The debate over comments on blogs is as old as blogging — the meme recently resurfaced when Zoli Erdos declared that The Official Google Blog is not a blog because it doesn’t allow comments. Mike Arrington amplified the debate by running a poll about whether comments are required for a blog to be a blog. At last check, the results were:
Is a blog really a blog if there are no reader comments?
Not a requirement, but comments enhance content dramatically
1223 – 40% of all votes
Comments are not a requirement for blogs
1009 – 33% of all votes
Without comments, it isn’t a blog
791 – 26% of all votes
Total Votes: 3023
The post itself received over 150 comments. I wasn’t going to wade into this perennial debate again
Here’s a scenario: your post gets popular on Delicious. You get a ton of comments from “SEO BLOG TIPS” saying “thanks for great post”. Comments like that add no value whatsoever to your blog post. Heck, they devalue it. So here’s the question: do you allow the comment or delete it?
Personally, I consider comments like that spam, but on the other hand, it does get the comment count up. So there it is. A short post, but there’s a reason for it; it’s meant to spark debate, so go on. What would you do?