CommentLuv is a plugin for wordpress that rewards your blog readers with a free backlink when they leave a comment on your blog. When leaving a comment if they enable the CommentLuv option, they get a free backlink to one of their recent blog post that they have written on their blog. It maybe a dofollow or nofollow link depending upon the setting that blog owner has made. CommentLuv is also available for blogspot.
CommentLuv increases blog traffic, Readers interaction and much more but it has side-effects too as it increases number of external links on your blog and most links are pointed to irrelevant pages, moreover you get lots of spam comments. Too many irrelevant links on which you have no control can make your blog look spammy to Google and if links are dofollow then you can see sudden drop in ranking on SERP (Search Engine Result Page) and overall PageRank dropping but even though I installed it and taking the risk using it, read on to know why.
I am always been suggested by others to use it but I am the one who is least impressed by CommentLuv and it’s functioning but when I practically and logically thought about it I decided to try it for following reason:
Do CommentLuv Helps Blog to grow? How Really?
Everyone believes that CommentLuv increases traffic but it actually increases comments on your blog that ultimately increases traffic and helps blog to grow. Let’s see how:
More Traffic: It attracts more CommentLuv fans and some spammers who want to get backlink by commenting therefore surely more traffic.
More Pageviews: Another reason, if a reader to your blog reads a page and then goes away, you get only 1 pageview but if he leaves a comment then page gets loaded once again and you get double pageviews. Thus more comment means more pageviews.
Reduce Bounce Rate: When a visitor view 2 pages instead of 1 then bounce rate improves as viewing 2 pages is not considered as bounce back visit therefore it decreases bounce rate.
Improve Alexa Ranking: More Pageviews means better Alexa ranking. Ranking that is trusted by most advertisers. Moreover who comment on CommentLuv blogs and increases pageviews mostly have Alexa toolbar installed, so their visit is surely counted by Alexa.
Get Advertisers: A blog with good Alexa ranking and readers interactions in form of commenting always attract advertisers because good alexa ranking shows greater traffic and comments shows your blog readers are active!
Get Loyal Readers: To leave a comment, mostly genuine commenters prefer to read blog post before commenting therefore if you have good content they can surely become regular readers.
Increase Average Visit Duration: As mentioned, to leave a comment, commenters prefer to read blog post therefore it increases their visiting time and overall average visitor time on your blog.
Get Backlinks and Authority: Many articles and websites online have published list of blogs that are commentLuv enabled, if you have commentLuv enabled blog you may get listed and can earn a backlink.
At last, as a conclusion I want to say that I know CommentLuv backlinks on most blogs are nofollow so I think very less or no link juice will pass and therefore CommentLuv is not much harmful. Other thing, if it harms blog we can easily remove it any time but I had decided to place it permanently or at least until it harms me hard!
Seems like I am too positive regarding CommentLuv but I would like to know your views. Are you using CommentLuv? What do you feel about it?