KeywordLuv is very useful plugin for your WordPress blog and for the longest time I have been using it to share link love to the commenters on my blog. I appreciate each and every one who took advantage of the feature and contributed to the content on my blog!

And yes, valid comments I consider a valuable content and love rewarding people for it! Link love is one of the easiest ways to reward.

But in my process of streamlining the blog I had to re-think a few features and many of you perhaps have noted that some of the features are gone completely from my blog – if you didn’t notice, than no need to worry 😎

While features are important I had to think about one thing: WordPress is a platform of CONSTANT CHANGES! One of the perhaps most frequently updates CMS systems that allows it to grow in popularity by providing latest features to the users and integrating what used to be third-party options.

I can only say Kudos to WordPress development team for that!

But it also places a burden on us – bloggers. If you become reliant on a specific feature on your blog provided by plugin – you better be sure that this plugin is well supported and will be compatible with upgrades. What is even more important – be sure those changes more or less comply with standard features and if you disable plugin – it will not break you blog or screw up the format.

And while I hate to single out anyone – great example of plugin that many were relying on – Popularity Contest and than support stopped at 2.3.*, probably because Alex got bored with it. I mean i wish I could make up better excuse but he has stated that he knew the problem and knew how to fix it (see his comments) to be compliant with latest version but we never seen that fix released. I know many work around solutions were provided by community, which proves its resilience but the core issue remains – support from developer stopped.

The issue is quite common in Open Source because code provided under GPL and is supported on Best Effort bases. Perhaps developer didn’t have time – I don’t know but what I do know: We as bloggers need to be smart about features integrated into our blogs and themes!

Sorry for the long story but I’m getting to the point.

KeywordLuv enables people provide Name is format “Name@Keywords Of Choice” and have the “Keywords Of Choice” part hyperlinked to the link of their choosing! Superb idea that shares link juice with all important chosen anchor text.

But here comes the problem, which is two fold:

  1. As a blog become popular more and more spammers come in and start abusing this feature by providing comments that do not contribute to conversation
  2. Current state of Spam Defending plugins is not 100% proof and no matter what combination I try with Akismet – I’m still left with too much moderation!

And not because plugins I use are innefective, quite the opposite! Automated Comment Spam is nearly non-existent on my blog but because Spammers Got more involved! Same issue noted by Mark Gnosh at Weblog Tools Collection is hitting me as well. I have just implemented Simple Spam Filter plugin which does a very good job in addition to Akismet in identifyign the spam and if identified – it presents re-Cuptcha option to the commenter!

And since I’m seeing ever increasing number of Comment Spam that passes ALL filters, re-Cuptcha and submitted using KeywordLuv options, in format “Spammer@Spam Keywords” that is linked to sites that sometiems go beyond offencive – I have made the decision:

KeywordLuv plugin had to go!

All previously submitted comments with links will still retain their juice passing features and provide you with benefits but:

No New Comments Will Be Approved if the commenter is Not Using Name but keywords!

I still provide the PR juice sharing using CommentLuv plugin and control DoFollow using options defined by Lucia Linky Love plugin. If this proves to be inconveniece to someone – I apologize but will not change my decision!

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