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Allowing Blog Comments and Hurting On Page SEO

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by InsanelySane, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. InsanelySane

    InsanelySane Power Member

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    I typically do not allow comments on my sites because of the way it messes with your on page seo. Simply put you cannot control keyword density.

    I excel at on page seo and have everything down to exact percentiles to rank with usually the fewest of links. So its kind of stupid to mess with it.

    However, I have a blog trying to push a CB product and allowing comments would probably help with conversions due to social proof, etc.

    Has anyone noticed ranking loss or issues/solutions when allowing comments to posts/pages?
     
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  2. rvasque0

    rvasque0 Newbie

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    i have been wondering about adding comments to my own sites looking at the competition i can see they have allowed comments and are ranking well for high competition kw so im not sure if quality comments effect seo if added correctly

    also maybe try to add a iframe comment box like fb comments or disqus which get read by g00gle but not effect seo
     
  3. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator in Training Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Well this is a tough one. If you do not allow comments on your website, then you'll have traffic but you may not have a high conversion rate. However, if you allow comments on your website, you'll have high traffic but you may have a lower conversion rate. If you could, try disabling blog comments for a few months and enable them again once you start getting traffic. From there, just closely monitor any changes in traffic or conversions.
     
  4. praetserge

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    I hope OP will realise how pathetic his comment is: "I typically do not allow comments on my sites because of the way it messes with your on page seo. Simply put you cannot control keyword density."
    You're running your blog for real people (hopefully) and if it's beneficial then you should let them comment... keyword density is a term created by human imagination... Have you asked Google about your keyword density?
     
  5. InsanelySane

    InsanelySane Power Member

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    The words of someone who has no idea what they're doing.

    If you think keyword density does not effect SERP rankings then you do no know effective use of on page seo.

    The second part of your post makes little to no sense either.
     
  6. randomblackguy

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    in my opinion comments = free content so it's good for you, however you are right about the kw density but that's easy to fix...

    if you think you'll have a high number of comments on your page why not start with 2% kw density so the comments will decrease it to the 1.5% you need :D
     
  7. mahamad3

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    Google is not stupid to penalty you for keyword stuffing in comments, one of the websites I do SEO for, got a very positive movement after adding comments option to the website, I don't say comments help to get higher SERP, but I am saying it had no negative effect.
     
  8. SEO Power

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    I was about to say "keyword density doesn't affect SEO unless negatively" until I saw your reply to one of the posts above. Since you believe it does and it works for you, I'm not gonna say otherwise.

    That said, enabling comments on your blog won't reduce your chances of ranking high for your target keyword. There are many ranking factors Googke takes into consideration while ranking sites and keyword density, if it's not obsolete yet, is a relatively trifling one, much like a ranking factor any unsophisticated search engine would use.

    Comments have the benefit of making your site look fresh, both the page the comments are posted on and your site overall, so your site will benefit from the freshness boost.

    While I don't pay attention to keyword density or include my target keyword more than once or twice in my articles (apart from the title and alt tag), I'd advise that you keep it under 1%. And if your articles are ranked, they will maintain their positions whether your keyword density is diluted by comments or not.
     
  9. jollyman

    jollyman Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    It is the smart way to gain ******** links but keep your focus on writing quality contents rather than building backlinks for your site which may end up in getting your site penalized.
    Enabling commenting on blogs can negatively affect the hosting if not done carefully. Lot of automated bots post spammy comments, leading to comment spam.

    Here are some tips to best practice blog comments,

    Always enable moderation don't allow anyone to post spammy comments.
    delete comments which is linking to other spammy sites.
    Delete comments which are poor in grammar.
    delete comments that adds no value to your blog.
     
  10. Zwielicht

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    Here's an alternative if you're using a self-hosted Wordpress: edit the comments. In the rare case that you find a spam comment that is relevant to your article, just remove the link and correct the spelling and grammar. You can then approve the comment once it is nice and clean.