The Ugly Truth About Blog Comments

The Ugly Truth About Blog Comments

Have you removed your blog comments section?

Recently, I had a question that needed answering.

I hunted down the answer like a woman possessed, but I could not find my answer. Finally, in one of the blog articles I had read 3 different times trying to find this answer, I looked in the comment section.

What do you know, another reader had answered it. I finally found my answer and I am so thankful because I avoided a potentially bad and expensive situation because of it.

This whole experience got me thinking about the importance of blog comments.

What’s Annoying About Blog Comments

Spammers are really clever. They like to romance me. They love to tell me how amazing my writing is.

For a long time, I would read these spam comments and my heart would swell with pride. Then, I would email my editor, Robin, to make sure she saw it. Then, she would inform me that it was actually spam.

Spammers: you are annoying and a thorn in my side.

I realize I’m not the only one struggling with spammers because Copyblogger reported that they deleted 96% of the comments made to their site. Only 4% of their comments were published.

Did Copyblogger Make a Mistake?

The amount of spam Copyblogger received was one of the reasons they ended up deleting their comment section on their blog. When they did, I thought maybe we should too. It would definitely save time and my own ego.

Copyblogger also listed the increased use and conversation on social media sites like Google+, Twitter, and yes at the time Facebook as another reason.

Those are valid reasons. Reasons I understand and even resonate with. However, I’m not sure if they a good enough. I’m not sure they are good enough because there is an ugly truth about blog comments.

You Do Not Own Social Media

We all remember what happened when Facebook reduced their organic reach. Regardless of whether or not you are paying to play now, the fact is that the game has changed.

Facebook is not alone in changing the game on us. Google deleted Google Authorship almost over night. Truth be told, Google authorship is one of the main reasons I signed up for Google+.

Instagram is owned by Facebook, so do not think you are safe there.

I know there are others, but here’s the thing, I don’t own any of them.

We have this client and one day Facebook shut down their business Facebook page. They were shut down because a competitor complained to Facebook that they had infringed on their copyright.

Our client did not infringe on this other company’s copyright, but their Facebook page was shut down for months while after they hired an attorney and proved it to Facebook. They were lucky. There are countless stories about Facebook shutting down pages without giving the page owner a chance to appeal the accusations.

The ugly truth about social media is that you do not own it.

The Ugly Truth About Blog Comments

If you self host your blog, you own it. You own your website. You paid for it and that gives you a say. The ugly truth about blog comments is while they take time and maybe inflate egos just to crush them, they are yours.

Did I tell you the comment that answered my question in the story above was from an article written years ago? It was a stellar cornerstone article that garnered tons of questions, comments, and helpful suggestions.

While I’m sure the writer had to sift through many spammers to find it, I am so thankful she did.

Also, Copyblogger deleted their Facebook account just last month because their engagement was so low – like rock bottom low. For more information read -> Copyblogger is Done With Facebook, Are You Too?

Bringing it Home

I know it sounds like I’m hating on social media and I may be a little bit. So, let me be clear, I am not saying to give up on social media whatsoever. I am just reminding us all that investing into what we own is worth it. Investing into our websites, blogs and blog comments is a good idea.

If you made it this far, I’ll give you a treat and a good laugh. The question that I searched high and low for was what happens to your washing machine when you use Ivory soap in your homemade laundry detergent. I was having some problems with it not breaking down and it leaving white streak marks on my husband’s clothing.

It turns out that Ivory soap does not break down well and the commenter had her brand new washing machine break down because the Ivory soap clogged up one of the hoses. Thankfully for her, the washing machine was still under warranty.

The Laura Ingalls Wilder/hippy/cheapskate in me who loves to use homemade laundry soap could not justify the risk it poses to my current washing machine. Is the $10 a month savings worth it? Maybe, but not today.

Tell Me All About It

  • Do you still comment on blog articles?
  • Do you respond to blog comments?
  • Do you think blog comments are worth your investment?

Tell me all about it. 🙂 Happy blogging everyone!

Christine King is a staff writer at R & R Web Design LLC. She is passionate about writing and loves what blogging and businesses can achieve. Armed with her degree in social work, she brings the unique ability to motivate readers in every blog article she writes. She specializes in creating content and writing blog articles for a variety of businesses at R & R Web Design LLC.

This article was published on: November 3, 2014 and was last modified March 10, 2015
13 comments on “The Ugly Truth About Blog Comments
  1. Veronica Solorzano Athanasiou says:

    I do comment on blogs and many times scroll down to comments to find out when the article was first written and how people reacted to it, before I actually read it.

    Unfortunately when I get a notification that someone commented on my blog, I now have zero expectations that’s an ACTUAL comment. Anything that starts ” I stumbled upon this…’, I just ignore 😉

    I think the sieving process is worth it and I agree that anything on your own land is better than having no control on rented land.

    Great topic!

    • Hi Veronica,

      The phrase “I stumbled upon this” does seem to be used by spammers often. 🙂

      I love your description “your own land” vs. “rented land”. It really hits on the difference between our blogs and websites vs. the social media sites. I have never heard it before so thank you for that. 🙂

      Also, thank you so much for adding your voice to the conversation. I always look forward to reading your comments.

  2. Hi Christine,

    YES! to all three of your questions. Great post and I enjoyed your perspective. I love when my blog visitors take time to leave a comment. In fact receiving a single blog comment on a post makes it a totally worthwhile investment of time, and I can’t wait to respond ASAP. For me blog comments are hands down the most favorite part of the whole social media/digital marketing experience.

    • Hey Michelle,

      I have to say, I find your perspective really inspiring and that’s because you are right. One blog comment, one connection is worth the time it takes to write an article and sift through the spammers.

      Thank you so much for sharing that!

  3. Yes yes, yes. I love reading blog comments & replying. Mostly cause it has me think of something else I could have said or Im lighter, more humorous. When I read others blogs, I do read comments. It helps me select a different perspective to address. What bugs me is I don’t know if any blogger ever reads my comments cause I dont get replies. I dont know if the people I reply to see or get my reply. And even without knowing all of this, I see blog comments & replies as double icing on a cake.

    • Hey Roslyn,

      I know exactly what you mean. When I comment on blog articles, I feel like I’m always heading back to the article to see if the writer commented back. Maybe there is a better system for that? I’ll look into it. 😉

      That’s great that you still see the value in blog comments and are truly faithful in commenting. I can say that for experience. 🙂 Thank you so much for all your comments. You bring such a great perspective to the conversation.

  4. Gotta LOVE the reference to Laura Ingalls Wilder (glad your washer is safe)! Thank you for opening the discussion on the comment section of blogs. Christine, both you and Robin respond graciously to so many individuals who respond to your blog’s or your social media posts in such self serving way’s that it makes my blood boil. I don’t think it’s appropriate to use someone else’s platform to further their business or their message, that’s what your OWN platform is for. There are a few individuals that I’m thinking of, yet will not name, who look foolish each time they try to 1 up you or pretend to agree with your blog while contradicting you blatantly on their own site. Keep the GREAT content coming and even when you don’t delete some of their “comments” please know that the rest of us already have!

    • Hi Heidi,

      I’m so glad you liked the Laura Ingalls Wilder reference. 🙂 My toddler and I have been diving into the books and audio tapes. You could say I have homestead on the mind.

      You bring up a really great point, what do you do with blog comments or even social media comments that while are not spam, are promoting their business on your platform? I haven’t really thought about it. Like you said, I just usually reply anyway.

      Thank you so much Heidi for your support and encouragement. You always make my day brighter.

  5. Tina says:

    I’m a college graduate. I read this 3 times and I don’t understand what you said. Are you saying blogging is good or bad? And facebook is good or bad? And google? I just don’t understand your position. Sorry about that.

    • Hi Tina,

      I’m sorry that my position doesn’t seem to be clear and thank you so much for asking your questions so I can clarify.

      I am saying that blogging is good, great in fact.

      The article is specifically addressing the comment section on a blog. Many people in the business, like Copyblogger (a huge website that hands out blogging advice like candy) have deleted the comment section on the blog and instead are asking people to discuss their content on social media sites like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

      While conversations on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook are good, it’s my belief that they are not great. That’s because you do not own any of these sites. Like Veronica said above it’s rented space. You do not have any control over them and they could be gone tomorrow.

      My point: I’m making the argument not give up on blog comments. I think they are invaluable to readers.

      If you have any other questions, or if something is still unclear, let me know. Thanks!

  6. Tina says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to clarify your blog position. I simply didn’t “get it” from the original blog. I agree that blogging is worth the time and effort put into it, and now I understand what you are saying about “owing” the information on the blog.

    In this industry (the floral industry) there are no regulations on anything, and people can “steal” your pictures and ideas. Many florists superimpose their name on their creations in an attempt to procure a copyright of some kind. There are also hundreds of copycats and businesses who pretend to be flower shops and are really boiler rooms (they are usually listed at the top of google as paid ads). They steal pictures and designs, as well as customers because there is no regulation on the Internet.

    One other thing I am discovering is that interaction between people is one of the best things for your business. Interaction like this one, as a matter of fact. I very much appreciate the fact that you took my questions constructively, responded professionally and allowed me the opportunity to write back to you.

    That’s what blogging is all about.

    • Hi Tina,

      I was happy to respond to your questions. I think you are right, “interactions with people is one of the best things for your business.” 🙂

      Sounds like your industry is cut-throat. If there is anything Robin and I can do to help, let us know. We are happy to help.

      Have a wonderful day!

  7. Tina says:

    Thanks again!! I had explained to Robin that if the City of Phoenix had not recently revamped out websites, I would have retained her services to do so. I find her professional, creative and very helpful. I will remember, therefore, when I have questions (which I often do) that I can turn to her (and to you) for help.

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