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Old 22nd December 2009, 03:22 PM   #1
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I write articles about fitness and nutrition on my blog, and what I've found is that the articles about low back pain and about nutrition get a few comments from other businesses, but if you look at the link that they use for their name, it's clear that they are hoping for a click back to their site so they can sell their wares.

From an SEO perspective, is there a downside to approving these comments?

Here's an example:
alternative treatment for back pain Says:
"I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in publishing this article. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. In fact your fanciful writing abilities has urged me to start my own blog now. Actually the blogging is spreading its wings rapidly. Your write up is a fine example of it."

In this case, 'alternative treatment for back pain' is a link to a backpain medication site.

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Old 22nd December 2009, 04:25 PM   #2
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Hi Elsbeth, I'd consider that spam. Here is the reason ... if you take a portion of that text and copy/paste it into google you can see that same text has been used on MANY other websites. Just spam, imo, delete it if it is not genuine. Some times a simple google search is enough to determine if it is spam or not, if that doesn't work then just go by your gut. Would your "real" readers want to read that?

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Old 22nd December 2009, 05:22 PM   #3
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Elsbeth,

As Logan said, do a google search. If that takes up too much time...deny almost all of them.

From an SEO perspective, that REALLY can damage keyword density, unless your comments are held on a separate page (i.e. "Click Here To Read Comments") That is fine, but if you jam them all on your page you are trying to rank for, it *can* hurt your rankings, but doesn't HAVE to hurt you.

Just use caution.

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Old 23rd December 2009, 04:17 PM   #4
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Thanks! I will delete them all. It is set up to go to a separate page - or really same page but the comments aren't visible unless you click on comments. But the fact is I'm providing a quality site and want people to have faith in what's there - not get linked over to some crap site that's probably a scam.

Was temporarily blinded by the extra seo potential that I lost site of the big picture.

Thanks again for the input.

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Old 23rd December 2009, 05:31 PM   #5
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Wow read comments here. Thats a great idea. My blog is ranking pretty well. Always looking for more.

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Old 2nd January 2010, 08:08 AM   #6
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I write articles about fitness and nutrition on my blog, and what I've found is that the articles about low back pain and about nutrition get a few comments from other businesses, but if you look at the link that they use for their name, it's clear that they are hoping for a click back to their site so they can sell their wares.

From an SEO perspective, is there a downside to approving these comments?

Here's an example:
alternative treatment for back pain Says:
"I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in publishing this article. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. In fact your fanciful writing abilities has urged me to start my own blog now. Actually the blogging is spreading its wings rapidly. Your write up is a fine example of it."

In this case, 'alternative treatment for back pain' is a link to a backpain medication site.

Thanks!

Elsbeth

If I get comments on my blog that has nothing to do with the post, I will not approve them.

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Old 3rd January 2010, 05:17 PM   #7
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Allow them when they are not spam. Give a voice to people that have something relevant to say.

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Old 11th January 2010, 07:28 PM   #8
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From a SEO stand point , If he/ she give good comment you should it. Keep in mind that person read your blog before he / she commented.
you also said that his / her site is related to your blog that is SEO at its best .

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Old 19th January 2010, 02:58 AM   #9
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Thats something important here.. As far as my thinking is concerned i would suggest you that you keep that comment on your blog as since who knows the user might have read the blog and expressed his own feelings and you might think in a different way. Its better to give that link as a No-Follow and where in you don't have further problems with these comments.

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I tend to not approve of comments like that that are clearly just there for a link back

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