News From The Top Commentators

Today I took a cruise around the blogs of the Top Commentators to see what new posts they had up. Being a Top Commentator on this blog offers many perks. The first is you get your name listed under Top Commentators with a link to your blog. Unlike links in the comments, the links under the Top Commentators is a full link without a nofollow tag. That means Google loves you.

The second perk for being a Top Commentator is you’ll get a nice set of pens at the end of this month. The third perk happens right now – you get one of your recent blog posts featured in this blog post. Here they are.

I was always told you need to reward your top contributors because they’re the driving force behind your success. Without the Top Commentators, this blog wouldn’t be a lively as it is now. Yes, the Top Commentators are mostly there for the free backlink, but these additional unexpected perks help create tremendous loyalty.

You can chalk this up to another lesson in under promise, over deliver.

60 thoughts on “News From The Top Commentators”

    1. derrich says:

      Hey, Jeff. I enjoyed your post so much, I linked to it in a recent post. I like.

  1. Nate W. says:

    It’s my lucky day! πŸ˜€

  2. Jane May says:

    I love these perks!!! I think I love you John! Well, at least your ability to engage and reward your readers πŸ™‚

    p.s. We are hosting our first contest. I think some of the top commentators here might be interested πŸ˜‰

    1. Jeff says:

      Oooh I’m holding a contest soon too!

      1. Jane says:

        haha…looks like I beat you to it huh Jeff…well, let’s go see what Jeff has instore! πŸ™‚

    2. Jeff says:


  3. Mr. Gary Lee says:

    Are the comments reset at the end of every month? I want a box of pens, so I’m gonna save all my comments for next month! πŸ˜‰

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, the commentators are reset every month.

      1. HMTKSteve says:

        Why not reward the top commentator of each month with a link in your blog roll?

        I think I might have been on top in January…

        1. Marc says:

          That would “expensive” over time. It would also decrease the value of John’s blogroll.

          1. HMTKSteve says:

            Not if he only left them in there for a short few month rotation.

  4. chrisjos says:

    Beautiful senitments….John. You’re a true dot com mogul

  5. siong1987 says:

    May I know which plugin you use so that people can see commentors’ thumbnail in their comments?

    Thank you.

    1. David says:

      I am also interested in this…I have the sidebar widget that displays the pictures of the recent MyBlogLog users, but I would like their pictures in the comments too.

    2. John Chow says:

      It’s call MyAvatars for MyBlogLog. I wrote about it here:

      1. David says:

        Sweet!! I somehow missed that post…Thanks John

      2. Where do you get the 3 across 3 down code? I only found the single column across code.

  6. Michael Kwan says:

    Thanks for the link John. This is very much in tune with “under promise, over deliver.” Interestingly, it seems that Ryan and I are the only ones with blogs that aren’t as dedicated toward blogging, monetizing, and other dot com-like things. That does serve as an indication as to what kind of audience this blog draws, though.

  7. David says:

    Well, I can say that I got a bit excited when I saw that John Chow was one of my recent visitors…quite an honour to have your site checked out by such a dot com mogul

  8. Mike says:

    Do I understand this correctly? Commentators are reset every month??? Does this mean that on March 1st everyone starts with 0 comments? That would be great for someone like me who would love to be a top commentator cause I know that I will never catch up to these other guys with 100 comments!

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, that is correct. All comments are reset to zero at the start of each month. Everyone has a shot at making the Top Commentators list.

  9. chaunceysmith says:

    Nice Information

  10. Delwynndwn says:

    Hmm… becoming a comment whore will be difficult for me, as I have more of a habit of lurking rather than commenting.

    Darn you John, for giving such perks to top commentators! *shakes fist* πŸ˜›

    1. HMTKSteve says:

      You and me both! I’ve cut back on leaving comments because I’ve been so busy.

  11. Dax Desai says:

    I understand what a nofollow link is, but does Google even consider them to your knowledge when calculating page rank? I sometimes put nofollow in my links, but I have since started using “open in new window”. There’s nothing more annoying then having to cut n paste when you can do it in a click.

    So get real links… got it.

  12. Nomar says:

    Thank you John !! I appreciate this !! I don’t care that you spelled my name wrong πŸ˜€

    You are a kind man !

    1. Ryan says:

      Come on Nomar anyone that reads your blog knows you can’t spell either! Give him a break. πŸ˜‰

      1. HMTKSteve says:

        People read Nomar’s blog? I thought it was just a group of bots? πŸ˜‰

        1. Nomar says:

          whahaha, funny guys, yeah i know.. im from the netherlands.. englisch is not my # 1 language hehe

        2. Jane says:

          I am actually laughing my ass of from this…sorry Nomar! :p Damn, and now I am late for work!!! Thanks John, you made me late for making me read these damn comments…well, it’s probably a good thing actually, I need to find a way to make people late for work because they are reading my blog’s comments.

          I don’t know why I get caught up, because I read it from work also!

          1. Nomar says:

            hehe, thats not a good thing that you are coming to late because reading comments.

            you should read on your work πŸ˜€

  13. Jason says:

    I’ve been reading your blog since Nov 06 and decided today it’s about time to get some credit for reading and try out for your Top Commentators post. Hello from Jason.

  14. Greg Stratz says:

    Long time reader, First time Poster. I like what you are doing. Providing something back to your loyal reader. I like I like.

    I was gonna post something earlier on Vday when you posted pics of the Cannery. I had a feeling you were gonna go there when you said you were gonna take your misses somewhere nice. I had a look when I was there but didn’t see ya. I agree the service was fast. I go several times a year cause I live close by and that was the worst time/service I ever received there.

    Good luck

  15. Greg Stratz says:

    arh I had a nice long post and it disappeared.. will try and write it some other time

    1. Nomar says:

      I think its above you πŸ™‚

  16. Leftblank says:

    Nice list John, thanks. You might be a bit right indeed, the free backlinks from your website are very nice and very good as promotional tool. However, your blog is still the main reason I’m here, I wouldn’t manage to keep commenting a non-interesting blog πŸ˜‰

  17. Matthew says:

    lame contest announcements on someone elses blog

    great idea to add a little snip of your top commentors. I am all about giving back to bloggers and especially bloggers who support and give to our site

  18. HMTKSteve says:

    When I leave John’s blog I typically choose a link in the top commentators section. Consider that an added perk!

  19. Daniel says:

    Nice links, apart from sharing the link love they also offer useful information. Good job John.

  20. Ed says:

    Following your advice, I am trialling a latest comments list in the sidebar of my web tech section. So far I am the top commentator on my blog, so do I give myself a prize and a backlink?

  21. Allen.H says:

    Wow, two links to my blog in one week, thanks for that John!

    Though as I said in my post about the comment-incentives, aren’t you even worried about getting more worthless comments now? especially during the first week of March?


  22. John Wesley says:

    Great way to encourage people to comment, but I’m sure it will result in many comments that bring absolutely nothing to the discussion, making actually reading them unattractive.

  23. Andrew says:

    Great idea to link to your Top Commentators.

    I especially liked Kalle’s 7 Ways to Increase Commenting article.


    1. Nomar says:

      at the end of the month i will hold a commercial break to πŸ˜€

  24. Kalle says:

    Thanks a lot for linking to an article of mine John, appreciated! πŸ˜€ I will definately keep commenting and reading your blog!

  25. Marc says:

    The linkback love is always appreciated John. This is also extra incentive for top commentators to write compelling content. ‘Cause you never know when John Chow will drop by and need good content to send a pile of visitors.

    1. HMTKSteve says:

      Keep up the good work you are already doing and people will say,” It’s about time John noticed that blog!”

  26. derrich says:

    I need to work on my commenting. And then I’m going to Jeff’s blog to raid his Top Commentor’s list. πŸ™‚

  27. Sadly, I don’t think I’m quite witty enough to come up with 50+ comments a month to get on your list. But you add a lot of value with your posts, so I wanted to drop by and say thanks.

    I added this same plugin to my site and it made a massive difference in participation – plus about 5 of my readers went and installed it themselves.

    It’s the least we can do to say thanks to the people who make our blogs great communities. πŸ™‚

    1. Jonix says:

      Wendy, this was the best comment and most valued i ever read in all this post.

  28. Josh says:

    Thanks John. I just learned about 10 great blogs that I will visit more frequently.

  29. HalOtis says:

    Great idea to reward the commentators john. I may have to try it out sometime on my own site.

  30. chaunceysmith should be banned, he’s gaming your comment system.

    1. John Chow says:

      He just got banned! Don’t post here no more!

      1. Jonix says:

        John, some off-topic (or maybe not), how do you manage all the comments? Don’t you have problems with spam that askimet doesn’t block?

  31. Nice. Looks like I have to work on getting myself to the Top 10 πŸ˜‰

    Always nice to see you giving back to the community – it also gives other bloggers (like me) ideas of what we can do with our own community.

    1. just don’t do what chaunceysmith did and post a bunch of randon crap, John will ban you…see above.

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