Due to my growth & multiple changes in my worldview over the years, this post is considered “archived” and is offered here for historical purposes only. Opinions offered above may not necessarily reflect my current beliefs, though you're still more than welcome to participate in the comments, discussing anything from the post. Thank you for understanding.
In order to give something back to those who take the time to leave comments here, I’ve installed the brilliant little plugin CommentLuv.
What does this mean for you? Well, unless you are a blogger or have some other website which produces a syndication feed, nothing (sorry).
However, if you are the proud owner of a site (such as a blog) which makes available your latest posts via a syndication feed, then you will gain a completely free deep link ((A link to an individual page of your site, rather than simply to your home page.)) to your site!
The CommentLuv plugin will do its best to auto-discover your feed based upon the address submitted in the form while commenting; however, if you want to ensure that your feed is discovered, you can include it manually within your comment. Example:
This is an example comment. It will contain quality feedback and not lame “First post!” nonsense or other rubbish. ((Why will it be a quality comment? Because my readers rock, that’s why!)) And so on. And so on. But I also want to make sure CommentLuv can find my feed, so I’m going to add this to my comment: [feed]http://www.example.com/feed/[/feed]
That’s it! The magic is in the
[feed] tag; simply enclose the address to your feed in those tags, and CommentLuv will attempt to discover your latest entry based upon it.
And if all goes well, your comment will be posted, with the added bonus of including a nice, shiny link back to a page on your site. Delightful, no?
I still reserve the right to delete comments if they look suspiciously spammy. Having a huge number of comments means nothing to me if the quality of the comments is poor — and I certainly don’t want to risk being flagged by Google because of spam-ish comments. So, just use your head when you comment, and you’ll be fine.
And enjoy the extra backlinks to your site! :-)
(And if you want to see CommentLuv in action, the first reader to benefit from it was Gordan commenting on my Genesis 1:4 post!)