6 Comment Hacks That Will Boost WordPress Blog Interactivity

Comments are important for WordPress blogs as they can be seen as one of the indicators of blog success. In another perspective, it can also be the motivator for us, the WordPress bloggers to keep blogging and share new ideas with our readers.

It can be frustrating if after we have put a lot of effort in our WordPress blogs, it seems nobody is interested to be part of our WordPress blogs by leaving comment.

In order to promote more comments by our blog readers, there are few ways that you use and implement into your WordPress blogs. One of the ways is by organizing blog contest which I am currently having in this site which I will announce the winners soon.

Besides having blog contest, we have to focus on improving the interactivity of our WordPress blogs. By improving the element of interactivity, it will help to create a closer relationship between you and your readers which most of the WordPress blogs lack off.

For this post, I would like to share 6 hacks which will help you make to process of leaving comments by your readers to be easier and ensure that your readers will feel appreciated by you for their contributions. Therefore, closer and constructive relationship can be built within your WordPress blogs.

Use Twitter’s Profile Picture For Comment Section

Twitter Picture in Comment Section

You are Twittering mood? Want to let your readers use their Twitter’s profile picture rather gravatar for your comment section? This hack will show you fast way to display Twitter’s profile picture in your comment section.

Alternating Colours for Comments

Comment stripes

By having huge list of comments, it can be really hard for your readers who plan to read most of the comments and respond to them. It is because it can be confusing as most of the comments look the same.

With this hack, you can have alternating row colours for your comments that will bring clearer separation between comments.

Separate Confusing Trackbacks with Comments

Separate comments and trackbacks

The best approach that we should take for our readers is not to interrupt the standard flow which most of our blog readers have. It is because by interrupting the flow, it can be confusing your readers and distracts their attentions.

By separating the trackbacks and comments, it will ensure your readers are kept focussed and not being distracted by trackbacks (which can be a lot) while reading the comments.

Display Most Recent Comments First

Display most recent post first

It can be demotivated for your readers to leave comments for your WordPress blog post if there long list of comments. It is because some of the readers may feel their comments will not be read and therefore may decide not to leave any comment.

This tutorial will help you to change the default setting of WordPress by listing the most recent comments first in the comment section and therefore invite more readers to leave comments on your WordPress blog.

Suggest Readers To Leave Comment In RSS Page

Suggest comment

By promoting to our readers to subscribe our RSS feed to keep them update with our latest blog post, it can reduce the chance of them of leaving comments in our WordPress blog.

Therefore, to increase the chance for them to go to our site and contribute some great comments, it is definitely an appropriate approach by reminding them and this hack will definitely be handy for you.

Add Twitter ID Box in WordPress Comment Section

twitter comment

Twitter can be a great source of quality incoming traffics and it is bad for WordPress blogs if we are not trying to be part of it.

One of the ways is to create an additional box in the comment section which your readers can share their Twitter ID. This hack will help to add the box in a faster and easier way.

Do you have anything else to share?

Do you have any hacks or tips that you would like to share? What do you think about the above hacks?

Feel free to share in the comment section below. I am happy to have them over here. Cheers!

21 Responses to 6 Comment Hacks That Will Boost WordPress Blog Interactivity

  1. Great suggestions! Some bloggers fail to see at least some of these tips (for example separating comments with trackbacks)

    Or you can use DISQUS as a powerful commenting system if you are too lazy to tweak your WordPress commenting codes

  2. Helmi Asyraf (admin) says:

    It is good to see you over here, Michael. How is your first experience in Huzzer Magazine? Great?

    Yah, I agree with you. Sometimes, bloggers are too focus on creating contents and design of of their blogs. They should put enough attention on other aspects of the blog at the same time

    This will ensure that each of the aspects will compliment each others.

    What do you think?

  3. Karl Foxley says:

    Great post. I totally agree with your suggestions and I’ve just changed the way my comments are handled to show newest comment first to encourage more involvement from my readers.



  4. Helmi Asyraf (admin) says:

    It’s good to know that the tips that I share above are jhlpful for you.

    I agree with your point of view. Sometimes not every changes that are good will be seen as good by others. However, at the same time, one great change can bring us great return although it is being opposed by others.

    I think it is best to try something out first and see the feedback in not only long term but also short term/

  5. Helmi Asyraf (admin) says:

    What do you mean? Maybe there is slight delay. You just need to hit the refresh button.

  6. Helmi Asyraf (admin) says:

    Goo to see you over here and know that my tips are helpful for you, Karl.

    Hope that you enjoy your first visit to Huzzer Magazine.


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  8. Tinh says:

    All of suggestions are useful, thanks for sharing

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  10. ariff says:

    Failed at implementing latest most recent comment first. Do you have any plugin for that?

  11. Helmi Asyraf (admin) says:

    Actually, if you are using the latest WordPress version, you can find the option to let most recent comment first in the discussion setting.

  12. ariff says:

    Yeah. Realized that already. haha~
    I got some more comments with this method.
    Thanks a lot!

  13. mike says:

    I notice on this site you do not post the most recent comments first. Is there a reason why not?

  14. ariff says:

    Usually the most recent comment feature is suitable to be used at blogs that have lots of comment.

    People will be more than happy to be the bumped up whenever they leave a comment among lots of other people there

  15. Mike says:

    I see. Hopefully one day I’ll have tons of comments. Right now, nothing.

  16. ariff says:

    Try leaving comments on some other blogs within your niche. Make friends with them. Sooner or later, they’ll come to your blog.

  17. Mike says:

    I’ll try that. I have noticed in my analytics that blogs I comment on send me traffic

  18. Kushal Chap says:

    first of al for me to use this I would need commentators and I dont have any 🙁

  19. Kushal Chap says:

    Commenting is the best way to get more bloggers to come to your site. i am one of them 🙂

    P.S. I came to your site and find your articles interesting.

  20. Kushal Chap says:

    mike good luck and hope I get the same

  21. Mike says:

    thank you for the compliment on my articles

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