Commentluv is awesome – I couldn’t see how it could better. But it has.
Andy Bailey is always up to something. He’s always looking to improve his plugin. I’ve never seen someone work so diligently.
The free version is getting an update that in addition to all the techy stuff that keeps it running smoothly, he’s adding some other cool features.
Here are my favorite new CommentLuv v2.91 features:
Author and Category URLs
Now, you can use category URLs and author specific URL instead of just the normal domain name.
Why is this special?
It allows bloggers who have multi-author blogs to use their author or their category URLs to bring up posts they’ve written instead of just the “latest blog post”. How cool is that?
Clever Spammers Beware!
I’ll admit, spammers are some of the cleverest people in the world. If only they used their powers for good and not evil – the world would be a better place! Thankfully, Andy’s a smart guy and has figured out how to block another one of their clever schemes.
According to the update information page,
“There was already an option to hide or discard a comment that had a last blog post link but no author URL in the last version.
That was there to scupper the efforts of clever spammers who would put a dodgy URL in the comment form, get the last blog post link and then delete the URL so they could get around Akismet who would instantly recognize the dodgy URL.
Now, spammers have realized this and have started getting the link from their dodgy site and then putting in a fake or innocent URL like google.com or yahoo.com in the form and clicking submit. The get a deep direct link to their crappy site and you might not notice because the URL looks innocent.
You can now set CommentLuv to only accept comments that have a last blog post link that matches the URL of the site. (only for comments that have a last blog post link)”
Get Listed in the CommentLuv Search Engine
If your blog gets a lot of comments, you could possibly find it listed among 1 of the 5000 spots in the CommentLuv Search Engine. This is a great opportunity to get more exposure to your blog.
In addition to this, there are tons of bloggers everywhere who are creating CommentLuv lists and directories and these lists can become a great source of referral traffic. This extends the benefits of using this plugin in further!
I don’t know about you, but when I first discovered CommentLuv, I thought it was one of the most innovative plugins for WordPress. It really provides an amazing incentive for leaving comments and makes it so much easier to network and connect.
If you’ve never heard of this plugin, first tell me about the rock you’ve been hiding under, and then go and download it right away.
Here’s where to get it: http://www.commentluv.com/
So what do you think about this update? Are these some great features or what?