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Should I allow comments, trackbacks and pingbacks on wordpress?

3:52 am on Apr 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hi all,
I really need your input about should I allow comments, trackbacks and pingbacks on my site since Google does not like too much internal links and comments produce thin and low quality contents.

Please advice.

9:40 am on Apr 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I am worried about the same issue.

Related Posts plugins were always a must-have for Wordpress. But they add 5-10 links (as much as you want) to every article.

Comments are often of low quality. "I love this", "this is gr8" variety. Do they make a page low-quality?

What is the impact of a large number of comments? They are a sign of user engagement, yes. But do they take away from the quality of the content?

Wordpress automatically includes a trackback to pages you link to. So while you have done a manual link, a link back to the story appears on the linked page too. Good or not good?

Number of internal links seems to be an issue. So when I mention, say, Dell XYZ laptop, should I link to the post about Dell XYZ laptop or not? What if my story mentions 5 different laptops? Should I link to stories about them or shouldn't I?

Many assumptions about good Wordpress SEO are now in doubt.
3:44 pm on Apr 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

Yes, That is exactly what I am trying to say. Thanks Wanderingmind,
Comments is what user wanted but also cause low quality like my top article page has 982 comments. If I do a paginated comments then all those content will be low quality. Google has to speak out about this.
For pingback, I would say it is useless and create problems then benefit users.
Let me know what all of you guys think. Greatly appreciated.
3:52 pm on Apr 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Have you tried using askimet and some of the other modules that search for spam in comments?

I think there are some plugins out there that will make having comments easier. For instance, you probably don't want to moderate every comment, However, you can require that the first four comments by each person are moderated before they go live. Then after they have reached four comments that have passed moderation, they will be allowed to post unmoderated comments.
3:58 pm on Apr 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hi Planet13,
All the comments are real person and not spam. All been filtered and are legit comments. All those comments are very informational but I was thinking these in Google's eye is not quality since comments do have sloppy wordings ..etc.
I am curious about comments itself seems causing low quality even thought they have alot to say. Remember that my site is a large site use to get 60k/day but now it is 18k/day.
4:29 pm on Apr 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member planet13 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

Remember that my site is a large site use to get 60k/day but now it is 18k/day.

So, you are saying that you got hit by Panda? Was there a sudden drop off? Or did you gradually get less and less visitors over a long period of time?

Also, has traffic declined for ALL the pages on your site? Or just some of them?

Also, please realize that it is possible that you are not penalized by Panda, it's just that google might not give as much value to user comments that it did in the past. It might be that ALL web sites just need better content created by the owners of the site in order to rank well.
5:03 pm on Apr 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

Traffic dropped 35% on Feb 24 then another 30% on April 11. So I am on the process of cleaning my sites from bottom up after reading articles say about getting rid of thin contents.
1:07 am on Apr 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

its been said that comments were strong evidence to any 3rd part, of user interaction with the site, therefore evidence of a live useful site,

On the other hand , comments must be moderated or they become evidence of a robot site lacking in editorial oversight

Then again, who knows :)
5:14 am on Apr 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Large sites that I work on seem to have been the most affected by Panda. I'm also wondering about paginated comments. Have some Pandacized sites that are popular and get quite a good amount of comments. Or used to... Eeach comment page is uniquely titled and has different comments on them in the paging. Also, all comments are moderated. However, I'm wondering if the pagination is indeed making some sites more of a target for Panda. My_Media, I also have some pages with more than 1000 comments ---all written by real users, but pagination was used to speed up the page loads--then got hit by Panda, so I wonder if there is a correlation.

Conversely, still all of my smaller sites and those without any updates and no social interaction continue to rank well, sometimes still maintaining numerous spots on the front page. It's quite perplexing that the things that made the larger sites popular are now possibly hurting them in this new Panda world.
6:51 am on Apr 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

Simple, Google attacks mid-large sites and ignore the small ones. After few months of webmaster cleaning up their site then google let you back I guess. All my 66 sites are unaffected and gained 50% LOL while only my flagship got hit BIG TIME.
As of now, I am cleaning up the site and found that there are many broken links and other errors. Also I have taken out the comment pages cause it really will be not quality if it stands alone.

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