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nates450r
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To comment or not to comment?

Just wondering has anyone ever added a comment box on there affiliate site? or even if it would be a good idea.

I thought about adding a comment box to the bottom of each of my articles (like on a blog)
so people could leave comments in real time.

What are your thoughts? i even thought about adding a comment box on my product review pages (would have to split test)
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essexboyracer
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I have on one of mine, but its subject matter works well for the products on offer. I think it depends on what you are promoting. I came across an affiliate site that uses http://realtidbits.com/products/comments/ for its comments system, a third party add-on script, though I reckon due to the nature of the site in question I couldn't find any live comments on it. Comments for articles would probably be ok,

Do bear in mind you will have to moderate the comments, whether you use Akismet (or similar) or do it by hand. There are lists for auto approve blogs/comments out there for black-hat backlinks http://www.google.com/search?q=auto+approve+blogs and unmoderated you will get a deluge of spam comments.
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chris72
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There is a theory that Google takes comments into account when deciding how relevant a site is, so yeah I would allow them on certain pages. Personally I don't allow them on review pages as they tend to distract from the page.

It is also great for building your relationship with your readers, in some niches this can be more advantageous than a good SERP placing.

Watch the spam comment thing though - it does take regular monitoring :)
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nates450r
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I think i i have seen comment boxs that use captcha - would this help with the spam?
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cecille.l
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We don't recommend placing comment boxes, especially on review pages, because they can distract your visitors/ potential buyers. Comment boxes are also spam magnets, so moderating comments is a must and can take up a lot of time.

@nates450r - Yes, captchas would help lessen the spam but you would still need to go over the comments and make sure that those are relevant to your post.
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stevencr
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Hi

It does depend on your product.

So in other words, if the product was not a good performer you might be worried about a comment you might get.

Or if it is a good performer, and a great product, then wow the comments might work for you.

It really comes down to choice. If you think people will leave positive comments, then go for it. If they are likely to leave 'on the fence' or negative comments then why would you do that?

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evilla.drazen
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Comments on blogs are great, but comments on product reviews are not good. Some of them may even be spammers and do not write relevant comments. That is why you should be careful in displaying comments given to you in your site. Anyway, I think a comment box is not necessary for product reviews since a review is somehow a comment in itself already, where you can give your suggestions or critique a particular product.
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michellerana
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I suggest that you enable Akismet if you want to enable comments on your site. Akismet is a good spam catcher and only posts comments that are legit.

You might also want to read the posts made by other members about this topic: Does allowing comments on my post help my link building?
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nates450r wrote:Just wondering has anyone ever added a comment box on there affiliate site? or even if it would be a good idea.

I thought about adding a comment box to the bottom of each of my articles (like on a blog)
so people could leave comments in real time.

What are your thoughts? i even thought about adding a comment box on my product review pages (would have to split test)


If you want to moderate ( cause there will be a lot of spam ) then it is a good idea. Otherwise, if you don't like to work, skip this step.
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