Giving Commentators Some Luv

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I’ve installed a new plugin on this blog that will help encourage more comments by giving commentators a link to their latest blog post. CommentLuv works by checking the RSS feed of the commentator’s blog and pulling the last updated post and displaying it along with his or her comment. In addition to WordPress, CommentLuv is also available as a Drupal and Typepad plugin.

The plugin is very easy to install (just unzip, upload and activate) and offers a decent level of customization. You can control the styling of the text, background and link. You can take advantage of the extended features of CommentLuv by registering your URL. Doing that allows you to see the top 20 active sites and see which of your last blog post links have been clicked. It’s a good way to find out if your comments are bringing you any traffic.

Unlike my Top Commentators plugin, which only rewards the most active users, CommentLuv gives every commentator with a blog a little link love. Readers with blogs will be encourage to comment more because they’re getting something extra in return. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Then try it on your blog and see if it helps to get more comments.

Download CommentLuv for WordPress


94 thoughts on “Giving Commentators Some Luv”

  1. Melvin says:

    seriously dude, it seems you are the last one to nstall this plugin. 🙂 80% of blogger already actually use it… anyway, its better to have it in any blog

    Melvin’s last blog post: Site Flipping Or Affiliate Marketing

    1. Richardm says:

      Interesting I’ve never seen anyone using the plugin, then again I probably don’t visit as many blogs as I should.

      Interesting looking plugin, just another reason blogger sucks and I need to get the move on and switch over to WP.

      Richardm’s last blog post: New NVIDIA APEX Technology Accelerates Physics Creation Pipeline For Content Developers

    2. issa says:

      LOL! Melvin’s right — so congrats John! You’re with the IN crowd now! 😉

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    3. Agent 001 says:

      You are right. Most blogger already use it. I installed it within 2 weeks of restarting my blog.

      Agent 001’s last blog post: Ben Pei’s No Brainer Blog Contest

    4. Agent 001 says:

      John is surely late. I started using it at a very early stage. It is nice and invite more commentators

      1. I agree too that commentluv plugin really invites more comments especially if the blog is a dofollow one. I used it to promote my blog posts too. But John’s blog is probably on a league of its own. It really doesn’t need it just to invite comments or promote his posts. Still I’m glad he has this. I simply loved this plugin.

        Peter

        Work At Home Blog’s last blog post: Make Atomic Blogging 3.0 Your Complete Blogging System

  2. ListenToLeon says:

    A few friends of mine use this feature. On my redesign, I’m adding a threaded comments feature that makes it easier for folks to respond to individual comments that they like. I love CommentLuv though, because I’ve discovered some really interesting sites thanks to the links that they display.

    ListenToLeon’s last blog post: Letting the Cat Out The Bag (Literally)

    1. WordPress already has the threaded comment feature…

      TYCP Entertainment Magazine’s last blog post: Courtney Van Dusen Interview

  3. Been using it for a while and it’s great!

    MillionEuroMan’s last blog post: Papiravisen er død

  4. Chris Fox says:

    Yeah looks good. The best way still to get comments is by writing good content to get your readers involved. Ask questions and so forth.

    As a general rule i seem to get more email than blog comments, posting a comment is so much easier but i guess people just like to email 🙂

    I generally encourage people who email me to comment on my blog as its easier and im more likely to respond to it quicker

  5. Raj says:

    It’s going to attract a truck load of comments just as juicy flies pull in arachnids for a sticky web-based feast.

  6. I like the comment luv quite a bit and have installed it in on all my wordpress blogs. Not too sure about this ultimate footer, that’s a little over the top.

  7. Jess Sloss says:

    Cool. Thanks for sharing it. Made me want to comment 😉

    Jess Sloss’s last blog post: Three Points Against Twitter and Why They’re All Wrong

  8. Michael Kwan says:

    I think CommentLuv can be effective for blogs like this, because a good number of readers are bloggers themselves. It would not be effective for some other kinds of blogs, like celebrity gossip or technology news blogs, where readers may not necessarily be bloggers themselves.

    Michael Kwan’s last blog post: Five Resources and Tools for Freelancers

    1. Jake Stone says:

      I believe that this will lessen my commenting, because I run such a shoddy blogging operation myself that I’m embarrassed by my posts. Let’s take the current post as an example. The post is about price awareness that hits salespeople from time to time. Nothing special in it, probably just outside the Top 100 of all time blog posts made in the history of blogging.

      Now, if I need to start caring about what I post to give politically correct image… well, I’ll either post less or comment less. However, there is yet another option – not to care a (insert a curse word here).

      Jake Stone’s last blog post: Price awareness

    2. Yeah, my blog is about celebrities, so I have no need for this really.

      TYCP Entertainment Magazine’s last blog post: Courtney Van Dusen Interview

  9. Alex says:

    I think you need a few more pop-over bars on your site. “Follow me on Twitter” on top and “Free eBook” on bottom”, I can still see over half your website. Please add more so I can’t read anything on your site at all 🙂

    1. Alexandru says:

      check your resolution mate. Its fine here, with the two at once even

      Alexandru’s last blog post: Make Money Online with your blog through PayU2Blog

    2. Jake Stone says:

      Just a while ago I predicted that we will see sidebars hovering on left and right sides of the screen. Haven’t happened yet.

      I wonder if the future of blog advertising is to outsource the content to somewhere else and just run ads on the blog? 😉

      Jake Stone’s last blog post: Price awareness

  10. lulugal11 says:

    Wow John, you are usually the early adopter that I look to when putting new things on my blog…but I beat you to it on this one. I have been using this for a while now.

    lulugal11’s last blog post: Product Review: Brother 790 CW Printer

  11. thats nice, it will encourage many people to make comments on your blog!

  12. Mike CJ says:

    Thanks John. I had seen Comment Luv and liked it, but had assumed it was a WordPress only plug in. Now I know it’s available for Drupal, I will add it to my site right away!

    1. I like the fact that plugins like this are available for other blogging platforms too, it makes the experience for the end user more uniform and consistent, apart from the obvious upfront benefits. People are creatures of habit, and small things that work differently or are missing could cost you potentioal audience members.

  13. Well, this is certainly not new to the web, but it is nice to see you showing some love to your readers.

  14. That’s so eerie… I just posted a similar update to my blog at Rank Higher, Make Money!

    I guess you can see my commentluv link below for my post 😀 cheers

    Rank Higher, Make Money!’s last blog post: RHMM! is a CommentLuv and DoFollow Blog

  15. Eddie Gear says:

    That certainly is a very good option John, I had this plugin installed on my site last week. You should also try the twitter plugin that add’s your twitter id after your comment.

    Cheers,
    Eddie Gear

  16. sajitha says:

    Hi John, Will you love your commenters also!!!!!

    sajitha’s last blog post: One more reason to buy Tata Nano

  17. I had comment luv on my blog, but got rid of it as my blog got larger.

    I’m still on the fence about whether to add it or not.

    My big goal is to keep readers on my blog, and I noticed there was a lot of leaving and the culprit was those comment luv articles.

    I still may put it back, but haven’t really decided the best choice as of now.

    1. Jake Stone says:

      Comment luv articles made your visitors leave your site… can you be bit more specific?

      Jake Stone’s last blog post: Price awareness

      1. Well, it’s not really surprising because they’re outbound links. Someone might see a CommentLuv link on your blog, click on it & end up forgetting to go back to your blog.

        TYCP Entertainment Magazine’s last blog post: Courtney Van Dusen Interview

  18. Paul B says:

    I was going to make some smart ass comment about you only just catching onto this – then realised that when I last changed template I disabled it on my blog. Doh!

    Paul B’s last blog post: How To Fix The WordPress “Schedule Missed” Problem

  19. Scott Ford says:

    Great idea John! I think it will be working great here.

    Scott Ford’s last blog post: What is Friendship

  20. Tran Harry says:

    Wow John, it is amazing what kind of applications are created these days, this is a very nice tool indeed.

    John you’re an innovator in this field for sure.

  21. Jeff West says:

    Can’t wait to install it. Thanks for the resource John1

    Jeff West’s last blog post: Butterfly Marketing 2.0 – What’s The Deal

  22. Andrew says:

    This plugin is great for those that actually leave a comment and have a blog. But I wonder how great it is for the blog owner. Won’t it take visitors to other peoples sites? Of course it could encourage more people to comment which is probably a good thing.

    I will be interested to see if you keep the plugin installed.

  23. I’ve been back and forth on this plugin, I’m curious if it does really encourage constructive comments or just spam.

    Patrick @ There’s a Blog in my Soup’s last blog post: 9 ways to Analyze This on Twitter!

    1. Jake Stone says:

      60% spam, 35% comments and 5% good comments. I can live with the 95% if I get that 5% in return. Actually I would settle even less, those good comments are the breeding ground for good contacts and networking.

      Jake Stone’s last blog post: Price awareness

  24. Melody says:

    I’ve been slow on installing new plugins too..I still need to enable threaded comments–add commentluv, and a couple of other nifty changes..

    ^^^I do agree with andrew a bit on whether or not its good to navigate people away from the page..

    so is it possible to apply target=”_blank” to this plugin to open a new window?

    1. Ben Pei says:

      Lol Melody, congrats on being featured huh! Lucky pick.

      Ben Pei’s last blog post: A Day In Johor Bahru, Malaysia

  25. Pete says:

    Thanks for the Luv!

    1. Pete says:

      Hm didn’t get any Luv with the last post… how about this one?

      Pete’s last blog post: Yamaguchi Certified as Survivor of Both Atomic Bombings

  26. Vijay says:

    This is a nice plugin… so John not only shares his food but plugins…sweet…

    Vijay’s last blog post: Good Experience With Convert2Media.com

  27. very cool, thanks!

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  28. Vinh Nguyen says:

    I have seen CommentLuv before. It’s even better to see it on JC. Thx. Let us know if it brings more comments.

    Vinh Nguyen’s last blog post: 166 Ways to Misspell the Word “Twitter”

  29. Peter Foti says:

    I have seen this used before on various sites but never got my hands on it. I guess I will have to install it now and see how it works 😉

    Peter Foti’s last blog post: The life of a forum Startup

  30. BlogAngry says:

    That’s awesome, I love it, thanx

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  31. John Tucker says:

    I like the CommentLuv plugin but is there a plugin like it that displays a persons latest Tweet? Just wondering.

    John Tucker’s last blog post: IDrive Portable Giveaway Twitter Contest

  32. jesse grant says:

    Nice Job. This plugin is killah

    jesse grant’s last blog post: PPC Marketing Efforts, What is Working

  33. TriNi says:

    I love your blog. And I love that video with you and your daughter on the first page.

    It’s really great that you spend so much time with her. Coming from a person that never got to spend that much time with her father because he craved money more than his own family….. Keep up the great work being a dad.

    TriNi

    TriNi’s last blog post: Total Earnings Update for this month.. so far.

  34. Mogul says:

    It’s funny, I was thinking about trialling this plugin on my own blogs just today. I ended up installing the “dofollow” one instead; I decided I’d see how that one went first.

    I’ll definitely be following your experience with it and seeing how it goes down over here. Take care.

    Mogul’s last blog post: Getting Traffic – Linkbuilding

  35. This is a plugin I’ve seen show up on an increasing amount of sites and have to say I love it. For sites with many people who comment it’s a good way to have other posters blogs stand out with an eye catching topic!

    Stuart Conover’s last blog post: iList Micro – Classified Ads on Twitter

  36. This is a really nice plugin. I also kind of worry about it directing readers off my page though. I’ll give it a go, though.

    Alex Sumerall’s last blog post: Language and Chinese Rap

  37. Edgar says:

    I love it, Very cool Idea

    Edgar’s last blog post: Kelly Pavlik vs. Arthur Abraham

  38. Mega Champ says:

    Test Test Test 🙂 Nice idea John

    Mega Champ’s last blog post: Blog Palm Pre Is Up

  39. Ben Pei says:

    Finally John! Long awaited CommentLuv on your blog =)

    Ben Pei’s last blog post: Are You Making It Difficult To Comment On Your Blog?

  40. Paul U says:

    You are on my list of dofollow blog.

    Paul U’s last blog post: 4 link cloaking plug-in for WordPress 2.7

  41. Very cool idea man. This is really generous of you and will really encourage your visitors to visit your site more often and become more involved in your community. Great idea JC… I may have to implement this plugin later down the road.

    Jordan @ Internet Marketing’s last blog post: Use Twitter To Make Money For Yourself/Business

  42. Silvia says:

    The plugin is nice and it gives the idea about what the bloggers write amd what they discuss.I am going to read 2 posts I have found here.

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  43. himi says:

    This is amazing plug-in. Now you’ll have even more people commenting on your already popular board!

    himi’s last blog post: Hyundai Blue Will (HND-4) concept preview

  44. himi says:

    This is amazing plug-in. Now you’ll have even more people commenting on your already popular board! Does this provide some link juice? I mean, is this link a do-follow?

    himi’s last blog post: Hyundai Blue Will (HND-4) concept preview

  45. An absolutely great addition cheers geez, As a new blogger It’s cool to see that even a newbie can, get a little luv “maybe” to there site too. I’m just a starter but the aim is the same share the knowledge, share the love , share the wealth… and to keep going.

    Be Lucky all – but better to make your own… Sweet Dreams…

  46. Great add John 🙂

  47. Alexandru says:

    Guess this answers my question I just asked you john .
    great way to get more comments for your blog, and a great way for blogers to get some trafic

    Alexandru’s last blog post: Make Money Online with your blog through PayU2Blog

  48. I’m a fan of the plug-in (and even use it on my site), but on a site like yours, I think it’s just an invitation for more comment spamming and such. I guess time will tell..

    Zander Chance’s last blog post: Fun At The DMV

  49. I use this plugin also in my main blog. Visitors participate a lot more commenting my posts since I change my links to dofollow and installed this plugin.

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  50. Zac Johnson says:

    Great plugin. I meant to add this one to my site a while back, then forgot about it. It’s a great benefit and incentive to your commenters.

    Zac Johnson’s last blog post: Tracking 202 Pro Version Released

    1. Ben Pei says:

      Zac how could a top blogger like you miss out on such a thing!??

      Ben Pei’s last blog post: A Day In Johor Bahru, Malaysia

  51. Tinh says:

    I wish you did this for a long time ago but anyway I get some love from you now. Thanks

    Tinh’s last blog post: SezWho Chính Thức Về Tay JS-Kit Vì Hết Tiền

  52. Factor77.tv says:

    I wonder how it works for video blogs? Oh wow, it just puts the title as soon as i put in my URL.

    Very cool.

    Factor77.tv’s last blog post: Thriving on a Small Salary with Danny Kofke

  53. Linn says:

    I have been using this for a while, It’s fantastic. I am loving it,

    Linn’s last blog post: Link Structures – Link Building Part 5

  54. Sire says:

    It sure has taken awhile for you to join the “In” crowd mate. Is that because it takes a little longer for the latest plugijns to get to Canada? 😉

    Sire’s last blog post: There Is No Way In Hell That A Man Can Please A Woman

  55. blog4movie says:

    I have tried this, hopefully it can make people give comments on my blog, thanks for sharing.

  56. thanks for info and recommend useful plugin….

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  57. bondox says:

    nice plugin to create a win-win scenario btw bloggers. Thanks for the post

  58. What a great way to encourage comments!

  59. John, you may be starting a trend now 😉

    -Mike

  60. Nice reward for your readers and very cleaver too.

  61. VlogHog says:

    I would love comment luv but I have Blogger.

    VlogHog’s last blog post: Teen Sues DA Over Sexting Case

  62. Aditya says:

    I have already been using this plugin on my blog and it is really great to find it working here.

  63. Looks like it’s already working. Look at the amount of people I’ve never seen before!

    TYCP Entertainment Magazine’s last blog post: Courtney Van Dusen Interview

  64. Mitch says:

    I echo what a lot of other people have said, it’s about time the folks who comment here get something in return for their time and loyalty. Of course, now some of us would like to see you pop a comment here and there on our blogs, but I won’t be greedy. 🙂

    Mitch’s last blog post: Is Google Reading Your Robots.txt File?

  65. Pedro Gomes says:

    You could edit the plugin (or pay for it) to insert website title instead the last blog article title if the referred site doesn`t have an rss feed.

    Pedro Gomes’s last blog post: Pontuação Ganha Exactamente na evolução de Edifícios e Recrutamento de Tropas

  66. Thats an awesome new feature in this blog, I think this commentluv plugin will increase the number of people coming to leave their thoughts.

  67. Farai says:

    Thanks for sharing John. Its a cool tool. I love it.

    Farai’s last blog post: Internet usage in Africa

  68. regie says:

    thanks john!

    regie’s last blog post: Akow si Chris

  69. The CommentLuv plugin is awesome. Glad to see you’re using it!

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  70. I am going pluging crazy recently… nice one John.. will be on the blog shortly…

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  71. Elina says:

    I like the Share the Link Love plugin. Never heard of that one before. It is nice since you are not losing your link juice to people who comment once.

  72. Doug Dillard says:

    What happened to CommentLuv? You don’t seem to be using it anymore?

    1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

      I believe that this is something to do with the excessive of outgoing links? Btw, CommentLuv is an awesome way to say thank you for the commenter and readers.

      Regards,
      Lee

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