CommentLuv 2.9 – Guide for Blog Owners & Commenters

The new version of CommentLuv 2.9 was released yesterday, and it is has a lot of new features. This guide will cover what is new for both blog owners and blog commenters alike as well as how to install and configure this plugin on your WordPress blog.

CommentLuv Basics

CommentLuv is a plugin that allows commenters to leave a link to their latest post behind with their comment. For example, Extreme John left behind this comment and CommentLuv link on yesterday’s guest post.

Comment with CommentLuv Link

If you are new to CommentLuv, here is a breakdown how it benefits everyone involved with your blog.

Benefits for Blog Owners

Installing CommentLuv on your blog will allow commenters to leave behind a link to their latest blog post with their comment. If you are the type that likes to get to know your readers, visit their site, and comment on their blogs, then CommentLuv will make it an easier process as you will have the link to their latest post right with their comment. I also find it’s a good way to spot good commenters stuck in your spam folder and spammers in your pending folder.

Benefits for Blog Commenters

If you enjoy blog commenting and are also a blogger, CommentLuv enabled blogs (such as this one) gives you a chance to showcase your latest blog post with your comment. This means that the blog owner as well as other commenters will be able to see the kind of content you write which means a lot more clicks to your site than just the simple website URL you leave on a standard comment form.

It will also help you discover more blogs to comment on that write on similar topics, as you will be able to easily see who has a blog and what their last post is about.

Benefits for Blog Readers

Even if you don’t have a blog or like to comment, visiting a CommentLuv enabled blog will give you more than just an awesome post on a topic. Generally, blog owners who comment do so on posts that are similar to their blog. Hence, regular blog visitors will be able to get awesome content from the post AND find new blogs on similar topics through the comments, getting more value for their visit.

What’s New in CommentLuv 2.9 for Commenters

If you’re used to commenting on CommentLuv enabled blogs, you might start seeing some changes when your favorite blog upgrades to the new version of CommentLuv. These include the following.

The Good – Less Errors

No more URL banning or too many accesses by IP restrictions. If you’re someone who goes through commenting sprees like I do, you know just how frustrating those errors were. The only issue you could run into now, error wise, is if your actual blog feed is having issues.

The Not So Good – Registration Maybe Required

Blog owners will have the ability to limit you to only your latest post with the option to register to their WordPress site in order to get your latest 10 posts. So if you are used to selecting out of your latest 10 posts to match the topic at hand with your CommentLuv link, you may be asked to register.

CommentLuv 2.9 Registration Required

If you run into a site that has this enabled but you can’t find the registration link for their blog, it is typically theirblogdomain.com/wp-login.php?action=register.

Also, be sure to note the registration screen. Blog owners with the FeedBlitz Member Plugin may have a custom message below the login form which is an opt-in for their blog newsletter and updates. Be sure to uncheck this if you are just registering to comment and not interested in receiving anything by email.

WordPress Registration Screen with Newsletter Opt-In

When you register for their site and login for the first time, be sure to fill out your profile.

WordPress Profile Setup for CommentLuv 2.9

Particularly be sure that you enter the website address for the blog URL that you will want to get your latest 10 posts from, your display name, and a short bio. Once registered, you will need to be logged in each time you comment to get your latest 10 posts.

An added bonus for registered users (if a blog requires registration) is that you will also get your latest 10 posts displayed to others when they hover over the heart icon next to your CommentLuv link. This is the non-registered vs. registered panel.

CommentLuv 2.9 Panel Dropdown

Special thanks to Stephanie Suesan Smith for letting me test out the registration features on her blog and snag screen shots!

The Still To-Be-Determined – RIP Default Links

If you had default links like I did, those have gone missing from your selection choices and there is no definite answer yet as to if you will be able to get them back again. Also, if you had multiple blogs on one account, you will now only see the latest posts from the URL you enter, not all of the ones on your account.

What’s New in CommentLuv 2.9 for Blog Owners

In the new version of CommentLuv, blog owners who install the plugin will get to make some decisions about how CommentLuv works on their site. They can choose to:

  • Make CommentLuv show the latest 10 posts from a commenter available to everyone, registered users only, or no one.
  • Make CommentLuv links dofollow for everyone, registered users only, or no one.

What have I chosen to do on Kikolani and my other CommentLuv enabled sites? I have my settings to allow everyone 10 latest post and dofollow CommentLuv links. Why? For two simple reasons.

1. I despise registration systems for commenting. In fact, I despise registering to do most anything on the Internet. I comment on way to many sites to want to register for all of them, so chances are I won’t, hence I will not force my commenters to have to either.

2. I’d rather not open my WordPress to letting anyone register. Yes, I’m a control freak, and I also don’t want to clutter my user list with subscribers.

Of course, not everyone will feel this way. Hence, the following will tell you how to setup CommentLuv 2.9 to suit your needs.

Installing CommentLuv 2.9 on WordPress

This is the process I used when installing the new 2.9 version of CommentLuv on my blogs, most of which are running Thesis 1.8 and WordPress 3.1.3.

Download CommentLuv 2.9

If you haven’t already, download CommentLuv 2.9 here. After the 3 minute intro video, a box will popup asking for your email address. When you enter your email address, you will be emailed the link to download the plugin in a zip file.

Remove the Previous Version of CommentLuv

If you already have a previous version of CommentLuv installed on your blog, go to your WordPress Dashboard > Plugins and deactivate your version of CommentLuv. Then delete it. It will confirm that you are deleting the files for the older version of the plugin. Don’t worry, you won’t lose any previous CommentLuv links in the comments on your site – those are still stored in your database.

Install CommentLuv 2.9

After you have deleted the previous version, or if you are installing CommentLuv for the first time, go to your WordPress Dashboard > Plugins > Add New. From here, select the Upload option and select the CommentLuv 2.9 zip file from your hard drive. Once installed, activate it.

Configure CommentLuv 2.9 – Primary Settings

Go to your CommentLuv settings which can be accessed from WordPress Dashboard > Plugins or under WordPress Dashboard > Settings > CommentLuv.

CommentLuv 2.9 Primary Settings

The primary settings simply allow you to enable the plugin and choose whether to have it show up on posts, pages, or both and to show it by default and to your blog’s admin.

Configure CommentLuv 2.9 – Appearance Settings

Next, you can change the appearance settings to show a specific image or text next to the CommentLuv checkbox.

CommentLuv 2.9 Appearance Settings

Also, you can set the colors for the dropdown panel that will come up when someone hovers over the heart icon next to a commenter’s CommentLuv link.

Configure CommentLuv 2.9 – Message Settings

Here, you will change the various messages related to CommentLuv. If you do not have registrations enabled, this section will look as follows.

CommentLuv 2.9 Message Settings

If you do want to have users register before giving them their latest 10 post links and/or dofollow CommentLuv links, you will need to enable registrations by going to your WordPress Dashboard > Settings > General and check the Anyone can register box and make sure the New User Default Roles is set to Subscriber so new users can only access their profile. Then the Messages settings will look like this.

One thing I have noticed on sites with the registration required is that the dropdown that says you must register doesn’t actually take you to the registration page when you click on it. If you would like it to do so, you will need to wrap the text in the Message for unregistered user in the dropdown box with the link to your registration page as follows.

<a rel="nofollow" href="http://yourblogdomain.com/wp-login.php?action=register">If you register as a user on my site, you can get your 10 most recent blog posts to choose from in this box. </a>

This will make the registration required text clickable to your registration page.

CommentLuv 2.9 Registration Required

Alternatively, you can just edit your comment form to have the link to your registration page. Otherwise, people won’t be able to get to the registration page without typing out yourblogdomain.com/wp-login.php?action=register as I suggested earlier.

Get Subscribers When People Register for CommentLuv Links

Want to get blog subscribers while commenters are registering for their CommentLuv links as I noted in the what’s new for commenter’s section earlier?

One of the popular setups is by using the FeedBlitz Member Mail plugin for WordPress. This plugin adds the opt-in checkbox to your registration form as well as to your comments form. Please note that you will have to sign up for a FeedBlitz account and pay anywhere from $1.49 to and up per month based on the number of subscribers you have. Visit FeedBlitz to learn more about their newsletter options and pricing.

There may be other alternatives out there, but I haven’t run into those yet. Be sure to share in the comments if you know of any that work with the WordPress registration system.

Configure CommentLuv 2.9 – Operational Settings

The operational settings of the CommentLuv 2.9 plugin is where you will choose to give the latest 10 post and dofollow links to everyone, registered users, or no one.

CommentLuv 2.9 Operational Settings

Underneath the operational settings are technical settings for the plugin, but for regular WordPress configurations, you will not need to mess with these. If you have changed anything about the way the standard comment form works or have issues with caching or minifying plugins. As in the other settings sections, there is a help video available to you to learn more about these or any other settings for the plugin.

A Bonus Plugin for Your Dashboard

Want to see the latest CommentLuv links left by commenters on your site in your WordPress dashboard?

Dashboard Luvvers Widget for CommentLuv 2.9

Then be sure to subscribe to the CommentLuv site and mailing list, confirm your subscription via email, and check out the Awesome Sauce video. At the end of it, a download button for Dashboard Luvvers Widget plugin will appear below the video. Simply go to your WordPress Dashboard > Plugins > Add New, upload the zip file, and activate it to get the last 10 CommentLuv links left by commenters right on your main WordPress dashboard.

I find this might be especially useful in catching spammers that you might have overlooked while approving comments or commenters that are being auto approved. I noticed a few that I’ll have to run down just while taking this screenshot!

Support

As with any new release, you may run into some bugs between the plugin and your version or WordPress and/or theme. I haven’t so far, minus the fact that registered users’ latest 10 posts don’t show up yet in the CommentLuv dropdown panel when someone hovers over the heart icon, but I’m sure that will get resolved soon. If you run into any other issues, you can submit a support ticket on the CommentLuv site.

Be sure to be as detailed as possible, including what site you were on (whether yours or another blog) and what specific issues you ran into. The more details you give, the better your support response will be.

What Are Your Thoughts on the New CommentLuv 2.9 Plugin?

Now it’s your turn. Feel free to try out the new CommentLuv plugin within in my comments (no registration required) and let me know your thoughts on the new system, whether you have it installed it on your site or are just using it on other blogs.

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  1. says

    Fantastic write-up Kristi and one that I suspect will get linked to a lot :) You got it all covered here and like you the only concern I have at this moment is “The Still To-Be-Determined – RIP Default Links”. I had some “custom” links too and now I can’t see them when leaving a comment so we’ll see what Andy will say about it, as I am sure that he is working on it :) Installed the plugin two days ago and decided to leave it open rather than “asking” for users to register first. I would not like to register on other sites just to for that, so I think it is good to set an example :) Thanks for this brilliant posts. Definitely SpeedLink bound… lol
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    • says

      There is a little work around with that – I sort of covered it in my eBook. It’s a bit of a pain, but worth it if you have specific links you want to leave behind. :)

  2. says

    Wow, this is what I call the ULTIMATE guide :) and a link bait.

    I was following everything about this new release and after finding it too complicated honestly to think what would be the best thing to do, should I allow this or that, I decided to switch to Livefyre system. You can comment with numerous log ins so no one will have to register for anything. I am loving the conversation going on in real time and they are rolling out something like ComLuv themselves soon.

    I was completely against it just few weeks ago but after seeing how ComLuv looks on some blogs that require registration I decided to give up on it. I never comment for the sake of the link, but if there is an option to use it, I will and in that case I don’t want to register.

    I think you present “your case” great as always and that your decision is probably gonna be the best one in this case. Why doesn’t that surprise me :)
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      I’m on the fence about any comment system other than the standard one for WordPress Brankica. You’ll have to let me know if you see a difference in the number of comments. I’ve seen some sites where the drop is significant, and others that have added the straight Facebook comment system and started to get thousands of comments. Probably depends on the audience and what they are used to.

  3. says

    super awesome article.

    to answer your question about showing 10 posts in the info panel, that bit will show up to 5 links to your registered users other posts as long as they have that many comments on your site.

    the plugin is completely standalone so it has to gather the information from your own site so if someone has only left one comment then it can only show one link.

    hope that makes sense.
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  4. says

    btw.. should mention that static links and fancy pants stuff is coming in the premium version as well as up to 15 last posts to choose from on any commentluv blog if you have the premium version installed on your blog, integrated twitterlink field, integrated GASP, rules for 10 last posts, dofollow, top commentator widget, lonely comments detector, stats for your links that got clicked, keywordluv integration with clean name field, ability to only allow registrations for users with x amount of approved comments, maybe email notification to comment author when they get a reply, and more and more and more :-)
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  5. says

    Great write up on the new CommentLuv plugin. I haven’t installed it yet, but I plan to do so. I’m not sure if I’ll enable the register option on my blog as I would not like to do that on other blogs. I’ll have to download it and play around with it to see what I really think about the new version.
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    • says

      Without the registration Paul, it’s about the same as the older version. Except it will load the latest posts faster now.

  6. says

    Great write-up, Kristi. I love the new plugin so far and have disabled registration for the same reasons you have. The Dashboard luvvers plugin is also a useful addition and I like the fact that it says how many times people have commented on your site, thus eventually eliminating the need for a top commenters plugin.
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    • says

      True Sharon. I haven’t had the top commenters plugin in a while, so it’s nice to have that functionality back again.

  7. says

    Hi Kristi,

    Thanks for this review of the plugin. I definitely don’t like the registration option. I agree with you, I register for too many things everyday. If I have to register to leave a comment probably I won’t do it.
    It doesn’t benefit true commentators. I actually think that option attracts people who comment just to get a link. Those are typically “desperate” enough to register for the link.

    Hope it makes sense :-)

    Cristina
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    • says

      Makes sense Christina. Of course, you don’t have to register to get your latest post in the CommentLuv… it’s just if you want the 9 before it. :)

  8. says

    Kristi, your guides and tutorials are second to non, not that I’ve seen at least.

    CommentLuv is an excellent addition to just about any blog and a great way to drag in a few extra commentors while you’re at it. All though I don’t specifically target CommentLuv blogs, I have in the past during a CommentLuv project I did last year and the results were very good.

    P.s. thanks for the link luv and for using my comment as an example, I appreciate it.
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  9. says

    I’ve seen a lot of posts about this new version the past week or so. When I enter website field some sites commentluv seems to find the last posts and some sites it does not. If it does not, then I have to manually enter the full link to the rss feed in the web site field, then it will find it and let me choose. When I am done writing the comment then I need to go back to the web site field and change the address to just the web site without the full rss link. Like I said some sites it seems to work fine on and others I have to use this other method. I am registered at the comluv site and it seems to work fine there. Maybe I am missing something or more likely I just have bad luck. Will definitely mess with this on a few other sites I maintain.
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    • says

      I see you had to use the RSS feed on mine Ray… I wonder if sometimes it just doesn’t pick up the feed from you main URL for some reason. You should try the CommentLuv support that I linked to near the end of the post. :)

    • says

      You can always deactivate it quickly if it causes problems Kevin. I’ve used it on Thesis and other premium themes, and so far, no issues. I think it’s only a problem if you’ve done some customization of your comment template and fields.

  10. says

    Hi Kristi,

    Deep and clear explanation about this wonderful updated plugin!

    I’ve settled to give 10 posts to everybody. I don’t like to register anywhere and I don’t like to ask to others.
    On the contrary for the sake of collecting emails for mailing lists, I know is better to ask registration ;)

    The theme also why I don’t like about registration by the moment, is because it can open eventual – doors bringing security issues.

    Cheers,

    Gera
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    • says

      It probably is to build up your list numbers Gera. But the way I see it is I want someone on my list that wants to be there and will be interested in my newsletters considering I have to pay for every subscriber. :)

  11. says

    Thanks Kristi!
    How did you know I needed some questions answered about this new plug in? You have made it crystal clear and sorted out my issues.
    I was concerned about commenters having to register to get the 10 post choice but am pleased to read that I’m not alone with this concern. I shall let everyone have that option, as I find registration is a pain.
    Sooo timely!
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  12. says

    I don’t like the idea of having to register in order to get the latest 10 blog posts. As you write, there’s plenty of registration going on the Internet already and having to register on blogs to comment just makes me want to think twice about leaving a comment at all.

    When I upgrade to CommentLuv 2.9 I’ll definitely keep it open to everyone as well as do-follow.
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  13. says

    Hi Krisiti
    That is a great guide you have put together here. I have been following Andy’s video all the way and think that he has done a great video. I love the small videos in the setting page. That is just awesome I you don’t know what a setting means.
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    • says

      That was definitely a smart idea for Andy to add Thomas. I’d probably need it if I had to get into the technical settings.

  14. says

    Thanks for the deep explanation. I hear you about the registration part, I hate that too, so thanks for not making us register! :)
    I am considering installing comment luv, but I’m on a Drupal blog, I’m not sure if it’s available for Drupal?
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    • says

      No problem Kim! I’m not sure if it is either – I think it works with the Intense Debate system though, so if that works on Drupal, this might as well. Not sure if that changed with the 2.9 version.

  15. says

    “I despise registration systems for commenting.”
    Spot on, Kristie. There were times when I went to a blog or site and wanted to comment. Then I saw the registration or login via twitter/facebook. I closed my page right away – no thanks, buddy

    Glad you keep the commentluv open. I’ll do the same too on my blog
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    • says

      A blog post really has to grab me in order for me to login with Twitter or Facebook Michael. Anything more complicated than that and I’m out of there!

  16. Tom says

    I still don’t understand why CommentLuv isn’t more popular. It might encourage spammers but it also actively encourages people to comment on your blog while offering them a little something in return, by means of a link. To me it makes sense to reward people who have taken the time to contribute to your site.

  17. says

    Kristi, Thank you so much! I’ve followed all of Andy’s videos but I’ve been holding off updating my current version of CommentLuv to 2.9. Now, I have no excuses! I really appreciate your sharing your decisions too. I agree about disliking having to register to comment. So, I’m going to do the same as you – no registration required, offer 10 posts and do follow. I really appreciate this!
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  18. says

    First, thanks for this great writeup of the new plugin. I’ve been wondering why it hasn’t just shown up as an upgrade like normal.

    Also, thanks for saying it before I did that you HATE having to register for anything, and thus won’t make anyone else go through it. I’ll state it now that having to register for anything might just send me elsewhere, as I don’t play the “make things difficult for people to leave comments” game in any fashion.
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  19. says

    Hi Kristi!

    Thanks for the quick explanation about the new ComLuv. When it was being released, all the videos made me a bit cross-eyed, so I ended up tuning out a lot, and then stopped watching altogether.

    Overall, this is a really fantastic upgrade to ComLuv. The only thing I’m not looking forward to is registration if a blog owner decides to enforce it. I’m with you: I’m not a huge fan of registering for much of anything on the internet. All it ends up doing is clogging my email inbox with stuff I really don’t need anyway, and it kind of makes me feel like a patsy.

    Delena
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  20. says

    Just wanted to let you know how helpful this article was!
    I was struggling a bit with getting the new CommentLuv uploaded to my blogs – and after I read this everything became Kristal Clear! :)
    Thank you – I mentioned your blog in my article:
    I Heart CommentLuv -
    I will be visiting again soon, Kristi…
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  21. says

    Actually Kristi, I think that the registered section is talking about being registered to commentluv and not to the blog they’re commenting on. I must be right because I can pick from 10 posts and I haven’t registered to your blog. ;)
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  22. says

    Kristi, what an incredible guide. There are still many who don’t know how to use or know the advantages of ComLuv. I think I need to update my ComLuv Because of the errors I’m receiving and it does not allow me to attach my last blog posts.

  23. says

    Hi! I have a blogger blog and I really really love to put this thing on my comment area like yours. It makes commenters to keep coming back because their latest posts are included on their comments. I just wonder how to put it on my blogger blog. Could you help me with this? Thanks
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    • says

      Hi Kathy. You should look into the Intense Debate comment system – that I believe works with Blogger and also works with CommentLuv, although I’m not sure if it will be the 2.9 or 2.8 version. 2.8 is just as good minus the registration options which probably wouldn’t work with Blogger anyway. :)

  24. says

    Hi again Kristi, I couldn’t help it but thanking you for giving us this awesome presentation for the new comluv. Andy had told me a month ago to expect this new advanced version of his commentluv plugin. You really spent much time to create this post and we are all grateful! Also, I am personaly thankful cause I didn’t know that URL we have to type in order to register in a site where there isn’t any registration field visible.(/wp-login.php?action=register). I still get my new site banned often but I think it’s because I haven’t upgraded its commentluv plugin there yet.
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  25. says

    WOW, I was just looking for info on the new plugin, ur post was at the bottom of the first page – but this is the absolute best post on all the new commentluv additions – I was wondering especially about the registration feature – still waiting to see how that plays out, since wordpress does not all so many to register by default.
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  26. says

    Kristi, your articles are always very well presented!

    I have been in a quandary over what happened with Comment Luv as I went to the site and all of my stuff just disappeared. Instead of my account information, I just received a drip of code that looked like this: [comluv-member-page] .

    I suppose I will have to wait and see what will happen with the default links and extra blogs that I had included.

    …It should be noted though that these had to be paid for. Thus, I would think that the new “premium” solution that awaits would include some recompense for those who had paid for the previous solution. Andy?

    Anyway, thanks again Kristi. Great article. I couldn’t find any information on this topic until I searched Google for “commentluv add url feature” and then narrowed the search by date. I then saw your article and knew I would get the goods!

    Cheeers,
    Richard
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  27. says

    Thank you so much. As I have mentioned it in my post, if we can’t find some answer, we will certainly find it here!
    In this last period I just didn’t had the time to read other blogs and post. And finally when I decided to spend some time reading, I noticed that Comment luv made some changes. First I thought it was because of my RSS feed. So I went to comluv setting page, then to feedburner setting. After this I checked my blog setting and nothing worked. And this took me about 1 and a half hour and lot of nerves.
    Finally it decided to search for some information here and I just can say – Thank you a lot!!! Now i know where is the catch and there is no need to stress no more.
    PS. Post is perfect, you covered absolutely everything.
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