By Mary Jaksch
From 93 to 206 comments? Really?
Yes, I’ll show you exactly why and how it happened further down in this post.
Comments make blogs interactive. They involve the readers in the creative process. In this post I’ll show you how to optimize comment settings on WordPress.
I’ve made a screencast video for you that explains how to set the various comment settings, and how to tweak them.
But after I had finished producing the video, I stumbled upon a secret that can double your comments numbers. So, watch the video below, and then read on. If you are reading this in an email, go here to watch the video: http://www.screencast.com/t/SGKLbQSr
How a blog post went from 93 to 206 Comments in 5 minutes
As I said in the video, I’ve been using a plugin for threaded (or nested) comments, called WordPress Thread Comments. I love using threaded comments because it turns your comment area into a mini-forum where people can respond directly to each other.
When people used to ask me why I use the plugin WP Thread Comments instead of the built-in WordPress option for threading comments, I used to say, “Because it look nicer!” But that was not the real reason. The real reason was (ok – here’s confession time) because – I didn’t actually know where to find this WordPress function! So I googled “WordPress thread comments”, and found out how to do it.
Below is an image that shows where you can find the setting for threading comments on the WordPress Dashboard. Go to ‘Discussion’ in the sidebar and you will see this:
Where the arrow points to, is where you can turn on the threaded comments.
Here is how a threaded comments look with the pretty plugin “WordPress Thread Comments”
And here is what the same threaded comment looks like with the built-in WordPress option:
You can see that the threaded comment using the plugin looks a lot nicer. But – (and there is a big BUT) – there is a significant difference between the two ways of threading comments – and a reason why you shouldn’t use the plugin:
Your replies to comments aren’t counted when you use the plugin
Whereas if you use the built-in WP thread comments option, your comments are counted as well.
Here is how my comment count for my post Want to Be Fit or Even Ultra- Fit? Join the 8-Week Challenge looked when I was using the WP Thread Comments plugin:
And here is my comment count 5 minutes later, once I had deactivated the plugin and ticked the built-in WP comment option:
I was amazed to see the difference in comment count! It shows how a bit of technical knowledge can enhance a blog. By the way, the reason I love threaded comments is because it’s much easier to foster a real conversation on your blog.
I hope this post was useful to you. I want to follow on with another post on comments that discusses whether you should answer all comments, how to deal with spam, and handle trolls. And, most importantly, how to get more comments.
What are your questions relating to comments?
Please share them in the comments. Then I can pick them up and address them.