The Case Of Blogs With Disabled Comments

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If you have been exploring the blogosphere for quite a while, you would have noticed that there are blogs with comments threads and blogs without any sort of commenting feature.

It is quite obvious, that there are blog administrators who are in favour of comments, while there are those blog administrators who want nothing to do with comments.

From a logical perspective, the blog administrator should know whether or not they are willing to moderate comments.

In my case, I love receiving and responding to comments; therefore all comments (except for spam comments) are welcome.

Bloggers Are Entitled To Disable Their Comments

Some people get highly annoyed with bloggers who disabled the commenting feature on their blogs.

Honestly, I cannot get angry with a blogger for making the decision to disable all of the comments on their blog, because it is, their blog and they are free to do anything that they want to do with it.

I know that I am quite capable of handling the comments on my blog.

And, another blogger may think, “Damn. I do not want to go through the trouble of moderating comments; it is too time-consuming!”

Bloggers should disable comments on their blogs if:

  • They have no intentions of moderating them.
  • They believe that it is too time-consuming.
  • They believe that it encourages too much spam comments.
  • They believe that comments add very little value to their blog posts.
  • They have no intentions of interacting with other bloggers.

Apparently, comments are not ideal for every type of blogger and that there are those bloggers who are better off disabling their comments.

Are you one of those bloggers who disabled the comment feature on their blog?

If the answer to my question is, “Yes,” I would love to read your reason for doing so via the comments thread of my blog.

Bloggers Miss Out On An Opportunity To Interact With Other Bloggers

Those bloggers who have disabled the comments on their blogs have missed out on an opportunity to interact with other bloggers; here are some of the things that they missed out on:

  • What other bloggers thought about the article that was posted.
  • Getting to know the person who commented on their blog post a little better.
  • Having further discussion on a topic that was posted.
  • Not seeing comments from those who enjoyed their blog post.

I am of the opinion, that interacting with other bloggers via my comments thread enhances the quality of my blog.

Besides, I dislike the idea of missing out on an opportunity to interact with my fellow bloggers.

Do you like interacting with other bloggers?

Closing Comments Within A Particular Time-Frame Could Be A Better Option

If you are one of those very popular bloggers who happen to receive a high volume of comments, you could set the comments to be closed within twenty-one days’ time (or for any amount of days that you desire); I find this option to be way better than actually disabling comments.

People who are in the habit of leaving you comments will know that you close your comments within a particular time-frame.

One of the bad things about closing your comments within a particular time-frame is, that new subscribers to your blog will be unable to comment on your older blog posts.

I have a habit of going through the archives of bloggers and leaving them comments after I have read a few of their older blog posts.

What do you think about closing comments within a particular time-frame?

Comments Are A Joy To Receive

In my case, I enjoy receiving comments.

I also enjoy responding to them in a timely manner.

If you are afraid of trolls or disrespectful people in general, there is the option of manually approving comments.

Comments have a way of adding new life to one’s blog posts.

Comments are a sign of social proof for you and your blog.

And, do you now that you can actually get new ideas for a blog post by simply reading through your comments thread?

The idea for a new blog post could come in the form of a question that was left by one of your commenters.

And, if you want to ask for the input of your readers, the best way to getting the requested input is, via your comments thread.

Comments are also ideal for networking and sharing information.

There Are Downsides To Having Comments Enabled On Your Blog

Oh, having comments enabled on your blog could have some nasty sides to them; they are:

  • Incoming spam comments (Google hates spam and your blog could be penalised for having spam within your comments thread).
  • Receiving lame comments like, “First!” and various other types of comments that make no sense and are a complete waste of your time and your readers’ time.
  • Receiving negative comments from trolls.
  • Spending lots of time responding to each and every comment that was made on your blog (Especially, if you are a very busy person).

Thankfully, there is a fix for all of those things.

In regards to spam, a blogger can rely on Akismet to keep their comments thread free of spam.

To prevent receiving ridiculous comments like, “First!” (which for some strange reason is very popular on YouTube) you can implement a commenting policy; in it you can specify the types of comments that will be allowed on your blog and the types of comments that will not be allowed on your blog.

You can avoid trolls altogether by manually approving all of your comments (That way, the negative comments from trolls will not make its way in your comments thread).

To avoid spending lots of time responding to comments, you can attend to them as soon as they come in (that would prevent them from piling up) and there is also the option of responding to comments on specific days of the week.

Luckily for me, I have no problems in the area of receiving lots of comments, because I truly love receiving them.

Final Thoughts

You can bet your last dollar on always coming across a blog with disabled comments; since there are bloggers who hate the idea of responding to comments.

If you are one of those bloggers who believe that there is no benefit whatsoever in having comments on your blog, you can disable the commenting feature or you can continue to keep the ‘Disable Comments’ option on.

In my case, I like having the commenting feature enabled on my blog (And, I will continue to have it enabled).

So, are you cool with having comments on your blog?

Or are you one of those bloggers who have disabled the comments on their blog?

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16 thoughts on “The Case Of Blogs With Disabled Comments

  1. I was gonna comment first lol but thought better of it!
    I find it frustrating to read all the way down a post and have my comment ready only to find my words go unseen as thereโ€™s nowhere to write.
    I love comments and I always manually moderate mine so I donโ€™t miss anything.
    Have a great day Renard!

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  2. Hi Renard,

    Some of my blogs have comments enabled, other blogs have them disabled. The reason I disabled comments isn’t included in your article, so I thought that my comment will add something ๐Ÿ™‚

    For example, I have a niche blog about email solo ads. That blog had comments enabled for years, but the result was this one:

    – the people interested in solo ads (usually not bloggers) found out the stuff they’re looking for, bought my books, signed up for my newsletter, but very rarely commented on that blog
    – the bloggers (most of them admitted that have no idea about the topic of that blog) commented in order to get a backlink or just because we’re friends.

    So I closed the comments and the only consequences are that 1) the blog increased the speed due to the fact that I removed some plugins related to the comment area and 2) I got more time.

    Enjoy your Friday! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Personally, I have no problem with receiving negative comments on my blog. If someone wants to criticize what I say, I’ll definitely want to engage in a discussion with them. Posting something just to get positive comments is just a way of seeking validation, in my opinion.

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, when I said, ‘negative’ comments, I am referring to those that are blatantly disrespectful.

      I do not view constructive criticism as being negative.

      Also, I do approve comments with opinions that I am not in agreement with.

      Only approving comments that one agrees with is a biased act.

      And, another thing is, that comments are there to share your genuine point of view of the topic that was posted. However, they should be brought across in a diplomatic manner.

      Thank you for your valuable input.

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      1. Obviously constructive criticism and different opinions are one thing, but what I meant was, say that, for example, one day I comment this on your post “I hated this post, you’re so stupid” (but you know I would never say that) would you immediately delete the comment, or would you want to know why I said that? Personally, I think I would answer the comment.

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  4. Almost all of my posts are open to comments. The only time I disable comments is when I reblog someone elseโ€™s post. I want people who want to comment on the post I reblogged to make them on the original post and not on my reblog.

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  5. I allow comments from any reader, and have only had to block and delete one troll, in seven years on Word Press. I find the spam filter does the rest, and I go through it, deleting most spam items, whilst occasionally approving a few. Interacting with others, even with legitimate critics, is a key part of posting in the first place, at least for me.

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thankfully, I have not encountered any trolls as yet on WordPress (And, I would like it to stay that way).

      Akismet works great at keeping spam at bay. The only issue that I have with Akismet is, that sometimes, innocent comments from my friends end up in the spam area.

      Also, it is nice to know that you allow comments from any reader.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  6. I absolutely dislike it when I read a post and find the comments are disabled. You’ve been to my blog, so I think you know that comments are EXTREMELY important to me, not only from other bloggers, but also from myself to them. I think it’s what makes a blog thrive and seem more alive than just someone posting and receiving likes.

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  7. Great post. Comments off over here, but always open to emails and twitter messages.
    Over our time blogging, for the most part we were just deleting spam messages in the
    comments section. (We did keep a few choice comments) but alas 8,085 spams later
    we decided to switch off the comments. (Also the share this icons which made our blog
    run considerably faster)

    All the best!

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