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Why I use Disqus to manage my blog comments

January 11, 2016

why I use discus for managing blog comments

Whether you start out with Wordpress, Blogger or another blog platform, all these platforms have a build in comment section where your readers can comment on your blog posts. It is then up to you to allow comments on your posts or not since these comment options can be turned on and off by yourself.

While I follow along with some very big blogs that have turned off the comment option because it costs them way too much time to moderate and reply to all the comments, most blogs will allow reader comments. And for a good reason. Offering the option to leave a reaction on a blog post creates a sense of community on a blog, between the blogger and the readers but also amongst the readers. And as a blogger you can definitely learn and grow from honest comments.

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF COMMENTS

Of course giving the option to your readers to leave reactions on posts will not always give you nice and good feedback. Some people can be really rude online. Sitting safely behind their computer screen (and probably feeling crappy as hell) they think it is totally okay to act like a troll and harass people who express themselves in an honest way through their blogs. Fortunately I didn't have to deal with these types of comments yet, but I know a lot of bloggers have to deal with such nasty reactions that add absolutely no value.

And then there is spam of course. People that leave a comment only to promote their product. I've had a couple of them over time here on Blogger and when I still had a Wordpress blog I had tons of them unfortunately. They don't even comment on the post but just leave a link to their product or website in the hope that it will be published and other readers will click on the link. Therefore I always moderate all comments first before they are published. If you have your comment settings set in a way that every comment is published immediately these kind of spammers will soon take over your comment section. So be aware of that!

Fortunately most comments that I get on my blog posts are true comments from people that care for what I write. And it's totally okay when people offer a critical note every now and then when they have a different view on a subject or maybe want to add something to the ideas I gave in the post. If given correctly, a bit of critical feedback can actually help you to learn and grow. But there is a very clear difference between critical but valuable feedback and trolling.

THE IMPORTANCE OF MANAGING BLOG POST COMMENTS

Well, given the information in the paragraph above it should be no surprise that managing/moderating your comment section is first and foremost for picking out the spammers and trolls to prevent them from appearing in your comment section. But there is another reason why managing your comments is a good idea.

Keeping track of comments and approving them one by one will also give you the opportunity to reply to them. It's good for building community on your blog when you show up in your comment section every now and then yourself. And of course, if you have a busy blog you don't have to reply to every comment, but if people really take the time to write a good comment, maybe with and idea or question in it, it is good idea to answer back.

WHY I DECIDED TO USE DISQUS FOR MANAGING MY POST COMMENTS

As I mentioned before, most blog platforms will offer you their own comment options when you start out with a blog. And the option that Blogger offers for example is pretty okay. You can choose to moderate them all before publishing and you can select if everyone can leave a reaction or just a select group of people. You even have the option to turn on and off comments on individual blog posts.

why I use Disqus for managing blog comments

But if you want just a little more than that you might want to consider using Disqus for managing your comment section. Disqus is an online tool that offers comment managing on websites with some extras, and the great thing is that it is free to use! You sign up for free, create your account/profile and then you can set up Disqus on your blog.

What I love about Disqus:

• the layout of the comment section that is installed on your blog is clean, simple and looks very professional, it even adjusts itself to the color scheme of your blog.

why I use Disqus for managing blog comments

• it not only shows your comments and replies in a professional way, but also adds a section below the comment area named 'also on ... ' This section shows comment screen shots of previous post and works like a related post gadget. Readers get triggered by it to read more content and therefore the chance that they will hang around on your blog a little longer increases.

why I use Disqus for managing blog comments

• you can select a setting so that everyone can comment, even guests that don't have a disqus profile themselves. They will appear in your comment section without a photo, but you can even upload a little image for these guests. I use a little white heart on a pink background for guests.

why I use Disqus for managing blog comments
 
• it gives you the option to moderate each comment before you publish it but it also gives you the option to analyze the comments.

why I use Disqus for managing blog comments

• it shows you which commenters have a low-rep (meaning low comment reputation). These are often commenters that have been marked as spammers by other bloggers or commenters that leave hundreds of short, meaningless comments on multiple blogs for the opportunity to leave their own blog link behind. In case of such a low-rep commenter it's up to you if you approve the comment or mark it as spam.

why I use Disqus for managing blog comments

• you can mark comments and commenters as spam or prohibit comments with certain words in it.

• and if you are the proud owner of more than one blog, you can use Disqus on all your blogs with the same Disqus profile.

HOW TO INSTALL DISQUS ON YOUR BLOG

While installing Disqus might differ from platform to platform, it's not that difficult. Let's take the first steps together:

1. Visit www.disqus.com and sign up for free

adding Disqus to your blog

2. Create a free personal profile - don't forget to add a picture of yourself since this will be the image that will be shown next to your comments

3. Once your profile is created click on the little blue wheel image next to your profile image, you will get some options presented here

4. Select option 'add Disqus to site' and follow the rest of the instructions for the blog platform you use

adding Disqus to your blog
adding Disqus to your blog

5. Once Disqus is correctly installed on your blog site you can work further on your setting options. You can include and exclude commenters, set moderation to all comments or none, add a custom image for your guest commenters etc.


Of course there is nothing wrong with using the regular Blogger or Wordpress comment options on your blog, but if you are looking for a little extra, that is free above all, then it might be worth checking out Disqus!


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