Turning off comments on your blog is not something that you do very often. However, there are situations where comments are taken out completely or disabled per post or even turned off after a certain period. This post describes the situations when you take out comments and how to turn it off.
In a blog, the comments are turned off or avoided in the following scenarios.
#1 Autopilot affiliate sales blogs
Blogs that are meant to create autopilot income will typically have a handful of posts that are a bunch of landing pages themselves whose duty is to help convert the traffic. In such blogs are comments are either totally disabled or never approved.
#2 Outdated posts
When certain posts totally get outdated with respect to their content you might want to turn the comments off as it does not make any sense to have a discussion on that topic any longer. Instead of taking out the post itself (and causing 404 errors), turning off comments is the right option.
#3 No time for moderation
Part time bloggers who spend very little time on blogging or bloggers who have a number of blogs might want to take comments off either from the very beginning of posting or at a later point of scheduled time via certain plugins (see below).
#4 Timebound posts
If a particular post’s comments are used for other purposes, such as for enrolling in a blog contest, the blogger might want to restrict comments after a certain date or time.
#5 Fixed expiry for discussions
Busy bloggers (such as Amit Agarwal or Darren Rowse) might decide up front that they want to promote discussions on a particular blog post only for a fixed number of weeks or months. In such cases all comments are stopped at that particular expiry date.
#6 Blog Closing Down
There are a couple of things to do when a blog is discontinued or the blogger decides to take a break from blogging. In such cases discontinuing comments and discussions is not a bad idea.
If frustration builds due to comment spam – especially on older posts – that’s a good point of time to stop supporting comments.
#8 Static pages and policy posts
Many a time, static pages, intimation posts etc needn’t have any discussion and this is the most common scenario where comment support can be taken out.
How to turn off comments?
Turning off comments is a basic feature on most blogging platforms either for the blog as a whole (e.g. WordPress Settings -> Discussions page) or by individual post settings.
However, there are plugins such as the extended comments options plugin for WordPress that provides you better control over your post comments. Using this plugin you can:
- Close comments on posts made after a particular date
- Stop supporting comments on the last ‘n’ number of posts
- Stop comments after the comment count reaches certain number
- Manage comments on a bulk number of posts (selection) in one go
Things to remember while closing comment support
While stopping the comment support you must remember that you are stopping a potential genuine reader from engaging with you for any clarification etc. Stoping comments on a post also stops it from being updated (and hence getting the static page status on search index) regularly.
Happy Blogging (and commenting)!