Blog Comment Management System Shakedown

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As you well know, comments are a very important part of any blog.

You could have killer content, but without comments, it can leave a little to be desired.

I guess you could say it’s puts a little OOMPH in your blog.

Adds to credibility, helps build your authority status.

Builds trust.

And frankly, a blog without comments looks like a ghost town.

Tumbleweeds blowing around.

But one thing that’s been banging around in my brain is…

Which comment management system is best?

You too?

Glad I am not the only one.

I thought I’d pick the minds of some professional bloggers and get the low-down.

And here’s what they had to say…

richard-martin

Richard Martin

Smart Income Detective

What WordPress Plugin or Comment Management system do you currently use?

I use 2. I use CommentLuv Premium to set rules on comments (such as setting a minimum word count to get rid of comments that have little value like ‘Great post’).

I also use ‘Comments Not Replied To’ plugin which is a really important plugin for me. It adds an extra link on the top of your comments page which sits alongside ‘Pending’, ‘Approved’, ‘Spam’ etc. It gives the amount of comments that have been left that I haven’t replied to.

As I am a believer in replying to all my comments, this is especially helpful as I click this and a list appears.

Why did you choose it? How Does it Benefit Your Blog/business?

First off, CLP. It gives a huge set of options on the dashboard such as spam filters (which saves time weeding out spam comments) and low word count filters (again saving time deleting the low value comments).

CNRT – this benefits me massively because it ensures I don’t miss any comments and most importantly – I don’t ever miss replying to them. I chose it because I found I was missing comments that had been auto approved – but I hadn’t replied back to.

What do you like about it?

CLP has settings that help save time and reward your commenters. For instance, I can whitelist trusted people or set parameters for those who don’t need to be approved. The commenter gets an email notification when I or others reply to their comment (resulting in a return visitor), and other helpful features like adding their links and Twitter handle to their comment.

CNRT allows me to see exactly how many comments I haven’t replied to in a list.

What don’t you like about it?

CLP can be a little overwhelming at first – lots of options and lots of different settings. But as with everything, the more you use it, the easier it becomes.

There’s nothing I don’t like about CNRT. Simple plugin, which does a simple job.

Have you used other options? If yes, which, and why did you stop using it?

I haven’t used any other options.

Anything else to say about comment management?

I think the biggest thing is that you actually do have something in place to manage comments effectively. Personally, I hate it when I comment on a blog and I receive no reply back from the blogger. In some cases (where there are hundreds of replies) I can understand it, but some blogs I comment on only have a handful of comments and the blogger doesn’t even acknowledge my comment.

It’s not the way to build a relationship in my view.

david-hartshorne

David Hartshorne

Byte of Data

What WordPress Plugin or Comment Management system do you currently use?

I use the Disqus comment management system.

Why did you choose it? How Does it Benefit Your Blog/business?

Before I started my blog I was visiting quite a few other sites and there seemed a few popular ones. Apart from the standard WordPress system the two most popular that I saw were Disqus and CommentLuv. I spent some time weighing up the options and reading what other folks had found to be the good and bad points. Finally I decided to go for Disqus.

I think it has two major benefits for my blog:

1. it is a recognized system and many people have a Disqus account. For those that don’t it is easy to set up.

2. It keeps the spam away. I’ve not had one spam comment/issue to deal with. So it keeps the blog ‘clean’ and helps generate quality comments.

What do you like about it?

I like the two benefits I just listed above.

Also, I like the fact that you can check the profile of your commenter and see their blog if they have one.

You can follow a commenter so that you get a daily digest of the comments you want to track

You have the option to share an individual comment via twitter or a url link if you want to mention a particular comment,

You can upvote (or downvote) comments and even feature a special comment at the top of the list

What don’t you like about it?

I don’t have any dislikes about Disqus.

Have you used other options? If yes, which, and why did you stop using it?

No, I went with Disqus from day 1 and have been happy to stay with it.

Anything else to say about comment management?

I’ve heard bad stories in the past with people getting bombarded with spam, so I’m glad I went with Disqus.

One of the things I don’t like about CommentLuv is that you have to trawl to the bottom of all the other comments before you can reach the box to write your comment in. And then you may wish to reference a line or two from the post and have to scroll all the way back up. So from a reader/commenter I find that a bit of a nuisance.

Just pick a system that is going to help you in terms of productivity and your readers in terms of readership.

carol-amato

Carol Amato

CarolAmato.com

What WordPress Plugin or Comment Management system do you currently use?

Disqus

Why did you choose it? How Does it Benefit Your Blog/business?

I switched to Disqus last year after having used CommentLuv for several years. I was a little skeptical and nervous about switching, but there are MANY more pros than cons for me, and I’m very glad I made the change.

There was concern about my comments decreasing, but I was willing to take that chance.

Why?

Because I only wanted sincere people that truly wanted to engage with me and share their opinion, not folks with a “gimme” mentality, who have a hand out – expecting something back . . .

I usually visit my commenters’ sites (if they have one) whenever possible to comment, so it’s a win-win situation if someone chooses to comment on my blog.

I’m cut from a different cloth and differ from the average blogger…

It’s NOT all about the number of comments for me!

I do not want every visitor to leave a comment on my site.

I want to attract a certain caliber of person to engage with me and my readers in my blogging community.

So filtering who comments at my blog is important to me.

I don’t want just anybody – I want someone that can simply create an account with Disqus and log in ONE time. That’s all that’s needed in order to use if over and over again.

I do not make one dime from my commenting ’system’ (Disqus – free WordPress plugin), and my opinion is not swayed by affiliate dollars lining my pocket.

What do you like about it?

Reasons I switched to Disqus:

– I noticed how easy it was for me to comment on other people’s blogs, and that was convincing.

– Allows you to comment via Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus, or your Disqus account, so you have 4 choices.

– Free WordPress plugin.

– Disqus follows up with emails when someone makes a comment. So Disqus pulls the reader back into the new comments to see what’s happening there. My repeat traffic has increased big time!

– Disqus has a very effective built-in spam filter.

– Related posts at bottom, engages visitors and improves bounce rate because it brings people into the inner pages of your site.

– You can sync comments locally to be rendered in the HTML of the page which gets you all that SEO value. The comments are actually in the code, Google-readable which equals SEO Gold!

– Has an RSS feed for folks who want to follow just the comments on a blog post.

– Users can vote a comment up or down.

– You can have a feature at the top that displays someone’s comment that you feel captures the true essence of your article.

– Rich media is allowed – so you can include images and video.

– Community and central location to keep in tune with all of your comments on all of your sites which is really convenient, and you can get to know other people in the community.

– Can share comments on Facebook, Twitter, G+ with link back to post, powerful traffic strategy, social interaction and social proof.

– Mobile friendly (very important these days).

– Viewed as much more professional in the online business world.

What don’t you like about it?

Since my site was already well established, I lost some comments in the migration process, but was willing to take the risk because I wanted to rise to the ‘high road’.

I have not had any issues since starting to use Disqus – I really enjoy it and benefit greatly with higher quality commenters, more traffic, and a better bounce rate, not to mention SEO benefits.

Have you used other options? If yes, which, and why did you stop using it?

I’ve used the native WordPress comment system and CommentLuv.

CommentLuv will get you a LOT of comments, but just as much spam (back-link seekers who would disappear if you started a no-link policy) in my experience.

Broken links are difficult to deal with and a time suck.

A lot of blog owners who use CommentLuv say that the bulk of their commenters would stay if they took backlinks away.

I challenge them to take away CommentLuv for 60 days and see if there is a change in their comment numbers. :-)

Anything else to say about comment management?

No matter what comment system you use, commenting can be wonderfully beneficial to all.

Commenting should be easy and fun, and most importantly – all about building relationships with our readers, and other blog owners when we visit other sites.

It’s essential to be considerate of the blog owner/author and add value to the community as a whole whenever leaving a comment.

I made a video called: How to Save Time Commenting Online (and Keep Your Sanity) and believe it gives some good tips.
http://www.carolamato.com/how-to-save-time-commenting-online-and-keep-your-sanity/

david-leonhardt

David LeonHardt

THGM Writers

 

What WordPress Plugin or Comment Management system do you currently use?

I don’t use a third-party system at http://THGMwriters.com/blog/ . I much prefer the native comment system already built into the WordPress CMS, and that is what I use.

Why did you choose it? How Does it Benefit Your Blog/business?

It keeps the comments on my blog under my ownership; no bells and whistles, just conversation.

What do you like about it?

I am in total control. I can have conversations on my blog, and I don’t have to worry about losing them or having someone change the set-up on me if the CMS or plugin creator wants to make a change on his end. I also like simple – blogging can get pretty complicated and the fewer plugins and such I need, the better.

What don’t you like about it?

I am very happy with it. I still have another blog with the old WordPress comment system that does not cascade the comments and I really need to update that, but the modern comment system in WordPress does everything I need it to.

Have you used other options? If yes, which, and why did you stop using it?

Many years ago on one of my blogs I tested using an external comment system (I don’t recall which, but it might have been LiveFyre), but I did not like it. When I removed the system, I was able with difficulty to retrieve the comments, but it illustrated to me the value of keeping ownership of all the content on my site.

Anything else to say about comment management?

The bottom line is that it’s about the comments, not about the bells and whistles, so you don’t need anything fancy. And just as I recommend anybody who is serious about their blog to get it on their own domain (don’t just blog at BlogSpot or Tumblr), I would also recommend making sure that the comments are also on your own domain, not under the control of FaceBook or Google or anybody else.

There you go. I don’t know about you, but I found the answers and opinions to be quite interesting.

Obviously it’s a personal choice. We all have different reasons for using the comment management systems we use.

I hope that, for those who are on the fence as to which system to use, or people like me who are thinking you need to use something different, that this article sheds some light on the subject and gives you the information you need to make an informed decision.

I would like to thank Richard, David, Carol and David for providing great details and most importantly giving their experience and opinions.

I also created a PDF, if you want to download this post for later reading. Link below:

Blog Comment Management Shakedown

What do you think? Do you have anything to add? What comment system or plug in to do you use and why?

Don’t be shy, leave a comment below…

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Ron Killian
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  • http://www.theplrstore.com Ron Killian

    Waiting to hear what you think…

  • http://www.carolamato.com Carol Amato

    Hello, Ron,

    First of all thanks so much for asking me to participate, I really appreciate it and had a lot of fun coming up with my answers.

    It was wonderful reading the other participants’ answers, and I learned something today! Disqus does everything CommentLuv Premium does (and more) for free! Haha -All in jest, Richard – you know I love ya… :-)

    Seriously, I agree with everything the others have so aptly shared – it’s about building relationships and giving value. Period.

    Whatever comment system works for you, go for it.

    The software you choose to provide the vehicle to leave a comment is important, but we all agree that nurturing those visitors/subscribers/customers is the most important thing.

    Having said that, at one time I was at a place in my business where I wondered what comment plugin to get, and so this is an extremely valuable post for those at a crossroad or want to make a change.

    Thanks so much for sharing! :-)

    ˜Carol

    • http://www.theplrstore.com Ron Killian

      No, thank YOU for contributing. I enjoyed your input.

      Well, as I mentioned in the post, I am thinking I need more than what I have right now. Worst, my current comment system does not give the commenter any message after they submit. I know I don’t like that kind of set up when I am posting comments on other blogs.

      So yes, if any one else is wondering which way to go, I am sure it will help.

      I am leaning toward Disqus, but one important thing comes to mind is what David L. mentioned, the comments being yours and on your site. That is not the case with Disqus, correct? I know as you said, you can embed them into your page, but they are not really added into your wordpress blog, right? That is my reservation. If you were to stop using the service, all the comments would be gone, right?

      • http://www.carolamato.com Carol Amato

        Hey, Ron,

        Disqus clearly states we own the comments! The comments are our property.

        Here is a snippet from their FAQ:

        What about data ownership — do I own the comments posted through Disqus?

        You own your data, period. Further, Disqus makes it easy both to import and export data.

        You can EDIT blog comments with Disqus without a time restriction. Love this feature!

        Hope to help. :-)
        ˜Carol

        • http://www.theplrstore.com Ron Killian

          Thanks for the follow up Carol.

          I’ve been on the net for so long and have seen SO many things come and go, so I guess I am always looking at the worst case, if the service would one day vanish, ect. Heck I remember using another blog platform before WordPress was much, and you never hear about that previous system. Can’t even remember the name now..hhmm

          I’ll have to read up on the import, see how it works if needed. If I ever need to pull the comments into something else, or pull them into the wordpress comment system itself, if that is possible.

          Curious, in your opinion, has it helped at all with social media? Does it have any benefits in that area?

          You’ve been a great help :)

          • http://www.carolamato.com Carol Amato

            Hi, Ron,

            Wanted to clarify – We have TOTAL CONTROL of our comments with Disqus, so don’t know why there is misunderstanding on this.

            I included a screenshot to show the comments inside my WordPress admin area as well, so you could see they are both in the Disqus Admin area, as well as WordPress, so you can take your pick as to where you control from.

            http://www.carolamato.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/disqus.jpg

            You’re smart to be concerned about a third party company vanishing, etc. If you look at how long Disqus has been around and their track record, I think it would put you at ease.

            Also, when you hover over the commenter’s picture, you can click to go to the URL they want you to use – Very nifty.

            With regards to social media, underneath each comment are buttons to SHARE the comment via social media, with a link back to the post. Powerful traffic strategy as well as social proof.

            I’m purposely filtering my blog comments/system to attract a certain caliber of person – I don’t just want anyone.

            But I’m a little different than the average blogger, so I don’t expect folks to agree with me.

            Whatever works for you, go for it and enjoy building relationships. :-)

            Talk soon,
            ˜Carol

          • http://www.theplrstore.com Ron Killian

            This has become a lively discussion, huh? I love it.

            I sure wasn’t questioning the control over comments, not a problem there. But I do like that the comments are in WordPress as well, that is very good. That was one thing I wasn’t sure on. Thanks for clearing that up.

            Of course I doubt Disqus is going anywhere, any time soon and of course not hoping they do, just cautious I guess. I’ve learned to have a back up plan when possible.

            No doubt your making a strong case for the service. And I sure don’t mean to put it down or be negative, just checking under the hood.

            I also like the ability to share comments on social networks. That is a very good option. With all this, Sherman might just change his mind as well. :)

            Nothing wrong with filtering your commenters and don’t think your that different, just doing what can build to a better community and better, or real discussion.

            It amazes me every day when I see blogs with approved comments that add no value and add nothing to the conversation. Surprising how much spam still get’s through. Well, a better word might be junk comments. Seems some blog owners just want the high comment count, like that will make their blog look popular. To me, it would do the opposite of creating an authority site.

  • http://kingged.com/ Kingsley

    Hey Ron,

    As someone who dedicates a lot of efforts and resources to “comments marketing” in promoting Kingged.com, I found this post very helpful, 😉

    First, yes, Ron, you are absolutely right – comments are very important, not just for blogs, but even for normal sites. No matter how awesome what the blog/site owner has to say, it’s always good to give others a room to say something back, negative or positive. Even big news sites and similar sites out there – those that allow comments seem to have more activity/engagement than those that do not.

    I, for one, won’t waste too much time on blogs/sites that don’t allow nor have comments. Like you said, who wants to visit and stay in a ghost house, right?

    So, yes, comments do put the little OOMPH into blogs or even normal sites. You will be surprised how much more helpful just one of the comments could be to the overall posts on blogs/sites than even the posts themselves.

    Like Richard Martin, we also use Commentluv Premium on Kingged.com and love it a lot. It helps reduce spam as well as lots of the other benefits that come with it, such as the feature that emails commenters when they receive a reply to their comments.

    But the “Comments Not Replied To” plugin is new to me. It certainly is a good plugin to use, to ensure bloggers reply to comments on their posts. No matter how busy we all are, it’s not a good thing to not reply to comments. That’s one of the things we try to enforce on Kingged. No matter how awesome your post is, or how busy you are, not replying to comments on your posts, whether on Kingged or on your blog/site, is plain rude! Of course most times we just forget, so, this is a plugin that helps with that. Thanks for sharing this, Richard.

    Unlike David Hartshorne and Carol Amato, we don’t like Disqus too much because of a few reasons; one of which is lack of control of the comments themselves. I think it’s important to have control over the comments on a blog/site. While Disqus and others are great, the fact that the comments are on external servers doesn’t sit well with me. Yes, one can import the comments anytime, and can make changes, etc, but I prefer to have the comments directly on my site, if I can.

    Also, the fact that there’s no direct link to the commenter’s blog/site makes Commentluv better than Disqus, for blog/sites that like to reward their commenters. And, as is clear in today’s blogging world, commenters love to be rewarded, even with only nofollow links back to their blogs. Having to first click a link on the disqus comment, before seeing the site link of commenters, is somewhat discouraging.

    But of course, from what I have read, Disqus does a great job at reducing spam; so that’s a big plus for it there… for those who have zero tolerance for spam, :) And the fact that Commentluv definitely attracks links spam is something to consider as well, when deciding which system to use.

    Like David LeonHardt, being in “total control” is very important. He certainly has some good points on not using any of the comments management systems. But I think using even the free version of Commentluv will help increase comments, re the links back to commenters’ sites. Like I said earlier, even making the links nofollow is good enough.

    To add to all the above, I also like the ability to be able to upvote or downvote comments. The comments management systems, like Disqus, which allow that are good. Instead of using a third party comment management system for this, we programmed the ability into the comments on Kingged.com, allowing members to be able to “king” or “unking” a comment. And of course, for comments to be sorted by those with the highest number of “kings”.

    From our stats, we can see that this ability to be able to upvote (king) or downvote (unking) comments helps increase engagement on posts shared on Kingged. I am certain it will do same for other blogs/sites that have this incorporated.

    Once again, very good post, Ron. Thanks to all who shared their wisdom, and thanks for sharing on Kingged.com. I have “kingged” this, and am sure others will as well, :)

    • http://www.theplrstore.com Ron Killian

      You are busy tonight :)

      And you bring up some interesting points. Maybe this is a good topic after all.

      As for CommentLUV, don’t we kind of go back to the slight negative, that at least some of the commenters you’ll draw in are those only looking for that extra link? Of course we can moderate and trash those that are not quality, but that issue is still there.

      I personally prefer blogs that use CommentLUV when I am commenting on other blogs. Not just the fact that you get an extra link, or a deep link, but that fact that you stand a much better chance of getting traffic and clicks because the extra link has your post title. Done right, with compelling titles, it could get people to click. How many people click a persons name? Which is the normal “only” link for blogs that use the standard comment systems.

      I agree, the plugin for comments not replied to sounds like a great tool.

      Thanks again for another jack-packed comment :)

      • http://kingged.com/ Kingsley

        Hahaha, truth is that I am always busy, Ron, but on different other tasks at different times. Even when you don’t see me on Kingged commenting I am mostly always working on Kingged, either working with the developers, checking/fixing issues, etc. It’s been ages since I really rested, but hey – stuff gotta be done and they can’t do themselves, right? 😉

        Re the negatives of Commentluv, of course it has negatives, as every other plugin or system out there has. There will always be those people who will only comment on your blog just to get a backlink. And they won’t even care to write quality comments. But since you can always delete such comments, I don’t think it’s such a big problem.

        Glad to hear you prefer to comment on blogs with Commentluv. That’s just the truth with most quality bloggers – since they are going to leave valuable comments anyhow, why not do that on blogs with Commentluv enabled, so they enjoy all the benefits that come with it, :)

        Still on that, I won’t be surprised if you, or anyone, does the stats, re results/ROI from commenting on blogs Disqus Vs Commentluv or any of the different comments management systems… Commentluv will bring more click-throughs/traffic for commenters, than the others. I have done my checks re the many many thousands of comments that my team and I have left all over the blogosphere in the last 3 years, but anyone else can do theirs, to see which works better, 😉

        But of course, that on its own, is the topic for another blog post, :)

        • http://www.theplrstore.com Ron Killian

          Oh your right, there will always be folks who are just out for the link.

          Sounds like some one needs to do a case study huh? Wondering how you’d even be able to track that. Would be interesting. Actually, don’t think I’ve ever seen a case study like that.

          • http://www.carolamato.com Carol Amato

            Ask Harleena. . .

            Her comments definitely went down in number when she stopped using CommentLuv because the “gimmie” people (backlink seekers) that only wanted to drop links were gone in a flash when she switched commenting systems.

            Honestly, do you really want them on your site?

            I don’t…

            A lot of people use it in the beginning of their business. Then there comes a time when you grow, and you want to be much more professional. . .

            I think CommentLuv is spammy and looks spammy too.

            Commenting on blogs with CommentLuv is not a preference of mine at all, and let me ask you this . . .

            Why does a backlink for our Disqus profile end up on the first page of Google for our name?

            People that have CommentLuv installed on their blog to use as their comment system don’t get their CommentLuv profile link on the first page of Google, but their Disqus profile link is ranked on first page! Why is that? LOL

            Disqus is in a whole other league…

            Did you catch the point I made about Disqus comments having SEO benefit?

            “You can sync comments locally to be rendered in the HTML of the page which gets you all that SEO value. The comments are actually in the code, Google-readable which equals SEO Gold!”

            Just wanted to chime in to be clear about what I shared because I want to do a thorough job of representing Disqus.
            Have a blessed weekend. :-)

            ˜Carol

          • http://www.theplrstore.com Ron Killian

            Well, look at me blog right here. I don’t have CL or Disqus, and still get comments. Not the high number of others, but that is mainly because I don’t get social enough and I don’t comment on other blogs as much as I should. But you know what? I get very few junk comments. Think I’ve had like 1 or 2 in the last couple weeks. Easy to trash. Goes along the lines you talked about, that without the extra link, makes for less junk and more quality comments.

            My only thing is what I’ve talked about, with CL you don’t just get the extra link, you get the title for your blog post. As I’ve said with compelling titles, it “could” push more traffic to your site. Don’t think we can dispute that. Not saying CL is better because of that, or that CL should be the best choice, just saying from a commenting perspective, it is a pretty nice feature. Like Sherman said if Disqus had that, it would be pretty much perfect. You mentioned Disqus has the profile link, which is very nice, just not quite the same. Again, not that people shouldn’t use Disqus. Plus with the extra link in CL, you can promote more than one blog, if you have them, just by changing the link when you comment.

            Just thinking out loud :)

            I did not know about your Disqus profile showing high in google, or I missed you saying that before. That is another powerful benefit.

            Please chime in all you want. For me, that is what comments should be, a discussion beyond the original blog post.

            Think what I am going to do, is install Disqus on another blog I have and play with it, see how it works.

            Thanks for the input Carol. Sure I am not the only one that appreciates it.

          • http://www.carolamato.com Carol Amato

            Hi, Ron,

            Yes! Absolutely love the discussion here, I’m learning so much about other people’s opinions, and I’m enjoying it. :-)

            I definitely understand your point that getting traffic back is important.

            So, is your only preference for the ‘added link’ in CL is for the traffic?

            With Disqus you get traffic from:

            – Social media shares (Does CL have social media sharing integrated? – this is huge!)

            – Email notification of reply to their comment

            – Built in related posts at bottom that pull people in to inner pages

            – SEO benefit where comments show up in search engines, pulling in traffic

            – Plus there is a Disqus community where people network, I’ve gotten visitors this way

            – Folks can also hover mouse over your picture and click your link to site….

            So, LOTS of ‘traffic getting’ opportunities with Disqus but in a higher/professional, less obvious way, which is how I like it. :-)

            By the way, I AM a lot different than the average blogger – I’ve known people who switched to Disqus and switched back to CL because they couldn’t handle the drop in comments.

            Just on the blog posts of mine that are showing up on my home page, there are an average of 93.25 comments PER blog post (I averaged the 8 there on home page).

            I estimate I could probably have 50% more comments if I used CL, but I don’t care about numbers or attracting low level people who only comment if they get a backlink. I want better than that.

            CL is just right for some people. It’s just different and doesn’t fit my needs is all.

            In the end, just go with what you’re comfortable with. It’s all good. :-)

            Have a blessed weekend.
            ˜Carol

          • http://www.theplrstore.com Ron Killian

            So how much Disqus stock do you own? LOL JK

            NO one can say that you have not made a VERY strong case for Disqus. Wouldn’t be surprised if your input has changed some minds or swayed others.

            Sure looks that the overall benefits lean towards Disqus.

            I don’t know about any one else, but as I said, I am going to try it on another blog, one I need to get promoting anyways, so it will be a good test. I am more then willing to give it a try.

            Hope you have a great weekend as well!

          • http://www.carolamato.com Carol Amato

            LOL! That’s funny!

            Yeah, no stock at all.

            Plus I’m not an affiliate either! :-)

            It’s definitely dependent on the lifecycle of your business.

            CL was fine for me for the first few years.

            WordPress is also good.

            I don’t dislike them for the different stages of your business.

            For me, at this time in my business, Disqus works best and fits with my needs.

            So, I respect anyone who goes with CL, or WordPress – whatever you’re happy with and helps you achieve your goals.

            Great conversation! Very thought-provoking, which is awesome!

            Take Care,
            – Carol :-)

  • http://byteofdata.com David Hartshorne

    Hey Ron,

    Thanks so much for the invitation to contribute to your awesome blog post on Comment Management Systems! It was great to be part of the shakedown!

    It was interesting to read what Carol, Richard and David L had to say about their respective favourites and I sincerely hope that our input will help both you and your readers make an informed decision on which comment management system to choose.

    The most important point is that every blog should have a comment system, so at least just get started with something. If it’s not quite right you can change it in a few months. You’ll learn more from having the ‘wrong’ system than ‘no’ system at all!

    Thanks once again for the opportunity to share on your blog, and if you or your readers have any questions I’ll be happy to answer as best I can!
    – David

    • http://www.theplrstore.com Ron Killian

      Hey David, good to see you and thanks for stopping by.

      Thank you for contributing to the post. Greatly appreciated!

      I agree, it was very interesting to see all the different opinions. For sure I’ve gain some knowledge thanks to your input and I am sure it will help others reading this.

      That is good thinking, that we can learn from the wrong system as well. Gain some experience right? :)

      Thanks for your contribution and for stopping by to leave a comment.

  • http://www.shermansmithblog.com Sherman Smith

    Hey Ron,

    Having a good commenting system is vital. What would a blog be without a great comment system for your visitors can engage with.

    On mines I’ve been using CommentLuv Premium. It’s a great tool and gives you a lot of control over the comments that are coming in. I really don’t get spam and sometimes I get a bogus comment, but I don’t have to fret anymore. CommentLuv has the antibacklinker where I can create a policy for my visitors that want to comment. So basically they have to meet a criteria before I accept them and also before getting rewarded by having a link their last post.

    The main reason I set up this policy was because I had to get rid of some bogus URLs early last year. At first I was going through each post (which was taking me forever!) to get rid of the comments. But then I got smart and found a plugin for that. After I got rid of them, I installed and enabled the antibacklinker to help prevent this.

    But I do have to say Carol almost convinced me to switch over LOL… I didn’t realize how many great features Disqus had. The only thing I don’t like about Disqus is that it doesn’t leave the link to my commenters last post. If it did this, then I might even switch over.

    Great round up Ron! I hope you have a great rest of the week!

    • http://www.theplrstore.com Ron Killian

      Nice to see you Sherman.

      Yep, a good commenting system is an important part of any blog.

      Sounds like another vote for CommentLUV. Good idea to have a policy for commenting. Something I need to put up.

      Could you elaborate more about the antibacklinker plugin? Sounds useful.

      Carol sure did have some fantastic input, she made a strong case, didn’t she? I’m with you, almost convinced me too. Like you said, still that last post link. On that aspect, seems like Disqus is not “quite” as good for commenters. Though it does have so many great features for blog owners.

      Appreciate your input Sherman.

    • http://www.carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Love it!! :-)

      Disqus will NEVER allow links to be displayed like CommentLuv – that’s what sets them apart!

      That’s the feature that distinguishes it from the ‘backlink seeker’s comment system.’

      They want to be different – they’re doing it on purpose and that’s why so many professional business blogs use them.

      Now, you can definitely leave links in comments, in fact, I encourage this IF it’s relevant.

      I often add images or video/links to add to the value being given – relevance is key though.

      The desire to provide your commenter’s with a backlink is understandable and is quite common for beginning bloggers.

      It all depends on the lifecycle of your business and how much the owner is growing.

      It’s all good!! :-)

      I used it for a few years!!

      • http://www.carolamato.com Carol Amato

        Note: I see a typo – (yes, I usually correct my mistakes) but cannot remove the possessive apostrophe because there is NO EDIT button on this comment system!

        LOL!!!!!!!!!

        :-)

        • http://www.theplrstore.com Ron Killian

          Ya because my comment system stinks! lol

          Reason I am learning about better systems from the experts :)

      • http://www.theplrstore.com Ron Killian

        I can see what your saying, but of course there are plenty of commenters that do want or like the extra backlink, and do contribute and leave great comments.

        But I can see what your saying, that it can draw the less then desirable commenters.

        To me, it’s like showcasing your latest work of art. :)

  • Justin Temple

    Awesome article Ron. Comments and shares are the new SEO. Everything is going to what is being talked about now and comments are #1.

    They say that your first comment is the hardest. That is why having communities of other bloggers than you share and interact with is the best way to rank articles.

    Love how you ask a few bloggers what they use for commenting and took a great survey.

    Hope you have a great week Ron.

    • http://www.theplrstore.com Ron Killian

      Thanks for stopping by Justin.

      The thanks goes to the four pros who gave their input, experience and opinions. I just slapped it together on a page :)

      I agree, comments are very important. And yes, it sure can help to build a community.

      Nice to have you here. Hope to see you again soon. Have a great weekend.

      P.S. Sorry I took out your link, it’s redirecting to a different domain and directory, kind of funky.

  • http://www.smartincomedetective.com/blog/ Richard Martin

    Hello Ron.

    Love these type of posts because it’s always nice to see what other top bloggers are using and why.

    I see Carol has put forward some strong points for Disqus (Thanks Carol) I looked at Disqus in the past, but if I am being totally honest, I went against it because of the how I perceived it as a commenter.

    Just a couple of points. Sometimes when you go to a Disqus enabled site to leave a comment, I get the spinning Disqus wheel, and the comments don’t load up for AGES. In fact, I’ve been to some and it just says ‘server error’ or similar. And I just end up leaving the site. This is a huge downer for me, because it has actually happened on numerous occasions when I have actually typed out a comment and hit submit – and then my comment disappears into a black hole.

    In fact, this is why I now copy all my comments first before hitting the submit button.

    Second, I also have different Twitter accounts, for different niches, for example. If I am commenting on an eBay niche site, I have to start messing about relogging into my twitter account, and then authorizing it etc. I didn’t want that for my readers.

    They are small trivial things, yes. I may try Disqus on another blog I am soon to have and see how things stack up vs CLP, but as of now I’m quite happy with CLP.

    Anyway, great write up Ron, great perspectives, and thanks for the invite!

    • http://www.theplrstore.com Ron Killian

      Hey Richard,

      Agreed, this post has created some amazing discussions. No doubt Carol has put out some powerful benefits for Discus.

      Don’t remember ever having the spinning wheel issue myself, or I don’t remember. Thanks for talking about that.

      Very good idea to copy before submitting, I do that quite often. Plenty of things can happen during the commenting process, and it’s no fun typing large comments all over again.

      Funny you bring up the multiple site thing. Good call. I was thinking that earlier. Wishing I had commented about it before. I have a few different sites to promote and with CL it’s easy, just change the site url and done. While I am pretty sure you can add multiple sites with Disqus, it’s not quite the same thing? The other thing I thought about as well, with CL you can drive traffic (or other commenters) to certain posts. More focused promotion potential. Just a thought.

      Hey, your going to give it a try, that’s a start.

      Good to see you, thank you for the comment and of course, thank you VERY much for contributing!

  • http://spellboundwords.com Rahul Krishnan

    Hi Ron,
    Such an informative article indeed.
    Here you featured 4 bloggers. Two of them use disqus, one- commentluv and the remaining one- native WP comment system. From this we can see disqus is popular. But the major flaw I found about disqus is, it’s not much responsive. I saw it’s not loading when we use UC Browser (much popular option) on Android. I notified this to one of my blogging friend and he realised the mistake. So reverted back to native comment system.
    I have no experience with commentluv premium. But now I am using native comment system+ commentluv free. It’s working great for me. Along with Akismet plugin, this is not going to disappoint anyone.
    That’s my opinion. What’s your favourite option Ron?
    Regards,
    Rahul

    • http://www.theplrstore.com Ron Killian

      Glad to have you here Rahul.

      Richard mentioned the same thing, about Disqus having trouble loading. But i am guessing it doesn’t happen very often. I don’t remember it ever happening to me on any blog.

      As for my favorite, the jury is till out. As I’ve mentioned, one reason I can up with the post idea was to learn myself, as I need some thing better than what I have been using. Default WordPress comments leaves alot to be desired.

      So I am still thinking about it. As I’ve said in another comment, I am going to try Disqus on another site, see how it works. And now that I think about it, I will try CL on yet another blog. Then I can use them both and see which I like, or which works better.

      Thank you for the comment :)

  • http://www.leapfroggr.com/blog Dennis Seymour

    I used to use and still using the traditional wordpress plug in comment system. I like it for reasons that I don’t need to mind about any third party and that it is more convenient for me. Plus it’s easier and simpler to use and manage. The negative side of it, however, is that I frequently find my spam box loaded with spam comments.

    I also use disqus comment management system on my other blogs. It’s convenient to use and it screen out spam comments. And it is specially useful as well in commenting on other blogs having disqus comment management system.

    • http://www.theplrstore.com Ron Killian

      Good to see you Dennis.

      Ya, the default system can let the spam through. I’ve been using a anti-spam plugin and, knock on wood, I don’t get any spam. Or the spammers have not found me yet.

      Plenty of positives for Disqus in this post and in the comments. Plus if you use it, Carol get’s a kickback. :)

      Thanks for the comment.

      • http://www.carolamato.com Carol Amato

        Very funny, Ron! LOL

        Yeah, I make tons of money from promoting Disqus….. 😉

        Have a great day.
        ˜Carol

  • http://www.carolamato.com/ Carol Amato

    Because I like even numbers. :-) Have a good evening.

    ˜Carol