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CommentLuv Premium Comment Plugin: Love It Or Hate It?

Leaving constructive comments is a great way to boost blogger’s authority and an undeniable way to build backlinks.

So, how do you actually leave a comment and at the same time, placing a link within the comment without being labelled as spam?

This is where a great WordPress comment plugin called CommentLuv Premium comes into the limelight.

CommentLuv Premium is one of the best WordPress comment system
CommentLuv is a WordPress comment system that is widely used by bloggers

What is CommentLuv Premium?

CommentLuv is a WordPress commenting system (plugin) and it is used by thousands of blogs out there.

For every comment submitted, commenters are able to share one link in their comment which is good especially when it comes to search engine optimization.

CommentLuv Premium allows blog owners to control the number links shared in the comment, placing a DoFollow or NoFollow option and many more.

Due to this indirect link building method, CommentLuv is used by many major blogs and gained a lot of popularity among bloggers.

For more information about this lovely WordPress comment system, you can have a look at their official website here.

What I really love about CommentLuv Premium?

Ms Ileane from Basic Blog Tips is the ambassador for CommentLuv and thus, it is a no brainer to try it right?

As for the record, CommentLuv Premium has more than 24 features which is extremely great for both bloggers and blog owners.

Before going deeper into why I actually decide not to use some of CommentLuv’s functions, let me tell you why I love this WordPress plugin so much.

I am a huge fan of social engagement (huge could very well be an understatement). I wanted my readers to drop me a comment and leave valuable insight. Yes this is great especially when the blog is new and you need boost your engagement level.

Having CommentLuv Premium enabled on my blog are able to convince readers (and spammers ~ ouch) to leave comment and in return, getting a backlink from my site.

You might think, “Hey, that’s a good deal right?” … and so do I!

I wanted to do something extra and I added some spice into it by allowing an automatic DoFollow if the commenter share the article on social media.

What did I get in return? 320 comments and counting. Not bad for a figure right?

Related article: My blogging journey after 60 days and 7,977 blog traffic.

The moment of truth – Turning CommentLuv Premium plugin off (partially)

Problem with CommentLuv Premium comment system
Why did I decided to turn CommentLuv link sharing feature off?

I am quite well verse in SEO and I know one day, this will back fire. And by saying ‘this’, I mean the ability to link out through CommentLuv plugin.

Now, here’s a few bad thing about linking out:

  1. The links might return a 404-error which means the page is not found or down
  2. The links could be from a penalized website or blog
  3. The links could be redirecting too much
  4. The links might originated from a site which has very less information
  5. And probably a few more down the road

Thought it was very real at the back of my head, I wouldn’t really bother thinking about it since my blog is like 60 days old. No biggy right?

Here was where I was so … W-R-O-N-G!

I am a big fan of Adrienne Smith’s blog and I recently came across her latest article, Blog Maintenance: The Essential Guide written by no other than, Tim Bonner.

In the article, he said about broken links and immediately, it struck me like a thunderbolt straight through my heart.

As recommended by Tim, I used Broken Link Checker (web version) to find for broken links on my blog. I let it run and after sometime, the numbers keep increasing.

Yes! The numbers of broken links. From 10 to 20 to 30 … and finally 60. I thought that was it but again, I was wrong. The process was still running! I ended up with over 160 broken links.

That was bad … real bad. With rumors of coming Google update, I can’t afford to do any mistake now. I basically slapped myself multiple times (virtually) as I been seeing the alert on Google Webmaster Tool on 404 errors and I thought they weren’t important.

Lesson learned!

After some quick checking, majority of these broken links comes from CommentLuv plugin (remember the link building feature?). The thing is even though the broken links were coming from CommentLuv commenting system (indirectly), it doesn’t mean that the plugin is at wrong.

What really happened to CommentLuv Premium?

Honestly speaking … nothing.

So, what contributed to the broken links on the comments?

The answer would be the commenters themselves. From time to time, we change our permalinks, URL etc. And this is very common for new blogs. Let’s say you are visited by these users and they share a link.

Through GASP which comes with CommentLuv Premium plugin, all URLs basically go through some sort of filtering before it goes into your comment box awaiting for moderation.

*If you are interested to read more about GASP, Ana Hoffman from Traffic Generation Cafe wrote about something about it here.

Now it all starts when these URL’s go bad. This means that if the URL changes or goes into 404-error, there is no way to get notified automatically.

Unless you are using a link checker tool, then you would probably find the answer. Otherwise, you are left with … nothing more than just plain dead links.

If broken links on your blog doesn’t sounds bad for SEO, I don’t know what else will!

Obviously, this isn’t a problem with CommentLuv plugin but instead, the problem lies (as said above), on the commenters and the blog owners.

As a blog owner, we got to ensure that those links on our websites are good and therefore, we can’t be lazy (like me).

My new CommentLuv Premium settings

After several discussions with my web host and an hour searching for the answer on Google, I decided that I am going to remove CommentLuv highly-rated feature; the link sharing ability … for at least, a couple of months for some testing reasons.

I am absolutely sure that this is going to leave a huge impact on the my blog and the number of comments is going to drop rapidly.

In my point of view, I got to consider the SEO ranking and what Google actually sees on my blog. It is suppose to be a good website that shares quality content and NOT a site for linking out.

I even went the extra miles by setting the number of words and the duration before posting to further reduce the chance of spammers.

Why am I still using CommentLuv Premium?

Are you deciding to get CommentLuv Premium WordPress plugin?
Should I or should I not use CommentLuv Premium for my WordPress site?

Basically, disabling the link sharing could mean that I could easily ditch the comment system right?

Yes, I could but I choose not to because I wanted the GASP and ReplyMe features. GASP is the shortform for Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin which is great to control the number of spam on your blogs.

As a blogger, it is a known fact that spam is definitely your number one enemy.

On the other hand, ReplyMe is great to create a chance of engagement with both first time and repeat readers who leave comments. Don’t forget, a simple ‘hi’ or ‘hello’ could go a long way when it comes to relationship building!

Related: Read more about CommentLuv Premium plugin here.

How to overcome these ‘obstacles’?

If you are using CommentLuv Premium plugin like I do, then you probably might not want to face the same issue.

The way out is actually very simple. Here are a few methods:

  1. Use broken link checker plugin
  2. Use broken link checker web version
  3. Using Google Webmaster Tool
  4. Ensure that links are automatically NoFollow using CommentLuv setting

Here’s a few thing you SHOULD know.

The first two methods have loopholes such as not able to detect broken links completely (possibility). For example, method #1 told me that I have 60 broken links but method #2 told me I have 80 broken links instead!

So here, you just got to be a little hardworking and double check from time to time.

On the other hand, Google Webmaster Tool is great and its track record is squeaky clean. Here’s a little problem: It only detects broken links on indexed pages.

Method #4 is strictly to avoid sharing your link juice. All you need to do is to set all URL’s shared to be a NoFollow and you would be fine. This method is great when it comes to URL control but it doesn’t help in checking for bad URL’s.

Question: Should I get CommentLuv Premium plugin?

YES … Yes … and yes!

I would still recommend CommentLuv Premium plugin to anyone who asked. It is one hell of a WordPress commenting system and I am sure it will always be that way.

Remember that CommentLuv doesn’t only helps you control the number of spam comments but as well as the rich features of ReplyMe and it increases the chances for readers to leave comments on your blog.

Personally, I am not a hardworking person and thus, checking thousands of links monthly isn’t really my cup of tea. After all, anything could happen anytime right?

What I am trying to say is that CommentLuv Premium is a very sweet plugin that you should get for yourself if you want to boost blog traffic.

Many bloggers are already using it and I see no reasons why you shouldn’t.

Want to try out CommentLuv Premium plugin? Hover and click on this link to see what it is all about … or simply click on the banner below!


*Important update: CommentLuv link sharing is enabled back to the site on 26th August 2013 after some short testings done for 72 hours.

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46 thoughts on “CommentLuv Premium Comment Plugin: Love It Or Hate It?”

  1. Hi Reginald,

    Ah…the moment I saw the title of the post, I knew it’s going to create waves 🙂

    Well, I agree – people have various views about CommentLuv, and even though Ileane as you mentioned is the brand ambassador for it, I don’t think she uses it on her blog, nor does Ana, and most other probloggers, which does make us think as to why?

    I agree that there are certain flaws, but I don’t think they are there in the plugin itself as you mentioned, though I see you too have disabled it, or perhaps as you said you want to try out for some testing reasons – but I wonder if it would really make a difference except for the lessening of comments – if at all. Here again I think that those who know you, and your work, would stop by because such things really don’t matter, while the ones who look for links would head elsewhere.

    Yes indeed, the broken link checker IS a great tool and I’m glad you learnt of it from Tim’s post, and I’m sure glad I’ve it installed since long, and do keep track of Webmaster tools too, so I think that as soon as there is a broken link I do get to know of it and within a day or so the needful is done, so one’s safe there.

    Regarding giving NoFollow links to those who comment, I don’t think I’d ever like to do that – just because of some people leaving their spam links behind (this can cause a problem if you aren’t careful). I’d rather check out their profiles and blogs, which I do as all the comments are in moderation before I approve them, and so one generally makes out. Even if not, you can change the CommentLuv settings to give DoFollow after x number of comments are made by the commenter, and that is a tough one for a few as they rethink whether to visit your blog again or not. More so, you can even remove the DoFollow link or remove the CommentLuv link altogether if you find there is someone who might have left a good comment but isn’t linking the right way – if at all. Yes, this does require a wee bit of your time and attention. 🙂

    Well, those are just my views about this awesome plugin, which so far has been working well for me, and I do give DoFollow links to my loyal readers, after all why not.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    1. Hi Harleena,

      Guess I love to create a ‘scene’ huh? 😉

      Actually Ms Ileane used to have it on her site but recently, it was disable and that was actually one of the ‘other’ reasons why I decided to disable the link feature temporary. Moreover, rumours about the Google Update coming end of the month … makes the hype, more ‘hype’ if you get what I mean.

      I am pretty sure disable the link share is going to reduce the number of comments received but like what you say (which I can’t agree more); blogging is more towards our work and NOT on counting on comments to measure the success of it. Gah, I hope you get what I am mumbling here~

      Broken link checker is great and never had an issue with it. But I usually uninstall it as it takes a lot of server resources. Didn’t want to be a bad neighbour and thus, remove it whenever I’m not using. The one that Tim shared (web based) is really good. Like the fact that I didn’t need to install another plugin is great. Having 16 plugins is more than enough!

      Lastly, for the NoFollow rule. I used to set it to auto DoFollow whenever a social share is done. Easy as that. Moreover like what you said, how often do you find the same readers coming back x number of times? Of course, we could find a dozen or so but it won’t make the cut 🙂 Oh yes, give DoFollow and share the love. No harm sharing right?

      I am thinking of re-enabling CommentLuv Premium after I do some testing first. Hope to get it done by this weekend. Okay I admit it. No testing needed (really) but I am just a freak. So to make myself sleep better at night, I need some proof to convince myself. Haha!

      Have a great week Harleena (p/s weekend is coming!)

      1. Hi Reginald – I have to agree with Harleena here. I use the broken link checker plugin and I’ve also become much more brutal about removing links I don’t like the look of – like posts that are basically just promoting some download.

        I do think ComLuv is a mixed blessing – the main irritation, from my point of view, is the fact that it actively encourages some spammy commenters who are just after link juice. But I think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages – like Harleena, I’d rather continue giving dofollow links and try to manage the dodgy ones by careful oversight.

        I’ve noticed Ms Ileane has disabled ComLuv links on her blog and I think it’s a real shame. I don’t like Google+ comments – and I especially don’t l like it when blogs use two commenting systems – I think it makes the comment stream a confusing mess.

        Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this, Reginald – an interesting subject, which I suspect is going to run and run 🙂

        1. Hi Sue,

          Yes, CommentLuv is pretty … good with some cons. I mean, we can’t expect a tool or plugin to be perfect right? Hmm, most of you guys are going very well especially when it comes to monitoring comments <-- something I got to do soon too 🙂 I am always very 'kind' when it comes to this. Lesson learned I guess. As for Ileane, I am still trying to get hold of her to see what she thinks of this. I mean, I saw her having the same configurations with mine now and thus, it struck my mind. Okay, she runs a huge blog and thus, it could be crazy job just trying check on the links. Even with some plugins or tools. Google+ comments are okay but they have one huge issue; I can't get notification for any comment done. This means that I have no way to do some social engagement ... if you get what I mean. Unless they can implement the notification, I would use it for sure. Each comment could mean lots of G+ share. Okay, pardon me Sue. I'm a very SEO guy so just hang on to me, would ya? 🙂 I can't wait for the new CommentLuv premium update to come out. Wonder how will work out. I also heard Andy said about making it a monthly payment thingy. Wonder how bloggers will take it. Thanks and have a great weekend!

          1. Hi Reginald – I think the biggest disadvantage of G+ comments is that they don’t add content to your blog – you’re giving content away to Google. So not necessarily so great for SEO. I think it’s better to ‘own’ your comments and have them hosted on your site.

            Sue

            1. Hi Sue,

              Thanks for that. Actually what I mean was *assumption* the more G+ comments means more popular topic which ‘could’ lead to a better ranking. Again, this is purely assumption and like what you say, could have zero effect on SEO. The bad part is once you remove it, all the comments go ‘bye-bye’.

              Interesting discussion!

    2. I agree with you on the NoFollow front. It’s not hard to take a quick 30 seconds to check out the comment and see if the link is indeed spam or not.

      On another note, I will be buying CommentLuv Premium when I get the funds to do so. It looks to be a big upgrade to the free version.

      1. Hi Leon,

        Thanks for dropping by. In fact it doesn’t take long but my site takes longer than 30 seconds. I got to run it overnight (and after that, getting an email notification from my web host due to ‘unexpected increase of server resources’. Haha!

        CommentLuv is a great plugin and it is worth the money. I heard rumors that it is going to be monthly payment instead for future buyers but not sure when it will start. So, keep your eyes and ears on the lookout and try grab it as soon as possible 😉

        Have a great weekend mate!

  2. Hi Reginald,
    CommentLuv is an essential WordPress plugin in my list. Currently, I’m using free version of CommentLuv. A feature of CommentLuv premium that attracted me is its sharing feature.

    1. Hi Sriram,

      You should get CommentLuv premium as it offers more advantages over the free one. But again, get it once you have the enough budget.

      Thanks for dropping by mate!

  3. Hi Reginaldchan ,
    I am first time visitor to you site , and just got surprised to see so many comments on your post 😉
    Great ! Before 15 days I was not just aware of CommentLuv and believe me now I am getting good figure comments 🙂
    I think its very good to make readers engage with your blog. And CommentLuv does the great work !
    Right now I am not using Premiun CommentLuv but now will be looking forward with it !

    Thanks !

    1. Hi Pritam,

      Thank you for your comment and welcome 😉 (didn’t I see you around recently? – maybe I’m just dreaming)

      There are two versions of CommentLuv (free and premium). Free one is okay but with very limited features. If you are affordable to get the premium one, it would be great. I mean, it is good to bring visitors to your site for starters. But don’t count on it completely. You need content etc to get more traffic rolling in.

      Having CommentLuv plugin will also generate ALOT of spam. So be careful with it. I set mine to certain restrictions to avoid any spam. Until date, not bad since all spam goes directly into spam 🙂

      Hope you like my writing and if you like some blogging tips, feel free to sign up for my newsletter. Lot’s of freebies from time to time 😉

  4. Hi Reginald

    Thank you for the mention!

    I think when I first ran the CommentLuv Link Cleaner I had a lot of broken links.

    I’m now really concious of keeping on top of those because of the amount of links that are left on comments.

    That could lead to a whole lot of trouble and it does make me wonder whether CommentLuv is a viable option on a much larger blog.

    I turned off DoFollow on CommentLuv last month. I was fed up of getting so much spam and of giving away so much link juice!

    1. Hi Tim,

      No worries. You deserved it! COmmentLuv link cleaner only works on URL but not on the website link. So if you get a bad commenter, chances is you need to check on their website as well. This was why my broken links hit 160 plus.

      For me, I only allow DoFollow when you share my article (that was before the disabling part). CommentLuv attracts spammers and that is bad. Everyone want to have a piece of your link juice. Imagine receiving a comment with 3 words and hoping to get a backlink!

      I feel you Tim. I really do.

  5. Reginald,

    Thanks for visiting Shoestring101 and introducing yourself with a thoughtful comment. Classy, man 😉

    What YOUR post has shown me is that I really need to come up to speed on technology, particularly that having to do with links.

    I am a veteran marketer but am only just now picking up the lingo. Need to get more educated about the technical aspects of this blogging business. Right now my long suits are forging bonds with other bloggers and (at least trying to) make epic content about OFF line business marketing.

    I DO have CommentLuv… mainly because of a review I read by Kristi Hines. But as to the exact settings I should be using, I gots no clue..!

    CommentLuv has done a lot to bolster commenting on my blog. So though I’m not very techie with it, I can see that there’s been a measurable benefit. I’ll keep checking back here and other places I’ve been recommended to get more out of it.

    Thanks for this post Reginald.

    Keep Stepping,

    Kurt

    1. Hi Kurt,

      Welcome to my humble blog. I got to it admit it (again). I really love your damn post! Haha.

      CommentLuv is actually A-okay for most. It helps you to promote your website (indirectly) and you are going to get lots of comments. I even have a few readers who drop by telling me that they actually commented just to get a DoFollow link (so honest of them ;-)).

      I love Andy’s plugin (dev of CommentLuv) and if you want to use it, you got to be ‘smart’ in controlling the quality of the link.

      Glad you find this interesting and talk to you soon Kurt.

      Have a great weekend ahead!

  6. Hi Reginald,

    I never knew about the broken links feature, it also struck me like a thunderbolt :). I had to rush down to brokenlinkcheck and I found out that I was having 7 broken links. 1 from a url mistake and the remaining 6 were from comluv like you said, I had to remove the link luv of the broken links, Everybody’s getting prepared for Mr G’s magical PR update

    I’m currently using the free version of comluv and for sure! I’ll definitely get the premium version. I love the feature of setting number of words before comments will be moderated, I so much hate it when I get a comment as short as ‘great article’ I have no option than to approve it because they are my readers.

    1. Hi Gilbert,

      7 broken links are actually okay. Not bad at all. I had 160 plus which isn’t anything to boost about.

      The premium feature is great since it really helps to control my spam. No more spam comments goes to moderation. Everything goes to spam box.

      I seriously hate the part “Hi nice article, thank you”. Got tons of that with CommentLuv enabled. Haha!

  7. Great article. I’ve been a Commentluv Premium user since it’s birth, but I admit lately I’ve started thinking about checking into alternatives. But that aside, what I really wanted to comment on is broken link checker. Awhile back I received one of those dreaded love notes from my hosting company telling me that my blog’s usage level was peaking at unacceptable levels and if I didn’t get it under control they may have to pull the plug at least temporarily. I was able to resolve the problem with a little help from my blogger friends, but one of the biggest offenders was broken link checker. I ran that wonderful analysis plugin P3 to see which plugins were slowing my site down and I was stunned to see broken link checker usage was higher than all of the other plugins combined! I appreciate the value of what that plugin does, so what I’ve decided to do from now on is once a month install and run the plugin a full cycle to catch / fix the broken links and then uninstall it. May not be ideal, but you do what ya gotta do until a better solution comes along.

    1. Hello Marquita,

      Thank you for dropping by and i hope you liked the article 🙂

      Broken link checker (plugin) actually takes up a lot of resources and if you are using too much, your web host might contact you for that. I am not against using it but I would highly recommend (like what you said), install and uninstall it from time to time.

      There are also other broken link checker which are web based too. I used one of them and it seems good. The only issue is that you can’t auto remove all the unwanted links. You got do it one by one.

      Have a great weekend ahead!

  8. Hey Reginald,

    Well you told me you had some things in the works and I’m just now making it over here to check it out.

    I can’t speak for Ileane or Ana but I have a feeling the amount of spammy comments they received along with the link juice could have been a reason for them to disable this fabulous plug-in. They’ll have to share their reasons themselves.

    Here’s what I think though! Once again, it’s not CommentLuv’s fault that the commenters bail on their blog, don’t check for broken links or try to comment using a link that’s just not cool. It’s up to the blog owner to handle these as they come in.

    I was thrilled when Andy created CommentLuv’s own Broken Link Checker which of course you know will check for broken links and you have the option of removing just the link or the entire comment. Fabulous and very easy to do although it might take awhile to run. I’ll tell you though, the first time I ran it I had less then 15 broken links and the majority of those weren’t even broken.

    Before that time though I had gone back through my entire blog and checked for broken links because that was after my last Google slap. I stay on top of that now and run a check at least once a month.

    If you do regular maintenance like Tim said in his post then you won’t have this issue. Even if they comment Reginald, the link they leave in the comment itself can end up being broken so what do you intend to do, remove all those as well?

    What I do myself is I don’t give link love to new bloggers. I like to make sure they plan on coming back and I’m careful who I even let comment. I have commenting rules so if you fail any of my specifications I’ll just delete your comment. I also don’t give link love if your blog is too far off the topic of mine. We know how much Google hates that right!

    Andy is coming out with another feature to CommentLuv which I hope to be testing by next week. He ran into other things that needed his attention and is still tweaking some areas of this plugin. What it will do though is alert the spammy commenter that their comments will be deleted so that will stop them from even bothering. Also if you have someone that visits your blog and you like them and what they share but not what they link to you can tell it to remove those links automatically. It’s got some other features too I’m excited about but I think that will really cut down on the comments that are coming for link juice.

    I do believe it’s a choice for the individual and if they feel it’s not benefiting them, which I can’t understand how that could ever be, then just remove it. Not everyone wants or feels comments are great.

    Will be anxious to hear how your test goes though and thanks for the mention and link love! I hope my blog never goes away and people won’t have to ever worry about removing my links down the road. We can never predict the future right!

    Thanks for your honest opinion Reginald and I hope the results are what you hoped.

    CommentLuv link love or not Reginald, you share great stuff and I’ll continue to come back.

    ~Adrienne

    1. Hi Adrienne,

      Thanks for your kind reply. Honestly speaking, I am missing CommentLuv already. Haha! In just two days, I see a reduction of comments like from 10 a day to 3 a day or so. Well, just saying!

      Anyway, I am thinking of getting CommentLuv back but not so soon. And even if I am getting it back, I am going to do like what you practiced; comment rules etc. I really like your commenting rules but with a little problem … I am not hardworking like you 😉

      I also heard about Andy’s new ‘toy’ and can’t wait to try it out. Let’s hope if everything goes on well, I might turn back CommentLuv link sharing back on. Again, who knows right?

      Adrienne, you are a good friend and trust me when I tell you this; I always enjoyed your writing or accompany! We should one day do some sort of Hangout on G+ or so!

      Talk to you soon!

  9. Hi Reginald,

    Rescued you from the Spam file…where you landed when commenting on my blog..

    I use CommentLuv on my site, but currently deactivated…had a cpu over usage with Host Gator,
    but kept parts of it working…..

    As for the broken links…think Andy is working on and has Adrienne Smith testing an add on to detect and remove broken links that are within any CommentLuv comments.

    That should solve your problem.

    I have a nice system that is web based that scans my site daily and sends me an email if any of several errors are encountered, one of which is broken links.

    Since the link location is listed, makes housekeeping easy..

    Thanks for coming by and thanks for your share on CommentLuv…not sure I agree with
    you completely, but it is your site after all.

    C.

    .

    1. Hey Cararta,

      Thanks for dropping by and ‘saving me’! Wonder what happened which triggered it as spam.

      In fact, yes I heard from Adrienne that a new beta will be out soon and thus, let’s keep fingers crossed on that.

      I still can’t wait to activate back the link sharing part and let’s see how it goes with the new update, shall we?

      Hmm, Cararta, do you mind sharing with me what system you are using to scan your site? Curious!

      Thanks and have a great weekend ahead.

  10. Hey Reginald. I am also a big fan of comment luv. But don’t always get the number of comments I hope for. Anyway, I still love to support other bloggers. But the broken links thing – I gotta check that……now. I do use NO FOLLOW though, so it should not be a big issue. But not great. I also don’t allow links in the post, as this just entices spammers, which GASP has more or less killed for me. I think I might go look at some of my settings though. It is a more complex plugin than some.
    Ashley

    1. Hi Ashley,

      The right settings for GASP will actually help you ALOT especially when dealing with spammers. So, I usually make the requirements really ‘tight’ to make sure none get pass through. Until now, not bad at all. Able to filter 99% of the spam comments.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts mate.

  11. Hey bro,
    Right now as I comment, I see you have commentLuv back running. This plugin is always very tempting given the fact that Andy is working hard to add new features.

    I don’t know if you saw the article I wrote on my blog on “How CommentLuv Plugin is Damaging Your SEO” I brought up this same issue of broken links and proposed some solutions. After this article, Andy came up with the link checker which to me is a step forward.

    However, I think like Tim wrote on Adrienne’s bog, if we do our regular maintenance, we can always take care of this broken link thing.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts too on this man

    1. Hi Enstine,

      Yes it is back and I hope it serve me good. Some changes will take place and I need to make sure that all links shared are good. Grr~ Challenging right?

      I am glad Andy had a few plugins to solve the issue and let’s hope for the best 🙂 And guess I got to be more hardworking heh~

      Have a great day mate!

  12. Hi Reginald, I opened this article when you published it but didn’t have a chance to read it until now because I’ve spent the last 10 days deleting broken links, mostly from CommentLuv comments. Yes, I read Tim Bonner’s maintenance article and got to work. The Broken Link Checker plugin never worked at my site, nor did the CommentLuv broken link checker. But the online one did.

    Yikes! I probably had about 800 broken links. It said that I had 400+ broken links, but I had many CL links that were duplicates.

    As people have said, that’s not the fault of CL, but it does give one pause.

    I do want to reward my commenters so I will continue to use CL and allow links, but I will be more cautious when doing so.

    1. Hi Carolyn,

      Thanks for commenting. Both online checker and manual one work pretty well and now, I make it a habit to check every weekend. I guess we just got to be more careful right?

      I am also starting to be more strict with link sharing such as allowing links which are related only to be published. I knew many small time bloggers are commenting on my site just to get those link juice.

      Another round of link clearing will be done by this week and fingers crossed 🙂

      Take care and see you around.

  13. When it comes to link building commentluv is really the best when it comes to blog commenting. I have been doing commenting in almost a year and all I can say commentluv is the best.

    1. Hi Pimer,

      It is a good plugin but it has it’s pros and cons too. Make sure you use it correctly and not for link building only.

      Just my 2 cents and thanks for dropping by!

  14. I have to say that I have had a lot of spam coming through lately and I so agree that this not CommentLuv causing the spam, more like sites that have created massive lists of sites using the plugin, exploiting the plugin for the purpose of grabbing a few DoFollow links here and there!

    Personally I would not get rid of CL, I’ve tried the likes of Disqus etc, but they just don’t have the options that CommentLuv has.

    I’ve thought about removing the option to leave links back via the plugin and only use GASP etc. But instead I chose the NoFollow route instead.

    Broken Link Checker is a great plugin, which I do use and it is surprising how some links can become 404 in such a short space of time, generally from spammers that have sneaked over the anti-spam fence!

    1. Hi Karen,

      Thanks for dropping by! How have you been?

      I had discussed this over with a friend of mine last month and it came to a conclusion that one of the black hat tools that is doing this. Basically the developer found a way to go around GASP and enable it to submit a comment.

      I thought the last update from CommentLuv would solve the issue but seems like it doesn’t. I am still waiting patience for the new version to come live. I remember Andy saying that it will be out soon but don’t remember seeing any.

      Disqus is okay but because it would take up some loading time due to ‘pulling’ data. My worst case is I would go back to the standard WordPress comment system. Haha!

      1. Ah Ha, so it’s the GASP part, I wondered why there was a sudden increase, let’s hope that the next update sorts out the issue, I know that a new plugin from Andy is due sometime this week, so that may help on the no gravtar front of the comments. We shall see.

        Yep, Disqus was a slow process, that’s one of the reasons I didn’t like it, it also took people away from the site, when it came down to the comment section, which is never a good idea!

        1. Hi Karen,

          Yes it is the GASP part. I know GASP (plugin) had been updated like two weeks ago. Just hope it gets pushed to premium CommentLuv soon. Because of these crazy spams, more and more people are leaving CommentLuv. I mean, you wouldn’t want to wake up and find 100 spams in your box. Crazy.

          Even though I was able to get those spams into the spams folder, I still need to check it since some of my blogging buddies get kicked into it. Weird right?

          Disqus is a great tool and yes, the loading time can really kill … especially when you are on mobile. The loading takes forever! It also loads slow (by nature) so, definitely bad for website speed.

          1. It is crazy, I frequently check the SPAM box for those that may have accidentally been put in there, but with a big influx of spam comments, it’s getting harder to go through them, I had 41 to sift through this morning!

            1. Hey Karen,

              Yeah I totally understand that feeling. You know, I check my comments every morning and it is NEVER fun to sort those out. Haha!

              Why can’t they just leave comments like anyone else? 🙂

  15. Hi Reginald Chan,

    I have read this post recently. It is absolutely correct, the CommentLuv Blogging system is really a good way of commenting . I should move to Premium Plan for it’s full service. Thanks again Reginald

    1. Hi Jikku,

      Thanks for commenting. However, I noticed you are using blogspot for your website? I am not sure if CommentLuv work on there but yeah, just saying!

      Hope you enjoy this article and do come back for more!

  16. Hi Reginald Chan
    Right now as I comment, I see you’ve got commentLuv back running. This plugin is usually terribly tempting given the actual fact that Andy is functioning onerous to feature new options

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