Livefyre has become a popular WordPress plugin used by some bloggers to augment the default commenting system of their self-hosted WordPress blogs. In fact, some popular bloggers caused quite a stir when they installed Livefyre including Danny Brown (not long after I wrote this post, Danny removed Livefyre and is now using CommentLuv again), DragonBlogger and Biz Chick Blogs just to name a few. Yet although these are bloggers that I admire and respect, I will not be following in their footsteps. As you might have noticed, here on Basic Blog Tips, I have the default WordPress commenting system which is enhanced (to put it lightly) with a cutting-edge plugin known affectionately as CommentLuv.
I’ve been a huge fan and supporter of CommentLuv since the early days of my blogging career and now that the developer Andy Bailey has introduced CommentLuv Premium, I’m an even a more staunch supporter (if that’s even possible). Here are my reasons for sticking with CommentLuv and not making the switch to Livefyre.
Switching to Livefyre means thousands of your links will disappear!
Ouch! In the past year, my readers have left over 5,000 comments and most of you took advantage of CommentLuv. You left links to related posts or any post of your choice from your own blog. Installing Livefyre would remove every single one of those post links. Just to be clear, your name would continue to be hyperlinked to your blog or website, but literally every, carefully hand-picked, CommentLuv link would go – shall we say “Up in Smoke”…
No KeywordLuv in LiveFyre
I remember when I discovered there was such a thing as KeywordLuv. The whole concept wasn’t an easy one for me to grasp at first. But after reading a post about KeywordLuv on Gail Gardner’s blog it started to click and I began to embrace the idea. The new CommentLuv Premium has a more improved version of the old KeywordLuv plugin that Andy Bailey refers to as Keyword Name. It’s built with all sorts of controls you can set-up for how many words are allowed before AND after the @ symbol, DoFollow/NoFollow of the name links, send comments with too many words to spam or moderation, strip out keywords completely based on the number of previously approved comments…
Don’t worry I know that was a lot to take in. Andy recorded video tutorials covering each and every setting. He knows how valuable those keywords are in terms of SEO and using relevant anchor text. Yet, the whole keyword piece is missing from Livefyre. Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention earlier that if I installed Livefyre, all of the thousands of keywords previously left by you on comments here – Poof!
Also not available on LiveFyre but found in CommentLuv Premium
- Social Enticements (read about them in Getting Your Blog Ready for CommentLuv Premium)
- Sexy Profile which includes your last five posts and appears on hover (without the extra clicks)
- Track Back validation
- CommentLuvvers widget
- Tracking Statistics for the clicks on your CommentLuv links
- Affiliate Program
Here’s a video from Andy with more details.
So what do you think, are you still planning to install Livefyre?
UPDATE!: I started a new micro blog on Tumblr called Pro-Podcasting. I was delighted to find out that I could install Livefyre on Tumblr versus using Disqus. So if you are a Livefyre user, if you’re interested in Podcasting or even if you’re just curious, stop by and see Livefyre in action on Tumblr at my new blog Pro-Podcasting!