Do likes and comments help with SEO?

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I have a week-old tech blog on Wordpress and I'm trying to reach more readers. From an SEO perpective, should I focus on trying to get more likes and comments on my posts to boost page rankings, or should I focus entirely on just getting as many hits as possible?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ged3
    Hi,
    congratulations on launching your Wordpress website.


    Likes should help from an SEO perspective.


    I would concentrate on getting as many visitors as possible, with good content they will come back and you should get some likes if they appreciate your website.


    Make sure you have your "Likes" and social sharing buttons enabled so that anyone who likes your content can like and share it.


    Hope this helps.


    Ged.
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  • Profile picture of the author jmosticc22
    Comments from real people and not spam will definitely help your SEO. But like Ged said you want to focus on both likes and comments.
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  • Profile picture of the author JahirR
    If you add social button and people click on it. (Just like you said like button) It will help you to reach more people using the social media platform.

    And secondly comments known as user-generated content. Which is often good for business and website. Positive comments create good value.
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  • Profile picture of the author AugustGarcia
    Comments are free additional content, which is useful for obvious reasons.

    As far as likes go, you run the site, which means you could just insert likes directly into the database. There's no way that a search engine could extrapolate anything meaningful from that information (although it might impact your internal link structure).
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  • Hi,
    yes of course!

    getting likes and comments by genuine users will surely help in building trust online. It will also let you boost your website traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Azlan.MY
    Unfortunately, not. This question was asked many time in this forum.

    https://www.warriorforum.com/search-...e-ranking.html

    Why Google wants to incorporate a data that can blocked any time? Because Facebook is a competitor of Google, so they can block the data anytime they wish. Yes, I agree that likes can boost traffic and your brand awareness, but it has nothing to do with Google.
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      Originally Posted by Azlan.MY View Post

      Unfortunately, not. This question was asked many time in this forum.

      https://www.warriorforum.com/search-...e-ranking.html

      Why Google wants to incorporate a data that can blocked any time? Because Facebook is a competitor of Google, so they can block the data anytime they wish. Yes, I agree that likes can boost traffic and your brand awareness, but it has nothing to do with Google.
      The OP is talking about comments and likes on his site and not facebook

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      • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
        Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

        The OP is talking about comments and likes on his site and not facebook

        al
        Hmmm ... I'm not sure how someone gets a "like" on their actual website. You can put a Facebook "like" button that they can click but that is a "like" on Facebook, not your actual website.

        Azlan.MY is correct that "likes" will not help you at all for SEO with Google. It might help with Yahoo/Bing, however. Besides the reasoning that Aslan.MY stated, "likes" would be super easy to manipulate, so it should not be a signal that any search algorithm uses.

        The comments add to the content on a page, which may help with SEO.
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        • Profile picture of the author Ged3
          Dave,


          you get a like on a Wordpress website by enabling the "Likes" button on your website.


          Ged

          Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

          Hmmm ... I'm not sure how someone gets a "like" on their actual website. You can put a Facebook "like" button that they can click but that is a "like" on Facebook, not your actual website.

          Azlan.MY is correct that "likes" will not help you at all for SEO with Google. It might help with Yahoo/Bing, however. Besides the reasoning that Aslan.MY stated, "likes" would be super easy to manipulate, so it should not be a signal that any search algorithm uses.

          The comments add to the content on a page, which may help with SEO.
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          • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
            Originally Posted by Ged3 View Post

            Dave,


            you get a like on a Wordpress website by enabling the "Likes" button on your website.


            Ged
            Not sure which button, specifically, you are talking about. The vast majority of the ones I see for WordPress are Facebook like buttons, which again, add a Like on Facebook that also appears on your site. This one, for instance, is still a Facebook like.

            There may be other ones but regardless, none of them are doing a thing to help your SEO. They may have some effect on conversions but that wasn't the question.
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  • Profile picture of the author insubh
    hello, to be fare likes and comments help very little for improving your SEO.

    Rather you should focus on content, internal linking, meta tag optimization and do build some links from guest blogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
    Comments are great if they are real, high quality and relevant. Replying to those comments creates even more content. A blog post with 50 to 100 comments could provide an extra 3,000 to 10,000 words of content to your blog post, which can definitely help.

    I would also make sure your content is EPIC, easy to share, has good internal linking and has a nice layout with proper H2 and H3 tags. Once all those things are in place, focus on driving more traffic to it, which will lead to more likes and comments.

    Doing these things will definitely help your SEO.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ged3
      Chuckholms,


      Yes good point about having good content in the comments.


      I saw a Wordpress blog yesterday with an article on writing and it was only about
      five hundred words long - but it had over six hundred comments - some were quite long.


      I checked the title of the page in Google and it came first out of over a billion pages.


      Even when I took the first few words off of the title it still came first!


      Needles to say the author had closed if for comments - he was probably getting too many in the end!



      Best Regards


      Ged
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  • Profile picture of the author IGotMine
    FB "likes" should be disregarded under any circumstances. Many sites can drive as many as you think you can handle, for relatively very little cost. They mean nothing, except to the unenlightened. Google certainly gives them no weight as they are so easily manipulated.

    I have a week-old tech blog on Wordpress and I'm trying to reach more readers
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  • Profile picture of the author Shivam Mishra
    Congrats for your newly tech blog, peoples engagement is the best SEO. Yes, likes and comments on your post would definitely profitable for SEO is concerned.
    It never means you must entirely focus on getting hits there are also other factors responsible for SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author jimimoorison
    It helps if you have real comments and not spam on your site. If you allow real people to comment and what they write adds value (questions, opinions, humor) then it will help your site because more people will bookmark it, and return to it. I've read in many articles that when you start your bogging, you should also visit other blogs within your niche and get them and some of their users interested in your blog and add comments (value) to your site/articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aswathy Smiju
    Comments and likes will really helps your blog to reach more people . It will surely boost your blog traffic. Please try guest posts also.
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  • Profile picture of the author ahmed2520
    hey there,
    well I think you should balance between the both of them cause I guess not exceeding much in one method than the other will allow your website page to appear normal as possible
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  • Profile picture of the author Monir106
    Yes, obviously blog comments do help SEO. Since they can bring direct traffic to your blog. in simple words, if you select high profile blogs in your industry and leave intelligent and meaningful comments, people will definitely click over to your site if they like what you are saying.
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  • Profile picture of the author CarlosMiller
    SEO specialist Brean Dean analyzed 1.3 million videos with his team in order to better understand what factors influence the ranking on YouTube and what needs to be done to get to the TOP. In particular, they investigated the relationship between ranking factors (views, likes, sheirs) with Youtube ratings.

    From this data, you can learn a lot of interesting facts and misconceptions about SEO optimization Youtube videos. As a result, the team came to the following conclusions:

    Comments seem to be an influential ranking factor. It is estimated that the number of comments greatly affects a higher rating.
    Long videos are far ahead in the ranking of short. The average length of a first-page YouTube video is 14 minutes 50 seconds.
    The number of video views has a significant correlation with ranking.
    The number of video clips has a strong influence on search results.
    There is a moderate correlation between the number of channel subscribers and the rating. This means that even small channels have a chance to get into the first position ranking YouTube.
    The number of likes videos are significantly correlated with higher ratings.
    Attracting video subscribers has a strong enough influence on the ranking. Thus, videos that lead to the emergence of new subscribers have an advantage in the search for YouTube.
    Found a small ratio between the key tags and rating. This proves the fact that YouTube can understand the content of a video without metadata.
    Videos that contain exact matching keywords in their titles appear to have a slight advantage over video in which there is none. This means that a keyword in the title can improve the rating with a slight margin.
    A zero correlation was found between optimized descriptions with keywords and rating.
    HD videos dominate YouTube search results. 68.2% of the videos on the first page of YouTube in HD quality.
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  • Profile picture of the author AimMax
    R u asking about social media likes and comments?
    Social media likes help seo but not greatly. Any good website has some links and social media likes too. You should focus mainly on getting links and your website content...


    If u r asking about comments on your wordpress website- then Yes.

    If real people are commenting on your posts (Hoping u r not getting exited only from blogSpammingSoftwaresComments) then respond for their comments. THis will make your posts have "more content" and it will also force google to visit your site again and again (whcih is a very good thing).
    Hope that helps. cheers!
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  • Genuine comments by the customers will help you in SEO
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  • Profile picture of the author Kiran Malik
    Comments from authentic people will definitely help your SEO. It will steadily boost your blog traffic. Please try guest posts also.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gargi Mehta
    Congrats for your blog!
    Yes likes and comments are helpful (not so sure) also focus on getting hits. In SEO, it is often said that we should focus on one thing but sometimes it may not be true. It is possible that focusing on one thing, you are likely to miss something important. Apply various different techniques to rank in Search Engines. I generally prefer Guest Blogging as it boosts your ranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author Himanshu Rauthan
    Firstly,
    congrats for your first step in blogging world.
    Now Coming back to your question then the answer is YES .
    Getting comments and likes will surely help you to rank-up. As comments and like from good and genuine user will surely help you in SEO but in the same time, getting these from unauthenticated or we can say spammy user will surely do damage to your blog.
    Hope this will help you..
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  • Profile picture of the author Data Relate
    If you respond to comments they can act as a way to keep content fresh and add extra relevant content to your articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author Faylor St Hilaire
    Originally Posted by Looking for the answer View Post

    I have a week-old tech blog on Wordpress and I'm trying to reach more readers. From an SEO perpective, should I focus on trying to get more likes and comments on my posts to boost page rankings, or should I focus entirely on just getting as many hits as possible?
    Getting more likes and comments does help with SEO and eventually increases traffic to your site; organic traffic that is.

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  • Profile picture of the author mrseo77
    Commenting is important not turn to spam and Google has this issue between spam comment and real comments
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  • Profile picture of the author sgalla414
    Likes and comments are important as ENGAGEMENT is important. The second part to this is that likes can help you guage what type of content your audience favours or wants to see them most and comments can help you come up with new ideas for content. What are they asking? What problems are they having or what are they asking to see more of?
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  • Profile picture of the author UmerBizzclan
    I would suggest that you optimize the blog using SEO in order to get more hits on it. You can do it by using keywords to link the blog on guest posts or forums. This also depends how relevant and authentic the blog itself is. Having more likes and comments would definitely help you if they are not spam and actual people reading the blog. Creating backlinks via guest posts and forums will increase the number of readers.
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  • Profile picture of the author JUnderwood
    Comments and likes will greatly help your blog. The main thing is not to turn it all into spam.
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  • Profile picture of the author fakeshoes
    As few guys above mentioned, getting real comments from real people will help you with the SEO. Also, as far as I know shares can help with the SEO big time.
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