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Do you allow comments?

One of a blogger’s toughest tasks is managing the discussions around posts, and determining which comments are valuable and which are spam.

In this article I’ll explore top blog commenting systems and the features that make them a great choice for your blog.

Comment Moderation and Spam

Whenever you post content, it is almost guaranteed you will receive some spam in your blog comments. People will submit comments that are completely irrelevant to the discussion to get exposure for themselves or drop a link to their website.

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Remember, there is no comment system, plugin or tactic that will fully eliminate spam. Even if you require registration, people who want to leave spam will simply register and then leave spam comments.

Requiring registration or using advanced commenting systems will reduce the amount of spam you receive. However, it may also lower the overall number of comments you receive. This is something to consider when you choose a blog comment system and configure your settings.

#1: Base Comment Systems Offer Ease of Use

Most blogging platforms such as WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr have a built-in commenting component. With Drupal, the default comment module must be enabled.

Depending on your platform, the base comment system will allow you to configure options, such as whether people need to register for your website to comment or they can freely comment with their name, email and website address.

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WordPress is one blogging platform with a base comment system built in.

The main reason to use the base comment system is that it doesn’t involve any additions to your website. It is usually ready to go when you set up your website. The second reason is speed. A past study by Pingdom revealed that the base comment system on WordPress is faster than the top third-party comment systems.

The downside of the base comment system on any blogging platform is that it will only have basic features. Advanced moderation functionality and spam-handling involves adding plugins to your website.

For WordPress self-hosted websites, you can install plugins like Akismet, which uses algorithms to detect and automatically filter out spam. WordPress and Drupal users can also try Mollom, which works similarly to Akismet to help combat spam. Akismet is the more popular of the two, as it comes installed on most WordPress blogs.

Most people will be familiar with the base commenting system from any of the top platforms. The only missing element for some comment authors on these systems are their photos, as only other bloggers will have images linked to their emails or accounts.

#2: Facebook Comments Allow Direct Facebook Shares

The second most-used commenting system is Facebook Comments, which is mostly due to the fact that Facebook is the most popular social media network. With 968 million daily active users, you can be assured that people who visit your blog will not only have a Facebook account, but will also be logged into it.

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Facebook is the second most-used commenting system, since it’s the most popular social network and users are likely already logged in.

Blog visitors can either choose to comment with a personal profile or use the drop-down menu by the Post button to use a Facebook business page instead. They will get notifications when their comment receives likes or replies through Facebook.

This system will help you, as a blog owner and content creator, get to know the people who read and comment on your posts. Depending on the comment author’s privacy settings, you will see the commenters location, job title, school and other relevant information.

Plus, there’s a built-in social sharing option. Commenters can check a box to also post on Facebook, which allows them to quickly share your post to their Facebook audience while commenting.

Facebook Comments are great for blogs where people won’t mind being publicly linked to their comments. On the other hand, people may be less likely to comment with their photo and profile link on blogs that cover more personal topics.

There are several ways to install Facebook Comments. Use the Comments Plugin Code Generator to grab code and install it on your website as directed or the Facebook Comments plugin for WordPress. Shopify users can get the FB Comments app for $2.99 a month. Joomla and Drupal also have add-ons and extension options.

#3: Disqus Provides Strong Moderation Features

If you’re a regular reader of websites like ABC News, TMZ, Mother Jones or Fashionista, you’re already familiar with Disqus.

This comment system requires comment authors to create an account with Disqus via email or their Facebook, Twitter or Google+ profiles. Once someone creates an account, they can use it on any website with the Disqus comment system.

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The Disqus comment system is used on sites like Fashionista, ABC News and more.

Whenever someone leaves a comment using Disqus, they will get notified via email each time the blog post gets a new comment, when someone likes their comment and when they get a direct reply from someone. This is a great reminder for them to return to the discussion and your website. Disqus users can also tag specific people in a comment.

Plus, if someone wants to follow a conversation, they can subscribe to the comments of a blog post with or without commenting. Visitors can also share a particular discussion or the post on Twitter and Facebook, as well as flag comments they feel are inappropriate to help moderators find and remove them.

Business bloggers will love the advanced capabilities Disqus has to offer. Enable Disqus to publish comments, hold them all for moderation or allow only those with verified emails to be published. Set up additional moderators to login and moderate comments. Also, get analytics for all of your comments, information about specific commenters and much more.

Another great feature is the optional recommended stories box at the end of your Disqus comments. Use this to keep visitors on your website by directing them to other great posts or monetize this space by sharing posts from publishers advertising on Disqus.

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Enable recommended stories from Disqus to keep visitors on your website.

Install Disqus on WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Squarespace, TypePad, Moveable Type, Drupal and Joomla for free. Simply register for Disqus Engage, using the same account you use for commenting, and it will guide you through the setup process for each of these platforms.

#4: Livefyre Encourages Continued Discussion

Another popular comment system, Livefyre, is somewhat similar to Disqus. You’ve likely seen it on a variety of popular websites, including Hootsuite, CBS Sports, MarketWatch, CNET, New York Magazine and Salon.

Like Disqus, people who want to comment will need to sign up for a free Livefyre account, which they create using their email address or by signing into Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn. Comment authors can like comments, reply to comments and tag people.

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Livefyre works similarly to Disqus.

Visitors are able to follow conversations with or without commenting, as well as share particular comments along with a link to the post on Twitter and Facebook. Plus, they can flag comments they find inappropriate.

Livefyre offers powerful administration features for blog owners, including spam protection, multiple moderators, whitelists, blacklists, individual activity reports and more.

Install Livefyre on WordPress and Tumblr blogs once you have created a free account or signed in with the account you use on Livefyre.

Which Comment System Is Best for You?

Your choice of blog commenting system will depend on the technology that works with your blogging platform or content management system. You will also want to figure out which one is most user-friendly for both you and your readers.

One way to choose is to do some research. Visit other popular blogs in your industry and see which ones get a lot of comments using a particular system. That might be the best option for you and your blog comments.

What do you think? What has been your experience with commenting systems? Which one do you use for your blog? Please share your thoughts and experience in the comments!

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  • These are so frustrating, I wished I could use the native system within WordPress, but it doesn’t seem to “do” enough. Disqus has become wonderfully bloated, and if you try their advertising model, you get a page full of junk. There must be more than 3 options. If you go native the spam will make you insane. I wished there were more options discussed here.

  • It would be nice to know what, if any, impact these commenting systems have on SEO. Also, is there a benefit for the commenter? Does one do better with backlinks than others?

  • With so many posts that end up with no comments and more bloggers every day ditching comments all together I think it’s going to be interesting to see how the way in which we handle comments evolves in the future. I’ve used CommentLuv Pro for years and it works very well.

  • There are other comment platform systems – these are the ones that most people end up on after testing others though. Unfortunately, spam is going to get you no matter what you use. Even Moz, where they have their own platform, gets a rash of spammy comments per post.

  • All of these comment systems nofollow links in comments, so there is no benefit for the comment author (except for referral traffic) and there shouldn’t be any harm to your website for linking out to potentially bad sites if you didn’t moderate your comments well.

    I like to think that having quality comments on your blog posts adds additional content to your page, making the pages better for SEO purposes.

  • I still believe in blog comments. Even if they are a pain to manage, people who read an article and have a question are much more likely to do so on your comments in hopes of receiving a response. If they don’t have that option, they might seek an answer on another site instead.

  • Hi Stephanie,

    Hopefully Kristi won’t mind me jumping in here to say that the free GrowMap antispambot plugin (GASP) works best for me. Without it, my blog was getting 1000+ spam comments a day. The day I installed it they dropped to 40 and most of those were real. 100% of them were manually created.

    You can download it for free from the WordPress plugin repositiory. It is also built into the CommentLuv Premium plugin.

  • I agree, Kristi. I rarely read blogs that don’t have comments. When I have time to read, I want to do so in a community where I can interact with the writer and other readers.

  • This has been an evergreen question to me. Any system I tried hasn’t been perfect, most are frustrating. I like owning my comments but WordPress hasn’t managed to improve their comment system. I can’t figure it out! Commenting is what makes blogging so awesome: Why does WordPress keep tweaking the dashboard but they’ve never got around to improving the commenting functionality!?

  • This is a great plugin!

  • Thanks, Ann. What I love most is when I comment on a site for the first time and see they’re using it. The plugin has spread far beyond our usual communities to major sites and blogs in niches I’ve never visited before.

  • Interesting comments in here. As a commenter and reader, I quite like Disqus. It’s a single profile that I’ve been using across the major social and marketing blogs that I visit and it seems to be used by them, so I’m quite happy using it, and they send me decent notifications and updates about conversations happening in my network and people replying to stuff. They could improve their content discovery engine, but that’s not really their core business so I understand why they’re not spending too much time in that space.

    While running Disqus comments on a blog that I managed, I didn’t find too much trouble running it either. It gave me quick moderation control, filtered out a lot of the spam automatically and accidentally at times flagged good comments as spam – but it seemed to work fine.

  • Hey Kristi,

    excellent review of commenting systems,
    I like the default comment system that comes along with wordpress, but we do need
    plugins like akismet, or GASP or ComLuv that includes gasp – otherwise
    it will be impossible to moderate the spam comments.

    I have seen several other CMS has an Akismet module – so surely it is not limited to
    wordpress alone and is pretty strong in catching spam. On the downside,
    it does catch some good comments too. However, like you mentioned, no
    automated solution can keep spam away as spammers do find a way to get
    into, somehow.

    I have commented on several blogs that has the disqus or the livefyre comments system and while they are good solutions, they do lower the number of comments. Most people just avoid the extra step that involves signup even though it is just a one time thing.

    thanks,
    Uttoran Sen,

  • I love Disqus! I have no spam since I have been using them and I like how I can edit my comment if I make a mistake. You can also find discussions and participate in them. I haven’t really tried this feature yet but I will be doing so. Thumbs up for Disqus!

  • Marc Feber

    Good! These are definitely going to benefit us

  • Rishabh

    Really nice idea, I am just starting a new blog and this really helped, thanks

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  • Definitely it’s a good sharing. Really helpful.

  • Karel Paragh

    Disqus is very nice to use. Also the edit option is great! Regards, Karel Koes Hiranjgarbh Missier Paragh

  • Satyendra Pratap Singh

    I find discuss pretty good

  • Jeff

    If they used a good commenting option, maybe they’d have comments.

  • Jeff

    For the user – Disqus is the best. Facebook is the worst.

  • By the user, do you mean the reader of the blog, Jeff? I have been debating wether to switch to Facebook or keep wordpress. Can’t seem to find a good solution

  • Jeff

    Maybe some people like posting comments with Facebook, but I feel like there’s a worry about the activity being posted to your feed. With Disqus, they don’t have to worry about that and moderation is really good for the blogger.

  • I see your point, although you aren’t completely anonymous with Disqus either. Maybe Facebook is better for blogs where you are not likely to see much controversial comments.

  • Thanks so much Gail, currently searching for plugins which will better fit my blog.

  • Rentaudio Visual

    Yes facebook is good.

  • Hey Kristi thanks for another great post!

    I’ve recently installed Disqus on my blog after seeing it used on the Social media Examiner Blog.

    I find it’s a great tool to manage all the comments on your own and other peoples blogs too.

    The one thing I haven’t figured out how to do is to search for specific users on the platform. For example I wanted to search for some of the other great Social media blogs I know so I can follow them but I couldn’t find a function to specifically search for these users.

    Do you know if there is a way of doing this Kristi?

    Thanks!

    Daniel

  • I think Facebook comment plugin is best as it shows facebooks comments on our blog.
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  • Hi Stephanie, I’d strongly recommend the Postmatic/Epoch set-up.

    Postmatic allows you to keep your native comment system, and also lets you comment via email. So, you leave a comment, and if someone replies (or leaves a new comment) you get an email notification. You can then just hit Reply to the email to leave a comment (the email becomes the comment).

    Epoch is their “skin” that offers three versions – use your own typography and colours, use Epoch (which is like Disqus), or completely native. It’s super fast too, and very mobile and SEO-friendly.

    I’ve been using almost a year now, and have seen an increase of about 270% in engagement. They have some great recos for spammers, too.

  • siteadda

    Nice post for commenting sites, Thanks to share with us.

  • I can’t get Disqus to work on Blogger, and the native commenting system doesn’t allow you to properly reply (creates a new comment instead of one nested below the reader’s comment), so I’m curious about the Facebook comments plug-in… do you know if it’s possible to import old comments or would they all be lost upon install? I’ve had my blog a few years and don’t want to lose existing comments. Thanks!

  • I don’t think Facebook will let you import comments from a different system, if that’s what you mean. That said, I think you just add the code to your template and disable the option to use Blogger comments. So there’s a chance that the comments you’ve gotten in the past will still be there, but future posts will just use Facebook comments. I’m not 100% on that since I don’t use blogger though.