Blog comments are highly crucial part of your blog, don’t you agree? They actually form an important portion of your content itself.
Without comments, you don’t know what your readers think about your content. Via the comments section your readers can ask questions, give feedback, share their experiences and opinion and much more.
And you could spice up your comments section a bit more (than the default WordPress commenting features) to make it more effective.
Here you have to focus on two things –
- To enhance the reader experience, encouraging them to comment, making it easy and warm for them, and
- Adding some cool features so you can better connect with your readers and as well as boost conversions
WordPress plugins make life easy. For those bloggers who don’t want to get their hands dirty by editing codes, plugins are a blessing.
And, I am more than 100% sure that there can be no WordPress blog that does not benefit from plugins.
Bloggers develop blogs for audience. And a substantial percent of your audience become your commenters.
A blog with comments ensures that there are people reading and discussing your stuff. So every person who makes a comment to your blog is special. It is your obligation to make them feel warm.
So here you go!
1. Comment Redirect
This plugin is by Team Yoast, the same developer of the popular SEO plugin.
Whenever someone leaves their very first comment on your site, you have to treat them very special.
You can choose to redirect your first time commenters to a page of your choice. Since your first time commenters are your biggest part of success, embrace them with this plugin by saying a Thank You or redirect them to some other Welcome page.
Even though this plugin has been so far tested only upto WordPress version 4.0, you have to test it first before installing on your live site.
But I highly recommend this plugin for its features and the developer 🙂
You can download Comment Redirect plugin here.
This plugin distributes the link love. Perfect for newbie bloggers to gain comments. If you install this plugin, and when a commenter types his/her website address, the plugin will automatically fetch the recent post at their blog as the comment is being typed. It can also display tweets or digg submissions, the commenter can actually choose that.
However, as your blog grows you might want to consider using this plugin.
There is a premium version, which rocks (I’m using it on all my blogs. You can get the premium Commentluv here. This plugin has the functions of about 8 plugins incorporated in it. Read my reviews here:
3. Disqus Comment System
Following are the features of this plugin
- Threaded comments and replies
- Notifications and reply by email
- Subscribe and RSS options
- Aggregated comments and social mentions
- Powerful moderation and admin tools
- Full spam filtering, blacklists and whitelists
- Support for Disqus community widgets
- Connected with a large discussion community
- Increased exposure and readership
But make sure you read my post about using native and non-native commenting systems.
4. Subscribe to Comments reloaded
Your commenters can choose to subscribe for email notifications of subsequent comments in that particular post.
This way you can increase engagement level of each of your posts because if a commenter subscribes to notifications, they will be notified via email if their comment gets any response.
This will encourage them to check out your site again to respond to any replies.
Your commenters can unsubscribe to all notifications or turn off subscriptions only to particular posts and so on.
You can download Subscribe to comments reloaded here.
5. Thank Me Later
This plugin sends email to all commenters and encourages them to engage in conversations.
You can configure the number of emails and the time they have to be sent after the comment is made.
Some of you might thing that it may be a little intrusive. But if you are OK with sending emails to people every time they comment, this plugin will do the job.
You can download Thank Me Later here.
6. Top Commentators Widget
With this plugin you can offer a more prestigious reward to the commenter by putting a widget anywhere, preferably in the sidebar.
The widget will automatically display the name, url and picture of the commenters who have made maximum number of comments in the decreasing order.
You can choose the number of people to display, whether to display picture or not, whether to follow the url or not and so on. You can also set a custom message when there are no top commentators.
You can download Top Commentators Widget here.
7. Facebook Comments
This plugin will import comments/discussions from your Facebook profile to your blog. This plugin might slow down your blog a little bit.
But if you are into increasing your Facebook engagement, this plugin will help you easily integrate Facebook comments into your blog.
You can download Facebook Comments here.
This one is your defender. Stop spam bots and ugly human spammers from invading your blog. But how does your commenter benefit from this plugin?
It would be really irritating to see a valuable comment among all the spam ones. Keeping your comment section clean is like keeping your welcome room of your house clean.
You can download Akismet here.
Feel free to add to any plugins to the list. Have you used any of the plugins above and have a thought/comment to add? Please feel free to do so.