Make sure that there is a link back to your blog if you follow or leave a comment. If you just click "Follow" without leaving a comment that you've done so, I may not notice. And I know I'm not the only one who feels this way.
Any more, if someone new follows my blog, I usually don't click on the icon in order to follow back because most of the time there is no link. Don't ask me why or how to fix this because I don't know. Maybe someone reading this does know and can explain it.
One thing you can do when you leave a comment is leave the URL for your blog so readers can bypass your profile and go right to your blog. One way to do this is to use a signature on your comment that includes the HTML tag form of your blog name and address. For example, after I leave a comment I will usually will copy and then paste this signature:
LeeSometimes I may change the address and blog title to reflect a particular blog post or a special message. The bottom line is that the comment recipient or other readers can easily link to my blog page without clicking on my name and having to go through the profile.
Tossing It Out
Get rid of the surprise word verification if you have it. I'm still going to sites of A to Z participants and leaving a comment only to find that CAPTCHA box pop up and pages slowly reloading and hopping around. It really wastes time and sometimes causes lost comments. If you haven't seen a lot of comments on your site then maybe you need to check to see how easy or difficult it is to leave a comment.
Another hindrance can be some of the non-Blogger sites such as some of the Wordpress sites, other blog hosting sites, sites with Disqus or some other moderation filter, or blogs formatted in more uncommonly used ways. I have gone to some sites where I've wasted several minutes trying to figure out how to leave a comment and evenually get frustrated and leave. Once again, if you've been leaving lots of comments on other blogs but never seem to get any or many on your own site, then maybe you need to see if there is any problem with leaving a comment on your site. Especially if you don't show any email it may be that no one will ever be able to contact you to let you know that there is a problem.
These are just a few frustrating things I encountered on Wednesday as I made a concentrated effort to see how many blogs I could get through during the day. I thought it was worth this special post in hopes that a few of these problems might be cleaned up.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, I don't know the exact number, but I passed the 100 mark in visiting and commenting. It took about 6 to 7 hours to do it. If I had a faster computer I might have doubled my visits. It can be done, but it takes time.
Have a happy A to Z challenge!