Blogs are built around comments. It’s always fun and rewarding to see your blog have a lot of comments on it. Trouble is, comments attract spam and it’s not always easy to distinguish between legitimate comments and spam.
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?
Today while browsing through my daily feeds, I noticed a great post over at Performancing about getting your blog organized with categories and tags. This post got the creative juices flowing a bit and got me thinking about both categories and tags.
I make it a point to engage in discussions regularly with my fellow bloggers about a variety of topics I have an interest in, including blogging, affiliate marketing, internet real estate, etc. One thing I always like to find out from fellow WordPress users is whether or not they’re using the tag system that was introduced in WordPress 2.3. What I’ve found are some very diverse responses, ranging from them not understanding how tags work, to some people that actually prefer to just use tags instead of categories. Of course in the middle are the people that are attempting to use both.
I personally use categories on all of my sites, but only choose to use tags on a few of them. For the ones that I do use tags on, I make sure to use the Recommended Tags WordPress plugin so I don’t go overboard with the tags I use.
I’d love to get your take on this. Do you use categories and/or tags on your blog?