Lure Traffic with Threaded Comment


Leaving comments is a great way to get traffic and make your site visible to the others. We had discussed some ways on how to be a great blog commenter before this.

Usually webmasters/bloggers will make visit to your site as a kind of appreciation for your comment. Now you get comments for your post. What’s next? Yeah, lure the traffic! Let’s see how to lure traffic through the comments.

Basically, all the steps are simple so I guess you’ll understand how to do it from the first time you read this article. This tutorial is targeted to self-hosted WordPress users.

Let’s start.

1. Download WP Thread Comment plugin here.

2. Install WP Thread Comment plugin. Use FTP client to upload it and then activate the plugin through Dashboard > Plugins

3. Go to Settings > WP Thread Comment to configure the settings.

4. Make sure you tick the option:

– enable AJAX support
– anyone replies
– reply in WordPress Admin panel
– Enable in-the-post comment management

5. Now is the most important part that is the notification e-mail configuration. Most webmasters do the same mistake – they let the commenter know what had been replied to them through e-mail. You have to let the commenter feel curious on what had been replied to their comments so we must take the part off from the notification e-mail.

Change the original subject with something attractive like this:
– Your comment had been replied
– New reply for you
– Hey! There’s a reply for your comment =D

Then edit the notification message with something like this:

<p><strong>Reply Notification</strong></p>
<p>Your comment on article entitled <strong>[postname]</strong> had been replied.</p>
<p>You can see detail for the comment on this article here:<br />
<a href=”[commentlink]”>[commentlink]</a></p>
<p><strong>Thanks for your comment on <a href=”[blogurl]”>[blogname]</a></strong></p>
<p><strong>Please don’t reply this email.</strong></p>
Have a nice day!

Notice the guide that had been provided:

Use HTML only. As a easier way, you may use the following tags: [pc_author] for parent comment author, [pc_date] for parent comment date, [pc_content] for parent comment content, [cc_author] for child comment author, [cc_date] for child comment date, [cc_url] for child comment author url, [cc_content] for child comment content, [commentlink] for parent comment link, [blogname] for blog name, [blogurl] for blog url and [postname] for post name.

So use them wisely and make sure you let the notification message simple and attractive.

The next thing to do is:

1. Leave your comments at other blogs and make sure they are interesting so the author will get interest in visiting your site and leave their comments. See 5 Ways to be A Great Blog Commenter as reference.

2. You can choose two styles of replying the comments:

– reply when there is comment for your post
– reply after you publish a new post

I prefe the second style because your commenter will receive e-mail notification after you reply to their comments. This notification will bring them to your post and they will notice (or sometimes being curious) the newer or latest post on your site. There is 50% potential they will leave their comment on the new post and the process will happen again and again.


Using threaded comment is a good way to lure traffic for your site. The most important thing you must put your effort on these steps. Don’t feel disappoint if there’s no much comments as you wish because there’s no gain with no pain, right?

So good luck and I hope this tutorial will benefit all of you =)

16 comments… add one
  • blinkky

    June 13, 2009, 1:02 pm

    Another great plugin for wordpress

  • Fatin Pauzi

    June 13, 2009, 6:15 pm

    Great tutorial. Many of wp users out there find this kind of information. Moreover, I just know about the plugin. All this while, I’ve install a theme that is ready build with this kind of plugin.

  • Jacob Yap

    June 14, 2009, 2:11 am

    Great plugin and tutorial. Sure it will increase the traffic.

  • Kayla

    June 14, 2009, 6:20 am

    That is a great WP plugin, although I don’t use it myself for whatever reason. I just prefer manual blog hopping. 😛

  • LithiumMind

    June 15, 2009, 10:51 am

    Yeap it’s a good plugin to have on the blog. I notice that more people have commented on my blog when i have it install. Another one is the top commentators plugin. You might want to look into that. However make sure u get the one without the link highjack issue.

  • Benjamin Cip

    June 15, 2009, 1:43 pm

    That’s exactly the kind of plugin I need for my blog. Just one problem is that I already have many plugin so I’m afraid it’ll become difficult for people to connect to my blog… 🙁
    I’ll definitely try this plugin anyway! Thanks for sharing my friend 😉

  • AppsTime

    June 15, 2009, 4:33 pm

    This is first time i m visiting your blog. the name is quite attractive.
    “Lure Traffic with threaded comment” nice title which made me to read it full.

    I have Blog, currently on blogspot, So for those who use Blogspot blog can have threaded comments using “INTENSE DEBATE” Nice and Simple tool.

  • Stephen Roy

    June 17, 2009, 2:47 pm

    It’s very interesting that I stumbled across your site with AppsTime over here using the same method on me. Well it works. Thanks this was a great tutorial, and I have implemented this plugin on my blog!

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  • mancing gembira

    July 29, 2009, 8:09 am

    good plugin….
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  • Bill Bartmann

    September 6, 2009, 5:43 pm

    I’m so glad I found this site…Keep up the good work

  • Candice Redfern

    September 24, 2009, 8:32 pm

    Your blog is so informative … ..I just bookmarked you….keep up the good work!!!!

  • Online Stock Investing

    September 29, 2009, 6:09 pm

    There is obviously a lot to know about this. There are some good points here.

  • Rocky Garcia

    October 4, 2009, 11:19 am

    Commenting is the best way of making traffic on a blog. Although commenting on blogs take a lot of time, it worth each word you left on the traffic that you are earning.

  • How to Get Free Microsoft Points

    November 27, 2009, 3:41 am

    I’ve never had too much luck with threaded comments. It does cause a few repeat visitors, but for the most part it’s a waste of bandwidth for me.


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