I have noticed of late that a few bloggers have removed CommentLuv from their blogs. That’s fine except that it irks me a teensy weeny little bit when they do so for the wrong reasons. Especially when they post about it on their blog spreading the wrong information about a great plugin. I’ve read several posts that say that CommentLuv is bad for SEO! You don’t believe me, check out this post titled Goodbye CommentLiuv where the 5th point definitely states CommentLuv is bad for SEO. He’s not the only one that states this either.
Firstly, CommentLuv was not developed to be a SEO plugin as was stated by one of his commenters.
CommentLuv Bad For SEO?
The reason that CommentLuv was developed by Andy was to increase comments and social engagement on a site. It does that very well too, thereby also increasing the traffic to the site. Unfortunately this does lead to more spam. However, CommentLuv does not promote spam as was stated in point 2. Once you have a dofollow blog and people find out about it via various posts your spam will increase. It’s the nature of the game. It’s not CommentLuv’s fault and there are plugins to deal with it. Andy has even incorporated GASP into CommentLuv Premium to deal with Spam, not to mention some other real nifty add ons which I will get into later.
I’ve had a little discussion with the author of that post where I asked him a question.
I must admit I was a little peeved when he stated that I did not read his post and had to bring me up on it. Fact of the matter was I did read the post! It was just that the portion he so kindly reproduced for my benefit did not make sense. Specifically this point; “f you run a site about lawnmowers, and you have a large number of links coming from a technology website, it probably doesn’t do you any favours” Now, I’m not a SEO wizard, even though I have managed to get certain keywords to number on on Google, but to me that statement is just wrong.
Any links left in a comment, including a CommentLuv comment, are leading away from your site and not to it. Therefore using that as an excuse to say that Commentluv is bad for SEO is completely erroneous. If anything, having a lot of comments could be draining some of the link juice of a post. Most bloggers in the CommentLuv family are content with that as long as they’re rewarding readers for leaving a comment.
He also stated that CommentLuv increases the load time of a site. And it does, but then so does avery other plugin. If we were to use that as a reason we may as well remove every plugin from our blogs. But, lets have a look at how much load CommentLuv puts on this site as compared to other plugins.
As you can see, CommentLuv is actually one of the better plugins as far as using your resources go. If I was to get rid of any it would be the real resource pigs like WordPress SEO, W3 Total Cache or Jetpack. Definitely not CommentLuv.
I’ve also read of a few people who have become a little irate because of broken links which they blame on CommentLuv. Hello! If you’re going to accept comments on your blog you’re going to have to deal with broken links. It’s part of blogging. Deal with it.
Those of us who continue to use CommentLuv do so because we love the interaction that CommentLuv brings to our blogs. We’re happy to deal with whatever spam comes along. Speaking of spam, I must mention that one of the blogs that removed CommentLuv did stated that his spam did not go down. Like I said before, dealing with spam is just a part of a bloggers life. Speaking of spam. Andy Bailey hates spam just as much as any of us. This is why he built a few anti-spam features into CommentLuv Premium, some of which include;
Advanced version of the popular anti spambot plugin GASP. With added advanced heuristics to help prevent human generated spam from ever getting near your blog.
Premium GASP has a number of heuristics that you can customize to prevent the growing trend by spammers to use cheap labour to blast blogs with spam including… * Prevent copy/paste comments by requiring that a certain amount of keypresses * Prevent being blasted with comments by requiring a user to be on the page for a certain amount of time before commenting * Restrict the amount of URLs that are entered in to the comment * Require a minimum amount of words in the comment * Set a maximum amount of words in the name field .. and more
Many spammers find blogs that have comments enabled by searching for certain terms on Google, Yahoo, Baidu and MSN. You can send a warning to visitors if they use any of the banned terms that you set in a search engine to find your site.
So, you see, if anything CommenLuv Premiums sets out to combat spam. There is a lot of other benefits from having CommentLuv premium, but this post is already a lot longer than I had intended. That’s what happens when I get into one of my rants.