Google Plus Comments:Good For You, Bad For Them

Have you seen the recent jump to the Google Plus comments system here lately?  Massive piles of bloggers jumped ship from CommentLuv over to the new Google comment google plus commentssystem, leaving people with their pants down and stranded for links.

When I say masses, I really mean a lot of people!  Pretty famous people too, and people you probably know.

Without any caution at all, they abandoned their precious CommentLuv, DISQUS, Livefyre, etc to get a piece of the Google pie.

Why YOU Don’t Benefit From Google Plus Comment System

I must admit, I did it too. I saw people frantically rushing to get the Google comments system, and slightly panicked a little myself and uploaded WordPress’s plugin for this platform.

I actually had it up for a week until I realized that the people that I always said were most important to me (my readers), were actually getting the shaft in this deal.

Having this commenting system on my blog doesn’t allow you to get your dofollow link back to your site. Since I have CommentLuv enabled on my blog, you also have the option to show you last blog post.

With Google Plus comments, every time you comment and/or share on this platform, you’re not doing yourself any good. And while I always appreciate the shares, I want to be able to make your time on this blog worth while to you…

I lost my head for a little while.

When you comment on someone’s site that has Google Plus comments enabled you are NOT getting a link back, and I know that this is important to some people. You’re basically giving that person a free share in order to have your comment seen.

Why Google Plus Comments May Be A Bad Thing

It’s very odd to me that a lot of these professional bloggers would lose their long time applications to follow something that wasn’t even endorsed by Google itself. While I was apprehensive when Google Plus comments came out, I am even more so now that I’ve had the chance to test it out on my own blog.

It seems also that a lot of bloggers aren’t even considering some of the bad things involved with this commenting system. Here are some things that I have found recently that can become a problem with using this third party plugin on WordPress.

  • No Privacy Settings- Even if you comment or share a comment privately, people can still see what you have written when they come to that site.  You must also assume that everything you say about something on Google Plus will eventually show up somewhere on someone else’s site.  Check your privacy settings before sharing.
  • 3rd Party Plugin- Google Plus Commenting system is only endorsed for those people associated with the Blogger platform.  Using something that is not endorsed by Google itself could become a problem in the future.
  • Only Helps The Blog- While this is a good thing, we know that having Google+ links directly impact that particular website.  However it does nothing for the reader of that blog, only helping the site itself.
  • No Spam Moderation- Whatever is said on this comment system stays on the system.  There is no spam moderation on Google Plus for comments.  People are allowed to leave any link that they want as well.
  • 3rd Party Plugin- Oh wait, I already said that didn’t I?  If it’s not endorsed by Google, don’t use it!!!

I think that the whole purpose of this thing is to appease the people that are being faithful to you.  If you take away something that they were used to getting, then, in my book, that’s cause for mutiny!  I don’t understand why some of the other more popular bloggers have switched, they have so many fans that I guess it doesn’t matter now, but they are selfishly only considering themselves when they plaster this as the only form of comments that you can give on their site!

Google is slowly climbing the social media ladder, and while this commenting system may seem like a romantic thing right now, there are still a lot of flaws involved with it.  I particularly recommend ANY other commenting system besides this one.  The fact of the matter is, people like having the benefit of getting something back when they come to your site.

CommentLuv Premium is the best plugin I’ve ever found that can do that, moderate spam, and give the reader what they want…a dofollow link when they share your post!

So the next time you think about installing the Google Plus comments for your blog, think about your reader first.  They’ll thank you for it later!

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  1. Thanks for the heads up Wade, first I’ve heard about this, be interesting to see how people use it. Also what comment functionality are you using for your site, it allows you to sign in from via other social channels. Will you be implementing this on your new website when it’s done.

  2. Hi Wade

    I saw so many people jump on the bandwagon with Google+ Comments, some of which I was astounded by. More so because they were fervent supporters of CommentLuv which was then ceremoniously dumped.

    It looks nice and is great for sharing I’m sure but Google+ Comments isn’t for me either. As you say, the point is you’re not giving anything back by using them.

    I tried to point out to a few people that the WordPress version isn’t endorsed by Google but the consensus seemed to be, ‘who cares, it looks cool’ and Google won’t mind because it’s another rung up the ladder for them.

    • A lot of people aren’t going to like this post…especially the one’s that actually wrote a post about switching! And you’re right, these people were people that promoted COmmentLuv as one of the best systems around. And now they’ve switched to the dark side! lol!

  3. Wade,

    I think the points you make are valid, no doubt. But I have to disagree that Google Plus Comments does not help readers.

    Helping your audience build a presence on Google Plus is most certainly helping them. Commenting, sharing and +1 quality content is a big part of that. So yes, the majority of the “value” is directed towards the website, but your audience is still getting some value out of it.

    Also I think that Google Plus Comments in their current form work best in addition a traditional comment system like CommentLuv which I also use.

    Enjoyed your thoughts on this.

    Hanley

    • I see your point Ryan, but still, when people engage, plus 1, and share from this comment system, like we both said, the blog is the only thing getting the benefit. The audience gets the value of the great content, which can still happen with CommentLuv or DISQUS. In the end, the link still points to our website. That’s what I was talking about.

      Please know I don’t mind a bit sharing other people’s content. I’m a regular reader on your site, as you know, and I share your content a lot with no thought of getting a reward for it, lol! Great content is, and always will be, the prize. I’m just merely pointing out the fact that it’s nice to reward the reader with some links back, as in the Top commentor widget, or a dofollow link when they share from CommentLuv.

      I realize that you have CommentLuv enabled, and while I still share your posts to G+, I prefer commenting in the CommentLuv you have because I know it displays my last link. I’m just merely spouting off at people that have been long time advocates of the CommentLuv system, promoting it, selling it, and then abandoning it when something that isn’t even an official part of Google comes along.

      Thanks for coming bro!

      • No, I know that… I think it’s a great debate. Do I lose comments because I have two comment systems?

        Or do I get comments because people are interested in sharing on Google Plus. It’s important to remember that not everyone is interested in that CommentLuv link but may LOVE G+.

        Truthfully, I don’t know what the answer is. But I love trying new things and figuring out what works.

        Hanley

  4. Hey Wade
    You had the Google comments system plugin installed for a week. I had it installed on my blog for about a minute it just made my site look too busy, I’m sticking with Comment Luv Premium and the Triberr plugin for now.

    • Good stuff Paul! Yeah, there’s just too much stuff going on with a bunch of comment systems activated. Have you seen those blogs that have like 3 tabs where you can pick which comment system you want to use? Pathetic!

  5. Interesting post. I had never heard of the Google commenting stuff until now. I agree with what you’re saying as well, but I can also see why some of the larger blogs would appreciate the increased accountability that having to use a Google plus account would bring.

  6. There are some advantages for commenting and disadvantages as well but try it once.

  7. Hi Wade, I’ve been watching and not moving anything yet. I love CommentLuv and how it helps those that comment on my blog. I did change it on a small blogger nature blog of mine and saw that no one commented so I switched back in less than a week. And the comments came back. It does not work for all industries but I still prefer CommentLuv hands down! Besides Andy is always there if we need him, would Google be there if we had issues with their comment system?

    • Probably not Lisa! CommentLuv does seem like the more sensible choice! At least I have Andy’s email when I need him like you mentioned! What was the thing you did that got more comments anyway?

  8. I had been looking at adding Google+ comments to my web site, but wasn’t prepared to drop CommentLuv the standard WP commenting system because not everyone has G+ account and I thought it would discourage commenting. There is a plugin out there that will put the different commenting systems you want to use in tab form, so that the reader can just pick how they want to comment (and you can have both the standard WP and G+ commenting), but it wasn’t clear whether the plugin would work with CommentLuv, so I didn’t try it and have been slowly trying to find another plugin that will do what I want.

    I haven’t at all considered whether any of the commenting plugins I’ve been looking at are Google-approved, though. Definitely something I’ll keep in mind as I continue my search, though!

    • That tabbed looking thing you’re talking about DOES work with CommentLuv. I’ve seen people using it. But my question to those people is why use 3 different forms of comments? I’ve seen Facebook, Google Plus, and CommentLuv all stacked together. To me it just looks needy, not to mention, really busy for your site…oh yeah, and doesn’t it slow your site down when you have too many plugins? Why would someone want to add 2, even 3, commenting systems when they don’t even need it?

      • Hadn’t considered that… I was thinking along the lines of making it as easy as possible for people to comment in order to encourage more comments. Nothing turns me off of commenting more than having to sign up to create yet another account. I thought that if there was more than one way to comment, then people could choose whatever they wanted, or whatever was easiest for them.

        • I see where you’re driving at, but they say not to give people too many choices. Either in landing pages, squeeze pages, or comment systems lol! I would think that having more than one comment plugin on your site would drag it down unnecessarily though.

  9. The version of Gplus Comments I’m using allow me to have both the native WordPress comments (with CommentLuv enabled) and G+ and Facebook, Disqus and LiveFayre.

    Let’s see how my blog does further…

    • I believe that you can actually run an effective blog when you give people options like that. The people I’m talking about have absolutely abandoned the CommentLuv system altogether!

  10. Those were some very valid points that you made. I believe simpler is better. You can’t possibly use all those comment systems anyway. If you’re logged into those accounts already it could make it a little easier but I prefer just the regular comment system for the blog. It doesn’t take a minute to leave a comment. Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m for it, of course, but when it comes to the reader, it’s not benefiting them. At least on my blog if you comment, and then share the post within the comment you get a dofollow.

      • I have this plugin on my blog called comment Evolved. It allows some pretty cool things. like wordpress, google, facebook, disqus, lyrefire to be on your blog and commentluv works with it. I put wordpress as default. Check it out Wade. – Scott Craighead

  11. Thanks Wade,

    Hear what you are saying about back links, the flip to this is that it may be possible for Google to use comments from G+ profiles as signals for authorship and author rank.

  12. Well I have nothing against Google+ comments. If it has a growing number of popularity and if it will leverage your traffic and rankings then this is something that we should take into account.

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