I really don’t like the Disqus commenting system.
If you use Disqus as your comments plug-in, not only will you not be getting any comments from me, I’ll also avoid reading your posts. I use BlogLovin’ to follow my favorite blogs and I absolutely refuse to follow any blog that uses Disqus.
1. It wants me to register an account with them.
I have plenty of accounts in so many services. I see no benefit in registering for one more just so I can comment on your blog.
2. It won’t let commenters add a link back to their website.
No, I don’t comment on blogs for SEO benefits. I know very well that WordPress comments have a “nofollow” attribute and that’s just fine. I hate comment spam as much as anyone.
When I see an interesting comment by someone, I want to follow through to their blog. It’s very frustrating not having a link to go to other than their very boring Disqus profile. Why should I care about their Disqus profile and why should you generate traffic for Disqus which does not benefit your readers in any way?
These two reasons make Disqus very frustrating for me as a blog reader, whether I want to comment on your post or even if I don’t.
I don’t understand why bloggers use Disqus in the first place. Yes, I have read about their “advantages” but I see more disadvantages there.
1. They store the comments on their server.
I want to contribute content to your blog. Not to Disqus. I would never use that plugin on any of my blogs because I want full control over content, comments included. Now and in the future too. Even if down the road they decided to charge for the service.
2. It deters some users from participating in the conversation.
Those without an account, like myself, are far less likely to add a comment.
Why would anyone choose Disqus in the first place?
I do wonder.
WordPress has a perfectly ok system for commenting.
- It allows users to add their email address without publishing it, so you can contact them while keeping their privacy.
- It allows fellow bloggers to present their blog in a non-obtrusive way, helping develop a community around your topic.
- It lends itself beautifully to various template designs.
- It handles spam very well once you activate Akismet.
I don’t see how Disqus is any better in that respect. I have seen blogs where spammers filled the Disqus comments section with links to their sites. Left open to links and unmonitored, there’s little Disqus can do to stop spammers.
- It’s there already. No need for additional plugins.
With such an effective and useful system already in place, why use a plugin? The only motivation I can see is that Disqus pays bloggers a small fee when they activate the built-in ads. Is it really worth it though?
Why won’t I even follow your blog if you use Disqus?
I’m the kind of person who likes to engage others in conversation. I’m the one who can’t help but respond to people’s Facebook posts, or tweet back when something catches my eye on Twitter.
I do the same with blogs. When I read an interesting blog post, I like to leave my paw mark and reply with my own insights and thoughts. I also appreciate the opportunity to present myself to the blogger and to other commenters by adding a link to my blog. I want this process to be simple and I don’t want to have to create an account with a third-party just so I can comment.
If your blog uses Disqus, you’re in effect shutting me out of the conversation. Even if I have something that’s very useful and interesting, or if I want to ask something. That’s not nice and it means I won’t go back to your blog. There are TONS of great blogs out there where I can speak my mind, so why waste my time on the ones who don’t let me do so?
Why should you care?
I’m just a grumpy old web publisher (not really! I’m awesome!) and your blog will do just fine without my comments or my readership (not really! You want to hear what I have to say!)
I’m not the only commenter you’re losing though. People who engage with a website tend to return and to stay for longer. Commenting adds stickiness. To get them to engage with your blog, you need to keep things simple. Disqus complicates them.
When you use Disqus you may be losing commenters and readers. I doubt I’m the only one.