July 29, 2009

Add New Comment Forms To Your Blogger Blogs

UPDATE (10th July, 2010):
JS-Kit (Echo) is now a completely paid service. Free trial is available only for 30 days and after that you have to pay $10 for every 30 days to use their service. As Echo is presently being many big corporate sites like Wshington Post, New York Times and Technorati so I would recommend this to only those who are really serious about blogging and for the rest - better go for the free services viz. Disqus and IntenseDebate...


In blogs comments are almost as important as the content itself. It is through comments that bloggers get additional content, new ideas, feedback and more inspiration to blog better. But getting comments on a blog is not as easy as bringing traffic to the blog. Along with interesting content, the blog's interface also plays a key role in fetching more comments. In Blogger although you can easily add an embedded comment-form beneath the posts, but it doesn't look attractive or professional.
So here are three new comment-form providers. Select any of these and make your blog completely professional. Presently in Blogger blogs, with custom domain and customized templates, comment-form is the only left element through which people can recognize yours as a free blog, so once you implement any of these new comment-forms you will have a complete pro-blog.

The three comment-form providers (in order of my preference) are:
1. JS-KIT (Features)
2. IntenseDebate (Features)
3. DISQUS (Features)

And here are the screen-shots of the comment-forms (in the same order as above):

JS-KIT (Demo Blog)

IntenseDebate (Demo Blog)

Disqus (Demo Blog)

The reason for selecting JS-Kit over Disqus or IntenseDebate is of course the more number of features and facilities you get at JS-Kit.

NOTE: By using any of the above comment-systems, your new comments will not be indexed by Google. So consider these points before you switch to any of these services.
If Google is NOT your primary (or important) traffic source, and even if it is the primary source of traffic, but you have sufficient keywords in your post-titles and content then you may add these forms.

BUT if Google is your primary source of traffic and most of the search queries that bring traffic to your blog is because of the keywords in your comments, then I would suggest you to carry on with your present comment system.

To check and track your visitors source/keywords read this post:
Track your blog's visitors.

*UPDATE: According to JS-KIT, their comments are indexable by Search Engines, so consider the above "NOTE" only if you planning to use IntenseDebtate or Disqus.

IMPORTANT: Before you modify your template, make sure you back up the present the template by downloading it. And in case you ever want to switch back (from IntenseDebate or Disqus to Blogger Comment system, then make sure you reverse the settings back to "New Posts Have Coments" before you publish any new post).
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July 6, 2009

SU.pr - StumbleUpon, Twitter and Facebook Combined

If you are already impressed by the services Twitter, StumbleUpon and Facebook, then here's a newly developed tool su.pr (call it Super). The website is developed by StumbleUpon team, which helps you to synchronize your StumbleUpon, Twitter and Facebook accounts. Simply add your website or blog to your su.pr account, and post articles from your blog just as you do it in Twitter (tweets).
Su.pr not only shortens your url, but it sends the updates to twitter as your tweets, it shows you the statistics that include the number of retweets, number of StumbleUpon reviews, number of click through and even traffic source. You can view stats for the past 12 hours, past 7 days, or even past 30 days. And finally whenever someone visits the article through the shortened su.pr link, then the stumbleupon toolbar will be shown above the web page through which one can discover and add the web page to their stumble favorites.

I would recommend you these two websites, to get more details about su.pr
1. MakeUseOf.com
2. FourHourWorkWeek.com
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