Any engagement can help boost your video’s place in the YouTube algorithm, but comments can be especially powerful. They show the algorithm that people enjoy your video enough to keep talking about it, which encourages the algorithm to recommend that video to more potential viewers.
Here are a few fun ways to get more comments.
Hide “Easter eggs” in your video descriptions.
Super fans love to search for hidden messages called “Easter eggs” in their favorite movies and TV shows. These can als turn up in posts from their favorite celebrities and creators. Whenever a new Easter egg is found, the news spreads through the fandom, generating a lot of conversation online.
You can replicate this by hiding Easter eggs in your video descriptions. You could hide clues to a puzzle that viewers can solve overtime, such as lyrics to a new song or the initials of your next collab partner. Alternatively, you could go much simpler and hide messages instructing viewers to leave a certain comment when they see it.
If you wanted to go above and beyond, however, you could construct an entire secret project through hidden clues in your videos. In the video below, John and Hank Green did just that.
Ask questions throughout your videos.
Comments are great when they’re conversational, so you can start a dialogue in your videos. Throughout the course of your video, ask questions related to your topic. They can be simple, such as, “Have you ever tried anything like this before?” or “What do you think is going to happen when I do this?”. Invite viewers to share their responses in the comments.
Natalies Outlet does a fantastic job at asking questions throughout her videos like this. She talks to the camera as if she’s chatting with a friend, inviting her viewers to contribute to the conversation. Check out the example below.
Encourage viewers to interact with each other in the comments.
Finally, you can get a lot more comments when your viewers keep up the conversation themselves. Get them talking by encouraging them to interact with each other in your video. Suggest they make friends, have a friendly debate, offer each other advice, etc.
To get the ball rolling, spend some time contributing to these conversations yourself. After you upload a new video, spend the next hour or so responding to comments. Ask questions to keep the replies coming, and continue to encourage your commenters to engage with each other.
If you want to get more comments on your videos, then don’t feel as if you have to beg. Come up with fun ways to get your viewers talking, then engage with them to keep the conversation going.
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Kristen Harris enjoys listening to a wide range of music, from Taylor Swift to, on occasion, Celtic instrumental. She also spends her time writing, reading, and baking.