In this post, we talk about whether or not we should allow comments on a blog. To discuss this, let’s go back to the initial days of blogging when it started evolving.
Let’s take the year 2007 when I and a lot of bloggers I know started their blogging careers.
It was 10 years ago, and most of the discussions used to happen in either forums or blogs. The Social Media was not so huge at that time.
People were not connected on Facebook, they are still trying to figure what Twitter is all about and Google Plus wasn’t even in the picture.
At that time, comments meant a lot, and it was such a joy to get comments on the blog. It was one of the amazing feelings that motivated bloggers to create more amazing content.
But, in the last few years, with easy access to Internet and advancements of Mobile Internet, Social Media sites like Twitter and Facebook saw a huge increase in the usage. People are not more connected, more aware of the news in their area of interest.
And the format of discussion has changed, it now mostly happens on Social Media, it’s something where the user/reader has more control in comparison to the discussions happening in the comment section of the blog.
People share the links to a story/article and talk about it on Social Media, where they have their own following, and there is no moderation of their opinions. Hence they don’t find it effective/interesting to this in the comment section of the blog.
However, there are still some blogs that have managed to build a loyal community around their blog, and most of the discussions happen on the blog itself.
One such example is telecomtalk.info, it’s a blog that is read by over 2 million people every month and each of its posts gets 100+ comments on an average, that’s an impressive number.
On the other hand, there are also so many blogs, which have similar numbers in terms of readership, but their comment section is empty most of the time.
So, whenever you should Enable comment system or not, depends on this simple question.
Is your blog currently getting comments?
You should keep comments enabled if you get even at least 2 or 3 comments on every post because this might grow with time. Also, it depends on what niche you are in If your blog has tutorials or some kind of opinion posts where users’ inputs can benefit future readers.
If you rarely get comments on the blog posts, It would be wise to disable them all together and instead create a page where you tell your curious readers to start a discussion on your social media channel.
Mostly, sites that are about Daily News, Viral Content, don’t really benefit from Comments. Plus the comment form only adds load to the site.
And websites that write Tutorials, Guides, Tips & Tricks, can benefit a lot from comments as a reader will be getting more information in the comment section as well.
How to disable comment on your blog?
If you are a site own who thinks their blog falls in a category where comments won’t make any difference, you can follow this post on WPCornr.com to remove comment feature on your blog.
Using Facebook Comments
Using Facebook comments on your blog is the middle path you can take. 99% of the visitors would already be logged into Facebook, and they would just need to drop a line or two instead of putting their name and email address (which is a lot of work for most of them). Facebook comments can increase engagement since it’s easy for users and it is also the popular social media.