Discus vs Comment Luv

April 8, 2010

I like comments on a blog. I’ve written about why comments are important. In fact, there are times when the comments provide better content than the post. Some people have an insightful point of view that may go unnoticed if not for comments. And this is why I am no longer using Disqus. This site will use Comment Luv, which is not compatible with Disqus.

Like all things Disqus has both good and bad points. I’ve used it for about six months, with no serious mishaps. It provides a common way to use logins from social media such as Twitter, all but eliminating the need to use other means of spam protection. It’s kinda scary to give that up. But I am. I also want more control over every aspect of my sites. Disquis takes away some of that control with comments.

Every time I visit a site that uses Comment Luv I feel a little twinge of guilt. I should be giving links back to those who comment on my site. Well, now you can get that link-back. Insert a link into the comment back to your latest post. Voilà, you have increased your SEO, even if only a little.

I have also joined the CommentLuv site. From the Comment Luv site: “The CommentLuv search engine will trawl through the 150,000+ CommentLuv enabled blogs across the globe and return only the sites that have given their visitors some love in the last week, ensuring you get the most up to date and accurate results possible.” Give and you shall receive.

If you know nothing about HTML, please use this as a guideline. It will make your link look much better. This is how you make a link:
<a href=”http://www.example.com/post/”>Put your site or post name here</a>
Simply put your site in place of the example, then add it to your comment.
A good way to remember this is don’t try to remember this. Copy it somewhere and keep it handy for all sites that use comment Luv.
And for those who know HTML, please bear with the brothers and sisters who are not interested in coding. This site is targeted to beginners.

Let me know what you think. If you don’t use Comment Luv, why not? If you do, (in the word’s of Dr. Phil) Hows that workin’ for ya?

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Mari Adkins April 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm

i’d never thought about commentluv before .. i think i’ll go get it.
.-= Mari Adkins´s last blog ..work in progress =-.

Mari Adkins April 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm

by the way i’m not sure why my feed is showing march tenth as my last post. it isn’t. i’ve blogged quite a bit since then. :sigh:
.-= Mari Adkins´s last blog ..work in progress =-.

Hal Brown April 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I think I’m going to like this. It was one of those things I put off for quite a while. Wow! Great looking theme and your site looks super.
Did you check the time stamp in Wordpress settings? That has been changed to make it much easier than calculating your hours from UTF time to Eastern time.

Kevin M. April 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I love commentluv and I have been using it for about 3 months now. I find it is a great way to to say thank-you to those who take the time to comment. :)
.-= Kevin M.´s last blog ..Do you struggle to ask others for help? =-.

Hal Brown April 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm

My thoughts exactly. I wish I had done this earlier. I can also see who has a post I may not have otherwise read.
Thanks Kevin

Karen April 8, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Hi Hal,

Welcome to the darkside, hahaha. Just kidding.

I, for one, can’t stand when I have to fill out the Disqus text fields. I much prefer the regular old comment boxes and with CommentLuv, you are giving something back to the people who take the time to actually comment and contribute to your site. Also, CommentLuv is a great way to find article gems that I may not have come across in my regular readings.

.-= Karen´s last blog ..From Homeless To The InfoPreneur – Guest Post =-.

Hal Brown April 8, 2010 at 2:51 pm

LOL! The only thing that concerns me is spam. I may have to put up a Captcha to deal with that. Even so, I should have done this a long time ago.

With Disqus you can either log in with another account or post anonymously. You should only have to register once, then you can post anywhere.
I’ve had several complaints about it. Anything that poses a problem for the commenter should be fixed.

Thanks for your insight, as you always have a good point to make.

Karen April 14, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Don’t you have Askimet installed? I use CommentLuv and don’t get spam – Askimet is the best spam catcher there is. You should definitely install the WP plugin if you haven’t already.
.-= Karen´s last blog ..The Number One Shortcut To Be Successful In Life =-.

Hal Brown April 15, 2010 at 5:32 am

Akismet is installed by default in Wordpress. And yes, it is activated. It does not catch all spam. There is no perfect spam filter. Before I installed Disqus I had several nasty messages with spam URLs on this blog.
In fact, I had to install Captcha to stop it.

Some sites get hit, others don’t. You’ve been lucky.

Mari April 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Thanks for sharing your analysis of blogging tools, Hal. Really helps me cut through the clutter.

Hal Brown April 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm

You’re welcome, and thanks for the comment. I always hope I’m helping someone out there. Over the years I’ve been on the receiving end many times.

Missy April 9, 2010 at 7:04 am

I love Comment Luv – hate disqus. Sorry.

Just haven’t gotten around to using comment luv instead of what blogger uses.
.-= Missy´s last blog ..Dear So and So =-.

Hal Brown April 9, 2010 at 7:12 am

Thanks for the feedback Missy. A lot of people don’t like Disqus. It can be a little too much for some people, maybe causing them to not leave a comment.

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