Google is an ever changing thing. That’s a nice way of putting it.
Google constantly changes the way it ranks sites on the Internet. You see, it sends out these little bots to “crawl” every site it can find. Then it uses the information it finds to rank each site. This determines whether your site comes up at number 1 in the search returns or 1 million. (Hint: NOBODY want their site to be listed as number 1 million.)
Why is this important?
Well, when you search for something on the Internet, do often do you look at the second, third, fourth, or fiftieth page of search results? Never….right?
No website or blog owner wants to spend hours researching and writing material if no one will ever see it, so it’s important to keep your website showing up high in the search results.
So this is the reason I must delete all comments on this blog.
Actually, there are two reasons.
First, when people comment on my blog they often leave a link to their site. This is perfectly fine. I often do that on other people’s sites myself. But here is the problem: If they later delete that site or change anything about that page of their site, then it is a “broken link” that goes no where. If that link is still listed on my site, then Google will penalize my site.
Doesn’t sound fair? Well, it sort of isn’t. But that’s how it works.
Second, even if a person links to a site that is still up and running, Google will still penalize me if it doesn’t “like” that site.
Yep, that’s right.
Why Must I Delete Everything Now?
Well, I have been preoccupied with other projects lately and have let this site suffer. I have not been on top of things and my ranking has slipped. It would literally take hours to go through the mountains of comments that I have approved over the years, so it would be much easier to just delete all the comments.
Anyone who has ever been a webmaster knows that it takes hours to sift through all the incoming comments for a website or blog. Although I have a plug in that helps cut down the time, it is still a huge job. I just don’t have the time or energy to go through all of these comments a second time.
To anyone who has posted a legitimate comment that did not link to anything “bad” I offer my sincere apologies.
I hope everyone understands : )