Since writing this article, I have disabled CommentLuv as a process of optimizing the website for speed. CommentLuv does not slown down the website by much, but every plugin enabled does impact loading times
CommentLuv is a unique blogging tool. The reason I call it that and not a WordPress plugin is because CommentLuv is available for WordPress and Blogger. In the end, it is in fact a plugin. I used to use CommentLuv a long time ago when it first started. Once I switched to Disqus as my commenting system, CommentLuv was removed. CommentLuv really is one of a kind for the simple fact that it doesn’t change your comment system or replace it. CommentLuv simply adds a script to your comment system that searches for the commenter’s latest blog post and inserts a link to it with the comment. CommentLuv can be customized to match your website. You can add custom CSS to your theme or use the back-end to change some settings of display.
So why is it good for photographers?
Think about this. You write a post that is very popular. Now lets say that your post is attracting 50 photographers, all with blogs, all commenting. This is where CommentLuv comes to play. As other readers visit your blog article and start to read the comments, they will see the CommentLuv links. If they see a title they like, they can hover over the CommentLuv icon to see some simple stats or just click the link to visit the commenters post.
As you can see, the hover-card shows more posts by the commenter (my friend Dave Wilson is shown), how many times the link was clicked, the persons ComLuv.com bio if he/she registered, and other websites that the persons post has appeared.
In the screenshot above, you can see that on my friend Brian‘s website, CommentLuv looks slightly different. On Mike Olbinski‘s website, CommentLuv looks different. And in the screenshot below, the same goes for Trevor Current’s website. In fact, Trevor wrote a similar post about using CommentLuv on a website. Read Trevor’s post, Everyone Needs a Little Luv and Some Free Promotion Too!
Benefits of CommentLuv on your website
- Encourages people to comment
- Helps build community
- Shows visitors that you appreciate them
- Gives visitors an opportunity to share your traffic
- It’s free and lightweight
Getting started with CommentLuv is simple. Installation is a breeze! I almost forgot to mention that if you use Insane Debate (commenting system from the people who make WordPress) on your website, CommentLuv is built in, so enable it.
If you want to see CommentLuv in action, comment below and make sure to include your website (blog) URL. Thanks for reading and happy shooting,