5 Reasons to Allow or Disallow Comments on a Blog

5 reasons to add comment section on your blog/website
Should You Allow Comment on Your Blog? Why It Matters or Not.

If by now, on this blog, no comment section, it meant I'd disabled it because of spams or no time to reply comments. 

It's simply not because it's not good to allow comments on blogs.

In fact, if you've seen some old and authority blogs, they still retain comment sections. However, some had removed the comment widgets. But they all started with comments too.

The question is, should you allow comments on your blog or not?

You might have come up with this if you've read elsewhere that - allowing comments on blogs will attract spams. That's true. You might have also read that, it will take you much time replying to questions instead of dedicating the period to creating new content. That's true as well.

Especially if you don't have a staff to handle replying to comments and moderations of spams, the comment section should be disabled on your blog. What is the essence of questions you can't reply? Why would you let some unscrupulous people get backlinks which will kill your rankings if you get spammed?

Well, allowing comments on your blogs has its cons and pros. For the two disadvantages, I know, you'd got them in the introduction above. If you can't handle spams and replies, disable your comment section. It pays you.

Why You Must Allow Comments On Your Blog

For the advantages, you must read to the end of this post. Then, see the value this may add to your world.

1. Allowing Comments Shows You Loopholes

See, those unique and evergreen posts you read the other days were not made that way originally on the first day. Most viral and respected content had come a long way. Bloggers keep editing, rewriting, and pruning their posts unendingly.

Then, how do they get the ideas and inspirations to help them in doing that? Most derive that from readers' comments. Comments can easily let you identify what you're missing out in your posts.

I've personally updated several posts after seeing comments. In most cases, readers will ask for clarification on your articles right in the comment section. With this, it means you're still leaving some things uncovered. No post is perfect just as no one is.

2. Allowing Comments Gives Birth to New Topics

Similar to comments giving you hints on what your posts are missing, it can also be the right medium to come up with new topics.

If you think updating the existing posts will make things look too long and boring, you can write new topics taking clues from readers' comments. Then, link back to the old posts.

If you read, "6 Tactics Pros Use to Never Dry Out of Content: Beginners' Guide", you may get the very reasons why those big guys in blogging never run out of topics - with one being ideas from readers' feedback.

3. Allowing Comments Helps Your Rankings

It may be surprising if I tell you allowing comments on your blog may give it an edge over the competition. This is very true with evidence.

I narrated how I forced google to rank my posts. But there's something not included in that post. After I'd written the post and checked if it ranked the second day, another post came on top and mine was nowhere to be found.

Then, I clicked on the one that came on top to see if the post was truly better than mine. To my surprise, the post was far different from what the keywords were about. But right below it, there was a reader who asked a question using the exact keywords my post was about.

That's why Google ranked the post on top. The question didn't do anything for me as a searcher but it has earned the blog owner a visit and view.

Google trust the content because it was an old post with a fresh comment containing relevant keywords.

This is how comments had helped several other blogs ranked very high. Allowing it may help you win a few clicks over others too.

4. Comments Bring Out Your Best If Replied

I love it when I can reply to comments on my blogs. They help me get more readers and subscriptions. Especially when readers tick the "Notify me" of replies. This will earn you returned visitors.

Another good thing about allowing comments is, it establishes your commitment to helping your readers. They will love to keep coming if you take more time out to answer their burning questions.

5. Comments Make Readers Trust You More

Except you're reading from an authority blog, if a blog disables comments, you may have a second thought on the content. Maybe he has something he's hiding. Perhaps, he doesn't want to be challenged by experienced writers/visitors.

You may not come up with these odd thoughts if you love and apply the knowledge thereon with success. But if you doubt things in the first place and have no space to ask for more information, you may not have an undiluted trust in the work.

Conclusion

Nothing is practically bad with not allowing comments on your blog. Especially if you can't attend to the demand for replies or you're experiencing automated comments from spammers.

However, this is done at the price of getting new ideas for topics, updating and editing existing content, showing your professionalism, and earning more love and trust, especially from new visitors.

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