Though not everyone who reads our blog are bloggers themselves, we try to provide useful blog tips particularly for health and fitness bloggers. If you’ve ever tried starting your own blog, the only thing worse than not getting much traffic is getting zero comments.
Fortunately, there are solutions to this problem. One common option is to add the Commentluv plugin by Andy Bailey. It’s a free WordPress plugin that you can download from the WordPress Plugin repository (download link).
What does it do? It basically encourages other niche related bloggers to post comments on your site. Why? Because you’re bribing them with a dofollow backlink to their blog. When you comment on blogs that are “Commentluv Enabled,” it helps you build links for your site.
I’m all for creating win-win situations and in my opinion, the Commentluv plugin does just that. For bloggers, the benefits are obvious. To start off with, it can bring your blog back to life with more interaction and discussion around topics. Having comments also helps add content to your site which can help your site to be found by Google for things that may not have been written about in your posts themselves.
Normally, when you post a comment on a blog that’s not using this plugin, the comment link is tagged with a “no follow” link. Basically, that’s some HTML that looks like this: rel= “nofollow”
The nofollow attribute prevents the link from passing Google’s PageRank juice to your site. Again, links that pass PageRank are referred to as “do follow.” What’s more is that you can actually select which of your recent posts gets PageRank passed to it with your comment. This is helpful for improving your blog’s visibility and rankings for search engines.
Some people are fanatical about commenting on Commentluv enabled blogs to build links for their site. If you’re looking for sites that have this plugin installed, you can typically just try searching by typing the following:
“commenluv enabled” your blog niche
Obviously, you would replace “your blog niche” with something like “health and fitness blogs” or whatever you’re looking for.
Or, you can also use the Commentluv search engine to find blogs that have the plugin enabled and have registered their site.
The above screenshot displays what Commentluv does after you post a comment on a site that has this plugin enabled. If you click on the tiny heart, you can view information about the person who posted the comment.
After you install this plugin, make sure that visit the Commentluv site to complete your registration. If you register on the site, it will provide a pop-up profile with more information about you when you leave comments. You will also ensure that your blog shows up in the CommentLuv search engine too.
It’s easy for bloggers to get obsessed with building links particularly if they’re not having much success with their blogs. As John Sullivan, the creator of the BloggerLuv site (Not to be confused with Commentluv, BloggerLuv is a BuddyPress powered forum for bloggers) wrote something along the lines of when it comes to blogging, it’s the links that you create with other people who really matter.
On that note, Commentluv could be a great way to bring more social interaction, discussion, and life to your blog.
Have you tried Commentluv yet?
Update: We’ve closed comments on this post since it generates too much spam. We’ve also disabled Commentluv at our site here since we’re currently trying other forms of commenting including Facebook comments to improve reader engagement!