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How to Add a Recent Comments Feed to Blogger Sidebar

February 3, 2014, by admin, category Blogger Tips

How to Add a Recent Comments Feed to Blogger Sidebar

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When you add a recent comments widget to a Blogger blog (Blogspot blog) using your Blogger comments feed you will encourage visitors to comment on your blog and hopefully improve blog traffic blog.
It only takes a couple of minutes to add a Recent Comments widget to Blogger. It is also easy since it requires no editing of your Blogger template. This Blogger tutorial assumes limited technical knowledge of Blogger and is mostly aimed at new bloggers and beginners although it is suitable for any Blogspot blogger looking to increase action on their blog.
If you would like to add a Recent Posts Feed to your Blogger website please refer to my earlier article Add a Recent Posts Feed to a Blogger Blog (Blogspot Blog)
Below I will take you through the steps of adding a feed widget to the Blogger sidebar so that the Blogger default comments feed will be displayed there. Equally you could add this widget to the footer if you prefer. 
I am going to show you two different widgets to add Recent Comments to your blog. Which you choose is up to you and largely depends on how many comments you wish to display. 

Method 1 – Using the Blogger Feed Widget to 

Add Recent Comments Feed to Blogger
This first method is the old way to add recent comments to Blogger using the Blogger feed widget and is still my preferred method. The limitations are though that the maximum number of comments displayed is 5.

Method 2 – Alternative Method to Add Recent Comments Feed to Blogger

There is another Blogger widget that can be added to Blogger which will display up to 10 of the most recent comments on your blog. By default it shows the author’s name and this can not be removed. If you are happy with this and would like more comments displayed this is a nice widget. One problem with the widget though is it will not necessarily display in the font of your blog. You will need to check this by installing it to try it out.

Add a Recent Comments Feed to the Sidebar of a Blogger Blog

Login to you Blogger blog
From the Dashboard go to Design > Page Elements
Click on Add a Gadget in the sidebar
Select the Feed widget from the list of Basic Widgets
A popup dialog box will appear requesting you to configure the URL of your feed. Enter the following text into the box labelled URL Feed substituting the URL address of your blog name eg blogknowhow.blogspot.com for yourblogname:
http://yourblogname.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default
Unless you want less than 5 comments to display leave show 5 as is
Under Title replace the name of your blog with Recent Comments instead
If you want to be able to see the date of the comment check the Items Dates box
If you want to have the comment author displayed check the Item/Sources Author
Unless you are worried about visitors leaving your blog there is no real need to check Open in a New Window(note this option has been added since I first wrote this tutorial so it is not in the picture)
Click on Save
Click on View Blog to see your new Recent Comments feed in action.
8. If you want to change where it appears in the sidebar this can be achieved by returning to Design > Page Elements and using drag and drop to position the widget into the spot of your choice on the Blogger sidebar.
Troubleshooting
If you are using a feed delivery service like FeedBurner the default comment feed URL will be being redirected by Blogger.com. In this case you will need to enter the Feedburner address of the feed which is likely to be something like this:
http://feeds2.feedburner.com/Comments/YourSiteName

Method 2 – Using a Contributed Gadget to Add a Recent Comments Widget to Blogger (Blogspot) 

Login to you Blogger blog
From the Dashboard go to Design > Page Elements
Click on Add a Gadget in the sidebar
Click on Most Popular from the menu on the left hand side of the Add a Gadget window
Select Recent Comments 
Change the number of comments to display according to your individual blog requirements. The Preview box will show you what your widget will look like with less than 10 comments
Change the Summary Length to 100 px or leave as is if you prefer
Click on Save to activate your Blogger widget
Click on View Blog to see your Recent Comments Widget displayed
Use drag and drop in Design > Layout to position your widget as you desire
This Blogger tutorial has demonstrated two different methods of adding a recent comments gadget to your Blogger blog (Blogspot blog) using Blogger widgets. The recent comments widget is probably best displayed in the Blogger sidebar or it can be moved to the footer if you prefer and of course depending on your blogger template.