How To Add Google+ Comments To WordPress Easily

April 26, 2013 · 19 comments

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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
Tharik
Tharik

Awesome post and very useful information thanks for sharing.

Debi Davis
Debi Davis

I'm leaving comments in both areas -- the Google+ comment section as well as the native section. I just installed Google+ comments on my own blog today and am trying to figure out the pros and cons. Your post helped me understand quite a bit more. Thank you!

Jason Benway
Jason Benway

Well I see the value, I find it interesting that some people are willing to hand off their comments to google. When reading a lot of SEO and traffic blogs they say to find many different traffic sources. But using G+ for comments seems to be SO tied to google that it won't help you attract any other traffic (bing,yahoo,etc)

Vishnu
Vishnu

i am unaware off this feature , but since we are using commentluv so how it will be possible to use both google plus and commentluv together.

Cherrie Bautista
Cherrie Bautista

When I first saw the Google+ commenting system here, I first wondered what is the advantage of using this, other than deter spammers. I honestly like the native blog commenting system better than any other system that would require me to log in. But you're right. It could facilitate discussions, though I wonder if this is the case, wouldn't Facebook commenting system (I've seen some of those somewhere) be better since there's a lot more people in that network than Google+?

Nizam Khan
Nizam Khan

Awesome and useful! I will be giving it a try and Thanks for listing the plugins.

Chery Schmidt
Chery Schmidt

Hi Kim, I do use two different Google+Buttons on my blog one at the beginning and one at the end, I did do this by accident and it seems to work. I guess I am wondering if this is recommended? Thanks for all you do Kim. Chery :)

Kyle Nelson
Kyle Nelson

Kim,

I think the Google + commenting system has a very clean interface and is great for socialproof and building a community! I may give it a try on my blog :)

Ilia
Ilia

It's so good information Ana, thank a lot i add this Google comments service in my website, thank.

Jens P. Berget
Jens P. Berget

This is awesome Kim. I have thought a lot about what type of commenting system I should be using on my blog, and I haven't even thought about G+ :)

What's your thought on having more than one system, like right now, you are using two? I really want to be using one system only.

Lorraine Marie Reguly
Lorraine Marie Reguly

Is this available only for the Thesis theme, or other themes as well? Also, is it available for blogs who don't have their own domain name?

Gene Call
Gene Call

Not sure what to think! There are so many options out there that it is hard to choose. So happy there are "Tech experts" like you to steer us through the choices!

marquita herald
marquita herald

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.

Lynn Jones
Lynn Jones

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

Kumar Suhas
Kumar Suhas

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.

Lesly Federici
Lesly Federici

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 :-)

Debashisa Jena
Debashisa Jena

Nice Article Kim!!

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

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Thank you Debi and welcome to my blog! The big downside of the G+ comment system is that the comments do not come into your admin/dashboard so you don't actually know they exist unless you go visit the posts. Thankfully, some of my visitors are social media aware enough to know that they can tag me so that I get a G+ notification, but not everyone does that. On the upside though, spam is minimal, work is minimal (unless you want to moderate the comments), headache is minimal and there's a lot to love about it. Hope that helps!

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

It's available for any self-hosted WordPress.org blog. I see your on a .com You would not be able to use it unless you're capable of adding the code to your theme. The only reason Thesis is listed separately above is that it requires a different coding than the others do. Most WP.org blogs will choose to use the plugins instead of adding code, I'm sure.

Kim