Most of my readers come to Traffic Generation Cafe to learn more about web traffic – obviously.
More precisely, they want to know:
- how to get more web traffic to their sites,
- how to keep that traffic engaged,
- and how to convert them into subscribers and customers.
And here's your one-line answer to all of the above:
Build a community that sticks around, gets excited about your blog, and promotes it for you.
Easy enough, right?…
Your community is the very glue that will keep your blog together and take it to the new heights.
But HOW do you build one?
For my blog, one of the primary ingredients of that glue has always been CommentLuv and, more recently, something even more functional, engaging, and sticky – CommentLuv Premium.
What Is CommentLuv Premium?
Most of my readers have already seen the new CommentLuv Premium in action in my comment section and loved the functionality of it, judging by the comments.
However, for those of you who are still learning the ropes of blogging, here's a quick rundown on what CommentLuv Premium is and what it can do for your blog.
What does CommentLuv Premium do?
In short, it adds CommentLuv links to comments, protects you from spam, encourages twitter followers, Google +1 shares, likes, adds keywords to names and overall increases traffic and community.
Why Do I Use CommentLuv Premium?
When I first started Traffic Generation Cafe just over two years ago, I published a lot of great content, actively shared and promoted it everywhere I could, and still heard crickets.
No matter how great your content is, you need to go above and beyond just writing great stuff by getting your visitors to actually read it, and even more importantly, comment, share, and come back for more.
There were three things that I did back then to increase the likelihood of my random visitors sticking around:
- I turned my blog into a Dofollow blog.
- I installed KeywordLuv to give my commentators a chance to build anchor text specific links.
- I installed CommentLuv to encourage even more comments and interaction between my readers.
Did it work?
Of course, it didn't happen overnight, as you can imagine.
Slowly but truly, the comments started dripping in and once I had a few comments on each post I published, it encouraged even more readers to share their opinions – social proof is paramount to developing an active blog.
How Will CommentLuv Help You Engage Readers?
By giving your readers an array of incentives to comment on and share your posts.
Let me give you a quick glimpse into CommentLuv Premium options:
10 POST INCENTIVES
You now have complete control over how many of their latest posts your readers can choose from for their CommentLuv Premium link.
There are several options your readers have to gain access to their last 10.
1. Google +1 shares: they can plus one your post.
2. Retweet: they can RT your post, and after they are done with it, CommentLuv Premium will even suggest that they follow you on Twitter.
3. Facebook Like: they can choose to “like” your post on FB.
4. Register: there's still an option for your readers to register on your blog to gain a complete access to their last 10 posts at all times.
5. Number of comments: you can also choose to lift the one post only restriction after a commentator left a certain number of comments on your blog.
Each of the options above come with a choice of Dofollow.
You can use this attribute however you wish to reward your commentators even more.
One thing that I love about CommentLuv Premium is the fact that it includes several plugins in one, which cuts down on the number of plugins you need on your blog and speeds up your page loading times.
KeywordName is CommentLuv Premium version of KeywordLuv.
It allows your commentators to use their real names as well as the keywords they'd like to link to their site with.
The plugin will covert the keywords into the hyperlink leaving the names untouched.
There are several additional settings KeywordName provides that KeywordLuv never had:
- More comments = KeywordName Luv: you can choose to give the privilege of KeywordName only to those commentators who've made an X numbers of comments on your blog. Prevents spam abuse and gives yet another reason to comment more.
- Maximum Keywords Allowed: you know how some commentators leave a long string of keywords after @, making their comment look spammy and forcing your to either take your time to edit the comment or just trash it? No more. This setting will tell CommentLuv Premium to trim any keywords in access of X number of keywords.
- Dofollow/Nofollow: KeywordName has Dofollow/Nofollow settings independent of CommentLuv Premium settings.
- Old KeywordLuv Links: gives you an option to convert all the KeywordLuv links into KeywordName links, so that none of the previous commentators' keywords would get lost.
Post-Penguin update:in light of Google's recent algorithm changes (spring of 2012), I'd strongly recommend you use precise anchor text sparingly.
Here's yet another great built-in CommentLuv Premium feature: you now don't need a separate plugin to include your commentators' Twitter IDs with their comments.
CommentLuv Premium will take care of those for you.
Will CommentLuv Premium Increase Spam?
This is the question I get asked a lot.
If you give your readers all these extra link building possibilities, aren't you just inviting the spammers to make your life miserable?
Not at all.
CommentLuv Premium has one of the best spam-controlling plugins built right into it.
The plugin is called GASP and it requires your readers to simply check an anti-spam box, which basically eliminates any possibility of bot spam – something that Akismet is not capable of.
WORD ON AKISMET
My strong suggestion for all bloggers is to DUMP Akismet altogether and switch to using GASP exclusively.
It'll cut down on your spam comments and won't send legitimate comments into spam, thus creating less work for you and making your commentators happier.
Whether you choose to go for CommentLuv Premium, which will include GASP, or just look up GASP in your WP plugin directory, your blog will greatly benefit from the switch.
How Will It Promote YOU and Your Blog?
Besides providing all sorts of ways to increase reader engagement on your blog, CommentLuv Premium has a bunch of benefits that can be used OUTSIDE your blog to increase your online presence and build even better quality links.
Here are some absolutely awesome features to help you with that:
1. FAVORITE POSTS/PAGES
On top of getting your 10 latest posts to choose from when commenting on other blogs (providing that the blog owners don't limit you to the last one only, of course), you can now add 5 of your favorite posts/pages to that list.
This is an incredible opportunity for you to keep building CommentLuv links even if the post is not on your latest 10 list.
2. INCLUDE YOUR BIO
Without this CommentLuv Premium feature, when you hover over the little heard next to your CommentLuv link, this is what you will most likely see:
However, now that CommentLuv Premium allows you to control what other readers see in that box when you comment on other blogs, this is what you can do with it:
Yes, these are clickable anchor-text rich links in my bio – promotion on other blogs can't get any better than that.
CommentLuv Premium: Traffic Generation vs Link Building?
Will CommentLuv Premium truly generate any traffic to your site or is its value more in pure link building?
Let me first give you my personal point of view: I use CommentLuv Premium mostly as a link building mechanism.
If I get any given post on Traffic Generation Cafe listed on search engines and start bringing in traffic from that, it will most likely outweigh any number of individual clicks I can ever get on my CommentLuv Premium links.
Does it mean that you can't generate traffic with CommentLuv Premium?
Not at all.
Any traffic generation I get from my CommentLuv Premium links are the icing on the cake; and now I don't even have to guess whether I am getting any clicks on my link or not with CommentLuv Premium built-in tracking system.
Now I know exactly what links were clicked, how many times, and which blogs brought that traffic.
CommentLuv Premium Bottom Line
I am yet to see a blog that couldn't use more reader interaction, social engagement, and social proof.
Then this plugin is definitely for you.
I've already seen the positive benefits it brought to my blog and can't wait to see CommentLuv Premium in action on yours.
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