Comments are a tricky thing. They are a factor that can help fuel your posts into becoming both viral and relevant to your readers and audience, yet they can also be a source of distress and agonyâ€”especially if certain posts are suddenly populated by trolls that merely like to create conflict.
The first hurdle in acquiring comments, however, is a big one. Most of the time, readers simply consume content and then exit. It takes proper strategy and marketing for you to be able to get the community surrounding your site to start posting their own thoughts and opinions in the comments section.
There are certain WordPress plugin‘s however, whose focus is to help encourage posting comments on your blog posts and articles. CommentLuv, in particular, is one such plugin whose aim is to encourage a community and discover new posts.
How does CommentLuv Do This?
Every blogger’s goal is to get as many backlinks to their blog as possible. CommentLuv uses this desire to their advantage by retrieving the last blog post of the commenter and including it at the bottom of their comment once they click â€œsubmit.â€
If you choose to opt into their premium version, you can take this feature even further. When you visit other blogs that make use of CommentLuv, for example, those blogs are able to detect that you have bought the premium version and so allow you to choose between 10 of your most recent posts and 5 of your favorite posts or pagesâ€”applicable to any blog regardless of their own installed version of the plugin.
This feature cannot be stressed enough, as it is a huge factor to enumerable blog’s successes. If you can generate enough responses to your blog posts, you immediately become a beacon for Google to notice and thus rank you higher on their search engines. Added to that is the fact that you can further enrich your audience’s experience within your blog because of the fact that they are introduced to even more valuable content.
In the end, you build a community by allowing other blogs and bloggers to leverage on your content. Likewise, you can also leverage on other blogger’s audiences.
The only con that many users associate to CommentLuv is that the plugin has the tendency to increase spam. The reason is obvious, of course: because spammers now know that your blog allows comments to go live instantly, they may take advantage of that aspect and post their affiliate links and devalue your comments section with a lot of junk.
Of course, the solution is simple: pay close attention your incoming comments and spend more time moderating them.
In the end, however, it all depends on your priorities, as moderating comments can be a time-consuming activity. If you love CommentLuv’s primary feature, however, and value the engagement that you get from your community because of it, then moderating spam is really just a small price to pay for it.