We first launched Online Income Teacher back in 2011. Our site has change a lot since then, but one of the few things that has remained the same is the commenting system that we use – Disqus. In this post we will be looking at the different features of Disqus and explain why we feel it is the best comment system to use online.
What Is DISQUS?
Disqus is a commenting system that can be added to websites to allow people to (surprise surprise) leave a comment on a post.
Now, commenting systems are unusual, there are plenty of different kinds available online. Even WordPress comes with an inbuilt one for default sites to use, but all these different systems offer a different user experience for users.
Disqus has many unique features (which we will look at shortly) but essentially its unique selling point is its ability to connect with and create a network with all the other Disqus comments online. Now, Disqus is used by more than 2.5 million websites around the world, making it one of the most popular and widely used comment systems available, so you can begin to see just how far reaching the Disqus “network” is.
Check out our ‘CommentLuv vs Disqus‘ post.
DISQUS Is A Bit Like A Social Network
Log into Disqus (either with a Disqus account or with your Twitter/Facebook/Google+ details) and you will be able to leave a comment as yourself (with your picture, name, link, bio, etc.). Not only that, but you will be able to see, via the ‘My Disqus’ section, any notifications that you have on previous comments you have left on Disqus, no matter what site you made it on. You can also follow people on Disqus, allowing you to keep up to date on your favourite commenters.
Nobody needs to login to use Disqus if they don’t want, as guests can leave a comment on any post, but this unique feature of linking your whole comment history is a very useful one. As someone that tries to comment on a lot of sites, it’s great to be able to see when someone has replied to me. Not only that, but it helps to be able to keep track of the sites that I have commented on as well.
You can even “favourite” posts that you like. Hitting the ‘star’ will tell Disqus to keep tabs on it for you. It will send you an email digest of your favourite posts, enabling you to keep tabs on the conversation going on in the comment section.
This inbuilt connective structure of Disqus helps to encourage engagement. With many other comment systems, people leave a comment and never come back. At least with Disqus, you are notified of replies to comments which can help spark a conversation. I have gotten to know many bloggers through Disqus itself by just talking to people through it.
Benefits For Websites
As I said at the beginning of the post, we have used Disqus since day 1 of launching the site. This was because it offers a whole host of features for websites.
Firstly, Disqus is incredibly easy to install and is totally free! You setup an account on Disqus itself (here) and then install the WordPress plugin to your site (plugin here) to get up and running. You can actually import any existing comments you have to Disqus, meaning that you don’t have to start over building up your community.
Disqus works seamlessly on whatever device you are using. If you have spent time building a responsive website, then Disqus will fit perfectly allowing people to view and comment wherever they may be.
Helps Speed Up Your Website
Depending on the number of comments your site is getting, it can but a big strain on your server. Disqus prevents this from happening by loading up a cached version of your comments to your site via their servers. This takes the strain off of your own server, speeding up your website and allowing it to just focus on the essentials.
Disqus helps to keep people on your site for longer. Not only does it do this by encouraging interaction from visitors, but also by including links to your other posts for people to check out. So instead of it simply being a way to allow people to leave a comment, it is helping your site retain its traffic and grow a lasting community.
Learn more about how Disqus helps keep visitors on your site for longer.
Advertise On Disqus
Everyone needs more interaction and Disqus can help with that. Disqus is used by 2.5 million websites online, everyday 120 million people engage with one another on Disqus. That is a LOT of people.
Disqus allows people to advertise on other people’s sites by listing your links in their comments (in the Discover box). You can set it up so that you pay only when people click onto one of your links.
Since this can help get your links onto a lot more sites than you could do yourself, this is a great way to increase traffic.
Earn Money With Disqus
Yes, that’s right. You can actually earn money by using Disqus! By enabling the ‘Discover’ box on your site, advertisers can place links under your posts. Every time they are clicked on by one of your visitors, you earn money.
Monitor how much commenting activity you are getting each month on your site. This can help you determine which of your posts is getting the most interaction. That can help you when creating future posts as you can tailor your content to suit what your audience is after.
These are just some of the wonderful features that Disqus has to offer. The great thing is that they are an active company who are always looking to improve their system, so I have no doubt that they will release yet more useful and engaging features for sites to make use of in the future.
Do you use Disqus on your website? What is your opinion of Disqus? Please let us know your views in the comment section below.