I found an interesting plugin called CommentLuv tonight. It was linked by Ana over at Traffic Generation Cafe, although I don’t think she was making a recommendation for running it on your own blog now that I’ve looked further into it.
What I found from my reading (googling) was 3 Reasons Why I Stopped Using CommentLuv. Basically, the gist of that article is that it will mostly encourage people to post a comment just so that they have a link from your site to their most recent post (at the time they write that comment), and that it won’t do anything to increase traffic for your blog.
When someone comments on your post, CommentLuv gives a person the option to link to a post on their blog, regardless of whether that post is relevant to your own blog post. You could (like Ana) have a blog entirely about generating for traffic for your site, and have people commenting on your site so that their sports blog is linked from it.
Looking at this rationally, when you’re reading comments on a blog post (the few people that do), how many of you are looking for links to other blogs, especially ones that are not at all related?
I know I don’t. I read the comments to see if someone has a differing opinion from what the blog author posted, and why their opinion is different.
Many people swear by CommentLuv, but after reading the reasons why bit51 got rid of it, I think I’ll stick with Disqus. Besides, Disqus allows you to login with social media rather than having to login at every blog you go to.
Feel free to attempt to sway my opinion in my Disqus comments below. 🙂