Home 2018 SEO with WordPress [GUIDE] (PART 4)

SEO with WordPress [GUIDE] (PART 4)

by Techie Crunch

Now in SEO [GUIDE] (Part 4), we’ll discuss the following two practices.

  • Optimize WordPress Comments
  • No Follow External Links

Optimize WordPress Comments

There are four ways you can optimize comments in WordPress. For this the techniques you you use depend on the types of comments you use and how you use them. Right, here’s a short list of them:

  • Optimize the WordPress comment system
  • Host your comments outside of WordPress
  • Enable lazy loading for comments
  • Disable comment system
Optimize the WordPress comment system:
  • Go to Discussion settings page in the WordPress admin area.
  • Look for the Other comment settings.
  • Select the checkbox Break comments into pages with X top level comments per page and add a value for the number of comments you want to display.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page, click the button to Save Changes. This will upload a pagination in your comment section and display much less comment consistent with web page.

Host your comments outside of WordPress

The WordPress comment system is a quick way of including comments in your blog. But, those comments which are saved to your personal server can have negative effects on web page speed.

To solve this problem, there are a number of different comment systems, you can implement in WordPress. Here are the most popular plugins:

  • Jetpack Comments
  • Disqus
  • Facebook Comments
  • Comments Evolved
Enable lazy loading for comments

Lazy loading is a feature you can add to increase the performance of your website. It’s normally used for images. This helps users, load pages on your website faster normally not forcing them to load every single image on a page.

You can do the same with comments. If you’re using the native WordPress comment system, use Disqus Conditional Load plugin which is used to combine it together with your web page. It has lazy loading features out of the box.

Disable comment system

The solution of the to this problem is to disable your comment system. For this following steps perform

  • Select the site you would like to enable/disable comments for, then go to Settings.
  • Go to Discussion settings page in the WordPress admin area.
  • Look for the Other comment settings.
  • Check the box Automatically close comments on articles, fill in the number of days.
  • And click the button to Save Changes.

No Follow External Links

Webmasters have a practice of ‘no follow’ all external hyperlinks present in their web page. Whether ‘no follow’ a hyperlink is good or bad for SEO is a whole different and largely an arguable issue altogether.

  • First of all, install the External Links WordPress plugin and activate it.
  • Go to Settings >> External Links. And you could change your settings according to your need.
  • And then click the button to Save Changes.



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