How to Link Your WordPress Comments to Your Website

Have you ever wanted to create a button that, when pressed, would take you to the comment page of a blog post on your site?

You already know that you can do this with a link on your own website (which I’ll show you in a moment), but perhaps you’re looking for a more elegant solution. If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I’ll teach you how to link your WordPress comments to your site.

Why Should You Link Your Comments to Your Site?

Let’s say you’re reading a blog post on a site called Medium.com. You have a lovely comment on that post that you’d like to share with the author of the blog post. You can click the comment section to go straight to the comment, but that’s not what you want. You want to go to your website, where you’ve got a comment section of your very own. Maybe you’ve got an idea for a new blog post and you want to invite the author of the Medium blog post to contribute. You don’t want to leave Medium to go to your website, because the Medium comments are already there and connected to the post. So linking your comments is the perfect solution. When someone leaves a comment on your site, it will automatically link to the corresponding place on another site. This is also known as a “comment link back” in web design circles.

How Do You Link Your Comments To Your Site?

Before we get started, you’ll need to have a WordPress website (if you don’t have one yet, click here to start building your own). Once you’ve got WordPress installed and are looking at your site in a web browser, go to Settings → Comments.

You’ll see a tab labeled “Comment settings”. If you click that, you’ll see a screen like this:

This is where you can configure all the comments you have on your site. To create a link to another site’s comment, simply check the box next to “Link to this comment” and hit “Save”.

Next, you’ll want to go to the corresponding blog post on your site and leave a comment there. When you do, a few things will happen:

1. You’ll see the text “Your comment has been submitted.” at the top of the comment form. This is because WordPress will automatically submit your comment to the specified blog post, as long as that blog post’s comments are open. In the example above, I’ve submitted my comment to the Kim Kardashian blog post. You can check the box next to “Hide comments” if you’d like to keep things more private.

2. A link to your comment will appear next to the comment you just submitted. This is because WordPress automatically looks for the name of the blog post (in this case, “Kim Kardashian”) as the “anchor text” for the link. So the link will appear next to the comment, as seen below:

3. If someone clicks that link, they’ll be taken to your site’s comment section, where your comment is. If you have more than one comment on the blog post, the link will also take the visitor to the individual comment, so they can read it too.

I hope this was an informative article. If you have any questions about linking your WordPress comments to your site, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’d be happy to help.