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  1. Lillie Ammann
    Lillie Ammann at |

    Christopher,

    You are so right about this. Ironically, I have a post scheduled in the next couple of weeks entitled “Where have all the commenters gone?” Comments on my blog have decreased dramatically, and I’m being asked by webmasters to delete comments with do-follow links to their sites that have been penalized by Google for having irrelevant links. Those comments were originally left specifically for SEO, and now they’re hurting it. At the rate comments are decreasing and requests to remove comments are increasing, soon my comment count will going down instead of up. :-)

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    1. Christopher Roberts
      Christopher Roberts at |

      “soon my comment count will going down instead of up” – funny but sad.

      Why not just remove their link as the comment itself doesn’t harm anyone?

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  2. Neil@Responsive Website Designer

    Hi Christopher, I agree on your CommentLuv views. The main reason for commentLuv was SEO and these days it probably does more harm than good. While the old pre-penguin regime encouraged spam it also encouraged a lot of interaction on blogs. I think that by trying to reduce link spam Google has changed the way people approach blog commenting.

    I guess the next one to look at is Keywordluv, I am extremely wary with it these days and use it sparingly.

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    1. Christopher Roberts
      Christopher Roberts at |

      Hi Neil,

      I would agree that KeywordLuv is also a concern, however having reviewed it, it isn’t nearly as spammy as CommentLuv. You are Neil and you are a ‘Responsive Website Designer’ which is fair enough. You only get dofollow comments here if you have more than 10 comments, so it is only really those who can be trusted that can make use if it anyway.

      CommentLuv just added too much padding and loads of completely irrelevant keywords/links to the comments section – hence it is gone.

      Thanks as always for the comment, it is great to know some people still like to voice their views via WordPress comments!

      Christopher

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  3. Neil
    Neil at |

    Hi Christopher,

    I guess my point on KeywordLuv is more related to the SEO benefit for the person making the comment. I have seen a number of our clients severely penalised lately for link building with anchor text. My guess is that keywordluv will go the way of commentluv in the next few months.

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  4. Jon Sansom@JAWBONE BLUETOOTH NOISEASSASSIN

    Hey Christopher,

    I personally think too that CommentLuv is loosing its control and people are making it spammy just for their own greeds. You are right that sometimes its messy to have it as it takes time. But what if people throw links in there comments on sites without having CommentLuv plugin. It will be more difficult to remove spamming then. If its not CommentLuv then it will be something else. People will find ways for sure.

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    1. Christopher Roberts
      Christopher Roberts at |

      Hi Jon,

      CommentLuv was really just a catalysis for spam.

      I still don’t understand why we are receiving around 150 spam comments a day though. We no longer use CommentLuv and links only dofollow after 10 approved comments. We use Akismet and GASP to prevent spam, and we have a report button to let users flag approve comments as spammy, so it’s not as though spammy comments are just going to sail on through.

      Thanks for the comment Jon, welcome to Technology Bloggers community :-)
      Christopher – Admin Team

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  5. Ann Mullen
    Ann Mullen at |

    What widget do you you to set up a WP dofollow after 10 comments? Is this the Top Commenters widget?

    Please email me the answer. Thanks.

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    1. Christopher Roberts
      Christopher Roberts at |

      Hi Ann,

      The plugin is called Link Love wordpress.org/plugins/link-love :-)

      Thanks for the comment.
      Christopher – Admin Team

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