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Should Blog Comments be approved?

Bloggers all around the world create their personal webpage in order to communicate with the rest of the world, through internet, to share their ideas or, more specifically, interests. Nearly all blogging websites let bloggers interact with other viewers and users in form of personal messages or public comments.

It all depends on a specific blog’s terms and conditions or policies which reflect the main functionality of posting comments. For few blogging websites, a viewer has to be a member in order to comment or express their views on a certain blog post while some require no membership agreement for the viewer for commenting. For instance, in Google blogger, random viewers are allowed to comment on blog posts under the ‘anonymous’ tag. While in video blogging websites such as Youtube, a viewer has to be a member in order to comment on a video response, etc. Read More

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Why You Should Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer When Blogging

Whether you’re a new blogger or someone who has been at it for twenty years, it probably didn’t take long to come across someone who is just plain rude. They feel they need to attack your article for whatever reason, and they do it in a condescending way. I will never quite understand the need to be cruel when discussing an article, but it happens, and as a blogger it’s your job to deal with it.

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How To Instantly Cripple Your Blog When Installing Facebook Commenting

Facebook LogoBloggingPro recently changed from a standard WordPress commenting system to the Facebook Commenting platform, a move that now allows our readers not only to engage with one another but also post comments to their Facebook page, inviting their friends into the mix. While Facebook continues to make their commenting system a more robust offering users who simply ditch their old platform for the new Facebook platform are instantly crippling their blog.

From an SEO standpoint every single comment entered into a blog provides additional information for your post, that content is read by search engines and becomes included in search results. If the blog has dozens, hundreds or even thousands of previous comments simply removing those comments completely changes the “digital landscape” of your content, possibly removing your high ranking posts from their search engine placement.

From an engagement standpoint your most loyal users may feel slighted after they took the time to create many dedicated conversations on your blog only to have them removed for a new system. Read More

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Devil’s Advocate: Why Blogs Should Ditch Comments

Although I’m personally a fan of comment section (regardless of whether you power it with Facebook, Disqus or choose native comments instead), there are a number of prominent blogs who have disabled the comment section completely.

Sites like Daring Fireball and Instapundit (not to mention millions of Tumblr blogs) refuse to open up their posts for readers to comment upon, choosing instead to allow readers to email responses to the writer.

For those of you who are undecided about the value of blog comments, here are a few reasons why you should consider disabling them upon your sites. Read More

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Disqus Laughs At Facebook Comments, Releases Impressive Stats

Disqus apparently has nothing to fear from Facebook comments, as the tiny startup revealed some interesting stats regarding the popularity of their commenting system.

The Disqus network of communities reaches nearly 500 million unique visitors every month. This is across the 750,000 websites using Disqus, with about 35 million users participating on these communities. [...]

According to a recent study by Lijit, Disqus is used by 75% of websites who use a third party commenting or discussion system. (Official Disqus Blog)

Note: Emphasis theirs.

It’s no coincidence that Disqus is currently winning the third party commenting wars as the startup makes installing Disqus as simple as possible upon popular platforms like Blogger and Tumblr (via widgets and short codes, respectively).

Rival services (especially Facebook comments) usually require much more tinkering with the code, which can make installing them more intimidating for users unfamiliar with HTML .

Disqus currently supports every major blogging platform and service available save WordPress.com (the latter who only allows IntenseDebate which is similar to Disqus).

For those of you who have installed Disqus, what features do you enjoy the most about the service? Also what features would you add that you find are currently missing?

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Facebook To Bloggers: All Your Comments Now Belong To You

After receiving criticism over their commenting system, Facebook has refreshed their commenting system in a bid to appeal to bloggers resistant to outsourcing their communities.

Aside from adding permalinks (via the timestamps) and making comments SEO friendly, Facebook is also launching one feature that may appeal to bloggers.

We are introducing a modified Comments Box News Feed story to feature more social context. Simply include the og:image, og:title, og:url, og:description, and og:site_name in the Open Graph meta tags on your site to generate the following larger story:

Optimizing the News Feed story increases the click-through-rate (CTR) back to your site and encourages people on Facebook to contribute to the discussion. To verify the image, title, and description Open Graph meta tags, visit the URL Linter. (Facebook Developers Blog)

As an additional bonus, Facebook is now allows bloggers to export their comment via the Facebook Graph API, which should help ease fears of having blog communities “locked in” without an exit strategy.

With Facebook comments boasting  social analytics and troll unfriendly technology, we may see even more bloggers and web domains outsource their communities to Facebook now that they have addressed most (if not all) of the objections.

Self hosting WordPress fans can install Facebook comments via a plugin while BlogSpot fans will need to dive into the code (or ask a geek to implement if for you).

For those of you who allow users to comment upon your sites, will you now consider outsourcing your comment section to Facebook? If not, why?

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Disqus Embraces Google, Bumps Down Facebook

In an attempt to help broaden their appeal amongst bloggers and news organizations, Disqus has announced that they are now including the search engine giant as an ID option for commenters.

Nearly 13% of users choose to login through Twitter or Facebook when participating in Disqus communities. Today, we’re happy to introduce another recognizable choice: Google accounts. Millions upon millions of people are already logged into their Google accounts, and now they can easily use those accounts to jump into discussions all over the web. (Official Disqus Blog) Read More

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Blog Commenting Systems: Which One Should You Choose?

When it comes to blogging, one decision that many users have to face is whether they should outsource their comments to a third party client or stick with using their de facto commenting system instead.

Bloggers who decide to choose a third party client often have to test out numerous services (both good and bad) before settling upon a quality client that compliments their site.

Although everyone’s choice will vary depending upon the platform that they are using, here are a few basic tips you should consider before installing a commenting client upon your blog. Read More

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Blog Comments Do’s and Don’ts

A blog without comments is like having a conversation with yourself.

Having people commenting on what you’ve written and leaving remarks on other’s blog posts is what makes the blogosphere go round.

What are the do’s and don’ts when it comes to blog comments? As a WordPress blogs two of the most commonly used anti-spam comment plugins are Akismet and GASP (GrowMap Anti-Spambot Plugin) and these can save you a lot of time trawling through pointless comments and blatant attempts at getting backlinks.

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If you frequently comment on other people’s blog posts, the next four tips are for you… Read More

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Why Bother Leaving MEAN Blog Comments?

I’ve had the good fortune to recently have several blog posts make it to Yahoo! homepage. When I first set out on a blogging path, this was a goal of mine. I wasn’t driven by the fame and fortune (there’s none!); it was the love of comments, lots of them, that drove me to try to get some major media love. To me, there’s nothing more satisfying as a blogger than to write about a topic you are passionate about and spark interesting dialogue.

According to San Diego-based Internet consultant Danny DeMichele, “Comments are an underrated tool you can use to build real relationships with readers, publishers, and site owners to help your overall online marketing goals.”

Unfortunately, despite the volume of comments on Yahoo!, that never happened. Instead, many of the comments were useless, silly and, well, downright mean. Before leaving a negative comment on a blog, consider the following:

THE BLOGGER IS JUST LIKE YOU. Unlike celebrities and athletes, bloggers are not compensated to withstand public scrutiny and personal attacks. Successful bloggers must have a thick skin, and a little jousting is par for the course, but leaving a mean comment just for the sake of it benefits no one. Read More

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