Should You Disable Blog Comments on Your Blog?

Blogs have multiple purposes. They are a place for bloggers to share their thoughts and opinions in order to be viewed as a thought leader on a certain topic or within a certain industry. They have SEO benefits because the search engines love new content. Since a blog is typically updated regularly, it ensures that the search engines come back to the website to index the page. While not always viewed as such, blogs are also part of the social media world. In fact, blogs were a place for people to share and communicate with each other long before Facebook and Twitter existed. This is because blogs typically allow, and encourage, visitors to make comments. However, it seems like recently more and more blogs are disabling comments from their blog. Is this the right approach? Let’s take a look at some pros and cons to disabling blog comments.

PROS

Saves time
Lots of time needs to be dedicated to a blog in order to get any value out of it. It takes time to brainstorm topics to write about, write the post, edit it, find a picture to go along with it, post it, and promote it. If you allow blog comments on your blog, it takes additional time to monitor them and respond to those that took the time to comment.

Don’t have to deal with comment spam
Unfortunately a lot of blog comments are spam. They contribute nothing to the conversation, are poorly written, and sometimes aren’t even written in English. It’s annoying to have to weed through them, especially when you have more important things to do.

No place for competitors to promote
Some people take advantage of the blog comments section in order to get a link. If your blog is influential and gets lots of traffic, competitors might try to sneak in there and promote their services.

CONS

No discussion
Sometimes the best part of a blog post is the discussion that follows, especially if it’s about a controversial topic. The reader can get additional information by reading the comments. It also has SEO benefits because keywords that the blog post targeted will be used naturally throughout the comment section.

No opportunity to connect
Business networking is important in any industry. People that post comments on a blog can become business contacts and you never know when that connection may come in handy.

Bad rep
Blog visitors will notice that you don’t allow comments and will wonder why. Are you too lazy to monitor and respond to comments? Do you not care what anyone else thinks? Are you afraid of what people will say?

All blogs are different. While it may be OK for some to disable comments, for others it’s probably not a smart idea. In order to decide, take a look at who is actually commenting. If it’s all just competitors looking for links that might be reason to disable, but if it’s actual clients and customers or other industry insiders actually contributing to the conversation it’s probably best to continue to allow comments.

About Nick Stamoulis of Brick Marketing

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38 Responses to Should You Disable Blog Comments on Your Blog?

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  2. orchard bank says:

    Thank you for your very detailed explanation about pros and cons of disabling blog commenting on your blog. Great Post! Very useful information for any blogger.

  3. Don’t have to deal with comment spam.I think it or to deal with.

    • Kurt Gross says:

      I posted in August that this post helped me decide to open my site. I am not seeing that many posts. It may be due to the type of site I have. It may not encourage online discussion via blogging commentary.

      What we do it provide personal concierge service to dental care patients traveling to Costa Rica for dental care to save money.

      I saved $8,100 and seeing the need for reliable information about international dental vacations in Costa Rica, I started a blog in June. Now I have a few more and have started helping another dentist get word out about his clinic.

      I would love to hear someone discuss the differences in ‘blog posts’ and ‘comments’. I am not clear on the differences. I see the ‘Comment’ section at my site http://costaricadentistreviews.com but I don’t see the ‘blog’ link.

      Maybe I don’t have my site setup correctly?

      I need a better understanding of just how to turn on the blog feature. What am I missing?

      Thanks to all the helpful tips here on this blog.

      Kurt Gross

  4. Cory says:

    I just monitor my blogs comments and only allow a certain few to go through. It’s really tough to pick out the gems among all the spam. I allow only a few to go through. Most sites also have “no follow” links anyway. So what good would it do to post spam if its not going to be tracked by google. You may get a little extra traffic, but in the end it will just cost you. Even my post here can be considered spam because I entered my website name. It seems now that a lot of forms ask for a website name, so I include it when I can. Why not? At least this comment is written by a real human and not a bot.

  5. This is a good article and offer some helpful information for me,thank you!

  6. Thanks for sharing…you don’t need to stop commenting on your blogs..but you just need to aware from comments spammers.

    Thanks

  7. this article is help for me

  8. Thanks Brick Marketing for an insightful article about blog commenting. Sometimes it is annoying to take the time to weed through spam comments, but in the end I think it is worth it to allow comments.

  9. If you haven’t got the time to moderate comments you shouldn’t run a blog. Also if you have the akismet plugin installed it catches most of the comment spam anyway.

  10. Excellent article. It is self-defeating to block comments on your blogs. The idea of blogging is to encourage interactivity so blocking interactivity just does not make sense. Granted, it takes time to sift through these blog comments but it is worth it. Take time out during the day to look at the comments, edit them for grammar and brevity, then approve them.

  11. Dan Reed says:

    In my opinion, blog commenting is necessary and creates dialog, especially if you reply back to your readers, hence traffic and returning visitors. My recommendations include Growmap Anti Spambot plugin (GASP), totally eliminates bots and a huge timesaver, Simple Trackback Validation plugin, eliminates Spam trackbacks, CommentLuv plugin, rewards readers with their link to last blogpost, KeywordLuv plugin, Rewards commentators by separating their name from their keywords, in the link to their website, giving them improved anchor text and finally DoFollow plugin. But only my humble opinion….:)

  12. H Stephen says:

    Your article is helpful. I like to comment on many sites that offer blogs. The result is extraordinary because it sends links back to your site.
    This is one good tool for many people are looking to boost traffic on their website.

  13. We enjoy the genuine (and even the commercial) comments we get and they sometimes provide ideas for future blog items. The spam finder works very well so it doesn’t take more than seconds to check and delete inappropriate comments.

    My site deals with career counselling, career development and job hunting so there are lots of people out there with “specialist” knowledge of my topics and strong opnions.

  14. On my blogs I have gone to disqus http://disqus.com/greensboronc so I can use on most blogs and easy to comment and let you have a profile so far so good.

  15. Sama says:

    I love comments, the comments in my website encourages me to write more posts and I get to know what are their requirements.

  16. thaios says:

    Allowing coments could alternate the keyword density of a post?If yes, when a post is receiving many comments should be upgraded to a page?

  17. Vishwas says:

    It’s not a good idea to disable comments. Pages need to look dynamic and vibrant. It that’s lacking, people just might not find interest in anything you write.

  18. Yes, allowing comments on a blog is to our advantage. I’ve answered many questions for people who are just curious about my ideas, but I have also done business from the comment form. Wax carving techniques are hard to describe and share in writing, but answering questions can be very rewarding work. Margie Mersky

  19. AsiaGypsy says:

    I agree with Dan Reed and his short list of plugins. If you disable comments [in most cases] then you should not be blogging. A blog is about communicating your ideas to others. To be able to expand your blog comments and feedback are required to help with new ideas. Spam is an everyday thing on the internet which just needs to be dealt with. I moderate all comments and allow SEO type linkers if they say something sensible.

  20. I personally think blog commenting is a great way for others to communicate with you. Spam can be a pain, but there are ways to minimize it.

  21. gintas says:

    Well I think approve comments manually would be the solution. I always can look if comment makes sense or its about viagra pills.

  22. How about allowing comments but remove the option for website or any html tag insertion ? that may also be a way to find out how many people are genuinely interested in your blog.

  23. Zoyanny says:

    It is quite problematic mind for ma some time and many of my friend as site developer said the same about decision to let comment in a site page. However comment are useful for interactive online media. For me I decided to please my site visitor to comment on it

  24. Kurt Gross says:

    Thanks. I’m new to WordPress blog sites, and I wasn’t clear on whether to allow comments. You’ve helped me decide TO ALLOW them.

    Thanks, again,

    Kurt Gross

  25. matt says:

    i’m all for disabling blog posts. though if you get a good enough spam filter it really isn’t an issue

  26. P Courtney says:

    Good article regarding pros and cons although the majority of comments are in favor of allowing comments. I have a few blogs that possibly don’t lend themselves to blog commenting and don’t have time to filter spam.
    Cheers

  27. Tomas says:

    While I greatly enjoy the comments (eagerly look to them)I factually never respond directly. Your post helped me to grasp what my blog art by Tomas was loosing due such approach. Thank you for so convincing post. I will try to blog more consciously from now on

  28. Personally, blog comments make sensible discussion,although it would take time but definitely builds relationships. Yes, there are lots of spam comments posted but moderating posted replies would prevent them. Time spent in replying to comments and deleting the spam ones builds rapport to readers that is a good way of building a solid link.

  29. John says:

    Well, in my personal opinion you shouldn’t totally disable blog comments as that would ruin the whole “activity” on the visitors part while visiting your website. Maybe you could moderate the comments, or not allow the ones that have many different websites in their responses and such.

    Best regards,

  30. well explained article.i would like to include more that relevancy is very important for selection of any cartography for back link.It is more likely that out back link will be removed if not added in relevant field.

  31. It’s easy to pick out which ones are spam – so you should allow some comments on. You might get something useful from it!

  32. User feedback and suggestions are very important to make your blog or website more user friendly then we says that comments are the backbone of your blog.

  33. thank u … the valuable information and insights you have so provided here

  34. SEO Reseller says:

    If you don’t have a comment field on your blog, you’re missing one of the main purposes of even having one. A blog is supposed to be a channel for you and your readers to be able to communicate with each other.

    — Ray

  35. Bennety_Mark says:

    I really agree with you. Nowadays, blog commenting has become spam creation. If you ever come across any blog and read the comments which support the blog, you will be surprised to see that most of them would be off-topic and beating around the bush. There will be no exchange of ideas and you will see many of the comments repeating the same thing in different sentences.

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