If you are familiar with this website you will know that the Facebook ‘Comments Box’ plugin was enabled on here. The plugin can be beneficial to brand awareness due to the viral nature of Facebook by getting into users’ news feeds. However there are drawbacks, the content goes on Facebook and stays there, the plugin just pulls the content from Facebook so your site doesn’t benefit from the content that’s generated. Also not everyone is necessarily logged into Facebook all the time on all their devices, laptops, desktops etc. nor does everyone have an account – controversial I know, but it’s not uncommon for users to go ahead and delete their accounts because they are unhappy with the service due to changes or privacy.
SEO blog comments? What does that mean? Well, we’ve all heard it by now, panda, penguin, content, freshness…. the list goes on. Well, you should be aware that having a blog comment stream on your website will help your SEO efforts. For one thing you get content for free, by that I mean user generated content from your commenters. If you spark a debate and keep the conversation going think of the amount of content you can generate for free! If you post articles regularly and if your audience is commenting regularly you are ticking the freshness box that Google promotes too.
Since using the Facebook ‘Comments box’ plugin the comments on this website more or less ceased to exists hence the reason for re-enabling the core WordPress commenting system. Also, Facebook changes all the time and I never seemed to get notification! This way I get notification and I can monitor the comments in one place.
Now I’m hoping to get some comments, if not then bang goes my theory huh! What do you think? Do you use the Facebook ‘Comment box’ on your website?