“No Recent Post” or “Bad Ju Ju” Headaches!
What is CommentLuv?
Commentluv is a really sweet little plugin that allows our visitors to get an extra free backlink to their blog when they leave us a comment. It enables us to get the same type of link love when we visit other people’s blogs.
The link itself is a decent quality SEO style link which has the title of your selected (of one of the most recent 10) blog post as the anchor text.
The commentluv plugin uses our email address and domain name to get our blogs feed and check for recent posts. Unregistered members, if their feed is standard, will return one post and Registered (at http://comluv.com) and full set up members will return their most recent 10 posts that they can pick and chose from.
When it’s working correctly, it appears like:
Sometimes however, that’s just not what occurs!
So What Causes the Commentluv Hiccups?
If you find that commentluv is not working for you on multiple blogs – you know that the plugin is not to blame (it almost never is) – and that your feed is having issues.
Commentluv will return “No Recent Posts” or “Bad Ju Ju” when it can not find a feed address in its database or when the feed has been slow to respond. Also, it won’t even try to find the feed until you begin typing in the comment text box. (Note the random text in the comment of the image above.)
Commentluv’s “Recent Post” comment has nothing to do with your blog having or not having any type or “recent post” plugin. It is simply telling you that it sees no recent blog posts in your feed.
Fixing The Issues With Your Commentluv Settings
Depending on the cause (from above) one of these three will almost always get you sorted out.
1. Log into http://comluv.com and verify that you have all of your blog information filled in including your FEED path. If you have not configured Feedburner, then by default your (and mine) feed address is http://yourblogname.com/feed Also fill in the other info. Be sure that the domain and feed path is exactly where your subscribe button on your blog goes to.
2. Double Check that both in comluv.com and also when you are posting on blogs that you are ACTUALLY using your “real” url according to comluv.com. Sometimes people put http://yourblogname.com into comluv.com and then try to comment using http://wwww.yourblogname.com While they may seem the same to you, these are two VERY different addresses and this simply will not work.
3. Here’s the big one – and usually the solution for most people: Most likely your host had a very very minor hiccup and did not promptly return your feed the first time comluv.com looked for it. To prevent wasting very expensive server resources (remember, other than some add-ons you can purchase Andy is funding this whole project on his own) they have temporarily “banned” your blog feed from being refreshed. Easy peasy to fix: Go to “Unban Your URL”, log in, enter your blog address, hit submit, and (almost) immediately you should be good to go. This is not really anyone’s “fault”, its just something that’s going to happen from time to time. (It will happen more often if #1 and #2 are not correct.)
Summary of Commentluv Issues
Commentluv is a free, easy, convenient little plugin that lets us give and get additional backlinks for commenting. The “No Recent Post” and “Bad Ju Ju” errors can be annoying but usually they simply require a very quick fix from you to resolve. Bookmark the un-ban url page for easy reference.
Please consider (preferably) either donating to the commentluv project to help Andy keep it running, or purchasing some of the upgrades available (such as returning results from multiple blogs and having certain posts always returned in commentluv for use as backlinks when posting). I use several of the upgrade options and really love them and love working with Andy whenever possible to help make this plugin keep shining!
Hopefully this helps you get this little error squared away – or at least know what to do about it should you ever encounter it! If you feel this information would be useful to others, please share it around with your friends on Twitter, Digg, Stumbleupon, Facebook or wherever the social media waves may carry you!
PS: If your problem happens to be that you have Delicious links being returned instead of your posts and you’re using Feedburner, Ms Ilene has an answer for you!