Most of your comments will either be caught and deleted. Some search-engines are now capable of recognizing blogs that deliver "spam comments" to other blogs and push them WAY DOWN in search results!
Are "comments" overrated? Are comments important or not? Let's take a look!It seems the debate will forever rage on about "comments" and their klout (if any) and effectiveness (if any) for both blogs and newspaper/magazine websites.
I have left comments with web links back to my blog (that were approved, comment + link) that appeared in what many would consider "high profile" URLS: among them, RollingStone.com and the New York Times. This is within the last 7 days... in going through sitemeter and Google tracking reports I was surprised to see how LITTLE traffic these links actually generated. (1) They were not "buried" with hundreds of other comments and (2) I would think anyone interested in the original articles I commented on would have followed through, if even for a landing page second, to view my link. Apparently, such was not the case.
So how valuable are these comments? Well, they may possibly impact SEO and PR in the future. That's all.
A reader/blogger left a comment for me on Thursday morning which I responded to - unfortunately the possibility of continuing any meaningful dialog with that individual was stymied by his commenting system - Disqus. Here's a little screengrab for ya:
I would recommend if you are on Facebook, even if you don't use it that much, you do what I do: sign in to Facebook as soon as you jump online. A lot of sites (including this humble weblog) are now using the "Facebook Comments" system. I added it as an experiment after reading how other blogs and websites found it valuable in eliminating comment spam. It shall remain, along with the built-in blogspot commenting infrastructure, which I am so glad I've kept intact over the years. It has been quite reliable, and unlike Haloscan (which I had as an alternate commenting option for several years), it's not likely to be discontinued or overhauled into some crappy "pay" model!
"run your own analysis on your traffic and determine exactly how many people are scrolling down the page to read comments. Then figure out how much you’re spending to maintain comment communities that are civil, vibrant, and not an embarassment sitting just below your own work. I bet once you run all the numbers, you’d discover you’d be saving money simply by not having comments at all. (You’d probably save a bundle on therapy for authors alone.)" ~ ANIMAL
Hang on, bloggers! There is a better way:
Handling Negative Comments
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