Almost every blogger is aware that Facebook offers a commenting system for WordPress blogs. This comment plugin from Facebook is basically a code written in FBML (Facebook Markup Language) or may be an iframe which is needed and gets embedded in the html source of your WordPress blog to incorporate this commenting plugin.
You can use this Facebook commenting plugin as a stand-alone system or can be integrated with your WordPress’ default commenting system as well giving 2 ways for readers to leave comments.
But before deciding upon actually implementing this commenting system on your blog, I would like you to have proper insights into its pros and cons.
- Reduced Spam:
Spam is really a very big problem for most of blog owners today as people are putting garbage comments on blogs just for the sake of getting links. So blog owners have to take special care when approving comments to ensure they are genuine. But when you start using Facebook commenting plugin the chances of spammed comments reduces drastically as the user has to leave a comment using their Facebook profile which means their identity and profile can be easily judged to check whether it’s from a real account of from a fake one. This is one of the most compelling reasons to consider the Facebook commenting system is that there is no anonymity therefore spamming is reduced.
- Boost in Traffic:
As social media is becoming extremely popular day by day and Facebook is the best one and most engaging social networking media which is having millions of users. If someone comment on your blog using Facebook commenting then the comment will be visible to their own timeline as well and get viral promotion by being visible to the user’s friends and subscribers hence boosting chances of getting more traffic.
- Reduction in Server Load:
Its quite clear as the comments will be posted using Facebook profile hence they will be hosted on servers of Facebook itself thus cutting down your server load to a great extent.
- Easy to portable:
It will be quite easy for you to shift your blog from WordPress to other platform with Facebook commenting system as you would simply need to embed the FBML code only to your blog source again to get the previous comments back.
- Automatic login feature:
If the user who wants to comment on your blog is already logged in his/her Facebook account then he/she need not to sign-in again but can make a comment directly eliminating the overhead of signing in again and again.
- Slow down the loading speed of a page:
As the comment system will be hosted on Facebook server and not on yours hence increasing the HTTP requests to the other server and finally the page loading speed will be slowed down.
- Makes blog dependable on Facebook for proper functioning:
Since the comments will be loaded from Facebok server so your blog will become dependable on Facebook’s working as well and if anytime Facebook breaks down for any reason then your commenting system won’t also work leading to glitches.
- No comments from Twitter, Google+ users:
Facebook is certainly one of the best social networking websites, however you cannot still be sure whether your targeted audience is getting captured or not as many people still don’t use Facebook and give preference to Twitter and Google+ instead. In such cases you won’t be able to get comments from those Twitter and Google+ users.
- Increase duplicacy issues:
As the same comments will be posted on your blog and Facebook pages as well so it may lead to duplicate content problem from search engine’s perspective.
Also when you are using Facebook commenting system on your blog then there will be less OBL on your pages and your link juice will not pass to others. Facebook commenting system is really awesome if you want to make your posts viral on Facebook.
Well my personal opinion is that the benefits of Facebook Commenting System for WordPress blog rules over its shortcomings.
Let me know what do you feel?