How To Add Google+ Comments To WordPress Easily

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For Your WordPress Blog

Recently, Google announced that Blogger blogs were getting access to the Google+ comment system (rather than their previously crap-tastic commenting system)… 

It is important to note that there is no capabilities to sync these comments with the native comment system meaning that they will not be retained in your site’s database. 

 

Using Code

HOW TO : Enable Google+ Comments on Any Website

Note: You will need to replace “[URL]” with ”<?php the_permalink(); ?>” if you are adding these to your entire site at once.

 

Using Code For Thesis

How To Add Google Plus Comments To Thesis Theme for WordPress

 

Using Code For Genesis

How to Add Google Plus Comments to Genesis Theme

 

Using Plugins

There are several plugins now available. Each has different nuances. Be sure to read the details. 

Google+ Comments WordPress Plugin (by Alex Moss) – While not in the repository, this is is a pretty robust plugin that will work along side the native system. 

Google+ Comments – Displays G+ & Native comment systems in different tabs

Google+ Comments Widget – Replaces native system, Mobile Responsive

WordPress Google Plus Comments – Works with native commenting system. Can set width and language. 

(I intentionally did not include all plugins because a few were just not solid.)

screenshot of G+ Comments Live on CloudHero.net

G+ Comments Live on CloudHero.net

 The SEO Question 

 Like other alternative WordPress commenting systems, this runs in an iframe which means it does not help your SEO. In fact, the comments themselves are sync’d to Google+ and indexed there with no chance of that traffic coming to your blog. 

However,  ease of engagement, lack of spam, and facilitation of chatting, it can be a great way to build social proof and engage with your audience. 

It also can bring in traffic since the comments go to Google+ and friends of readers may return to read the post. (This is similar to how FB comments can create traffic.)

Because of this,  this commenting system is really best and ideal for those who are going to reply to their fans and open dialogs and carry on conversations. 

Check out the Google+ comments below (and the original ones further down) and let me know what you think!

~ Kim ~
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PS: I’m using the code for Thesis and have added my own little blue border around it to help differentiate it from the author box above.

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19 Comments on "How To Add Google+ Comments To WordPress Easily"


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Debashisa Jena
2 years 26 days ago

Nice Article Kim!!
By the way I’m gonna stick with Google+ Comments Widget, cause its responsive and gonna be best for mobile users!

Guest
2 years 26 days ago

Hey Kim!
Interesting …
I don’t know if I want to add another comment box. I didn’t add Facebook either. Just stayed with the comment box that comes with the theme. I remember you telling me a long time ago that the comments aren’t saved when using other program.. so I don’t want to lose my comments… Thatnks for doing what you do so well, staying on top of things :-)

Guest
2 years 25 days ago

Hi Kim , Google is trying to be more social in last few weeks. Started offering API and now all modern commenting system. This is the first article about Google Plus commenting on WordPress that I am coming across. We have heard of Google Author Rank and I believe that such commenting might have impact on Author Rank and also provide more plus ones. Apart from this as SEO advantage I understand that visitors who will use this commenting system will be easily identified by Google search due to the markup and may benefit in advance SEO. Thanks for sharing all this information.

Guest
2 years 25 days ago

Hi Kim, I like the ease of it when commenting on others blogs. I don’t know if I need to have it on mine. Would like the google+ share button though, just haven’t got around to getting it done! When I checked on it once, it seemed complicated….is it?
Thank you Kim!
Lynn

Guest
2 years 25 days ago

As with a couple others, I like the idea, but don’t think I’ll add it at this point. As the artsy/fartsy gal I am it’s just too much clutter under the post and the ROI doesn’t seem worth the trade.