The Disqus Comment System wordpress plugin is one of the most popular wordpress plug ins with over 200, 000+ installs, however I strongly suggest that you do not use disqus to host your comments and here is why…
1. Disqus censors free speech
Disqus censors comments not because they are spam but because disqus wants to censor views that it does not like. Disqus has teamed up with Google’s jigsaw project to create a “Toxicity Filter ” that uses machine learning to find and delete “toxic” comments. I have had dozens of legitimate comments “detected as spam” and removed by disqus for no reason other than the political views found in them. This means if you run a blog that is on the right of the political spectrum your commenters maybe silenced without your knowledge or permission.
Despite ruthlessly censoring views that they do not like disqus are useless at actually stopping spam comments.. with many popular blogs that use this comment platform getting over run by spammers.
2. It’s bad for Seo
Useful comments added to your site can help to improve your chances of ranking higher in the search engines by boosting your sites content. However, if you use disqus for your blogs comments this free content generated by your users can actually negatively affect your seo. This is because disqus comments posted are hosted on disqus rather than your blog and thus create duplicate content which can get you penalized by search engines.
3. Makes guest posting harder
Unlike wordpress guest posting on disqus is a lot trickier and this can have a huge impact on your user comment engagement. Wpbegginer a popular wordpress site reported that after they removed disqus commenting on their site they had a 304% increase in comments!
3. DOES NOT IMPROVE SITE SPEED!
One of the main reason why people use this comment system is because they think that it will improve their sites speed however this is a myth. Due to the fact that the comments are being hosted on another server entirely its means that the comments must be fetched from this server and served to the user. This can take a lot longer in terms page load speed than it would do to serve native hosted comments. The slower page loading speed can also negatively impact your seo!
4. Tracks users and attempts to make money out of your blog
“If something is free, you are the product” this is very true in the case of disqus. One way that this comment platform uses to make money is to serve TONS of ads to your users on YOUR blog! Disqus will also track the users who visit you site and sell this info to advertisers. It is even reported that disqus changes affiliate links on your site to their own. Apparently the only way to remove ads from your site is to buy the pro version that costs $99 per month!
There is very little benefit of actually having disqus comments on your blog apart form that it may help save you a little bit of memory and bandwidth. Hosting your comments on wordpress using akismet to censor spam comments is a lot better option. Not only will the comments add to your sites content improving your seo your blog posts will load faster and you will be in full control of what comments get posted and not some secret algorithms designed to censor free speech. Using buddypress and getting your users to sign up to your site is also a great way of developing a strong community on your blog… and will get people to keep coming back.