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!