First, let me introduce Andy Bailey. He is the developer of the famous CommentLuv plugin and has kindly agreed to participate in my A.S.K. (Answers Sharing Knowledge) series.

It’s not often a developer of a plugin stays as active in the progress of a plugin as Andy does. Since its inception, Andy has updated the CommentLuv plugin many times, with each update making it better than the last.

For those who use the plugin, the latest update includes a red heart. Hover your mouse over the heart and it will show more about the author of the comment, their avatar and what sites they’ve been visiting. (See question number two for the specifics.)

Let’s get started and listen to how and why Andy developed the CommentLuv plugin.

1) CommentLuv has become the most popular plugin used for building community on blogs. As the developer of this plugin, what inspired this idea?

Thanks for saying it’s the most popular! I hope it will continue to be a useful tool for bloggers to install. It always surprises me when I check the stats to see how many people are using the plugin; at last count it was processing up to and over 150,000 comments per day! It’s funny to think of how it started as a simple plugin for WordPress owners and WordPress commentators only. Since then, I’ve made quite a few updates to it and I think the latest version 2.5 CommentLuv is the most stable, compatible and feature rich version yet.

I made it partly as an opportunity to take my PHP knowledge a bit further, but the main reason was for comments and traffic. They seem to be the first things a blogger wants to get for their site and if I could provide them with a way to get more comments and traffic, then it would be a worthwhile project to do and may even increase my own traffic from the people using it.

It started last year when a widget called blogrush came out to display links to other blogs similar to your own. It was supposed to increase traffic for your site, but I thought it had its faults, mainly the fact that the more traffic you got, the more links of yours got shown. It sounded good at first but it seemed to be more beneficial to sites that already had a lot of traffic rather than the ones who needed it most.

I thought a better idea would be to link to the people who comment on your blog rather than some random site that happens to already get a lot of traffic. This way it can increase the amount of comments because of the incentive of a titled link and if more blogs use it and you comment there, it can increase your traffic too, all without doing anything extra than what you already do with your blog and your visitors.

I was pretty sure it would encourage comments and it would help to see what the blog visitors were posting about and give something back to them at the same time. Plus, I was interested to see if I could code it myself. (ever the geek I am!)

I spend the majority of my online time either on my own blog or at my commentators blogs. I am a busy guy so I don’t really have the time to log on to all sorts of social networking sites just to see what my visitors are up to. I wanted a little bit of community/social linking without having to leave my own site or the long process required to maintain a blogroll, so I guess you could say I made it because I’m too lazy to log on to social sites! Also, it feels nice to make something useful (even better when they post about it on their own site!) 🙂

2) You’ve recently updated the CommentLuv plugin to include a red heart. Can you elaborate on why you did, and how this feature can help bloggers?

I put the heart option in to give visitors to a Commentluv enabled site a bit of interaction with the page or posts commentators. I know on many occasions I look for other things to click when I’ve finished reading a post or after I have commented. Having the heart info box there helps me decide where to go next. Plus, I think it’s another incentive for someone to comment when they visit, and it also builds on the community feel of a site if a visitor can see the profiles of who comments at your site and what other sites they comment at. All without leaving your blog until they see a last blog post they like where they can click and do it all again.

Sometimes I follow a last blog post to a site and see they use CommentLuv too, so after reading their article I click on one of their commentators last blog posts and so on. Doing this can keep me going through CommentLuv sites until I go full circle and end up on the blog I started with. Having the heart and profile box enhances this even further by allowing me to see details of all the other commentators too. Things like noticing certain people popping up again and again at other CommentLuv sites make me realize how much of a community there is amongst bloggers. And of course, everyone likes to see their avatar and name displayed on someone else’s site!. I’m pretty sure it will help to generate even more traffic and comments which is what the plugin is supposed to do for a site owner, and seeing it happen to more blogs than ever, all from something I made myself is really satisfying. I feel kinda famous 🙂

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to talk about CommentLuv, I’m always open to ideas for improvements or features so let your readers know they can visit my support forum or the ComLuv.com site if they have something to ask or tell me.

You can download the 2.5latest version of CommentLuv at ComLuv.com where you can also register your url and take advantage of the extra features for members on CommentLuv enabled blogs. You can also enter a description of your site to be displayed in the heart info box and specify things like your default cache age, feed location and more.

In Closing: Thank you Andy for taking time out of your busy schedule and answering my questions. I also want to express my appreciation for developing the CommentLuv plugin. Personally I appreciate it, and I know the readers of Blogging Without A Blog are grateful, as well.

Today’s Assignment:

Knowing many of you use the CommentLuv plugin, how has it helped you in your blogging activities?

Join in the conversation and share with others how using CommentLuv enhances your blogging experience. I’m looking forward to your answers.


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  1. Scott McIntyreNo Gravatar says:

    This is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at this plug-in, Barbara.

    The Comment-Luv plug-in is one which I see on many blogs I visit and I like what it achieves.

    It is one of the plug-ins going on my own blog.

    Thanks to Andy for having the inspiration and drive to develop it into such a practical blogging tool.

  2. Barbara, First of all thanks for bringing in Andy to answer a few good questions…

    As for my blog, the commentluv has increased the comment rate per post by 20-30% which is a very good thing to start with.

    A feature request to Andy: I would appreciate if the commentluv plugin has the ability to selectively mark certain comments with ‘rel=nofollow’ taken out… in this case I can avoid yet another plugin to do that job. Not sure if it is easily possible but it might help a great deal as now I can control my link love to certain good posts as well… Making the entire blog as dofollow is not a great idea

    Cheers,
    Ajith

  3. Andy, thanks for creating the Comment Luv Plugin. I’m using it in my new blog novel, http://callitfreedom.com and I plan to use it in my main blog site as well.

    I’d like to ask people with more experience with the plugin to, please, share.

    Miguel de Luis´s last blog post..Compete to get things done.

  4. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara. I appreciate the Comment Luv feature but I don’t believe my current blog has that option since it is not self-hosted. While reading other blogs I am more apt to click on a commenter’s link if I can see the title of their last post. This is especially helpful when there is a long list of comments. Catchy titles will help to draw your eye in.

  5. Great interview with Andy there! He’s sure working hard on updating CommentLuv and it’s like another update has just been released today (just when I last changed yesterday!). I’m all cool with it as it’s one of the best plugins for WordPress that I’d recommend to other blog owners too. 🙂

    Daniel Richard´s last blog post..4 Simple Ways To Let Your Blog Run RIOT

  6. Andy BaileyNo Gravatar says:

    thanks for the write up Barbara!

    @ miguel: you can install a dofollow plugin to take care of the links. I recommend lucias linky love plugin. it works great!

    it appears that the latest version of ajax edit comments causes an error that trips up commentluv. One user has said that installing the previous version of ajax edit comments fixes the problem. I’ll try and work in a compatibility fix for the next update

  7. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    hey barbara, (hello to andy), it’s great that you were able to do an interview with him. comment luv is one, if not my favorite, plug-in. i like using it and rewarding my commenters for leaving their thoughts on my blog. more times than not i follow the link to their blog and leave a comment. it’s fun reading the last post titles and getting an idea of what you will be reading about before you actually get to the blog.

    a few people have found my blog through comment love because of my last post title link, so it’s great. thank you.

    Natural´s last blog post..Filler Post

  8. Dave FowlerNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara and Andy, thank you both.

    I haven’t yet updated to the latest version but I’ve resolved to do so this week.

    Without doubt commentluv has been beneficial in bringing new readers to my blog. The thing I like most though is that it has allowed me to find other blogs of interest. The power of just a few words in a title can have amazing pulling power.

    The enhancements to commentluv will only serve to enhance this power.

    Dave Fowler´s last blog post..Flaps. Check. Undercarriage. Check.

  9. Eric HammNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks so much to both Barbara and Andy for sharing this great post with us. I love interviews because we are able to get a kind of insight that otherwise would stay a mystery.

    I’ve recently added CommentLuv to both my blogs and I know that it encourages more commenting. The best part about having it on MY blogs as well as posting on blogs with this great plugin, is the fact that we all get to see our latest posts. It’s been great to be able to glance down and see many different post titles all at once. This, of course, encourages a great deal more blog visiting and interaction among the blogging community.

    So I have nothing, but good things to say about it and the positive affects it’s had thus far.

    Eric Hamm´s last blog post..M2A! October Week2: Quick and Dirty Little Tips for Exercise Motivation

  10. sharonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    It’s nice to know the people behind the technology we use. Often when using software we just dont think that there is actually human beings behind all this.
    So Barbara thanks for bringing in the human factor.
    Even though I know the plugin, I did not know Andy Bailey until now. Thank you for bringing him into the spotlight. The plugin is great and he deserves to be known.
    Thank you Andy! I love the plugin, it makes it easier to get to know people and what they are about. I have established so many contacts through this. The plugin is all about community, community, community. It’s brill!

  11. BetsyNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – Andy is the best! The plugin isn’t without its little quirks, but he is so responsive and on top of things. He brings an incredibly personal touch to the process. Now that I’ve upgraded my theme, adding the latest version of CommentLuv is next.

  12. Would it work for tumblr? I have a parallel tumblr blog for small things that do not belong in the “main” blog. But, unfortunately, tumblr does not provide support for comments, and I was wondering if…

    Miguel de Luis´s last blog post..Compete to get things done.

  13. I am not using it on my site yet, because as you know, I am switching over to wordpress. Will use it then. I love it though, because scan people’s comments on blogs I am reading to see if a post catches my eye. Not to mention the fact that it markets my post!

    @Barbara – something happened to my gravatar! I set it up, as you described in a post, and it was working. Now it’s not. Went into gravatar.com and all seems to be in order. Any thoughts on what might be wrong? Thanks!

    Urban Panther´s last blog post..Finally, the Panther talks about manjigglies!

  14. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – great interview choice. These creative folk who invent these plugins do heaps to help the blogosphere. It’s interesting that Andy took the idea from Blogrush. I thought Blogrush sucked – so much that I blogged about it and advised people against using it.

    But I loved the idea of CommentLuv from the word go. So Andy was obviously right on the mark with his improved idea. CommentLuv is flourishing whilst nobody talks about Blogrush nowadays. Now I will have to remember to get the update.

  15. CommentLuv plugin is an excellent example of ingenuity.

    Seems obvious now, but Andy is the one who created the idea. And it makes so much sense. It also certainly motivates people to comment more.

  16. I have the plugin installed. I don’t know if it has affected my blogging, but I do love the idea of highlighting my commenters’ work.

  17. SuzieNo Gravatar says:

    I like the comment luv too. That guys pretty handsome for a programer.

    Suzie´s last blog post..You Just Gotta Laugh

  18. Andy BaileyNo Gravatar says:

    oh I feel the luv! 😀
    some responses if you don’t mind Barbara (is it strange that every time I type your name it comes out as Barabara?)

    @ natural: It’s so nice to keep seeing people say they have discovered great blogs from using commentluv, it’s a wonderful side effect. Thanks for your support

    @ Dave: I brought in the heart box specifically to bring more power to the owner and comment author combined. I’m glad you agree

    @ Eric: It’s comments like yours that keep me going till 2am some nights in a debug console. thanks so much for your support!

    @ Sharon: I have the lyrics

    ..if you don’t know me by now…. you’ll never never know me .. oooo

    🙂

    @ Betsy: Great to hear you like the personal touch. too many plugin authors sit in their ivory towers too busy to answer the simple easy peasy support requests (usually incredibly hard questions for the person asking though!). Why give the world a plugin and not give the help and support with it? it’s always nice to be nice. 🙂

    @ Miguel: I’m not sure commentluv would work without some kind of comments system. I do have a version that will work with any form that has a name,url and comment entry.

    @ Urban Panther: Switching to wordpress was the best thing ever for me. It’s the whole reason I can code in PHP.

    @ Cath: I probably saw your post about lemmings. I wrote a similar post on fiddyp giving 7 reasons why I wouldn’t use it. bless it though, it spawned a gem

    @ Bamboo Forest: I think the best ideas always seem obvious with hindsight. Thanks!

    @ Vered: It’s the give factor that makes this plugin attractive to what I call ‘proper bloggers’ . Those people that want to publish and share and make a difference. You fit right in there!

    @ Suzie: teehee! that was my best “pose for the self portrait on the camera phone” result, I look like a pirate on the other 477 tries

    thanks everyone for helping spread the word about commentluv and, shameless plug here…

    I’ve entered it into the wpmu.org plugin contest (the multi user version of WordPress like WordPress.com uses) and I would really appreciate your vote to get it to first place for sure.

    it’s 8 up from the bottom at
    http://wpmu.org/voting-open-plugin-contest/

    called “Ajax CommentLuv Plugin For MU”

    thanks again.. toodle oo

    Andy Bailey´s last blog post..Autumn Sun and Coding Fun

  19. Mike GoadNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for this post. I’ve been wanting to install Comment Luv, but have not gotten around to it. I guess I need to stop procrastinating!

    Mike Goad´s last blog post..I’m retired…, or am I?

  20. chrisNo Gravatar says:

    Like Vered, I love the fact that the CommentLuv highlights my commenters work. Instant thank you for commenting…

    So what’s net Andy?

    chris´s last blog post..GUT CHECK!

  21. DotNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for this interview, Barbara. It’s really interesting to read what motivated the creation of CommentLuv. It’s by far my favorite plug-in. I’ve had readers stop by from clicking on it, and I use it all the time to visit sites created by my readers and readers of blogs I read. Thank you, Andy, for a plugin with a difference — it’s a win/win for bloggers/readers. And of course I voted for it.

    How does FiddyP relate to FittyCent? 🙂

    Dot´s last blog post..I’m Thinking of Someone

  22. @Miguel – If you sign up for Disqus, they have instructions for installing comments on tumblr – I don’t know though if commentluv would then work with it.

    I don’t think commentluv has helped me with blogging but it does increase the number of commenters I get and hopefully they also go check out each other’s articles. And it is nice to highlight everyone’s work.

    And thank you Andy! It’s a great plugin and you are so responsive. Twice I’ve emailed you with questions and both times you answered immediately – you even updated the plugin to work with a div because it wasn’t displaying properly on my site.

    Kim Woodbridge´s last blog post..WordPress: How Has Blogging With WordPress Changed Your Life

  23. sharonNo Gravatar says:

    @Kim, now that’s first customer service you got there! how much did you have to pay:)…

    sharon´s last blog post..I Cried Today

  24. It is my favorite plug-in. What I like most about it…Comment Luv shows what the person is working on. The title is the most important part to copy so you know when you read a good title you have to click on it.

    This usually leads me to some great blogs I wouldn’t have discovered otherswise. That’s what blogging is all about being in a community and sharingin ideas.

    Great interview! We forget the hard work that goes on behind the scenes of WP and the plug-ins that people create.

    Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s last blog post..A Cold, My Focus, Shout Out to My Wife and Lucy

  25. I was slow to warm up to this plugin, but I’ve been very happy since installing it. I love it even more as a reader. Since so many of the blogs I read use CommentLuv, it replaces my feed reader on certain days. I can skip around and find new voices and interesting topics with no dreaded “unread” count hanging over my head.

    Sara at On Simplicity´s last blog post..Weekly Links: No Excuses Edition

  26. Barbara, Andy is such a good choice for someone to interview. I didn’t know his name before, but everyone knows CommentLuv!

    I have no idea if CommentLuv increases my traffic or my number of comments, but I know it’s a great way to give both my readers and myself a list of recent posts to check out from a variety of bloggers.

    Hunter Nuttall´s last blog post..I Am Problogger, Hear Me Roar

  27. MarelisaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara, hi Andy: I think that people who work hard at coming up with a catchy title for their blog posts have a lot to gain with Comment Luv since their chances of getting traffic from the blogs they visit and comment on is greatly improved when people can see the title of your last post (it gives others a better idea of what your blog is about and it gives them a small sample of your writing style).

    Also, I think that the more details you can leave about yourself and your blog as you go through the blogosphere, the quicker you can establish a presence. In addition, you increase the possibility of establishing a connection: some people will click to your blog because they liked your comment, some people will click over because they liked your avatar, and some people will click over because they liked the title of your last post.

    I haven’t upgraded by comment love plug in yet but will do so soon. Great work Andy, and thank you for interviewing him Barbara 🙂

    Marelisa´s last blog post..The Hannibal Barca Approach to Achieving Your Goals

  28. OK, since this is A.S.K., I’ll ask some CommentLuv questions.

    1. I just upgraded to CommentLuv 2.5.3, but I don’t see the heart. Is there some setting we have to use to make the heart visible?

    2. The default text is [name]s last blog post..[lastpost]. Is it safe to add an apostrophe in [name]s? (It looks like Barbara did.) I was wondering if there’s a reason why it’s not there by default, like if the single quote will cause the code to break.

    Hunter Nuttall´s last blog post..I Am Problogger, Hear Me Roar

  29. JenniferNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, thanks for interviewing Andy. It was great learning more about the plugin and why it was created. I didn’t know about all those features. Did I miss another post of yours about it? I was already wondering that. I’m on someone else’ computer now, but when I get a chance on my own computer I’ll be upgrading. I knew I needed to, just haven’t gotten to it yet. Now I’m inspired seeing all the features. Thanks so much. Oh, and I think that the plugin has made a difference in my site – increasing the comments and community feel. Can’t wait to use the new features.

    Jennifer´s last blog post..I’m a Star!

  30. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Scott – When you get your blog up and running, you’ll be very happy with this plugin.

    Hi Ajith – Wow! That’s a great increase in comments.

    Hi Miguel – I’m going to check out your other site as I haven’t heard of a blog novel yet.

    Hi Davina – Catchy titles are a big attraction, aren’t they?

    Hi Daniel – Welcome to the BWAB community. Yes, Andy just did another update.

    Hi Andy – You’re welcome and thank you for stopping by and answering comments. You’re always welcome here. 🙂

    Hi Natural – It is a great reward for our commenters, isn’t it?

    Hi Dave – Yup! Just like you’re latest title. I’ll have to come by and see what you’re writing about today.

    Hi Eric – You’re right. It’s like having a “reader” on our blog. How cool is that?

    Hi Sharon – Yes, all of this technology is developed by humans. It’s nice to know who they are so we can thank them.

    Hi Betsy – Yes, Andy is quick on taking care of issues his readers bring up. We don’t see a lot of that with other plugins.

    Hi again Miguel – Hmmm! I can’t answer your question.

    Hi Urban Panther – You’ll enjoy having it on your new site.

    Re: your avatar/gravatar. I check back to when your avatar was showing and at that time you were using a different email address. I noticed you’ve now changed it. Just register the email address with gravatar.com and your avatar should show up. Let me know if your have any problems.

    Hi Catherine – For sure, get the new update. It has lots of new features.

    Hi Bamboo – I agree, it inspired people to leave comments as it creates a trail back to their blog.

    Hi Vered – Isn’t that a great way to reward our commenters? It creates a “thank you” of sorts.

    Hi Suzie – Yes, Andy is a very handsome guy. 🙂

    Hi again Andy – I voted for it, too. I hope you win. 🙂

    Hi Mike – Definitely, do it! You won’t be sorry.

    Hi Chris – And as a commenter on your blog, I like the fact you use it, too. 🙂

    Hi Dot – Welcome to the BWAB community. You’re welcome. Wasn’t it great that Andy shared his story?

    Hi Kim – I agree, Andy is quick in his responses, and updates to correct problems. It doesn’t get any better than that.

    Hi Karl – Isn’t it great how we are lead to other blogs via CommentLuv?

    Hi Sara – Isn’t that great how that works? Like you, those feed numbers haunt me. Yikes, don’t remind me. 🙂

    Hi Hunter x 2 – I left a comment on your blog to see if the heart was visible. It is. However, the link to my name, etc. (when I hovered the heart) was acting strange. I’ll check it later.

    Yes, it’s safe to add the apostrophe. Just remember to update your changes.

    Hi Marelisa – You’re welcome. You’ve brought up great points about comments, all of which I agree on.

    Hi Jennifer – You’re welcome. Yes, by registering with commentluv.com, you can add more features which will show up when someone hovers over the heart. If you don’t want data shared about you and your blog, just don’t register, and the “heart” will reflect that (when you hover over it).

  31. Ellen WilsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara and Andy,

    What a great, all time classic plugin. Everyone loves to see their latest blog post. And for people who don’t have blogs, they get to see what is going on. A great learning experience.

    Ellen Wilson´s last blog post..Happy Pigs Play in the Mud

  32. I really enjoy CommentLuv as a reader and was quick to install it at Vintage Mommy. Like Sara, I sometimes don’t have to look in my reader b/c I see post titles as I comment.

    Thanks Andy and Barbara!

    Vintage Mommy´s last blog post..Adoption Book Review: The Day We Met You

  33. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Andy – Thanks for remembering it – it’s a long time since I wrote that post.

    Cath Lawson´s last blog post..Has Someone Been Writing Crap About You?

  34. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for letting us learn about Andy and CommentLuv! I have had it on my site for a while now and just love it. However, I learned something new today. I did not know about how the heart worked. Thanks for sharing that insight!

    Linda´s last blog post..Make your search Lijit!

  35. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    I like the motivation and results. Necessity is always the mother of invention. Thanks Barbara and Andy for a behind the scenes look.

    J.D. Meier´s last blog post..Nature vs Nurture?

  36. CarolineNo Gravatar says:

    Great interview! I luv Commentluv. It’s such a great invention (wish I could think of things like this!) I am going to add this to my blog.

    Caroline´s last blog post..Blah

  37. Blogger DadNo Gravatar says:

    Great interview, Barbara. Thanks for the opportunity to hear from Andy.

    CommentLuv is definitely the one plugin that I knew I had to have it the minute I saw it. (I think I first saw it here, Barbara). The plugin has surely helped me discover sites ( a post title is so much more appealing than just a name) and likely helped other people find me.

    I downloaded the latest version today. Andy appears to have gotten rid of whatever bug caused older posts to show rather than the most recent. Thank You, Andy for both the plugin and fixing that glitch!

    Blogger Dad´s last blog post..Show us your Halloween costumes!

  38. Pink InkNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t use WordPress, but when I have come onto other sites (like yours) that have commentluv, I like it a lot. I wonder if Blogger will ever have a similar option like this. Like Marelisa, I think the people with the knack for catchy titles sure have an opportunity with this one!

    Pink Ink´s last blog post..I am Saucy!

  39. HarmonyNo Gravatar says:

    Great information and interview…thanks Barbara.
    I REALLY want comment LUV on my blogs, but two of them are template (one is WP.com) and to my understanding I am not able to use it. There are several other reasons I would have listed that make comment luv so “heartfelt”. I think you were very humble Andy.

    Harmony´s last blog post..Create The Week You Want to Live

  40. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Ellen – Isn’t this a great plugin? Like you said, it brings a lot of attention to an author’s work.

    Hi Vintage Mommy – Might CommentLuv replace Google Reader? Maybe.

    Hi Linda – Yes, the heart is part of the latest update. You’ll have to check it out as it’s a great feature.

    Hi Caroline – It’s a great addition to any blog, plus may increase the number of comments we receive. It is a win-win.

    Hi Blogger Dad – It was great to hear from Andy, wasn’t it? I agree, CommentLuv should be on everyone’s “favorite plugins” list. It’s awesome, and so is Andy. He listens to the concerns of others and updates to fix those glitches.

    Hi Pink Ink – Isn’t that the truth? A catchy title can make a HUGE difference if someone will read our work.

    Hi Harmony – You’re welcome. And yes, Andy is being very humble about his great “invention”. It’s a blogger’s dream.

  41. BetsyNo Gravatar says:

    Upgraded to the latest version and she’s good to go without a hitch! Now I just wonder why it seems to be stuck on picking up one of my older posts here on your site, Barbara? I’ve registered at Andy’s site, but that doesn’t seem to take are of the problem. Maybe Andy would know?

    Betsy´s last blog post..OUTSIDE, SEEING

  42. GraceNo Gravatar says:

    Isn’t true that the backstory, connecting a person to something that I use everyday, makes the whole process so much richer and deeper.

    thanks for doing this! G.

    Grace´s last blog post..The 5 minute shift that saves brain cells

  43. GigiNo Gravatar says:

    I just love the new ajax version!
    It’s awesome, it gives you the opportunity to choose which blog post to promote.
    Connecting with visitors and commentators has never been easier.
    Thank you for the fascinating behind-the-scenes look at this plug-in, Barbara.

    Cheers!

    Gigi´s last blog post..Cheap Beauty Salon Equipment

  44. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Betsy – I didn’t forget about you. I found a link that tells how to correct that problem of the most recent link not showing up. Now I just have to find it again. I’ll look for it and leave another comment with the information.

    Hi Grace – Isn’t the story behind CommentLuv fascinating? It makes it all that much better. 🙂 Andy rocks, doesn’t he?

    Hi Gigi – Isn’t that the truth? The CommentLuv plugin is a great way for commenters to showcase their latest work and for visitors to have a “sneak peak”. It doesn’t get any better than that

  45. Hiya, i have seen your site when searching a few weeks ago and i really love the design! I just bought a new 3 character domain (cost me a packet) for a niche review blog, and i was wondering if your design is a free or paid one? I’m new to WordPress and about to set it up, and i would really like to get something with a similar look to yours. Any ideas where i could download or buy something similar? Thanks for your help! 🙂

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Max,

      Thank you. The theme I’m currently using has a link in the footer to where I got it from, for free. On Monday 3/30 I’m switching themes. I found another free one but had it customized.

  46. Great to hear about some of the inspiration behind comment luv.

    Are they are any plans for plugin that work with none work press blogs?
    .-= Check out Graham Gunningham´s awesome post: Recycled Promotional Products the green alternative =-.

  47. You just got to love this guy for coming up with such a valuable plugin. I’ve installed Commentluv on my sites and it had really helped with my website promotion. For all those you haven’t done so, what are you waiting for? And to Andy Bailey, our million thanks! 🙂

  48. paulNo Gravatar says:

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  50. when I hear about commentluv, it’s like having a great reward for posting a good comment. as it attracts people to engage into the conversation, making our website more livelier and at the same time keeps our visitors coming back. I simply love commentluv~

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    Angel
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