Facebook Comments Plugin Could Deprive Your Site Of Google SEO Juice
By on March 16th, 2011

recently launched a new commenting system for websites and blogs which allowed website owners to add a commenting system to their blog posts.

No SEO Facebook Comments

The idea is very good considering that Facebook now has around 600 million users on the web and it would allow a user to comment with ease while allow them to also post those comments to Facebook itself. Facebook comments plugins also has a lot of other nice features like automatic plugin ratings based on likes and comments among other things.

However, the new Facebook commenting system also comes with a catch. The comments are only accessible to Facebook and cannot be indexed by Google or any other search engines for that matter.

Facebook Comments Bad for SEO and Webmasters

Commenting plays a big part on any blog allowing users to discuss a topic or add their own opinions to one. However, in addition to that comments are also a important part of SEO for a website, because they add value to it and Google often uses them while rating a webpage in their search results.

A very insightful post on Blind Five Year Old discusses this issue in depth and talks about how users comments are owned by Facebook. In fact I don’t think that even a webmaster has a way to export their comments from Facebook and integrate it in your own backend. This is a definite put-off for me since I would like to have control over data for my site.

Of course Facebook will more likely than not address these issues in the future, but it might take time. As of now, I feel that the Facebook comment plugin makes more sense on static websites which do not have a commenting system. I would definitely have loved to have tried out the Facebook comment plugins on the site, but these two pitfalls seem to be too big to ignore.

Do you use the Facebook comment plugin? Would you use it in future considering that you might lose out on Google rankings as well or not be able to re-import the comments to your blog? Do let me know through your comments.

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  • http://www.100webhosting.com Jasmine

    If that’s the case, then I also do not want to have the Facebook comments plugin. What about others, such as Discus?

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  • http://robfelty.com Rob

    I think you are wrong about search engines not being able to index facebook comments. If that were true, they wouldn’t show up in the google cached version. See here as an example
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:GZlOeDzMW2kJ:www.redtri.com/win-an-apple-ipad+redtri+ipad&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&source=www.google.com
    (and note that the comments are not identical to the current page.

  • http://www.indtvforum.com/ indtvforum

    I wish I could get more comments on my own blog to get discussions going. I notice just a couple of comments get others going, but getting the first comment or two is difficult.

  • Chris

    Rob – if you “view the source” of your cached page, you will not find the facebook comments. The cached page is simply pulling in the content when requested, but it’s definately not indexing it as part of the page. The facebook plug in is awesome for visitors, terrible for SEO.

  • http://www.atteromedia.com Tomov

    Actually there’s a solution for that and it’s written in the plugin FAQ:
    http://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/comments/

    See the point “How can I get an SEO boost from the comments left on my site?”

    You can use their API to retrieve the comments and put them in tags for search engines to see.
    You can also store them in your own db if you want.

    Cheers

  • http://friend.ly Lisa

    I am angry I can do a google search on my name and places I have commented, also friend.ly has my questions published and pictures of me.I need them off of a google search please this is invasio of my privacy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/goush Moaz Abu Goush

    Actually there’s a solution for that and it’s written in the plugin FAQ:
    http://developers.facebook.com
    http://www.fxcc.ae

 
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