We know that great content is important to make your visitor lingered in your blog. But, how about your blog’s discussion part? Blog comments are needed to make your site has greater value of SEO in eye of search engine. People won’t interact in your site unless other visitor start commenting on one of your article. Sometimes, it can be difficult to make people commenting on your site especially if you don’t have really good article.
If you are looking a forum for example WarriorForum.com then you’ll see many active discussions between its member. People love to share and post about something because they will get reward like “thanks” status which make them feel respected and popular. Same case with blog here, if you reward your visitors with interesting stuff then they will race to leave comments in your site. For example you can organize a giveaway event, special offer, or giving visitor chance to put in their blog’s link.
There is a good plugin that can help to increase your blog’s comment by giving your readers to put their link in each comment they made. It’s called CommentLuv plugin. The plugin was created by Andy Bailey, one of genius plugin developer. What are the benefits? This plugin works by displaying latest article or other blog post written by comment author automatically. Take a look for example below:
With this feature there are some benefits for both blog owner and comment author. The owner will get more additional content and extra keyword to their blog post which search engine love this. Their blog also looks more socially with active discussion inside. Owner also have a chance getting “facebook like”, “tweet”, or “google +1″ when comment author trying to put in their link in their comment. We know that search engine rewards social activity more today, so if your blog is really active then it also boost your rank in search engine.
Now as comment author, you get link juice from blog owner which can help your site rank better. People also will curious to a link with cute love picture beside it and will try to click it. And you get free traffic from owner visitors without doing nothing. Not only that, you get some blogger friends which can give you a chance to leave a guest post in their blog. Blog owner usually accept to publish your content faster if you really existed in blogging world.
When I try to set up Commentluv plugin for the first time, I was surprised because this plugin has tons of features. In main settings, there are 5 key features such as CommentLuv, TwitterLink, Growmap Anti Spambot (G.A.S.P), Keyword Name and ReplyMe. Take a look main settings screenshot below:
Each feature has its own setting. For example CommentLuv settings allow you to configure link appearance, CSS style, position and many more. TwitterLink feature allow comment author to leave their Twitter’s username into the comment. G.A.S.P which will protect your blog against spamming, bot, etc (paired with Akismet will be wonderful). Keyword Name which allow comment author to use keywords in their comment. And the latest feature is ReplyMe which allow comment author to receive response of their comment delivered by email.
As a comment system plugin, CommentLuv has done its job better than native WordPress comment system. It also lightweight and doesn’t eat resources too much. Another advantage is CommentLuv also integrated in WordPress comment system automatically without depends on other third party service. In the past, people worried about spam problem. With premium plugin of CommentLuv, almost no spam comments anymore because its intelligent anti spam feature. Although you can use free version of CommentLuv, I recommend you to upgrade to a premium version.