Top Commentators Plugin

Somebody stop me! After reading this post on Peter Lee’s blog last night (this morning actually, since it was around 3AM), I started thinking about adding a new WordPress plugin called Top Commentator, which lists the names of the people who comment on your blog the most.

However, I didn’t see it on Peter’s blog, so I followed the link he was supplying and, once again, I didn’t see it on her site either. Well, I figured that’s not the best way to highlight something, so I went to bed. This morning I went back for another look, and realized that Peter has his only showing on his homepage, and not on every page of his blog. Once I saw it, I decided it could add a nice touch, so I now have it on my blog also. I have decided to show it on every page, and I also decided to show the top commentators for the year, rather than for the month as Peter is doing, but that’s not necessarily cast in stone. Peter’s offering prizes for the top commenter’s each month, and in the future, as this blog starts monetizing itself better, I might do the same thing. Of course, if you check it out here, which right now is at the bottom of the right sidebar, you’ll notice that Sire is so far in front of everyone else for the year that I doubt anyone could catch him. However, if I set it up for the month, well, he’d still be leading, but it would be much closer.

Just another way to give the top visitors more link love, and since this is also a dofollow blog, it’s all good. So, now no one has any reason not to leave a comment, or two, or three, or more.

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18 comments on “Top Commentators Plugin

  • Work At Home Ideas says:

    Hi Mitch,
    You know before I published that post I came here to look for it so that I could add you in my list but found none. Well I’m happy to tell you I’ve just added you in my list.

    Peter Lee

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    • Which list, the commentators list or another one? I didn’t add anyone’s names at all, just removed mine, and the plugin does the rest.

      Course, I hope you’ve subscribed to my blog, as I have yours. 🙂

  • Mitch,
    Welcome to the Top Comentator (& CommentLuv) group! However, I am not in the dofollow gang 🙂

    Initially I used top commentator plugin to show a month’s top and then switched to week. Right now I have last 10 days top commentators (8 of them) which somehow keeps people busy.

    As peter does, probably it is a good idea to put it on homepage alone as that would help for their PR considerations.

    There is an issue with the top commentator plugin though. As the number of comments grow (and your settings increases – as in last 10 days comment and avoiding certain users’/admin comments from displaying) this tends to slow down the SQL query. I am getting server CPU exceeded errors once in a while due to this plugin! So be careful…


    • Hi Ajith. I’m going to keep my eye on how the commentors plugin works, but at this point I don’t think I have much to worry about, plus I want everyone to see it wherever they go on my site for now.

      Just asking, but have you thought about going to the dofollow format, or do you have your own reasons for not going that route?

  • Well, you might loose your PR if you have too many (eg. comments) dofollow links from a page. In other words, your posts and pages may not have a good PR. It may not affect the PR of the homepage as there’re no comments there. However, be careful not to have too many dofollow links (blogroll, text link ads, badges etc)on homepage.

    • You know, I keep hearing that, but I’ve seen no concrete data that it’s such a bad thing. As a for instance, I went to check out some of the big news pages, such as Yahoo, CNN, and MSNBC. All of them are dofollow, have tons of links and advertisers, and they don’t get penalized for anything.

      Not saying it might not be accurate, but in comparison it doesn’t seem right.

  • Rodney Smith says:

    Mitch, glad to see you’ve finally decided to take the plunge. I’ve seen my comments go up quite a bit since I installed Dofollow and Top Commenter (I’ve got mine set to refresh every 30 days currently).

    • Glad to join your community, Rodney, though I almost had to be convinced to join the Top Commenter group. We all love traffic, that’s for sure. 🙂

      You’ll have to let us all know how that search tool goes.

  • Rodney Smith says:

    By the way, I’ve just launched a Dofollow Search Tool which will hopefully help people find Dofollow and Top Commentor blogs – I’ve added you to it!

  • Make Money Blogging says:

    Indeed. This is one good way to reward your readers! And… Its great to hear that you are doing to put the top comm list for a year.. Should be fun.

    • Thanks; at least for this year I’m going to take the shot at keeping it that way, then come January I might change; might, that is.

  • Make Money Blogging says:

    Haha.. Don’t just take the shot.. Take a screenshot too! Then make a post and see how many comments you collected.. Would love to read that.

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  • Rodney Smith says:

    Actually, I’m not sure setting it to a year is a good idea – Sire’s had such a head start that no-one’s every gonna catch him!

    • Well, it just means Sire was way ahead of the game, kind of like when I saw Pac Man way before any of my friends did. I just hope if it really catches on that people don’t get sick of it just as quickly. lol

  • Make Money Blogging says:

    Well.. Lets just leave Sire out of the game! We will pick someone our size =P

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  • Thanks alot for the share!!! On my way to install Top Commentator
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