Do You Comment for Backlinks on DoFollow Enabled CommentLuv Blogs?

by Sherryl Perry on January 30, 2014

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Last week, Matt Cutts got the blogging community in an uproar over whether or not guest blogging was dead. (It’s not.) Actually, what Matt said was that guest blogging for “backlinks” was no longer going to be tolerated by Google and that we should be especially concerned with spammy links in guest posts intended for SEO. He cautioned us to only accept guest posts from trusted bloggers who we could vouch for. That got me thinking about the backlinks that are left in the comments of blogs that use the CommentLuv WordPress plugin.

What’s the Difference Between a DoFollow and a NoFollow Link?

Before we get started talking specifically about dofollow links on CommentLuv blogs, let’s take a quick look at what backlinks are and what the difference is between a DoFollow and a NoFollow link. First off, websites and webpages are connected using hyperlinks. There are three different types of links.

  1. Inbound links: links that point to your website from another website
  2. Outbound links: links on your website that point to other websites
  3. Internal links: links that point to other pages within your website

When it comes to SEO (Search Engine Optimization), links can be either DoFollow or NoFollow. The difference between the two is that it’s possible to pass SEO strength, or PageRank through a DoFollow link while (in theory) that doesn’t happen when you use the NoFollow tag.

How Does WordPress Assign the DoFollow and NoFollow Attributes?

  • WordPress automatically assigns the nofollow attribute to all user-submitted links (for example, in comments, the website URL and the comment).
  • When you insert a link in WordPress pages, posts, widgets etc., they are by default dofollow (for example, a link to another website).

According to Matt Cutts, in this Google webmaster help video, the rel=”nofollow” tag means that:

PageRank won’t flow through that link as far as discovering the link, PageRank computation, all that sort of stuff . . .

In his video, Matt recommends leaving the internal links on your site (from one page to another) dofollow so that Googlebot can find those pages and the PageRank can flow. He goes on to say that you may want to add the nofollow rel tag to external links (for example those left in comments) because they are often left by spammers. He then goes on to suggest asking yourself if the comment has been left by a trusted user who has been around for a while. (Isn’t this what he suggested this week about accepting guest bloggers?)

Is the CommentLuv WordPress Plugin Right for You?

One feature that makes the CommentLuv and CommentLuv Premium (my affiliate link) plugins so popular is that by default, they allow do-follow backlinks in user comments. One of the biggest benefits of upgrading to the premium version is the ability to only enable the dofollow tag based on specific criteria. For example, you can only allow dofollow links based on the number of approved comments a person has or as an incentive for sharing your post on social media sites.

In the past year, there has been a lot of controversy over whether or not the benefits of CommentLuv outweighs the cons. There’s no disputing the fact that do-follow links attract spam. I know several well respected bloggers (such as Ileane Smith), who have switched from CommentLuv to the Google+ commenting system. I’ve even written a post myself about some of the pros and cons of the Google Plus commenting system. My biggest con to Google’s commenting system is that a user has  to be logged on to Google Plus to comment.

Thankfully, my biggest concern about using CommentLuv was the amount of spam that I was receiving. However, recently, Andy Bailey (the author of CommentLuv) has created the Anti Backlinker WordPress plugin. Please note, that at this time, this plugin is only available to people who own a CommentLuv premium (CLP) license. (Although many of us have licenses that allow us to install CLP on all of the sites that we manage, we are only authorized to install Anti Backlinker on our own site.) I can attest that by aggressively tweaking the Anti Backlinker plugin, I have practically eliminated spam comments on my site.

Over to You:

What are your thoughts? Do you use the CommentLuv WordPress commenting plugin on your blog? If so, (and you’re using the premium version), do you have set criteria for having the links in your comments to dofollow? If you own your own premium license, are you using the Anti-Backlinker plugin?

One last question: Are you more likely to leave a comment on a do-follow CommentLuv enabled site than on one that isn’t? We’d love to hear from you.

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Ammar Zeb
Twitter:
August 1, 2014 at 7:05 am

That’s really a great post and many newbie bloggers just make spammy comments in order to get dofollow backlinks for their blogs which in turn becomes harmful for the owner that they comment on.

But I wanna ask that if mat cutts just suspends the dofollow commenting system, which method are we going to get backlinks from? :(
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Sherryl Perry September 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

Hi Ammar,
First, I want to apologize for not replying to you sooner! Your comment somehow slipped by me.

Google encourages a mix of do-follow and no-follow links. We just need to be careful that the sites that we link to have quality content that adds value to our readers. It’s all about the user’s experience.
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tonygreene113
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July 8, 2014 at 6:34 pm

I haven’t been convinced to use comment Luv again on any of my sites. The having to constantly moderate comments and tweaking is one of the main issues that I have with it. Manipulation of links as dofollow or nofollow may be kind of dicey too.
I’ve used several different backlink analyzers and found that many of the CL enabled site’s links to my site are tagged as “suspicious” or “dangerous”.
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Sherryl Perry July 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Hi Tony,
I understand and respect your reasons for not using CommentLuv. While I often suggest installing the free version as a way to get started, I honestly would not use that version myself.

The premium version is a totally different product. You have so many settings that you can tweak. (For example, I have mine configured to only enable the do-follow tag after someone has ten approved comments.) You always have the option of controlling that at an individual level and stripping a comment link out completely.

It is work though. So far, I’ve found it worth the effort. It has helped me build a wonderful community.

That’s interesting that CL enabled links are being tagged as suspicious or dangerous. Is it because you’ve left a link on a site that has changed hands? I’ve discovered lots of links on my site that once led to legitimate sites but the domain names had been abandoned. The biggest offender to me are domain names that are parked with GoDaddy and are riddled with AdSense ads. They’re a pain to clean up but still, it’s worth it to me.

Thanks for taking the time to weigh in on this. I value your contributions.
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Joseph Montes
Twitter:
June 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Great information Sherryl ! I’ll have to check out the plugin !

Much success,
Joseph Montes
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Sherryl Perry June 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Hi Joseph,
We’ve been following each other on Twitter for a while now. It’s great to see you here!

As you can tell, I’m a huge fan of CommentLuv. You’re probably already aware that there is a free version as well as the premium version. It’s a good way to get started but the premium version definitely gives you a lot more control.

For example, in the free version, you have your choice of all comments being either do-follow or no-follow but in the premium version, you can control that attribute on an individual level. Additionally, you can configure it to only enable the do-follow tag after someone has left a specific number of approved comments. (I have mine set to ten.) Good luck with it if you decide to try it!
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ajay
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May 23, 2014 at 9:01 am

well, definitely comments on commentluv enable blogs is very useful, and not only for commentors, actually its a mutual benefits because people get backlinks and bloggers get visitors and as in your post yaa really your post is also very helpful because i got too many commentluv enable blogs from this post…nice huh ;)
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Sherryl Perry May 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Ajay,

It sounds like you have a good understanding of how CommentLuv works and the benefits that can come from it. For years, I enabled the do-follow tag, first for everyone, then for people who left 3 approved comments and now for people who leave 10 approved comments. I was reluctant to raise the limit that high but (like many other bloggers), my blog had become the target of spammers. Having said that, there are many readers here who are benefiting from the do-follow and I benefit when I comment for them too.

Thanks for joining the conversation and I hope you enjoy your weekend!
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Sarmista Aun May 7, 2014 at 3:00 am

I basically do blog commenting to enhance my blogging network not to gain do-follow backlinks. It is true that guest posting shouldn’t be continue in terms of SEO. But you can still continue guest blogging with quality content but not in order to generate backlinks.

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Sherryl Perry May 23, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Sarmista,
First, I’d like to apologize to you for taking so long to reply to your comment. Somehow, I missed it.

Blogging to enhance your network (and not to gain do-follow backlinks) is a smart strategy. As for guest blogging, Matt Cutts’ message spoke to guest blog posts that contain links that could be deemed as “unnatural” by Google’s web spam team.

As an FYI, I rarely guest post (due to time constraints) but since Matt Cutts blogged about guest blogging (initially suggesting that it could be “dead”), I’ve been a guest blogger on AdrienneSmith.net.

Adrienne and I have been blogging friends for years and have frequently left comments (with do-follow enabled links) on each others blogs. We’re both confident that this relationship is mutually beneficial. Since we share the same target reader, there should be zero risk of links between our sites being “unnatural”.

Thanks for joining the conversation!
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Shariar Shohag
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April 23, 2014 at 7:10 am

we are not always looking for same niche for commenting, we are always looking for do follow link considering good authority. If site have good authority and it no follow.It also a good link for you.

Thanks for nice sharing.Really informative and help people.

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Sherryl Perry April 24, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Hi Shariar,

Lately, several bloggers who I respect have received manual web spam actions from Google and have been totally de-indexed. That (understandably) is making many bloggers nervous (including me).

I’ve become almost a little paranoid about allowing do-follow links here. Like many others, I’ve configured my CommentLuv plugin to only allow do-follow tags when someone has left ten approved comments. Unfortunately, Google is making everyone more conscious than ever about backlinks to our sites.

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and for joining the conversation.
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Ravi Chahar
Twitter:
April 18, 2014 at 8:49 am

Hey Sherryl,
In my opinion guest posting only for getting back links is not a good way to boost up any blog. Now it is announced by Matt Cutts that guest posting for back links will not be tolerated. Bloggers should write guest posts to build up relationship with visitors.

And the point of getting back links then may be it is easy by doing comments. The main benefit of doing comments at some famous blog is to get in touch with many successful bloggers. Increasing circle is the main stuff to focus on.
Thanks for the post.
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Sherryl Perry April 18, 2014 at 10:01 am

Ravi,
I strongly believe that getting a backlink by guest posting has quite a bit of value for both SEO and for building awareness of my blog. It has to be high quality content on a blog that is respected and trusted by Google. It also needs to be in a related niche and of course, it only makes sense that the readers of that blog are potential customers, clients or supporters.

I also believe that backlinks in CommentLuv comments can be trickier. If I leave backlinks to my site in CommentLuv comments and that site has a lot of spam, that could potentially put me at risk with Google. (I would be associating my site with a “spammy” site.)

The other risk is if I were leaving a lot of backlinks on sites that are not in my niche at all. For example, what would Google think if I left backlinks on a lot of recipe sites or sports sites? That relationship would not make sense to Google at all. Since backlinks are being scrutinized by the Google webspam team more than ever, I’m erring on the side of caution.

Having said that, please look for my guest post now on AdrienneSmith.net next week
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Kim Smith April 6, 2014 at 11:27 am

I am trying to figure out why I cannot comment on a comment website which has comment Luv. I use it on my website but it always says “cannot verify url……” I will check my nofollow boxes on my website.

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Sherryl Perry April 18, 2014 at 9:42 am

Kim,
I am so sorry. I believed that I had replied to your comment and was surprised today when I cam to this post and saw that my reply had not gone through. Are you still having the “cannot verify url” issue commenting on sites with CommentLuv?

That problem indicates that there is an issue between the computers involved (the server where your site is hosted, the server where the site you’re commenting on is hosted and/or your computer).

Whenever I encounter an issue like this, I:
- Copy my comment so that I can paste it back in
- Refresh my computer screen/connection (F5 on a PC)
- Try again and if that doesn’t work, I clear my cache on my computer and then refresh and try again.
- If that fails, I clear the cache on my WordPress website.
- If that fails, I clear my cache on my PC again and delete the cookie for the site that I’m commenting on.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you continue running into issues or have any questions.
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Tom
Twitter:
March 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm

I have to admit, I did, but it took up way too much time for what it’s worth. It just seems that it is a better use of time to engage with blog authors, share opinions and build relationships. This way you can concentrate on a handful of blogs, and to be honest, the result is much better.
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Sherryl Perry March 30, 2014 at 10:08 am

Tom,
I think most new bloggers take the “throw the spaghetti against the wall and see what sticks” approach to driving traffic to our blogs. Reciprocating comments and commenting for do-follow links are often part of our initial strategy. I believe that approach serves a purpose. Some of the bloggers who I value and have built strong relationships with are people who I met when I first started blogging. I count many of them as true friends.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. I think you’re on the right track.
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Tauseef Alam March 27, 2014 at 4:07 am

Hi Sherryl

Yes sometimes i myself visit some blogs just to build backlinks. But we should keep one thing in mind while making a comment on any do follow comment luv blog, even we’re commenting for a backlink but still we should post a high quality comment that should add value into the conversation. After all the blog owner wants the same in exchange of the backlink he is providing.

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Sherryl Perry March 27, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Great advice Tauseef! I always quote a saying that I heard years ago (in the BNI networking group that I belonged to) and that is that “everything we do is either a relationship builder or a relationship destroyer”. That goes for comments too. I always call them our “digital footprints”.

Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing your thoughts with us.
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Adam March 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm

I haven’t installed the commentluv comment system on my site, but as I visit other blogs I see it more and more. I sure don’t want all the spam you mention in the article above, but looking at how it works right here, and pulls in that last post, I think it’s pretty cool.
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Sherryl Perry March 27, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Adam,
CommentLuv is a great way to drive traffic to your blog through comments. A lot of us have used it successfully. Yes. You do have to monitor your comments but by aggressively setting controls, you can practically eliminate spam. You do have to be careful to check old comments though because domains do change hands. Good links sometimes get broken or point to different sites than you initially thought. So, that does take effort.

The biggest advantage to investing in the premium version is that you can set the number of approved comments that someone has to leave before their URLs become do-follow. That is a huge advantage and can really cut down on spam.
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Debbie O'Connor
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March 25, 2014 at 8:39 am

I’m still actively using Commentluv Premium on my own site, and actively seeking out other blogs with Commentluv to comment on in order to get quality backlinks to my website.

I do find with commentluv I do get a lot of spammers who are targeting commentluv particularly, but the moderation takes about 5 minutes a day and is not so hard to do.

On the other side I really love all the features of COmmentluv premium like GASP and the ability to use peoples Twitter names. When people do leave proper non-spam comments on my site and links to their posts i do follow them and have found a lot of very interesting blogs as a result.

I found this post via your comment on Kikolani’s blog – so that just proves my point
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Sherryl Perry March 27, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Debbie,
Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts with us. I really appreciate your letting me know that you found me on Kristi’s site.

CommentLuv does attract spammers. That’s indisputable but I agree that it’s worth it. Do you own your own copy of CommentLuv Premium? If so, are you using the Anti Backlinker plugin that Andy created as a companion piece? I ran into a conflict on my blog and had to disable GASP but while I was running it (and the Anti backlinker plugin), I was getting zero spam. (I’m now using the Anti-spam plugin and getting good results.)

Another plugin that Andy created as a companion is CommentLuv Link Cleaner. That’s a plugin that you only enable to run it and then deactivate it. Its’ a script that will check the URLs in your comments for 404 errors.
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James Hughes March 4, 2014 at 2:38 am

I would say that i comment the same amount weather it be comment luv or not. Maybe I’m just wasting time. I’m hoping Google rewards for comments coming from sites with out comment luv even more. SEO has changed in 2014 causing a lot of websites to drop of the map but comment luv i still running strong to build backlinks.

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Sherryl Perry March 27, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Hi James,
One of the best reasons for commenting is to build meaningful relationships and awareness. I have found that referral traffic brings visitors to my blog who stay on my site longer and come back. Visitors from organic search traffic usually results in a high bounce rank.

Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to share your thoughts with us. I apologize for not replying to you sooner.
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Atinder
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February 24, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I have Never Used Wordpress SO Comment luv is Dream For me
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Sherryl Perry March 27, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Hi Atinder,
CommentLuv is a wonderful plugin for WordPress blogs. What blogging software do you use?
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aliahsanzaidi
Twitter:
February 24, 2014 at 9:07 am

Hi Sherryl

I sometimes comment on a site, which is not of my niche, for a do follow link but i choose only those sites which has some good authority.

If you’ve any good list of do follow blogs, please share with me.

Regards
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Sherryl Perry March 27, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Hi,

I’m sorry that it’s taken me so long to reply. I missed this. There are quite a few lists of do-follow blogs. You can start with these two: http://keepupweb.us/QjTELD and http://keepupweb.us/1o4veEC

Good luck!
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Tauseef Alam February 23, 2014 at 6:44 am

Hi Sherryl Perry

It depends, sometimes i do blog commenting on do follow blogs to gain backlinks but it is always not the case. Most of the time i comment on a blog to build a community and engage myself in the discussion.

Regards
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Sherryl Perry February 23, 2014 at 8:27 am

Hi Tauseef,
I comment on a mix of CommentLuv, do-follow CommentLuv and blogs with other commenting systems too. If the blogger allows dofollow tags and I get a backlink, that’s great. On the other hand, if I’m commenting on a dofollow blog that’s totally unrelated to my niche, I may decide to comment but not leave a link because I may not want the incoming link. (I’m thinking of recipe sites for example, that are quality sites but aren’t sites that would naturally be linking to my site.)

Thanks for dropping by and joining the conversation.
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Tauseef Alam February 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Hi Sherryl

I sometimes comment on a site, which is not of my niche, for a do follow link but i choose only those sites which has some good authority.

If you’ve any good list of do follow blogs, please share with me.

Regards
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Sherryl Perry February 23, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Tauseef,
Try this list of DoFollow CommentLuv blogs: http://keepupweb.us/1k2ImYo

Unfortunately, I’m not on this list but I’ve asked Sagar to add me. In some of the comments, people have mentioned that some of these dofollow blogs are now nofollow. As I mentioned in a comment that I just left for Sagar, people need to keep in mind that anyone who owns the premium version of CommentLuv has the ability to require a set number of comments the dofollow tag is enabled.

A lot of the bloggers I know, require 10 comments for a dofollow backlink. This is necessary to prevent comment spam while rewarding loyal readers.

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Glenys
Twitter:
February 13, 2014 at 8:39 pm

A very clear explanation of the differences between nofollow and dofollow.
I think that the ability to remove the nofollow tag is a great idea in the premium version of CommentLuv and serves as a real incentive to gain more meaningful comments.
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Sherryl Perry February 14, 2014 at 10:29 am

Hi Glenys,
Thanks for letting me know that you found my explanation clear. The funny thing is that I hadn’t intended on explaining the difference when I started writing this. So, I’m very glad to know that some bloggers appreciated the extra info.

It is very easy to remove the dofollow and the link too!
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Peter Kanayo
Twitter:
February 7, 2014 at 10:36 am

Sherryl, concerning commenting for backlinks, I would that’s a no brained.

What one should target is relationship building. The links should be secondary.

What any person commenting should aim for is to write amazing comments. When you do this, people who visit your link. This is especially true for comments without comment luv plug in.

As per commenting on sites which are not related to my niche, have stopped but I think I will give it a go again while excluding the links thanks for sharing.
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Sherryl Perry February 14, 2014 at 10:16 am

Peter,
I agree with you completely. It is all about building relationships and not about SEO. Actually, some of the links that are left in CommentLuv have the potential of hurting you. I had a huge issue last year when I was penalized by Google’s algorithm changes. (I had been using CL on my blog for years and it was way past time to do a deep housecleaning.)

I still leave comments on sites not related to mine if I have a personal connection with the blogger. If I comment there a lot though, I may or may not leave a link to my site. If I have an article that relates somehow to their post (or I believe it would add value in another way), I’ll leave a link but often I won’t anymore.

Thanks for dropping by and I apologize for taking a week to reply to your comment. My personal life has be especially chaotic lately.
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Amiti
Twitter:
February 5, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Hi Sherryl,

To keep it short and not technical, I use it and interact via commentluv only to interact with other bloggers. I am not looking to boost any SEO rankings or anything of the sort.

Great post.
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Sherryl Perry February 5, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Hi Amiti,
You comment on CommentLuv blogs for the same reasons that I do. I probably comment on more blogs that are CL enabled than not but I believe that’s because CL is a community of bloggers and a lot of us are just in the same network.

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.
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Larry Rivera
Twitter:
February 4, 2014 at 9:50 am

Hi Sherryl, personally I like commentluv it’s nice for a blog owner to give some love to their commentors.

It does cause problems with spam, however I feel the good out weighs the bad.
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Sherryl Perry February 4, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Hi Larry,
I agree with you. I think the good outweighs the bad too. Thanks for dropping by.

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Sherman Smith
Twitter:
February 4, 2014 at 1:53 am

Hey Sherryl,

This was a great explanation of the difference between dofollow and nofollow. When I first started blogging, this was a big topic and the information that you gave here well definitely clear up some confusion to a beginner.

I have been using commentluv premium for almost a year but I haven’t upgraded to the antibacklinker wordpress plugin just yet. I haven’t had to much problem as for as spam, but I do believe this plug is great to have just in case this happens.

I didn’t know you had to login to Google in order to use Google plus commenting system. For me it’s a big turn off and I know quite a few bloggers who would also be turned off by this. Plus it doesn’t show a link to the last blog post my commenters did. Other than that, I think this would be a great commenting system to have on your blog.

Thanks for sharing!

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Sherryl Perry February 4, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Hi Sherman,
Thanks for letting me know that you found my explanation helpful. My intention was to clarify do and no follow for beginners (as well as for non-techies who may be tempted to skim over anything that they fear they won’t understand).

If you suddenly find that you do need the antibacklinker plugin, you can install it at any time. It’s still relatively new. Andy hasn’t built in the auto-update feature yet. So, if you were to install it now and he issues an upgrade, you would have to delete the current version to install the latest.

Thanks for letting us know how you feel about the Google+ commenting system. Having to logon is a big nuisance and the main reason that I’ve heard of for bloggers not wanting to install it.
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Adrienne
Twitter:
February 3, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Hey Sherryl,

Well as you probably know, I’ve been using CommentLuv for years and am a beta tester for CommentLuv Premium. I still love it even though you’re right, it does attract more spam.

Now although the Anti Backlink addition has helped it hasn’t stopped it altogether. Obviously these spammer are oblivious to the fact that they’re being banned and I’m publicly telling them they’re not getting any links. Duh! Idiots.

I do have the links as dofollow but if I feel the link is questionable or not within my niche I will add the nofollow tag or remove the link altogether. That’s what I love about the premium version of this plugin and how Andy has done his very best to make it better and better.

I know that a lot of people come to my blog for the link love but if they’re new it will take them 11 comments before their links will even show and then it’s still up to me whether or not I choose to make them dofollow or nofollow. I think those that hang in there at least 10 times are proving to me that they’re there because of my content and not the link love. I sure hope so at least.

I comment because I enjoy the content and I don’t care about the links. I should but I don’t and I never really have. I’m more about the relationships I can build with fellow bloggers so I can only continue to hope that doesn’t hurt me in the long run.

Thanks for this great write up and spot on my friend.

Have a great week Sherryl!

~Adrienne
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Sherryl Perry February 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

Hi Adrienne,
I’m a beta tester too. Andy does have a great product and he really listens to our feedback.

I have the Anti Backlink plugin configured very aggressively. At one point, comment spam was burying me. Silviu Constantinescu had completely eliminated spam using ABL and he shared his configuration with me. Even though it’s difficult for me to be as strict as he is, I managed to virtually eliminate spam comments too.

Lately, I’ve been relaxing my restrictions a little. For example, I’ve been able to allow trackbacks again in G.A.S.P. So far, I haven’t re-opened the floodgates.

You’re more aggressive on the dofollow attribute than I am. I had that set at 3. Now that I know what you’re doing, I just increased it to 7.

I’m about building relationships too. I’m also more conscious now about the sites that I’m leaving backlinks on. If it doesn’t make sense to have a backlink to the site, I’ll only leave a comment. Then again, if I’ve blogged about something that I believe would add value to the conversation, I’ll risk encountering the ire of Google and leave a link to it anyway. :)

Thanks so much for sharing your insight with us. I often hear how readers enjoy the conversations that we have here (as on your blog) and I value the time and effort that is spent contributing here.

BTW – Your post on connecting with influencers is great! I encourage anyone reading this to hop over to your blog and read it.

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Kareem Williams
Twitter:
February 3, 2014 at 11:08 am

This was a great video on No-Follow code. I learned something watching this video. Thanks a million for sharing.
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Sherryl Perry February 4, 2014 at 9:58 am

Thanks for letting me know that you found the video helpful Kareem. I think Matt Cutts did a good job explaining what dofollow and no follow means for bloggers.

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Zach
Twitter:
February 3, 2014 at 9:04 am

Hey Sherryl,

Love the thoughts and input! I personally don’t use comment luv – I just use the wordpress system, but I am reviewing all of my options! I think my biggest concern is that If I have do follow of if I use do follow, I might get slapped by google!

It’s scary to know that even with an online market on some level you never have 100% control of your traffic, but I guess that true of any market and any industry.

Very thoughtful read,

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Sherryl Perry February 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

Hi Zach,
Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed my post. If you do decide to give the CommentLuv plugin a try, there’s a free version that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles but it’s a great way to get started.

You don’t have to enable the do-follow option. That’s a personal choice. Running a do-follow, CommentLuv enabled blog certainly creates a lot more work.
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Doreen Pendgracs
Twitter:
February 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Hi Sherryl: what an amazing post, and so timely for me, as this past week was the first time I’ve ever been asked to add a “no-follow” to a link I’d included in one of my blog posts. I was very surprised by this and obliged the fellow by completely removing the live link from the post.

This is all a bit over my head, but I’ll be glad for the day when the rest of us can get that Anti Backlinker plug-in, as my writer’s blog has really been getting a lot of spam lately.
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Sherryl Perry February 2, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Doreen,
Last week, I touched upon do-follow links and Heather Fonseca asked about them in her comment. I went into a rather lengthy reply to her and explained how to make a link no-follow.

Heather just let me know that my instructions worked for her. So, if you’re interested, you could check out my reply to her comment. – You’re more techie than quite a few bloggers I know. You might want to give it a try. (I left the link below).

I hope you’re feeling better.
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Heather Fonseca
Twitter:
February 2, 2014 at 2:15 pm

I’ve been using CommentLuv since the start of my blog. I’ve always loved giving back to my fellow bloggers who take the time to comment on my blog, and I often will take the extra effort to leave comments on blogs that use CommentLuv, in part because I know that blogger cares about me and my blog enough to install CommentLuv, and in part because someone might just click on a link and discover my blog.

Commenting has become so difficult with the google plus commenting system which doesn’t work if I’m checking blogs via my phone. I have a terrible time with both Discus and the other commenting plugins that require you remember passwords and those kinds of thing. These days I normally just comment via Facebook, or do a quick share on twitter rather than comment UNLESS the blogger has CommentLuv. Then it’s worthwhile. Selfish I know.

As for having CommentLuv on my blog I haven’t found any problems with it. I have run the system Andy offered a while back that checks all the comment luv links for spam. I’ve removed a few links from that, and I’ve also manually checked all my old links to make sure nothing is spammy. Sometimes if a comment is suspect I will just remove the CommentLuv link but keep the comment. It just takes a little extra time and energy, but I think it’s worth it.
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Sherryl Perry February 2, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Two great reasons for using CommentLuv Heather! I think CommentLuv consistently grabs my Gravatar and my links. Unlike some commenting systems that appear to accept my logon credentials and then default to a generic icon – making me look like a newbie. That’s happened to me a couple of times this week and I’m not sure which system is doing it to me.

You’re luck that the spambots haven’t discovered your site yet. It’s a real pain and can be a huge time waster. I know several bloggers who have encountered a large amount of spam – including Andy Bailey himself.

Removing the links or the do-follow is definitely necessary. That’s good that you try to keep up with it. I haven’t run Andy’s CommentLuv Link cleaner plugin in a while. Thanks for the reminder!

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Kumar Gauraw
Twitter:
February 2, 2014 at 11:49 am

Hi Sherryl,

I do spend time commenting on a variety of blogs although I do not restrict myself to commenting only comment luv enabled blogs. When I find something of value, or a new blogger trying to establish, I comment just to support them.

Speaking of CommentLuv, it is definitely awesome because I do believe it helps smaller blogs get some back links and exposure. In addition, sometimes, it does help us get some traffic through comments. So, it makes sense to comment on CommentLuv enabled blogs in the first place.

Thank you for sharing!

Regards,
Kumar
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Sherryl Perry February 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Kumar,
You raise a good point about getting traffic through the CommentLuv links that we leave. I find myself leaving comments and I’ll recognize a blog that I haven’t visited in a while or a headline that grabs my attention. It is so easy to follow the link.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

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Jeevan Jacob John
Twitter:
February 2, 2014 at 11:18 am

I bought CLP in Dec (finally decided to give it a try – I love Comment luv anyways, why not get the premium version with more features?).

I have setup AB plugin and so far it seems to be working (I can’t say anything for sure since my blog is brand new. I probably won’t get any attention for a while).

As for comment luv commenting, it’s still one of the reasons why I invest so much into commenting.Relationship building is also a key reason, but I am focusing on commenting on sites with Comment luv.

Despite the fact that guest posting probably can get me more traffic, I am putting much more effort into commenting….so, I need the results. I can’t maintain both (commenting and GP) at the same time, because of time. College is definitely getting harder, as I am taking more core classes.

Anyways, thank you for sharing this topic, Sherryl :) Appreciate it. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
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Sherryl Perry February 2, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Hi Jeevan,
Your commenting strategy appears to be working. I certainly recognize you and I know that you comment on many of the same blogs that I do. Becoming part of a community of bloggers can definitely help drive traffic to you site – if you’re providing valuable content (which you do). As I’m sure you’re aware, a lot of us who comment will also share your posts too. I believe you’re on the path to having a popular blog. (I also believe that you’re on the right track prioritizing college first. :) )

Thanks for visiting and taking the time to weigh in on this. I am having a good weekend. I’m not a big football fan but the Super Bowl is coming on soon and I’m a big fan of the commercials. I hope you’re enjoying your weekend too!
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Jeevan Jacob John
Twitter:
February 3, 2014 at 7:15 am

Yup, it is working so far :D

It’s time consuming, but I think it’s worth it :)

Yes, indeed. College is sort of my backup plan (the degree I am pursuing right now is….I am already interested in business, but you don’t always succeed with business, right?).

No mention :) Glad to hear that! I did.

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Catarina
Twitter:
February 2, 2014 at 8:18 am

Have used CommentLuv for years and am happy with it. Since I don’t use the premium version I have a plug-in called “Blogroll no follow” that takes care of the no follow bit.

Building up relationships with other bloggers and comment on their posts is, as we know, a wonderful way of making friends online.

Last week an online friend of mine passed away (not a blogger). It made me so sad. It’s amazing how how attached you get to a person after being being friends online for five years. That’s the kind of people you can have as guest bloggers.
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Sherryl Perry February 2, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Hi Catarina,
I think you were one of the first bloggers who I met that had CommentLuv. I’m glad for you that you don’t have a spam issue. I’ll keep that plugin in mind if I hear of anyone who is looking for recommendations. Ileane recommended the Anti Spam plugin too. You never know which plugin will be the best fit sometimes until you try them. There are so many variables.

Thanks for dropping by.

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Ashley
Twitter:
February 2, 2014 at 6:19 am

Hi Sherryl

I comment on a variety of blogs, but mostly only wordpress comment or comment luv enabled blogs. I just find commenting on those others not as simple or effective.
The links I think are useful for many reasons. I do believe it helps smaller blogs get some back links and exposure. And like yourself I also get some consistent traffic from comments (if they are in the first 10 or so).

So I try to comment on a range of blogs after I post a new post. To get traffic, get noticed and to support the blogs.

I also have comment luv for the same reason. Although I do not add DoFollow as I find that sites list you and it gets all a bit spammy. I also have found few sites that actually enable this feature.

Always a great topic
ashley
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Sherryl Perry February 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Hi Ashley,
That’s interesting that you’ve found few sites that enable do-follow now. I hadn’t really noticed that but I should pay more attention. I still allow the DoFollow tag on comments left here (after someone has left three approved comments). Maybe I should rethink that.

Thanks for giving us some insight into your commenting strategy (and for letting me know that you liked the topic.

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Gladys
Twitter:
February 1, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Hello Ms. SherrylAs a newbie all this information is so important. I still do not understand too much, but learning along the way.I have CommentLuv but the free one. I currently have someone that is working with me and my sit and I bought this to their attention, if I should have the pay one, but I think at this time I sit still and wait.Thank you for keep us informed.Gladys

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Sherryl Perry February 1, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Gladys,
The free version of CommentLuv is perfect to start with. I used it myself for at least a year and I still recommend it.

Thanks for letting me know that you found my post informative. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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Akaahan Terungwa February 1, 2014 at 8:00 am

Hello Sheryl,

I couldn’t care less if a blog was ‘nofollow’ or ‘dofollow’. What actually drives me to comment is:

1. The quality of the content (and the prospect of adding value)
2. Engagement (with the prospect of connecting with both the author and his audience).

I use comment luv too and all the links in the comment section are ‘nofollowed’. This was done because I was challenged with a huge pile of spam comments a day that I felt some blogs never get in a whole year! Now, things have returned to normal – and I can once more enjoy genuine and legitimate comments from persons who actually want to connect.

Always,
Terungwa
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Sherryl Perry February 1, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Hi Terungwa,
Your reasons for commenting are good. I don’t care about the follow or dofollow tag on comments either. As Ileane points out in her comment, there’s really no SEO value from backlinks on the majority of the do-follow blogs anyways. One thing leaving a CommentLuv link does is help to build awareness of your brand and your blog. When I look at my referral traffic in Analytics, I see traffic coming through several Commentluv blogs. None of them are in my top ten sources but it’s consistent traffic.

I briefly made my CommentLuv links no-follow but that didn’t completely solve the problem for me. I finally had to stop all trackbacks. I wasn’t happy with that solution though because I was missing notifications when legitimate bloggers were linking to me. Thankfully, I have everything under control with the Anti Backlinker plugin.

I’m glad that you’re happy with the amount of spam that you’re receiving now. I hope you enjoy your weekend. Thanks for dropping by.
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Ileane
Twitter:
February 1, 2014 at 5:50 am

Hi Sherryl,
Wow this is a hot topic. Sometimes I think Matt Cutts likes to stir things up to get views to their YouTube channel. It’s like a broken record repeating the same thing over and over again but no matter what people still keep asking the same questions.
The issue of no-follow links is one that fits this mold.

I do like the benefit of linking to one of my blog posts, in the comment section but I don’t think it really makes a difference if the link is do follow or not. There are very few high page rank blogs with do follow comments and they all have so many comments on them that the page rank that flows is tremendously diluted – to the point that I doubt if it even matter at all. The vast majority of do follow blogs have fewer comments but they don’t have much page rank to flow to our blogs anyway.

So the bottom line is that as long as the site is reputable and the subject matter is related, the link still has some value, but in the grand scheme of things, commenting just for links is a waste of time. Bloggers need to think beyond links when it comes to commenting. Think more about conversations, relationship building, making connections, discoverability and those sorts of things – not links. That’s the only way we’ll ever be able to stop paying attention to those “repetitive” Matt Cutts videos.

I found another plugin called Anti Spam and at the moment it’s doing a great job of keeping the spam to a minimum. This is a good one to recommend to anyone who doesn’t use CLP.

Thanks for the post Sherryl – enjoy your weekend!
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Sherryl Perry February 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Hi Ileane,
I think Matt Cutts does like to stir things up. There’s no doubt in my mind that the original title of his post last week (“Stick A Fork In It, Guest Blogging Is Done”) wasn’t meant to stir up a frenzy of comments. His strategy to drive traffic to his YouTube channel works. I often insert Matt’s videos on my blog because they get people’s attention, rank well in traffic and fuel comments.

I agree with you that “commenting just for links is a waste of time”. As you point out, the value of commenting lies in building relationships not in SEO. (The fact that you’re here leaving a comment on my blog is testament to that.) You and I met each other online years ago. Over those years, we’ve commented on each others blogs, promoted each others posts and have worked toward building a mutually beneficial relationship. That is a strategy that works.

Thanks so much for adding your insight to our discussion and thanks for the tip about the Anti Spam plugin. Do you use that plugin alone or do you use it along with Akismet or G.A.S.P.?

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William Butler
Twitter:
February 1, 2014 at 12:18 am

Hi Sherryl,
I use the free version of Comment Luv. I notice plenty of comment Luv linked sites in spam, but I certainly don’t allow any similar links in comments. Like Ray, I’m more
apt to comment on a dofollow commentluv blogs than those that are not. In the comments, I simply place my mouse on the weblink of the commenter, and sometimes it will come up as “Website does not exist” or a similar message.

I’m wondering if you’ve experienced or seen a rise in hexadecimal addresses masking the I.P. address of the commenter?

Have an enjoyable weekend ;)
Bill
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Sherryl Perry February 1, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Hi Bill,
I know some people are adamant that seeing the CommentLuv link does not influence them to leave a comment but I wonder if (subliminally at least) it’s tempting. I know that when I’m strapped for time, I may skip commenting with the intention that I’ll come back. However, if I see the CommentLuv link and if it’s a site that I would really like a backlink on (for example, they’re a respected blogger in my niche), I’m more apt to take the time to comment.

I have not noticed a rise in hexadecimal addresses masking IP addresses.

Thanks! You have an enjoyable weekend too.
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Sylviane Nuccio January 31, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Hi Sherryl,

Commentluv is still my favorite and I think that Andy Bailey is really working hard to control those spam comments.

I don’t think I would like Google+ commenting system, because I do not like anything that obligates me to be logged into anything.That’s my 2 cents on that.Thanks or the clarification for those who are still confused about these things.
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Sherryl Perry January 31, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Sylviane,
I agree that Andy is doing an amazing job trying to control spam. He really listens to us and tries his best to meet our needs. When we asked Andy for a plugin that would replace the reply plugin (that many of us had been using), he gave us ReplyMe. Now, he’s released the Anti Backlink plugin to help combat comment spam. I’m a big Andy Bailey fan.

Thanks for your feedback about my clarification in my article. I try not to get too techie but at the same time, recognize that knowing a bit of the nuts and bolts behind WordPress can be beneficial to some bloggers.
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Susan Oakes
Twitter:
January 31, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Hi Sherryl,

I use CommentLuv but have had it set to no follow for ages. That said for the past few weeks I have have an enormous amount of spam. I use GASP but many are still getting through. if it continues I am thinking of deleting the plugin. I wouldn’t use Google+ or any third party commenting system as they own the comments and not me.

One question for you is what do you have to do to make internal links follow?
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Sherryl Perry January 31, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Susan,

G.A.S.P alone will not prevent the targeted spam that many of us have been experiencing. Don;t you own a license to CommentLuv Premium? That license entitles you to install Andy’s Anti Backlinker plugin (for no additional charge). You have to logon to the CommentLuv member site and download it. I think it’s worth a shot before you delete the plugin. (If you have any questions, just ask.)

By default, WordPress makes internal links dofollow.
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Susan Oakes
Twitter:
February 1, 2014 at 7:09 pm

I don’t have the premium version Sherryl so will have to look for another answer. thanks for letting me know about internal links.
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Sherryl Perry February 1, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Susan,
Earlier today, Ileane Smith mentioned this in a comment:

“I found another plugin called Anti Spam and at the moment it’s doing a great job of keeping the spam to a minimum. This is a good one to recommend to anyone who doesn’t use CLP.”

Maybe you could try that. I’m not sure if she uses it in addition to G.A.S.P. or Akismet or as a replacement. (I asked her in my reply.)

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Susan Oakes
Twitter:
February 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Thanks Sherryl, I will check it out.
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Ray January 30, 2014 at 11:44 pm

I would say that I am slightly more likely to comment on a dofollow commentluv blog than one that is nofollow. I mean it isn’t a must, but I certainly won’t complain if it is.

I am not sure how much they actually help anymore. A few years back I would say yeah they did, but with all these Google updates and changes in recent years I am not so sure anymore.

I have the commentluv free version so I don’t have a lot of options. Either I allow it or I can remove the link luv. Sometimes it is sort of borderline whether I should allow a particular comment with it or not.

I keep wondering how many people out there have never heard of nofollow, or how and when to use it, and what purpose it serves. I know if I was just getting started I would have no idea.
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Sherryl Perry January 31, 2014 at 10:58 am

Ray,
I feel the same way as you do. I am beginning to pause and question whether or not I really want a backlink from a site that’s totally not related to my niche. For example, over the years, I’ve become good friends with a few bloggers who blog about totally unrelated topics. I used to always leave a CommentLuv link (not for the backlink but because it may be useful information to either them or their readers).

Now that there has been such a focus on linking to “quality” sites, I’m sometimes commenting and not leaving any link. It’s not that they’re not quality sites because they are. It’s just a question of how relevant is it to my site to have incoming links from a site that blogs about recipes?

I’m sure there are many people who have no idea what dofollow and nofollow are all about. It wasn’t my intention to even write about that but I figured if I could try to explain it simply, that someone may understand and they could certainly find out more about it by searching the web.

As always, thanks for taking the time to share your insight with us.

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Susan Cooper
Twitter:
January 30, 2014 at 6:06 pm

All this stuff is something I’m still trying to wrap my head around, Sherryl. I do like how you outline the difference in very simple terms. That really helps. I understand a whole lot of it but it’s like a patchwork quilt that I haven’t yet put together. Now what do I do with all this information and put it together in a way I can comprehend?. I think I’ll take that up with my tech-guy… LOL.
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Sherryl Perry January 30, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Susan,
Since you don’t use the CommentLuv plugin, you don’t have to worry about backlinks in comments. (WordPress has already taken care of that for you.)

One thing that you have to be wary of is links on your site that you’re being paid for. If you’re being paid for a link, it must have the rel=”nofollow” attribute. Google has strict rules about selling links that pass PageRank. It violates Google’s quality guidelines.
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Susan Cooper
Twitter:
January 30, 2014 at 7:59 pm

That is very true… there is just so much to digest at times. For now, I think we’re pretty well covered. Never the less, I know others would find this a very helpful read. :-)
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr
Twitter:
January 30, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Hi Sherryl, I use CommentLuv Premium and allow Do Follow after 10 approved comments. I don’t know about Anti Backlinker as my past few months have been crazy busy.

Any chance you will do an article on Anti Backlinker? Hint, hint. ;-)

I’m not a fan of Google + Comments for my blog because I want full control over comments appearing on my blog. Plus my blog has readers who are newbies to tech and don’t have Google accounts (yes, there are still some people without Google accounts).

CommentLuv is the best fit for my blog but everyone has to decide on their own.
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Sherryl Perry January 30, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Hi Carolyn,
Thanks for the hint. :) I’ll try to write about the Anti Backlinker plugin soon. Funny thing about this post is that my mind was really bouncing around when I wrote it. I usually can focus on one topic but I’ve been really distracted lately. Anyways, this post took a direction of it’s own and I finally edited it down by extracting content for two more posts (similar topic). Hopefully, I’ll be able to complete one of them or maybe it will be the ABL plugin.

I’m glad that you mentioned wanting full control over comments. One thing that scared me off a little with the Google+ system in the beginning is that I commented on someone’s blog and then saw my comment on Google+ (or was it vice versa?). Anyhow, it was unexpected. When I’m on a site that has the choice of leaving either a Google+ comment or a CommentLuv comment, I’ll always choose the latter.

I agree. Everyone does have to decide on their own.
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Arleen
Twitter:
January 30, 2014 at 4:05 pm

I’m very happy with CommentLuv Premium. When I see a blog site that uses CommentLuv, I feel that the site has more merit. I would prefer to leave a comment on a CommentLuv site rather when someone wants me to share their blog with my Google + group. I think I should have that option, and be a prerequisite for leaving a comment.
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Sherryl Perry January 30, 2014 at 7:31 pm

I’m glad you’re happy with your CommentLuv Premium plugin Arleen. I don’t intentionally look for blogs that have CommentLuv installed but I’ll admit that if I’m in a rush, I’m more tempted to take the time to leave a comment on a blog that has it installed if the link that I’m leaving is to a post that either the blogger or their readers would be interested in.

Thanks for dropping by. I see that you’re blogging about one of your favorite topics again (dogs). I’ll have to check it out to see how you’ve related the Westminster Dog Show to marketing. :)

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Jeannette Paladino
Twitter:
January 30, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Maybe my spam filter is working well because I receive very few spam comments that actually reach my site that I need to approve or disapprove. So that has not been a big issue for me. I leave comments regardless of whether the blog uses CommentLuv or not. However, I do think it is a way of saying “thank you” to someone who comments by providing a link to your site, whether it’s DoFollow or NoFollow. I am only influenced by the content on the site when I leave a comment and feel I can add to the conversation. I also have noticed that quite a few people do click on the link because I can see the sources in Google Analytics. While I might not get the SEO boost I do get people coming to my blog who might not have known about me.

I’ve read that Google is now looking at the sites you link to and devaluing sites that don’t appear to be in your “space.” That is, if you write about branding and comment on someone’s cooking site that will count less than if you comment on someone’s site that is about branding. I find that of concern because in our blogging group we have a diversity of members. I’ll probably just keep on doing what I’m doing. You can make yourself crazy worrying about what Google thinks and worrying to much about SEO.
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Sherryl Perry January 30, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Jeannette,
What are you using for a spam filter? Are you using G.A.S.P.? I was doing fine with spam for a while and suddenly my site started getting deluged with spam. I know several bloggers who started getting spam at the same time. (One of my clients finally gave up and she asked me to remove CommentLuv Premium from her site.)

I estimate that I was receiving a minimum of 100 to 150 spam comments a day. After installing the Anti Backlinker plugin and configuring it to not accept comments without a Gravatar, it was reduced significantly but I was still getting a lot of spam. I even resorted to not allowing trackbacks for a while.

That’s great that people are clicking on your links. That helps me a lot to.

I’ve been concerned for a while about leaving CommentLuv links on sites that are completely diverse from mine. If the blogger is someone that I’m connected with, I’ll leave a link if I think that it would be valuable to them or their readers. As for the blogging group that you’re referring to, that actually was going to be the topic of this week’s post and I sort of derailed myself while I was writing this. So, I’ll be blogging my thoughts on that soon. I think that group is valuable but you’ve probably noticed that I’ve only participated in the sharing discussion a few times in the past year.

You can make yourself crazy about SEO! I’m trying to go with my instincts when it comes to backlinks and the only SEO I’m really trying to improve is to write better headlines. I think I’ve really botched that in the past.

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Diana
Twitter:
January 30, 2014 at 6:56 am

Great post, Sherryl! Thanks for your explanation about premium CommentLuv feature of switching do-follow links based on certain criteria – i didn’t know that!

Nonetheless, I wouldn’t put CommentLuv on my blog because i think in the long run, it’s better to save myself the time and frustration of handling more spam and cleaning up broken links (i hate not to have control, i suppose).

And more importantly, i don’t want commenters who leave comments only because of CommentLuv option. Sure, i have less comments than i would have had if i had the plugin – but this way they are more genuine and add more value.

I too considered G+ commenting system and like you, didn’t switch to it because of the whole login requirement. However, i read more and more about its benefits so i am determined to try it out with one of the blogs i am soon to launch. I hear the SEO benefits and the viral effect grow by the day :)

And to your question – no, i am not more inclined to leave a comment if there is a CommenLuv plugin. Sure, if there is one – most times i use it for a backlink to my content; but only to relevant blogs. Sometimes, i just leave a comment because i have something to say and don’t leave a link back if the content is not relevant to my content. In any case, the leading factor for me to leave a comment is having something to say and adding value.
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Sherryl Perry January 30, 2014 at 10:41 am

Diana,

I’m glad that you mentioned that cleaning up comment links can be time consuming. That’s very true. I have heard that there are SEO benefits to the Google+ commenting system. I’m not saying that I’ll never switch to it but for now, I’m very happy with CommentLuv Premium.

I’m part of a very supportive community of bloggers who still use CommentLuv. For example, Adrienne Smith, Silviu Constantinescu and Kim Castleberry, (who all comment here) still use CommentLuv. They are all trusted bloggers and leaving comments on their blogs is something that I truly enjoy. Contributing to the conversations on each other’s blogs, is truly a win-win for all of us.

So, while I don’t specifically look for CommentLuv blogs to comment on, I find myself going to one blog and then clicking on a link in someone else’s comment and before I know it, I’ve commented on mainly CL enabled blogs. CL is certainly not a prerequisite for me to leave a comment. Like you, I try to add value. As for Google+, I’ve been stepping up my game there and I share many of the articles that I comment on there.

As always, thanks for dropping by and for getting this conversation started. :)
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