Do you allow People to comment on your blog with Links?

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Howdy,

As , I have a very lucrative Gaming Niche , that invloves a lot of discussion ; I get quite a few comments. Mind you most of them are blocked by Akismet. But some people who post comments , that are unique to the article ; so no Scrapebox. But usually , I remove the link I feel i'm being cheated. Perhaps if it was a very well thought out post I might leave it in , but these kind of didn't match that criteria. Plus most of them link to my competitors.

I guess I could add a Rel=no follow to the comment section. Not sure , what do you think? If anyone of you run a sucesfull type blog and get a fair amount of comments per day. Can help me?

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    I run blogs and forums and don't allow any.
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  • Profile picture of the author Seth Bias
    I never allow links in my blogs or forums. Cause once you do word gets out and you'll be flocked.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vicki Ables
    I started a blog about a month ago, so am a total newbie, but have learned A LOT. My traffic is building, but most comments are definitely spam and I mean lines of keywords, which I block of course. I wrote a semi sarcastic post about SPAM. I understand needing to promote your site, I do too. I don't have a problem with a relevant post and a website, but I think shameless plugging is like coming over to my house and taking a big dump on the carpet. (Which I prefer you don't do.) This is my first post, but have been reading for a while. Thank you for all the great info and ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronaldmd
    I allow people to add links, but it's nofollow. Also, if the comment is spammy or looks spammy, I disapprove it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Casper C
    I allow people to add links if it's genuine contribution, i.e. a related post. When it comes to using the comments section for the sake of getting backlinks, well, it's quite obvious when that's happening and I tend to disallow it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Wilson
    I always allow if the comment makes sense and if it is helpful and at least 100 words long.

    I don't ever allow spaming and making cheesy comments such as good website I really like ***.
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    • You should develop your own standards.

      For example, even if it's a genuine comment pertinent to the post in question, I never allow links to Fiverr clone sites. I made the decision long ago to never send people there.

      So you need to decide what you want to lend legitimacy to. If you allow a link to a site, it's like voting for it or even endorsing it.

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  • Profile picture of the author Val Wilson
    If the comment adds some genuine value to the post, and is not just a "Thanks for the great article" type garbage, then I approve it. But I have to say that it is rare that it is anything other than just an obvious attempt to get a link.
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  • Profile picture of the author absolutelee
    Virtually all comments on blogs are spam. Here's why. Take a look at a blog that you know is not getting much traffic. Few comments. Take a look at a blog that's big...like John Chow's blog...massive comments. Why? Backlinks from high PR blogs. Having said that, it seems that Google looks for outbound links as well as inbound links. So, according to the niche and the comment, I think you should allow some, even if they're a bit spammy.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanyu
    I am selective to allow links in comments.

    If it's useful links with helpful comments for my visitors,
    I accept the comments with the links even if it contains the competitors url.
    Of course with nofollow.

    I believe if your website can provide your visitors a full of helpful information even from the comments, your visitors will keep coming back to your site.

    At least that's my philosophy for my websites
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  • Profile picture of the author sunray
    I think it's a little dishonest to remove the link, while keeping the comment. If you keep it, that's surely because it's not just spam. It adds value to the blog, and the owner wants it there.
    The person took the time to write it, and the cost he/she expects in return, is that link. If the link goes, the whole comment should go with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author stephenwaldo
    It's worth noting that Google spreads the flow of PR from a page evenly across every link on that page, whether they're nofollow links or not, it just doesn't pass PR to the nofollowed links.

    So, in other words, say you have 4 links on page A linking to page B

    Link 1 - follow - 25% PR flow
    Link 2 - follow - 25% PR flow
    Link 3 - follow - 25% PR flow
    Link 4 - follow - 25% PR flow

    Okay, now what happens if you nofollow 1 of the 4 links from page A to page B? You might think that each link gets more PR flow, but that's not the case at all; it works like this:

    Link 1 - follow - 25% PR flow
    Link 2 - nofollow - 0% PR flow
    Link 3 - follow - 25% PR flow
    Link 4 - follow - 25% PR flow

    See? Each link still only gets 25% flow of PR, but the nofollowed link gets none of the PR.

    So, what does all this have to do with blog commenting?

    Well, it means that for every comment with a link on it, you're deducting the power of all the other links on that page, including the internal links, EVEN IF you nofollow the links. Any competitors linked to from within a nofollowed comment link won't be receiving any PR flow, but they'll still be counted as receiving that link.

    As far as whether it's 'morally right' to leave the links intact...It's your website, your property, your business, do with it whatever you want. If people are trying to make money off of your website, it's 100% your prerogative as to whether you allow it or not.

    My 2 cents.

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  • Profile picture of the author aeri
    I started my blog about a month ago, and I get pretty much those spam comments all the time. I would not mind letting people have a backlink at all as long as they show that they read my article by at least articulating one of the points they agree or disagree upon...but no one's been doing that, so I pretty much have ZERO comments that aren't related to the articles I sent out
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  • Profile picture of the author FitnessNut
    I choose not to in order to preserve link juice
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  • Profile picture of the author murrad
    I run a blog and won't allow links in comments. I was allowing sometimes back but can't handle it...it generates good traffic but they are not genuine visitors..once I stopped it...I started to get good and valuable visitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author satrap
    I am very strict on links in comments. However, I do allow links if they are truly relevant and do add something extra to the post.
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  • Profile picture of the author jeresteem99
    If you add one spammy comments... Then the rest follow.

    Thats what happen to my site.
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  • Profile picture of the author iceberg81
    No, I don't allow. In 99% of cases they are just spam who wants a quick backlink. I allow only content relevant, useful comments.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    I have almost given up on sorting out blog comments that go to spam altogether, I feel that if they have gone to spam and they are not spam they are more then likely considered spam somewhere else down the line.

    Cheers,

    Dan
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  • Profile picture of the author BudgetSEO
    Absolutely not, it'd only mean blackening my blogs image in the public.
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  • Profile picture of the author AllanWard
    There's lots of different opinions here. There are some pros and cons to allowing links in comments.

    My advice is to develop your own set of blog commenting rules and publish them on your post. Tell people that you want them to leave lots of comments, but you have some standards around what is and what isn't acceptable. I have a feeling Tim Ferriss has something like this on his blog (notice I didn't leave a link here!).

    Once your rules are in place, make sure you enforce them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Samrath Gupta
    i never allow anyone to post their website links on my websits or blogs.. Doing this is like giving your visitors to someone else man !!
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidWincent
    Using rel=nofollow is better choice as it will control spams to the certain extent.
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  • Profile picture of the author Webkingseo
    I allowed people to make some good comments.
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  • Profile picture of the author infoway
    Originally Posted by simplybeastz View Post

    Howdy,

    As , I have a very lucrative Gaming Niche , that invloves a lot of discussion ; I get quite a few comments. Mind you most of them are blocked by Akismet. But some people who post comments , that are unique to the article ; so no Scrapebox. But usually , I remove the link I feel i'm being cheated. Perhaps if it was a very well thought out post I might leave it in , but these kind of didn't match that criteria. Plus most of them link to my competitors.
    I guess I could add a Rel=no follow to the comment section. Not sure , what do you think? If anyone of you run a sucesfull type blog and get a fair amount of comments per day. Can help me?
    Thanks
    I won't allow links to illegal sites and that is clearly stated on the comment policy. I usually delete the link but publish the comment just to show to the commenter that the link is not allowed. This way, the commenter will know that you appreciate his contribution to the discussion except the link of course, thus next time a different and appropriate link may be inserted on his comments.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamescanz
    Heck no.

    99% of comments I got were spam, so that stopped quickly

    I prefer FB for interacting and commenting
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    I always delete the links, but I leave the comments.

    These links make your blog seem to publish spam comments. If you’ll be indifferent, your visitors will believe that you don’t care about what kind of comments people leave at your blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author andyjbenson
    I do allow it on my blog but again ONLY if it's a genuine post that contributes. I'm afraid "Fab Post!" and then a link to a viagra site doesn't cut it for me!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert02011
    I allow all comments even if they aren`t related to my content as they still bring in traffic.And you never know when people are interested in what you are offering.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Gram
    I used to not but recently changed that. They can't put links in the comment area itself but I'm perfectly happy with them linking to their site with their name as anchor text as long as they leave a good, legit comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author CindyPink
    I'm all up for link luv, but if it's gonna put a bad vibe on your site / blog, then obviously this can'[t be tolerated.

    But I have seen the same things on my blog, where I get a great comment, but the link it totally out of context, even offensive to some. I usually just delete the comment completely, as I know it's not really bringing any value to both my site and the readers.

    If your content is worth reading, you shouldn't have to debate if the comment is worth posting, I think the link someone puts in there tells you how much they were really trying to contribute to your post.
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    • Profile picture of the author livitweb
      Well, I would have allowed links in comments, particularly if the comments seem genuine and relevant. However, most of the comments are filtered by Akismet, and most of those that do get through do not have good comments, you know, those great post! comment types which I don't think are genuine. I would have wanted to sort through all the comments and choose ones that I would allow, but as there's too many of them, I do not have the time to do so, which is why I just don't allow them anymore.
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