I am considering switching my commenting system back to CommentLuv and am weighing the features and benefits to decide if it’s a better choice than Disqus. I’ve done a quick review of both the CommentLuv and Disqus commenting platforms to help make a qualified decision on which should be used on my blog and I would appreciate any feedback from you on your experiences or opinions on either.
First of all I guess we have to ask ourselves what is so important about blog commenting in the first place.
There are quite a few reasons to comment on blogs, such as deeper interaction with other bloggers, promoting yourself as an authority on a topic, and SEO benefits by building incoming links to your own blog. All bloggers want more comments on their blogs. It’s a sign of appreciation and like shaking an outstretched hand, which is what I said on Jeff Machado’s article discussing why commenting on blogs will always dominate being active on Twitter.
Jeff said it perfectly here:
Commenting on blogs, on the other hand, allow for streamlined dialogue on a focused topic. You don’t have to worry about anyone telling you you’re Tweeting too much and clogging up their Twitter stream. You can go back and forth and genuinely have a conversation with the blogger whose post you found compelling enough to comment on. Every blog post is an invitation to delve deeper into the topic while a Retweet is just a recognition that the topic exists.
So, you can see commenting is the lifeblood of a blog and therefore the commenting system is pretty important. But, which one is best?
Pros of CommentLuv and Disqus
Both systems have their loyal followers and obvious benefits. I began my blog with CommentLuv but switched to Disqus after having some technical difficulties. Now that I’ve had Disqus a while I’ve also had a few gliches, so go figure. Here’s my take on the two:
- CommentLuv isits the site of the comment author while they type their comment and retrieve a selection of their last blog post and includes it at the bottom of their comment when they click submit. This is great publicity for your blog, showing not just your blog title, but what you’re writing about.
- It has a great community that is very supportive. Many of the CommentLuv users will band together to comment on each other’s blogs. There is even a list of 132 CommenLuv Blogs by niche that was put together to promote comments. I don’t see that so much with Disqus.
- Because many of the CommentLuv users also have a “do follow” policy on their comment links the comment author may receive a little link love for their blog. I also have a “do follow” policy here, but I use the WordPress plugin NoFollow Free which gives the “do follow” link only after leaving 3 comments. This eliminates link juice going to spammers.
- In addition to the CommentLuv plugin they also have the option of adding KeywordLuv to your commenting. This allows the comment author to use their keywords as anchor text with their name when commenting. Even more SEO benefit.
Disqus Comment Management
- Disqus allows you to track peoples comments across the blogosphere. You can see what the commenters here are saying on other blogs and which blogs they are most active on.
- You can “rate” other commenters which will move their comments move to the top of the discussion. This is great if you comment a lot and people like your input because it makes you more of an authority voice.
- You can log into your own Disqus profile to track where you’ve been commenting. Ever commented on a blog then wanted to go back and check it again but forgot where it was? Maybe it’s just me, but I am all over the place and sometimes I forget to bookmark or realize later that I want to quote the article. I used this today to find Jeff’s article.
- Automatically threads your comments for you. I am not sure if CommentLuv does that or not. From what I remember, I had to add a threaded comments plugin when I had CommentLuv installed. I like a clean and flowing conversation.
- Allows you to share your comment on Twitter or Facebook. I do a lot of marketing with social media and love the benefits of word of mouth. Disqus automatically adds the share feature to easily click and tweet your comment.
Downside of CommentLuv or Disqus
There are only a couple things that I’d consider a downside of either commenting system, but off the top of my head here’s what I’ve got:
- CommentLuv is a little more difficult to install and get running. For instance, if I wanted to add the feature that shows the Twitter username for a commenter I would have to tweak some coding inside my theme to have it work. Yuk…me no likey coding.
- Disqus has more hoops to jump through for a first time commenter to leave a comment. You have to register, create a profile, and/or add your blog URL in order for your name or blog to be linked to. If you just register but don’t add the rest of your information, when someone clicks on your name they are taken to your Disqus profile where all they see are the other comments you have left. If you want to attract more blog comments you want it to be simple.
And, I guess my biggest hesitation to revert back to CommentLuv is that I’m not sure what will happen with all the comments I have on my blog right now. I definitely don’t want to lose them. Comments are content to your blog, so relevant comments can add more keywords for Google to crawl and understand what your blog is about.
Wait…I take my earlier statement back.
The BIGGEST hesitation for me to revert back to CommentLuv is that it calls for me to do some coding. If someone can convince me that it will be super easy it may be all it takes for me to switch. Maybe not.
Will you help me? Please leave your comments and opinions on your experience with either commenting system. Which do you prefer and why?
To Your Success,