If you are using Commentluv and routing your blog’s rss feeds through feedburner, you need to watch out because feedburner might be stealing your link love.
The other day I was commenting over at Traffic Generation Cafe and struck up a conversation in the comments with Ana. You can see our comment conversation in her article here. (Btw, this is a good lesson on why bloggers should be active with each other in the community.)
Ana noticed something unique about the way my commentluv links looked and referred me over to a post at Kikolani for further research.
Before I go further, I should explain a little about commentluv to those who might be unfamiliar with them. Commentluv allows bloggers to register with their blogs with their community and when they comment on another blog that has the commentluv plugin installed it will create a backlink within the comment back to your latest post. It’s an awesome service to join since you can get backlinks directly back to your articles.
The advantage of creating these backlinks is that you are building up your off-site seo. Google will detect that these backlinks are going back to your article and give you some link love for the link. The more backlinks you have to your article, the more link love you get from the search engines and the higher your article may show up in search results.
Ideally your links will be pointing back to your website and you will be getting credit for the link. That’s where you need to keep a careful eye on feedburner if you are using them for your rss feeds.
If you are not careful with your settings with feedburner, they might steal your link love and direct the links back to themselves before sending the traffic back to your blog. That means that while you might get the new visitor from your link, you are losing the link love. That’s a big deal for anyone running a website!
So, be careful with your settings! Here’s what you need to watch out for and how to correct the problem.
You can hover your mouse over your commentluv links to see where the links are directing the traffic. When you hover your mouse over the link, take a look over at the bottom left of your screen to see the url of your link. It should look exactly like the permalink of the article from your site. Here’s an example of the way it should look:
If feedburner is stealing your link love, that link at the bottom will look different. If your link looks like the following example, then you have a problem:
In that case, you need to go to your feed burner settings and correct the problem right away.
It’s actually very easy to fix the problem. Just go over to your feedburner site settings and go to the section for configuring stats. You want to turn off feed tracking. Just untick the boxes for item views and item clicks if you have them selected.
Once you’ve done that, your links should go back to normal. To double check you can just go to any commentluv enabled site and start a new comment. Hover over your link and check that it looks normal.
This will fix your links for all your future comments.