The amount of spam this blog has been getting is truly outrageous! It is my belief that the CommentLuv plugin is a magnet for spammers. They want backlinks and CommentLuv provides such links.
I’m running an experiment for a bit. I have deactivated CommentLuv and am monitoring my spam count. If I find there’s a direct relationship between spam and CommentLuv (I’ll share my results in a week or two), I may have to disable CommentLuv permanently.
CommentLuv and Broken Links
While on the subject of links and plugins I’ve noticed quite a few blogs have bitten the dust. I use a plugin called Broken Link Checker. It does a nice job of notifying me when site links break (I’m still re-working a lot of the Suite 101 broken links).
In addition to being notified of broken links in my posts, I get notified of broken links in post comments. The links in the comments are there as a result of using CommentLuv.
Over the past few months, I’ve received an ever-increasing amount of broken link notifications resulting from bloggers who have abandoned their blogs. Some of the bloggers were new and enthusiastic. They read the advice in Blogging 101 and set out to make as many comments as possible on CommentLuv-enabled blogs in an attempt to create backlinks to their new sites. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as the comments are pertinent and meaningful.
Blogging wasn’t so Easy
It is my suspicion that they found blogging harder than they thought it would be. Setting up a new blog and making comments on CommetLuv-enabled blogs does not bring in traffic by the droves. It may get some visitors, but it takes a lot more work than a few well-placed comments. Over time, new bloggers lose interest and abandon the blogs. When they do, I get notifications of all the well-placed comments left on NJFM.
It’s a shame because some of the broken link notifications were from bloggers who would have been successful if they kept at it.
While on the topic of broken links and drumming up traffic, it brings me to an old blog post I wrote back in 2008 about social networking sites. In the post, I list and link to 365 social networking sites. Why in the world did I ever do that? Every week I get notifications of yet another social networking site going belly up. The post is so old that it doesn’t even mention Facebook.
My intention was to notify the community that CommentLuv will be temporarily disabled. The rest of the post is an early morning pre-coffee ramble and should probably be disregarded. 😉