If there was ever a WordPress plugin that could be described as mutually beneficial for both bloggers and readers, it would have to be CommentLuv. Blogging in itself is a community-based activity due to its ability to engage readers and encourage discussion by way of comments. While blog commenting is nothing new, for a long time it was viewed as basically being more beneficial for the webmaster or blogger than for the person leaving the comment.
Many times bloggers would wield their comment moderation power with vicious force and threaten comment moderation policies, especially if the commenter dared to leave a link within his or her comment. The reason for this trigger-happy approach was that bloggers as a whole have had to deal with almost relentless comment spam, but in the midst of punishing the “bad apples”, they also many times discouraged those who were sincere and legitimate with their responses, almost to the point where people became afraid to leave any kind of comment in the first place.
So an obvious need arose to create some type of commenting module that would facilitate more of a two-way benefit, encouraging discussion and–gasp–even rewarding those who left good comments with a nice link back to their own Website. This is what this plugin does best; it is a WordPress plugin that actually provides an incentive for users to leave comments on blogs. For Webmasters and Bloggers that are “on the fence” about installing and using this plugin, below are some points to consider:
- Automatically places a free link back to commenter’s site
- Encourages webmasters to leave comments
- Creates community and interaction through a mutually beneficial incentive
- No real clear advantage to non-bloggers or people who don’t own websites
- It can be a haven for SPAM, so blog owners using the plugin will more than likely have to double up on moderation duties
- If you have a large amount of comments, expect your page load times to significantly increase
What CommentLuv Does
Just to provide an example of how the plugin works, let’s say you’re filling out a comment form on someone’s blog and you type in the usual requisite information (i.e., name, eMail address, URL, etc.), CommentLuv will search for your blog (since most people that comment on blogs are bloggers themselves), find your most recent post, and then append the link to that post to the end of your comment. If you filled out the name “John Smith” in the “Name” field of the comment form, then you would see the following text appended to your comment: “John Smith recently posted…(Your Most Post Title Here)”.
The power of this is obvious; if you want a keyword-focused link with the anchor text of your choice pointing back to your site, all you have to do is title your most recent post appropriately, and start commenting on blogs that use this powerful plugin!
CommentLuv has definite advantages, but that doesn’t mean that it is a good fit for every site. Granted, the downside is very minimal, but you would do good to really weigh out the pros and cons before installing this plugin on your Website. At the end of the day, it can be of great benefit as far as encouraging interactive discussion and spreading a little bit of goodwill throughout the Internet.
Presented By Guy Siverson