I have a couple more posts to be published in the ‘SEO – Link Building series‘. Unfortunately I have been suffering from a very bad viral fever for the past two-three days and I could not spend time on converting those long drafts into publishable posts. In fact, I could not even moderate and reply to all my comments yet (The biggest loss though was missing out on today’s Bangalore blogger meet)
Talking more about comments, I always thought that the blog commenting mechanism was never designed to encourage discussions. Until recently, most blogging platforms had comments listed in the chronological order. Then came in those threaded comments or nested comments plugins to improve the effect of discussions. Drawing inspiration from those threaded comment implementations, now WordPress has incorporated this feature into their 2.7 platform release.
Along with the nested comments, the blog comment area also became a place to highlight the commenters branding. Avatars were nothing but an example of this kind of branding. After branding, the marketing and SEO opportunities of comments were exploited – CommentLuv and KeywordLuv respectively being examples of the same.
More comment related extensions…
If you scan through your WordPress plugins panel, chances are that five or more plugins sitting there will be related to comments. Whether it is email commenters, top commenters, contact commenters, subscribe to comments, comment relish or commentluv, it is clear that the blog comments play an important role in the online life of the blogger as well as the commenter.
Over to you…
The long preamble was just to set the context for the following survey questions. I would like to have your opinion on the following:
1. Do you think that blog commenting is effective in its current form?
2. Have you ever felt that the new WordPress nested comment feature is forcing you to answer on a 1 to 1 basis?
3. Do you think blog comments area has become a SEO and marketing battleground that the real purpose behind comments is often neglected?
4. If you were to redesign the blog commenting look and feel, how will you do that? (Any crazy idea like post and comments side-by-side etc)
Awaiting your comments while I take some rest