No, this post is not about how great CommentLuv plugin is or how to use it.
Chances are you already know it and even have it installed on your blog.
If not, here are a couple of great posts for me by Gail Gardner of Growmap.com:
by Ileane Smith of BasicBlogTips.com.
Today, I’d like to give away a little trick that I’ve been using for a long time now.
I wouldn’t have written about it today (or maybe ever) but for Kristi Hines from Kikolani.com mentioning it in her to-the-point and very much Ultimate Guide to Blog Promotion. I highly recommend you pick up a copy if you haven’t already.
She uses it for a bit different purpose, but the goal is the same: to get a link to a deep page on your blog via your name/website fields, yet still get to pick one of your last post from CommentLuv.
By “deep page” (also referred to as deep links, inner pages), I mean any URL that is not your home page. Any post, in other words.
This is a bit tricky, so let me explain.
When you leave a comment on a blog, chances are you fill out your name, email, and website fields, like you should.
Then after you type up your comment, you go to CommentLuv field and choose one of the last ten posts the plugin produces.
Now, what if you didn’t want to link your name field, which might have and really should have your keyword in it, to your home page, like I did above?
What if you wanted to link it to the post you are trying to optimize for that keyword?
You see, when you use anything other than your home page URL in your website field, CommentLuv will give you a choice of only your LAST POST (you can see that at the end of the post).
And what if it’s not the one you’d rather choose? What if there’s a post on your blog, that perfectly fits in with the post you are commenting on and you’d rather have that link show up as your CommentLuv link?
Now you see where I am getting with this?
Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too.
Here’s what you do.
Fill out the comment form with your home page URL to begin with and add the comment in the comment field.
Then choose one of the ten latest posts CommentLuv will show you.
After you are done with that, go back to the “website” section and change the URL from your home page to your post one.
The next step is very important: don’t touch anything else!
Don’t tab, and definitely don’t click the comment section.
Simply press SUBMIT.
And viola! Your name/keyword field will be deep-linked to your post and you still get a choice of what CommentLuv post fits the content you are commenting on best.
I anticipate that several of my readers might feel uneasy about this process.
It does feel like hacking, doesn’t it?
However, let’s look at it this way: the blog owner doesn’t really care whether you link to your home page or any other page on your blog – I know I don’t!
They are much more concerned about abusive keyword usage, which you should be always respectful of.
Take a look at this post to learn more about how not to be labeled as a spammer:
And just because CommentLuv doesn’t yet provide a way to recognize deep pages as ones belonging to the same domain, that doesn’t mean that you cannot ethically bypass the lack of this feature.
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