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Ask Yoast: Do off-topic comments hurt SEO?

If you own a blog, you have to deal with the opinions, questions, and feedback from your blog’s visitors. Mostly you receive comments related to your post, but sometimes you might receive off-topic comments. How do you respond properly? And, more importantly, do off-topic comments on your blog post hurt your SEO? In this Ask Yoast, we’ll explain if off-topic comments hurt your SEO and how you can respond to them.

Gerencer Thomas emailed us asking:

“Do off-topic comments on my blog post hurt my SEO?”

Check out the video or read the answer below!


Do off-topic comments hurt SEO?

Check out the video or read the answer below!

Well yes, they can. If someone has a very long comment on your post that does not relate to the topic of your blog post, then you should probably delete that comment. Not only for SEO reasons, but also for your own sanity.

It’s very easy to just reach out to someone if he or she is saying something completely unrelated. Just email that person and say, “Hey, you said this and this. I can respond to that, but it’s not really related to the blog post, so I have deleted your comment, but here’s my reaction.” That’s a friendly reaction to the person leaving the comment on your blog, but it’s also keeping your blog post intact and on topic.

So, yes it can hurt your SEO; delete them if you can. Good luck!

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4 Responses to Ask Yoast: Do off-topic comments hurt SEO?

  1. Jen Hoo
    Jen Hoo  • 2 years ago

    Thanks for posting, I really enjoyed reading and certainly will be taking your advice and learning from your tips.Thank for your video tutorial.

  2. Wayne Cochran
    Wayne Cochran  • 2 years ago

    This is very useful info that never really occurred to me. It always seems like an uphill battle once you start getting traffic to a site to keep off-topic comments from coming up, and it really helps to have a good comment filtering/approval solution in place, otherwise your comments will get bogged down with spam/advert-bots.

    • Anil Agarwal
      Anil Agarwal  • 2 years ago

      I agree with you.

      A lot of people leave completely irrelevant comments some of blog posts and it really makes me wonder what made them to leave such opinions.

      Before approving comments (especially from the first timers), make sure to read them. If they irrelevant, hit on the spam button and you can live peacefully.

      Great video! I do have one question.. do comments help in getting better search rankings? Or should we use Disqus over WordPress commenting system?

  3. Andre Sportingbet
    Andre Sportingbet  • 2 years ago

    I agree too. Comments on the off-topic site hurt SEO yes.