should I allow comments to my site?

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should I allow comments to my site? will it be good for seo or bad? and will it be good to let people interact with my site?
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  • Profile picture of the author 1million1
    It depends on what you are trying to do with your site. You can monitor the comments and decided what is posted on your site or not. You're in control of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    You should allow them if you plan to monitor your site daily in order to dismiss the spam and allow the good comments. Yes, I do believe it will help your site quite a bit, after all you will be letting your visitors write some of your content for you.

    On, the other hand, if it is a set and forget type of site then do not allow them, it will be overrun with spam comments in no time.

    Also, if you do allow them be sure to use akismet or something similar or you will be spending a lot of time weeding through comments.

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    • Profile picture of the author daveyace
      yes i will be moderating them all and wont be allowing any spammy comments. Also should I remove the links if they put them or will it not matter that much? And one more thing, will it help with seo to have lots and lots of content on one page and what would you say is the perfect amount?
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    • Profile picture of the author daveyace
      Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

      You should allow them if you plan to monitor your site daily in order to dismiss the spam and allow the good comments. Yes, I do believe it will help your site quite a bit, after all you will be letting your visitors write some of your content for you.

      On, the other hand, if it is a set and forget type of site then do not allow them, it will be overrun with spam comments in no time.

      Also, if you do allow them be sure to use akismet or something similar or you will be spending a lot of time weeding through comments.

      Lee
      hey them sites you make look awesome and really professional can you make them on demand and will they be roughly the same price? also the theme how does that work? do i have to buy the theme?

      also could you make one of my sites look like that or better?
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  • Profile picture of the author James Clayton
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh MacDonald
    Yes, just monitor them to make sure they are real comments.
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    • Profile picture of the author wanjugu
      Originally Posted by Josh MacDonald View Post

      Yes, just monitor them to make sure they are real comments.
      I totall agree with x3xsolxdierx3x,you have to make sure they are real.They help to improve your customer experiences,they feel appreciated.
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      • Profile picture of the author JasonWestwick
        i am in the process of building up a blog and have allowed comments on my site, I want my readers to have a direct link with me and be able to debate and discuss the articles I post.

        I want the blog to become an interactve learning enviroment and to challenege people and their current methods of working online, by having comments enable the reader has a more interactive experience with your site, which can only mean a good thing when you ask for participation in opt-ins and product launches.

        One of the few successful bloggers who doesn'y have comments enabled is Steve Pavlina, but I'm not quite on that level in terms of traffic or readership yet
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    It also depends on the type of site - I have a product review site and I don't allow comments on my product review pages. If it is just a general blog where discussion is appropriate then I would say 'yes' allow comments as long as you monitor them. Use Askimet to filter out the junk.

    Having comments on your blog will allow interaction with your visitors and you can develop a relationship with your visitors. This will make you more of an expert and someone they can trust - and more willing to buy from
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Harper
    Absolutely allow comments so long as you're around to moderate them. Be sure you engage your commenters as much as possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Jordan
    Yes, but moderate it to filter out the spam. Accepting comments is a great way to increase traffic to the site. It is also a way for the author and readers to interact, get into discussion with the other readers as well as give and receive additional information on the topic.
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  • Profile picture of the author scott g
    Originally Posted by daveyace View Post

    should I allow comments to my site? will it be good for seo or bad? and will it be good to let people interact with my site?
    Honest opinion.... No don't. You're going to get a crazy amount of SPAM duh! What's real what's not... It's usually hard to determine, but majority of the time it's a bot spamming.

    Comments on a blog DO NOT help it in any way whatsoever when it comes to SEO... If you read that on these forums or anywhere it's a complete lie. It does not make you look like an authority or anything blah blah blah....

    Every site that I've created using a Wordpress platform I've ripped and gutted the comment leaving code... And guess what... My sh*t ranks great! Better after 6mos... After a 1yr... Etc.

    I wouldn't allow comments if I were you... I would take them out all together and make it look like there were NEVER there to begin with.

    Just to give you an example see this site of mine: lawsuitinformation.org

    It's Wordpress... I hate Wordpress... Lol! But no sign of commenting/etc... Right?! And my articles/site rank! 10mos old PR3!!!

    CHEERS!
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  • Profile picture of the author jjpmarketing
    When my site was on wordpress and I was actively adding content... comment spam was a headache. It wasn't a matter of removing 1 or 2 spam messages per day... because once a bot starts spamming it can balloon into 100's of spam messages per day. I finally removed comments altogether.

    The downside is that it removes the interaction from the site which means it removes the freshness of the site, as the comments are new content that you don't have to add. Granted you can add plenty of fresh content yourself.

    While some may say that it doesn't matter if your site has comments to get it to rank high, it is still a part of Google's extensive algorithm. But it doesn't mean you have to have comments as there are other ways to get ranked high in the search engines. But the largest and higher ranked sites usually have some form of interaction... but those sites can pay people to manage all of the overhead that goes along with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasssy23
    Comment are really important because you always want to know what your vistors are thinking. And comments makes you site look more reliable.

    -Jasmine
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    • Profile picture of the author jjpmarketing
      Originally Posted by jasssy23 View Post

      Comment are really important because you always want to know what your vistors are thinking. And comments makes you site look more reliable.

      -Jasmine
      There are other ways to get this info. Just add a contact us form to your site. Some wordpress plugins are pretty extensive and can be customized to query whatever you want from your users.
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  • Profile picture of the author simonbuzz
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    It depends on you...
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  • Profile picture of the author LaSCuBana
    I think there are more creative ways to get that interactive feedback.. comments are getting old and if you have the ability to scipt things into your page then figure out a way that would engage a person more uniquely. Who knows, that one program might chamge their mind anyways.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brandon Bell
    Comments relevant to the information found on your website are actually beneficial to your Google PageRank. I suggest allowing comments for SEO purposes, but moderating them to filter out any spam.
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    • Profile picture of the author scott g
      Ignore my post and listen to everyone else. They're wrong! LMFAO! :rolleyes:

      Comments on your blog mean ZERO NOTHING NADA to SEO SERP RANKINGS PR...!

      CHEERS!
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    two words for you

    SPAM PLUGINS

    we use them regularly, after we had a spam attack to one of our blogs and 30k comments later we almost had to hire someone to get rid of the crap.

    So make sure you are using safety first and a good spam filter.
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  • Profile picture of the author Goldenboy
    If you personally monitor your site, it would be advisable to allow those comments. This will make your site interactive and people would like to see REAL people have this interaction regarding a certain product or ideas. Readers or guests can participate and join the discussion as well as acquire the necessary information that they are looking for in the site. Not only will it make your site active with real people, it will also a great way to increase traffic to your site. On the other hand, there is the possibility that your site will be receiving those annoying spams. You must be vigilant of the comments to prevent and monitor spammers from joining the interaction.
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  • Profile picture of the author bam2bam
    Depends on your goal... but I say now... you get spammed and your email box explode with all those emails you get... And it takes to much time to read all those comments or you have to outsource that...

    But that's me.... Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author JimRohades
    comments would not really give you good rank in seo's..only spammers can benefit it if you allow comments just giving you extra work to monitor on these spammers..so you better just focus on the seo to drive more traffic and visitors to your sites which are beneficial to your online business rather than non sense spammers who will just waste your time and you could not get something from them
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  • Profile picture of the author gefflong
    Wow... Am I the only one that has heard of Akismet?

    Seriously. Get the Akismet plugin for Wordpress and allow comments if you want. It cuts the spam way down.
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  • Profile picture of the author ebusinessireader
    The most boring, this is spam. =_=!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    I always allow comments on my blog posts for social proof.

    The downside is that you need to filter the spam.

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  • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
    its def good for SEO, just try to delete the spammy ones but keep the ones that are real and genuine..
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  • Profile picture of the author RatRaceWatch
    Yeh If i were you I would allow them... the hardest part is getting them, i have a whopping 1 comment lol
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  • Profile picture of the author kairo
    Originally Posted by daveyace View Post

    should I allow comments to my site? will it be good for seo or bad? and will it be good to let people interact with my site?

    well, it depends.. some they used the other site to promote their own site. but in the another hand it was complement on you if someone tells you that you works are good and very helpful. Just make sure you moderate the comments.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tylos
    Yes, of course it's a great idea, when google love it. Make sure are there are real comment by user's or spammer.
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  • Profile picture of the author figgity
    If you are using Wordpress, make sure you have Akismet installed. Also, manually review your comments once in a while. For me, it depends on what kind of site I am running. For instance, on my niche news site that I manually edit, I allow comments. For my autoblog news site, I don't allow comments.
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  • Profile picture of the author David A Griffiths
    Ever since the 'panda' update, the emphasis is on authority sites. I always allow comments because even though they can be a pain in the a** moderating all the spam, the genuine ones and the discussion threads they can generate do make my sites more engaging for visitors.
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    • Profile picture of the author Josh 135
      You should allow since you want to get a feedback from them and for members also to exchange ideas and to know the topic better.
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  • Profile picture of the author 2011profit
    Yes, you can allow them. however, you should screen them well.
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  • Profile picture of the author wickedinnovation
    Of course, I will allow them for reasons that some comments can help improve my sites. Most people who do comments will criticize my site and make some suggestions.
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  • Profile picture of the author David A Griffiths
    Unless your site is well established with a good level of user interaction going on you'll find that 99.9% of comments are spam / bots. Until you get some traction with real comments it's a bit of a chore, but worth the effort in the long run if you are able to start to build a community feel to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Gehr
    I'd say to allow comments as long as you have time to monitor regularly and maintain the integrity of the public feedback.

    If your time permits, it's a very powerful tool.
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  • Profile picture of the author Onora Oz
    It depends on your website, your niche, your visitors...

    If you want a two-way communication, and are willing to build community around your site then comments are your best friend.

    In most (of my) niches you need social proof, but some niches don't need it. You should be a part of social craze in some because your visitors/prospects would like to know you are real. But some don't care. You get the idea.

    Actually, it's all about you and how you position your site. What are your expectations from your site?

    Edit: Oh, if you decide to allow comments make sure that
    1 - You are using a filter,
    2 - You don't spend lots of time monitoring comments,
    3 - Learn how to practice 'comment blacklist'.
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  • Profile picture of the author omk
    You can't really go wrong with comments. If everything that you're doing on your site is above board, I can't see why comments would hurt you. Just make sure you keep a tab on spammers and you should get benefits from the extra social points that comments bring.
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