The WordPress community is filled with a bunch of great plugins that have been made available to WordPress users, but a majority of them are designed for specific functions or specific types of websites. If one of your objectives is to attract more comments to your blog, a popular way to encourage comments is the Show Top Commentators plugin.

This plugin is actually pretty easy to set up. You’ll want to go through the normal process of uploading it to your plugins folder, then activating it from your Plugin dashboard. Once done, the only thing left to do is paste the following code where you want to display your top commentators:

<?php if(function_exists('ns_show_top_commentators')) { ns_show_top_commentators(); } ?>

Once installed, this plugin will reward your regular commentators with a prominent link in the sidebar. In addition to possibly generating traffic, search engines will usually pick these links up as an inbound link, giving an added bonus to your readers who take the time to leave a comment. You could even turn getting on to the list into a competition and watch your comment counts soar!

As an added bonus, if you are focusing on improving your search engine ranking with certain keywords, using this plugin on other blogs can be easily used for this purpose as well. Travel around to some of your favorite high ranking sites and work on getting on their top commentators lists. Enter the keyword you want to work on into the name field when writing your comments so that the keyword of your choice will show up in the sidebar. Search engines will then pick that up as anchor text pointing towards your website. Doing enough of this can actually elevate your search engine rankings.

Kyle Eslick is WordPress enthusiast who took his passion for WordPress to the next level in 2007 by launching WPHacks.com as a place to share hacks, tutorials, etc. Follow Kyle on Twitter @KyleEslick!

  1. Sumesh says:

    Search engines will then pick that up as anchor text pointing towards your website. Doing enough of this can actually elevate your search engine rankings.

    Not with Google – isolated, pagewide links are usually not counted by them. That’s why post level links within content is gaining popularity with SEOs. Hone up your SEO, ok?

  2. Kyle Eslick says:

    Sumesh – Although this site doesn’t focus much on SEO, I’m pretty up to date on the latest SEO philosophies.

    The problem with post level links is that they may spend a half hour to a few days on a prominent page like your homepage. Otherwise, these links disappear into the abyss. I know SEO “experts” want links on single pages or even single posts, but I believe this is not necessarily the best route to go. I’ve had more success promoting my blogs with site wide links.

  3. Tak? says:

    plugin is great. thanks for sharing

  4. Frank Gil says:

    I love this plugin and will try it soon, thanks for sharing!

  5. Mary Green says:

    What is a site wide link?

  6. Kyle Eslick says:

    @ Mary – That means it appears on every page of the website (links in the header, sidebar, footer, etc.).

    Post-level links are links that appear inside individual posts, but not throughout the rest of the website.

  7. Kyle Eslick says:

    @ Mary – How do you get which? I mentioned in the above post that if you become a “top commentator” on sites that use this plugin, you’ll get a link in the sidebar. For example, if you look at our “Top Commentators” tab in the sidebar (click on it), you’ll see your link there!

    As far as post-level links, search engines recently shifted in the last 6 months to put more emphasis on these (that was after this post was published). To get a post-level link, you will typically want to purchase reviews on popular websites or publish good content that people will naturally mention in their posts.

  8. Mary Green says:

    Oh, Ok, so how do you get those? Or is that a dumb question to ask?

  9. Mad Glitters says:

    thank you very much! more i am digging into wphacks more i am finding great plugins for my sites

  10. Searcher says:

    Top commentators is good plugin
    but it has one minus: It attract some kind of spammers who want to enlarge back links to their sites.

  11. cbreceipt says:

    Well considering the amount of comments you receive it looks like it works for you. 😀

  12. I just love the 3 plugins Top Commentator, KeywordLuv, CommentLuv, but I think it is work mentioning to get good quality comments I put a little blurb up on my sites to say poor quality comments will be deleted and give an exaple what is a poor comment.

    This helps me get better quality comments rather than have “Nice Site” or “Thanks” written in the comments which defeats the purpose of adding fresh content.

    Thank you

    Jenny

  13. Roche says:

    Best and easy manage google adsense plugin for wordpress ?

  14. Joshua says:

    This is a great plug in. As I love leaving comments in blogs, I really like the rankings. Comments make a blog more conversational. This is where the readers get to voice and perhaps offer an alternate view that may further engage the reader. Awesome idea!

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