I’ve been writing about blog comments for a long time. The reason I continue, is that I believe blog comments is still one of the most important parts of driving traffic to my blog and how I am building strong relationships.
It takes a lot of time to do it right though. We need to add value to each comment, and we should comment on relevant blogs, blogs that are similar to ours. I don’t have that much time at the moment, so I am commenting less now, and I am not spending that much time trying to find new interesting blogs, that’s all in the past. And, this is part of the reason why I switched to Disqus.
At the moment, I’m focusing on writing and creating content, trying to be creative. There’s one important reason why I am still commenting on blogs. It’s not so much about the traffic anymore, and it’s not related to SEO. I want comments on my posts as well, it’s not just about building relationships and connecting with like-minded people, but I really enjoy feedback on my thoughts and my writing. That’s how I get better at it.
I have written about different blog commenting systems before. I have been thinking about switching from CommentLuv Premium for a long time. It was a hard decision though. I’ve been a fan for a long time, and I’m still a fan. It was just taking up so much of my time to get things right.
I decided to switch when I visited Tim Bonner’s blog last week, and read why he switched to Disqus – it was the same reason why I was thinking about making the switch.
Spam is increasing. Hundreds of broken links. And, in the end I discovered that I could remove five plugins, and still get all the benefits by just installing Disqus.
Looking at what Tim had done, I considered myself to be ready for the switch to Disqus. It worked great on Tim’s blog, and his experience with the switch made me do it the same day.
The only problems I experienced switching from CommentLuv Premium to Disqus, was exporting all the comments from WordPress. It took a long time and I received errors every time I tried to do the export. I ended up doing it manually. It didn’t take much time at all. The installation and setup, was very easy, anyone can do it. The export and import is suppose to go more or less automatic, but like I said, I had some problems with it.
In the end, including the problems, I don’t think I used more than 30 minutes on everything, from installing, the setup, to finishing importing all the previous comments into Disqus.
Why the switch to Disqus was important
I want to spend my time being productive and creating, moving forward with my inital goals, making a dent in the universe. I don’t want to spend my time with technical issues on my blog, or trying to make Google happy, since they’ve been giving me a hard time lately.
Comments are important, and they’ll continue to be important “forever”, because there are real people connecting with me. No matter what business you’re in, it’s always focused on people. Hence, commenting is one very important aspect of blogging.
Disqus makes it easy to comment. At the same time, you need to register (I’m not allowing guest comments) to comment. That made me think about if switching was a good idea or not. I don’t want to force my readers to register, and I want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to comment. But, by not making people register (or use their social media profiles to comment), I was afraid that I’d end up with massive spam; one of the reasons why I switched to Disqus in the first place.
Now, things are just working. Suddenly, I don’t have any spam. I don’t have any broken links from the comments. And, I can focus on the reason why I am blogging.
The good and the bad
- Disqus is free
- No spam
- No broken links
- One plugin, instead of 5
- All comments are backed up to WordPress
- You need to register
- It can be slow(er)
- Some issues exporting and importing comments
I still haven’t figured out if comments are backed up to my blog, or if everything is just available inside Disqus. So, there are some issues I need to solve. But, in the end, I’m feeling that the move to Disqus has been a good one.
Your opinion about Disqus
What’s your opinion of Disqus? Did my switch benefit you, in any way?