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Do comments on a WP blog help SERPS?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by rocsk79, May 20, 2010.

  1. rocsk79

    rocsk79 BANNED BANNED

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    The reason why I ask is I have an adult blog that has been taking off in these past couple of months going from 0 hits a day to around 800 UVs a day within the span of 5 months and it has recently been bombarded with spam comments (like hundreds a week. damn you scrapebox LOL)

    Im on the verge of turning off comments instead of having to go through and delete these week after week.

    do comments help you in serps? I would say half of my traffic is organic at this point and half is from social media. If turning off comments wont hurt my organic traffic I want to do it.
     
  2. BlakHut

    BlakHut Newbie

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    Just put a catpcha haha
     
  3. rocsk79

    rocsk79 BANNED BANNED

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    ah that WOULD help. I didnt know you could do that....is it a built in feature in WP or a plugin I need to grab?
     
  4. data84

    data84 Junior Member

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    I tought that's the only thing blog commenting was useful for. If not for getting help in your SERPS why do it? For traffic? that wouldn't make much sense.
     
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    TwistedMarketing Regular Member

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  6. areyouserious

    areyouserious Registered Member

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    Fresh content ? Both readers and search engines reward fresh content with repeat visits. From a search engine perspective, that means your site can be crawled more frequently, allowing your new content to become searchable more quickly. Fresh content is also indicative of a more authoritative web site.



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  7. areyouserious

    areyouserious Registered Member

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    If you?ve been wondering whether or not you should allow comments on your company blog, allow me to add some fodder for your decision making analysis. Comments on your blog help you optimize your website and make it easier to be found for more key phrases and for the key phrases you are already targeting. How is that, you ask?

    Glad you asked. It?s real simple.

    The search engines love content. The more the content, the merrier (although Ask and MSN limit the amount of data on a page that they will index). In other words, that 300-word blog post you wrote yesterday will get more search engine traction when it has 25 comments on it.

    There are three ways blog comments help you:

    • Blog commentators will use the same key phrases in their comments that you used in your blog post. That will mean more instances of the keyword on the page and therefore you are more likely to be found for that key phrase.

      Blog commentators will also use related key phrases that you didn?t use in your blog post. That will result in your blog post being found for key phrases that you didn?t target.

      Thirdly, some blog posts, like forum posts, appear as separate pages in the search engines. Note that I said ?some?. In order for your blog posts to appear as separate pages they?ll have to be threaded and coded just so.
      Blog comments help you optimize your company?s website. I strongly encourage you to allow comments on your company blog to increase your search engine optimization.
     
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  8. agente808

    agente808 Regular Member

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    Use the Askimet plugin that comes pre-installed by default - better than regular captcha.
     
  9. simit

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    As long as the comments are adding 'relevant' content to the page it should be beneficial as it's growing the 'user generated content' vibe on that post/page. If they're just flat out posting a 1 - 2 liner with an irrelevant link, I sure that would be a bad instance of comment approval.
     
  10. rocsk79

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    no there completely hyperlinked to some knock off gucci bag offer and shit like taht. Nothing but spam. about 20% of the comments are real at this point.
     
  11. Fwiffo

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    I've heard it mentioned by google that linking to "bad neighborhoods" (ie the spammy sites we make:)) is a negative

    I've seen it from another thread on here (data from the SEO lab? forget the name) that backlinking to relevant sites can be helpful for seo

    So if you had a site on underwater kickboxing, and were linking to gambling / adult / malware sites, google would likely knock you down in the SERPs

    If on the same site, you were linking to underwater kickboxing sites, competitions, associations, equipment, etc. then you'd likely get a boost in the SERPs

    How this relates to adult blogs and sites, (where the link could be sort of both?) I'm not sure

    I personally turn comments completely off or screen as well as Askiment, however I don't have any properties in your market so can't speak first hand.

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    Not to get all DP and quote google, but see:

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    http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=35769
    search for "bad neighborhoods" on the page -it's under Quality Guidelines - Basic Principles

    In my personal opinion, 90% of these "basic principles" Google would like to see but really has a hard time enforcing. The only one it really can easily notice is "In particular, avoid links to web spammers or "bad neighborhoods" on the web, as your own ranking may be affected adversely by those links."
     
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  12. BlakHut

    BlakHut Newbie

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    Home Page:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-recaptcha/

    or

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-hashcash/

    + Akismet of course.
     
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