Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Make it easier for people to comment on your WordPress blog
Comments on your blog are good things. They foster interaction and connection. And they can improve your search engine placement in the process.
The problem with comments on blogs is spam.
That's why I used to recommend requiring people to be registered and logged in to a blog before allowing them to comment.
I now recommend a lower barrier: requiring comment authors to fill out their names and email addresses.
Because I'm now convinced that requiring registration and logging in significantly discourages comments. And as long as your settings keep comments held for moderation before appearing on your blog, it's no big deal to bulk delete the spam comments you'll get — and you will get spam comments.
Note: If you do find it a bother to manually delete the spam comments you'll get, you can use one of the many reputable comment spam plugins for WordPress, like Akismet.
If you'd like more interaction with your blog, consider loosening the commenting restrictions. You can always change things if need be.
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