Apr 192008

FiddyP created an amazing WordPress Plugin last year called CommentLuv and it’s been steadily working its way around the blogosphere. Comment Love Essentially, CommentLuv uses fellow blogger’s RSS feeds to automatically append a link to their latest blog post to any comments they leave on a CommentLuv enabled blog. I installed it here at Philaahzophy about 6 months ago and it’s quickly became my favorite WordPress plug-in.

However, a few months back word slowly started spreading that people who use FeedBurner’s excellent RSS service to serve their feeds may be losing out on the advantages of commenting on CommentLuv enabled blogs. The best post I’ve seen on the topic is Stephen Cronin’s Don’t Let Your CommentLuv Be Stolen Away

Some people are not taking full advantage of the benefit provided by CommentLuv on DoFollow blogs. They could be improving their PageRank and their position in the SERPs, but instead this is being stolen away.

How? The link for their latest post points to a FeedBurner redirect URL, not to the original post on their site.

This doesn’t stop people getting to the post, as FeedBurner will redirect them to the site. However, it means that the PageRank / SERPs benefits are going to FeedBurner, instead of the commentator’s site. Some of this may be passed on by FeedBurner, or it may not be. It’s not worth the risk.

Fortunately, there’s a simple step one can take to ensure FeedBurner isn’t “stealing” away one of the advantages of the CommentLuv Plugin – simply uncheck the ‘Item Link Clicks’ option within the FeedBurner Stats PRO section of your feed’s control panel at FeedBurner.

Not only will this ensure that you receive link credit in the search engines from CommentLuv’d comments, but it will also make it easier for other people to find the direct link to your post should they so desire. And an awful lot of the ‘promotion’ we tend to do as bloggers is about getting readers back to our site, so why send them to FeedBurner instead?

If you’re not sure if your links are pointing to your blog or your FeedBurner feed, feel free to leave a comment on this post. CommentLuv is enabled so when you reload the page you should see a link to your latest post. Hover over it to see where the link leads.

  38 Responses to “CommentLuv and FeedBurner Don’t Mix (Or Do They?)”

  1. Great tip. I don’t use CommentLuv on my main site as the lady who hosts it for me has disallowed it as a plugin. I get very good hosting from her with great technical support but the only drawback is that sometimes she decides that certain plugins are not good (she says it really draws on server resources). Anyway I have a few other sites that will be using it so I will make sure I apply this little trick.

  2. Really glad I found your article – I’ve been considering hooking commentluv up on my site, but had read the “cons” you mentioned. This makes it easy. Thanks!

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  3. This is a great tip and something I will be looking into as I use both of these services.

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  4. Morning,

    I just wrote about that this morning! It’s astounding how many people will let their backlinks be snarfed up by Feedburner.

    Data points,


    Barbara Ling’s last blog post..Danger Will Robinson! CommentLuv and Feedburner DANGER and how you can fix it

  5. I’m not using FeedBurner for rss feed, so I don’t have such a problem.

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  6. Great information! Thanks for writing this. It is an honor to participate in the discussion.

  7. Thanks for the informative post.. and thanks for adding our comment to the blog. I am subscribing to your feed so I don\’t miss the next post!

  8. I dont agree with you, please hook me up on msn at jucan329@hotmail.com for further discussion !!

  9. the latest version of CommentLuv is 1.98 and is compatible with all valid feeds. thanks for the mention

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  10. Great information! Thanks for writing this. It is an honor to participate in the discussion.

  11. Great post ! I want to know when you update your blog, where can i subscribe to your blog? 🙂 🙂 🙂

  12. What a great plug-in. I had never heard of it before and am going to start using it. Thanks!

  13. CommentLuv is my new favorite plug-in! But until this evening, I had no idea about the Feedburner issue. Guess I never bothered to hover over those links and see exactly where they were going. Thanks for the info!

  14. Thanx, Kath! Glad you found it useful.

    Title writing is certainly an art, especially when trying to balance good SEO practices with intriguing human readers. Unfortunately, I don’t believe it’s a skill that can be taught. We’ve all got to just keep doing are best and try to learn from our own experiences.

  15. Thanks for explaining that! Since google took over Feedburner the option is now under “Configure stats” but is still called “Item link clicks”. I have turned it off though if you leave it turned on they let you choose 302 or 301 redirects which may (or may not) pas SE juice.

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  21. I wonder what others would have to say about this.

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  23. I sure could have used this back in 2007 when I started following blogs.

  24. Problem solved:




  25. The only way that I was able to get back my URL was to sign-up with commentLuv and set the feed URL.

    Not sure whether this will have any other consequences, but changing the settings in Feddburner just didn’t work.

  26. YEH, what a great site and informative posts, I will add backlink – bookmark this site? Regards.

  27. I wanted to say that I have found that they dont work very well together, but after reading some of the content here I have a few tricks up my sleeve to try !

  28. yes

  29. no lol

  30. Mhm, I regret not seeing this when I installed Feedburner quite a while ago. 🙁

  31. Thanks for the information but ,when writing coomentluv comments, is there any way to show my site`s home page instead of the last blog I posted ? Thanks ..

  32. CommentLuv plugin delivers do follow links but attack of spammers is increased and this attack is also controlled by ” Akismet”

  33. I never knew that Feedburner can possibly steal away the use of commentluv plugin in my website until I read this posts. Is it really possible? Can I use one of the two instead of putting them together to my site? Would my site be still okay?

  34. It seems Andy Bailey has this under control, and that as of 8-2011 this is no longer an issue, is that correct?

  35. Thanks for the informative article. I just noticed commentluv on a site and loaded it up my blog this morning. Good note about feedburner. Thanx!

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  37. Thank you for the tip about FeedBurner. I will definitely be clicking that one option off.

  38. I am pretty new to the world of seo, and I was considering using Commentluv. How disappointing that feedburner tries to squat on other peoples work like that. I’ll be sure to take your advice when I install it tomorrow!

  39. Creative. Thank a lot for taking the time. I will come back to read more and tell my coworkers about this website.

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