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Comment what? CommentLuv! It’s a WordPress plugin that you may have noticed in use here on my Photography Education Blog. You can see the CommentLuv checkbox right next to the comment box. It’s the blog’s way of begging you to add your comment to the conversation.

How CommentLuv benefits you
As a fellow blogger, the CommentLuv plugin is going to give your blog some love. Probably one of the hardest parts about blogging is promoting new posts. CommentLuv shows the last blog post of the commentator linking to the most recent post with the post title as the link text. Aside from showing the post, CommentLuv also accomplishes a typically difficult SEO task by helping build deep links to each post. Plus each post is do-follow and has the title as the anchor text so people are more likely to find your post in a Google search.

Why I installed CommentLuv
CommentLuv encourages users to participate in the conversation. I’m a big fan of reader participation. For every post that I write, you guys as my blog readers will have great insight that I didn’t know or didn’t remember to include in the post. I’d much rather have a great network of active readers than to try to make myself look like some kind of genius on a pedastal. I couldn’t fake genius anyway, but I’ll have to admit I probably would if I could =) Theoretically the more my blog benefits my readers, the more you guys will return. So in the end, if I do my blogging the right way, you guys should be coming back for more.

Other photographer blogs with CommentLuv
Here are some of the other sites you should visit. I’ve run across others, but these are photographer blogs that I regularly visit. These photographer bloggers pass along some great information and also have the CommentLuv plugin installed on their blogs.

http://ishootshows.com

http://erickimphotography.com/blog

http://techpatio.com

http://www.canonblogger.com

So now that I’ve shared some great blogs, you need to install CommentLuv on your blog and mention your site in a comment below. If you have any questions about how the CommentLuv plugin works, I’m not an expert, but I would definitely be happy to help out if I can. I’ll definitely visit your blog if you drop a comment below, so what are you waiting for?

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98 Responses to “CommentLuv Photography Blog”

  1. Sire says:

    Commentluv is certainly the best plugin for getting comments. You may have to delete some though because it can attract some spammy ones.

    I have a suggestion for another great plugin, one designed by Andy Bailey the author of commentluv and one that you should use to replace that irritating CAPTCHA thing. It’s called GASP and your readers will love you for it.

    • TJ says:

      Yea, I’ve gotten a decent amount of spam. Usually just a spam comment a day for now. I guess we’ll see if it gets worse as the blog gets a little older.

      Per your suggestion, I’ve changed from CAPTCHA to GASP. I will wait to hear from readers sending along their love =)

      Hope you had a great holiday season! Catch you around.

      • Sire says:

        Yep, that is so much better. The trouble with those Capcha’s is that they’re so hard to read, and sometimes if you get it wrong, depending on what blog you’re on, you can lose your comment..

        GASP is so much easier. Thanks for taking my advice.

        • TJ says:

          Anything that will help user experience, right? Definitely don’t want to frustrate readers. Thanks again!

    • Hizibusy says:

      What is a GASP? I donot use wordpress so I don’t know but I do agree commentluv is a great way to get comments

  2. Lemerou says:

    Hello TJ,
    CommentLuv is a great plug in and i definitely recommand it.
    As you know, i have also posted a list of dofollow photoblog wich some of you might find useful :
    http://www.picsof.asia/blog/dofollow-photography.html
    I’ve added your site and i’d be happy to be and your list too ;)

  3. stella says:

    Maybe you could make changes to the page subject title Do Follow, KeywordLuv and CommentLuv to more generic for your blog post you write. I liked the post nevertheless.Nice photography blog list with commentluv.

    • TJ says:

      Stella,
      The only issue I’d see with that is that I don’t have KeywordLuv installed, and the commentator’s name is not do-follow. That’s the only reason I included just CommentLuv in the title. Thanks for the suggestion, and hope you come back by soon!

  4. Scott Webb says:

    I used to have CommentLuv, KeyworkLuv and Do-Follow. I took off the keyword and do-follow because of the amount of time I had to spend with spam and useless commenting.

    I went to Discus and the no spam has made it hard to change. I would like it if I could integrate commentluv into Disqus. That would be a set up to love.

    Not out of my sight – CommentLuv may come back to my blog too

    • TJ says:

      So if I’m understanding you right, Disqus has pretty much eliminated the spam comments on your site? That’s pretty cool. I get a spam comment or 2 per day usually. Not too bad, but definitely not ideal. If you do end up putting CommentLuv back on your site, let me know and I’d be happy to add you to the list!

  5. rashed says:

    good article about CommentLuv Photography Blog

  6. Andy says:

    I use commentluv on my blog but i have to say i get around 20 spam comments a day. It has made me very strict on the comments i allow as i get so many “great post you saved me much time” comments.

    I am hoping long term it will build more of a community but we will wait and see.

    • TJ says:

      I get quite a bit of comment spam on my blog too. I’m pretty sure most are not bots, but even with a real person entering the comment, “nice post” doesn’t cut it in my book.

      Andy, how do you filter out spam? I usually look for something in the comment that references content in the article. If a comment is generic, I don’t approve it.

  7. april bishop says:

    I hate spammers but I don’t think they should ruin it for everyone else. You make some really good points. I hate the ” Thanks for the post” but I think that is just part of having a blog that allows commenting.

    Thanks

    • TJ says:

      April,
      Yea, I consider each commenting scenario before approving or trashing. For example, your comment was fine, but for some reason the blog post on your commentluv doesn’t have any text. What’s the deal with that?

      Thanks for your contribution.

  8. I’m a recent installer of commentluv and I’m just getting to grips with it. I think it does promote commenting, and hopefully meaningful comments too, now going to check out the rest of your website!

    • TJ says:

      Dan,
      That’s awesome that you installed the plugin. Have you found that it’s been encouraging more comments on your site? Hope you enjoy looking through the rest of the site. Let me know what you think.

  9. Anthony says:

    CommentLuv seems like a good technique/plugin for improving SEO. Right now, my blog is on Blogger. Do you know if there is a similar plugin or code that will work or is WordPress the only place to do this?

    • TJ says:

      I don’t know of anything like CommentLuv for blogger. The good news if that you can still take advantage of the plugin by commenting on CommentLuv enababled blogs because it doesn’t have to be installed on your blog to get links.

  10. I do think that CommentLuv for bloggers. Is great for others to share their work and at the same time see sites you may have never been exposed to otherwise. It’s been great for exposure for me!!

    • TJ says:

      Sharon,
      That’s awesome! How long have you been using CommentLuv? For me, it’s been the last 6 months, and I’ve seen great results already.

  11. CommentLuv is the best for blog commenting.I have been using for seven months, and i got some awesome results.

    • TJ says:

      @Custom Logo Design,
      Awesome! I’ve had great results using the plugin too. Thanks for the comment.

  12. Harry says:

    I am still not sure if there would be a penalty from Google for having too many outgoing links?

    If not, then it would be great to add. I will delete spam links anyway, whether or not I would have commentluv enabled, but maybe it would attract many extra spammers?

    Thanks, Harry
    ps: what is this confirm you are not a spammer plugin? Beats a capthca :) Does it work?

    • TJ says:

      Harry,
      I can’t say whether there is or isn’t a penalty for too many links, but what I can tell you is that my article tend to rank very well in Google – even with CommentLuv installed.
      The “confirm you are not a spammer” plugin is called GASP. So far it seems to be working pretty well for me. I still get people coming by and leaving spam comments, but I’m pretty sure it stops the majority of the bot spam.

  13. Lara says:

    I like Commentluv too but had a problem initially in that it would not give a dropdown list of my posts. On a friend’s advice, I had to get my feed pinged at feedburner and that seemed to do the trick. I’m not tech savvy at all, and only followed the instructions of my friend.

    • TJ says:

      Lara,
      That’s strange. I haven’t had the problem with not getting the dropdown list to show. I would have thought javascript. Thanks for sharing that tip about how you fixed your issue.

  14. Does the use of commentLuv though not encourage people to search for sites that use commentluv simply to leave a comment on your blog. Perhaps – but on the other hand – you’re getting traffic you normally wouldn’t have had. If you’re using adwords or selling a product, you’re still bringing a possible customer to your site if something catches your eye.

    • TJ says:

      Private ambulances,
      Are you one of those people that searches Google for sites like mine? =) Anyway, yes, I think it does bring extra traffic. I don’t mind the extra visits, but my primary focus is to add photographers as readers.

  15. JS says:

    Great blog have found some really helpful information, my wife and i are keen photographers and also have a blog your readers may be interested in. Thanks
    Digital Cameras

    • TJ says:

      JS,
      I’m probably just missing the rest of the posts, but I’m only seeing one post on your blog. Am I doing something wrong?

  16. Thank you for the info on comment luv. I am new to this and after reading your post I can see the value in participating in the concept.

    Great photography blog!

    • TJ McDowell says:

      HDR photographer,
      Thanks for the visit! Commentluv has definitely been beneficial to me. Thanks for the compliment on the blog. Hope to see you back soon.

  17. i have started using comment luv and well so new to it i don’t know how good it is but i love looking at all the picture where is this backdrop of? being dyslexic the writing is more difficult but i and giving it a go

    • TJ says:

      Robert,
      Thanks for the comment! Commentluv may take a while to get used to. The backdrop is of St Louis. Keep at the link building.

  18. I am trying to, a back drop like this is so good I am unsure why others don’t do it also, obviously not St Louis.

    I am hoping people will find my blogs but not sure why, other than link building, they would ;-) but with it taking about an hour a blog i will keep at it.

    • TJ says:

      Robert,
      Keep at it! It took me a while to get a decent amount of traffic. I had a slow start, but almost a year in, I get almost 100 visitors per day.

  19. wow! so how many blogs do you write a day and how many do you comment on?

    • TJ says:

      I write somewhere from 1-3 posts a week. I haven’t been good about commenting on other blogs recently. The traffic comes almost exclusively from search engines.

  20. thank you, I will carry on with what i am doing then and hope to reap the benefits in time ;-)

  21. Here is something I don’t understand. My previous comment is located in this blog post, but there is no link or recent post from my blog. What am I doing wrong?

    • TJ says:

      HDR Photographer,
      Does it look like the commentluv plugin finds your last blog post before you submit your comment? If not, you may try entering your blog url instead of your main site url to see if that makes a difference.

  22. Larissa, we love your website and your blog: very clean design and great visual compositions.

    The photography community needs more photographers like you who are willing to give back! Keep up the great work!

    • TJ says:

      Brookly Prints,
      Thanks for the encouragement!! It’s always good to know the time we put into the blog is worth it.

  23. Commentluv simply adds up to our popularity in the web. It enables us to have good backlinks as well as visitors. If you don’t mind if I share my blog post to you about doing simple SEO on your artworks.

    http://www.fashionnarts.com/seo-and-photography-how-to-do-simple-seo-on-your-artworks/

  24. teys says:

    Just stumbled upon your blog and read this post. I recently added commentluv again… I think it got disabled when my wp version was updated.

    Have a great day!

    • TJ McDowell says:

      Teys,
      I’ve seen some weird things happen with WordPress updates, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all. Did it wipe all your previous data or did it still show all the commentluv links previous added after you got it back up and going?

  25. Thanks for the info!

  26. Michael says:

    I have been using XSitePro to build my site, and I’m not very good at it.
    But I must say that after reading about commentluv a wordpress blog could be the way to go. The potential of such a plugin goes far beyond my static sites. I have got to try it out!

    • TJ McDowell says:

      Michael,
      I’ve never used XSitePro myself, but I definitely love WordPress. It’s a versatile content management system. Give it a shot and see if it’s a good fit for you.

  27. Getting traffic you normally wouldn’t have seems to be working! It is important to ask for meaningful comments. Thanks for using commentluv!

    • TJ McDowell says:

      Rebekah,
      Yea, meaningful comments are a must. I really haven’t done too much explicit asking. Maybe with the amount of spam I get, it would make sense to do that.

  28. We use CommentLuv on our photo blog too, but any cheap spam shots will get sent to spam hell :)

    Lots of interesting ideas on your site TJ, will be bookmarking it.

    • TJ McDowell says:

      Fotoviva Photography,
      Yea, I get “cheap spam shots” regularly too. Maybe those people think they’re going to get a free link. Thanks for bookmarking!!

  29. Nur Iskandar says:

    Hi T J,.
    CommentLuv is a great plug in and i definitely recommand it.
    I Like Commentluv. It’s simply adds up to our popularity in the web. It enables us to have good backlinks as well as visitors.

  30. Larry says:

    Thanks for the tip. I just installed it and now my blog is ready to dish out some serious comment love!!

    By the way, just noticed this- when I leave a comment, it tells me that this site has an outdated version of CommentLuv. Thought that was kinda funny!

    • TJ McDowell says:

      Larry,
      That’s great that you installed it. Let us know how that works for your site. I’m not seeing the outdated message, but I could just be missing it. I’m sure I need to update.

  31. SEO Services says:

    We just installed CommentLuv on on system today. I want to see if it makes any difference when we post on other blogs now. We have not enabled ASKIMET. I’m getting ready to install the GASP plug-in and try that next.

  32. mariagrace says:

    I just installed this plugin and the benefits are just great. Win win.

  33. John Levin says:

    Yes, the traffic on my blog has significantly increased since I’ve been using the CommentLuv. But I also have the problem with the spammers. How do you solve this?

  34. Akismet works for a lot of people, but I use Growmap Anti Spambot plugin. It works really well!

  35. I don’t have a blog, but I have been thinking of starting one. After reading this CommentLuv Photography Blog, I am eager to finally get one up and running! (with the CommentLuv plugin, of course!) Thank you for having such a helpful and informative resource available. I am learning so much here!

    • TJ McDowell says:

      Angela,
      I’m a BIG fan of blogging. Everybody has their own favorite link building methods, but to me, blogging is one of the smartest.

      • I visited the WordPress site, and wondered if I should use WordPress.org, where hosting is required, or use WordPress.com, which does not require it? I have a Smugmug Pro account, with the address pointing to my domain. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give to me!

  36. Well, I have decided to go with WordPress.com, and I’m looking forward to getting my blog started! I would like to use the CommentLuv plugin if it works with WordPress.com blogs.

    • TJ McDowell says:

      Angela,
      Sorry for the delayed response. If you do a WordPress.com blog, I don’t think you’ll be able to install the Commentluv plugin. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get links from commenting on other people’s blogs – just that people won’t get a link back to their last post for commenting on yours.

  37. Thanks for sharing the love with commentluv. I think it really encourages people to comment on your posts.

  38. Thanks. We are looking forward to using comment luv on our site and seeing how it works. Did you submit your site to any directories or anything like that?

    • TJ McDowell says:

      Rochester Videographer,
      I think you’ll like CommentLuv. I’ve done directories in the past, but haven’t been too impressed with the results. I’d recommend trying DMOZ, then submitting to niche directories (ie videographer directores).

  39. Christian says:

    Thanks for the information on Commentluv. I’m thinking about installing it on my site, but I’m a little hesitant since the more dofollow links you give a way, it seems like you would lose some google juice from your own site. Any thoughts?

    • TJ McDowell says:

      Christian,
      You’re right about the Google Juice, but it’s worth the tradeoff for me. I’ve found that it gives me a natural reason to bring up my blog in conversation – “hey, head over to my blog and get some link juice”

  40. i like it, thanks for the commentluv blog list.. :D

  41. maxx@penang says:

    i wouldn,t worry about losing link juice – i’ve found that it helps bring in a lot more visitors – so the payback is worth it!

  42. im new to commmentluv and i think its a great idea

  43. I’ve only just started using it on my own site, which is photography related, so I’ll let you all know what effect it has on comments, spam, and also traffic :)

  44. i love the idea ot it, just brilliant

  45. Good to see you have commentluv and I found you via google for photography blogs with commentluv and you were 4th

  46. Phil says:

    I have recently enabled Commentluv on my photography site and whilst it is still early days the results look quite promising.

  47. my photography blog is also DoFollow – but I filter comments since not interested in spam :-) But pleased to see that the Russian-speaking origins to achieve lots abroad in the photography field – a very hard track personally for myself … :-)