If you are a regular reader, you may have noticed something changed a little this week. I wanted to address briefly why I stopped using Disqus for blog comments. Some time ago, I switched to it preferring it for ease, the way it nested replies, and the way it emailed comments to me as an administrator. I also actually liked it as a commenter on other blogs.
Why I Stopped Using Disqus for Blog Comments
Recently I started noticing some spammy looking sponsored links and photos in a large block above my comments. Russ is actually the one who pointed it out to me. I do not currently run ads on my blog, though I am looking into it as a revenue source right now. I was baffled as to why these ads would be showing up on my blog without my permission. In a quest to figure out what they were and where they were coming from, I searched my blog for settings that might have changed or a plug-in that might be causing them. I also noticed a few ads within my comments.
Not putting two and two together, I posted a photo of the ads and asked on a Facebook group I am a member of. To my surprise, everyone told me Disqus had recently rolled out ads within their comments! You now have to PAY to have them removed, and they put them on my blog without asking me. If you use Disqus and do not have it on your blog yet, I believe they are rolling it out slowly. It will come.
I immediately began the process of backing up my comments and removing Disqus. All of the people in the group said they loved the regular WordPress comment feature and actually have ended up with more comments on their blog because users do not have to log in to comment. If you are a blogger, what are your thoughts? If you are a non-blogger and reader, have you noticed? Do you have a preference? I’d love to hear your thoughts int he comments!
Outfit Details – Suede Jacket on Sale
A few words about this outfit. Is this dress not so gorgeous?! It comes in plus and petite too which I always appreciate. My exact jacket is on sale in several colors! I also have the tan in the BLANKNYC version which is also on sale here and here. It’s a great investment. I’ve had mine for several seasons and always get a lot of wear out of it.