What can I say about WordPress plugins? I love them and I am sucker for any plugin that can truly help in any form. In addition, I am all in for free plugins and the WordPress directory is full of them. Obviously, there are good ones and well, the not so good ones. While I am a strong advocate for “useful and reliable” free stuff, I have to admit that for every rule, there is an exception and CommentLuv is one of those that fit in that category.
Andy Bailey, the mastermind behind CommentLuv Premium (aff link) is set to make his plugin better every day. Since its inception, the number of updates that has been made is tremendous and mind you, most of these updates were not bug fixes (although it had its share), but rather, adding more features. I won’t even go down the route of support, its simply A+. This is the type of commitment that you don’t see often and if you happen to have CommentLuv Premium already, you are lucky, because all future updates are yours for free. And that’s a fact.
Anyway, I won’t get into much details as to what the core of this 7 in 1 plugin offers, because you can find out about CommentLuv here. Recently, Andy sent an updated version to his beta testers to test drive some of the new features he is adding to the already great plugin. I think that he is doing the “Penguin Stuff” of his own, as the changes are focused towards more control over SPAM. Comment spammers are all over the place and they are not going anywhere. And that can be a problem, as some “bad stuff” may find its way in your blog and when that happens, there is a chance that you may be flagged inadvertently on being a “bad neighborhood”. You really don’t want that. More over, spammers are getting better too. Aside from automated software, some are now doing their “copy and paste” schemes. You know, they write a standard comment and hops to every single blog they can find (specially dofollow and commentluv enabled), and paste that text of useless comment. All for the sake of getting links for SEO purposes.
Well, and as I said, Andy hates SPAM as much as search engines. He understands that moderating comments can be a chore. He also understands that commenting is a form to interact and create lively discussions. Finally he understands that as bots and manual spammers get more sophisticated, so is the need for making CommentLuv Premium an all around plugin that should be part of every bloggers arsenal.
Aside from the tons of features to help you improve your social engagements, increase traffic, get some backlinks, give some luv to awesome commenters, and of course, the countless defenses to combat SPAM, the latest version is further enhanced with:
- The ability to remove Twitter profile links
- Keyup count – You define the number of times a user use the keyboard. A copy and paste will count as two, so defining it to 10 for example will eliminate that problem.
- Ban specific keywords that come via search engines. Eliminates those users that”hunt” for specific keywords.
I am quite lazy today, so here’s Andy’s video giving you a detailed tour about what is coming next 🙂
And finally, and if you for some reason don’t know about it, did you know that having CommentLuv installed in your WordPress blog automatically entitles you to being an affiliate? Yep, you can make money too! Just a couple of sales and your investment breaks even in no time. Now how cool is that? If there is ever a premium plugin you want to consider using, let this be one of them. That’s for sure.
Are you a happy CommentLuv Premium user? What do like/hate about the plugin? Any other features you think should be there and currently not available. Shout out, Andy may be listening, lol.