Tag: blogging

Do Blog Comments Help or Hinder your site?

by on Apr.08, 2008, under SEO

Most people ask the question whether or not enabling blog comments will help or hinder their blog. Meaning will comments help with the overall user experience and increasing more traffic or subscribers? Or will it just ruin everything you’re trying to accomplish?

I personally turn them off. If I wanted a discussion I would have created a message forum. And the time spent weeding out spam is time you could spend writing more useful content.

Statistically there might be 1%-5% of visitors actually contributing by posting a comment. Most people on the web like to lurk around un-noticed and ninja read blogs. (Get in and out without being noticed).

A blog is just that. A web log. Or in other words an online diary which you let the world read. If you like the interaction and conversation you get from comments.. by all means keep them on. Some people enjoy the conversation and opinion of others. But some people (like me) prefer to keep my articles as neat and tidy as possible. I know I hate it when I get to a site and the scroll bar on the side is barely big enough to click!

For the most part, all of the articles I write are to help people. Whether it be a “how to”, or just an article explaining my opinion on something. The goal is to either help you do something, validate your point, or spark some thoughts or ideas. I can’t say I’m the best writer in the world, nor am I even remotely close… but I will continue to write.

Blog comments can totally mess with all the hard work you’ve spent writing content! Search engines will pick that stuff up and more often then not will change the mojo of your page. And if you’re running high traffic, you’ll get more comments – which in turn takes more and more of your time to manage. (Bummer).

So it comes down to what you’re trying to do with your blog. If you’re trying to make money on your blog then it might be best to keep them off. Time is always better spent writing content, and comments are not going to help produce any kind of traffic.

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