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User Generated Content (Comments) - What Impact Do They Have?


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#1 seodanne

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Posted 14 January 2015 - 06:55 AM

Hello HR stars!

I have a question regarding user comments on article pages. I know that user generated content is good for SEO, but how much impact does it really have?

For your information: 
1 - All comments appears in source code and is crawled by spiders.
2 - A visitor can comment a page for up to 60 days. 
3 - The amount of comments depends on the topic, we usually gets between 3-40 comments.

My question:
1 - If we were to remove comments completely, what impact would it have from seo perspective? (I know you cant be certain - but please make an educated guess if possible)
2 - If it has a negative and-/or positive impact please specify why! :) 

If anything is unclear or you want certain information don't hesitate to ask and I'll try to specify.

Im new here at HighRankings and not completly familar with the structure and how to find exactly what im looking for so if this topic has been answered in the past and I didnt find it please refer to it. Apart from that I will do my best to answer questions here at HR and be a part of this community. 

Best regards,
Danne 



#2 Jill

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Posted 14 January 2015 - 10:37 AM

Comments will bring you the ability to possibly have that page show up in the search results for words that happen to be within the comments. 

 

If they're not there, then you will no longer have that ability.



#3 chrishirst

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Posted 14 January 2015 - 12:22 PM

 

 

 I know that user generated content is good for SEO

According to whom?

 

 

 

For your information: 
1 - All comments appears in source code and is crawled by spiders.
2 - A visitor can comment a page for up to 60 days. 
3 - The amount of comments depends on the topic, we usually gets between 3-40 comments.

 

All I can come up with is; And??

 

However, for the questions

 

 

1 - If we were to remove comments completely, what impact would it have from seo perspective? (I know you cant be certain - but please make an educated guess if possible)
2 - If it has a negative and-/or positive impact please specify why

 

 

1/ Probably none at all. (although that is dependant upon what you consider as "SEO".

 

2/ What Jill said, and to add, you might find some "key" words that you had not thought of.






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