Could New Toys Be
Costing You Commentors?
When commentluv 2.9 launched, it brought with it some new features that have lead to a lot of discussions among bloggers and marketers utilizing CL for their blogs.
There’s a lot of misunderstanding about those settings… and about the hidden costs associated with enabling those restrictions.
I stayed out of this early on because I needed time to extensively test the new options and see what would result from them.
I want to share with you, a video, that I originally made for the blog social syndication community that I co-run…
Here’s what I found…
As you can see, requiring registration for dofollow and 10 link options caused me a lot of annoyed visitors and gained me very little. The registrations are not marketing qualified opt-ins and require incredible finesse to be able to do anything with. I was stabbing myself in the foot by requiring this registration but had tested it out since it “seemed” like such a great idea. However, dofollow does impact SEO of the “giving” blog and one does need to think carefully about their stance on that and how much linkjuice they are willing to share with their readers. Nofollow links are not entirely useless but dofollow are worth so much more that many bloggers treat dofollow blogs preferentially. So, it is my suggestion that you enable 10 link options and dofollow for all, at least for now in 2.9 (see note below).
When the upcoming commentluv 3.0 premium arrives it will bring an extension of the dofollow/link requirements into much easier to swallow things visitors already do naturally such as tweeting the post, liking a post or G+ing a post.
I can honestly see these newer softer requirements working MUCH better while at the same time helping me as a blogger reduce the number of spammers that slip in to swipe dofollow links and hurt me. Commentluv will remain free however and CL 3.0 Premium is still a ways out (last I checked).
I hope this clarifies for you the situation that many bloggers have unknowingly set these options assuming they were a good thing (and because they are default) and do not realize they are irritating their fans. We can not grumble and scuff our feet and complain when we should be helping to educate other bloggers on what emotions their blogs bring up in us so they can improve.
As always this remains a personal option and we have to do what we feel is best, but I hope my experiences with testing these helps you make informed decisions.
Here’s To Your Success!
PS: Want to learn more about TSA and our social syndication community and how you can expand your relationships and blog reach through win/win partnerships? Be sure to check us out at http://just-ask-kim.com/TSAMastery