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Are You A CommentLuv Fan?

by Adrienne Smith on August 29, 2011

Are You A CommentLuv Fan?This topic has been on my mind for quite some time.  I have really been curious why some people quit using the CommentLuv plug-in so during my time blog hopping and commenting, I’ve had my ears open.

I can’t even imagine why you wouldn’t want to use this plug-in.  Granted, all of these fabulous plug-ins are only available on self hosted blogs so all of you free blogs are just out of luck.  I bet you wish you could use it. Or, as I’ve been on my mission, maybe not!

As you can tell, I’m still a fan and I always will be unless Andy Bailey does away with it forever. Then I’m doomed…

I do know he’ll have an announcement tomorrow over at his blog showing you how you can apply to become one of the people who will get access to the premium beta version of CommentLuv for FREE!

One Reason Why

So one of the reasons why some people are no longer using CommentLuv is because they have switched to another type of commenting system.  You’ve seen them and know what I’m talking about.  Ones like LiveFyre, Disqus and IntenseDebate to name a few.

Those are the commenting systems that you have to sign up with in order to even leave a comment.  A lot of my blogging buddies have switched over to them because of some of the bells and whistles that they offer.

One of the downfalls I’ve heard about with these types of systems is that they aren’t hosted on your wordpress blog, but elsewhere.  I wonder what would happen if their system went down.  Does that mean all their comments go bye bye?  Well, I’ll never know because you couldn’t pay me to switch.

These systems don’t allow CommentLuv if you can imagine that.  I haven’t figured that one out yet so maybe someone who is more in the know can share that with us in the comment section.

Second Reason Why

I’ve talked to a few of my friends who did switch over to these other commenting systems but because they were having some difficulties with some of the features, decided to come back to the default comment box until those were repaired.

I had noticed that they didn’t have CommentLuv even after switching back so I asked a couple of them why.  You might find this kind of funny but they just flat out forgot to turn the darn thing on.  Yep, with the newer version of the plug-in you have to actually do a little bit of playing around in the settings.

The first thing you’ll need to do is head over to “Settings” and pull up CommentLuv.  Once you are there the first section you see will be the “Primary Setting”.  Be sure you check the “Yes” box to turn it on.  You also can have the plug-in show on just posts, pages or both.

Are You A CommentLuv Fan?

The middle section you can decide how you want CommentLuv to be displayed on your posts.

As with the older plug-in, if you registered with an account you then had the option of displaying your last ten posts when you left a comment.  With this newer version, you can have the same choice, but as you will notice you can give this option to only registered users, everyone or no one at all.  I don’t think that would be a wise decision.  Kind of defeats the purpose of even having it wouldn’t you agree?

You also have the choice of who gets dofollow links.  Pretty nifty idea if you ask me.  You’ll see what I’m talking about here:

Are You A CommentLuv Fan?

Last But Not Least

Here’s one more very important thing to know about CommentLuv.  Because Andy has been doing some updates lately, if you don’t upgrade the plug-in it will eventually stop working.  Now I’m sure every single one of you update your plug-ins as soon as you are notified there is a newer version.  We all know how important this is to keep up with the latest versions.

Just in case you haven’t done it, be sure to upgrade that today.  You wouldn’t want to be left behind.

Why Use CommentLuv

CommentLuv is fabulous for building links.  Now we all would love for people to visit our blog and just comment because they really like us but let’s be realistic okay!  You need backlinks to your site in order to help Google recognize just how fabulous you really are.

When people see you use CommentLuv, they are even more thrilled and excited because they not only get to share their links with you and your readers, but you also get to find other really cool bloggers that are also leaving comments and follow them back over to their place because of their cool blog titles you just happen to see while visiting.  Don’t lie, you know it’s true.

Let’s face it, link juice will move your blog up in the rankings which will help more readers find your content on Google and we know how much Google likes to make us all happy. That’s why they keep doing all their updating and changing.  So although we all want to just be loved for us, we’re really loved for the sharing and helping we can do for one another.

Just check out some of the higher PR ranking sites and you’re still going to see CommentLuv all over the place.  But using it is totally up to you.  We all know that everything we do is a choice and it’s your choice to use this fabulous plug-in or not.  Me, I’m keeping it for sure.

How About You

So tell me, tell me, tell me…  Do you use CommentLuv and if not, why?  I’ve been getting my ears and mind full these past few months but you know me, I’m a learning machine. Please do share with me why you love it or why you don’t.  I definitely want to hear what you have to say.

I’ll be chatting with you in the comment section so see you there.

 


{ 160 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ashvini
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Yes, the first one this time :). ( throwing punches in the air )

I absolutely love commentluv. It is not only for back links for me but also rewarding the commentators with a little juice from my site for their hard work.
I initially adopted Disqus and disqus does allow the option of keeping comments on your site but if you are not careful, it is on their site. So while disqus looks professional, it really does not give the option of choosing the post we want to gain juice for:). I really do not like livefyre because it asks me to create an account which may discourage some users.
I will be soon installing keywordluv also as I see it is really useful plugin .
I am totally with you and this with using commentluv plugin :)
I just noticed that my setting for commentluv were not complete. I hope to complete them soon :) thanks for the heads up :)
Thanks for sharing your insights.
Best regards,
Ashvini

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2 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Ah Ashvini, are you doing a happy dance over there! :-) Congratulations my friend. I know how hard it is sometimes to be the first one.

I totally agree with you. Hey, we all want backlinks and those that say they don’t are fibbing, big time. So why not spread the love to all your readers!

Well I’m happy to hear from someone who has actually used the other commenting services and you are able to give me your honest opinion. See, I’ve asked others so all I have to go by is what they have shared with me. So why did you go with Disqus in the first place if you don’t mind me asking. What made you want to switch?

Glad I could refresh your memory and remind you to finish those settings. You definitely want all of that in place correctly.

Thanks Ashvini and congrats again for being first. Now, you enjoy your day young man and we’ll be visiting again real soon.

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3 Ashvini
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Hi Adrienne,
Haha!!! I was almost dancing ;). In the middle of the comment , the internet got disconnected (horror) but I took the risk of posting it anyway and I was still the first :)
I started with normal commenting system( with CL enabled) , till I saw the disqus system. It was interesting and it looked professional. The first thing I checked was , who owns my comment. Fortunately, disqus has system that allows the comment to remain at site and not on any cloud server. Comments are blog’s property after all.
However I discovered that they were not having CL enabled. A little research confirmed that it is true. So I was back to normal comment system( default) but then now I see that CL is disabled again because of caching. I cannot let go of caching because it really helps my blog load on low internet speeds . However CL does not play right with caching as I wrote in the comment below.
I dont know if I should move back to disqus because it looks really good to me or do you have any other comment system in mind that I can use.
Thats my story :)
Best regards,
Ashvini

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4 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Hey Ashvini,

That’s too funny my friend, but glad it when through anyway! I hate that when that happens.

So after reading what support had to say did that not work? I mean after clearing your cache you are still having problems? You are more of a pro about computer stuff then I am but I never had this problem with my cache plug-in. If affected something entirely different. What I have done is just try out different caching plug-ins so that I can still use them but just not run into these problems.

I only use the default commenting system so I really don’t have any other recommendation for you I’m afraid. I’m sorry you are having these problems. I do hope you’ll be able to get them resolved. Let me know what you decide or I guess I’ll find out soon enough when I visit your place again. :-)

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5 Ashvini
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Hi Adrienne,

No it did not work even after clearing cache. Let me test it one more time and see if it works good other wise I might write a plugin like that :). For now I have decided to keep default comment system on. It is simple , elegant and is not dependent on any external system. Carolyn explained the troubles with other systems very well.
Have a great day and thanks for replying
Ashvini

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6 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Oh that’s right!!! You can just write a plug-in that should solve your problems. You’re the man!

Carolyn made a very good point. See, she’s the techie woman and knows that people access the internet through other devices now and not always their computers. That’s good to know. Glad she could help!

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7 Ashvini
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Hi Adrienne,
It seems that the Commentluv has stopped working after upgrade for my site :(. It is probably clashing with the cache plugin w3 cache.
When I disabled the cache plugin , CL worked perfectly fine :(. There is a mention of problem here
http://support.commentluv.com/ticket/knowledgebase.php?article=9
Are you facing such a problem?

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8 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Hey Ashvini,

Oh no, a complication. Well, I had a different problem with my cache plug-in so I had to disable it. Have not gone back to enable it again because it prevents me from accessing my dashboard. Can’t even login. I hate that when that happens. Before that though I didn’t have any problems with it clashing with CommentLuv.

I appreciate you sharing this support ticket information with us. I know others may find this very helpful. I hope they don’t run into the same problems though.

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9 Carolyn
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Ashvini, this is so funny. I was just on your blog and noticed that CommentLuv wasn’t working. But I would rather have the default comment box than Disqus, LiveFyre or Intense Debate. All three of those give me problems when I want to comment using my iPad (which I use a lot). I will try to remember to visit blogs again on my computer, but that doesn’t always happen.

I hope you get this issue resolved. Plugin conflicts are very annoying, I understand. :-)

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10 Ashvini
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Hi Carolyn,
I am completely siding with your opinion. I think default is the best system because it is simple and I like simple system ( being a former enterprise software consultant :) ). And now you have identified issues when commenting through tabs, I find it proper to stay with the default. Thanks for that.
I deactivated w3cache and CL started working. As the support issue says, it is how CL works. I feel that they don’t want to take pain to let it work with cache.
I think I should write such a plugin and let people have more control over their blog. Even if I monetize it later, I hope I will keep the original features intact . Let me do a study on it :).

Thanks to you and Adrienne for this wonderful discussion :).
Best regards,
Ashvini

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11 Eddie Gear
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 10:22 AM

I am a big Fan of the Comment Luv system. Yes, I noticed that they are upgrading the system. I’ve been doing my research and noticed that LiveFyre has been receiving some major impression among the big guys in the blogosphere.

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12 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Hey Eddie,

Thanks of the share. I know from speaking with a few of my friends that they like LiveFyre because of the keywords it puts in the comments which or course can also help your comments rank. Something to that affect. But if you use CommentLuv and have your keywords in your header, the same will happen. Not sure which one is the best overall but I’m still not switching.

Thanks for your input on this. I appreciate it!

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13 Carolyn
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Hi Adrienne, Like you I am a huge fan of CommentLuv. In fact, if I could only keep one plugin on my blog, that would be it. CommentLuv rewards my readers and helps me spread the word about my blog to others. Double bonus!

I have two questions for you, though, about CommentLuv. The first is that you don’t use CommentLuv for your comments on your own blog (my astute daughter noticed that last night when I showed her your blog). Is that because you reply through the Dashboard or because it’s considered bad etiquette to use CommentLuv on comments on your own blog? If it’s the latter, I sincerely apologize to everyone I have offended on my blog.

Second, I haven’t upgraded yet to the new version released earlier this month while I was away on vacation. What benefits does the new version offer?

Thanks so much for another awesome post spreading the word about this fabulous plugin!

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14 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Hey Carolyn,

Ah, music to my ears! I love hearing that.

Well, I answer all comments through the dashboard and the reason for that is I have more control over editing, etc. And why would I need to use the CommentLuv plug-in on my own blog since you are obviously already here? I don’t see that as necessary personally. Or that’s the way I view it. I don’t think there is a right way or wrong way really Carolyn.

The older version will eventually stop working altogether so you will have to upgrade soon. The newer version is set up so that people don’t have to log in to the ComLuv website and sign up for an account in order for their last ten posts to show. If you’ve visited some blogs you may have noticed that we are only able to leave our last post. We don’t have a choice from our last ten. That’s because they never registered with ComLuv in order to activate that option.

You are also given the option of making your link a dofollow or nofollow link back to the commenter’s blog. Andy is coming out with a pro version so I have no idea what this plug-in will do above what it already does but I am curious and would love to get in on the beta testing. So I’ll be keeping my ears open tomorrow.

Hope that was helpful and thanks for your comment as always.

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15 Carolyn
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Hi Adrienne, The reason I use CommentLuv on my own blog is to give readers another way to discover other articles there. I write the comment and then go to the Dashboard to edit if I need to. But I don’t get as many comments as you do!

I just updated CommentLuv. I was pretty up to date, just the last one I hadn’t done yet. Thanks for your advice on that. Your advice is always helpful and appreciated!

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16 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 6:42 PM

That does make sense but I just feel that if they are already here and like the place then they’ll head on over to the Archives page or check out the latest posts. I could be wrong but I’ve been doing it this way since it started. Hey you never know! But thanks for pointing that out.

That’s good to hear, I would think that you would have received a notice to update it had you not already. I’m sure it’s working like a charm girl! :-)

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17 Mouh
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Yes! I am a CommentLuv Fan. I love it because I want to reward my readers and commenters with links to their sites. My blog is DoFollow and the CommentLuv link is DoFollow as well. I have been getting a lot of spam because of that. But I won’t remove the plugin. I really love and enjoy rewarding my readers.

I think I have updated the plugin. I didn’t check if new options were added.

I certainly don’t want to switch to those commenting systems. I find them complicated when commenting on other blogs.

Now, your new header is heartwarming! I just love it, Adrienne. Your blog looks a lot better now. It is more organized. And the color is just great! I wonder why you chose blue…. :D that’s your favorite color, isn’t it? It really suits your blog.

Mouh
:)

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18 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Hi Mouh,

I do know you are a lover of this fabulous plug-in. I totally agree with you, I love to not only reward my readers but help others find more juicy blogs to go comment on too. Sorry to hear about the spam problem. I always get a little but not much.

So you like the new header? Yeah, it’s growing on me. I love the look and yep, I told him to go with more dark blue. Can you guess that it’s my favorite color? lol… ;-)

Thanks Mouh, appreciate your comment as always. You brighten my day! So, have a good one yourself my friend.

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19 Carolyn
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM

I forgot to mention in my comment how much I love your new header! I’m a blue fan too. :-)

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20 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Ah, I was wondering what you though! I LOVE dark blue so I may have had him go overboard but I love it and that’s what matters right! :-) Thanks Carolyn for coming back and giving me a shout!

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21 Jens P. Berget
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I’m a big fan of CommentLuv, as I told you on Facebook earlier today :)

I am not sure if I get any extra traffic from using it, but I love to be able to think so. And, I find myself visiting many new blogs because I see the title of the blog posts when people comment on either my blog or other blogs. It’s a great way to help the people who comment to share their content. To me, this is one of the best plugins.

I have tried Disqus on my blog, but after testing for a few months I decided to switch back and have more control of the comments on my blog. I was thinking the same thoughts as you, what would happen if the system went down, or the decided to quit :)

Jens

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22 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Hey Jens,

You probably do get more traffic because you have the coolest headlines so people who are visiting other blogs are dying to find out what you did when your cat pissed on the table and such. So they hop on over and you now have a new reader. They just don’t tell you that they came from someone else’s place. Wish more people did.

So you’ve also tried a different commenting system. That’s good to know. Glad you stuck with the default one. I do think it’s just much easier. Thanks for sharing that with us.

Hope you are enjoying your day!

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23 Brankica August 29, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Hey Adrienne, I had Livefyre on my blog and you have no problems if they go down, since the comments are always on your blog. I had them all there when I removed Livefyre. The reason I removed it a crazy one, I can’t believe they didn’t add it yet – you can’t edit a comment in Livefyre. However, they did roll out a feature similar to ComLuv that will pull your last post from your blog and you will have a link back (if you are using Livefyre).

I didn’t put ComLuv back when I removed it because of two reasons: the plugin and all the registration stuff was too complicated to think of how I would want it because I would not give everyone a dofollow. The second reason, very related to the last few words of the previous sentence is that the blog started attracting too many spammers.

Oh, I just remembered a third one. There were bloggers that were commenting on my blog just because I had ComLuv installed. I don’t like that and they are the biggest reason I didn’t put it back. The bad guys always ruin it for the good ones.

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24 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Hey Brankica,

I know you use Livefry and you were happy with it accept some problem with one of the features. So you couldn’t edit the comment? That’s why I edit mine in my dashboard, some just need it! lol… I’m not sure which program it is that someone told me that the comments are hosted elsewhere and I thought that was rather strange. Glad to hear that’s not the case with the one you are using. Plus, I’m thrilled to hear that they made some upgrades and you can now share a little love. Bet you are happy about that.

I have a feeling that maybe these are some of the issues Andy will be addressing with the pro version but guess we’ll know soon enough. I haven’t seen a whole lot more spammers on my site, just the norm.

So you don’t like giving everyone a dofollow link. I definitely won’t ask you to share with us why here because I have a feeling I already know the answer to that.

I had a few of those too Brankica and although it took me a couple times to figure it out when they would visit, I just delete their comment. You know what! I don’t loose one ounce of sleep over it either. :-)

Now, why the heck wasn’t your comment approved without me having to approve it? I’ve got the darn thing set to where if you’ve commented before you are instantly approved yet it didn’t work for you. This is getting old girl!

Hey, do you like the new header? Come on, tell me the truth!!! I think it adds a little more something myself. I needed a change wouldn’t you agree?

Thanks Brankica for sharing your thoughts about CommentLuv. I always appreciate hearing what you have to say. You’re the blogging queen.

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25 Brankica August 29, 2011 at 1:55 PM

I looooove the new header :) Love the colors and I love the smile even more, you know that !

You would be surprised at the bloggers that won’t comment unless there is CL installed :) I don’t care much about that, I comment everywhere, I use all the commenting systems to leave comments and the main thing is that I like the post.

Heck I even left comments on blogs that won’t give you any link, you can leave a name but no link through it!

I don’t use Livefyre anymore though, because I need to edit some comments as well. Especially those that were too lazy to read the comment rules…

I might have been waiting for approval cause I changed my email. I am trying to get out of Akismet spam hell and also use this new gmail for communication with everyone :)

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26 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Ah thank you Brankica for stopping back by and giving me your thoughts. I really appreciate that and SO glad you like the header. I have to admit, he made my photo look a whole lot better. Am delighted about that!

I’m with you, I don’t care what system you’re using. If I like the post and want to leave my comment, I’m in. I have a feeling if a lot of people feel that way and more and more bloggers switch systems they are really going to be in a world of hurt.

Ah, you are a faithful blogger my friend. I’ve left a few comments myself on blogs where they asked for no link from me but what the heck. The post was good and I needed to be a part of that conversation.

Maybe Livefyre will get around to upgrading that feature in the future so that you will be able to edit posts. I know what you mean about needing to clean some of them up. Again I’m blessed it doesn’t happen often but it does happen. You can’t slip something by me. :-)

Ah, so you changed your email. That’s good to know I was really over here thinking what the heck! That girl has commented over here many times. I thought it was me so I can relax now.

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27 Angel
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 12:20 PM

I am really new to this internet adventure about making my computer a cash machine, but when i see at-the-bottom this “comment-luv” logo with the red luv, my first impression is that i feel uncomfortable with it, like wishing to click on something and get rid of it immediately, kind of annoying.

Warmly,
Angel

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28 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 1:47 PM

It’s CommentLuv Angel, they are sharing the love… I guess that’s why it’s so important to learn different things. First impressions aren’t always right, that I do know for sure. :-)

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29 Bill Dorman
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Uhhhhh, I’m only half way to being self-hosted. I did the domain name but haven’t flipped to self-hosted just yet. Therefore, I take what they give me…….:).

Did Carolyn say something about rewards and Double Bonus? I’m all in for prizes; just like the Cracker Jack’s box, huh?

As I tell Carolyn, I will have to check it out someday…………….:)

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30 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Hey that’s fabulous news Bill. You’ve got the domain name so the rest will come into place. I’m excited for you, you’re going big time soon.

I’m waiting to be taken for a ride in that Ferrari that she’ll win. I mean it is something that fabulous right?

I hope you’ll be checking it out soon. When’s the big move over? Do you have it scheduled yet?

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31 Bill Dorman
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Not quite yet, I have some other tricks up my sleeve first and will then go from there………:)

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32 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Ah, so we have to wait some more. Got some tricks up your sleeve. I like the sound of that! Okie dokie, I’m excited. Hope you’ll give us a big announcement when the time comes. :-)

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33 Carolyn
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Yes, Double Bonus. A Ferrari for me and one for the person who votes for me the most. I’m fairly sure that was in the fine print for the contest rules. Let the games begin.

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34 Janet
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Carolyn, aloha. Though I have been voting for you every day and sometimes from two different computers, I have not been reporting as Stan has. Just know that I am in the running for the Ferrari also. Carolyn, I’ll bet we look fantastic in them! Aloha. Janet

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35 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 10:27 AM

I’ve been opening four different browsers and voting each day Janet. Yep, that works wonders so thanks for sharing that. I haven’t been reporting everyday either but I think you guys already know I’m definitely doing my part.

Thank you for letting us know and you are SO right. We would look damn good riding in that Ferrari!!! I’m ready! :-)

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36 Carolyn
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Thank you so much, Janet and Adrienne! I need all the help I can get. Your help is really appreciated! 8 more days in the contest…

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37 Kaarina Dillabough
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Carolyn, as you know, I’ve put my dibs in for the black Ferrari:) R U listening Bill?

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38 Carolyn
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Kaarina, do you think everyone on the Ferrari team should have the same color or different colors? I’m good with whatever you decide. As Henry Ford said, “Give me any color, just so long as it’s a Ferrari.” Or something like that…

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39 Kaarina Dillabough
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 9:23 PM

I think we should mix it up with the colors..or not…Your quote works for me!

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40 Angel
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Forgot,!
Excellent header! very very good!.
Also the interview is great,! you sound very confident, polite, and you explain very clearly, and you are happy there, very important for a new one like me. I hate to learn something from rude people. Thanks.!

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41 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Thanks Angel, glad you like the header. I’m excited about it and my blog needed a new look. Appreciate you letting me know.

Glad you enjoyed the podcast interview too. It was fun, Steve’s a good interviewer so he made it easy.

Appreciate you stopping back by.

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42 Bryce Christiansen August 29, 2011 at 12:45 PM

I too am a fan.

I think the reason why we have communities online is to allow for more collaboration and information to be shared that can benefit the visitor. Having the ability for my commenters to share a link to a post they wrote is my way of saying, I don’t want this blog to just be about me.

Also, the updating point is a great one. I visit several blogs that use comment luv, and would notice from time to time that it wasn’t working. The problem was just that they didn’t keep it updated.

It’s really easy and I’m glad you brought that up.

Thanks again Adrienne :)

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43 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Hey Bryce,

I totally agree with you, we definitely don’t know it all. Maybe someone can learn something from me and then they see another post title in the comment section and it happens to be what they want to learn about so they hop over there and the chain continues. I think it’s a fabulous idea.

I’ve seen that a lot as well Bryce, just keep things updated on a regular basis. It’s really pretty simple and I hope my directions have helped make it easier.

Appreciate your comment and hope you have a nice day!

Adrienne

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44 Marianne Worley
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Like you, I’ve always been a fan of CommentLuv and I’m anxiously awaiting the premium version to see what capabilities it will have. While it’s true that many people haven’t updated their settings since the upgrade, many are switching to LiveFyre now that it is out of beta. I’ve noticed that blogs with LF have more ongoing conversations, with commenters chatting with each other (not just the blogger). Personally, I find that I go back to LF blogs more often to reply and share–and it’s fun. LF does have a feature that shows a link to your most recent post (if you also use LF).

Since I’m not very technical and I basically run my own show, I’m wary of making a switch. And, I don’t like the idea that my comments wouldn’t “live” on my blog. I wish WordPress (or CL) would integrate the same type of conversational features of LF. I’m also having some problems with my theme conflicting with the subscribe to comments plugin, which has been quite annoying and is probably the biggest reason I’ve been thinking about switching.

I’ll definitely wait and see what the premium version will include, and try again to figure out how to fix my subscribe to comments issues.

Love the new header Adrienne!

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45 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Hey Marianne,

I am too, curious to see what they’ve come up with so I have no doubt it will be good.

Do you think it’s the commenting system or just the interaction of that particular group of bloggers? If I find conversations going more than I definitely comment and I don’t care which system they have. Maybe we should take a poll… :-)

I’m sure we can locate you someone who might know a little more about that issue you’re having Marianne. I would hate to think you switch because you can’t get something working. You might find you have the same issue with the other system as well but you won’t know until you try.

Ah thanks, glad you like the new header. Was really excited to see what he was going to come up with. It’s definitely growing on me so thanks for letting me know your opinion. I appreciate that!

Have a good one…

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46 Marianne Worley
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 2:08 AM

You’re right, Adrienne. Switching commenting systems won’t turn a zero-comment blog into a 100-comment blog. And, it might cause me more technical problems than I already have!

If you know of anyone who is familiar with the Headway theme used with the Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plugin, let me know. :-)

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47 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 10:38 AM

I definitely think it’s the interaction and maybe that blog owner is taking more time to just interact more. Who knows…

I do know some people using headway these so I’ll check with them to see if they are having any problems with this particular plug-in too. So stay tuned Marianne. Hope to be back with a report later today. :-)

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48 Is It Down August 29, 2011 at 1:05 PM

I am one of those people who always forgets to upgrade things – I don’t mean to, I just click the “remind me later” button too many times and then later becomes too late and before I know it there’s an even newer version to procrastinate on! I need to just update things as they come, I think – so I don’t get left behind!

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49 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Ah Laurie… I know people like that. But it only takes what, three seconds to update a plug-in? I would just do it that day or maybe before you call it a night, go back and update them all at once and you’re done. Easy as pie!

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50 Peggy Baron August 29, 2011 at 1:08 PM

I’m also raising my hand for CommentLuv!

I noticed a lot of blogs that used to have it don’t have it anymore. Boo. I loved seeing everyone’s blog post titles and then reading the ones that interested me. Helps build community.

I think some people didn’t get around to upgrading when theirs expired (when the new version came out).

Peggy

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51 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Yeah Peggy, great news young lady!

I’ve noticed more and more going to other systems but I also know a lot of people have problems having to register for an account in order just to comment. I do find that annoying as well but there are a lot of blogs I really like that I’m going to comment on so I just registered once and was done with it.

I much prefer having the CommentLuv plug-in so I also can check out the different titles to their posts. That’s been a huge part of how I’ve found a lot of people I now comment on regularly so if more blogs stop doing that I’m going to have a problem. Oh well, guess I’ll eventually adjust.

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52 Radu
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Hi Adrienne,
Agree,comment luv is definitely a must for every serious internet marketer. I like because is so simple to install and use.. the benefits are awesome. You made me curious about the premium version. I will check it out for sure. Regarding other commenting systems, I saw more of them..but comment luv works best for me:)
Thank you for sharing this info and also the news about comment luv.I highly appreciate it.

All the best!
~Radu~

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53 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Hi Radu,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, I appreciate that. Glad to hear you are a big user yourself. I love visiting other blogs and reading the comments. The ones I really like, I’ll follow them back over to their place if their blog title peaks my interest. I think it’s a great plug-in to have.

Andy’s announcing tomorrow how we can get in on the beta testing for free so I’m definitely going to check it out. If for no other reason, I’m curious and then I can share with my readers what I learned. So head over there tomorrow and see what that’s all about. Glad I was able to help.

Thank you again and enjoy your day!

Adrienne

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54 Chrysta Bairre
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I am thrilled and grateful to use CommentLuv! It is a great way to allow bloggers to get to know each other better by leaving an easy link to the most recent blog post with every comment.

When someone comments on my blog, I like to check out their blog, too. Not only to reciprocate the comment love, and also to learn more about them as a person.

I am genuinely interested in people, and CommentLuv makes it easier for me to get to know the people that comment on my blog.

CommentLuv is also great because it allows bloggers link their most recent post without feeling spammy. It’s like an invitation to share information, and so I can leave my link and feel good about it, too.

Last but not least, I have never experienced difficulty commenting on other blogs that have CommentLuv installed. I have, however, run into many complications commenting on blogs using LiveFyre, Disqus, etc.

I am far more likely to comment on a blog with CommentLuv installed because CommentLuv encourages engagement and interaction in the blogging community. And we are a community!

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55 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Hi Chrysta,

I love hearing all this that we still have so many people in love with this fabulous plug-in.

I agree with you, I specifically noted it at the beginning of every post in my greet box that if you leave a comment on my blog, I will visit yours as well. Of course some I’ve visited and I had no idea what their posts were about so those are the ones that are very hard for me to comment on. But, I do my best.

We definitely have that in common Chrysta, our general interest in people. I do find it a lot easier to find the ones that just stick out to me so I can follow them back over to their place and learn more about them.

I don’t necessarily allow people to “advertise” their links in their comments. To me, that’s the purpose of CommentLuv, it does all that work for you. I’ve had some who are here just for that reason though so they end up not lasting long on my blog.

I’ve never experienced any difficulty either when commenting on blogs that have CommentLuv. I haven’t really had any problems leaving comments with the other systems either. It’s usually the captch code plug-in they have installed I have problems with and some blogger blogs just won’t let me comment no matter what I put in. Those do frustrate me and if it takes me too long I’ll just give up.

I appreciate you sharing with us your thoughts on his Chrysta. I do enjoy hearing what other people think, what they are using and what works best for them.

Thanks again and enjoy your day!

Adrienne

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56 Carl August 29, 2011 at 5:44 PM

I use CommentLuv on two of my blogs, is really cool because before to install him my traffic was near to 100/day and now has increase with 150% and with that my nomber of comments per post have doubled. I recommend to all, it is a really nice thing to do if you want to thank you to your commentatours.

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57 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 6:43 PM

That’s great Carl, glad to hear that. It’s a great plug-in and you are so right. I believe it’s nice to give some love to your readers. I’m happy to hear that it’s helped increase the traffic to your site. I’m sure they come for the link love as well.

Thanks for your input, really appreciate it!

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58 Brock Blohm
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Oh yeah! Fan for life! I feel that a lot of my traffic has come and still comes from the is amazing plugin. It encourages people to leave a comment. Comments help to develop authority on our site. Win-win all the way around.

I am definitely not removing it any time soon. Update=complete! :)

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59 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 6:45 PM

I agree with you Brock. I think a lot of my traffic does come from this because people have found me on other people’s blogs. Just followed the link over and I have a new reader over here now. I love checking out other people’s headlines. When I find them interesting I’m going to go check it out as well.

Glad to hear you aren’t changing any time soon either my friend. Oh, and always appreciate your comment. :-)

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60 Chrysta Bairre
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 9:08 PM

p.s. LOVE the new header! The colors and design are great and I adore your beautiful smiling face.

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61 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Ah thanks Chrysta, I think Brad did a fabulous job! I love the colors too, all my favorites. Just never got around to having another photo taken so we just stuck with this one. I’ll be all smile in any photo I have taken. Appreciate your response to this. I’ve been wondering what everyone thought.

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62 Lye Kuek Hin
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I am a big fan of this plug-in. To me it’s not only a way to provide some back links back but also you know you are rewarding people who took their time out to comment(only legal ones) in our post.

I like to keep things simple. I have never try third party comment system and never intend to. Getting people to comment is way to promote two way interaction. Sure the default comment system don’t have additional features but it does the job well.

The default commenting system added with commentluv is heaven in match and really people appreciate a link in any form and commentluv is the best of all.

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63 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Hey Lye,

I totally agree with everything you shared here. I also haven’t tried any of the other commenting systems and maybe I shouldn’t judge unless I have tried them but all I know is I’m extremely happy with the default one with CommentLuv added. To me, that’s a great system right there.

I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this topic as well. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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64 Allyson Stewart August 29, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Oh, yes, for sure, Adrienne. I’m definitely using CommentLuv and have been using it for some time now. I saw it on other blogs and was attracted to the plug-in from there. Like you, I won’t be getting rid of this plug-in any time soon unless it’s totally eliminated, which I hoooope not.

Thanks for letting us know about the update and premium beta version. I would have had no idea otherwise! So, I appreciate that.

BTW, love your new header!!! It turned out great. Very crisp and works well with your site.

Have a good one and thanks for the useful post.

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65 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Hey Allyson,

Thanks for your comment and for letting us know what you think of this amazing plug-in as well.

Yeah, be sure to drop by Andy’s place tomorrow and see what he’ll be sharing with us about the premium version.

Thank you for letting me know. So glad you like the header. I do too, it’s growing on me with each hour. Just put it up yesterday afternoon. Brad did a marvelous job I think. I appreciate you letting me know.

By the way, I dropped by your place today and noticed you have your comments closed on your recent post. Darn it! :-(

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66 Allyson Stewart August 30, 2011 at 12:21 AM

Yes, I’ll be sure to visit Andy’s tomorrow.

And oops! Thanks for letting me know that my recent post was closed. It was an accident and I’ve fixed it now. Oh, gosh!

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67 Allyson Stewart August 30, 2011 at 12:23 AM

And sorry about that!

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68 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Hey Allyson,

I’ve been over to Andy’s blog and haven’t seen any notice yet… There is a link at the very top of his page so just sign up for that just in case. We can always unsubscribe later.

Glad you got that fixed… I’ll be by then to leave you a comment now. Loved the post. It’s SO not my strong point but I would really love to learn how to do things like that in Photoshop. Appreciate that Allyson.

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69 Allyson Stewart August 30, 2011 at 11:46 AM

I appreciate you, Adrienne. Thanks so much.

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70 Janet
Twitter:
August 29, 2011 at 11:38 PM

Adrienne, aloha. Absolutely love this post and agree with you 100%. Earlier this morning I was by, read the post, many of the comments and then had to dash. Here is hours later and I am still smiling.

Because today was so packed with commitments, I only commented on a few blogs besides yours. Ironically, they all had livefyre. In each and every instance, my computer froze, comments disappeared and I had to start over. Since I was so pressed for time, I growled even more than I usually do on a livefyre or the like.

My vote is basic WP comments with CommentLuv! We love you, Andy–and you too, Adrienne. Aloha. Janet

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71 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Hey Janet,

Thank you for coming back by and sharing that with us. I love that we can continue to make you smile! I love hearing those words.

Wow, that’s odd. I don’t think I’ve ever had my computer lock up on me. I hate you had to deal with that because trust me, even my carefree personality will get tested when that repeatedly happens. Such a frustrating experience you had…

I’m with you and everyone else, stick with what works.. If you want fancy, that’s up to you. Me, I love the plain old basics.

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72 Jack
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 2:24 AM

I always liked CommentLuv and would use it if it worked with LiveFyre. They have their own version for LF users.

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73 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 10:38 AM

So do you like LiveFyre Jack? Why are you using this particular one? I’m curious so please, do share…

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74 Jack
Twitter:
September 1, 2011 at 10:14 AM

I switched to LiveFyre because I thought that it would help build my community and drive interaction. Thus far it really seems to be doing just that.

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75 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
September 1, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Hey Jack,

I just learned more about Livefyre from Jeremy who is their community manager. Up until now I really had no idea why people switched and you do know how I love to learn. I’m so thrilled that you are happy with it Jack and in the end, that’s all that really matters right!

Thanks for sharing this with me and hope all is well after the move.

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76 Olov Forsgren August 30, 2011 at 2:48 AM

No Adrienne, I don’t use CommentLuv yet but you have inspired me to check it out.

Thanks for a useful tip,
Olov

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77 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Is you site a wordpress blog Olov? You know I’ve visited it several times and it’s not easy to get around in. I couldn’t find any posts or how to leave a comment. Would love to interact over at your place since you’ve been such a dedicated friend.

I really appreciate you taking the time to read my post and leave a comment. Thank you for that! :-)

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78 Riley Harrison August 30, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Hi Adriene,
A big fan of CommentLuv. I don’t understand the popularity of some of the other popular commenting systems. Any system that has a complicated sign-in system requiring a password has to reduce the number of comments posted.
Riley

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79 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Hey Riley,

Ah, another fan. I love hearing that. You know I know there are some bells and whistles to these systems so obviously they are enough to entice some bloggers. I would love to read a post that explains what all of these systems offer. I’d be curious to know myself.

Appreciate seeing you today. Thank you for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful day!

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80 Deeone
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Great morning to you Adrienne,
I enjoyed this post tremendously. Yesterday, I read another fellow bloggers post where he was discussing SEO. In the post he mentioned how CommentLuv would benefit a site that used this magnificent tool.

After reading your post late last night, I knew that I was doing myself a injustice by not having CommentLuv; so I ran back over to my site and installed it immediately. It just so happened by the time I finished installing it, I didn’t want to leave a message that late, and chose instead to leave you a note this morning. :)

I’d seen CommentLuv on other sites, but never really had a complete understanding of the positives and negatives that come with having it installed. You’ve cleared that up for me, here on this post.

I’m sure I will enjoy it as much as everyone else has. So thanks for sharing your knowledge on the subject. Awesome post and as usual very helpful tips. Thanks my friend.

Have a great Tuesday. ;)

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81 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Good morning Deeone,

Always a pleasure to see you my friend.

Well isn’t that something. I’m glad that this particular subject was something you ran into a couple times yesterday so now you have a better idea of why so many people love it. Had it not been for CommentLuv, I would not have found some of the bloggers that I have. Granted the link juice is a love fest but reading other people’s comments and then their post title entices you to go take a look and see what they are all about.

I’m happy to hear that you have chosen to be another faithful admirer of CommentLuv and I have no doubt you’ll be very happy. Thanks for sharing this with me, really appreciate it.

Have a great week! :-)

Adrienne

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82 Harleena Singh
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Interesting post!

I have been wanting to put a CommentLuv but never knew how to go about it, though I did know it had various plus points- yet again there were many pros and cons about whether we should install it, or go with the other plug-ins in the market.

Thanks for clarifying things :)

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83 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Hi Harleena,

Thanks for stopping by and visiting today. Welcome to my place! :-)

I appreciate your comment over on Google+. I did check out your blog and since you have a blogger blog, this plug-in is only made for WordPress self hosted blogs I’m afraid. That’s another reason people love WordPress so much. All the cool plug-ins that come with it. I will be sure to stop by though and leave you a comment.

Thanks again for your input and sure hope you are enjoying your day!

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84 Jeffrey Morgan
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Hi Adrienne,
I’m not real big on any type of Plug-in. If I need it I usually just code in back into the template that I using. Likewise for the posts. I usually just hard-code whatever it is that I’m trying to do. If I didn’t I’d be drowning in Plug-ins.

That said I think ( yeah, I just took a look ) I’ve got 24 Active. CommentLuv is one of those that I use across the board with all my Blogs.

Down The Rabbitt Hole will have a section solely dedicated to Plug-ins. Comment Luv will be one of those that will be highlighted.

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85 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Hey Jeffrey,

Yeah, well you have the talent for that too my friend…

Good to know you are using this fabulous little piece of pure genius. I use this one on all my other sites as well.

While you’re here, do you know anything about the Headway theme? My friend Marianne is having problems with it and her Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plugin. Would you know anything about that? Help!!!

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86 Rusty
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I luv Comment luv, but I have had issues with the current theme that I have. I am happy when I have a comment to make on other blogs that they have commentluv. I bugged Andy the other day who patiently tried to help help me figure out why it didn’t work. In the end, I am afraid I will need to change Themes in order for it to work properly, which I am seriously considering doing. But since I just changed recently, I will wait just a little longer! But I agree, it is a tremendous tool indeed!

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87 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Hey Rusty,

Wow, I hate you are having those issues. I sure as heck hope you aren’t using a paid theme if that’s the case. If it is, they should say what specific plug-ins aren’t compatible with their themes. I would hate to spend money on a theme only to get it and realize I can’t use some of the plug-ins that are my favorites. Did Andy mention that his premium upgrade would be able to help? That would be great. I guess with everything changing so often it would be hard to keep up with knowing what works and what doesn’t.

Thanks for stopping by today Rusty, I really appreciate it. Hope you’re having a really great day!

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88 Rusty
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Well, it was a free Theme, but next time I will be sure to not be so cheap and will buy one that will give me some support! Andy was so patient the other day, but I think I tried his patience! Anyway, I will get it going one way or the other cuz I luv it!

Have a great day!

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89 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Hey, we all start out with free ones. It’s the easiest way to learn what we are doing before diving into the paid themes. I had to do my research to decide which one I was going to purchase.

I don’t doubt that Andy was patient with you. I’m sure he wanted it to work just as much as you did. Glad to know you aren’t using a paid theme. That would not set well with me. :-)

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90 Jeremy Hicks August 30, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Hey Adrienne,

Jeremy from Livefyre here. Very well-written review. I personally enjoyed how you injected your own opinions without ever coming across as brash or too “in your face,” so to speak. That can be tricky to do at times, so kudos on writing with personal conviction and obvious respect for your readers :)

CommentLuv is a solid commenting system and we’ve had a number of users express similar concerns when checking out Livefyre. Though we’re not integrated with CommentLuv at the moment, we do have a very similar feature called “LinkBack” that provides a link to a Livefyre blog owner’s latest blog post under each comment they leave. And since every comment in Livefyre is Google crawlable, you’ll see some extra SEO cred there as well.

And just to shed some light on (as you mentioned) a critical aspect to your blog and community, we are third-party but all of your comments are always written back to your WordPress database. So if you uninstall or if Livefyre were to disappear, your comments are always safe in your hands.

Thanks again covering a few aspects of our product as well as for the great conversation you’ve got going here. Lot’s of great comments, insight, and feedback :) You’ve got a great thing going here Adrienne, and best of luck as you continue to move forward!

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91 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Hey Jeremy,

Wow, you’re the guy himself! I’m honored that you stopped by today and commented on my post. I also really appreciate your kind words.

So since you’re here Jeremy, maybe you can tell us why you created LiveFyre. I mean, what does it do that other commenting systems don’t or why should people consider switching over? I have one fabulous blogging friend of mine who did switch over to your system (and she’s left a comment here) but can’t edit her comments so she’s switched back. Will you be upgrading that feature soon?

Thank you for sheading some light on where the comments are hosted. I have one blogging friend who has used a few of these systems and he’s the one who had told me that. Maybe it wasn’t your particular system and maybe the one he was using has since upgraded that feature. I really have no idea but that’s nice to know so I appreciate you sharing that.

Again, thank you Jeremy for taking the time to stop by today. It’s greatly appreciated and I hope you’ll stop by back and share more with us about your product. Until then, enjoy your afternoon.

Adrienne

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92 Jeremy Hicks August 30, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Oh my! I should have been more clear, let me try that again:

“Hi, Jeremy Community Manager from Livefyre here…” I’m a Community Manager, not “the guy.” That’d be Jordan Kretchmer (@jkretch on Twitter), he’s our Founder and CEO…but now that I think about it…maybe I should have milked that for all it was worth?? ;)

Here’s an article where Jordan was interviewed back in 2009 as Livefyre was in its infancy, if you’d like to check it out. It’ll provide some insight into why, as well as a look at where we used to be: http://www.thenextgreatgeneration.com/2009/12/interview-jordan-kretchmer-entrepreneur-founder-livefyre/

We’ve come a long way since 2009, and if you ping Jordan with a few questions on Twitter, I guarantee you’ll get a response :)

But, if I had to give one reason why people should switch over to Livefyre, the first thing I’d say is this: do it for your community. I’m not saying you can’t have a community without Livefyre…not by a long shot. But what I am saying is that, no matter where the conversation is happening (Twitter, Facebook, or your blog), we make your content the central hub of interaction. This means more engagement, more sharing of your content, and reasons for your community to comeback and really build quality relationships with each reader and commenter.

That’s what we’re all about, making conversations more human and you and your community the tools they need to not just increase the core metrics like page views, time on site, etc., but more importantly increase the quality of human interaction around your content.

As for editing comments, that is on our dev plan and will be available soon!

And thank YOU, Adrienne. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy interacting with people over a quality dialogue. It has been an absolute pleasure get to know you :)

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93 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Tells you what I know! Well, pat yourself on the back Jeremy. Heck, I’d milk it for all it’s worth too. :-)

Thank you for providing that article. I will definitely read that one, I’d really like to understand why these other commenting systems are coming into play and why they are different then the rest. I appreciate you sharing that with me.

Maybe since I don’t use Livefyre I don’t totally understand how it works. You mention that it makes your content the central hub. I must admit, I have some good conversations going over here at my place from time to time. I can’t imagine them becoming even more interacted. I am curious about your system though so I will do a little more research.

Oh, my friends will be excited to hear about the editing features coming soon. I know that was a big turnoff for them. I would agree, some just need editing before going live.

Again, I appreciate you taking the time to share this with us and I’m glad you enjoyed visiting my place. We are a happy group for sure and very opinionated. :-) Thanks again Jeremy for taking the time.

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94 Jeremy Hicks August 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM

I tell ya what Adrienne, the next time I jump into a conversation about Livefyre and somebody mistakes me for the CEO, I’m going to come over here, ping you, and take you to that blog post with me. You can be the CMO, Sith Lord, Super Commander in Chief, whatever you please, and we’ll have some fun impersonating. Cool? ;)

By central hub I mean this: let’s say somebody Tweets a link to your article. That person has a follower that sees that Tweet, reads your content, and the responds to the original Tweet about it. Those two exchange 15 Tweets back and forth discussing how awesome that blog post was. That’s a valuable conversation about YOU that you may never know about. Livefyre’s SocialSync will actually find that original Tweet with a link to your content and pull in all subsequent responses directly to the blog post that was originally linked, perfectly ordered and threaded underneath the comment stream.

The same applies for Facebook. You’ve obviously got a solid following here, enough of one that if you created a Facebook Fan Page for your blog that I’m sure your community would be “liking” it and following on Facebook too. You could post links to your content there, and whatever comments are left there will, just like from Twitter, be pulled directly onto that page’s comment stream perfectly ordered and threaded. The interacting-stopping silos of your Facebook conversations and the conversations on you blog posts will be completely broken down.

Plus, all of those comments are Google crawlable, meaning suddenly you have not only “regular” comments giving you an SEO boost, you also have responses and conversations about your content from Facebook and Twitter doing the same.

So that’s what I mean by “central hub.” Your blog will be the central hub of all interaction from Twitter and Facebook, whether that’s outbound interaction (your users sharing their comments on your content via our Facebook/Twitter share features, mentioning other users on Facebook and Twitter within comments, etc.) or inbound interaction (pulling in Twitter interactions and Facebook comments).

I hope that provided the insight you were looking for Adrienne! If you have any other questions, feel free to let me know!

And I have enjoyed it, thoroughly. Keep an eye for me finding my way back over here the next time I get mistaken for a CEO…you and I have some shenanigans to pull! ;)

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95 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 4:32 PM

I’m over here just chuckling up my friend. That’s hilarious! Hey, that sounds like fun to me. No harm right… I’m sure we’ll still give them what they want, just not from the same “powers to be” they had expected! :-)

So that’s why a friend of mine told me that there seems to be a lot more interaction going on on people’s blogs that have Livefrye. Because the conversations are being pulled into the comment section from anyone talking about that content. Okay, now that’s really cool. So that’s why you have to have them log-in to your system so that your program can pull these conversations that are taking place from different sites to that same account? I know, I keep coming up with more questions but this is fascinating.

The problem a lot of people are having, as you probably read through some of the comments, is having to “sign up” for an account in order to lave a comment. The first time I signed up for Livefyre, because I was definitely going to continue commenting on my friends blogs, it took me four tries to accomplish that one small task. Not sure what the problem was and it’s been awhile now so I can’t really tell you for sure, but I found it to be a royal pain. I think other people are thinking they don’t want yet another system with their information just to leave a comment. Guess there is just no getting around that?

Thank you again Jeremy for taking the time and for your patience. You’ve really help me understand this system much better and you don’t have to come back and follow up. I’m sure the answers to my questions are in this article and I will read it, I promise. See, I like to help my readers learn too! The more I know, the more I can help others.

I hope you’ll come back soon anyway and not just to come and get your partner in crime! But hey, that would be fun so keep me in mind! ;-)

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96 Jeremy Hicks August 30, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Hey, a little mischief keeps things interesting, right?! lol And don’t worry about asking questions, I’m happy to answer as many as you can through at me

But yes, you’re absolutely right about accounts. A big part of requiring an account is being able to link your Facebook and Twitter counts to your Livefyre profile so that you can mention people via Twitter or Facebook directly in a comment, as well as share that comment directly to your Facebook wall or Twitter stream for others to see and join in. Plus, you can sign-up via Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, or OpenID, so most registrations take less than a minute, a few clicks and you’re good to go forever.

Which leads me into my next point: guest commenting. A lot of bloggers have said, “once you get that, I’m sold!” So we’ll be rolling that out within the next few weeks so that users can join in on the conversation without having to create an account. Plus, we’re also doing worth to smooth our sign-up process and make it a bit more intuitive (something you indirectly alluded to, and are aware of, and working on!).

And you’re very welcome Adrienne. It’s been an absolute pleasure speaking with you and getting to know you! Send any other questions my way!

And yes, THE RIVERWALK. Oh, the memories. Eating at “Casa Rio” right on the water, trekking over to “Mi Tierra” or “Rosados”…it’s TexMex food heaven in San Antonio!

And you are NOT joking about the weather. I just spoke to my mother earlier (my parents are still in SA) and she said it was 108…it’s a crisp 70 degrees here right now. SA has definitely had a drought as well…it’s tough in that area when summers get like this. It seems like either it’s flooding over the summer or there’s the worst drought ever. No middle ground at ALL! And you couldn’t more right about the people. Not that people in San Francisco are mean, but that Southern Hospitality just isn’t around out here!

And I sure will keep it up :) I married a preacher’s daughter, and we attend with the congregation where her father is the minister. So they make sure I always have something to do ;)

It’s been a pleasure Adrienne, I hope you have a wonderful week!

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97 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Thank you again Jeremy for replying to all my questions. Kind of got on a roll there.

Well, you’ve definitely answered them all. Sounds like you’re continuing to upgrade the system to make it better so I’m sure my readers are going to be thrilled to learn this. The guest commenting is going to be great! I can see why that would go over really well.

I figured it was a hot, just didn’t know how hot. I love “Casa Rio” too… We use to visit often but the last time my Mom and I were there was in 09 for a wedding. You can bet we hit the Mexican restaurants. I love Mexican food. It’s one of my favorites.

The weather is just so bad, so hot and miserable. Some of my friends will tell me to take a break from the computer and go outside. I tell them to what, have a heat stroke? Thanks, I’ll stay where I am in this air conditioning house thank you.

That’s good to hear, you married a good woman. Sounds like life is treating you right Jeremy.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to share all of this with me. Now, don’t be a stranger okay! :-)

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98 Jeremy Hicks August 30, 2011 at 3:51 PM

And I just saw on your Twitter profile that you’re in Houston.

I’m born and raised in San Antonio. Oooooh how I miss the Great State of Texas. The SF Bay Area’s weather is awesome, but there’s no place like home! I’ve spent a lot of time in inner-city Houston (mostly 4th/5th Wards) working with some church of Christ VBS programs. Some of the BEST (and HOTTEST) summers of my life!

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99 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Absolutely Jeremy, born and raised in this area. So you grew up in San Antonio? What a wonderful town, love that darn river walk. That’s so cool and I wish Houston would do that with Buffalo Bayou. Of course when it floods that wouldn’t be good. Oh, I wish it would flood now!

There is definitely no place like home but hun, you need to stay where you are. We are reaching record highs of 108 and man is it ever hot. Not sure about San Antonio but we’ve had the worst drought in history. It’s so dry the ground is cracking and the roads are collapsing. They just now put a water restriction on us because the lakes, rivers, streams and ponds are all drying up. We haven’t had a good rain all year and it’s just miserable right now. But we do have some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. You just can’t beat that right!

Thanks for sharing that with me. Hope you are continuing your church programs in your area now. I’m sure they still have plenty of people in need there as they do here. :-)

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100 Michael
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 3:58 PM

I am definitely a commentluv fan!

That’s why I wrote about it on my blog. I am sad I didn’t find out about it earlier. It’s a great way to show appreciation to your readers.

I am not a fan of other specialized commenting systems though. They make commenting on blogs difficult and turn me off from commenting on those blogs!

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101 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Hey Michael,

I do love the plug-in and I really wanted to find out why some people quit using it. After having this long conversation with Jeremy about Livefyre, I can understand the attraction that particular commenting system would have. They have also implemented something that at least you’ll get love from your last post but that’s all. I did find it interesting.

I can also understand your turn off of having to sign up with another system just to comment. I had the same thoughts myself but there are some blogs I’ll continue commenting on even if they have those systems. I just really like their content.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Michael. I was just heading over to your place to see what your latest posts are about so I guess I’ll see you soon. Hope all is well in your part of the world.

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102 Gracey August 30, 2011 at 6:12 PM

wow this is really cool… So that’s why you have to have them log-in to your system so that your program can pull these conversations that are taking place from different sites to that same account? I know, I keep coming up with more questions but this is fascinating.

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103 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Hey Gracey,

I didn’t exactly know how all of that worked either so I’m thrilled Jeremy stepped in and shared that with us. I get that now so that’s why there is more interaction on those particular blogs. Pretty neat idea!

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104 Rachel August 30, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I love CommentLuv. In fact, that is how I found you and other interesting bloggers. I find blog commenting more enjoyable because, as you mentioned, several blog post titles catch my attention and off I go. Admittedly, I also now tend to spend more time online than I really have reading them all.

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105 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Hey Rachel,

Ah, so you found my blog through CommentLuv. That’s fabulous, see that’s why I love it too! I check out what people are saying and then if they catch my attention, I’m off. I love that, thanks for sharing that with me. I really appreciate that.

Adrienne

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106 Rick Byrd
Twitter:
August 30, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Hey Adrienne:

Great topic and great post!

I do love the CommentLuv plugin. I hate all the new comments system that you have to sign-up as a user. For me, I typically do not take the time to leave comments on these blogs. There are a couple that I will comment on but it is few and far between and even now I do not visit those blogs very often.

I think bloggers are wasting an opportunity to reward commentors by not using CommentLuv.

Take care!

– Rick

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107 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Hey Rick,

Ah, another guy after my own heart! :-)

I don’t care for the other systems either but I now understand why others would use them. At least use Livefyre since Jeremy took the time to explain it to me. Once you have the initial signup for those systems you never have to do it again so I don’t mind commenting using them, especially if it’s a blogger I really like. I just think we get tired of signing up for a ton of stuff, that’s all.

I do agree that if you reward your readers, they will be more inclined to coming back and visiting more often. I know some people prefer for them to comment because they want to voice their opinion. But we are all here for certain reasons so if you can get the double benefit of leaving a comment why wouldn’t you want to help them out? Especially if you like that person behind the blog!

Thanks for stopping by Rick. Really enjoyed your video the other day. Ya done real good, you’re a natural. :-)

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108 Adam Sokoloff August 30, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Show me the luv ;) Yes, I am a comment luv fan as well and very much looking forward to seeing if their upcoming premium release will help to move the needle.

I think what I love best about it is that I have found so many awesome bloggers because of the ability to see the title of their latest post. Also, the comments they leave seem to be so much more thoughtful and meaningful. Not just fluff.

Great post! -Adam

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109 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Hey Adam,

I got in and signed up to get my hands on their premium beta version. We shall see what’s in store.

I agree with you Adam, I love this plug-in. I remember when I first started visiting blogs to leave comments, I was wondering how I was going to find ones I wanted to read. Then I noticed the headlines of their latest post under their comments. I thought that’s so cool. I’d follow that person back to their blog, check it out and then find even more people. Now that’s just genius to me. Looking forward to seeing what they’ll have in store for us now.

Appreciate your comment, thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy your day!

Adrienne

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110 hannamay August 31, 2011 at 10:18 AM

I’m also raising my hand for CommentLuv! I think some people didn’t get around to upgrading when theirs expired (when the new version came out).

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111 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Ah thanks Hanna, I think you may be right. Hope everyone will get around to doing that now. Appreciate your comment.

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112 Joanne Cipressi
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 10:34 AM

I use CommentLuv…and love it over disqus or other commenting systems because it allows everyone to post one of their latest blogs and I love learning of new blogs. It is fascinating reading the thoughts of others. I enjoy the inspiration and connection that comes.
Like others have wrote, one does not need to sign up to take advantage on posting on blogs with CommentLuv to benefit from getting a backlink to their site. I think this is a huge bonus!
However, I rarely get any comments at all…and am not sure why. My unique visitors are extremely high and are increasing monthly. In addition, readers are coming back often–yet no comments? It would be awesome to get at least a few more, so I know what my readers are thinking. Its fabulous that you have all of these comments and have this interaction. :)
Thanks for sharing the tip about updating. I had no idea about that.

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113 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Hi Joanne,

Thank you for adding to the conversation and I’m happy to hear you are on the CommentLuv train as well.

So here are a few questions for you as far as you not getting comments on your site. Are you visiting other blogs and commenting as well? I did notice that you ask questions at the end of your posts but I’ve learned that you actually need to ask people to leave you a comment as well. I know it sounds silly but some people will visit your blog, read your post and because you didn’t ask, they’ll just leave. I use to be one of those people so I know.

Also, are you sharing the blog posts of the other blogs you are visiting with your followers on Twitter or Facebook? Share the love, let people know how generous you are and they will start returning the favor. Also another thing you can do is join a blogging community so that you can start bringing more visitors to your site. They will comment on your blog post and you comment on theirs. That will help bring more attention to your blog.

Hope those tips are helpful. I appreciate you stopping by today and you can guarantee you’ll receive a comment from me today! :-)

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114 Joanne Cipressi
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Hey Adrienne,

Thanks for the questions. :) I use to ask people to comment, but sat there naked and felt really silly. So, I stopped. I will add that again and see what happens now that traffic has dramatically increased.
I just began to read other people’s blogs and commenting on them. I love what I am finding. So many fabulous people out there!! :) I also have just began sharing some of them.
I dont belong to any blogging community…but that sounds interesting. I am considering going to BlogWorld out west this year. That should be fun! I will look into blogging communities and see what I find. :) Thanks for the suggestions.
Enjoy your day!

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115 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Appreciate you sharing that Joanne. Ask and you shall receive! :-) I know it sounds silly but it definitely works.

You definitely want to retweet their posts or share them on Facebook when you find a good one you want to share with your friends. Not overload your wall but just add some value. People will really appreciate that. Which is why I tell everyone how important it is that you have your tweet buttons set up properly so you’ll know who is sharing your content.

I would just go to Google and check out blogging communities and see what you find. It’s bloggers helping bloggers. You can even find some groups on Facebook where they are helping share each other’s content so they can increase their audience. They are really very helpful.

Good luck with that and thanks again.

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116 Kaarina Dillabough
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Oh my gosh, yet another great chat to add to my commenting system conundrum.

I currently use disqus and, up until recently, really had no problems. A few glitches in the last few days, however, had me looking to all the people who sing the praises of livefyre. And now…commentluv. Yikes! Some days I just want to revert back to pen and paper, haha!

Thanks for giving me something else to think about:) Cheers! Kaarina

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117 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Hey Kaarina,

Okay, so maybe you can share with us why you chose to go with Disqus. Jeremy took the time to help me understand the benefits of using Livefyre but would love to hear why you chose that particular commenting system. I understand that you don’t have the option of using CommentLuv with other commenting systems so obviously that’s not a concern of yours. See, I’ve been trying to learn why others use different commenting systems as well so since you’re here, maybe you could just shed some light.

Thanks Kaarina, I appreciate it! :-)

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118 Kaarina Dillabough
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Adirenne, to be honest, I chose disqus based on the suggestion of the person who designed my blogsite. As I didn’t know any better or differently, I deferred to his judgment.

But conversation about Livefyre is lighting up the blogosphere right now, and since I had some minor glitches lately with disqus (up until recently, no problems), it’s made me seriously consider whether or not I should make a switch. My email inbox lights up like a Christmas tree with Livefyre comments on blogs I’ve commented on (I know the settings can be changed), so I wonder what kind of inbox blow-up happens when someone’s tracking dozens and dozens of sites. Maybe Jeremy will shed some light on that one:)

So…I took some advice 6 months ago when my blogsite was set up: nothing more, nothing less. Now I’m considering all options and opinions…which in itself is a full-time job, haha! Cheers! Kaarina

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119 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Thanks for sharing that Kaarina, I appreciate that.

I know that when we aren’t familiar with all this tech stuff we just can go on recommendations so that’s understandable. Sounds like the upgrades they are doing to Livefyre will be a lot better. Guess we just need to hit Jeremy up some more about that particular problem. I’ve commented on blogs with Livefyre and I haven’t had that problem at all which is why I had no idea all those comments were coming from different places.

I guess we’ll find out later if you decided to change or not. Thanks again for letting me know. I appreciate that.

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120 Hajra
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Hey Adrienne,

I use disqus because earlier I was using a free blogger platform (blogger didn’t have the option of threaded comments) and just shifted to wordpress recently so just carried on. I like the disqus and livefyre, they allow ease on conversations picked on from across the web – pingbacks and even twitter conversations; makes it easier to keep track of people talking about your post and it might be helpful too. Also you can tag people in comments now,

Although I do love comment luv too! Now you make think ;)

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121 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Hi Hajra,

I have visited the blogger blog so I found that neat that you could incorporate Disqus instead of their commenting system which I find horrible to be honest with you. I’ve had more trouble trying to leave a comment on blogger than any other blogging platform. And there are a few blogs I really love to visit too!

So you just recently switched over to a hosted platform? Congratulations Hajra, you are now going to have so much fun implementing so many cool things into your blog now.

I can see why some people are now finding these other commenting systems so attractive. Keeping up with all the talk going around about your posts is definitely a big plus but I do love the share feature that CommentLuv allows. I still can’t see me switching anytime soon though.

But I appreciate you sharing this with us. I’m learning more and more as time goes by.

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122 Ileane
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Adrienne,
I’m testing CommentLuv Premium right now! If you didn’t download it yet, I think Andy has sent you an email, because I saw him send you a Tweet. :)
Either way, CommentLuv free or Premium is by far my favorite WordPress plugin! Thanks so much for sharing my enthusiasm for it.

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123 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Hey Ileane,

Are you liking it girl? I got the note from Andy and was doing a happy dance over here in my chair. Girl, I’m stoked. Haven’t had time to download it yet but will get all of that in place tonight. I’m so excited to be among those who get to test it out.

I agree, it’s definitely my favorite and if I had to get rid of all of them but one, that would be the one I kept. Hope that never happens but I’m just saying. Thanks Ileane for sharing the love and the enthusiasm as well! :-)

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124 Cathy
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 6:02 PM

I am a CommentLuv fan. Someone mentioned it to me as a good plugin and it has helped me generate more comments, which is what all bloggers want. Great to read your reasons though why you like it.

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125 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Thanks for adding to the conversation Cathy, so glad to hear that you are a big fan as well. I’m so thrilled to hear that!

I do know that it’s really helped me with comments as well as finding those blogs I really love. Appreciate you sharing this with us.

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126 Christian Hollingsworth
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 8:09 PM

I’m most certainly a ComLuv fan! It’s fantastic! What’s also great about it, is that it gives me a perfect little link to click on – so I can go over to my commenter’s blogs – and return the favor! It’s a win/win situation if you ask me.

And no, I’m not using any other secondary commenting system. The one built into WordPress is perfect. Too many bells and whistles – and people will start to get annoyed and confused. Personally, I won’t usually comment on a blog post if there are too many hoops to jump through.

Why ruin the most important part of a comment with bells and whistles? Content. Text. That’s what we comment for – so what more do we really need?!

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127 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 31, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Thanks for the input Christian, I really appreciate you piping in and giving us your two cents worth. I’ve definitely got some big CommentLuv fans here. Looks like most of the people I know aren’t big fans of the other commenting systems. Maybe they’re just too fancy for our tastes or something. Who knows..

From my understanding of a few of these, the benefit that they have is pulling every conversation from other sites that are chatting about your post into the comment section of that one post. So all in all there are even more comments being made that were actually taking place elsewhere. That’s pretty cool really but they don’t give you the option of checking out their latest posts but a few of them are upgrading their systems to include that now. We’ll see I suppose.

I know that I’m sticking with old faithful myself. Don’t want to lose a lot of readers cause they hate logging in to things.

Thanks again and I’l see you later. Hope your week is going well.

Adrienne

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128 Stan Faryna
Twitter:
September 1, 2011 at 4:19 AM

Here’s what I think I want from a comment platform.

1. commenter information:
a) avatar of commenter, brief profile, optional email, klout score
b) commenter’s twitter, facebook, and blog links
c) history of comments and links to other posts
d) most recent post title and link
e) number of all comments made by commenter
f) number of all likes to commenter’s likes
g) badges
h) searchable commenter profile page that is easily indexed by Google

2. guest author commenting

3. option for top rated comments automatically go to the top of the comment list

4. tabbed scoreboard for top commenters of your blog for week, month, and all time

5. option for automatic tweeting/facebook wall posting of a message related to a comment.

Here’s some examples:

Standard message: @girlygrizzly said interesting things on my blog post [link to blog post]

Message that was liked by author: @faryna blew my mind with his comment [link to blog post]

Message that was liked by 2 or more readers: Everyone loves @mylifestylemax’s comment on my blog post [link to blog post]

6. Searchable profile of blog that is easily indexed by Google

7. Social score for blog (within category)

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129 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
September 1, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Wow Stan, you know exactly what you want… Or as you said, you think you want. That’s pretty darn thorough my friend. You’ve put a lot of thought in to that. So do you think CommentLuv can come up to your standards? They have some cool additions with their premium version but not quite all of this. At least not yet. No telling what they’ll implement next.

Thanks for taking the time to share this with us. I really appreciate the time you took to share this with me.

Hope you enjoy your day!

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130 Kim Davies September 1, 2011 at 4:38 AM

Hi, Adrienne.

I was using CommentLuv but because I’m afraid to touch on anything technical and my boss rarely has time to update our blog, it went bonkers on me and disappeared. So, thank you very much for your post and your simple-to-follow instructions on how to get it back up. Hopefully, I did the right thing and you guys would be able to get all the love I am willing to give from my site. I was even using KeywordLuv and I’m not also sure if it is working still or not. Hahaha!! Talk about ineptitude when it comes to anything like this. If you have pointers on how to check this plug-in, please do help me, I drastically need it. :D

By the way, I am loving the interaction happening in sites using Livefyre but I still prefer the simplicity of WordPress’ comment system, plus the plugins that come with it. :)

Thanks again, Adrienne. Hope you are enjoying your week! :)

Hugs,
Kim

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131 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
September 1, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Hey Kim,

If you didn’t upgrade to the latest version, the plug-in will just stop working altogether. Just upgrade that version by clicking upgrade and then make these simple adjustments and you should be good.

Anytime a number appears in the plug-in section that means there is an upgraded version of that plug-in. Just click on automatically upgrade and it will do it instantly. Nothing to it, it’s that simple which is why I’m able to do all of these as well. KeywordLuv should still be working even if you don’t upgrade it but it’s always best to have the latest version so things will continue to work properly.

Yeah, the comments are being pulled from everywhere which is why there is more interaction going on through that commenting system. But the comments didn’t necessary take place on the blog itself. That’s really pretty cool actually. :-)

You are so very welcome Kim and I appreciate you stopping by. Hope you enjoy the rest of your week as well.

Adrienne

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132 Michael September 2, 2011 at 9:54 AM

1. Disqus does not require you to sign up if you don’t want it to. Guest commenting is an option and is easy to do.

2. All comments are saved on the website. If I choose to switch, all comments are still on Wordpress. The only plugin that does not do this is I believe the actual Facebook commenting.

3. CommentLuv is great but only for those that have other websites to promote. If the majority of the readers are not bloggers, it kills its purpose.

3. SImplicity is great. And that’s exactly what Disqus offers me. If a user wants to comment using Twitter, they can. If a user wants to go anonymous, they can. It’s really not difficult for any user and the styling on Disqus looks amazingly nice. Customizing it is key.

4. Link juice goes down the more links you have on a page. Also irrelevant links gets posted on your blog. I’m linking a travel website which has nothing to do with your website.

5. Enabling comments for posts, pages, etc is a default setting in Thesis itself. It’s not even needed in CommentLuv.

6. Also I won’t be signing up for followup because if I do, I’d receive ALL follow up comments from this entire thread. I don’t want to receive a dozen emails. I just want to receive your response to me. But since that’s not an option on CommentLuv, I won’t be coming back to the back because I’ll never know when you’ve replied. That’s a feature on Disqus. It only emails when someone replies to MY comment — not everyones.

A+ on using Thesis though :)

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133 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
September 2, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Hello Michael,

Well, I appreciate you taking the time to share such a lengthy explanation of how you feel Disqus is a better commenting system. I can see your point with a lot of it and as I always say, to each his own.

We can always argue the point that with a regular commenting system you don’t have any sign up process so people don’t feel that they have to access any system through any social networking site either. A sign up to some is a sign up period.

The link juice going back to a site whether it’s a blog or a static website is still link juice and always appreciated by whoever is leaving the comment. Personally, I don’t care to approve link juice back to a static website because I can’t go over there and leave my thoughts which to me is the whole purpose of commenting.

You will be receiving a reply from this comment as well so don’t think that just because we aren’t using some type of commenting system that you won’t be receiving any response from this comment. I believe where the sign up for receiving replies to all comments comes in handy when there is a particular conversation you want to be a part of or you have written a guest post and want to respond to all comments. It has also come in handy when I’ve recognized someone on my blog and they choose to come back and respond to comments as well.

Thanks for taking the time. Again, I always comments and helping us learn about other things that I know I’m not aware of. Appreciate the thumbs up on Thesis. I do love this theme… It’s been a great one for sure.

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134 PC Support September 3, 2011 at 3:34 AM

I am a big Fan of the Comment Luv system. It’s fantastic! What’s also great about it, is that it gives me a perfect little link to click on – so I can go over to my commenter’s blogs. Thanks for sharing this great topic. Keep it up. Love your blog and bookmarked it. :)

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135 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
September 4, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Thank you for sharing that with us Daniel. I love it for the same reasons my friend. :-)

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136 Daniel Hughes September 5, 2011 at 12:11 AM

You are most welcome Adrienne … :) Keep it up.

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137 Justin
Twitter:
September 3, 2011 at 8:05 AM

Adrienne I absolutely love CommentLuv. It is the best thing in the blogosphere since sliced bread. What I don’t like is bloggers that use your CommentLuv option on your site but when you go to their site they do not have CommentLuv.

I also wondered why some blogs had removed or stopped using it in the past.

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138 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
September 4, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Hey Justin,

I agree Justin and now that Andy has upgraded it, it’s got even more cool features. I’ll be sharing that in my next post.

I was curious too why some quit using it which is why I wanted to do this post. I sure learned a lot from this, that’s for sure.

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

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139 Samantha Bangayan
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September 3, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Adrienne, wow! I didn’t think I would, but I just spent the last half hour reading your post *and* skimming through all the comments. I’m so glad I did because it was really interesting to learn so much more about LiveFyre and others’ opinions on Disqus as well. To add my two cents, it’s sounding like Disqus and IntenseDebate have similar features although I’ve seen that I can mention Tweeps on Disqus. This isn’t possible on IntenseDebate.

The reason I stopped using IntenseDebate is actually a serious one. I’ve had major problems with them over the last few months. More than 30 replies I made weren’t showing up and when they thought they had fixed the problem, it continued happening. I was so embarrassed because it looked like I hadn’t replied to random people when in fact, I had and I always make a point to! Thankfully, like other commenting systems, comments are stored on the Wordpress database, so I was able to recover them.

THEN, when IntenseDebate support tried to fix the problem, two other glitches showed up: (1) Comment replies started showing up as “2 replies” or “3 replies” when there was really only one reply, and (2) Threaded comments disappeared in my Wordpress comments database. Up until now, I have to search through all my comments page by page in order to find my reply for something. It’s ruined forever. =P Needless to say, I was really frustrated. In the beginning, IntenseDebate support was awesome at getting back to me within a few days, but once the problems started building up, there was one point that they didn’t reply for a full month even when I sent emails to follow-up. That’s when I decided to leave it behind. There’s nothing like no communication to ruin a relationship.

In any case, I’m kind of traumatized about using another commenting system, although I love that idea of LiveFyre being a central hub and pulling in comments from Twitter and Facebook! I’m going to wait it out and follow their updates. =)

And back to the main topic (haha! sorry for being so long-winded) — I’m a huge CommentLuv fan and I DoFollow all my links. I understand what Brankica said about attracting some people who only comment because of the backlink. Fortunately, that only happened to me once and I had other reasons to delete the comment. I might reconsider if I had an influx of people leaving non-value-adding comments.

Sorry for taking up so much comment space, Adrienne! Just one last thing! I absolutely LOVE your new header! The color makes it so fresh and inviting! =)

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140 Adrienne Smith
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September 4, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Hey Samantha,

Well thank you for leaving your long comment because you’ve just helped us understand a little more about IntenseDebate. See, most people have let me know about Disque and Livefyre but not that commenting system. Me not having any knowledge about any of those, I could only rely on my friends that use these systems to fill me in one why they are so great. I was curious why some of them stopped using CommentLuv and that’s when I learned you couldn’t use that plug-in with that commenting system. I truly don’t understand what one has to do with the other to be honest with you but then again, what do I know.

I’m so very sorry you had all those problems and in all honesty, I thought it very strange that I had noticed you never seemed to reply to comments. Now I know why! You just don’t seem to be that kind of person Samantha because you are so very caring and just down right nice. Now I know who the culprit was and happy to hear you are no longer using that system.

In learning more about Livefyre from Jeremy, I must admit I even find that system attractive. BUT, a good bit of my friends don’t care for those systems and won’t leave comments because of them so if I had the choice to continue with the ways things are set up or loose some of my blogging buddies due to that just so I could show more comments on my posts, I’d rather stick with the way things are. We all love those comments and want as many to show up as possible from your friends but I don’t want to loose any because they aren’t comfortable in doing so any longer.

I still do have people I have to delete because it’s very obvious to me why they are here. Hey, I wish them the very best in what they are trying to accomplish but they aren’t getting any help from me! :-) Hey, I’m nice but I’m not that nice! lol…

Thank you Samantha and anytime girl, you just tell me what you think. You know how much I love to learn and understand these types of things. I appreciate your long response. You did help me understand even more.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend and everything is great with you and Roy! I’ll be seeing you soon! ;-)

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141 Yomar Lopez September 4, 2011 at 2:45 AM

Hi Adrienne!

First and foremost, I want to say that I’ve passed by your “house” several times and love what you blog about. I usually try not to lurk but there’s just so much good content that it’s sometimes hard to figure out where to start.

That said, I love this topic and it’s something that comes up often. The beauty of it all is that there is no right or wrong. I prefer CommentLuv or default comment solutions because they work well on mobile platforms and just about any web browser. They also allow people to log in using existing accounts, use a pen name, or be anonymous. I like folks to be comfortable in my house.. Of course, I can’t be as hospitable to the trolls and shady folks – who knows what they might have planned! *GASP*

Back to serious matters, CommentLuv is a beautiful system. It encourages more comments because, let’s face it, most people won’t stop to leave a comment unless there’s a “free prize inside”. Standard comments have SEO/Inbound Marketing value by providing backlinks and brand exposure… but people seem more attracted to CommentLuv or KeywordLuv-type platforms.

Disqus and LiveFyre both have amazing benefits. LiveFyre is great for engaging people and getting them to return to your site, which is where some commenting platforms fail. Disqus is very flexible as it allows multiple accounts for access.. But, again, they’re clunky, buggy, and high-maintenance, to say the least. Sometimes, it’s good to keep it simple. And this is coming from someone that delivers tech solutions to clients but is rather/utilitarian bohemian in their own methods (heck, folks keep telling me to change my theme on my main blog, Y3B.. it’s on the to-do list). Haha

I’m adding this article to my Buffer now! ^_^

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142 Adrienne Smith
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September 4, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Hi Yomar,

I appreciate you finally taking the time to stop and leave me a comment. So glad to hear that you enjoy reading what I have to share. I really appreciate that.

See that’s something else I never consider, the mobile platforms because I don’t have internet access on my cell. So these other commenting systems aren’t really that compatible with the cell phones and let’s face it, that’s how a lot of people are accessing the internet these days. I can see where there are a lot of benefits using them to some extent while others, well just not so great.

I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts on this topic with me Yomar. It’s always great to get other people’s opinions and it also gives me the chance to learn about things I’m not that “up” on as well. Thank you for sharing that with us and for sharing my content. It’s always very much appreciated.

I hope you’ll stop back by soon and join back in the conversations. Always a pleasure to have you. :-)

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

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143 Daniel Hughes September 6, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Yess Yomar…I agree with you. :)

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144 Mitch Mitchell
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September 4, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Wow, I’m really late on this one. I love CommentLuv; have since the day I got it more than 3 years ago. I even had him do the very first interview on my blog; that was pretty cool. There are no downsides to using it, and a great reason not to switch to any other type of commenting system (besides the fact that all other commenting systems are icky, but I digress lol). It helps those who comment, those whose blogs it’s on to get people to come, and everyone because you just might see a topic from someone that compels you to click on the link and go for a visit.

Great stuff; nothing but the utmost enthusiasm for it.

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145 Adrienne Smith
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September 4, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Thank you for sharing Mitch, you know I always appreciate hearing from you. Why? Because you are always honest with your views and I for one appreciate that.

Glad to hear that you snagged Andy for one of your first interviews. I know I’ve been using CommentLuv for over a year now, probably a little longer. As soon as I learned about it that is. I love that I can check out other people’s headlines and then pop over to read their post. How convenient is that? Oh, and it’s helped me find some really cool blogs too!

Thanks Mitch, always a pleasure. :-)

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146 Julie September 6, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I’m a CommentLuv fan as well. As it’s been said many times here, it’s a simple to set up plugin which rewards our readers. I think I have the latest version, as I usually always do do an update when I get the message.

I like it when something it simple, functional and good, why change it, especially if it’s going to cause extra work for your readers ie. having to sign-in.

Thanks Adrienne, from your post and comments, I know I’ve a plugin which is appreciate by readers.

Take Care
Julie

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147 Adrienne Smith
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September 6, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Hi Julie,

Another CommentLuv fan, yey!!!

That’s great news and I agree with you. Why not reward our readers with a little love! I love seeing what their latest post is. You are also right, keep those plug-ins and everything else upgraded on a regular basis. Everything will run so much smoother that way.

I appreciate your comment Julie and thanks for sharing that. Now, enjoy your day!

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148 Andy September 7, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Me too a comment luv fan ,im truly amazed by the extra benefit on comment luv plugin and i like your post too .

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149 Adrienne Smith
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September 7, 2011 at 1:54 PM

That’s wonderful to hear Andy, glad you are a fan of this plug-in as well. Thanks for your comment and glad you enjoyed the post.

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150 Mandy
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September 19, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Yes, I use CommentLuv and really like it. I didn’t know about the settings options though so I’m off over to my blog now to see if I have it set up right so it’s doing what I want it to do! I do think it’s a great system and have not felt so comfortable with the alternative options, some of which you have suggested here.

Enjoy the journey.

Mandy

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151 Adrienne Smith
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September 19, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I know you are a CommentLuv supporter over at your blog Mandy. Even if you don’t upgrade to the premium version, the free one is still awesome. Andy did a fabulous job when creating this one, that’s for sure.

Hope you had it set up correctly. I know that can be a pain! :-)

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152 Mandy
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October 1, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Oh I found the button that allows you to change the image! Great fun and thanks!

Enjoy the journey.

Mandy

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153 Praveen Rajarao
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October 14, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Adrienne – I agree with you 100% on the benefits of CommentLuv and i actually have the plugin downloaded in my dashboard. But somehow, I am unable to get the “Reply” to other comments to work with this plugin, hence I am still onto disqus. I want to shift over, but not finding the time to debug and see what’s happening, maybe sometime soon.

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154 Adrienne Smith
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October 14, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Hey Praveeen,

Welcome back, happy to see you again.

I’m sorry you are having issues. Have you sent a ticket to support? I have another friend who was having difficulty with it as well and it ended up being a problem with the theme. I don’t know anything about all of that so I’m definitely not the person who can help. But Andy is more than willing to help in any way he can so I’d start there. Don’t worry about trying to figure all of this out on your own.

Hope we’ll see it back soon!

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155 Amanda March 15, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Great article, I’ve shared on twitter. I also find that it make my life alot easier, returning comment to people who take the time commenting on my blog.
Really enjoyed this, thank you x

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156 Adrienne Smith
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March 15, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Hi Amanda,

Welcome to my blog and I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Thank you for sharing it, you’re the best! Wow…

I love visiting their blogs first and commenting because I believe if they took the time to come to my blog, I can do the same for them. That’s also how relationships are built too.

Thanks again Amanda and hope you’re enjoying your day!

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157 sanjay June 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Commetluv is one way of giving reward to your commenter, great way to build a relationship, Also it attracts commenters. Too bad it is premium and I haven’t got that much $$ to buy.

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158 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Hey Sanjay,

CommentLuv is one of my favorite plug-ins since I started blogging. The premium version is the best Sanjay because it combines 8 plug-ins together which we all know cuts down on the number we have installed. But the free version is still available so never say never. ;-)

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159 Angela McCall
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February 7, 2013 at 8:15 AM

I just love, love, love CommentLuv!!! I am recommending this to every bloggers out there. Best ways to get heard and followed by other bloggers plus its also GREAT for me to follow their latest link for me to READ instead of going to their front website when I don’t know what and where to start to read. A++++ plugin!!!!!!
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160 Adrienne
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February 7, 2013 at 8:43 AM

I do too Angela, love love love CommentLuv Premium. I love that Andy is always eager and willing to take suggestions and very hands on with continue to keep it updated.

Great way to follow people back to their blogs and I continue to be amazed at the people who haven’t purchased it yet. Their loss I suppose.

Thanks for sharing that and enjoy your day okay!

~Adrienne

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