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    Hi,

    I am beginning to feel that getting comments is about as easy as picking up mercury with your fingers.

    I would even be happy for dumb ones.

    Anyone know the numbers? Like how many people on average view a page before you get a comment?

    Are there any method one could apply to help get comments?

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    I think that the best way is to engage in conversation on related high-traffic blogs or forums that allow linking back to your site. If you post an outstanding/provocative comment, you can expect to siphon off some of the fans of that site to your site. For example, when I was building a webmaster blog, I was active at problogger etc. Another way is to try to post a kick-ass (link-worthy) post that is the best for a particular search on a topic so that it gets linked to from Facebook and other places. You can see that some bloggers put a heck of a lot of work into some of their posts since it pays for them to do so, and they realize that they are wasting their time unless they post something awesome.

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    I believe that fewer and fewer people bother to actually comment on a post.
    Lot easier for readers to click a link and put the post link on facebook, twitter, etc.
    So make it easy for your readers and have book marks at the end of each post.

    Really, the only good comments I get on my blog, iowadawg, are linkbacks.
    Where I have a link to another blog.
    They pick it up and I get a link on their blog and they get a comment link to their blog back.

    Those I would rather have than some comment with a link to some blog/site that has little to nothing to do with my blog.

    Bottom line Sami?
    Do not waste time obsessing about comments.
    In the greater scheme of things, the really do not count for much.

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    Hi,

    Quote Originally Posted by iowadawg View Post
    I believe that fewer and fewer people bother to actually comment on a post.
    Lot easier for readers to click a link and put the post link on facebook, twitter, etc.
    So make it easy for your readers and have book marks at the end of each post.
    I am getting a good bunch of facebook and twitter shares just not comments.

    Quote Originally Posted by iowadawg View Post
    Really, the only good comments I get on my blog, iowadawg, are linkbacks.
    Where I have a link to another blog.
    They pick it up and I get a link on their blog and they get a comment link to their blog back.
    You save your linkback? I have been deleting them up 25/30 a day

    Quote Originally Posted by iowadawg View Post
    Those I would rather have than some comment with a link to some blog/site that has little to nothing to do with my blog.
    The links are no follow so not huge deal. If I like the comment I could make it follow and I would on a good comment.

    Quote Originally Posted by iowadawg View Post
    Do not waste time obsessing about comments.
    In the greater scheme of things, the really do not count for much.
    Yes but aren't comments like adding fresh content to a post in the eyes of a search?

    I just don't get it. I know the greater scheme of things, however this is a movie site if you look at other sites you see all tons of comments.

    This movie was good.
    I loved it.
    Some people even give mini reviews or talk about actors.
    Even adult movie sites get comments.
    That blonde can ...

    Yet I see nothing

    I visit movie sites and all of them have some type of comments.

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    I think the more opinionated the post, the more likely you'll attract comments. I also think ending a post with a question can sometimes prompt people to comment. I turned comments off on all of my blogs, though. I ended up spending more time removing spam than I did engaging in discussions.

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    I had to turn comments off on most of my blogs due to a large scale comment spam attack from China. If you check the IP addresses for spam comments, about 95% are coming from China, regardless of the comments posted. The IP addresses are not visible in WordPress, but they are in the database and can easily be queried in phpMyAdmin.

    One of my blogs still has comments enabled, but I have the comments set to automatically close after 90 days. It appears that the automated spam comment bots target older URLs.

    If you run multiple blogs and use Akismet, Akismet will shut down your account during an attack. They only allow a limited number of spam verifications per hour. I was getting over 250 spam comment submissions per hour on each of several sites during the attack.
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    All I will say.
    If you believe comments make your blog more important?
    Go for it.

    Bottom line is this.....
    Google could care less about blog comments.
    Just something else that over time google removed from their algo on how to get page rank and ranking in the serps and more.

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    I believe that comments are important to any blog sites because it builds conversations between the visitors and the blog owner, but it must be related to the content or post like contributing ideas, suggestions, and compliments.

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    I have some more thoughts on blog comments: I think that it is best to not have comments since most of them are likely to be spam from link-builders. People that want to discuss your blog post will link to it from other places. This is more beneficial since links will be built to your site, and readers of those sites will be funneled to your blog.

    The SEO benefits are greater with comments off IMO since your page content is 100% under your control, there will not be irrelevant text added to the page, and your posts will attract natural inbound links.

    If you want to engage with your readers, you can do that via a Facebook page or Twitter where people will be more concerned about losing their accounts if they post spam.

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    I agree. From my experience, the overwhelming number of current blog comments are spam or are not focused on the topic. Theoretically, blog comments that stay focused on the topic help build the focus for the page, but that doesn't happen very often.

    Even on the one blog where I still have comments turned on for 90 days, very few comments are focused on the topic.
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