6 Plugins that Put Your Comment Boards to Work for You
Some bloggers take a hands-off attitude toward comments. They figure they’ve got better things to do than worry about select opinions that may not even provide any helpful insight. Anyone who’s ever spent some time reading YouTube comments can relate: Comments aren’t always Grade-A discourse.
However, ignoring your comment boards is not only a mistake that will allow them to be overrun by trolls and spammers, but a huge missed opportunity to increase your readership. As any good social media expert will tell you, building a fan base is about creating a conversation between your readers and you.
Comment boards also have the potential to create a healthy amount of buzz and traffic for your site, and you don’t have to spend hours to capitalize on that potential. Here are six plugins that put your comment boards to work for you.
Expand your visibility to search engines by automatically generating a new page for each comment. SEO Super Comments grabs the content, adds an H1 tag, and makes a new dynamic page on your blog. Since blog comments are searched, indexed, and ranked by search engines, the extra formatting added by this plugin optimizes the way the comments appear to them.
Improving on an earlier version of the plugin, this iteration lets commenters sign up to receive a notification whenever another comment is added to the same thread. It keeps readers happy with a subscription manager that facilitates easy unsubscribing from some or all comments. It also features a double opt-in option you can activate to require users to confirm their subscription before they’re officially signed up.
Comment spam is a particularly annoying and time-consuming brand of online nuisance. WP Comments Boss lets you tag spammers, filter them out, and prevent them from benefiting from your site while cluttering it up with useless advertising. It even features a “Screw With The Spammers’ Heads” option that fools spammers into thinking you’ve accepted their comments, so as to waste their time as payback for the time of others that they waste every day.
A well-known marketing mantra is that you can almost never thank a customer enough; a sincere “Thank You” goes a long way. This plugin reflects that mantra. Whenever a reader leaves a comment, it automatically sends a message of thanks.
This plugin helps you grow your newsletter subscriber list by adding any of several optional opportunities for readers to sign up for your newsletter: a checkbox within an individual comment or registration form, a signup form widget, and/or a shortcode for newsletter singup that you can embed into your posts and pages.
Why yes, since you asked, we do have a great plugin for comments too. Our CAPTCHA plugin creates simple tests that humans can pass, but machines can’t, making it impossible for soulless spambots to trawl the internet, find your blog, and leave their junk on your comment boards.