Separate WordPress Comments to Fix Google Panda Penalty

By 25-06-2014   BloggingSEOWordPress
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The real secret why we separated WordPress comments from post content, is to deal with our Google Panda penalties. While our site gets millions of spam comments every year, many comments slip through the spam filters and moderation efforts. The more I analyse our content to fix the Google penalties, the more I realize that hundreds of these poor WordPress comments are an important cause affecting several of these pages.

While I told you how to open WordPress pop-up comments, it turns out that showing WordPress comments on new pages is even better in a lot of different ways. Here is how hosting WordPress comments on new pages can help you fight Google penalties.

Separate user generated content

WordPress comments are generated by website readers, and more commonly spam bots which managed to escape your comment moderators and antispam plug-ins.

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WordPress comments can be bad for several reasons in the tracks of Google Panda.

  1. Spammy URL linked to comment name or in comment text
  2. Poor grammar in comment name or in comment text
  3. Bad keywords in comment name or comment text

spam comments

A lot of rubbish poorly moderated comments can red flag Google algorithms, label these as poorly moderated thin content pages –  and is a very common reason to get a Google Panda penalty. Separating these WordPress comments into new pages helps us keep WordPress comments out of the Google index.

No-Index comments pages

Now you can no index the new comments-popup.php pages by adding meta tags, and this will prevent the WordPress comments page from getting indexed into the Google index. Since the code of these pages is totally under your control, simply add the following line of code after the HEAD tags of your new comments-popup.php file

<meta name="robots" content="noindex, follow" />

This will prevent Google from indexing your comment pages completely. Remember NOT to put the tags on your main post pages or header.php template or they will be no indexed also.

No follow comments link

You can also add rel="nofollow" tags to the links from your post pages (single.php) which point to these comment pages. This will prevent Google from visiting the comment pages.

<a href="http://yourdomain.com/?comments_popup=<?php the_ID(); ?>" 
rel="nofollow" class="btn">
<?php comments_number('No Comments', '1 Comment', '% Comments'); ?></a>

So while you maintain an effective comment system, supported with all your spam comment blocking plug-ins, yet the comment system is separated from your main posts. So while users continue to enjoy your post content, they can continue to click to the comments page to read other comments or post a comment easily – and you can keep user based content separate and safe from Google Panda penalties.

17 comments on “Separate WordPress Comments to Fix Google Panda Penalty

  1. I have a custom coded website, how can we implement a solution similar to yours, our platform used is asp.net and we would also like to implement a separate pop up like solution!

  2. Morgan says:

    Great idea, I will implement this and would check result. Such a nice sharing regarding WordPress comments to fix panda penalty.

  3. Great post,
    Something bad happening without our mistake is really painful,as I have experienced.
    Thanks for the great tip.

  4. Roman says:

    It is really so useful idea to prevent spam.Thank’s for post such a worthy psot.

  5. Jackson says:

    Awesome info, No follow links are just as important as follow because they are natural, All do follow links make your site look like paid or manufactured.

    Thanks

  6. sattar says:

    It is really so useful idea to prevent spam.Thank’s for post such a worthy psot.

  7. Tony says:

    This is the first site I had seen the comments separate from the post and I really like it, it just clears up the page so much. I’m thinking of doing it on my own site.

  8. shounak says:

    Thanks for sharing this informative post. I have a small question. How about using Disqus Comment plugin on wordpress?

  9. Uses says:

    Thanks! I get quite a few spam comments on my WP. I didn’t know spam comments were part of the Panda update.

  10. azokatheo says:

    thanks for the useful tips

  11. Rashed Khan says:

    Fantastic post. I has been checking constantly this website and I’m pleased! Extremely beneficial info particularly the last portion. I look after such details much. I has been seeking this kind of certain details for a long time. Thank an individual and all the best.Many thanks for share this idea.

  12. Great tip. Honestly, I had never considered that this could be a part of the Google indexing process. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Great post. I didn’t know spam comments were part of the Panda update.
    No follow links are just as important as follow because they are natural, right?
    thanks for the useful tips.

  14. Gaurav says:

    Very nice information and you have explained very nicely,
    We have to always be updated with google updates and penalties.

    Thanks for sharing

    Cheers..

  15. Scarlett says:

    Thanks for the tips. I was not aware of such comments affecting SEO.

  16. Steve Ceaton says:

    I didn’t realise comments could cause problems with Panda. I’ll have to keep an eye on that! Thanks for sharing.

  17. sam says:

    Fantastic post. I didn’t know spam comments were part of the Panda update.I didn’t realize comments could cause problems with Panda

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