Satan’s Guide to Blog Comments: 21 Crafty Tips To Comment Domination

Why Satan‘s? Well he seems to be the most cunning person (…or thing …or whatever he is) out there, and many tricks that I’m going to share in this guide happen to be quite cunning.

But before we jump into all of the crafty techniques that took me a year to collect, let’s talk about the importance of your comment section and why you should care about them anyways.

So why comments matter?

I’ve listed only the main advantages, yet I’m sure there are many more:

  • Visits – yeah, I think blog comments do help your blog to get a bit more visits as people might come back to see if someone answered their comment, or the topic was so interesting and engaging that they might want to see what others think about it.
  • Engagement / Loyalty / Social Proof – let’s put one more “yeah” here. People tend to think that blogs with more comments are more popular and therefore more important than others. Blogs with 0 comments can be considered dead or abandoned, meaning they don’t deserve any attention.
  • Links – I’d say “somewhat”. A large number of comments may make the post seem more credible and thus more likely to be linked to. Except for this, there may be some interesting conversation occurring in comments and one may want to link to it. But frankly speaking, this does not happen too often.
  • Search – Yeah! Believe it or not, but comments is a unique content that gets indexed by Google and sometimes you might get a visit or two for some long-tail search term that was found in one of the comments.
  • New Visitors – this only happens in case your comment system allows sharing the comment on one of the major social networks – Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc. This way this comment can be seen by friends of the commenter and they might as well jump in.

Obviously all above does not apply to low quality comments: Spam Comments; Troll Comments; “Thank You”, “Great Post” Comments. Those don’t have any value at all, don’t hesitate to kill them as you spot them.
 

21 Tips To Skyrocket Your Blog Comments

Below I want to share my collection of the most powerful tips & tricks to get as many blog comments as one possibly can. A decent number of them (almost all, actually) was stolen taken from posts by other cool bloggers, but some of them were born in my own head :)

#1 Write great posts … but don’t finish them.


This trick belongs to a guy by the nickname Blog Tyrant and it’s so powerful that I’ve decided to make it my #1 Trick. What he noticed is that when you totally exhaust your topic – your readers will sure appreciate it, but this way they’ll have noting to add, other than “Thanks, that was cool!”. Blog Tyrant is suggesting that you write long comprehensive articles, but not quite finish them, this way you leave some room for people to make their own research and discuss it in comments.

#2 Make it easy to leave a comment.


This may sound obvious, but it’s not. Some blogs ask you to register before you can leave a comment. Some only allow to login via Twitter – what if a person does not have a Twitter account? Some have Facebook comments while most of the corporations block Facebook, so people are unable to leave a comment from office. Some may require you to fill in too many fields (I’ve heard cases when computer illiterate people gave up commenting when they saw “Your Website” field: “I don’t have a website, I have nothing to fill in here, so I guess I can’t leave a comment” – yeah, some people are like that). And finally… CAPTCHAS… God knows how much I hate them. In other words: the lower the barrier is – the more comments you get.

#3 Ask for comments


We’ve already discussed the power of asking in my recent post “Boring Story of a Single Post That Increased My Traffic by 128%“, so I guess I don’t need to repeat myself over and over. Just try asking your readers to leave a comment with their opinion on the topic and see the result.

#4 Host a game in comments

I once owned a music blog and once day I came up with this “game” idea. I posted a track and asked my visitors to suggest their own one that was similar to mine. And it worked! People were really happy to play this game with me.

#5 Link to bloggers.


You must already know that most bloggers know when someone is linking to them. Either by pingback, or by referral traffic or perhaps they have setup alerts in Google. In any case quite often they will check your post and if it’s good – you might get a comment. So here’s a challenge to you: write a post “100 Bloggers You Can’t Stand Subscribing To” and see if it gets any comments from them. By the way you can reach out to them on Twitter to make sure they are aware they were included in your post.

#6 Reply to everyone


It’s not only about building relationships with people and being grateful for their attention. This actually doubles the number of comments that is shown right next to your post(social proof – remember..?). For some it may seem like cheating, but if you ask me – I love when authors reply to my comments!

IMPORTANT: One thing I’ve just noticed is that Facebook Comments do not count replies as “comments”, so the post shows 10, while the actual number is over 20. Lame…

#7 Close comments


This is another tip taken from Blog Tyrant. After two weeks he closes the comments on his posts as he believes that this way your comments section automatically becomes more alluring. I’m not sure if this works, but I will definitely try it someday.

#8 Mention Your Commenters


Another thing I’ve noticed is that when you mention some names of your readers when writing a new post – there’s a very good chance that they will leave a comment! Open any book on psychology and it’ll tell you that the most precious sound for any person is the sound of his own name. You shouldn’t act like your commenters don’t even exist – devote a paragraph or two to your top commenters. Express your gratitude to them publicly, share the ideas they’ve mentioned in comments, ask for their personal opinion. See this:

The idea of this post was born while I was communicating with Kris Olin by email and he asked me to share my experience with Facebook Comments. I started writing him a reply, but then decided that it was getting too long and it was actually worth a nice blog post.

I also want you to meet Anshul Tiwari (@social_newbie) – this guy has commented most of my blog posts and I am really grateful for that, as this helps me to stay motivated :) I was also really tempted when he congratulated me with my marriage :) Thanks again, mate! :)

…now you see why this is a “Satan’s Guide”, right? :)

#9 Rewrite those boring phrases


Most of us run WordPress, right? And all WordPress templates are pretty much the same – once you browse the posts you see those very familiar messages: “No Comments“, “5 Comments“, “21 Comments“. Is that engaging – NO. Can this be fixed – TOTALLY!

Give a few bucks to your programmer to make some changes in your blog design:

Change No Comments to This post lacks your opinion!
Change 12 Comments to 12 awesome people left a comment!

I did that here on BloggerJet but right now I’m using DISQUS and I’m afraid it lacks this functionality.

#10 Let them leave their URL


Have you heard of the fundamental SEO practice called “Blog Commenting“? What about a sub-practice called “Dofollow Blog Commenting“? If you’re a n00b, I’ll explain: “blog commenting” is when you leave valuable insightful comments on popular blogs in order to get noticed. Most comment forms allow you to input your website URL, so once you are noticed – people might want to check out your website.

By default the comments on WordPress blogs are nofollow, meaning they don’t have any value for Google (at least that’s what Google guys say). In its turn “dofollow blog commenting” is when the links in comments do not have a “nofollow” attribute attached to them, which means Google counts them.

If your comments section allows people to promote their websites they will be far more likely to comment, but once your comments have “dofollow” links – you’ll get TONS of comments!

#11 KeywordLuv & CommentLuv


You can go even further with pleasing marketers, SEOs and spammers… There are 2 nice WordPress plugins that will help you with that: KeyWordLuv and CommentLuv.
Ever heard about any of them?

  • KeywordLuv – separates a commentor’s name from the keywords that are linked to his website;
  • CommentLuv – retrieves the last post from RSS of commenter’s website and adds a link to it into a comment.

Again, this will mostly attract people that are only interested in getting a nice link from your website rather than participating in a conversation.

#12 List top commenters on your homepage


Just another “shady” trick to motivate people to leave more comments. The principle is as follows: once you leave the most comments – your name appears in a “top commenters” widget on a blog’s homepage giving you a direct link to your own site. Do a search for “top commenters Worpress plugin” and you’ll quickly find one.

#13 List your recent comments


Let’s return to “social proof” – another great way to show that your blog is cool and engaging is install a widget that will showcase latest comments on your homepage or somewhere in blog’s sidebar. And yes, this way your commenters have another chance of getting a direct link from your homepage.

#14 Write a blog comment policy


I’ve spotted this one at SocialMediaExaminer. Funny thing is that I list this tip while I do not fully support it. I’m afraid I can’t understand how a “comment policy” can drive you more comments? In my opinion this is just another obstacle for your commenters. Correct me if I’m wrong…

#15 Let your visitors vote for comments


Open any post at SEOmoz blog and see how people are voting for each others comments. Analyzing my own behavior I must confess that when I posted some decent comment at SEOmoz I was bookmarking the page just to see if it gets some votes from the community afterwards. I don’t think your visitors are any different :)

Speaking of SEOmoz, they even rewarded their most active commenter Gianluca Fiorelli with a “MozBot Guru Trophy“. By the way, Gianluca, did they send it to you eventually? :)

Sadly most comment voting plugins I’ve checked were quite glitchy, please suggest a good one and I’ll post it here.

#16 Style your comments


Again, if you look at comments on SEOmoz – they are beautifully styled! They have big avatars, they are nested, each comment has it’s own box, new comments have a different color as opposed to old ones, under the avatar some guys have shiny badges. Dare I call their comments PERFECT?

Here’s another example of really awesome comments – A visual guide to navigating blog comments (it’s dated 2003!! where were you in 2003?)

#17 Rich Editor


I bet that 99.9% of the blogs have plain text comments. That’s quite lame! Would your comments become more interesting and noticable if you allow rich text and maybe even some media? What if someone wants to post a cool picture or a video in comments? With plain text they’ll have to post a link – which will require people to leave your website, while if the image/video is embedded – they will stay on your page!

#18 Let users edit their comments


How many times you’ve clicked the “post comment” button and in a second realized that there was more to add? Or maybe you’ve made a few silly typos which might make you feel embarrassed? If you care about your commenters and strive to a better user experience you need to allow them to edit their comments at least for a short period of time.

Still don’t want to allow editing? What about live preview? Jonathan Snook easily got 283 comments just because people wanted to test this new feature. I couldn’t stand too :)

#19 Subscribe to comments


Answer this question: “Have you ever subscribed to a comments feed in order to get instant updates and easily follow the conversation?” I do it all the time and I bet this practice can triple the amount of visits you get on a blog post. This is so obvious that I won’t explain any further.

DISCLAIMER: some of the above tips were stolen from this AMAZING post by Michael Martin10 Best Plugins To Get More Comments. There are a couple more which I didn’t list to make sure you follow the link :) I didn’t post links to WordPress plugins as well as Michael already did that.

#20 Comment Permalinks


Did you notice how I linked to my comment on Jonathan Snook’s blog in tip #18? That’s because each of his comments has it’s own permalink.
I think WordPress has permalinks for comments by default, but what about custom themes that you install? What about comment systems like Disqus or Facebook Comments? If your blog has permalinks on comments you need to ensure they are easy to spot, as they might be hidden in “not so obvious” places. IMO the best way is to have a small word “permalink” next to each comment.

#21 Wise Moderation


I hate when I see “your comment is awaiting moderation” message. Somehow that doesn’t feel good. I love people and I’m an advocate of giving them a chance – let the comments be published instantly, you can always delete them afterwards.

WANT MORE? I’m not a big fan of “Write about fear“, “Be unexpected“, “Be controversial” kinds of tips. If you were hoping to get some of those from me – I’m sorry. However there’s a nice post that should tame your appetite – 31 Proven Ways To Get More Comments On Your Blog.

 

Anything else? YES!

Turn your commenters into email subscribers – amazing tip by Yoast which explains how to enhance your comments box with an extra feature and turn your commenters into email subscribers. I’ve recently described this trick in my Complete Email Marketing Guide

Greet your first time commenters with a special landing page – want to build rapport with your commenters? Send them to a special page once they leave a comment for the first time. You can use that page to express how grateful you are that they took part in the conversation. And there’s a plugin for that.

Send a “thank you” email to your commenters – I know this can easily get annoying, but it works great when used wisely. There’s also a plugin for that.

WANT MORE PLUGINS? U can haz ‘em! Again I’m giving you a link to a great post where I took some of the above ideas – Great WordPress Plugins for Blog Comments

 

Which “Commenting System” is the best one?

Wheeew… 2700 words behind and the time has come to answer the question I’ve been asked numerous times since I’ve launched BloggerJET: “How are you doing so far with Facebook Comments?”.

Once I’ve launched BloggerJET I decided to try Facebook Comments as guys at TechCrunch said they are cool. And I was mainly hooked by the nice viral effect they described.

So by now I have one month of experience with Facebook Comments. Want me to share it? I think I have a better idea – let’s break down the pros and cons of the most popular commenting systems based on the tricks I’ve listed above.


Native WordPress Comments / Custom Comments



Pros:

  • Anyone can leave a comment, no need to register or anything;
  • Users can put their website address into “your website” field;
  • You can quite easily customize the way they look: nested comments, “boring phrases”, colors, sizes, etc;
  • They can be enhanced with lots of cool plugins: top commenters, voting, landing page, rich editor, etc;
  • Easy to moderate from WordPress Admin Panel;
  • Permalinks + RSS subscribtion;
  • Your comments are stored in your database so you’ll never loose them.

Cons:

  • Too much hassle with all above: lots of plugins are glitchy and for some powerful customizations you will have to hire someone;
  • No community – well, you can install another WordPress plugin which will allow people to register and have their own account with rewards and stuff, but again it’s too much hassle;
  • No social effect – your comments are not shared on Facebook or Twitter, you don’t get an email once someone mentions you in comments. Unless you install some additional plugins of course.

RECAP: In my opinion “WordPress comments + plugins” or either “totally custom comments” (that incorporate all required functions) is definitely the best solution! Once BloggerJET gets mature I will for sure invest some money to develop a kick-ass comments system for it, but for now it’s too much hassle.


DISQUS



Pros:

  • Anyone can post: you have a variety of login options, even Facebook & Twitter login;
  • Easy to install: your existing WordPress comments will be imported into Disqus once you install it;
  • Your comments are safe: DISQUS does store them, but once you decide to quit – you can always import all of them back into WordPress;
  • Great administration and moderation panel;
  • Variety of powerful features: nested comments, top commenters, popular threads, pagination etc;
  • Adjustable look: couple themes and lots of settings (all in admin panel);
  • Subscribtion, notification, replies, votes & so on;
  • I find it really handy that you can reply to comments by email;
  • Social effect – there’s a LIKE button, once pressed it suggests you to share the post on Facebook or Twitter;
  • Your site gets a nice profile at their website;
  • Whole DISQUS appears to be a huge community of bloggers already, all you have to do is jump in and be a part of it;
  • Ok, why don’t you read this and this and this for some more opinions (some articles are outdated, but still…).

Cons:

  • All your customizations are limited to what DISQUS has to offer in its admin panel (correct me here if I’m wrong);
  • Once you want your own community with rewards & stuff – you’ll have to move to a custom comments system anyway;
  • You can’t do all those tricks with custom landing pages, newsletter subscribtions, CommentLuv & KeywordLuv and so on.

RECAP: I consider DISQUS to be the best “ready-made” comment platform. Without any hassle you get tons of functions, features, widgets and customization options.


Intense Debate / Livefyre


First of all I want to apologize for mixing these two comment systems into one. That’s because I don’t have experience with any of them. And that’s the main reason why I won’t give you any pros and cons, but rather link to some nice reviews.

Livefyre:

Intense Debate:

RECAP: As you can see, Livefyre generated quite a buzz compared to Intense Debate. However one only thing that stops me from trying it on my blog is that you cannot leave comments as a guest! I think this may decrease the amount of comments you get.


Facebook Comments



As you may know, I was running Facebook Comments on BloggerJET from the very launch so I have some experience of my own to share.

Pros:

  • Social Effect – frankly speaking that’s the main reason why I’ve chosen Facebook Comments back then. Each comment has a decent chance to be automatically posted to Facebook and lots of people may see it. Isn’t this sweet?
  • Voting – you can “like” the comment and ask your friends to “like” it. This will increase it’s EdgeRank a bit and it may get a little more visible;
  • Relationships – as people are commenting from their personal accounts you can easily “friend” them on Facebook and get in touch once needed.

Cons:

  • Some corporations block Facebook, so people may have difficulties with your comment section when they are in the office;
  • Still there are some people that are not on Facebook, how are they supposed to comment?
  • I don’t think every comment gets shared, as people might uncheck this option. I have a poll below to see how do we act in general when posting a Facebook Comment;
  • Facebook Comments don’t get indexed by search engines, though there’s a hack posted at SEOmoz which may solve this issue;
  • People can’t promote their website as their name links to their Facebook profile by default;
  • Facebook Comments are not customizable (I’ve actually heard they ARE, but you have to be a really badass programmer);
  • The notifications are lame – I had to open each post every day to see if some new comments have appeared;
  • People may feel uncomfortable posting the comment with their Facebook account;
  • The total number of comments does not count replies;
  • With Facebook comments you cannot leverage all those tricks described above;
  • They are glitchy and for a guy like me it’s a pain to fix them.

RECAP: You don’t have to read all of the above, to get the idea that Facebook Comments are quite lame. Want some more opinions? No problem!

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  1. Bryce Christiansen

    Hey Tim,

    I grew my comments from 0 to over 40 in a month doing basically one thing.

    I had spent a lot of my time commenting on big blogs as a way to get in the door to start guest posts.  Although this worked well for me to make guest posts, no one was coming back to my site to comment themselves.

    I wrote great posts, but no one added to them in the comments section.  One week after I wrote a post I was particularly proud of, I told myself I wasn’t going to let it get no comments.

    So I thought what can I do?  From all the time of leaving comments on big blogs I recognized several faces of other commenters who had commented on several of the blogs I was reading.  I added that logic up and thought, if they are already commenting on all these other sites, why not mine?

    So I started making a list of these bloggers and started commenting on their sites.  A few of those started coming back to my site.  Each time I wrote a new article I would go comment on their sites, and find a few more new ones to comment on.  I dropped the blogs that were not engaging back after multiple comments and used that time to find new ones that would reciprocate the interest.

    My articles went from 10 to 20 to 40 comments in a short period of time.  Plus now others are commenting on their own or find my comments on other blogs and come back to my site because of it.

    When you mentioned Satan’s plan I thought immediately of what I was doing ;)  But in reality, the relationships are real.  The content is quality and people are enjoying it as well. Sometimes your content just needs some help getting found and this was a great way for me to do that.

    • Tim Soulo

      Wow, Bryce! The prize for the best comment ever is yours!! Yeah! Building relationships with other bloggers is a great way to cultivate comments on your own blog! thanks a lot for this tip!

      • Bryce Christiansen

        Of course you already knew all this, you were just leaving it open for comments like you said in tip #1

        • Tim Soulo

          hah :) ok, you got me! :) now shhh! others may hear us :)

    • AllieRambles

      Bryce,

      That is an awesome strategy.  I have learned that better relationships are formed when you find “smaller” (sometimes they are still bigger than mine but smaller than the pros) blogs and comment there often.  I learn from the biggies like Pat Flynn or Corbett Barr but it’s the smaller bloggers I talk to almost everyday.

      ~Allie

      • Bryce Christiansen

        Yep,

        Both are good for different reasons. 

        You want connections to the bigger blogs to help your own blog grow, but at the same time you want connections to the smaller blogs because they are the ones that will be there supporting you with comments, tweets, and likes.

        I like your work on your blog Allie, would love to join more tribes in the future.

        Bryce

  2. AllieRambles

    Tim,

    I love it!  That was a lot to take in but I think it is a great post to share with my readers.  What number was that?  Link to others, #5.  Actually, if I really like what people say, I will mention it, often.  I love sharing what I find.

    #22 Get someone to love you and comment on every post. And then there will always be comments.  Wait, is that called a STALKER?

    #23 Can I plug my blog? I’m gonna do it anyway.  I usually don’t but I think it compliments what you have here. http://www.ramblingsofawahm.com/7-ways-to-liven-up-blog-commenting/ You guys don’t need to go there but you should. LOL.

    (When I come back I won’t plug, promise.)

    I absolutely love your title.  It made me laugh and then couldn’t resist reading the post.

    And I can say, if you are going to have an outside email platform, I would use Disqus also.  I was VERY reluctant to join Disqus but one of my favorite bloggers uses it and I wanted to comment there so I joined.  Now I like it.

    I do use CommentLuv on my blog and I like it.  I have also used Growmap Anti Spam plugin so my commentators can simply check a box to prove they are human instead or captcha.

    I never comment on a blog via FB.  I just don’t.  And after reading your “cons” above, I don’t think I ever will.  I won’t go into details.  My comment is now a mini post.

    Have a great day!

    ~Allie

  3. AllieRambles

    Tim,

    I love it!  That was a lot to take in but I think it is a great post to share with my readers.  What number was that?  Link to others, #5.  Actually, if I really like what people say, I will mention it, often.  I love sharing what I find.

    #22 Get someone to love you and comment on every post. And then there will always be comments.  Wait, is that called a STALKER?

    #23 Can I plug my blog? I’m gonna do it anyway.  I usually don’t but I think it compliments what you have here. http://www.ramblingsofawahm.com/7-ways-to-liven-up-blog-commenting/ You guys don’t need to go there but you should. LOL.

    (When I come back I won’t plug, promise.)

    I absolutely love your title.  It made me laugh and then couldn’t resist reading the post.

    And I can say, if you are going to have an outside email platform, I would use Disqus also.  I was VERY reluctant to join Disqus but one of my favorite bloggers uses it and I wanted to comment there so I joined.  Now I like it.

    I do use CommentLuv on my blog and I like it.  I have also used Growmap Anti Spam plugin so my commentators can simply check a box to prove they are human instead or captcha.

    I never comment on a blog via FB.  I just don’t.  And after reading your “cons” above, I don’t think I ever will.  I won’t go into details.  My comment is now a mini post.

    Have a great day!

    ~Allie

    • Tim Soulo

      Hey Allie, thanks for your mini-post comment! :) You’re always welcome to plug links to your blog :) I have no problems with that :)

  4. Social Newbie

    Hey Tim, 

    Thanks for the Mention and this Mammoth post. Or the Wolly Mammoth post. :-P

    Regarding FB comments, I don’t think you can see the profile of the person who has commented. You can see his profile only if he is added to your friend list. Correct me if I am wrong. 

    Agree on the fact that most commenters would not want to share their FB profile pic and title(which comes next to their pic) with strangers. 

    Check out any post at http://www.awebguy.com. He has enabled FB as well as Old Skool comments and laid them out pretty nicely. Great idea no???

    Damn helpful post. I love the post style as well as ‘A Unique Blog Header’ strategy. :-)

    Cheers
    Anshul

    • Tim Soulo

      Hey Ashul, thanks for your support mate :) Regarding Facebook – I think this depends on the privacy settings of each user.

  5. Social Newbie

    Hey Tim, 

    Thanks for the Mention and this Mammoth post. Or the Wolly Mammoth post. :-P

    Regarding FB comments, I don’t think you can see the profile of the person who has commented. You can see his profile only if he is added to your friend list. Correct me if I am wrong. 

    Agree on the fact that most commenters would not want to share their FB profile pic and title(which comes next to their pic) with strangers. 

    Check out any post at http://www.awebguy.com. He has enabled FB as well as Old Skool comments and laid them out pretty nicely. Great idea no???

    Damn helpful post. I love the post style as well as ‘A Unique Blog Header’ strategy. :-)

    Cheers
    Anshul

  6. Social Newbie

    Hey Tim, 

    Thanks for the Mention and this Mammoth post. Or the Wolly Mammoth post. :-P

    Regarding FB comments, I don’t think you can see the profile of the person who has commented. You can see his profile only if he is added to your friend list. Correct me if I am wrong. 

    Agree on the fact that most commenters would not want to share their FB profile pic and title(which comes next to their pic) with strangers. 

    Check out any post at http://www.awebguy.com. He has enabled FB as well as Old Skool comments and laid them out pretty nicely. Great idea no???

    Damn helpful post. I love the post style as well as ‘A Unique Blog Header’ strategy. :-)

    Cheers
    Anshul

  7. Gini Dietrich

    Holy crap! This is like six excellent blog posts in one. Thank you. I really love the email marketing tips. This is something I’m pushing hard on internally here and it’s great to have some things to point my staff toward.

    • Tim Soulo

      six? :) keeeewl :) I was desperately trying to write a comprehensive in-depth guide to blog comments, so if you think I’ve succeeded – I’m more than happy :)

  8. Avalon Jaedra

    Fantastic post! 

    I started using Intense Debate CommentLuv recently and although I’ve had a few glitches (it fights with Blogger a little bit), I’ve still seen an increase in comments and I love the improved format. Hopefully the glitches will be fixed with future updates and some tinkering. 

    I bookmarked this page and I’m definitely going to come back to see what more I can do to improve my commenting strategy on my blog. Thanks! 

    • Tim Soulo

      Thanks! :) But why did you pick Intense Debate out of all?

      • Anonymous

        Honestly? I saw it on someone else’s blogger blog and thought hey, I like that.  Had I done some more research I’m sure I probably could have found a disqus widget for blogger, but what I do like about Intense Debate is that you can add CommentLuv which links to other people’s last blog post in the comments. 

        Overall, it’s a little glitchy, but I’m happy with it. Plus I’m hearing there might be an update coming out in a bit…

        • Tim Soulo

          once you do a post about it with all the pros and cons – please point me to it and I’ll add the link into this post :)

          • Ava Jae

            In an unexpected turn of events, I actually switched to Disqus. IntenseDebate ate my comments for the last time. I’m in the process of trying to import my comments over right now and I intend to write a post about why I switched in a bit.

            • Tim Soulo

              I can only with you luck at this point! waiting for the post.. :)

  9. Tom Ewer

    Great post.

    ;)

    Seriously though, I do believe that blog comments still have value. There are a few articles knocking about claiming that they are ‘dying’, but I disagree.

    I do not like it when blog comments get too ‘conversational’, but it is still a great way to connect with bloggers. I often think that ‘cold emailing’ bloggers is a bit forward – commenting on their posts can be a great way to introduce yourself and start to build up a relationship.

    That is one hell of a comprehensive post you have put together Tim – great stuff!

    • Tim Soulo

      noooo! they are not dying for sure.. chat rooms are dying, forum boards are somewhat dying.. but blog comments – no way :)

  10. Anonymous

    #9 seems really easy to implement. It had never occurred to me to turn that boring ‘0 comments’ phrase into a call to action.

    Disqus is a great comment system, btw. You will not be disappointed.

    As for your headline, it’s really great. Very clickable. I expected more devilry though ;)

    • Tim Soulo

      Yeah and it actually works! I know cause I did that at DJ CASE back in the days :) glad you like the headline, I was a bit worried actually if it was good enough to attract attention :)

  11. Kalyan

    Hey Tim,

    Excellent sum up. Your contents are really sticky. Good Job man

  12. Mohamed

    Wow – an excellent post!  A lot of great ideas that I’ll have to try on my own blog to try and get people to comment…

    • Tim Soulo

      thanks! I suggest you to filter out the ones that are the easiest to implement and with time move to more sophisticated tips! good luck! :)

  13. The JackB

    I used DISQUS for a long time and really liked it but I have found that LiveFyre really accelerated comments on my blog. 

    I am in complete agreement with you regarding a comment policy. I don’t understand the need for them. Maybe I am slow, but I always view a blog as being similar to a home or business. That means that I don’t make the rules there and am subject to however they want to run things.

    • Tim Soulo

      did you lose any comments when switching from DISQUS to LiveFyre? I think I can run an experiment with LiveFyre too, just afraid to lose all my comments again :)

    • cargames.pk

      nice

  14. Dino Dogan

    Dude…I have to say you are rocking it.

    Your blog has turned out awesome and the posts are epic :-)

    I love the Vote button…what plugin are you using for that? Ive been thinking of switching exclusively to Vote button (no comments). I find it to be very useful to me as well as readers.

    Finally, do you plan of converting this epic post to an eBook? I think you should.

    • Tim Soulo

      Hey Dino! :) thanks a lot :)
      I’m afraid I’ve used vote plugins too long ago to remember which one was the most handy one. I think it’s either was http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/vote-the-post/ or http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/vote-it-up/

      about the ebook, that’s a nice idea :) I think I will really make an ebook out of this post some time later, thanks! :)

  15. Ricardo Nunez

    This is a nice post. I think the name should be “The Ultimate Guide for Blog Commenting” :)

    By the way, about your PS. That’s the reason I never added facebook comments. Also, search engines can’t crawl facebook comments unless you use a script or a plugin.

    • Tim Soulo

      yeah, I actually thought about this name.. but it may seem that I’ve created too much “Ultimate guides” lately (on Facebook at SEOmoz, on Email & Twitter at 1WD.CO) so I decided to name it Satan’s :) and I think ppl liked the name :)

  16. KrisOlin

    Yes, Tim it was me who bugged you about the Facebook commenting. Thanks for the mention, mate! 

    And I’m glad I did ask as I was about to install the Facebook plug myself. But I didn’t … and now I won’t. It is now either Disqus or Livefyre. 

    My decision might be made after I see how easy it is to post this comment right here. Currently I’m only logged in to my Twitter and Facebook accounts. 

    Ok, let’s see how this goes…So far I can see a grey guy as my icon. That’s not good. Let’s see if I can fix that later.I can see a plus sign at bottom left, which indicates that I could possibly upload an image. I will give it a go right with my hero Donald Duck. Yep, that worked ok. Still no image for me though. What’s next? I clicked that Thumbs up button top left, and there’s a nice feature which allows me to share this post on Twitter and Facebook. So I did. I have to say that the Like button is not very prominent and to prove the point it seems that I was the only one to even notice it. Ok, I can see my Like action on my Facebook Wall now, but it looks half garbage:- – – Satan’s Guide to Blog Comments
    bloggerjet.comp { margin: 0px 0px 18px 0px; } h5 { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } I know, I know… I’ve probably picked the most controversial title for this post that one- – –  

    Tim, you might know what it is? The main image of this post got through though, which is good.

    My Twitter comment worked as expected. No sweat there, so I’m ready to post this beast now.

    Top right is a log in box which seem to be the same as the bottom right Post as… button. Click it, man! …and it gives me a total of seven options to log in. The first one is Guest, which would give me the option to squeeze in my own blog URL there. I will skip that as it might become visible, and clickable this way: 

    http://facebook-advertising-marketing.com/

    Aha! So it did, look at that! 
    Good, now it’s up to the moderation process to see if it sticks.

    Ok, I’ll log in with my own Disquss account and send this away.

    Cheers Tim and other commenters! Have a great weekend!

    -Kris

    • Tim Soulo

      wow Kris! this looks like a little case study :) thanks a lot for such a detailed experience of posting with DISQUS – I think many ppl will find it very useful.

      As for garbage in the post snippet on Facebook – I’ve noticed that too :((( It’s caused by me, adding the “” elements at the top of the post as I wanted to customize the headings and paragraphs a bit.. somehow things like Facebook pull that too :((((( – so “don’t try to do this at home” lol

      Thanks again for the comment and for the idea for this whole blog post :) you’re always welcome to email me with any other concerns :)

      • Kris Olin

        Your’e welcome, mate! I actually did this as an evaluation for myself how it would feel to comment on a blog which uses Disqus. After your blob I went on to a few sites using LiveFyre and wrote some comments there as well.

        Later on this week we’ll see which one was better.

  17. Justin Germino

    Agree with Ricardo this is one of the most comprehensive blog posts about commenting I have read and I am impressed with the detail and writing style.

    • Tim Soulo

      Thanks, Justin! Seems like I need more posts like this one :)

      • Justin Germino

        I liked the post so much I am going to feature your blog and this post also in an upcoming post on DragonBlogger.com on Saturday September 24th, stay tuned.

        • Tim Soulo

          Thats AWESOME! Thanks mate! Hope this will give me some nice traffic :)

  18. Gian Faye

    Wow, this post can be made into an ebook already! (I’m having a hard time browsing because the scrollbar is already small. Plus, this post has got many comments.)

    Anyway, I’ve been using Disqus since I’ve discovered about it. I’ve also heard many rants about it and some even say that they “won’t leave any comments on your blog if it uses Disqus”.

    The only problem I have encountered was those times when the comments were not loading for a specific post. But those were a rare happening. I know someone who switched to ID because of this issue, though.

    I haven’t tried ID yet, and Facebook. I’ve been wanting to try Facebook comments, I mean put both of them Disqus + Facebook. I know a blog which does this (unbox.ph) and the blogger was once a speaker on a bloggers convention I’ve been last month, and he confessed that Facebook comments have greatly increased his blog visitors. But after observing his blog, despite many Facebook comments, the con of it is he has little (or zero) comments on Disqus.

    • Tim Soulo

      Hey Gian, thanks for stepping by :) I think having both Facebook and DISQUS comments is really an AWESOME idea, but you should think of how to fit both in design. I think they should be next to each other (not one after another), as this way ppl will see that they are given 2 options. Or maybe some slider with 2 big buttons “DISQUS COMMENTS” and “FACEBOOK COMMENTS” this way ppl will be able to easily switch between comments and this will not take too much space on your website.. 

      agree? :))

      • Gian Faye

        A slider or a tabbed pane for both would be cool. But I’m quite worried that this could confuse them.

        Aha, it would be cool (since Facebook doesn’t add the replies to the total comments as you said), that the default tab would be Disqus.

        I’m starting to get some ideas now. :D Btw, I’ve learned many things on this post. That’s just awesome.

        • Tim Soulo

          aha.. and you’ve actually left 2 comments here already :) see why this is a “Satan’s Guide” ? :)))))

          • Gian Faye

            Damn yes I know. :)) And this is another comment. 
            And I’m not spamming, am I?

            • Tim Soulo

              Nope :) our conversation is a case study of how article author should engage in the coversation in comments and provoke commenters to comment more and more :) Did not intend to do that with you specifically, it just happened so naturally… :))))

  19. Teknisyan

    I agree with you on Disqus, I’ve tried intensedebate and facebook commenting system but I’ve never felt comfortable using those system, so I tried disqus on my blog when it was still hosted on blogger, I’m still checking the wordpress commenting system and see how it will compare with diqus… since I already have disqus installed, I can just activate it anytime I like.

    You should have called this post “The ONLY Comment Guide you’ll Need!”

    Thanks again!!!

    • Tim Soulo

      are you sure the headline “The ONLY Comment Guide you’ll Need!” could’ve possibly get more clicks than “Satan’s Guide to Blog Comments” ? :)

  20. Anonymous

    Excellent post–made me think about comment options I didn’t even know existed. I will certainly pay more attention to my comment system, as well as blogs I visit.

    • Tim Soulo

      I think there are some more comment options, but they are not that famous :)

  21. Astro Gremlin

     Great article.  I couldn’t help but notice that the 21 tips for commenting left out one of the best tricks in the book. I’m using Dragon Naturally Speaking to comment on blogs and able to “speed write” using only my voice.

    • Tim Soulo

      Hey :) I’ve already answered you at dragonblogger :) “Dragon Naturally Speaking” is a great tool for native speakers, which I am not :)

  22. Samantha Gluck

    Thank you for this truly informative post. I just launched my latest website on September 17th, so don’t have a lot of action there yet. My other site — a medical topic site — started out slowly, but I get a fair amount of comments there, especially when I publish posts about social media and health care. Lately, I’ve been posting a lot of submissions from guest contributors because I’ve been so busy with the new site and with client work (I’m a freelance healthcare journalist). I need to add a plugin to allow gravatars for comments on my newest site, but have hesitated because I don’t know which plugin is best. Do you have any suggestions? I use commentluv and really “luv” it so far (LOL). I’m moving my medical site over to the self-hosting solution I use for the new site (freelance writing dreams) and will probably use commentluv there. I use a really cool, easily customizable spam plugin that just requires people to check a box to indicate that they’re not a spammer. Now, I just need to get the other missing things in place and grow my readership. I’m so glad I found your site. I would LOVE to reach 100k readers in six months. 

    • Tim Soulo

      Thanks for your comment, Samantha! I’m afraid I didn’t use gravatars much to be able to suggest you something. What I DO suggest you is to try Disqus! It’s great, I’m telling you… and besides you can always switch to default WordPress comments without losing a single one of them!

  23. Jstbook

    Thanks!!

  24. Gianluca Fiorelli

    Hi Tim!
    just noticed now that you cited me… nope, no Roger MozBot Trophy for me… also because I gifted with a even better prize for my activity in the SEOmoz community previously this year: an invitation to MozCon in Seattle.

    • Tim Soulo

      wow! that’s actually an AWESOME reward for being a top commenter! I’m glad that you’ve noticed my blog, Gianluca :)

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    I used to have Facebook comments but I noticed that they were always slow to load; at times, the article would seem to be missing the commenting section.

    I like you have a variety of options to comment with; Unfortunately, Thesis doesn’t offer the JetPack compatibility. I’m sticking with the basic WordPress commenting system until I either change themes, or I figure out of way to make multi-platform commenting work.

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