Monday, July 7, 2014

Integrating Google+ Comments with Blogger

Google+ Comments is an alternative to the default commenting system on Blogger, available to blog authors who have upgraded their Blogger profile to Google+.  Google+ Comments lets you bring the conversations together in one place, right under your blog post.

Here are the positives to using Google+ Comments on your Blogger posts:

  • Comments made on your Blogger blog post
  • Comments on the blog post that you’ve shared to Google+
  • Shared content on Google+ that links to your blog post
Here is the one and only drawback:
  • Reads will need a Google+ page or profile to comment on the blog.

Features of Google+ Comments

Google+ Comments look similar to traditional Blogger comments, but have some important differences. For example:
  • When you leave a comment on a blog, you'll see the option, checked by default, to also share that comment to Google+.
  • Google+ posts that link to blog posts will show up as a comment underneath those blog posts
  • If original comment is shared to Google+, replies to the comment on the blog will show up in Google+ and vice versa, but only to the people that the original comment was shared with
  • If a comment is not shared with the blog author, the blog author will not be able to see the comment in either location
  • As the author of a post, you’ll receive Google+ notifications when readers comment on or share your blog post.

To Turn This Feature On:

  1. Connect your blog to Google+.
  2. Click on the Google+ tab on you blog and check the box to enable Google+ comments
Note:  If you have existing comments, you will not be able to access them again once you turn this on.  For example, when we were converting some of our WordPress blogs to Blogger, comments would move over with the import.   We had this option turned on and was not able to manage the comments on the page.   Once we turned the option off, removed the older comments, we could then turn this option back on.

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