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Could New Toys Be Costing You Commentors?
With TSA being the marketer centric environment that it is, we always walk a fine line of deciding what elements are important enough to make into “rules”… and which ones can be handled by the fine art of education!
Since commentluv 2.9 went live, we’ve seen a lot of members fussing over the settings that other members are using… and that’s been a cause for concern.
There’s a lot of misunderstanding… both about those settings… and about things TSA attempts not to dictate when we can.
I stayed out of this early on because I needed time to extensively test the new options and see what would result from them.
And here’s what I found…
As you can see, requiring registration for dofollow and 10 link options caused me a lot of annoyed visitors and gained me very little. The registrations are not marketing qualified optins and require incredible finesse to be able to do anything with. I was stabbing myself in the foot by requiring this registration but had tested it out since it “seemed” like such a great idea. However, dofollow does impact SEO of the “giving” blog and we attempt to limit the SEO impact of what we mandate so that it remains a choice how much you share with the community. Nofollow links are not entirely useless but dofollow are worth so much more that many bloggers treat dofollow blogs preferentially. So, while we are not requiring these CL settings be returned to their pre-2.9 capacity…. dofollow and 10 links for all… that would certainly be our suggestion.
When the (completely optional) commentluv 3.0 premium arrives it will bring an extension of the dofollow/link requirements into much easier to swallow things that TSA already does such as tweeting the post.
I can honestly see these newer softer requirements working MUCH better while at the same time helping me as a blogger reduce the number of spammers that slip in to swipe dofollow links and hurt me. Commentluv will remain free however and CL 3.0 Premium is still a ways out (last I checked).
CL Premium will NOT be required for TSA participation (although commentluv itself is).
I hope this clarifies for you the situation that many bloggers have unknowingly set these options assuming they were a good thing (and because they are default) and do not realize they are irritating their fans. We can not grumble and scuff our feet and complain when we should be helping to educate other bloggers on what emotions their blogs bring up in us so they can improve.
TSA highly suggests a more open setting for those options but they do remain your choice.
We’re pretty sure though that being the giving blogger you are, that you will likely chose to help people every time you can!
Committed To Your Success!
Kimberly, Dave, Dawn, and Gavin
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