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Lot's of website comments - best indexation practice?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by albaniax, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. albaniax

    albaniax Elite Member

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    Hey folks,

    Let take an example a website with lot's of products.

    Now each product has lot's of short 1-2 sentences comments from users. After 5 comments, it goes to the next page:
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    /product-a?comments-page2
    /product-a?comments-page3
    etc.
    Sometimes there might be even 20-30 comment-pages * 5 comments per site.


    What do you think would be the best case for the indexation and usage as further content from these comments?


    Currently the comment-pages have rel="next", and "prev". Otherwise they all have a canonical-tag to the main-product URL with only 5 comments, which is the only one indexed.

    Do you think it would be a better idea to for example, make a new URL just for Google indexation with:
    So this URL would be in the canonical-tag which has ALL comments at ONE page?
    This url wouldn't be linked for the users, just in the canonical-tag I thought.

    The only concern I have with this is, there are over 200 URLs which have over 50 comment pages, which would make more than maybe 2.000 words on one page! (LoadingSpeed)
    Maybe this can be fixed with an cap of let's say 25 comments, then next page.

    Any ideas appreciated!

    Regards,
    Albaniax
     
  2. BacklinksAce

    BacklinksAce Registered Member

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    Definitely increase the number of comments displayed on each page. Helps to bulk the page out - just 5 comments per page results in a lot of thin, useless pages.
     
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    parnchi Regular Member

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    There Should be atleast 10 comments On Each page!!
     
  4. theseo1

    theseo1 Newbie

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    I think there are 2 solutions:

    1) Increase the comment count per page
    2) Interlink with a 'page2 of comments' or something like that if a page moves down. You mentioned you have the rel tag in there, the interlinking should actually do the job already when it comes to indexing.
     
  5. albaniax

    albaniax Elite Member

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    Thanks guys, I'll definitely increase the amount of comments per page.

    There was also a typo on the top, it would be more then 10.000 words per page if I combine all comments on the pages. Neil Pattison has many articles with up to 14.000 words per url which works great.

    Otherwise I was thinking more if I should let Google crawl these other comment-pages at all, or not (noindex, canonical-tag to the main page)
     
  6. SEO Power

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    Set the main product urls to display more than 5 comments per page. Change it to something around 20 comments per page. Also, build links to the urls for deeper indexing.