Article Comments - Which are Good? Which are Bad?

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June 21, 2016

Warriors, lately I have been getting loads of comments on my articles. Not to complain,,

Thankfully for Akismet, they are moderated for me and placed into spam for me to look through manually.

This is what I look for when picking good comments -

Comments that are longer, and sound genuine.

They are even greater when they include keywords or support the content.

Questions are another great thing to see in a comment.

With this said, I have never experienced so many "

Spam

" comments, and it do make picking legitimate ones harder.

What tips can you offer for comment moderation?

What are signs of bad comments? What are signs of good comments?

How beneficial are comments for SEO

Would love to hear from those with more experience.

Enjoy Your Day Everyone!

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June 21, 2016

I use Disqus. They have a wordpress plugin that works with their platform. Since I've installed it, i haven't gotten a single spam post.

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June 21, 2016

A lot of people know that when they post their comments on blogs like yours, that there is a good chance that they will get a lot of traffic for years.

The best solution for this is to get rid of this option and don't let people post on any of your blogs.

Unless you are greatly benefiting from this strategy of letting people post their comments, take it off.

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June 21, 2016

Put an anti-spam message on the comment form to deter manual spammers. i.e. "If you are a spammer F off" or words to that effect.

Make sure it is abundantly clear from any post you publish that the commenter has read your article, or is replying to a previous comment.

Don't ever publish one-liners like 'Great article' 'I have bookmarked this post' etc - if the comment is generic in any way, trash it!

Copy the IP's from comments like these and ban them with a plug-in or .htaccess file asap

Use a spambot honeypot link on your site

Someone suggested Disqus, an idea perhaps, but it may cost you in terms of genuine commenter's who are not going to bother to sign up just to leave a comment, they will just go elsewhere, I do.

SEO? Who knows? who cares? Get a few thousand comments of your own published and you won't have to worry about it, and that traffic will likely be laser-targeted to boot!

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June 21, 2016

Why would this be a bad thing?

I know the traffic would not be for myself, but that traffic has already came to me. If a lot of traffic is directing from your website, wouldn't that mean you already have a high flow of traffic?

I would think that would be a welcoming trade. Provide me a valuable comment, and you can have your website attached to your comment.

Should It matter if the website they post is related to your content? I would assume it doesn't matter if these are Nofollow links.

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June 21, 2016

Not going to make a bit of difference. Most spam is automated with software anyways, spammers never see any "message".

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June 21, 2016

Completely agree.. Since alot of my content is for personal development and I want to keep it a positive place, I don't think messages like this before the comments would be fitting.

Seems that Akismet is taking out a lot of the spam, and only missing a few.

After searching the settings I noticed a bot feature that wasn't enabled. Hopefully this takes care of the user registrations I am getting,,, egh..

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June 21, 2016

What are signs of bad comments? What are signs of good comments?

It's easy to spot a spammer as they will usually try to hyperlink a specific keyword/phrase within the comment. A spammer will also use a keyword as their 'name' rather than using a site name or real name.

A good comment will be lengthy and related to the content, not just a one line, 'thank you' type comment.

How beneficial are comments for SEO?

Comments add new content to existing blog pages and help keep your pages fresh and relevant. Also, with every comment there is a chance your reader will use a relevant keyword that will help your page(s) rank higher in Google search.

Hope these tips help.

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June 21, 2016

In a similar thread on this topic not long ago, some one mentioned, keeping the spam comments, and just taking out their links. Just keeping the text. One way to use their "content".

Although, from what I usually see is that the comments are often total junk, don't make sense or full of unrelated keywords. Some one must be selling alot of handbags somewhere

Than again, maybe we can learn from their linking strategies. LOL

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June 21, 2016

Or steal and improve their strategies!

I have also thought about that, not stealing strategies though, ha ha! I have thought about picking out irrelevant comments and leaving the ones with actual good keyword usage. If the website they link to is not related, then simply remove that from their comments...

Sounds reasonable to me! Sometimes it is hard for us to differ between spam and sincere, so I guess SEO would only be affected negatively if the content was irrelevant.

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June 21, 2016

For me I can spot them easy because they are SO generic. Obviously they do that so the comment could stick on just about any blog. The other thing is the links. Like some one with a deer antler powder site/page is not promoting.

As for improve their strategies, maybe. I've looked through some of the links at times and it doesn't make sense to me, how they link, what they link to ect. Either they don't know what they are doing, or they have alot more advanced SEO backlinking knowledge than I am aware of.

But ya, using their content, less links, could be helpful. I was just thinking, it could help just to have more comments, help with social proof, make your blog look more active, like there must be a reason so many people visit? Nothing worst than a blog with no comments.

At the end of the day, I guess we just need to remember, it's pretty much all automated, they don't care if they stick or not, it doesn't require work or time on their part, and because they probably have a good probability of at least some of them sticking.

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