Six things you need to know about commenting on blog posts

Nikki Parkinson Life 62 Comments

I’m a loud and proud blog commenter.  Can’t comment enough.  I comment in the morning, in the afternoon and just before I go to bed.

I love reading a blog post or seeing an amazing photo or reading someone else’s comment with the knowledge that I can give instant feedback.  It’s what sets blogging apart from print media.  Sure you can SMS or Tweet a brief letter to the editor of a newspaper or magazine but nothing beats the satisfaction of leaving some blog commenting love for someone else.

Comments make the blogging world go round.  Photo credit: steven-dean.com

Comments make the blogging world go round. Photo credit: steven-dean.com

As a blogger, I know they’ve put a lot of thought – and often a lot of time – into what they’ve posted.  Commenting is about joining the conversation but also about dishing out some bloggie love.  I’m a big believer in comment karma.  The moment I got switched on to this game we call blogging and realised that comments were hardly going to flow to me if I didn’t do some flowing of my own, was the moment that I started receiving comments.  Ah, DER!

But when I started commenting, I was a bit confused.  The means by which you get a comment on a blog can be as varied as the topics which people blog about.

So, I thought, if you’re new to blogging, you might appreciate a little bit of a run down on some of the types of comment systems out there and how to make the most of them.

If you’re a seasoned commenter, I’d love to hear from you (… you can leave a COMMENT!) to let me know which comment systems you like using on your blog and why.

WordPress

Most WordPress “native” comment systems are pretty straight forward.  Leave your name, email address and website.  There may be a captcha code but generally once you’ve entered your details and your comment, you’re good to go.  I say generally because most WordPress blogs will be running the anti-spam plug-in, Akismet.  Now, I love Akismet.  It seriously saves me from a lot of viagra and replica Louis Vuitton landing on my posts but what really irks me is that Akismet will swallow up my comments – sometimes on my own blog but most often when I’m commenting on a WordPress blog for the first time. I’ve contacted them once but the problem persists.  When my comments get eaten up, I email the blogger and let them know that I’ve commented and ask that they please fish it out of Akismet.  Generally once that is done once, I don’t have a problem on that site again.

From a blog owners point of view, the standard comment system wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to be able to reply to individual comments so I had my web developer create that functionality. 

Gravatar

Want your photo or logo to show up when commenting on WordPress blogs?  If you answered no and you have a blog, can I kindly suggest that you should?  It helps with your brand and also makes it easy for the blog owner to see – at a glance – who’s been commenting.  It’s really simple.  Head on over to Gravatar, sign up and create your Gravatar by uploading the image you’d like to show up on blogs.  This Gravatar will show up with all comments you make using the email address you created it with.  Easy Peasy.

Blogger

Commenting on a “native” Blogger comment system is fairly simple. Write your comment. Choose an identity, which is your Google Account, OpenID, Name/URL or Anonymous (Think before you comment anonymously.  Is there a valid reason why you can’t put your name to your comment?  If you have a valid reason, why not email the blog owner first to explain it.  If you’re going to be just plain bitchy then don’t be a coward hiding behind the anon. tag). Click Publish Your Comment.  Some blogs have the captcha code switched on, others don’t.  A big tip I’m going suggest here and for other comment systems that Gravatar won’t necessarily cover, is to create an account for each comment system.  I have a Google Account so I sign in with that when commenting on Blogger blogs.

The downside for Blog owners using this system is that there isn’t a “reply” functionality on individual comments.

Disqus

Disqus is a comment system that can be imported to both Blogger and WordPress blogs.  I like commenting on this system as it’s easy to sign in using my Twitter or Facebook account.  It also has a Like button, which I well … like.  The reply functionality is simple and you can tag others in posts. I’ve also set up a Disqus account to make things easier.  I notice on Twitter and on blogs that many people don’t like commenting using Disqus but I’ve never had any problems when accessing from my desktop.  I do have a problem with commenting on Disqus from my iPad.  It doesn’t offer the Twitter or Facebook sign-in options for some reason.

CommentLuv

This is another popular comment system.  CommentLuv works on both WordPress and Blogger blogs.  CommentLuv looks like a regular WordPress comment system but it has the added “LUV” factor.  It allows the blogger leaving a comment to include a link to his or her previous post.   This shares a specific link on that blog as well as potentially capturing the eye of other blog readers landing on the post you’re commenting on.  Once again, a great way to ensure that this system works correctly when commenting is to create a CommentLuv account so that your blog feed details are correct.

IntenseDebate

This comment system is starting to pop up on a few of the blogs that I follow. IntenseDebate offers a tonne of different ways to comment and share the post you’re reading.  I’m looking forward to “playing” more with this one but it certainly appeals to my inner geek.  It looks and functions a bit like Disqus but with more bells and whistles.  And you can also run the CommentLuv plug-in as part of this system.

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Making a blogging difference

I’ve now got a regular spot on ABC Sunshine Coast FM – talking blogging and social media.  I’m on every Wednesday morning just before 7am if you’d like to listen in (I’ll also post links every week here). After my first segment on blogging, a listener was inspired to start his own blog.  And he did. Twenty minutes later.  He contacted the station and they got him back in to hear his story.  Sounds like blogging is going to make a difference to his life.  Would love you to head over and check out his blog … and leave a comment!

I’m also running my first blogging workshop on June 14 if you live on the Sunshine Coast and would like to embrace blogging further.  Details are here.  We’re creating an online version of this workshop, so please let me know if you’re interested in that.

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So, do you comment on other blogs?  Does anything annoy you in certain comment systems?  Which system do you prefer?

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This post was chosen as part of this week’s Independent Fashion Bloggers Links a la Mode Tech Weekly Roundup

Bloggers Heart Technology

Edited by Kristin Swenson of BonBon Rose Girls

I think we can all agree that technology has become vital to the daily existence of bloggers. Who among us goes a week without playing around with coding, tinkering with our blog design, tweeting, downloading the newest photo apps etc.? Many of us who started out somewhat technology illiterate are now wearing our chic geek badges proudly. Thankfully, forums like IFB exist to nurture and encourage our self education when it comes to tech issues!

So, I hope you’ll take a moment to enjoy these featured posts. I daresay you’ll walk away with a valuable new nugget of tech related knowledge. Today’s link roundup really has a little something for everyone, no matter where your inner geek’s interests may lie!

LINKS À LA MODE: TECH – MAY 31st

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Comments 62

  1. Hello Nicki, I guess you love comment luv blogs since your blog uses one of this platform. I’ll be remember all the things you’ve shared today and will apply them for blog commenting purposes in the future.

  2. Hi Nikki, nice to know you here! I think blog commenting is full of fun, you can join us what they talking about! I really love to comment blog because you can share them and there’s a lot of reasons, many people share their thought and you can figure out of some ideas.

  3. What a brilliant post. You should do a series! :)I did a sort of blogging for dummies over on one of the craft forums and I thought it was too simple for them, but the amount of emails I got asking questions just like what you addressed was unbelievable. As young
    people today we have grown up with computers, but it’s easy to forget that even people just a few years older have not! Really good post! 🙂

  4. What a brilliant post. You should do a series! :)I did a sort of blogging for dummies over on one of the craft forums and I thought it was too simple for them, but the amount of emails I got asking questions just like what you addressed was unbelievable. As young
    people today we have grown up with computers, but it’s easy to forget that even people just a few years older have not! Really good post! 🙂

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  5. I love that now I can reply to particular comments and have the reply appear straight after that comment rather than at the end of the list of comments. I also discovered that if I use a plugin called ReplyMe, it will send my reply to my reader as well. | 😛

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  6. I was also having the same probs as Trianna – the google id was just my email address..info@… I will try to open a new one though with my photos and website details and hopefully that will work! And totally agree – what goes around comes around. Karma leaves no blog unturned 😉

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  7. I was not sure about which website to confirm and then I saw your blog and it really
    proved to be helpful to me. The content is great and easy to apply. Please post some more
    topics related to it.

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  8. Great blog post! i never really commented on a blog before now i can see Facebook isn’t the only thing that’s going to be eating up my time.

  9. I did apply some of it like comment luv. you really laid it so well that questions about blogging was answered by this post. Thank you mam and more power to your site and to your radio program, may your tribe increase!

  10. Great post, Here I was feeling like a newbie! I think you might only be being nice about the dress though, Thanks for insight post..

  11. I am proud being a great commentator. I don’t spam on others blog but I can’t help myself not to comment every blog I come across with. Maybe I have alot in my mind and say something about anything.

  12. During my early stage of commenting on blogs I don’t have an avatar and don’t even know where to get it until my friend gave me the site of Gravatar. I like commenting on blog post specially those that talks about positive outlook in life, it just gives me the lift.

  13. Commenting is the best way to get link juice to increase your own website Page rank. And if it is done properly you will help not just your site but also the site that you visit because it will increase the number of traffic going in to their site. Giving a quality comment is the key to all this. Not those crappy comment that spambots can create.

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  14. if you will comment on blogs..I think you really must have the time to read the it first..and take effort on commenting…something like “i like this” just don’t count..at least elaborate..

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  15. Great info Nikki – especially since I am very new to the blogosphere! But I believe, because my blog is part of my website and just really a feature, I can’t have CommentLuv etc. etc. I will look into that though. I was also having the same probs as Trianna – the google id was just my email address..info@… I will try to open a new one though with my photos and website details and hopefully that will work! And totally agree – what goes around comes around. Karma leaves no blog unturned 😉

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      Hi Nicole, I would check with your web developer. They may be able to include the CommentLuv plug-in with your blog – you have other features attached so maybe? Do you know what the content management system of your blog is? (CMS) And do create a Google account that has all your essential info in – including your website. I also use Google for my blog reader – adding all the RSS feeds of blogs I follow to it.

  16. My one issue is that with some Blogger blogs, they don’t have the name/url feature turned on for those of us who have wordpress blogs. I then have the choice of either a) leaving a link within the comment or b)just commenting using my google email. Either way I feel crappy because I don’t want to look spammy, but I still want to be able to link up with my own blog. Any ideas?

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      What would be great is if Blogger bloggers added commentluv to their comments … but in lieu of that, having a Google Account set up that has your photo and website link is the only option. I hear on the grapevine that Blogger is improving its comment system so will have to wait and see on that one.

  17. Found you via Champagne Life on a Beer Budget. Good tips – I didn’t know I could use commentluv on blogger so have now installed ready for my next post. Many thanks.

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  18. I’ve just moved from blogger to wordpress. I love that now I can reply to particular comments and have the reply appear straight after that comment rather than at the end of the list of comments. I also discovered that if I use a plugin called ReplyMe, it will send my reply to my reader as well. Liking the change!

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      Yes, that’s a biggie for me too. Love the sound of ReplyMe. Also would love to know what plugin you use for the Twitter handle add-on to comments – and the no spam click. Very impressed with your comment system! And that ’80s fuchsia dress!!

      1. Wow! Here I was feeling like a newbie! I think you might only be being nice about the dress though…

        The Twitter handle is a plugin called TwitterLink, and the spam one is called Growmap Anti Spambot. Both were recommended on other blogs I read so I thought I’d give them a go.

  19. I changed my blog from Blogger to WordPress after the Aussie Bloggers Conference. I found out at the conference that it’s easier to leave a comment on a WordPress blog and as I want comments I made the big move. So far no problems with akismet eating any comments.

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      Hi Ann, that’s good to know … and you’re happy with the move to WordPress for managing your content? I’m a convert from day one but I’m always interested to hear other points of view.

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      Ahh, see I think I have a problem, Lana. I am addicted. And now I take my iPad to bed for reading my Google reader and commenting. It’s like I need my fix of what’s going on out there in blogger land!

  20. Another great post! I have found that on some people’s blog when I go to comment it doesn’t give me the name/email/URL option and I have to comment from my Google account (which I don’t like to use as I haven’t set it up properly – which I probably should).

    I love to receive comments on my blog – it’s great to hear from readers. Because of that I make sure I comment on others blogs (as long as I have something slightly intelligent to say!).

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  21. Great post that will make commenting a breeze of newbies – maybe except for some of those tricky captcha codes! Just a note on wordpress – I use the thesis theme and recently found that comment settings can be changed to enable me to reply to each comment. big win.

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  22. I like commenting via the normal blogger or WordPress commenting systems, but other systems don’t bother me too much as long as they are iPhone/iPad friendly.
    I try to comment on as many posts as I enjoy reading but the reality is, it can be so time consuming! It is nice to spread some blogging love though and as a blogger, I always get excited when people have taken the time to comment on one of my posts 🙂

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  23. I love to comment and love getting comments back. I get frustrated if blogger or the interwebs eat my comment and I have to try again. Lately I’ve had trouble with google accounts and blogger. I like people to know I’ve read what they’ve said and agree or relate or whatever. And I love when people take the time to do the same with me.

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  24. I’ve been tossing up whether to re-install Disqus, I love the easy reply option but I don’t want to lose all the comments I already have.

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  25. Hi Nikki,

    I’m a big fan of commenting on blogs for a lot of different reasons. It’s a great way for new bloggers to absorb blogging culture. It’s also good for bumping your organic SEO. Most of all, as you point out, I enjoy being part of a digital conversation.

    My own blog is hosted on a creaky old blog module that’s part of my CMS. It is the main reason I’m having my website redeveloped and hosted on another CMS – I want better blog commenting features. I’m partial to DISQUS but will look into some of the other systems you’ve mentioned. Of course, a Gravatar plug-in is a must-have feature.

  26. I really value informative posts such as these. And if I lived closer, I would most certainly have put my hand up to come along to your workshop.

    Thank you Nikki, you really are making such a great contribution (and difference!) to the blogosphere. Now if you will excuse me, I am off to look into installing some “Comment Luv”…

  27. Thanks for a great overview of the commenting options.I didn’t realise that akismet can sometimes eat your comments….may have to check on that. And sometimes I find the captcha codes hard to read (and I have good eyesight so imagine others may find it worse). Anyway no major drama but I do prefer to comment when it is a nice and easy 1 or 2 step process. Havnt got comment luv installed but maybe I should as I have used it before on others. Anyway that’s my comment on comments!

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