Blogs are powerful tools that can be leveraged as part of an overall business strategy. They’re a great way to build awareness and drive traffic to a website for an existing business. Blogs can also be a business themselves. Some people are able to monetize their blogs and there are a number of people who start blogging in hopes of making a living solely through blogging.
One of the biggest challenges that bloggers face is driving traffic to their blogs and then keeping their readers there long enough for them to complete the call-to-action. Your call-to-action may be for your readers to make a purchase or hire you. Maybe your goal is to engage them to be part of your community. Perhaps you have plans of building a large readership in hopes of selling advertising. Whatever your strategy is, there are millions of blogs in the blogosphere and you need your blog to stand out.
The Benefits of Installing the CommentLuv Plugin
Many of you are very familiar with the CommentLuv Plugin. I’ve had it installed here on my blog for over a year. When I first started blogging, I was having a difficult time engaging readers. I would get some visitors but very few comments and not a lot of interaction.
As most of you know, the default setting for WordPress is to add the “no-follow” attribute to links in comments. (No-follow links are not indexed by the search engines. If a link is “do-follow”, the search engines will follow the link to that site.)
Well, today, I’m not going to start a discussion on whether or not removing the no-follow tag from your comments is a wise thing for you to do or not. CommentLuv does make comments “do-follow”. To me, it’s part of building community and engaging my readers. It’s worked well for me.
Why Do We Need A Premium CommentLuv ?
The free version of CommentLuv is still going to be available. It’s not going anywhere that I know of. I do know that CommentLuv Premium (CLP) is a “super-sized” version of CommentLuv. Here are just a few of the reasons why I’m excited about it:
Eight Plugins in One!
1. CommentLuv – (with optional enticements for retweeting, liking, Google +1 and more)
2. DoFollow – (with lots more control)
3. G.A.S.P.- (GrowMap Anti-Spambot Plugin an alternative to Akismet )
4. TwitterLink (to let your visitors include their Twitter ID)
5. Keyword Name (Andy Bailey’s upgraded version of KeywordLuv)
6. Trackback Validation – (to help minimize trackback spam)
7. No Self-Ping (to keep WordPress from sending pings to your own site)
8. Top CommentLuvvers Widget (integrated with CommentLuv)
The CommentLuv Premium Plugin Product Launch
CLP also includes two new dashboard widgets: CommentLuv Click Stats and the G.A.S.P Trackback Log. All this is in one plugin! The official launch for CommentLuv Premium is Tuesday, September 18th. As a beta tester, I’m able to be one of the first ones to offer it. (Yes. That is an affiliate link.) There will be lots of press and lots of buzz about this. Andy already has several videos available on YouTube.
So, what are your thoughts? Are you interested in buying the CommentLuv Plugin or are you planning on staying with the free version? Are you not interested in the whole premise of allowing “do-follow” backlinks to other sites when people leave comments?. (I guarantee you’re not alone if you want to keep your site “no-follow”.) As always, I’m interested in hearing from you. What’s the price? Some bloggers have already reserved a copy for $20. What is the price going to be today or next week? I honestly don’t know. I do know that (as with any product launch), the earlier you purchase it, the better deal you’ll get. – Over to you!
UPDATE: The unlimited license version of CommentLuv Premium is on sale for $40 for 7 days only. This special pre-launch price ends on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. The unlimited license allows you to install the premium version of CommentLuv on all of the blogs that you own (or are the administrator of). Plus, you immediately become an affiliate yourself. What are your thoughts?