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.

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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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