There is a serious debate on the internet about blog commenting, commenting systems and especially about Commentluv.
Some say Commentluv doesn’t work, some say it worked but now it is out of fashion and it must be removed and replaced by other comment systems, especially by the new Google comment system. Other people say it works very well and it is still a very powerful tool for traffic and engagement.
I didn’t write the article to support any of the two sides. However, I did want do know the real value of Commentluv. So I did an experiment. I installed Commentluv and used it for a whole month. In the following I will present the results so you can see for yourself the real value of the plugin.
Questions to ask
The purpose of my experiment was to answer the following questions:
- Is CommentLuv STILL an efficient tool for commenting?
- How much traffic and engagement can this plugin bring to a new blog?
For my experiment I used the following resources:
- My blog (netmarketsuccess.com)
- CommentLuv plugin, free version
- A list of sites and blogs to comment
- An Excel spreadsheet
- My Google analytics account
- Blog posts for my links.
I am a beginner. Not a total beginner but still a beginner. My blog started somewhere in March-April 2013. The experiment started on May 1 2013. Before that date I wrote 38 posts. During May I wrote another 8 posts and promoted them on the blogs I commented (together with other 6 posts written in April). The total number or posts used is 14.
Sites / blogs to comment?
How did I find the sites or blogs to comment? Simple! The most difficult part was already done by somebody else. I used a list of sites and blogs created by Anna Hoffman (Traffic generation café). The list is rather old. However, it was so well done, Anna’s research was so professional that the list is still valuable today. You can find the list at the following address:
The blog commenting process
I took Anna’s list and checked it site by site, blog by blog. I chose only blogs with CommentLuv Premium, or free version installed. Also, I chose only dofollow blogs. On this list you will find other sites and blogs that do not have CommentLuv installed or are nofollow. I avoided these because my focus was to find out the maximum efficiency of the Commentluv plugin. So I used only blogs with the plugin installed.
I checked the whole list and extracted about 25 – 30 still active blogs, from PR5 to PR1 and started to read their posts and make comments.
I chose to make comments on 5 blogs a day, 6 days a week, from Monday to Saturday. I kept this frequency for the whole month of May. I didn’t make comments on Sundays.
The method is very simple and popular. You choose an interesting post, read it, make a serious, thoughtful, valuable comment (the best you can) and post a link to one of the posts from your blog. Then you open a spreadsheet (I used Excell) and write the name of the post, the link of the post and the backlink to your post. Later you will check to see if the comment was approved and write this on the spreadsheet, too.
Here’s how I organized my spreadsheet:
At the end of the experiment (June 1st), I counted all the numbers: posts, comments, backlinks etc. Then I opened my Google analytics account and wrote all the results (the same spreadsheet): traffic (visitors, per day, visitors per month, my comments, comments made by other people on my blog, backlinks, inbound links, social media visits and so on.
Let’s see the results from Google analytics account:
The following table shows the results of the experiment:
Let’s get into details
Now, let me explain a little bit. As you can see from the table, the traffic in May increased from 24 to 199 visitors per month. This means that by using Commentluv:
The number of comments increased from 4 (April) to 34 (May). So, by using the plugin:
The number of backlinks increased from 4 (April) to 100 (May). This means that, by using the plugin:
Inbound links increased from 0 (April) to 12 (May):
Finally, let’s summarize things using a synthetic table:
Problems that appeared in the process
Finding interesting posts
The first problem is finding a post you can comment on. It is not as easy as it seems. You need to go to a blog, search, read and decide if you can comment or not. Sometimes I wasn’t able to find an interesting post to comment. Sometimes there were no updates so nothing to comment.
When you cannot find something interesting on a blog you have to leave and check another one. That is the reason I chose 25 blogs. This was the only way to make sure I always have enough blogs to make those 5 daily comments.
Writing the comments
It is not so easy to make comments. You need to read the post carefully and understand the message. During the reading process I always write the main ideas of the post together with some interesting facts or data. At the end of the post I already know what to say in my comment.
When you write, you have to be as careful and professional as when you write a blog post on your blog. Write your comment, structure it carefully, then read it once again. Did you succeed to make your point? Then you just read it one more time to find out and correct any mistakes. Then and only then you may post your comment.
It was a surprise for me but you cannot simply put a link for the comment and leave. Usually the plugin chooses a link to your last blog post. This link may not be relevant for the respective article or you simply want to put another link there.
With CommentLuv Premium it’s simple: you just tweet the post, or send it to your G+ or Facebook account and you will be granted access to a list with your last 10 posts. With the free version of the plugin … it depends.
Sometimes the blog owner offers you the list with the 10 posts even from the beginning (I do this on my blog) but sometimes you have only the link to your last post available.
Other difficulties and errors
- Losing comments: Sometimes the tweet, G+ or Facebook parts simply don’t work. You tweet, for example, the post but you are not taken back to the respective post and you lose the comment.
- Loading time: Another common problem is the loading time for a blog. Sometimes a blog loads so slow that you can see your beard growing. Finally you lose your patience and go for another blog.
- Page error: Another error encountered was “403 Forbidden Error Page”. No matter what you do you cannot comment on that blog.
- Comments with no links: This means your comment is accepted but your link is not. You get your comment but without the link. Fortunately, this is rare.
- Blogs that removed CommentLuv: I found a very important and powerful blog with thousands of articles and tenths of thousands of comments. I made about 8 comments on that blog, posted my links and got traffic and comments from that blog. However, at some point during month May, the owner of the blog decided to remove CommentLuv and replace it with Google commenting system. My comments remained on that blog but the links were lost. This “event” happened only once.
- Is CommentLuv STILL an efficient tool for commenting? YES !!!
- How much traffic and engagement can this plugin bring to a new blog? A LOT !!!
The simple fact that I used CommentLuv plugin and made comments on other sites or blogs increased the traffic and engagement at least 8 times.
Everything, from visitors, to comments, links, referrals increased enormously. These results make me advance the following idea:
I think it is wise to take into account the warnings on the internet. Use CommentLuv (and I will definitely use it from now on) but do not rely - for traffic and engagement – only on CommentLuv. Diversify your tools and develop a more sophisticated strategy. Here are a few examples of what you can do:
- Install the other highly praised comment system (Google comments) and test both systems for a while to see which works best. The final result may be surprising. My guess? You will use both.
- Diversify the type of the blogs where you make comments. Choose: blogs with CommentLuv installed, blogs without CommentlLuv installed, dofollow blogs, nofollow blogs etc.
- Don’t be so focused on posting links. Sometimes a blog with no plugin and just the native WP comments system installed might be more valuable because it can send you a lot of traffic. Focus on traffic and not on links.
- Your list of posts must be very diversified in terms of page rank. Do not limit yourself to blogs with high page ranks. Comment on blogs that have all the page ranks from 1 to 5.
This was the first part of the test. The test continues for another month. Actually, it took me two months of tests to be convinced of the real value of CommentLuv. If you want to get the best results from your comments, increase exposure and protect from spam then you should try CommentLuv.
You can find the second part of the test by clicking on the link below
If you understood the real power of CommentLuv, you may use the following link (affiliate link) to download it. I use it now because it gives me more powerful features and better results in terms of engagement, exposure and traffic.
I hope this article helps. Now, it’s your turn to tell me about your blog commenting and CommentLuv experience.
What were your results?