Internet bloggers who want to gain traffic, boost comments, and build community faster can find aid by using a wonderful plugin called CommentLuv. This is a popular plugin used by many bloggers and is super easy to install on any self-hosted WordPress blog.
Even with the amount of good reviews on the plugin, it doesn’t please everybody. While some bloggers may absolutely love it, others feel it adds to an already existing spam problem. Though, each blog is different and there are many factors that can attribute to increased spam – even without the plugin installed.
Before deciding which side of the fence you’re on, you must consider whether people are basing their opinions on the free or paid version of the plugin. This makes a significant difference in the increase or decrease of spam, as well as whether the blog is moderated or not.
Whether you’re willing to give the plugin a try is strictly a matter of choice. For me, I’ve experience an increase of traffic and comments to the blog, but I don’t suffer from the spam issues that warrant complaints from other bloggers.
Then again, I keep a watchful eye. Meaning, I moderate all comments before they go live, which affords me the ability to scan all comments and delete any unwanted input. (I’ll be damned if I allow a user to be flamed while I am away from the keyboard.)
You might think “big deal” so a spam comment gets through; what’s the harm? For me, it’s imperative that I don’t have spam comments or flames going out to the public eye. It’s a reflection on my ethics, which I like to protect; and, I prefer not to expose my fans to any bad behavior served through a comment.
While the CommentLuv plugin offers many pros from the sales page, there are a few cons to consider as well. Here’s a quick list of what I like and don’t like regarding the plugin:
Easy installation. Like any other WordPress plug-in, comment love can be installed through the WordPress dashboard or manually with FTP software.
Saves time. Forego the article spinning/marketing and share your expertise through blog comments. This will not only save you time, but you can gain exposure from your blog much faster with less work!
I’m not suggesting that you spam blogs with useless information, but rather contribute solid advice to blogs within your niche.
Increases comments. Since CommentLuv acts as a reward system to readers, comments may increase after you install the plugin. Why? People love getting backlinks to their website and the plugin offers this capability. Your readers will also gain access to the links left by other commenters. A positive experience for all.
DoFollow control. You have several different ways of using this feature. You can reward users for their input after they have a certain amount of approved comments or you can turn it on or off for everyone. The best part of this feature is the ability to set advanced rules.
There are too many combinations to mention, but you’ll love the different options this feature supplies. For example, you can immediately reward users for sharing your post through Google Plus, Twitter, or Facebook.
Advanced features. As a buyer of the premium version, other blogs will detect you purchased the premium version of CommentLuv and allow you to choose between 10 of your most recent posts and 5 of your favorite posts or pages. This feature is available to you (the buyer) regardless of the version other blogs have installed.
Imagine the possibilities! This is a very NICE feature to have at your disposal because if you have a resources or sales page you are proud of, you can now share it on any CommentLuv enabled blog.
Posts or pages. You aren’t limited to adding CommentLuv to blog posts. You have control over including the plugin on posts, pages, both or none.
Social sharing. Why settle for increasing your comments when you can increase your traffic at the same time? Allow readers to share your posts through Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus and reward them for doing so by giving them a DoFollow link or more blog posts to choose from.
Lifetime updates. You pay once and get lifetime updates for free by clicking a button from the WordPress dashboard. I’m all for anything that keeps money in my pocket!
Builds community. Now you can build a community faster than ever before. Since you’ll gain more comments, this provides you with additional opportunities to build relationships with new and repeat visitors. If you’re looking for a great way to engage with an audience – this is it.
Remove captcha plug-in. You can remove the captcha code roadblocks that prevent spam; they’re no longer necessary! This removes a hurdle that people must overcome to participate on your blog, which is fantastic!
Boosts branding. Viewers can learn more about the person behind each comment by placing the mouse over the CommentLuv heart icon.
Increased spam. Since spammers know your blog allows comments to go live instantly, they may zero in to post their affiliate links and generally clog up your comments section with garbage. Keep a watchful eye out for increased spam.
TIP: Moderating makes you a better blogger and helps prevent spam from ever getting through. While it’s nice to allow comments to go live instantly, it’s not always in your best interests to permit it.
Premium isn’t free. There are different price points if you wish to purchase a copy of CommentLuv Premium. If you’re on a tight budget, I wouldn’t suggest getting a copy if it means going without food. Depending on which version you go with, the plugin will cost between $67 and $97 USD.
Whenever I buy a product I want to know there is reliable support available for when I need it. I’ve contacted Andy Bailey twice now concerning some issues I couldn’t figure out and I received feedback within hours.
I’m not sure if he handles all the support by himself, but I would hope with him being diagnosed with MS that he plans on hiring some. 🙂
CommentLuv combines some of the finest features all together in one single plugin. You can cut down on spam comments, increase your Twitter followers, allow keywords in the comment name field, and engage users via email with a direct reply – all while you’re boosting traffic and building community!
There’s no argument that CommentLuv works. You’ll find it easy to engage with an audience and dramatically increase traffic back to your blog. But the best feature is having the ability to build a community, faster, by rewarding users for their devoted participation!
Do I feel this plugin is worthwhile? Yes I do!
If you aren’t sure this plugin is for you, try CommentLuv – risk free under the full 30 day money back guarantee. You’ll gain 30 days to decide if you want to keep it, but in the meantime you can experience the benefits it brings to your business!
Your turn! Do you or have you used CommentLuv? Leave a comment below and let me know.
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