For years I have used the standard WordPress comment system, which may be the system you use. While this is a very standard and simple system, sometimes you may log into your blog and be met with loads of spam comments. After a bit of research Disqus rose to the surface as a solution that reduces spam, plugins and adds traffic.
What is Disqus?
Pronounced Discuss, Disqus is changing the way blog comment systems work. Actually according to their site they allow “you to add next-gen community management and social web integrations to any site on any platform.” This means that it allows more social interaction via comments. Social interaction allows for a community to grow which is of course good traffic for your website.
Why use Disqus Plugin?
Many bloggers use plugins such as Akismet to block spam. CommentLuv to give love to comments. Subscribe to Comments to keep updated. While all these plugins allow for greater communication with your readers, the more plugins you use the greater the chance of blog problems. With Disqus readers can like a comment, subscribe to comments, find out more information about a commenter, and subscribe to that person’s comments.
What about Social Integration?
Readers can comment the same as they normally would, but they can also login with Facebook, Twitter or other services. This allows them to have an easy sign in. It also allows these users to show links to their social networking profiles. Disqus users can add all their social profiles, avatar and blog to build a complete profile. Thereby anyone who clicks on their Disqus comment can see the entire profile.
Should you get a Disqus Profile?
By getting a Disqus profile you can add your various social network profiles to this one link. This means you can link your Facebook, Twitter, Digg and other social accounts to your profile. You can easily add your main website and others as well. This creates another back link for you and allows viewers of your profile or comments to access more information about you. Make certain you add an avatar, many blogs allow an avatar picture which means your comments will have your picture beside them.
What are the biggest advantages?
Your readers can log in with Facebook or Twitter which will allow them to quickly repost their comment. Your blog will show on their Twitter or Facebook wall which will increase promotion of your blog. Readers can send their comments to other sites as well again increasing your publicity. And when your readers comment on another blog, if someone likes their comment they can see what other blogs that reader comments on, which includes yours, which is a great cross promotion for you. So the question may be why would you not try Disqus?