Over a year ago, a new comment plugin for WordPress called CommentLuv spread throughout the WordPress community like wildfire. Why? For the first time, we were able to encourage visitors to comment by offering them a link back to their latest blog post, neatly placed under their comment. All automatically embedded into the comment area through the plugin.
Well, that was a year ago. Fast forward to ComLuv.com, and you have a plugin that’s morphed into a powerful tool for bloggers using WordPress, and Blogger. It works fine on your self hosted WordPress blog, as long as you don’t have link tracking activated on your FeedBurner Feeds (if you use those). I haven’t seen any mention of CommentLuv being made available on WordPress.com blogs yet, and from what I can tell of the Blogger blogs that use it, they’re still working the bugs out of that one.
I’ve liked the idea of CommentLuv ever since it was originally developed, and I hope to keep it activated on this site. You are supposed to be able to continue to use your FeedBurner feeds, you just have to deactivate the link tracking. The one stumbling block I found on the way to making CommentLuv work for me, was that the effects of the changes made to my FeedBurner link tracking don’t effect comments made prior to the change, so you have to post a new comment to test it out.
That’s easy enough to do… but here on my own blog, CommentLuv was *still* not recognizing me as a registered member of the ComLuv.com site (even though I had registered, and commented on that site with a successful CommentLuv link). Turns out, because I was signed into my blog as the Administrator, the plugin was looking at my profile to check what site to pull links from. In my profile, I had listed my site as “http://gingerwench.com” instead of “http://www.gingerwench.com”. The missing “www” was preventing the CommentLuv plugin from matching me to my registered information on their site. Lesson learned!
So, if you decide to encourage your visitors to comment on your posts with return links through CommentLuv, make sure that you register the same information showing on your blog’s profile.
One thing I still have to research is the “no follow” tag that WordPress automatically places on links in comments. We used to have to use yet another plugin to strip those tags out of the CommentLuv links. As soon as I find out, I will post the information on the “no follow” tag in regards to the use of the CommentLuv plugin.