo hoo – anybody out there?” At least a “like” tells you someone is reading what you are typing your fingers to bloody stubs to create. 🙂 I also blog the same content, but under a different name, at a local hyperlocal newspaper called “The Wyandotte Patch” … no one comments there … they used to but they changed their software platform and after that no one can find anything so I get no comments, yeah or nay … sigh. I stayed with them as I belonged to a group of bloggers from all the Patch.com across the U.S., but slowly they are all dropping off the map. Love the holiday decor on this blog … cheers!

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    1. Hey dear 👋 hope you are doing great! Thanks for taking the time to read 🙏 I appreciate 🙏ouchhhh😓Sorry about his lost! I got you 😉 However comment on our post certainly helps starting a conversation or discussion on our post! Visited your site, cool and will revisit. Thanks for your time 😍✌️

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      1. I didn’t want to discourage you about not having a lot of comments, because I’ve been at this for nearly five years, at WordPress and four years at Patch. The traffic to my site just picked up within the last two months … as well as the comments. I just soldier on – my blog is about walking and now that it is Winter here in SE Michigan, the posts aren’t as frequent (unless we get a warm spell like we have right now and I was trying to reach 1,000 miles) … then I switch to other topics.

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    1. Hey Lusia! Hope you are doing just fine😀I got you totally. Most times the site is off and on 😂Which can be so frustrating to even type a sentence 😖Thanks for taking the time to read and enjoy the rest of your day✌️🙏

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  9. Some writer just don’t give me enough to grapple with, so I don’t find I have anything solid to say. Others–well, I can think of one or two I could’ve argued with but there was so much it would’ve taken all day,

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    1. Hi Ellen! Hope you’re doing great 👍 I got you 😉 Argument with few of them will enrich your and their own experience✊For me🧑Reading blogs is really inspiring and the argument spark an idea to present an alternate view in Their blog or mine👧Thanks for stopping by🙏I appreciate 🙌And happy holidays 🤶

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  10. Thanks for following my blog. WordPress requires an account in order to click “like”. I’ve seen blogs with hundreds of comments but average 5 “likes” because those commenting do not have WordPress accounts. I’ve also seen blogs that receive over a hundred “likes” with maybe 3 to 5 comments. My conclusion is that it’s not the content but the time that people have available. Some also refrain from commenting because they don’t subscribe to comments nor use the Reader and find that returning to blog posts to check for responses is time consuming. In other words, it depends on how people who read blogs organize or even if they want to organize how to follow comments.

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    1. Hey xena! Hope your doing great 👍 That right! You are definitely on track 👌One or two things can make us to really not to connect with other bloggers🤗 got that and extremely popular blog won’t really have the time to comment 🤗And even to read ,approve and respond to reader comments is time consuming I got it👌We should do the best we can✊We all have our different ways of showing love ❤️ And for some people who feel that a blog isn’t really bloggish because of 1 or 2 comments on their post 👆If they relax and focus on creating.. likes, comments and folowers will start rolling 😱And for extremely bigger bloggers, if it get to that point people’s comments start eating into their time ,they should simply disable their comment features because till date bloggers strongly believes commenting and responding to comments is great way of creating a sense of community👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 I’m not anywhere big here , pretty new but growing and I know how difficult it is though but just doing the best I can now and when I become extremely …😄I will try and find my balance 🙄😑Thanks for taking the time to read 🙏🙌Keep enjoying your holidays and remain blessed 😍✌️

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      1. Sharon, thanks for your blessings.

        I would hate for any blogger to be discouraged thinking that they are not getting comments from followers because of content. I have another blog besides my main one, and because of the subject matter, it seldom gets any comments. (The subject matter is cyber abuse, harassment.) However, I can see the views reported by Word Press on the admin side in stats, so I know it’s being read. Some readers come through Facebook and Twitter referrals so they are taking time to visit. That also holds true for my main blog.

        Based on my experience, there are blog posts that get comments weeks after the post is published, so I would hesitate taking an option of turning off comments when publishing a post. It all depends on the available time of followers, and that includes the number of “likes” also. They can change day-to-day.

        May your New Year be filled with excellent health, joy and peace.

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  11. There is 2 obvious reasons why people don’t comment:

    1. There are a lot of people out there thqat feel somewhat uncomfortable writing comments in English if that language is not their native tongue! They might try to mtalk to you in the street, but they’ll not venture to write anything at all!

    2. If you operate a blog of your own, it’s easy (provided you can handle pt.1), but if not, you’ll have to register and to be accepted first time around. Most people don’t bother. It’s much easier just to leave a ‘like’ and leave it at that, but the rewards arfe far greater if one takes the trouble. After all it only applies to the first contact!

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    1. I see ! Many people are concerned about this same issue and not everyone like or have the time to fill out those informations to be able to comment! Got you🤗Thanks for you time here and remain blessed 🤝🙏😍✌️

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  12. I enjoyed your post as well as the comments. (This is a post about why people don’t comment, so a lot of people took time to comment, I see!) But the commenters brought up good points. There are a variety of reasons why one doesn’t leave a comment instead of just a like. I can only speak for myself, however, and my reasons are: 1. I’m in a hurry and don’t have time for anything but “like.” 2. I don’t have anything to say or can’t think of anything to say. 3. I want to comment on someone’s photo, but notice they have already received many comments that are identical to what I would have said. 4. It requires a lot of thought, sometimes, to comment. 5. The blog is in another language which, even if I can read it or understand it, I can’t express myself in that language very well.

    Besides this, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my blog and follow it! This is important because I sometimes don’t know if people relate to my posts. I have noticed that my short photo posts or travel posts generate the most interest and I have tried to make my travel posts less about my specific experience and more information for people who may want to visit that place. On the other hand, I get what you are saying about one’s blog expressing their personality, or “voice.” We have to achieve a balance between personalization and imparting “dry” information. People’s personal stories can be interesting, but sometimes I don’t learn anything about the place they’ve written about because it was all about an incident that happened to them. But if there are no personal anecdotes, it gets boring! I’m glad you have found enough of interest in my blog to follow me – so thank you again!!

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    1. Hey dear👋Hope you’re doing great 👍 Thanks for your time here 🙏 You really did a complete wrap on the reasons why people don’t comment but like 📝Very interesting clarification 👊 Thanks again and remain blessed 😍🙏✌️

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  13. This is a really interesting post, and something I’ve thought about. As someone who follows other bloggers, I have to say that I “like” a lot, but “comment” much less often. Part of this is time constraint: if I follow even 50 blogs (I actually have no idea how many are in my reader), and spend at least one thoughtful minute commenting on each, that’s 50 minutes. Which doesn’t include the time it took to thoroughly read the posts that I commented on. So, I comment when I genuinely feel the urge to, when I have something to say besides “Great review!”. I do try to reply to all my comments on my own blog, even if it’s just a thank you.

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  14. I am so happy you addressed this issue. I have been curious about it, but never tried to puzzle it out. I agree with some of the commentators on this post–you want to acknowledge faithful blog follower and some bloggers post so frequently, you can not keep up with them. Sometimes you have nothing of value to add besides one more “Me too.”

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  15. Comments are everything. I started my blog more seriously last year and one blogger began to comment on a regular basis [thanks so much to Osyth-Half Baked In Paradise] and the welcome interaction, humour and anecdotes added a huge dimension to the post and encouraged other comments. Likes are a quick acknowledgement, but can be a curse than a blessing, as without comments, your blog is just a numbers game, but with little connection. If your aiming to sell your blog to the branding world then likes will help enormously – given its exposure and someone may “bite and buy”. But with our more personal blogs about life, before we branch out and brand ourselves, comments drive further posts as we find likeminded individuals.
    For me comments allow a little more freedom to express myself outside the restrictions of the post, often written more straight-jacketed to appeal to a wider audience.
    But if you get a like, do go and view the blogger as they might just add a new dimension to your blog, through their own inspiring posts that you can comment on. Our little blogging community also recommend each other if we feel the blog will appeal to the same audience. Re time, yes this is a problem, so comments on key blogs is the only way. Likes to say “Hello I am still with you”, can allow us all to link later – without likes we have no access to other bloggers profiles. The Likes are the database of bloggers and potential commentators – a gateway to explore further.

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  16. Sometimes it’s a matter of time. I love commenting on people’s blogs, but don’t always have the time to do so. Commenting, though, is how you build community which is so much more gratifying than just liking something. :0)

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