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Where’d the Luv go? Comment Luv, that is.

Yesterday my to-do list said the following:

1. Post Weird Niche Wednesday to NicoleontheNet.com blog. You can read it here if you missed it yesterday:  Bird Diapers and Costumes

2. Post to Danielle Miller's blog for the Blog World Tour.

3. Get tickets for me and Lynn Terry to Stomper Net Live 8. (Was struggling with Customer Support issues.)

4. Arrange travel plans for Stomper Net Live 8 and NAMS events (Click here –> to join me at NAMS in Atlanta.)

5. Get super-secret PLR sale download page live. (If you're on my PLR list or are getting PLRSO.com notifications – you'll hear about it soon…)

6. Swing by and post comments on favorite relevant blogs.

comment loveI got #1 and #2 done. Lynn rocked the house and handled #3. (She knows people…) 😉

I decided to take a breather and skip down to task #6 and post on some blogs. I headed to a few of my favorites and realized that they no longer had the Comment Luv plugin activated.  What gives?

Right away, I asked my Virtual Assistant to hunt down a few blogs that did have Comment Luv installed. And, I'm so glad that she did. I found some excellent new blogs to frequent and I really enjoyed the content.

Yes, before you ask, I do choose to read blogs for quality first (for instance, I'll always read Lynn Terry's Internet Marketing Blog and Jimmy D. Brown's Free Info on his Blog), but, if I'm going to take the time out of my schedule to comment, I'd like to get a little extra link love.

So, is there something I don't know about? I plan to keep the plugin on my blog, unless there's a reason that I shouldn't.  Did someone test it and find that it decreased conversion? Or is the plugin acting up?

Genuinely curious to hear your responses…

Thanks!

Nicole Dean

PS. If you DO have Comment Luv installed, please let me know in the comments so I can swing by and say “hi”.

I adore comments! Please share your thoughts.

  • Wendy
    Reply

    It’s funny that you should bring this up because just the other day I was updating some of my WordPress plug-ins and ran into an error with CommentLuv that mysteriously fixed itself. It’s working okay on my blog now. So maybe others were experiencing some issues?

    Keeping WP and plug-ins updated is definitely something that should be put on the to-do list regularly.
    .-= Wendy´s last blog ..PLR Website Content =-.

  • Mary Lutz
    Reply

    I have commentluv enabled on all of my sites and haven’t experienced any issues with it. I just checked them all to be sure it was there, and it is :). I agree with Wendy, you definitely have to keep your plugins updated on a regular basis. It can be time consuming, but it’s definitely worth it. If you don’t have time to do it yourself, you could hire a VA as a site manager to do it for you.

  • Mary
    Reply

    Where do I find Comment Luv to put on my blog? I tried to find it, (I think you had a link to it at one time?) but the website was down. I got an email from Andy Bailey, saying that they had issues but it is now fixed? Is he the programer for comment luv?

    I’d really like to add that to my sites.
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..How to Become an Affiliate Extraordinaire =-.

  • Mary
    Reply

    I found the plugin for Comment Luv at wordpress.org and there is a newer version and Andy Bailey is the author of that plugin.

    Hope that helps.

    Mary
    ps. I added it to my blog now. 🙂
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..How to Become an Affiliate Extraordinaire =-.

  • Chris Cobb
    Reply

    Perhaps the plugin was not updated when the blogs converted to WordPress 2.8. I think Comment Luv is working OK on my site.
    .-= Chris Cobb´s last blog ..Why Twitter Is Important to Me =-.

  • Brandon Hopkins
    Reply

    Just FYI, I upgraded to 2.8.1 and commentluv was broken. I upgraded commentluv and it started working again.
    .-= Brandon Hopkins´s last blog ..Add Line Breaks in WordPress Posts =-.

  • Arika
    Reply

    As you know, I have commentluv on my sites too. I too have been curious as to why some of the blogs I followed had it but now don’t so I asked around on Twitter.

    So far only 1 person has responded but here’s the convo (with the user’s name who answered left out).

    Anyone out there who used Comment Luv on their WP blog and then removed it later? If so what were your reasons and do old links stay?

    Answer: I stopped using it because I don’t think it really impacts the number of comments I get. And yes, old links stayed.

    My Reply: Do you think it didn’t impact because people didn’t realize it’s significance to their own sites?

    Haven’t received an answer to that one yet, but would be curious to know what you and others think?
    .-= Arika´s last blog ..A Productive WAHM is a successful WAHM! =-.

  • Graham Gunningham
    Reply

    Think it a version control issue it needs to be all 2.8 compatible
    .-= Graham Gunningham´s last blog ..Printed Pens add value to your advertising campaign =-.

  • Jendi
    Reply

    I have a brand new blog and Comment Luv was one of the first plug-ins I installed. There’s still a lot more work to do.

  • Traci Knoppe
    Reply

    Hi Nicole – I’ve got CommentLuv working on my site, no compatibility issues with, yet again, another WP upgrade to 2.8.1.
    .-= Traci Knoppe´s last blog ..The Manual WordPress Upgrade Fix, When Automatic Upgrades Fail =-.

  • Kelly
    Reply

    I dropped CommentLuv. I didn’t find that it increased comment activity and didn’t find the links it left to be all that relevant for my readers.

    I’m testing out Disqus and thinking about using that on my entire blog network to better manage comments. It seems that when used well, Disqus can bring my readers some great benefits. We shall see what I think over time.

  • JoJo
    Reply

    I am using Comment Luv now on three Blogger blogs. I had some problems before, but now since the updates it seems to be working well. It is hard to tell sometimes if it is a JS-Kit problem.

  • mike
    Reply

    I have it installed on a bunch of my sites. Works fine however I find that it may lower my sites value because many people who leave comments are just spammers and by me having those outgoing links it makes my site look worse at least in googles eyes.

    However I do make it a point that if someone gives me some link luvin I give them a click in sponsor luv in return, sort of pay it forward.

  • Loretta
    Reply

    I had some problems when I first added comment luv with spammers just dropping crappy links… that’s starting to die down now though.
    .-= Loretta´s last blog ..5 Tasks that a Busy Blogger Can Outsource, Pt. 2 =-.

  • Nicole
    Reply

    UPDATE:

    I decided to replace Comment Luv with BackType which will embed Twitter discussions about blog posts for awhile and see if it increases or decreases participation.

    Thoughts? 🙂

  • Meena
    Reply

    I admire commentluv plugin and use it on my main website.. Atleast it gives a reason to users to add comment …
    Though new Google announcement of following nofollow links making me to remove it.. What do you suggest??

    I go through all the comments and see which ones deserve to be there and which ones don’t. I must say that after installing it
    my comments have increased and interaction with some commentators have also increased.

  • Make Money For Life
    Reply

    LOL, the bird diapers thing had me laughing. I thought it was a joke, until I checked it out.

    I like seeing everyone’s latest blog links. I actually found the site by googling comment luv. Didn’t know what it was when commenting on another blog.

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