joined:Oct 15, 2003
Ok, I have a site that's recently experienced a traffic decline for some pages. It's a small site, but one thing that I've been thinking may be the cause is the large number of comments left by users. These are real comments, with no external links. All comments are on-topic.
The thing is, the page is pushing 400+ comments, has ballooned to 700KB in raw HTML, and is super long.
Now, the site and page is well optimized. CDN used for images, scripts, css. GZip implemented. Caching plugin applied.
I suppose I could trim the page down some by eliminating some CSS classes and extraneous DOM elements. I could probably shave off 50KB, but after another month or so, the page will acquire a bunch more comments and I'll wind up right back where I started.
So am I concerned over nothing? Or should I do something such as split the comments across multiple pages? Should I offload it to Disqus? I'm just concerned these comments are doing more harm than good.