If you weren’t already aware, this week is reader appreciation week. Now the idea of reader appreciation is fairly good, give out some prizes, give a reader a link, etc etc.
This blog has always been a community site, and since it was launched one thing it has always shared is link juice with a dofollow plugin.
One of the things the Reader Promotion Project created as a way of showing appreciation was the WP-AJAX Edit Comments so I decided to use it as part of my soon to be introduced revamped comment from, which was honestly suffering from neglect.
I Have Made It Easier to Comment
And Get Even More Fresh Juice
Changes made to my comment section include:-
- Brian’s Threaded Comments – A highly modified version of the comments.php file was needed to bring it into line with my theme, split up the comments from the trackbacks, and give emphasis on the names of people leaving comments which will hopefully encourage more clicks.
- MyAvatars – reincluded after a 2 month break – with MyBlogLog now on Yahoo servers it doesn’t represent a page loading problem.
- LMB Comment Quicktags – this provides additional configuration over standard versions. I have already modified it slightly to include the right tags to include highlighted code in the comments, and will add a few more tags in the future.
- WP-AJAX Edit Comments – this is a really neat plugin that allows you to make corrections to the data you filled in the comment form, both your URL / Email address, and your actual comment. I have set it to allow changes for up to 30 minutes. It is a great way to fix typographic errors you spot, or maybe a broken link.
Be aware that email notification sent out will contain the original version of your comments, so there is no way to hide what you said previously.
All you have to do is click on the content you want to change, and you can edit it inline. It is a fairly new plugin, so look out for bugs.
I will call this a beta version of my comment form for now, I want to also add a live preview, and there might still be some bugs I haven’t spotted.
Some people make these type of changes for purely selfish reasons, after all more comments equals more traffic.
I think the big difference is I am using dofollow and every single comment that adds to the conversation becomes a valuable link.