Spark a Smoking Hot Blog Commenting Party with These Top Blog Commenting Plugins

Blog Commenting Party Starting Plugins

Let me paint a blog commenting picture for you…

Close your eyes and imagine you are hosting a party, you’ve spent hours and hours getting your house ready, decorating and rearranging your furniture to make room for all the extra guests.  You’ve spent the day shopping, preparing food and even your favorite margarita recipe is ready to blend moments before your first guests arrive.

You’ve sent out invitations and called everyone from the neighborhood to personally invite them. You’ve told everyone about what a great party it’s going to be…you even created a happening play-list of songs that is pumping in the background building your anticipation and excitement of what’s coming.

But, no one shows up.  You wait, justifying to yourself that they’re probably running late, but nope no one shows up.

Oh…let’s make this worse…imagine that you’ve managed to get a few people show up, but they’re totally bored, no one is talking to anyone else.  You can practically feel the tension in the air.  You wish someone would say something to break the ice, but everyone’s just sitting there, feeling uncomfortable and wishing they hadn’t come.

That’s what it feels like to have a blog without any blog commenting or buzz going on.  Trust me…I was there in the beginning (last July/August) before I joined a blog commenting tribe.

I’d put hours and hours into building my blog, although it looked different than it does now, it was a huge accomplishment for me.  I spent more hours and hours writing content and syndicating my posts through social media, but I still wasn’t getting any comments, or if I did, it was an occasional lonely comment or worse yet spam.

But as soon as I started to connect with a blog marketing forum on facebook and I started to learn that there were tricks to getting comments on my blog, everything changed.  I became part of the “in crowd” and found my blog buzzing with conversation in the blog commenting section.

Here’s My 3 Step Process for Starting the Blog Commenting Party:

Step 1:

Engage your readers in your fantastic content by asking questions in your posts, opening up a debate or a discussion about a topic in your niche, or just by simply over delivering on value.

Step 2:

Breaking the blog commenting the ice by taking the first step to go talk to others on their blogs first.  Even if you’ve got to comment on 5-10 of their posts over a few days, you’re likely to spark a blog writer’s attention and cause them to want to apply the golden rule of reciprocity and come check your blog out.  Or, join a blog commenting tribe like our blog marketing forum here in the Clever Marketer Mastermind Community!

Step 3:

Give them incentives for blog commenting! Offer a contest for the person who comments and comes up with the best tagline on your blog, have newsworthy content, or simply use the following plugins that reward your readers for participating in blog commenting!

My Favorite Blog Commenting Plugins:

You’ll find these plugins installed here…which obviously means you should leave a comment because you’ll get some link love, keyword love, exposure, and increased personal branding when you do!

Okay, now I want to know…what are your favorite blog commenting plugins?  Share them in the comments below and please share this post on social media!  And if you’ve not yet joined our blog marketing forum and commenting tribe, what are you waiting for!  Come join our smoking hot blog comment party today!

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  1. HI Heather, commenting is a wonderful thing. Not only do you learn from others by reading their posts, but as you say, its a great way to get the attention of others in order to build lasting relationships! That, btw is how WE all met!

    I have never tried the Keyword Luv or the Top Commenter plugin. I think I will. Thanks for sharing this list. I am looking forward to playing around. (now that I have comments that is!) It’s be a downer if my Top Commenter Plugin was blank! LOL

    • Heather Stephens says:

      I hear you, Jayne, about having your top commentator widget being blank, but thankfully you can set it to track comments for any specific time period, so new bloggers shouldn’t be shy about grabbing it.

      To be honest, I love commenting on great blogs anyway, but it’s always nice to get a little back link and link love. 🙂

      I’m so glad that commenting brought us together!

  2. Just perfect for me. I was talking to someone earlier about this exact topic, and Voila, I get the info right in my hot little hands! I do use a couple of these already but I have been wondering how a couple more of them would be beneficial. Thanks for an extremely timely post! And some smokin hot commenting plugins!

    • Heather Stephens says:

      Hi Holly!

      I just LOVE it when things like that happen and I’m so glad I could deliver the information to you, right when you needed it! 🙂

      Hope to see you around again soon!

  3. Hi Heather,

    Awesome tips.

    Persistent commenting helped me more than anything else. As you note some bloggers need to see you a few times before stopping by your blog. Keep at it and most of your peers will be happy to drop in and see what’s going on.

    Thanks for sharing!


    • Heather Stephens says:

      Hi Ryan,

      You wear the commenting crown in my circle of influence for sure! I see you on every blog I visit! 🙂

      You rock!

  4. Heather,

    Those three steps are essential! Those plugins are all great ways to encourage blog commenting! I have had a lot of success using those plugins, though I haven’t tried the keywordluv yet and I use a different one for emailing comment replies. It’s nice that there are several of those to choose from!

    Take care,

    • Heather Stephens says:

      Hey Stacy,

      Thanks for the comment! You should give keyword luv a try and see if it changes anything. Make a case study of it…how many people comment now before, how many after, how many take advantage of the keyword lov, etc. 🙂

      Could be fun and interesting to learn what kind of difference it makes or doesn’t make.


  5. Blog comments are a great way to meet people too! I’ve enjoyed finding all the blog I would have NEVER found were it not for the blogging groups. Yours is a good one!

    • Heather Stephens says:

      Thanks Martha!

      I’m a true believer in the power of commenting…of course I’m sure you could guess that! 🙂 LOL


  6. Hey Heather, I use most of the commenting plugins you mentioned (except I haven’t installed KeywordLuv yet – shame on me!)…

    I also just recently installed the Comment Redirect plugin so that I can give people something to do after leaving a comment rather than just closing the window or tab and moving on. This plugin lets you send commentators to a thank you page where you can pretty much do anything!

    Commenting on others’ blogs is one of the best things I’ve done since I’ve started blogging! As a matter, that’s how I met you (saw your comment on another person’s blog I commented on and contacted you from there)!

    • Heather Stephens says:

      Hi Kesha,

      I’ve been meaning to install a comment redirect, but I haven’t done that yet. Thank you for the reminder to put it on my list. I appreciate you sharing it here and adding value to my post!


  7. Great post, Heather! I always try to look for things that I value. Because I read a lot of blog posts in a day, I tend to have rules for when I decide to comment, share, both, or neither. You have some great ideas for getting comments. I’ve used some of them and I think they have worked quite well. That being said, it never ceases to amaze me which comments are the ones that get a lot of comments when I was pleasantly surprised, and which ones I thought for sure would get people going and I hear crickets 😉

    • Heather Stephens says:

      Hi Steve!

      I think we all have our “rules” for what we comment and share in social media. It’s essential, truly, with a busy schedule and to always provide top notch quality to our followers and friends online.

      I’m surprised too, which posts I see lots of buzz around when others get little. Keeps things exciting and it’s a great barometer for what my readers want more of!

      Great to see you, Steve! Hope you’re doing really, really well! 🙂


  8. Of course you would get the point of my little project right away…I realized that as soon as I landed on your homepage.

    Tristan Higbee of started a brilliant little movement where he has his commenting policy front and center (well, actually, slightly to the right 🙂 and it includes a promise of a retweet, or reciprocal comment, and so on…

    I’ve used it on my blog to great effect until recently but its still visible on Tristan’s blog and its a stoke of genius.

    • Heather Stephens says:

      Hi Dino,

      I’m familiar with Tristan’s blog. Interesting that having a commenting policy would make so much of a difference! Maybe I’ll have to experiment with it!

      I love your project and I can’t wait to dig in and learn more about it so I can share it with my readers!

      Thanks, Dino, for connecting here!

  9. thanks for sharing your idea about blog commenting.. truly helpful !

  10. Hey Heather,

    Loved the title and picture 🙂

    Step 2 was a game changer for me. I started visiting other blogs and leaving comments, then people started checking my blog out and returning the favour 🙂

    I use and love all of the plugins you mentioned. They are great for encouraging comments and rewarding your commenters.

    Thanks for sharing, Heather.

    All the best,

    • Heather Stephens says:

      Hi Mavis,

      I thought the picture was so cute! 🙂 Step 2 was the big game changer for me too, but you already know that!

      Thanks for commenting!

  11. Hi Heather,

    Great tips and excellent advice! I agree, you have to give first in order to receive. So Step 2 is a vital component to blogging success.

    By the way, except for Keyword Luv I use all the plugins you mentioned above.

    Best to you always,


    • Heather Stephens says:

      Hi Ilka!

      Great to see you here! That good old golden rule works in all areas of life, doesn’t it? 🙂

      Reciprocity is so powerful.

      Best to you as well!

  12. I have noticed a lot of blog tribes for marketing type blogs but I wonder if I could find the same thing for health blogs??? I need to find a tribe or blogging community for health bloggers….hmm….maybe I should start one…not sure how though!!! LOL

    • Hi Rawkinmom,

      I’m sure there are others who have health blogs who would benefit from a tribe. My goal is to eventually break this tribe down into niches as we grow big enough to sustain that.

      I would suggest you start commenting on other health related blogs consistently. Pick about 10 or so that you can comment on every time they post which will help you start to develop a relationship with them, and put yourself on their radar. Then you might take it off the blog and connect on skype or facebook to start building the relationship farther and eventually present the idea with them. 🙂

      Hope this helps!

  13. Great info, Heather.

    I actually took alot of tips from your blog plug-ins etc before I got to this article! I have experienced the same results as you have noticed on your site.

    It is really cool when you start seeing the same faces and names across the best blogs out there and you start to build relationships and know people’s personalities. 🙂

    Great info. Your content, as always, is so helpful.

    • Thank you Steve!

      I am so glad that you’re getting results! Way to go…what’s awesome is that you’re implementing! You should be proud of yourself…you’re definitely one of the few online who is really taking action!

      Great job and keep up the great work!

  14. I will definitely be trying the 3 points that you have listed and already applied commenting plugin on my blog hope I can get comments going on my blog.

    • Hi Jinny,

      How are the comments coming? I hope you tried the 3 commenting tips and are seeing progress with engagement of your readers on your blog. 🙂

      Thanks for your comment. Sorry I didn’t reply sooner, it got buried.

      Have a great weekend,

  15. I comment on about 20 blogs a week, many in my niche or closely related but I don’t seem to get real comments back, spam and bots commenting by the bucket load but not many real people. Am i out of fashion?
    Most of my pages are dofollow, I have commentluv and GASP plugins installed.

    • Hi Neal,

      Your website is beautiful and you’re obviously getting out there if you’re commenting on other blogs regularly, but I’m wondering if you are commenting on the right blogs? While we all have different types of blogs that we enjoy to read, and I don’t only read “marketing” blogs, but as far as my commenting stragety, I try to stay very focused on commenting on blogs within my niche because it helps me to network and develop relationship with others who have the same interest that I do.

      Are you pretty networked in the wedding arena online through social media? Could you possible form a tribe (you’re welcome to use the clever marketer forum in which to start a niche focused commenting tribe) of people in different areas of wedding planning? Invite some of the bridal consultants, photographers, florists, event spaces, musicians, dj’s etc. and form a tribe where you can all start networking, commenting on each other’s blogs, syndicating each other and helping each other to generate targeted traffic?

      That’s basically how the tribe I took over and moved to Clever Marketer started. Another suggestion is to start connecting with facebook groups within your niche to develop relationships that can form a tribe eventually.

      Good luck. I hope my suggestions help. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.


  16. Hi,Heather,
    this sure seems like an invitation for a great, big party by engaging visitors to follow quality content. I like your choices for plugins. The rewarding and encouraging program also should contribute for the party to last longer.

    • Hi Kristina,

      I do notice that the commenting party seems to go on for a long time on some posts and not as much on others. Not sure why, but it’s probably that some of my content speaks more to people than others.

      Have a great day and thanks for the comment! 🙂

  17. I wondered why your page rank is zero.. I find your blogs really cool and interesting. Well, I am hoping your page will be a BIG HIT someday.. Good Luck!

    • Hi Sunnyme,

      Not sure why I’m a page rank zero either, although I haven’t seen google reassess them in quite a while. Some very popular blogs I follow that are in the teens with their alexa rank don’t have Google page rank either.

      I don’t think it really matters since I’ve got traffic, loyal readers, and my business is growing. That’s what is important, don’t you think?

      Thanks for your comment! 🙂

  18. Never thought about asking questions. Great thought! So what are some of the Ice Breakers that you use? sounds like a great way to engage people in the topic at hand..thanks for that idea