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. 🙂

  • I understand and respect your argument on why not to use CommentLuv; however, as I said in response to your blog comment on my site, this could really be said for the most basic of WordPress commenting systems, including Disqus. People often comment for backlinks, it’s a marketing strategy and I don’t see going away any time soon. You can see what you describe above (people linking to posts and sites that have nothing to do with your niche) on pretty much any blog.

    For example, I, personally, comment on a variety of different types of blogs despite if they have CommentLuv or not. Just yesterday I commented on a gaming blog and a technology blog, which are probably the farthest from my niche, which is family and relationships. You can find this kind of commenting all over the internet.

    Also, I don’t see what the problem is if someone of a different niche comments on a blog that is farthest from their own. But that’s my opinion, if you think everyone should stay within their own niche, then that’s fine. Obviously not everyone is going to have the same opinion, that’s what makes us so interesting.

    And no, I’m not going to try to sway your opinion on Disqus. You need to use whatever works for you. Disqus works for you, so stick with it, but it didn’t work for me so I made a switch. We don’t all have to use the same equipment, hence why there’s so many different options out there for us. 🙂

    • Hi Felicia. Thanks for your thoughts. My point was not intended to try to sway your opinion (sorry if it came across that way), and definitely not that everyone needs to only comment within their niche. Quite the opposite, in fact, I love reading blogs about stuff other than tech, simply because I learn more about every day life. Since you mention it, I wasn’t even aware of what your blog was about, as I found you by searching for CommentLuv on Google, which led me straight to that post and prompted the comment. It was posted “blindly”, so to speak, in that the only thing I was there for was not the *other* content of your site but to post the link and comment on that one article.

      Granted, getting links on unrelated blogs may help traffic some, but speaking from a technical standpoint, how many of your regular visitors are going to click on my backlink in the comments, being that the sites are unrelated? What if it were posted on every post on your site (with a valid comment related to whatever post it is linked from)? My thinking is that I may get a few hits here and there, but that the visitors likely won’t be coming back to my site on a regular basis, simply because my site isn’t all that interesting to them.

      If that’s what we are going for is quality traffic, in the form of people that visit regularly; then given the above context, I hope to shed some light (below) on why I am against using it on my own site as well as why I don’t believe it would work for others (again, just my opinion!) 🙂

      For one, having it here will invite people searching for CommentLuv-enabled blogs, just so they can post the backlink. That means they may not even read the article. That would consume some of my bandwidth for them coming and posting, as well as for me having to delete their post if it doesn’t appear related, and wastes their time since their link didn’t actually make it to my blog’s pages.

      Two, if I had regular visitors, they might be inclined to read a post or two from your blog, if it is relevant to them — but they only get a sense of whether it is relevant from the title of the post, and possibly (if they are aware of it) by looking at the URL in their browser’s status bar before clicking. Since there is no snippet of the article posted, I believe it is hardly worth the time for you to post the backlink, if they don’t convert to a regular visitor.

      Thirdly, after posting my link on a couple of CommentLuv enabled blogs, I’ve definitely received a visitor, though it was someone attempting to hack my server, as evidenced by the server log entry:

      [Tue Jan 15 03:11:52 2013] [error] [client] Invalid URI in request GETphpMyAdmin HTTP/1.1
      I don’t run phpMyAdmin but it is well known to be easy to compromise and so that kind of traffic is generally bad for everyone involved.

      So, in conclusion, while these are just my opinions and I’m not trying to change your opinion, I do hope that I’ve made you more aware of some of the things one needs to know about when using plugins like this and when posting their backlink on other sites. 🙂

      Thanks again for taking the time to comment and for reading my response.