written by John Overall | November 28th, 2012
Add useful Facebook comments to your WordPress Website
Let’s face it, getting people to comment can be a challenge especially with all the many hurdles they face just to place a comment. You know what I am talking about – such as the ever favourite ReCaptcha, which 7 out of 10 time you cannot read and have to reload until you finally get one you can read, or those simple questions such as what is the colour of the sky? And even then, once you place the answer, something goes wrong, and it does not accept it or you get the response wrong, and it wipes out that wonderful 2 paragraph thought you just tried to post.
There has been an option for some time to allow comments via Facebook, but it had many issues: the biggest of which was you lose all the SEO value provided by those comments. They stayed on Facebook and you lost out…
Well now you can avoid all that in one simple step by allowing your visitors to leave comments on your WordPress website using their most used social program, Facebook, with this great plugin. The problems with using Facebook for comments have been overcome in this plugins as it takes those comments down from Facebook and places them into your database before displaying them on your site as well as taking all comments on your site and moving them up to Facebook.
Create useful Facebook Comments on your site with:
SEO Facebook Comment 188.8.131.52
- Version: 184.108.40.206
- Author: Fabio Zaffani
- Last Updated: 167 days ago
- Requires WordPress Version: 2.9 or higher
- Compatible up to: 3.3.2
- Downloaded: 89,492 times
- WordPress.org Plugin Page »
- Plugin Homepage »
This plugin is fantastic in how it handles Facebook comments on both your website and on Facebook. It even keeps the nice threaded look for you. Installing it is a breeze, and I’ll walk you though that below.
You can keep your old commenting system & comments on the site if you like, or remove them completely.
Installing this plugin take a few minutes, but if you follow along, it will be done in no time.
First: Go to your admin dashboard and under the plugins menu click on add new and search for SEO Facebook Comment
Now you need to do is install and activate it. Then look for a new menu item in the left called SEO Facebook and click on it. Once open, you will get this area:
Here they have a convenient link for you to go to and create your Facebook App, but in case you miss it – click here. Make sure you are logged into the Facebook account you want to create this app for. I will not duplicate their instructions as they are pretty comprehensive and simple, but if you’d like to go off on your own, here is the link to Facebook developers to create the app: https://developers.facebook.com/apps.
Once you have created the app, which takes all of about 5 minutes even if you have not yet registered as a developer, then you need to locate the specific user ID for the Facebook page you want to share comments with. Again, they have a convenient link to locate your ID. or if you want to head off on your own, click here to get your Facebook user ID.
Once all this is completed, you need to set a couple simple steps such as what width you want the comment box to be, the auto approve and if you want to hide the default commenting system or not. Once that is done, simply look at any post on your site to see how it looks and you’re all done.
So now you can enjoy having your visitors who use Facebook make simple comments on your site and you still get all the SEO benefits and more.