Creating more conversations through blog posts is the holy grail of blogging. Bloggers are constantly trying to find more ways to get their readers to interact with them. And while much of this depends on the quality of your writing, there are some technical things that you can do with WordPress to help you along the way. Here are 13 plugins for WordPress to help you get more comments.
1. Twitter Avatar
Allows a User to enter their Twitter username when posting a comment on your blog and a link to their Twitter page will appear next to their comment. This plugin will also replace the avatar on the comment with their picture on Twitter, both on the front-end and the Admin of the Blog.
2. Twitoaster – Twitter Conversations
Automatically retrieve Twitter Replies to your Blog’s Posts. These Twitter Replies are handled like Posts Comments, using WP built-in comment system. This way you can leverage the conversations on Twitter on your blog.
3. IntenseDebate Comments
IntenseDebate Comments enhance and encourage conversation on your blog or website. Custom integration with your WordPress admin panel makes moderation a piece of cake. Comment threading, reply-by-email, user accounts and reputations, comment voting, along with Twitter and friendfeed integrations enrich your readers’ experience and make more of the internet aware of your blog and comments which drives traffic to you!
4. Thank Me Later
Thank Me Later (TML) will automatically send an e-mail to those who leave a comment at your blog. Use this plugin to say ‘Thanks’ to your visitors, and prompt them to further engage with your blog. This will keep your best commentators coming back.
5. Ozh’ Absolute Comments
A comment manager plugin that lets you instantly reply to comments, either from the original Manage Comments administration page, or from the email notification, without the hassle of visiting the post first. Replying to comments within your blog is critical to keeping the conversation going. This plugin will help you do that faster.
The WP-Ajaxify-Comments WordPress plugin hooks into any WordPress theme and adds AJAX functionality to the comment form: When the comment form is submitted, the plugin sends the data to the WordPress backend without reloading the entire page. In case of an error, the plugin shows a popup overlay containing the error message. If the comment was posted successfully, the plugin adds the (new) comment to the list of existing comments without leaving the page and shows an info overlay popup.
140follow removes NOFOLLOW from author link if the comment has more than XXX characters. The character count can be adjusted at the admin pannel. So basically, if someone leaves a comment at your desired length, the NOFOLLOW attribute will be added to their link. An incentive for people to leave longer, more insightful comments.
Commentwitter is a WordPress plugin that gives commenters the option of Tweeting their comment with a link to your post. This is nice for those big Twitter users who like to post on Twitter often. They can kill two birds with one stone when you have this plugin activated.
This plugin will visit the site of the comment author while they type their comment and retrieve a selection of their last blog posts, tweets or digg submissions which they can choose one from to include at the bottom of their comment when they click submit. Show your commentators some love!
10. Disqus Comment System
Disqus, pronounced “discuss”, is a service and tool for web comments and discussions. Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion community.
From the authors of wp-Typography comes wp-AuthorComment, allowing you to uniquely style post author’s comments. This way you as the author have your comments stand out, visually displaying your presence in the conversation.
12. BackType Connect
The BackType Connect WordPress plugin finds conversations related to your content and allows you to display the associated comments inline with your own. Existing conversations about your content taking place across the web can now be displayed right on your blog for your visitors to read and respond to. It works on top of your existing WordPress comments, both threaded and non-threaded.
13. Top Commentators Widget
The Top Commentators Widget is a sidebar widget that shows the top commentators in your WP site. This gives your readers a certain feeling of ownership within your blog. They feel that they are being recognized for their large contributions to the site. Very important!