8 Ways To Improve YouTube Comments l Alwaysviral
1. End Your Videos with Questions.
Don’t hesitate to ask users questions. Questions can be pretty open-ended (“What do you think?”), but getting specific can work to your benefit. It’s kind of like user-generated content (UGC), where users want to know what exactly you want them to create; when it comes to YouTube, giving users specific prompts to follow can increase the number of questions you get.
An example would be something like “Do you have any questions about how the mortgage approval process will affect you? Let us know in the comments!” It’s specific, and it can be what you need to drive engagement.
If you’re ever stumped, typically asking users what types of videos they want to see in the future is almost guaranteed to get responses if you have regular subscribers. This is a common tactic of YouTube stars. See in this video how Rosanna Pansino (9.1 million subscribers strong) uses this strategy to get more YouTube comments and an endless source of content suggestions for future videos.
2. Replace Comments With Feynman Quotes.
If you really wish YouTube comments were more intelligent, you can install the FeynComment user script. It works in both Chrome and Firefox – you’ll find installation instructions on the Userscripts website.
FeynComment replaces all YouTube comments with quotes from famed theoretical physicist Richard Feynman. With Feyncomment, the comment section on YouTube will become a serious, intelligent discussion of science and physics. Even if you just see these comments out of the corner of your eye, they’ll fill you with a sense that your fellow human beings are intelligent people having a discussion about the nature of reality rather than bickering and cursing over the latest popular music video on YouTube.
3. Replace Comments With Nietzsche Quotes.
Available as both a Chrome extension and Firefox extension, NietzscheDerp goes another direction by replacing all YouTube comments with quotes from German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche’s quotes can be rather bleak, so they somehow seem perfectly at home in a YouTube comment section. It’s as if all YouTube commenters have fallen into a malaise after being exposed to YouTube comments for so long.
4. Ask Viewers a Question at the End of Your Videos.
To start, you can get an almost immediate increase in YouTube comments just by asking your viewers a question at the end of each video. This can be as simple as, “What did you think of this topic?” or, “How did I do? Let me know in the comments!” Or you can ask them for their ideas on a specific topic that relates to the topic of your YouTube video.
5. Remove Them All!
The most obvious way to improve YouTube’s comments section is by getting rid of it entirely. Just install the No YouTube Comments extension for Chrome or Comment Snob for Firefox. No YouTube Comments hides all comments entirely, solving the problem in just a few clicks. Comment Snob for Firefox is pickier by default, opting to filter comments based on the number of spelling mistakes, capital letters, and excessive punctuation they contain. You can tweak these filtering rules in the add-on’s options or just tell it to hide all YouTube comments completely.
French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once famously said that “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Removing comments brings YouTube that much closer to perfect.
Of course, YouTube comments aren’t the only blasted wastelands of intelligence on the web. Other websites with comment sections — particularly news websites — can be as bad or even worse. To get rid of comments on other websites, try the Shut Up extension for Chrome, which allows you to toggle comments on and off on various popular websites. it will remember your choices so you won’t have to see comments the next time you visit the same website.
What’s your favorite way of dealing with YouTube comments? Leave a comment and let us know how you handle YouTube comments without going insane. (Don’t worry, our comment section is nowhere near as bad as YouTube’s! We wouldn’t tolerate that.)
6. Respond to Your Comments on YouTube.
Now, asking questions in your YouTube videos and comments is only the beginning. You can’t just start a conversation and then walk away when you get responses. Instead, keep checking back for replies and comments on your video(s). When you get them, keep the conversation going by responding, answering questions, and asking more questions of your own.
7. Leave the First Comment.
This comes back to social proof. It’s like the dance floor at a wedding, where nobody necessarily wants to be the first one on it; instead, we wait for someone else to take the lead. So go ahead and get on the digital dance floor: leave the first comment on your videos yourself if need be.
This is a strategy that works for blog posts, and even Facebook posts, too, for the record. It breaks the ice. There are a few options you can choose for this one:
- Post comments under your channel’s name. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, and it can jump-start a conversation.
- Have someone you know personally leave a comment. I’ve straight up asked friends to leave comments on posts, blogs, and videos for this exact purpose, and I will continue to do so when needed because it works.
8. Replicate Your Best Performing Content.
This doesn’t mean post it again or even repurpose it like you would on Facebook or Twitter.Instead, use Agorapulse’s analytics to identify your videos that received the most engagement and see if you can figure out why. Do certain playlists get more engagement? Videos of a certain length? (In general, videos under 5 minutes have about a 60% retention rate, and those under 2 minutes have a 75% retention rate and you’ll get more comments on videos users have watched all the way through).
Once you figure out what’s working for you, create more content like it. Use the same CTAs, or create more content in the same topics of interest, or of the same length. Whatever worked for you before, keep using it.