A commentsfeed (of a blog) might serve perfectly as a commentssitemap. I'm wondering if it's a good idea to submit this feed to Google's webmaster tools.

What are the pros & cons?

  • You're already submitting a feed which links to the post page, Google likes the post more than the comments, I don't see a need to submit a comment feed. If you're Zappos with more comments than product copy, reviews included you may consider using it.
    – Anagio
    Jun 28 '12 at 18:55

I would answer no to this question, for the following reasons:

  1. RSS as an alternative for XML Sitemap is just that - an alternative
  2. The comments feed is just a list of fragment references (the bit in the URL after the #) to one page, as opposed to a list of unique page URLs - which is the intent of a sitemap.
  3. I would suggest that comments aren't (normally) the strongest value area of a page - you would hope that the actual content being commented on was, so there doesn't seem to be much value highlighting the low-value are to search engines.

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