One of the questions I’m often asked about this blog is why I still use the base WordPress comment system as opposed to Disqus, Livefyre, Facebook, or Google+. My answer is always CommentLuv.
People have their issues with the CommentLuv plugin. I will admit that yes, it does invite spammers who just want to drop a link, so if you don’t moderate your comments carefully, you’ll be giving out lots of bad links. And yes, it does mean that over time, you’ll end up with a lot of broken outgoing links because bloggers close down their blogs.
Why I Still Use CommentLuv
For me, the pros of CommentLuv outweigh the cons. Here’s my top five reasons for using CommentLuv.
1. It allows me to identify spammers quickly. Generally, they’ll have some pretty bad posts / pages linked with their comment.
2. It allows me to quickly get to know my commenters. Looking at post titles, I can easily see if I have a lot of self improvement people, tech people, SEO people, photographers, etc. If I had an SEO site that was regularly frequented by a lot of photographers, for example, I could really give more to my audience by adding more photography-related examples to my posts.
3. It helps the community get to know each other. Other commenters can browse posts and find other blogs in their niche pretty quickly.
4. Commenter’s posts can add to the conversation. Like if I write about a SEO plugin for WordPress, maybe they have a post about another good plugin that both I and the audience can learn from to get some additional options.
5. It’s a way for me to say thanks. If people read the posts and leave a really good comment, I don’t mind them getting the chance to promote a good blog post that they have written. I built my blog up by promoting my content on relevant CommentLuv enabled blogs, and I wouldn’t think it’s fair for me not to offer the same in return for others.
CommentLuv Premium vs. the Free Version
Although you can use the free version of CommentLuv, I use and am an affiliate of the premium version of the CommentLuv plugin. I purchased the premium version because it comes bundled up with some additional plugins that I also like using including the following.
- Twitterlink – This allows commenters to leave their Twitter username with their comment. Since I know a lot of people by their Twitter handle, this helps me identify them when they come to my blog as well as connect with new people.
- ReplyMe – This allows commenters to receive an email notification that their comment has just received a reply as opposed to an email notification when anyone comments on the post. You can get this for free, but the free version hasn’t been updated in years.
- GASP – This allows me to add a simple captcha in the form of a checkbox on the WordPress comment form to reduce automated spamming without driving commenters nuts with a hard to read alphanumeric captcha.
Plus, you get additional functionality with the premium plugin for CommentLuv and the add-ons that you won’t find in the free versions.
Find More CommentLuv Blogs
One resource that students of my Blog Post Promotion Course have been enjoying is Find the Luv. You can use this site to find the latest posts from over 700 CommentLuv enabled blogs on specific topics including blogging, business, family, food, health, personal development, photography, SEO, and technology.
Do you use the CommentLuv plugin on your blog, or comment on CommentLuv enabled blogs? What has been your experience? Please share in the comments!