How to use Google+ comments on Blogger?


Google+ comments on Blogger
Keeping the conversation going has to be one of the biggest challenges bloggers face nowadays. Readers now want more than just information - they need answers! And you, as a blogger, are responsible for answering them, and defending your content. Readers will talk about your content on a multitude of platforms, such as your blog's comments, or on social media such as Google+. So keeping track of all those conversations can be a tedious and indeed a daunting task, which is why Google has now decided to help out its Blogger users by integrating Google Plus comments into Blogger blogs (finally :P).

Google is slowly building upon Google Plus, improving its functionality little by little. Up until now, it had only integrated Google+ share button in Blogger, so you could share to Google Plus right from your Blogger dashboard. Considering that, this comments integration is a big one, and can serve multiple purposes at once.

Track conversations easily

The aim of this new functionality is to provide a means for better conversation tracking. Comments on Google+ and Blogger are now integrated. So you will see two types of comments - direct comments, and comments from Google+. Suppose you or someone has shared your blog post to their G+ profile, and people are commenting on it. Those comments are nicely integrated to appear in your blogger blog. This helps you keep track of conversations really easily, and also helps readers get to know more about what other people think about your blog.

Check out an example of this functionality in action in the image below.


Privacy concerns

Google Plus has decided not to make the same mistake as Facebook, so this new integration doesn't come without its privacy settings. People who comment on a Google Plus post, or on a blog through a Google+ ID, they have the option of sharing their comments with specific circles. So readers can essentially control the people they want their comments to be visible to.

Expand your reach!

Another great +1 of this new integration is that, you can grow your reach. Just like content shared on Facebook or G+ gains reach beyond your fan-base, so do the comments that users make about your blog post. These comments appear in the news-feed of people in the shared circle, i.e. the people who are actually beyond your reach. In this way, you could build a whole new audience and increase traffic to your blog by just taking advantage of this integration.

Integrating Google Plus comments with blogger blogs

Google has made this integration really easy. Just sign into your Blogger dashboard, and follow the following steps.
  • Find and click on the Google Plus tab in your blog's dashboard
  • Click on Enable Google+ Comments.
Keep in mind that you will need to upgrade to Google Plus before you can use this functionality. Also, comments already made on your blog posts will continue to work with this new widget.

There's another very important thing to keep in mind as well. This trick won't work with custom Blogger Templates, nor some latest Blogger templates. For that, you will have to add a certain piece of code. Mohammad will share a post on adding this functionality to custom templates as soon as his exams are over, so stay tuned! And if you have questions in the meantime, please shoot them our way! Cheers :)

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  1. You just need a Small Tweak to make it working on Custom Blogger Templates.

    Here's the Tip

    <!-- MBL Tweak (www.mybloggerlab.com) -->
    <div class='cmt_iframe_holder' data-viewtype='FILTERED_POSTMOD' expr:href='data:blog.canonicalUrl'/>

    Cheers.

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  2. @Syed Faizan Ali
    If I make the tweek also I was unable to get the google+ comments can you plz help me.

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    1. You have to first enable the google+ comments then add the code it works quite well I checked on many theme and it works just fine

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  3. I need this for Custom templates.

    Regards,
    Aravind,
    Bloggers Lab

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  4. This is an ideal combination for both Blogger and Google+. I like especially the ability to have comments from both sources feed in to both systems, and the layered integration of Circles. :)

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  5. Mohammad,
    I guess you should switch to Disqus. It is a smart choice. It will automatically separate all comments with links. :)

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  6. Great Improvement, but having some confusion :/ u can't see comment stats in Blogger Dashboard, as u see in normal commenting system..
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  7. I don't think this is a good feature from Bloger team. I guess Google what to promote its Gmail services because your readers will need to have it before commenting - it tried it and disabled it immediately

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  8. Thanks muhammad
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  9. What about anonymous commentors?
    this means it is a must for commentors to have a google+ account.

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  10. hammer from google thiis time,google is day by day making blogger cometitve and professional to compete wuth the sites like wordpress.and this feature will increase blogger exposure for no doubt.Best of shayari

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  11. I use Disqus..so it becomes pretty easy for sharing and commenting.

    Regards,
    Jennifer
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  12. Google want to make Google+ More popular that is why Google decided to increase the Google+ conversations by integrating Google+ comments in Blogger's Blog.

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  13. @Hafeez Khanyou're welcome....the tutorial for custom templates is coming up soon, so stay tuned. And please, do avoid these fancy signatures

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  14. @Zeeshan Ahmedthank you for pointing this out......we'll look into this soon

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  15. @Parash Devkotayes, and that is a let down. Do wait for our post on some disadvantages of using this system which is coming up soon. Stay tuned :)

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  16. @Pedro Fumeroupgrade/link to Google Plus account first

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  17. assalamualikum..

    now I think when I use google+ comment in my blog,, i so fun and be help,,
    but now I want you to help me to make recent comment in google+ comment,, thanks mohammad..

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  19. how to remove google+ comment from my blog - http://www.fileshosts.blogspot.com , i want to go back with normal comment system. this is to difficult to manage google+ comment on my blog please help me about it thanks

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  20. I have accidently got two Google+ icons on my blog. How do I delete one?

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