I have the Do-Follow plugin on this blog. I also installed a Top Commentator here as well. The Do-Follow plugin is to benefit those who posted comments because the link you gave here will follow you back to your blog. Whatever that is, just trust the gurus that it is good. They say use it, so I did. You see, when you first started blogging and you have not ‘ink’ the internet, you need to get your name or your blog name to be known to the search engines.
If say, you leave a comment with a unique name on some bloggers’ blogs, you have left a trademark there which will be found by the search engines. I am sure many of you who just started blogging knows that when you search for your own name, you are not likely to find your own blog but rather those ID you use in Flickr or some other community sites or some bloggers with high PR. In the long run, if everyone in your clique use it, soon, there will be a lot of link love amongst the group.
Now, let’s add the Top Commentator plugin to the fun. I bet you have noticed that those people with high page ranks like PR6/10 and above are very reluctant to link you. Don’t bother trying because the higher they go, the more snobbish they get. Serious! :P But if they installed the Top Commentator’s plugin and if you are hard up enough, you go and polish and shine the PR6/10 and above shoes everyday. Some even posted like 6 comments in one blog post alone. This is just so, so lame.
And as we go along, we tend to gather too many links on the sidebar. So, I decided to use the Top Commentator plugin. You can modify the plugin using the plugin editor in your wordpress dashboard.
Doris asked me how I hide some of the names. Here’s how…
In the Plugin editor, just change what they suggested. I had added my own name and some people I had dissed so that it doesn’t show. Plus, I change the count from yearly to monthly as and when I like. Read the thing carefully and it makes sense and the instructions are quite clear.
But is it good to use the Top Commentator plugin? Not really. Unless you have control of your spam comments. Plus use the Comment Timeout plugin so that you close the comment of the older posts. You certainly do not want the top commentators of your blog to be spammers, do you?
BTW, if your comments aren’t that pretty, there is no point in installing it. :)