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WordPress Comment Plugins ~ You need these 2 to make a difference!

There are quite few WordPress comment plugins out there but you are going to need these two to make a huge difference.

WordPress comment plugins – What for?

The WordPress blogging script comes with an inbuilt blog commenting system. But this needs some improvement if you want your commenting activities to be more exciting.

Blog commenting is an exercise that adds value to your blog. If you are like me, any improvement on your blog that boosts comments (with no negative effect) will be highly embraced.

The traditional WordPress comment feature is too skeletal and lacks some attractive elements. Note that some of your readers are going to be pulled to the comment section by some of these factors we will see with Thrive Comments.

2 WordPress Comment Plugins I use & recommend

My most recommended comment plugins for WordPress bloggers are not social media based. One quick reason I hate Facebook and Google Plus commenting systems is the fact that they keep your comments. The day you decide to switch, you surrender all your comments to them. That’s bad if you ask me.

Here are the best comment plugins for WordPress I think you should give a try as from today:

1 – Thrive Comments

 

Lisa is a friend and a wonderful social media, SEO and blogging blogger. While reading her blog post on OnPage SEO, I found out the comment section on her blog was new and looking really great.

Beside the beautiful design of the comment form, there were some elements that are surely going to boost engagement on her blog.

Thrive Comment will empower your blog to spur faster feedback and increase engagement through several innovative features like upvoting and downvoting, gamified comment incentives and an impressive number of after-comment-actions.

Wordpress comment plugins

Quickly as a reader,  you are able to sort the comment list by Newest, Oldest or top rated.  If you know how powerful comments on your niche blog can help you with blog post ideas, you won’t neglect this feature.

-> Comment rating and social media sharing

wordpress comment rating

Thrive comment allows your readers to rate other comments and share the comments on social media. These are elements that turns your blog to a busy street.

As an admin, you are able to easily feature a great comment and moderate others without necessarily going to the dashboard. Once a comment is featured, it will remain stuck to the top of the comment list despite the sorting order.

-> Automatically add links to keywords on your comments

There are some plugins out there that are meant to turn keywords on your blog to links. Most of these plugins are going mess up your blog.

But the way Thrive Comment does it is praise worthy. From with your plugin settings page, you are able to add keywords and their anchor links.

keywords to comment section

You can add as many keywords as possible pointing to the same link. You have the choice to set these links to follow or no-follow for SEO purposes.

These is one amazing feature for affiliate marketers. You simply add keywords to your affiliate offers, while making them no-follow.

add keyword to comments You can always delete or edit the keyword list anytime with this plugin.

-> Related Posts after dropping a comment

One really awesome feature I found with Thrive Comment is the related post after a reader drops a comment. What happens is the reader will be shown a list of related articles once he/she submits a comment. Here is what it looks like:

related posts after dropping a comment

-> Does Thrive Comments have any load impact on your blog?

Installing this plugin won’t have a negative effect on your blog. The reason is that you can set comments to only display if reader has scrolled to the comment section of your blog.

Same thing with Gravatar. They are not loaded until within screen. Long list of comments is broken down to top level comments per page. This of course will help boost your load speed.

Now I’m not doing a complete review of Thrive Comments as one of my top two Wordpress Comment Plugins. This plugin has lots of goodies. I will be reviewing and going to more details in the days ahead.

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2 – MyCommentAuthors

 

This is one of my best WordPress Comment Plugins of all times. It doesn’t directly affect the comment section of your blog. Your readers will have no direct contact with this plugin.

Beside being a comment boosting plugin, MyCommentAuthors will remarkably increase your traffic and engagement:

best wordpess comment plugin

Here is how it functions:

  • You install the plugin.
  • Generate a list of comment authors on your blogger for the past months.
  • Create a blog post and publish the list.
  • Send a Thank You mail from with the plugin.

Your benefit as blog owner is that it will bring repeat visitors to your blog. This means growing traffic and engagement.

Your commentators are going to like the link on your blog and the mention. This is because the list generated by the plugin include a link back to the commentator’s url.

You have full control over the links that are generated – Making them do-follow or no-follow. Here is a blog post with some details about this plugin.

Some bloggers that use MyCommentAuthors:

-> What about CommentLuv ?

One of the best WordPress comment plugins has been CommentLuv. But this hasn’t been updated for the past 2 years. I wanted to give it a try again but there is growing security risk and compatibility issues associated with using it.

Conclusion and your feedback

Drop a comment and let me know what you think about these comment plugins. Are you still using CommentLuv? Do you have any of these other plugins? What specifically do you think of Thrive Comments and MyCommentAuthors?

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Enstine Muki
 

Certified Cryptocurrency Expert, Problogger and Serial Entrepreneur

  • Emily says:

    Hey thanks, now i understand the use of plugins.

  • This is great thank you. I have been using the default for my plugins, and didn’t know of all of the advantages to using a plugin. This definitely bears more attention on my part. Thanks again for the tips.

  • Hi Enstine,

    I’m still using CommentLuv and didn’t realize there were security risks until I read this article. Hmmm….time for me to make some changes hugh?
    I do like the way Thrive Themes work as you pointed out. It does so much more than CommentLuv can ever do. I have to look into this as well as MyCommentAuthors. But Thrive Themes are looking good to me right now.
    Thanks so much for this information,
    -Donna

    • Hey Donna,
      A plugin that’s not updated to reflect changes in the main system will some how make your blog susceptible to some sort of infiltration. To be on the safe side, I decided to take it off for now, despite the advantages.

      Thrive comments has more that I pointed out in this post. I will be doing a more thorough review with time. Of course, thrive themes are top notch. They come with a plethora of features that make some other plugins redundant.

      And for my plugin, I’ll be excited to see you use it on your blog. It’s simple, just to generate a list of your comment authors for a given months.

      Thanks for being part of this discussing Donna. Hope you are having a wonderful week

  • Babanature says:

    Hello Enstine,

    I am still using the native comment box and commentluv for rewarding my commentors.

    Yes, I do have the Mycommentauthor installed on my blog and I did use it last year, before my security issue with my host.

    I still love my native comment box, but I have bookmarked this post in case I want to migrate to thrive comment.

    Have a good week bro

    • Hey bro,
      Yeah I visited your blog and CommentLuv was still there. There is always a security risk with such plugins. So think about it 😉

      Kindly update your MyCommentAuthors. I’ll be glad to be part of it in this month’s report.

      There are many more goodies in Thrive Comments I didn’t cover in this post. Once I have enough data, I will do another thorough review.

      Thanks for being here today bro

  • Enstine, Really awesome post on comment plugin, I’m new to blogging so I’m going to try Thrive comments.
    Thanks for the post

  • Great plugins! I am planning to use Thrive Comments. It seems a good one. However, another great comment plugin is ReplyMe. It emails author’s reply to the commenter’s inbox. I found it very useful.

    However, thanks for sharing these awesome plugins.

    • Hey bro,
      Thrive Comment has a ReplyMe feature and you can directly link it an autoresponder so your blog doesn’t get overworked. Cool feature if you ask me 😉

      Thanks for stopping here bro and making a comment. Do have a wonderful rest of week.

  • Hello Enstine,

    Wonderful Post. As for now I am using WordPress in-house comment system and integrate it with Askimet to prevent spam comments. I have seen that many pro bloggers are using Thrive comments and I really like the interface. I will definitely be going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a Great Day 🙂
    Vishwajeet

    • Hey bro,
      Im pleasantly surprised that since I activated this plugin + Askimet that has been on my blog for long, the spam list is empty. It should be doing a great job at that level but I will investigate more.

      I suggest moving to it to give your blog a completely fresh look.

  • Enstine, I really enjoy your articles and comments. Keep ’em comin’.

    Scott
    Professional Resume & Cover Letter Writer

  • Hi Enstine,

    Even though you said this is not a review, you just presented us with one, the thrive comment plugin mini review.
    I saw this plugin on Lisa’s site yesterday when I read and left a comment on her site, and here it is again on your site with a review about the plugins. I used the commentluv plugin on my other site, but haven’t tried it on my current site. But from your mini review as I call it, it is a great plugin with amazing features. I will give it a try.
    The MycommentAuthor also looks great.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Enstine Muki says:

      Hey bro,

      How is your week kicking ?

      😉 I will be doing a more detailed review once I get more data by using the plugin. Right now, it’s working great and I’m feeling excited about.

      I’m done with commentluv bro. It’s been a great addition to my blog before now. I think using it may expose your blog to some security issues. It’s not been updated for over 2 years now.

      I will be excited to see how MycommentAuthors works for you this month. i’m surely going to be on the list 😉

      thanks for making it a date bro. Do have a wonderful week

  • Joy Healey says:

    Hi Enstine,

    I haven’t used CommentLuv for a long time now – partly because of the lack of updates / security risk, but also because it just didn’t work for me with Thrive.

    Regarding the Thrive Comments I had a lot of problems with that too, and eventually uninstalled it. But that was a while ago, so if you’re now using it successfully – time to give it another try. I am using the Focus Theme – that may have been the problem.

    MyCommentAuthors is a great plugin – been a bit slack of late using it, I should get started again!

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

    • Enstine Muki says:

      Hey Joy,
      Using CommentLuv now is a risk. Donna @ Donnamerrilltribe.com still uses it though. I feel she’s soon going to drop it for same reasons 😉

      Sorry to hear this wonderful plugin didn’t work for you. Did you get to the support team? As a matter of fact, they are currently on my blog to sort out a compatibility issue on plugin dashboard. That will be sorted out I’m sure.

      They should be able to quickly have it work on your Focus Theme as these are all products from the same guys.

      MycommentAuthors had an issue but I just fixed it. Some methods I used in older versions were dropped in the latest edition of WP. But this has been dealt with so I’ll be happy to be featured on your report of this month 😉

      Thanks for being part of this conversation Joy. Do have a wonderful week.

      ~ Enstine

  • Hi Enstine, thank you so much for the mention. It did not take you long to set it up, I’m very impressed 🙂 (I must have set you on Fire!)
    I learned about it from ShoutMeLoud but I pondered on it for several weeks and then had my techie install it yesterday and check for bugs, etc.
    Because of the CDN I use it does not slow the site down. Yours seems to load fast too 🙂
    I’m loving it so far Enstine. I think more and more folks will be making the switch over.
    I also like your comment authors too – another great plugin.
    Glad you are happy with yours now Enstine and have a great day!

    • Enstine Muki says:

      Hey Lisa, I’m still on fire because Yoast Premium is yet to be purchased and setup 😉

      Yeah it didn’t take me long. As developer, it was easy to have it running and my blog still loads fast.

      Thanks for your recommendation 😉 I’m loving it and do believe my readers too will.

      Will appreciate you using comment authors as often as possible.

      Hope your week is kicking off powerfully 😉

  • Bren Pace says:

    Hey Enstine! I see you already have the Thrive comments on your website. Very cool! I’m curious to see how quickly this commenting system catches on and see who implements it!

    I didn’t realize that MyCommentAuthors was still around! Good to know it is. Unfortunately, CommentLuv hasn’t been maintained or updated in some time. No matter how much I love those features, I just can’t bring myself to use it on my website any longer.

    I appreciate you taken the time to chate about both of these and pimp Lisa’s website!

    Enjoy your week!

    Bren

    • Hey Bren,
      Good to see you here and thanks for the engagement.

      Yes I’m glad with the Thrive Comments. Hoping to see it turn things around here 😉

      Yes I just updated the plugin and made it compatible with the latest version of WordPress. It will be exciting to see you use it this end of month 😉

      Having commentluv is a risk now. Let’s wait and see if Andy comes back to you.

      Hope you too are enjoying your week as well 😉

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