March 8, 2009

Danger Will Robinson! CommentLuv and Feedburner DANGER and how you can fix it

Danger Will RobinsonNOTE!  I wrote this post almost a year ago and it’s still relevant to this day.  If you use Feedburner, you’ll probably be asked to move your account over to Google.  And if you do so, you HAVE TO MAKE SURE!!!!! that it doesn’t steal your commentluv lnks!  My latest two sites, and , had this problem until I fixed them this morning.

The instructions are almost the same as below – the only thing thing that has changed is that instead of looking for Feedburner Stats Pro, look instead for "Configure Stats" on the Analyze tab.


Morning! One of my favorite WordPress plugins has to be CommentLuv – that wondrous beastie that retrieves one’s last post and tacks it on after comments. I utterly adore it, as does thousands of other successful bloggers online as well.

Look!But! Did you know if you use CommentLuv AND Feedburner TOGETHER…all of your CommentLuv links do NOT go back to your site?

Instead, they point back to

your Feedburner link (thus stealing any backlinks you might be able to develop)? I first learned about this when I began my blogging journey from ShanKri-la’s post of Turn off FeedBurner Redirect in RSS feeds. I implemented the solution myself and went about my merry way. This morning one of my lead sites ran into a huuuuuuugely agonizing problem that I’ll blog about later on (when it’s resolved)). During my debugging, I checked out my redirects (fine!) and then examined some of the redirects from other super popular blogs I follow. Much to my surprise, without an except, ALL of them were losing their backlinking ability when they incorporated both CommentLuv and Feedburner. Here’s what I mean: Check out my feed page when all the links go back to (the way I want them too):

Feedburner 1

See how the link at the bottom of the browser points BACK to I had to specify that in my Feedburner account. The default looks like:

Default Feedburner

Thus, if I comment at a site that uses CommentLuv, the last post it will pull from me will be directed to … and not my own site. Bye bye backlink! Lukcily, this is easily fixable. Hence this post – I always love sharing what I learn! So here goes.


Step 1.) Realize the following.

When you sign up for Feedburner (an excellent service, btw), the free, PRO default is to track all clickthrus. To do so, obviously Feedburner has to redirect your permalinks thru its site. Now, if you live for this data, you can certain keep this option on. I myself use Google Analytics and other things for site tracking, so it’s not a necessity for me.


Step 2.) Log onto your Feedburner Account and select your feed.

You’ll be on the Analyze Tab. Scroll down and look for Feedburner Stats Pro You’ll find that under "Services." Click on that.


Step 3.) Turn OFF Item link clicks.

Here’s what that looks like:

Turn off item links

Once you turn that off, all of your RSS and feed links will be automatically re-directed back to your site…and not Feedburner. This is of great importance if you value generating backlinks to your site via well thought-out commenting. Hope the above has been useful! Enjoy, Barbara

#BEGIN highlights of this blog writing post:

Beginners blogging tips: Commentluv is a great plugin – use it! But make sure to redirect your feeds. Intermediate and/or Advanced blogging tips: Make sure you can still analyze your blog via other methods as well.

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