I love my commentators like you do. In fact everyone does. You, Me and All. They share their thoughts and ideas despite their busy schedule. At points, they even criticize your work and that makes you to counter-reply with your explanation. This adds a lot to the community. Unfortunately, I’ve seen many bloggers or webmasters who never return anything to them. Most of the times they don’t even reply back to the commentator. That is not called loyalty. If your visitors can take their time to leave a comment to your post, then in return they deserve a reply, if not anything, at least a reply comment saying – “Thanks for leaving your comment”. The people who leave comments give suggestions, solutions, feedback and many more through their comments; no doubt that it makes the post or article active and boosts it. And remember an active community is the best thing that a blogger can crave for.
Below are few ways to show your gratitude towards your commentators:
- Top Commentators Widget –
- Comment Luv Plugin –
- Sidebar Banner –
- Thank Me Later –
- Email Commenters –
- Becoming Do Follow Friendly / No Follow Free -
- Recent Comments Widget -
This is an excellent plugin available as a widget to showcase your top commentators. It shows a list of the top commentators in any of your theme widget areas. The Top Commentators Widget is highly customizable with a lot of options like showing avatar, number of comments left by the commentator, a do-follow/no-follow link to his blog/site and many others.
This is by far one of my favorite wordpress plugins. Once activated, this plugin visits the site of the comment author while they type their comment and retrieve a selection of their latest blog posts from a choice of 10 posts, tweets or digg submissions which they can choose to include at the bottom of their comment when they click submit. It is found to increase comments and a feeling of community spirit among commentators on the blogs who use this plugin.
You can also reward your top commentator with a 125 x 125 ad spot in the sidebar. So you keep allocated a banner of the top commentator of the month. I think your commentators will love this gift and I’m really thinking to implement this soon.
This is another of my favorite plugins, but is a bit controversial. This plugin sends thank you emails to readers after they post a comment. The problem with this plugin is – according to laws of some countries; this kind of “thank you” email is considered as spam. So, use it wisely.
Another great plugin by Yoast. This plugin comes handy when you want to e-mail an update to that post to all the people who commented on a certain post. This is again a bit controversial and is considered as spamming by some countries. But yeah it definitely helps you to keep your commentators up-to date about the post they commentated and thus build the community feeling.
Comment(s) placed in a Do Follow blog are considered as a backlink. If you really love your commentators then you should really show some love by using do-follow links for their blog/site. Bad thing about this plugin is that once people know that your blog is Do Follow and you get noticed by spammers, you’ll be flooded by spam comments. So the first thing to do is install an Anti-Spam plugin like Akismet or Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin (GASP). GASP is another great plugin by Andy Bailey who is the author of Comment Luv Plugin. The second thing to do is specify a certain number of comments by an author after which all his links will become do follow.
Many blog owners fail to realize the importance of this. By displaying the recent comments, you indeed help drive traffic to your other pages/posts.
Share your ways to reward commentators with us.