IntenseDebate or Disqus Comments? A Comparison

IntenseDebate and Disqus are the two most popular commenting systems for blogs and websites. If you are using Blogger as your blogging platform, then you must use any of these two commenting systems as Blogger's inbuilt commenting system is somehow less flexible. WordPress has a good comment management; still many bloggers prefer to use third party comment management systems like Disqus, IntenseDebate and Livefyre. Livefyre is yet another growing comment management system for blogs but in this post, we will compare IntenseDebate and Disqus which top the competition. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Disqus Comments

IntenseDebate or Disqus?
Advantages- Disqus has long been used by a huge number of bloggers on their blogs. It has a lot of benefits including the easy communication and social share recommendation etc. The biggest benefit of using Disqus on your blog is that it allows visitors to leave comments using their social network profiles seamlessly. This maximizes the number of comments on your blog. The threaded commenting makes discussion on your posts very convenient for you and your audience. In addition, you can specify and restrict bad words in comments. It ensures that your blog is always safe against any penalty. Furthermore, Disqus attributes nofollow to the links which are placed in comments. It greatly helps in maintaining ranking of your online content and the rank isn't stolen from you even by spam comments.

Disqus loads the comments using Ajax. It means that when a comment is posted, the page doesn't reload. It is yet another benefit of using Disqus comments. The social share option along with each comment maximizes the social sharing of your content. Commentator can subscribe to the comment replies seamlessly. It ensures that the visitor will comeback again when a new reply is posted, thus Disqus helps in driving traffic to your blog also. Moreover, other related comments on your blog are shown to the reader. It helps in reducing bounce rate on your blog.

Disadvantages- Along with benefits, there are some disadvantages of Disqus comments also and the biggest disadvantage, which I noticed, is that Disqus shows the affiliate links as related suggestions above or below comments on your posts. These links may steal your blog's rank. If you are monetizing your content with AdSense, these links become more dangerous. Secondly, Disqus comments don't work on older browsers. Some of your visitors may be using older browsers, so they will unable to leave comments and you may loss some valuable comments. Thirdly, Disqus comments may increase the load time which has negative impacts on SE ranking.

Advantages and Disadvantages of IntenseDebate

Advantages- IntenseDebate is also brilliant and it beats Disqus in many features. Although IntenseDebate is poor in allowing commenting through social network profiles, but the biggest and coolest feature of IntenseDebate is that, it fetches commentator's image from Gravatar. These images make the discussion beautiful on your blog. Inbuilt commenting system of WordPress uses Gravatar images but by using IntenseDebate, you can avail this feature for comments on your Blogger blog also.

The second major benefit of IntenseDebate is that it filters spam comments using Akismet. It ensures that your blog will receive minimum spam comments. You can install some plugins also which make the commenting more innovative. These include smileys, spelling check, polls, CommentLuv and social share plugins etc. Many Blogger users use IntenseDebate to enable CommentLuv on their blogs. 

If you are an advanced user, then you can style comment layout using your custom CSS also. The last but not least, IntenseDebate commenting system doesn't promote affiliate links on your blog which makes it more beautiful. In addition to the above discussed benefits, IntenseDebate is loaded with all features which Disqus offers.

Disadvantages- While using IntenseDebate, always beware of the links in comments. All links in IntenseDebate comments are dofollow. Strictly moderate all comments and disallow link parsing in comments, otherwise spam links may steal your blog's ranking. Most bloggers and even SEO companies target blogs using IntenseDebate to get backlinks by knowing that the links which they will build are dofollow. If you manage to filter comments containing links, then IntenseDebate is the perfect commenting system for your blog.

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