Contest Post by benmaxime

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The web is full of posts instructing you how to obtain more comments on your blog. They suggest that you ask questions, comment on other blogs, interact, reward commentators, and make it simple. What about making your commenting system unique? It seems so logical yet most people don’t do it. Well if you’re interested in getting started here are five great ways to make yours more unique.

1. Webcam Comments

Riffly Webcam Video Comments is a nifty, free plugin that allows commentators to create video and audio comments. Video and audio is obviously so much more powerful and meaningful than text. It’s rare to find this system in place, which makes those using it unique.

Why not allow you’re readers to share their opinions by video?

2. GeoSmart

GeoSmart adds city-precise location information for each comment author to the comment metadata. Not only that, it displays a map with the comment author locations. This plugin makes commenting feel personal and really transforms it into a unique experience for everyone.

3. SEO Super Comments

CommentLuv and KeywordLuv are classic ways to entice readers to leave comments. By offering them dynamic links at the end of each comment, it encourages them to comment more. Why not also increase the traffic on each post with the comments? This plugin creates a new, non visible page on your blog, holding the actual comment information. What this does is gives the site more visibility to search engines. The more visibility, the more traffic, the more the commentators links are clicked.

4. Advanced User Agent Displayer

This interesting plugin displays the operating system and browser of each commentator. It may be more fitting for tech blogs, but even I think it would be interesting to know what browser and OS each of my commentators is using.

5. BackType Connect

Classic commenting systems are for the past. Backtype Connect brings the future into commenting. It integrates comments from Twitter, Friendfeed, Digg, Reddit and other social networks. Most systems don’t capture these existing conversations about your content that are taking place across the web. Make your system more interesting and valuable by integrating Backtype.

What else makes a blog’s commenting section unique?

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26 Responses to “5 Ways to Make your Blog’s Commenting System Unique”

  1. Kristi From How To Blog
    29. Jun, 2010 at 7:35 pm #

    These are some neat plugins. My comments are enhanced with CommentLuv & KeywordLuv – I like to keep it simple and easy for everyone to comment, without any kind of registration or connections required.

    I like BackType for keeping track of most of the sites I comment on – I didn’t realize it also could be integrated with your blog comment system. Thanks for the info!
    Kristi´s last blog ..Strengthen Your Article Marketing With CommentLuv LinksMy ComLuv Profile

  2. roezer From Blog H.Q
    29. Jun, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    Geosmart looks like a good plugin for country based blogs could look great if there was a debate about something like a football game.But I have never heard of SEO super comments I just installed it as I use SEO Smart links by Vladimir Prelovac the Author which Ithink is a cool wordpress plugin
    roezer´s last blog ..Disable the Browser Cache Google Chrome in UbuntuMy ComLuv Profile

  3. Ileane From Ms. Ileane Speaks
    30. Jun, 2010 at 2:26 am #

    Hi Ben, great post and good luck in the contest. I’ve never used any of these before but they look interesting. Can you explain a little more about SEO Super comments – how will your commentators know that you are using this plugin? I’m not clear on how this works if the page is non-visible.

    Ileane´s last blog ..SEO for WordPress via Stephan Spencer on WordPresstvMy ComLuv Profile

    • benmaxime From My ComLuv Blog
      30. Jun, 2010 at 6:27 am #

      Hi, thanks so much! From what I read about that plugin, it makes more of a difference for the blog, in that it helps SEO’wise, which in effect, may bring more people to the comment itself. The best thing to do would be to read the description. of the plugin. Thanks for asking Ileane!
      benmaxime´s last blog ..What On Earth Is Affiliate MarketingMy ComLuv Profile

  4. tonyknuckles
    04. Jul, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    The video commenting would take me aback a bit. But all of the others seem to be done by some of the plugins that I currently use of different names.

  5. ScottSeverance
    05. Jul, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    I’m just getting started in Social Media and blogging. It has taken me what seems like forever to get Face Book to authenticate my authorship. These ideas are quite a bit ahead of my present technical skills, yet they are certainly exciting goals for the near future.

  6. jakerhodes From HypnoBusters
    08. Jul, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    Backtype looks very interesting. I’m going to look into adding it to one of my blogs.
    jakerhodes´s last blog ..How To Use Hypnosis ScriptsMy ComLuv Profile

  7. stephaniesuesansmith From Information Central
    08. Jul, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    Some of those plugins are kinda creepy. I do not want to have to leave video or audio comments — I have a face for written communication. I also do not want to have my precise location on my comment because of safety issues. The other plugins might be very helpful. At least I know these exist and to beware them.
    stephaniesuesansmith´s last blog ..Reclaimed lumber is GreenMy ComLuv Profile

  8. kimjcastleberry From Social Media Technology Made Easy
    12. Jul, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    These are some really neat plugins. I love the Super Comments and have been using that one for a while. I’ve been considering using the video comments for a brief span to request testimonials and let them just record them right there. Looking forward to checking out Backtype!
    kimjcastleberry´s last blog ..Why Commentluv’s Circle of Luv Is One Of My Ninja Traffic Secrets-My ComLuv Profile

  9. Justin Germino From Dragon Blogger
    03. Aug, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

    I have never actually seen video or audio comments left on another site before, I think the idea is interesting but the extra time it would take to record the video or audio may be a put off for people who can barely take the time to leave a 20 word typed comment.
    Justin Germino´s last blog ..Starcraft II- The Laser Drill against ProtossMy ComLuv Profile

    • Ben Lang
      03. Aug, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

      Neither have I which is what makes it so unique… That’s true, its a matter of preference.

  10. Peter Fuller MBA From Peter Fuller MBA
    04. Aug, 2010 at 2:42 am #

    Hey Ben, thanks for the plugin recommendations.

    I m particularly interested in the GeoSmart one.

    Peter Fuller MBA´s last blog ..Attention this book will make you MONEYMy ComLuv Profile


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