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Andy Bailey From Commentluv Plugin Sends A Special Email To His List

Today I received an email from Andy Bailey, the developer of the  Commentluv plugin. The subject was “some scary serious news about Andy Bailey”. My first thought was that with all the changes Google has been implementing lately, Andy is going to give up on my beloved commentluv plugin. If only…

Let me digress for a minute to explain what commentluv plugin is, in case you are not familiar with this plugin. This plugin is used as a tool to improve comment experience for both, the commenter and the owner of the website. When installed on a blog the plugin automatically places a link to the commenter’s last published post into the comment. Commentluv blogs are sought after by commenters because commenting on these blogs boosts visibility and traffic to their newly published posts.

Back to the story…The email was aimed at the subscribers on Andy’s list. A list with whom Andy Bailey formed an amazing relationship built on trust and value. A list of subscribers that Andy nurtured and recognized not only as means to acquire sales but a list that he considered first and foremost as human beings.

My heart sank as I was reading the email. Andy Bailey announced some changes, but not because of another Google prank but because Andy was diagnosed with MS. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis on December 8th, 2012 and the email was to let his subscribers know that as a result of his illness we, the subscribers, may experience some changes.

The changes that Andy mentioned

  • you might have to wait a little longer for support responses or email replies but, generally you wont notice.
  • if you want to contact me then it’s best to use the support ticket system rather than emailing direct so I can keep a track of the thread of conversation.

…and when I get funny days where I can’t type properly because my hand is numb or I accidentally put on someone elses legs when I get up in the morning, I’ll study some more..

  • I am hoping that you’ll find what I learn useful..
  • things like Facebook advertising
  • paid traffic (<– this is actually fun to do if you get it right)
  • funnels.. not just sales funnels, but opt-in funnels and others
  • media buying
  • solo lists (<- not learned about this yet)
  • PPC (and how to use it to promote products)
  • PPV (banner ads and how to use them)

I’ll do the buying and spending and experimenting so you don’t have to

I sat astounded, re-read the email and clicked on the links he offered. One was to his newly established Facebook fan page, his MS Video Diary and the other to the post on his blog.

There were several things that really touched me in Andy Bailey commentluv email

  • The courage it took for Andy to publicly disclose the disease that is ravaging his body
  • The unselfish attitude that Andy displays towards his followers to ensure they will understand some changes to his support
  • The strength to place the adversity behind, dust himself off and continue his wonderful work
  • The acceptance of his limitations to embrace other venues to help his fellow marketers

I have dealt with Andy for almost a year since I purchased commentluv for my blogs. He is one of the most approachable marketers I have come across. I came to really like him as he never dismissed my, perhaps naive, questions when I corresponded with him. He always obliged me with kindness and understanding. For that I respected him and when he emailed me an offer I never dismissed it but always examined it carefully because I knew he was sending me something of a value.

I have learned a few things from this email apart from the sad news.

  • There is no difference between the “list” and the “list owner”. We are all human beings on equal footings. At least it should be like that!
  • The business must continue no matter what happens.
  • When adversity strikes us or we fall, we must get up and continue even if the pace may not be the same.

The outpouring of well wishes, support and helpful suggestions on Andy Bailey’s Facebook page and his post is incredible. I too wished him well. It is interesting to see that when in need most people come together. Whether you are familiar with Andy Bailey and his commentluv plugin or not, he needs our support. After all we are a family, we are all marketers.

 

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8 Responses to Andy Bailey From Commentluv Plugin Sends A Special Email To His List

  1. Karen March 17, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Hi Dita!

    I don’t know Andy myself as I was just recently introduced to CommentLuv and Andy’s mailing list. Prayers go out to him to help him through this. What sounded wonderful in your post is his ongoing commitment to his subscribers, his product, and obviously his love of his work. That will see him through it all.

    And because of CommentLuv – I was introduced to you! 🙂

    Keep blogging!
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  2. Jude Banks March 10, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    Hi Dita,

    I don’t know Andy but I certainly enjoy the benefits of CommentLuv and shall continue to do so.

    What an awesome post you have created! I especially liked your summary of what you have learned from Andy’s email.

    Through your eyes I can see that Andy is an amazing individual. Thanks for sharing his sad news in such a thoughtful and inspiring way.

    ~Jude
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  3. Sue McDonald March 8, 2013 at 1:11 am #

    It is so sad to hear this and there is a lot of evidence to say a change of diet can help. I have watched a few videos on this and they all talk about modifying the .

    I will keep him in my prayers.

    Regards

    Sue
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  4. Sandy Halliday March 7, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Hi Dita,

    I was surprised and sorry to read about Andy Bailey. I am also one of his customers and I must have missed his email.

    I thought your post was going to be about Andy sending an email reassuring users about the stories going around that CommentLuv causes loss of link juice.

    Some marketers have apparently stopped using it over the fears but others, whose opinion I value, are saying there is no problem. I will continue to use it.

    I’m off to look at his Facebook Page. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    Sandy
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    • Dita March 8, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

      Hi Sandy,

      I like using commentluv and I too will continue to use it. I think it is a bonus for the blog owners and the commenters. Certainly, if one does not want to have too many comments on a site one can disable comments after a certain time.

      Cheers,

      Dita
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