Almost all of the bloggers that I know and interact with, use CommentLuv. Perhaps, CommentLuv is one of the most favorited plug-ins of all time, and its a very beneficial plug-in, both for commentators and blog owners. Perhaps the biggest and most important benefit of CL is that it enables you to build deeplinks to your posts.
When you leave a comment on a CommentLuv enabled blog, you have the option to choose one post from up to 10 or more of your latest posts (displayed by FeedBurner) on your blog to be displayed on the bottom of your comment as your last post. And that is where you get the deeplink benefit. By leaving comments on CommentLuv enabled blogs, you are automatically building backlinks to your pages, many of which are pages and posts that otherwise you wouldn’t have spend muh time on to build backlinks for.
However, you might not be getting the deeplink benefit form CommentLuv, if you are using feedburner to pull RSS feeds from your blog, which most of you are!… Why you ask?…
Ok, lets see if you are actually getting those baclklinks:
Find one of the comments you have made on any CommentLuv enabled blog or better yet, make a comment here. Now, hover around the link that shows your last post. Look at the bottom corner of your browser where it shows the URL of the link. If the URL shown is the actual URL of your post, then you are good to go and don’t need to read the rest of this post!
But, if the URL is something like this “http://feedproxy.google.com/……” , then you are missing on a lot of backlinks (By the way, I checked most of people who comment regularly on FBs and most of you are missing those precious backlinks. That’s why I wrote this post.)
How to get your backlinks back from FeedBurner
Its very simple actually. You can fix the problem in 3 easy steps:
- Log on to your Feedburner account and click on the “Analyze” tab on the top left side of the menu
- Click on “Configure Stats” tab on the bottom left side of the left sidebar.
- Simply uncheck the “Item Link Clicks” box and click save.
Are your backlinks given back to you?… Not yet I am afraid! But you will get them back in a few hours. When you change the setting on your FeedBurner, it takes a few hours or so for the system to adjust. So, in a few hours, do the same test that I asked you to do earlier, now the URL shown should be the actual URL of your post. Now enjoy all of those great dofollow backlinks to your old posts and perhaps an increase in ranking for their targeted keywords as well!
By the way, the original idea for this post came from Joella at BlogsWithWings.com and her post titled Missing CommentLuv Backlinks?…. Thank you Joella.