I am pleased with the WP and what I can do with it, but wanted to take a moment to share why the commentluv here is turning out to be of the best plug-ins I use, and why, if you use WPress you should be using it on your blog…
If you don’t use WPress, you should, if ya need the help you should ask. 😛
It’s things like this that I wanted to get onto WP for, with blogger being so restrictive in many ways I felt I am never really in full control of it, not half as much as I could be like with WP. It’s even making me consider whether to move my other Portland bill blog to WP, and add commentluv to that too. 🙂
I want to choose what and how the blog is used in all ways, not conform to a set of rules or other by others.
I appreciate every person who comments, other than spammers who won’t get anywhere here 🙂 and more often than not if you comment I will follow you to your own blog, add to it if possible by way of a decent comment… yet to be honest I think with commentluv we are taking the real essence of blogging back to the blogs, that is…
Blogs are rich interactive communities
By rich I don’t mean money, but rich in value and it’s this one thing I gain most from commentluv, the fact I have found dozens of great new blogs with a similar outloook on the same thing, I found them via the links in comments.
After having that staleness due to using google reader mainly and getting fed up of it, using it less and getting back out there in the blogosphere it has been refreshing, a good way to go find new interesting blogs and commentluv has contributed to that more than anything else.
We all talk about social media and blogs were the real beginnings of that, they should be central to it, you own your blog too, build the socialness around it and be glad Andy Bailey gives us a great plug-in and service to do just that.
I have been shooting my body clock all over the place lately, after having my mojo sparked up by the recent move to this platform, finding great new blogs, blog that give me ideas, writing more… and it’s all good, ramping it up and it’s all a part of the move and using this plug in. 😀
Where next for commentluv
Who knows but from what I have seen and can seen now, and where I think things could improved or added to it… I think up. 🙂
One good thing about the commentluv when you make a comment with the commentluv box ticked, you get is the little drop down of the last ten posts on your blog, you see this when hovering over the little arrow to the right of the link, and I thought a great addition to think about would be an option to utilise the data for the most popular clicked links of all ones used in commentluv comments, to have a best of drop down option, showing 5 most popular to choose from… 😉
Just a thought! 😀
Andy recently made changes which will free up more of his time, as a programmer and coder, that’s good lol… this done by stopping spammers in their tracks, only good news for everyone that is.
It would be useful if Andy could somehow utilise akimets database and block all spammers without the hassle of doing it himself… would be saving some serious hassle if it makes any sense. (no idea, not a programmer myself!)
Nevertheless the fact Andy is making the changes shows the direction he wants to take it.
How we users can and should do our bit for and with comluv
This all also has a positive effect on the value overall of the network and users, keeping the quality high is essential really, else people will stop using it, so it’s also in all our interest to make the comluv network work and work well.
Which is why if I comment on your blog I always try to add to to the conversation, add some value, not just for a link. It’s all swings and roundabouts as they say, people follow people not links. 😉
It helps new readers find me and likewise it would with you too, this is the traffic benefit you can get from it, people say ah, small beans a few visitors, yet it only takes one person with the right reach to find you, like what you say and share it, even blog about you, then your traffic could spike nicely, permanently if you keep them interested and coming back
Consider every comment you make, make it worth posting, then try and use the drop down of recent post you have done to pick the best fitting link to that post you are commenting on, always think about the owner and their readers, not you.
If you find an interesting post of someone’s via comment links, and think it’s a good thing to write about yourself, something you wanted to expand on or something similar, then consider taking it that one step further and blog about it, link to them with a nice anchored link… give out, get back in other ways.
Use the search bar on the top of the comluv page (as can be seen through any one of these links on the post here: hint) 😛 and search for blogs on the same theme, topic, niche as your own, if you can…that searches only those who use comluv and this relevancy matters for the whole.
Visit other comluv blogs via their links in comments and the comluv home page, this is the whole goodness anout the comluv in the first place, it’s a network, a network of similar minded people who feel the luv, so to speak. 😀
These comluv users are active with commenting, they reply, they are reading sites, sharing yours, you know, doing all the blogging jazz, the essence of it, make their blogs better by adding to them, linking to them, getting to know them, in turn they help you and yours.
BEFORE you go click this link unless you hit one earlier in the post… and join us in this network and make it what it can be, add to it, build up others and get built up yourself.
Credit were credit is due 🙂
Gotta be worth some credit that post eh 😉 … but all credit to Andy for making such a useful and beneficial plug-in and service.
Credit to him for making a service that is helping all of us, if we use it the right way and help keep the whole network quality, useful and helping it to grow then we all benefit.
Are you using it? No? Grab it… Yes, great…
Do you like it, or have tips, thoughts to share with us?
P.s Others have written about the commentluv, various good opinions to both sides too, one being a bit of both the good and bad with commentluv and ironic that the comments tell alot too. 😉