This will be a mini-post (if I can learn to keep it short). One of those blog posts about blogging for the sake of blogging, but what the hell.
WordPress plugin of the moment: CommentLuv
I like blog comments. I like the mixing it up, the engagement, the back and forth. There’s gold in them thar hills.
Right now one of my favorite WordPress plugins has to be CommentLuv. I loved seeing it on other sites, do not know what took me so long to add it to my own blog.
What it does: shares some link love with anyone who posts a comment on your blog, showing their most recent post or one of their choosing.
Who it’s for: Bloggers who are social, comment on other blogs. Bloggers who want to engage with their readers, give something back and see what they have written lately.
What’s so great about it: Discovery! As I read comments on my own blog or others, I see all these clever post titles. I get interested, I click, I read.. and THAT is how you meet bloggers, find different material, learn something new.
Cost: Free is good. There is a paid model for more URLs, featured status.
The downside: you drive content, links, page rank away from your own site maybe? I know SEO is important but the technical mumbo jumbo loses me.
How to use it:
- Go to CommentLuv, click Add Your Site and register your main URL and your blog feed.
- Set how many posts you want as options. Done.
- Either download it from CommentLuv directly or via WordPress plugin search. Install. Activate.
- Via the WordPress dashboard, select your preferences. I like the smaller little graphic image.
Obligatory disclaimer no one will read: I’m not an expert and any technical issues should go to them, starting with the unban URL thing. That said, it’s a nifty little plugin I thought I’d recommend. FWIW.