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How do comments effect SEO ?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by otherwhrl, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. otherwhrl

    otherwhrl BANNED BANNED

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    I'm debating if I should disable the comments feature on my movie sites, but wondering if this is a bad idea for SEO purposes. I imagine that comments aren't that critical, but then again, i'm no expert on SEO.

    Any thoughts/feedback?
     
  2. Method

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    If they are comments which add something about your niche, keep them.
     
  3. otherwhrl

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    Thanks , but can you elaborate a bit more? Why, because it will improve my SEO ranking? Or something else?

    Basically I want to avoid negative comments and spam

     
  4. Dangazzm

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    He is saying to moderate them, if they are spam mark them as such. You can get comments that add to your keyword density and increase your relevancy for the keyword... I find that for the most part this just isn't the case though so if you want an easier job in maintaining the site... go for it just disable them.
     
  5. otherwhrl

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    Thanks for clarifying. Yeah, i'm definitely looking for the BEST value for my time and efforts.

    Thanks again to both of you guys

     
  6. nodoubtgq79

    nodoubtgq79 Junior Member

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    comments can deliver at least 2 things

    1. fresh content to the pages so Googlebot keeps on coming back

    2. other content with new keywords that you may not have thought of...and you can probably start ranking for because someone included it in their comments
     
  7. squelsh

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    Both of these things. I've noticed Google likes pages with comments. I was even thinking about comment spamming myself.
     
  8. mdvaldosta

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    Comments are a good thing, so long as they're relevant to your topic. They're especially useful if you don't have alot of content in your actual post. I'd imagine, being a movie blog, you're probably not posting 400 word articles. I'd keep the comments, making sure to moderate out the ones that say "good post" and the like.
     
  9. otherwhrl

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    hmmm... interesting. I know comments WILL help on some level.to what degree i'm not clear. although, i can say for sure I personal discover sites which have use keywords within the forum and/or comments post

    thanks!

     
  10. otherwhrl

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    I guess there's no way around the work involved with weeding out crap posts?

    oh well

    thanks!
     
  11. brutang

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    the Aksimet plugin for wp helps weed through some auto spam junk, but not all. you will need to check em out now and then and delete any that slipped through spam filters. Comments are free, fresh content.. an added bonus it is makes your blog look popular, and other people may comment on someone elses comment.. :)
     
  12. otherwhrl

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    True,

    i guess the idea of sifting thru comments on a network of sites TOTALLY turns me off.:p then again, it can be outsourced...


     
  13. the_punisher

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    keep the comments... most of my pages rank because of the content posted in comments.

    and be sure to get a good anti spam system
     
  14. killxp

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    Hello otherwhrl,

    Please keep in mind these are just my opinions. No one outside of the group of people who right the code for search engines really know what matters and what doesn't. I offer only my thoughts from my own experiences.

    On-page SEO is very basic and limited. You can try to pick domain names that have your target keyword in it. You can tag your keywords and you can make sure that they show up on your site somewhere. As far as keyword density goes, I think it is completely useless.

    Think about it, what does keyword density say about your site? It does not make it more relevant, it does not improve the quality, it really does not mean squat as far as everything a search engine is looking for. Yeah, it is probably important that target keywords are on your page somewhere but beyond that you should be fine.

    Also, you should probably just disable commenting if you have a network of sites to moderate over. In my opinion, most commenting is going to be spam and if anyone really offers anything of value it would be with the price of their link at the end. Instead of outsourcing moderation you should outsource content.

    Whether it is for your site specifically or just about movies in generally you can always spin each article hundreds of times and submit them to hundreds of article directories. Spend more time getting backlinks and less time with on-page seo.

    Just my thoughts.

    Kind Regards,
    killxp
     
  15. Method

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    Sorry I was in a bit of rush on my last post! Indeed moderate - why not even choose a list of words related to your niche and then write / outsource a little coding so that you only accept comments if those words are contained in the comment. There might even be a plugin somewhere that already does this or I may have just thought of something new - I doubt it!

    OK it's not perfect but if you're on the brink of turning them off anyway, then that's probably the best idea because they'll be adding to your website whilst preventing any automated comments. Hmmm now that's got me thinking...
     
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    As long as they don't involve outgoing links and the comments are of high quality I think they are a great addition to almost any site - especially a product page or review page for example. Any time visitors / customers can generate content for you it is a win situation.
     
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  17. otherwhrl

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    Hey I appreciate your comments.

    Excellent idea concerning having code written(or researching a plug) that will accept certain related keywords.However, I would imagine this would have to be one intelligent plugin.

    Great feedback.

     
  18. otherwhrl

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    True indeed.

    Thanks!
     
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    Comments are good for your site in terms of SEO but you moderate them. Google pays a lot of attention to fresh content and comments are that - fresh content. Just make sure you take care of the spam and the comments that are not related to your topic.
     
  20. otherwhrl

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    Hey, what's up Southbay Bro (In the Eastbay)


    Good feedback.
    Your comments regarding "Instead of outsourcing moderation you should outsource content. " brings alot of ideas to mind (including the basics you have mentioned...)

    For my network of sites I could easily outsource a significant portion of my comments, thereby insuring the quality of keyword density.

    Much more than that your advice about more focus on content I think is key.

    Thanks again