Your Take: What Do You Think of Disqus?
Those of you who have been on the site since the beginning might have noticed a change recently – we stopped using Disqus as our commenting platform. It was hard to come to the decision but I felt it was for the best. It felt like breaking up, even though no one at Disqus even knew we were going out in the first place.
Disqus is beautiful. It has great features. It murders spam and even the false positives are borderline. I love it.
But commenters apparently don’t.
And that’s trumps all of my reasons.
Most of the people interested in Microblogger are going to be other bloggers or future bloggers. One of the biggest benefits of commenting is exposure for your own site. You leave a comment and your name becomes a link back to your blog. In fact, there are scores of people who comment solely for that one benefit. When a site uses Disqus, the person’s name isn’t a nofollowed link to their site. It’s a link to a popup of their profile, which might link to their site. You just don’t as much click through traffic to your own site so making an insightful comment loses a bit of its return on time.
When you take away that one ancillary benefit, people are less likely to comment.
When you’re a huge site like AVC with a readership that doesn’t care about links to their own blogs, you can run Disqus without impact. When you run a blog that is trying to gain exposure to other bloggers, you can’t run Disqus if you want to maximize engagement, foster conversations, and build a community.
So, we’re going back to the native WordPress comment system with a few spam plugins to try to push back against the torrent of spam.
If you’re one of the bloggers who hasn’t been commenting because you hate Disqus, I invite you to comment. I value the conversation above all other things and the biggest lesson I learned from Bargaineering was that I learn as much from the community as the other way around (probably more!). Without the discussion, this site is just a soapbox and I’m certain I don’t have all the answers.
For any bloggers considering Disqus, it’s beautiful and it’s effective but it has it’s drawbacks (another drawback is that Google can’t see the comments, but that didn’t matter as much to me).
What are your feelings about Disqus?