Will CommentLuv Premium Make Your Blogging Life Easier?

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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?

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    1. I think the two biggest reasons that bloggers don’t want to install CommentLuv is due to the increase in spam and the necessity of closely monitoring the do-follow links. I agree with you thought that it has definitely improved engament on my blog. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.

  1. After reading all of this I think you have twisted my arm! It’s not very expensive at all really, for all the goodness that comes with it. Including extra traffic!

    1. I hope you haven’t bought it yet Matthew or if you had, you used a link to buy it at the special 1-year anniversary sale price. You can grab it here: http://bit.ly/TjCRlT.

      (That’s Kimberly Castleberry’s affiliate link.) I don’t have an affiliate link for this promotion yet and I don’t want you to miss out on this deal while I wait for Andy to approve my request. As of now, the price is $23.32. It’s one of those sales where the price keeps going up. Be sure to grab all the free bonuses too.

  2. Hi Sherryl,

    I have just started my site and of course one of my concerns is getting comments on my blog. After all most people put a lot of effort and thought to writing and it is sad when your visitors do not respond in any way.

    I don’t know about you but I feel really good when real people comment on my blog. It makes me feel connected and makes me feel good that I provided content that may be of value to someone else.

    So speaking of value, I enjoyed this post because I know very little about commentluv plugins and I appreciate your explanation.

    regards,

    Dita

    1. Hi Dita,
      Thanks for letting me know that you found my post valuable. If you have any questions about CommentLuv, feel free to ask. Since you’re interested in getting more comments, you might find this post (and the comments) helpful: http://keepupwiththeweb.com/commenting-on-blogs-what-strategy-works-for-you/.

      Also, in that article, I mention the “Bloggers Helping Bloggers” group on LinkedIn. Several of the bloggers who comment here are members and I’m the group manager. I find it to be a very supportive group. You’re welcome to join us there. (It’s not an open group. So, we try very hard to keep out spammers.)

      1. Hi Sheryl,

        Thank for your response. As soon as I’ll finish replying I am going to read the post you recommended.

        I’d love to to join your group, but unfortunately I am not in LinkedIn yet. I am finally mastering the Facebook and LinkedIn is going to come later. So sorry, too bad you don’t have a FB group.

        wishing you all the best. Off to reading your suggested post.

        Dita

        1. Hi Dita,
          Good luck with Facebook. I have accounts on most of the major social networking sites. In my experience, LinkedIn has been the most beneficial for me. It depends upon your niche market. My clients are primarily small business owners and professionals. So, for me, building my online presence there has been a source of new clients. I am active on Facebook and Twitter too but if someone told me that I could only be on one site, hands down, I’d choose LinkedIn. If you decide to join, let’s connect.

  3. CommentLuv Premium Make blogger Life Easier by helping to generate more traffic by engaging visitors. btw great post 🙂

    1. Hi Navin,
      First, my apologies for taking a month to reply to your comment on my post about CommentLuv Premium making your blogging life easier. Sometimes, comments have a way of sneaking by me but I do appreciate them. I hope you’re still happy with the plugin. There are lots of options to tweak.

  4. Blogs being mentioned above is a powerful tool that online business can use, if business talk to their clients conventionally then blogs serve as written language published on the internet. They can serve multiple purposes, generally in business it is used to gain more traffic and awareness to people. Just like other tools is it better when it has its strong support just like a powerful plug-in called commentluv. Its such a nice thing to know that it exist and make blogging more easier and secured.

    1. Thanks Dave. I find CommentLuv is a great tool for engaging other bloggers who in turn (hopefully) will share your content with their followers. What’s helpful to keep in mind is that CLP is great to have if your budget allows it but there’s still the free original version of this plugin available too. It doesn’t have the bells and whistles but it’s still a great tool.

  5. As i mentioned in a previous post, i am have a new blog and i installed CLP. Where I am a bit confused is the fact the CLP lets you select 5 articles when replying to comments, wouldn’t that just come across as spam? if not to google but to the forums? or am i missing something here?

    1. Frankie, Are you referring to the 5 articles that you as the author of the post can choose from? I actually have my blog set up to have 15 choices. In addition to the 10 most recent posts, every time I publish an article, I choose 5 posts that relate to the topic that I just blogged about.

      There are some bloggers who choose not to leave a link in their comments. It’s your call. My reasons for using it is that it is a backlink within my site (for SEO) and it’s an opportunity for me to provide more content. When I reply to comments, I always try to select a post that I think that person might find beneficial.

  6. What a fantastic and full summary of what commentluv has to offer, I wrote my little blog on the subject, but I’m going to come back and read yours in more detail cos I don’t think I have grasped all the features yet.

    1. Hi Elvis,
      Thanks for letting me know that you found my post valuable. CLP is powerful because of all the new features. The two features that I find myself using the most is the ability to individually control the do-follow tags on links and the ability to select 5 additional articles that I can select from when I reply to comments. I also took advantage of the ability to set the number of comments that someone needs to have left before they can leave a do-follow link. Some people were leaving a valuable comment and after they were approved, they would start leaving links to sites that I don’t want my blog associated. It was mainly coupon sites but I can’t risk having Google penalize me. Good luck with it!

  7. Hi Sherryl,

    I know this is on older post, but I just couldn’t resist talking about CLUV. I have been using CLUV free version for a long time and when the premium version came out, I just knew it was going to be good.

    I am glad I did get it, it truly made my blogging much easier. I think the best part for me is that it does the job of 7 other plugins and that means my blog runs faster since I can deleted 7 plugins and use CLUV whcih does their job as well.

    1. Hi Satrap,
      It’s never too late to add a comment. I agree that reducing the number of plugins that we have loaded is a great benefit of using CLP. I’m also enjoying other little benefits like being able to have an additional five posts to link to (as the admin of my blog).

  8. I like that after installing CommentLuv Premium there is no need for Aksimet plugin or any other plugin in order to control spam comments, that is a great tool!!!

  9. Michael, I replaced all eight plugins with CommentLuv Premium. I’m also loving the ability to control who gets the CommentLuv links and whether or not they’re do-follow based on the number of comments that are left. I was running into a problem where I’d approve a comment and then the person would start spamming. Now, I can monitor their comments before they’re automatically granted a valuable backlink from my site.

    1. Wow! A single plugin replace 8 plugins? I can just imagine how it would be easy for everybody to manage their own wordpress site by simply using one plugin. The benefit of commentluv premium is absolutely incomparable to any plugin especially in encouraging more people to leave a sensible comments into your blog.

      1. Actually Michael, CLP has so many controls that there is a bit of a learning curve. You can absolutely accept the defaults but if you want, you can tweak the options to incorporate it into your social media strategy. As to this, I’m referring to the social incentives. In CLP, you can set it up so that having do-follow backlinks is only available to people who have met a certain condition such as tweeting or liking the post. There is really a lot that you can do with this plugin.

  10. I think yes, commentluv premium can absolutely make our lives easier. What I like most with this latest premium version of commentluv is the availability of keyword name. There’s no more need to stick with both commentluv and keywordluv. Though there are some qualifications to activate keywordluv, it’s still a good thing to choose it.

  11. Premium comment luv has been the most commonly talk topic in the bloggers world. I still cannot get much difference with the older version of comment luv. I plan to purchase it and install in my site but I need more knowledge and encouragement about this. Thanks for sharing your ideas to us.

    1. I think a lot of the talk about the premium version of CommentLuv is generated by people who are trying to earn affiliate commissions. That’s not to take away from the value of the plugin but honestly not everyone needs it.

      To me there are two main reasons for investing in this plugin. #1 – If you’re already using commentluv, twitterlink, keywordluv and G.A.S.P, you can alleviate some of the load on your site by reducing the number of plugins you have loaded. For those of us who are running 20+ plugins, that’s pretty significant.

      #2nd – If you have developed a strategy for using social media to drive traffic to your site, CLP can be a very useful tool. The level of control that you have in this plugin is multi-layered. You can use backlinks and do-follow tags as incentives to tweet, like, G+ etc.

      The other thing that bloggers need to keep in mind is that with all this control, there is a learning curve. So, as I keep saying, there’s a lot of value in this plugin but it’s not going to be the right fit for everyone.

    1. Hi Mary,
      You’re welcome! Thanks for joining us here. There are some really resourceful readers who leave comments here. (I always say that we can all learn from each other.) I’m glad you joined us!

  12. You sure have generated a lot of buzz (and comments — full of luv 🙂 ) around this post! I do love the commentluv free plug-in and must investigate this newest pay-for more closely.

    thanks for the heads up!

    Heidi & Atticus

    1. Thanks! I do like to ask questions and foster an environment where people can exchange ideas. 🙂 You may have read my comment on Facebook that Andy has extended the pre-launch sale until Thursday October 6th at 12:00PM EST. It turns out that he needed more time to put the finishing touches on a video that he’s creating. I’m glad that he did because it gives people a little more time to decide if they think the premium version is something that they’d like to invest in.

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  14. I actually saw this offer in my e-mail and didn’t pay attention, but now you have me paying attention! It’s the last day of the offer so I’m wondering if this would be worth my while. Right now the free version seems suitable, and I don’t understand the “follow/nofollow” issue, but that doesn’t mean I might not want to move in that direction. I’m assuming if we buy this we can load it later to future blogs, correct?

    OK, I have a few hours to think about this!

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer
    Personal-Professional Balance Through Writing

    1. Hi Judy,
      The follow/nofollow has to do with letting the search engines crawl through the CommentLuv links that are left on your site. With the free version of CommentLuv, all of the Commentluv links are dofollow. With the Premium version, there are options where you can enable dofollow in exchange for doing things like registering on your site, retweeting your post, liking it via facebook or giving it a +1 on Google.

      This is the “developers” license which means you can install it on on all the blogs you own and administer (now and in the future). You also automatically become an affiliate if you buy it during this pre-launch sale. Plus, there are four bonuses that will be available for you to download (for a short period of time). One of them is the WP Mail Ads plugin which previously sold for $27.

  15. I really like CommentLuv and the plugin will be great. The top commenters widget I don’t think should remain premium-only – but maybe that’s my cheap butt. 😉

  16. Hi Sherryl and thanks for this post,
    I now have a better understanding of the CommentLuv plugin and it looks great.
    I really need time to read and learn more about it now so I decide wether it’s interresting for my website.

    1. Just as a reminder David, the pre-launch sale ends today and that’s for the developer’s license which means you can install it on all the websites that you own or administer. There are some free bonus add-ons that are available too. Plus, you become an affiliate. The reason I’m telling you all this is if you think you may buy it in the future, you will never be able to buy it for $40 again. (I’ve kicked myself more than once for not buying at a pre-launch price.)

  17. I do get the feeling that G.A.S.P. is going to be worth its weight in gold now that Akismet is charging for accounts (unless of course you don’t have any ads or affiliate links on your blog).

    I have spent all weekend playing with this on one of my blogs and one feature that I really like is the ability to set a number of posts before being able to use the “your name + keyword” feature.

    1. I have to play with those features more myself Paul. One of my favorite features is being able to add 5 posts of my own to choose from in addition to the 10 most recent. There are a number of great features in this plugin for sure.

    1. Hi Janine,
      When I first installed CommentLuv, I made a quick note (in my stats tracking worksheet) to note the date, the average number of comments my posts had and the overall number of visitors I was getting. I revisited the numbers in a month and tracked the difference. At the same time, I started commenting on a handful of CommentLuv blogs in my niche. I combined this effort with following those bloggers on Twitter and promoting them there.

      When I reviewed my Google Analytics, under referral traffic, I could see which blogs I was getting the most traffic from and I gave them a little more CommentLuv. I also followed the comments left on those blogs to find new CommentLuv blogs that I found valuable. Following a strategy like mine may work for you. Please keep us posted! 🙂

  18. What is your take on CommentLuv vs. Disqus? I am looking for one to but on my blog. I am assuming you are a fan of CommentLuv, but what are you thoughts on Disqus?

    1. Honestly Adam, I don’t have any experience with Disgus other than I’m a registered user because I comment on blogs that use it. Maybe someone else here has experience with it. I know Catarina Alexon uses it on her blog.

  19. Hi Sherryl. Thanks to you I have at least some idea about how CLP works. I am not likley to buy/use it because I am not really interested in using my blog to do things other than circulate my writing. You have given me some things to think about tho!
    Thanks
    Mike Martin
    Author of Change the Things You Can (Dealing with Difficult People)

    1. You could always check out the free version of CommentLuv Mike. It may be perfect for you. I know when I first started blogging, I wasn’t getting much blog traffic. Once I started actively commenting on blogs and using Twitter and CommentLuv, I started building my community and it really increased awareness of my brand and my blog.

  20. I absolutely agree with you that the free version will continue to meet the needs of many bloggers. I just posted a new article saying basically the same thing. Reducing the number of plugins is great but a lot of bloggers don’t use TwitterLink or KeywordLuv anyways. The true beauty of this plugin (to me) is the built-in incentives for sharing with social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Google +1.

  21. $20 would be reasonable, but $40 seems a little steep especially for a sale price. Higher traffic sites may be able to justify the purchase, but a lot of little guys may have a hard time doing so. If the regular price is anywhere above $50, I can’t see how this would ever sell.

    Again, nothing against the awesomeness of the plug-in. Just talking dollars and cents here.

    1. $40 becomes more reasonable when you take into account that this is the “unlimited license version” meaning that you can install it on all of the blogs that you own or are the administrator of. Plus, you immediately become an affiliate yourself.

      I agree with you that a lot of “little guys” will not have a budget for this. Plus, if they have a single site with no future plans of building or managing more, it may not make sense for them to purchase the premium version. I’m all for using free versions of plugins and donating to the authors when I can.

      1. It comes down to business. Sell a lot for $40 ( and soon to be much more ) or sell a mega-load for less. In the end I think many bloggers would have no problem shelling out a twenty. But if the regular price goes to $97 then all the affiliate perks in the world won’t justify the expense.

        No doubt about it, Commentluv is great…but it is NOT indispensable. And I’ve been running a number of pretty good traffic blogs for a number of years to see that.

        Again, just my opinion. I’m not the creator of the plug in and I’m sure he has a master plan for the sale of his product. I’m also sure for many price is no option to gain any benefit. I just think he could make a heck of a lot more dough my altering his rollout.

          1. Keith, I was hoping that this launch would be closer to $20 too. It’s so early in the launch, we’ll have to wait and see if he actually does expect to charge $97 at some point. I also wonder if he expects there to be much support to this product. He may intentionally be limiting the number of licenses that he hopes to sell. Sometimes I think pricing your product correctly can be as difficult than producing it. 🙂

        1. I wonder if Andy actually plans on selling it for $97 or if that’s part of his marketing strategy. When I first started blogging, I purchased the personal option of Thesis for $87 but I was convinced that the time that I would save using it would justify the cost. (It has.) Before I would pay that much for a plugin, I would want to see stats on how the CommentLuv Premium plugin impacts the bottom line (with the caveat that the increase is not from affiliate sales of CLP). I’m confident that some bloggers will be tracking this but it will be a while before the verdict comes in.

  22. I think it’s a double edged sword. CommentLuv will attract comments and regular blog visitors but can also lower your Page Rank and domain authority if not managed properly!

    I’m not sure how different the premium version is from the free version, but have used the free one for a while now 🙂

    1. That is absolutely true Adam. Andy has added more controls to G.A.S.P. such as validating the IP address and the URL but a certain amount of due diligence is in order. As for page rank, I’ve been reading a lot lately that PR isn’t as important as it once was. What I am constantly concerned with is linking to spammy sites. I’m in the habit of dealing with comments daily and unless I totally trust a blogger, I make it a practice to occasionally check links. Some people leave comments without links or innocent links to get approved and then start being scandalous about it.

    2. Heather,
      Were you asking “how does he do that?” in reference to Adam’s remark that that CommentLuv can reduce page rank and domain authority? I don’t pretend to be an SEO expert but a lot has been written about things like losing “link juice” to CommentLuv. You can search to learn more about it. Randy Pickard wrote a guest post here on my blog, http://keepupwiththeweb.com/does-commentluv-leak-link-juice-guest-post-by-randy-pickard/ about it. There’s an interesting discussion in the comment section. Not everyone seems to be in complete agreement. The general consensus among the bloggers who use it is that it’s worth it. I’m willing to sacrifice a little Google love in exchange for happy blog readers. 🙂

  23. Sherryl,

    I do like the way that commentluv works on your site and I will possibly invest in the paid version of comment luv. I will wait and see what you have to say after you have spent some more time using the plug-in. Looking forward to your update.

    Jenn

    1. Jenn,
      I have not had a chance to really play with the social incentives yet and I believe that is where the real potential is with this plugin. (I’ve been really busy trying to finish building a client site.)

      Andy Baily just officially launched the 7-day sale for $40 a license. He’s pulling the offer down on October 4, 2011. He plans on tweaking it and then after a month or so making it available again (but he won’t be offering it at this price again. So, if you’re thinking of getting it, you may not want to wait. At the risk of sounding like I’m pushing a sale (you know me better than that) . . . this is the “unlimited license version” which means you can install it on all of the blogs that you own or are the administrator of. To me, that’s a big incentive. Plus, you immediately become an affiliate yourself.

  24. Hi Sherryl, my technical guru 🙂 Please keep us informed of how you see the premium version working for you. If you think it is worth it after using it for a little bit, that is all the convincing I need and I will definitely buy it from you 🙂

    1. Hi Julie,
      I’m so glad to see that your blogs are all back and running again! As for the pre-launch price of CommentLuv Premium, it’s $40 starting today and ending on October 4th. I posted a new article today about it. I think your decision whether or not to buy it will depend on whether or not you intend to use the social media aspects of it. It’s too bad that it’s so early that no one has published results (that I know of) that show what sort of impact using the built-in incentives make (if any). I for one have not tested and tracked it yet.

  25. Hi Sherryl: I sure love your blog. I am not tech savvy at all. Have wanted to install comment luv, but it’s not listed as an automatic choice of options/widgets with WP or Blogger. I know there are some widgets that you can’t use on a standard (free) WP site. and some that don’t work with Blogger. Is installing commentluv something simple that even a techno-nymph like me could handle?

    1. Doreen, I honestly don’t know if you can install the CommentLuv plugin on either wordpress.com or blogger.com. My understanding is that you can’t but I could easily be wrong. Maybe someone else reading this would know. Why not try installing the free version and see if you can.

      If you do try, please come back and let us know how you made out. I’m sure this info would be helpful to others. Thanks! I’m glad you love my blog. 🙂 I really try to make it easy to understand.

  26. I just heard about this commentluve premium version. And I do believe that they really am so cool. Since I’ve been using the older version for about a month and have already seen some improvement. How much more if I go premium, right? Commentluv is surely the best plug in ever.

    1. That’s great that you’ve already noticed an improvement by using CommentLuv. Now is definitely a good time to purchase it at the pre-launch price. Sometimes, I have really kicked myself by hesitating and missing out on a new product. I’m not one to spend money on things that I don’t need but sometimes by not acting, I’ve completely missed out.

  27. Nice one Sherryl

    “Eight Plugins in One!”
    Now that is worth knowing.
    I use 3 of those plugins so this might save me a little page load time.

    Thanks for a great write-up and $20 seems like a snip.

    1. Keith, My understanding is that it’s going on sale next Tuesday but you can sign up now. I can’t guarantee that the price will be $20. I’m not sure what he’s selling it at for this pre-launch. I know that Andy’s last offer was for $20. Whatever the price is, it will be less expensive than waiting.

  28. Will they also gonna share a list of blogs using premium plugin with other premium users. Main reason is that many bloggers remove plugin after a month or week and you always keep shortlisting you list. It would be great if they can add this option and help premium users by sharing a list of commentluv users. By this they can easily short list high quality blogs related to niche and do blog commenting too.

      1. I will be glad if you can share the blog posts link which share listing other commentluv blogs. If you don’t wanna post it here than you can shoot me a email on ID used in comment section.

  29. Hi Sherryl,

    I’ve been using comment luv since I started my blog. It’s such a nice thing to have one’s most recent article just pop up in one’s comment that I really appreciate it on other blogs.

    The premium version sounds interesting! I have to say Andy is a really sweet guy. He helped me when the plugin wasn’t working for a while and I didn’t know how to fix it so I know he really stands behind his product. But his way of writing is a bit too bombastic for me, so whenever I see one of his mass e-mails I try to read it but I just can’t get through it! The way you put it makes the paid-for plugin sound really interesting! Thanks for the great post.

    Heather

    1. Hi Heather,
      I try to keep it simple. I’ve been joking for years that I translate Geek to English. 🙂 Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed my post. There’s a whole lot more going on with the premium version but I also feel that we need to master the basics first and then go exploring. 🙂

  30. CommentLuv Premium is here and it’s simply a matter of time when all CommentLuv users are going to upgrade. So, if you are doing it, why not do it among the first? I must admit that 8 plugins in one sounds very impressive.

    1. There’s a lot of great options included in the premium version but I’m sure that the free version will still meet the needs of some bloggers. I do believe that if someone is already using several of the plugins that are included that should consider upgrading. Plugins can really bloat a site.

  31. Sherryl — I’ve not used CommentLuv allow I’ve considered it. I just signed up through your affiliate link. I’m not quite sure what all the bells and whistles do. I’ve been hesitant to add yet one more plugin because we all know that plugins can sometimes mess things up. I’ve never felt the need to use captcha or other approval tools on my blog because I get to approve the first comment anyway, so if any spam sneaks through or I don’t feel a comment is appropriate I spam or trash it. I feel those systems discourage comments. I haven’t had any problems so far. I liked the new feature where I have a choice of blog – that’s neat. I’m sure some readers find CommentLuv an incentive to leave a comment, so I think I will give it a try if the price is right. Thanks for letting us know about it.

    1. Hi Jeannette, Thanks for using my link to signup. I appreciate it. I’m always trying to limit my use of plugins but they can make life so much easier. What do you use for a spam filter now? Are you still using Akismet?

      I think you’ll like a lot of the new features. As the admin of your site, you can also add 5 additional links in addition to your 10 most recent. These can be posts or pages. I really like this option because some of my favorite posts were written quite a while ago.

      I still don’t know what the price is but a couple of weeks ago, there was an offer to sign up for $20. You get to be an affilate too.

      1. Sherryl — I’m using Askimet as my spam filter. $20 certainly sounds reasonable enough for the plugin.

        1. Hi Jeannette, I just posted a new article with the link. It turns out that the pre-launch price is $40. Sorry you missed out on the $20 deal. I did tweet it but I don’t think many people got in on that. I still don’t know what the final price will be. There is a video that Andy created in my article that I posted today.

  32. Hi Sherryl,
    I heard so much about the new commentluv premium. Sounds exciting! They started the beta version a while ago and accepted some people to test it. Unfortunately, I was a little late and missed that boat, they already had enough people.
    But I think it has a lot to offer and I am excited already. Thanks for sharing more information about it! I love commentluv, great tool,

    Franziska San Pedro
    The Abstract Impressionist Artress

    1. Hi Franziska,
      I was accepted as a beta tester which is why I’m able to offer CommentLuv Premium now. This initial product launch is only going to be available for a few more days. Andy had said that he was going to run this pre-launch for 7 days and then pull it for 2 to 4 weeks. When he offers it again, I believe it will be for more money. Also, this offer includes being setup as an affiliate for CLP. I don’t know if Andy continues to keep offering that option or not.

    1. It is confusing Brian. My understanding is that Andy is going to announce this mini-launch tomorrow and keep it up for 7 days. Then, he’s going to take the offer down for a period of time (possibly 2 to 4 weeks and tweak the product). This makes a lot of sense to me because there are a lot of bells and whistles and things like themes and plugins can be creating small annoyances that he’s been working out. Actually, I believe the majority of the tweaking has been done but you know how it goes – more users means more chances of needing to tweak something.

      I believe what you are doing by signing up (with me, one of the other beta testers or Andy himself tomorrow) is reserving your copy for the lowest price that he’ll ever offer it at along with the opportunity to be an affiliate.

      I honestly don’t know what Andy will be charging for either this release or what his final price will be. I do know that a couple of weeks ago some people were able to signup and reserve a copy for $20 (by leaving a comment on one of Andy’s posts). I don’t think you can lose by signing up if you’re interested. If you change your mind, just don’t give him your Paypal info. 🙂

  33. HI Sherry,

    One has been hearing so much about the pre-sale launch of CommentLuv premium version, and your post explains everything so very well! I have applied for the early bird offer, though would get it either ways 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Harleena. I’m glad I was able to share a little light on it. I’m still learning and tweaking it myself. I got the basic plugins up and running and now I’m fine tuning it. I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot tutorials and reviews as we go along. So far, among the beta testers at least, the general consensus is we’re very happy with it.

  34. Hi Sherry,

    I really like this post. I will be utilizing this very soon. Right now I’m working on the set-up for it. Sally

  35. Hi Sherryl

    I’ve been using the free version of comment luv for around 6 months or so now I suppose. Like you I like the community building aspect of it, although I’m not utilizing it as fully as I could be…only so many hours in the day 😉

    Not ready to jump ship to the new paid version at this stage, but will be paying attention to what the concensus is.

    Thanks for the info

    1. Jackie,
      I really haven’t addressed using the CLP settings to allow dofollow and the choice of ten posts as an incentive (for someone tweeting, liking or giving my post a Google +1) yet but I know some of the other beta testers were very interested in this particular option. In the future, I expect to read posts on what sort of results they get by offering these enticements. If it works for the other bloggers (who share the same niche of readers that I do), I’ll consider tweaking my settings.

      If you think you may want to upgrade to CLP in the future, you may want to sign up to buy it now. This initial launch is only going to be available for 7 days before Andy pulls it. He’s saying it could be two to four weeks after when he’ll announce another launch at a higher price. You also become an affiliate by signing up now as an added bonus.

  36. Hi Sherryl,

    Seems we could be rid of several stand alone plugins with the premium comment luv. I do believe less plugins installed is always the better way to go. I like the idea of having more control with dofollow.

    I signed up through your link. Can’t wait for the release!

    1. Kathy, You’ll be able to control dofollow on several levels. Initially, I had CLP set up to allow dofollow and 10 posts to choose from for everyone with an approved comment. Now that I’m starting to tweak the settings, I’m only allowing that after someone has left three approved comments. What I’ve noticed is that some visitors leave an innocent link with their first comment and then start leaving links to sites that I don’t want Google to follow. This should catch that earlier than I catch it. There have been times when I’ve noticed links that were left weeks or months ago.

  37. Wow. That really is an all-in-one.

    I have been seeing CommentLuv Premium on several blogs now.

    I see that it now has enabled the same functionality that KeywordLuv has in terms of linking out.

    Let us know what you think about it after a few weeks, Sherryl…:)

    Mark

    1. I’ll keep everyone posted. There’s a bit of a learning curve to take advantage of all of the added features. I’m particularly interested in the new G.A.S.P. settings for trackback validation. Until now, I’ve been trying to keep up with manually checking trackbacks but that’s time consuming. After checking the G.A.S.P. trackback log, I’m changing the setting from validating the IP address to validating the URL. I’m hoping that will take some of the guesswork out of my trying to check it manually.

  38. I like the idea about retweeting and it does look a simple way to include everything, although I only use GASP at the moment. I signed up for the early bird through your link Sherryl and will see what the price is.

    1. That’s great Susan. I hope you like it. I haven’t tweaked the settings yet for the enticements for tweets but I think I will in the future. By signing up early, you’re guaranteed the lowest price. You’ll also be an affiliate.

  39. Hi Andrew,
    I think the early adopters are going to be bloggers who are truly embracing the social media aspect. There are ways to use CommentLuv Premium to reward tweets, likes and Google +1s. The reason that I’m excited the most is that I’ve been able to deactivate and delete 5 other plugins!

  40. Andy sent me an offer and I agree with you that it sounds like a great plugin. If I decide to buy it will be from you. Definitely!

    1. Thanks Catarina. I appreciate that. I only participate in a handful of affiliate programs (for products that I believe in). Being an affiliate was a nice little reward that Andy offered for participating as a beta tester.

  41. Seems like the commentluv premium plugin has been the talk of the town – blog world anyway recently. It does sound like it will have some nice new features and things. I see a few people have it on their blogs already. I’m not sure if I will get it or not yet. It will depend a little on the price. I do have my eye on it though.

    1. Hi Ray,
      The people who already have the premium version of CommentLuv are all my fellow beta testers. Together, we’ve been helping Andy Bailey work out a few kinks before he launched it. Since I visit most (if not all ) of their blogs, I’ve really noticed the buzz about it. Now that it’s launching, prepare to read more. 🙂

      1. Seems like the comment luv is the way forward if you are really serious about “Commenting”.

        I am using discuss currently on my blog, can I switch to Comment luv Sherryl easily? If yes would love to install comment luv on my blog to get bit more comment luv 🙂