The comment section of our blogs isn’t just a place to accept remarks and statements from our readers; it is also one special part of our website that is useful to our internal SEO strategies. That’s why some bloggers who are overly concerned of their SEO treat their commenting section as if it is the most important part of their site: they check it daily, delete unnecessary comments, omit spams, and reply to each comments that interest them. But that is not always the case. While some take care of their comments seriously, others just leave their comment section free and “unmoderated”, regardless if spammers and Web urchins will invade their blogs.
It is all up to you as a blog owner whether you want to moderate your comment section or not. Of course, moderation means responsibility and the latter means being carefree. With moderation comes responsibility, the blogging cliché reminds, for it means daily checking of comments, deciding whether to delete one comment or not to or whether it’s a spam or not, and categorizing which comments are important to read to what are not. Also, if your blog is rather popular and manages to receive loads of comments in a day, skipping a day without moderation means extra work for the next day. Comment moderation is an arduous task, and if you are a serious blogger, taking this task for granted is a no-no.
Choosing to moderate Comments
If you want to be more carefree and stress free, you can always choose not to moderate your comments. Why not? It’s your choice and it is your right. But it only works for those who only blogs for fun and not for those who use their blog for business, especially those who are into Search Engine Optimization.
If you are an SEO-concerned blogger, leaving your comment section free to all commenters and Web lurkers practically exempts you from laborious and grueling moderation duty, but it logically opens your site to future problems. Spams are the ruffians of the Web, and having them on your blog may send out a very negative impression to your readers. With this, you may lose potential customers, because they might think that these “spammy links” are affiliated to you and your business. There are also readers and customers that are just simply annoyed with spams because they block the important comments on the thread. But the worst thing is when you lose potential link building partners, which is the key to expanding networks on the Web, empowering SEO and get future loyal customers just because of skipping moderation, by taking your comment section for granted.
This article is written by Warner Carter. He enjoys writing about SEO, Marketing, and Website Development.