How To Manage Comments On Your Blog

I love getting comments on my website. Comments are a good thing when it comes to blogging. As long as they add value, comments can help your rankings with the search engines. In this post, I will be sharing with you how to manage comments on your blog.

image courtesy of http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/Positive comments are always welcome. Let’s face it, as writers we enjoy hearing that our blog post has helped someone. And positive blog comments also reinforce your contents value. It lets other potential readers know that this post will benefit them.

Negative comments (those where someone disagrees with you) are also excellent for your post because it helps to generate discussion between you and the reader. When you respond to their comment, it starts a conversation.

Feedback both positive and negative can be a good thing. When people share their opinions, views, and ideas on a topic it helps to create interaction between you and your reader and helps to make your post more interesting as readers can see other points of view.  And many of these readers will come back often just to see if there is anything new. So this in itself is going to generate traffic.

One of the best things about blog comments is that they help to add content to your post. One of the things that I have learned about SEO is that Google loves quality content and the more you have the better. So if your article is only 400 words, down the road it may have up to 1000 words because of all the comments left by others and this is going to help you rank better with the search engines.

You want to make sure you use the Akismet plugin on your WordPress blog. Akismet is a WordPress anti spam plugin that is very effective. Akismet is awesome and will catch most of your spam. You will be able to catch any spam that was missed by simply reading the comments and approving, spamming or deleting them.

Spam comments or comments that are computer generated should be deleted right away as they don’t add any value and may keep the search engines from ranking your site.

Most spam is really obvious but sometimes people will write a post that really makes no sense at all. They just want to add their link. So if there is a link as part of their comment, it is probably spam. But not always.

Often I have people write a comment that is very relevant to my site and I know it would benefit my readers. But sometimes people include a link within their comment. I found an excellent solution to this. I simply click on the edit button and then I remove the link from the comment. Then I simply approve it.

Sometimes readers will comment simply by saying something like “nice post.” This doesn’t add any value to your post. But it isn’t really spam. So I would just simply delete it.

I only approve quality comments where the content is related to the topic being discussed.

I hope you found this information helpful. If you have any advice about managing comments, I would love to hear from you.

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15 Comments


  1. // Reply

    I think that value added by comments is a great way to generate traffic, since it is part of the post itself. Being able to use Akismet is a great way to moderate comments on your blog or website. I hope you the best in the future!
    Best wishes, Michael.


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      Thank you Michael. Yes Akismet is a huge help. I wish you the best as well.


  2. // Reply

    I appreciate the information on how to edit a visitor’s comment. I will use this when necessary. Since my site is new, I am leaving my positive comments that don’t meet your “quality” standards. Once I have more quality comments (and traffic), I will do as you suggest. Thanks again.


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      Your comment made me smile. Thank you for stopping by.:)


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    I too get some of them comments that just don’t make sense at all, that’s a bit frustrating in itself. I did not know you could remove links, you learn something new everyday. Very good article Wendy look forward to reading more of your articles. By the way I like the look of your website too, very easy to navigate.


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      Thank you Craig. I appreciate it. Yeah I learned I could remove the link a few months back. It is better then removing the entire post. It does get annoying. I don’t understand why they add the link to the body of the comment when their link shows up anyway when they submit it. This solution seems to work though.


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    This article re-affirms the way I am managing my comments. But, besides deleting spams, I never thought of deleting nice-post-like comments. I thought it’s only courteous to leave it there because it “looks” positive and maybe create good vibes (??) Then again, you are right about quality comments. Ideally, you want comments that are relevant to your article to keep the flow going.


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      I do leave some of the “good vibe” comments unless I can tell it is only to link drop. It is obvious when they haven’t read your post and they just want to leave a link. That is when I delete. If their comment feels genuine then I approve it, but just remove the link.


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    I totally agree. Comments should add value to the overall discussion. Sometimes I read stuff and then like to look at the comments below to see different sides and if anyone else agreed with my frame of thinking after reading the post. It is really important because sometimes we can write a post but might not be aware of certain things by which a “commentator” may give to us and other readers.


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      That is a great point Stephon. I actually do the same thing. Often people say what I’m thinking. Sometimes the conversation within the comments is more interesting than the article itself. 🙂


  6. // Reply

    Definitely agree with you on how much value comments give to your website. It really gives other visitors an impression that your website is an interactive experience and really makes it more welcoming to post a comment. Notice how it keeps repeating!


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      Yes I do notice. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Terence!


  7. // Reply

    It’s difficult to find well-informed people for this topic,
    but you seem like you know what you’re talking about!
    Thanks


  8. // Reply

    I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
    I do not know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you
    aren’t already 😉 Cheers!


  9. // Reply

    When it come to others leaving a post on my blog I love it as well. What you said it true that is the best time to see what your readers like by commenting back with them it also help with up sales. By reading the comments on your on blog you know what’s important to them. I have learn you have to give something to get something. I have a page on my blog that people can tell others about their opportunity.

    Others can read and comment on it be it bad or good I just don’t allow straight bashing any one. I know every thing is not for every body but we can play nice and say what we have to say.
    This also let’s me know what affiliate program is really working when others comment on them. So my members can respond only to the things in their niche with out email overload and no body likes that.

    Darryl Johnson
    One of a kind by design (home based business)

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