Friday, May 2, 2014

How to Enable Google Plus Comments in Blogger

How to Enable Google Plus Comments in Blogger

Long time ago, Google proudly announced their new integrated commenting system which is now available for users who have created a Google+ profile and connected it with their Blogspot blogs. This way, Blogger users will be able to use Google+ as a commenting system for their blogs, while comments from Google+ will automatically appear on their blogs.
google plus commenting system on blogger

For those who haven't yet upgraded the Blogger profile to a Google+ profile, please see this tutorial on how to associate a blog to a Google plus page. Once you have connected a blog to a Google+ profile, you'll have a new "Use Google+ Comments on this blog" setting on the Google+ tab of your blog. To enable the Google plus commenting system, just check the box next to this setting:

use google+ comments on this blog, blogger tutorial

As soon as you've enabled the feature through your Blogger Dashboard, you'll have the following features:
  1. Threaded commenting system: the threaded system will allow a reader to reply to other comments on that post, thus the conversations will become much easier, more effective and more enjoyable
  2. Public and private comments: this ensures a better privacy for your visitors which can make their comments either public or private
  3. Edit or delete comments: your visitors will be able to edit any comments that they wrote even after publishing, so they don't have to write another comment explaining the correction
  4. Google Plus One (+1) button in comments: we can up-vote any comment by clicking this button. This is a great feature which could also help you to get some traffic from Google+
  5. "Also share on Google+" check box: with this option which is right below the comment editor, we will be able to share a specific comment on Google+ and thus get more traffic!

Things to consider before adding the Google Plus Comments in Blogger

  • the Google Plus commenting system won't work for private and adult blogs
  • If you are using a third-party commenting system like Disqus, your comments might not be retained when you enable Google+ Comments
  • If you change domain name, comments will be gone. Therefore, it would be highly recommended to implement the Google Plus commenting system only after you've decided to use a custom domain name
  • If you choose to allow comments pending moderation, you will have to visit the post in order to approve, hide or delete comments before they are publicly visible
  • Only registered Google+ users can comment, this means that visitors who don't have a Google+ account will not be able to comment on your blog

How to Enable Google Plus on Custom Blogger Templates

If you are using a custom Blogger template, the comments might not show up after checking the "Use Google+ Comments on this blog" setting. In this case, we will need to apply the following trick in order to enable it on custom templates:

Step 1. From the Blogger Dashboard, go to "Template" and click on the "Edit HTML" button.

Step 2. Click anywhere inside the code area and press the Ctrl + F keys to open the Blogger search box, then type or paste the following line inside the search box and hit Enter to find it:
<div class='post-footer'>
Step 3. Just below it, paste this code:
<div class='cmt_iframe_holder' data-viewtype='FILTERED_POSTMOD' expr:href='data:blog.canonicalUrl'/>
Step 4. That's it! Click on the "Save template" button to save the changes and now we should be able to see the Google Plus comments in our Blogspot blog.

Happy commenting!

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