If you’re a blogger, then you use a blog commenting service. I personally use CommentLuv Premium. I like introducing my readers to new bloggers. CommentLuv displays the commenter’s last blog post with a link back to the visitor’s website. It’s a nice perk.
But there quite a few services to choose from and I’ve listed them with their Pros and Cons in the table below.
Whichever service you choose, please do not install the dreaded CAPTCHA, an anti-spam plugin that requires the visitor to type in undecipherable words and letters in order to leave a comment. You will discourage people from commenting if they make a mistake on their first try. Can you read the required words and letters in the above image? I thought not.
The Pros and Cons
I was surprised at how many comment systems there are. I’ve included the pros and cons as I understand them. Please correct me if I’ve left anything out and let me know if there are services that I’ve missed.
|CommentLuv||Encourages comments because users get a link back to their latest blog post. Title of post shows up under their comment. Can enable no-follow or do-follow for link. Anti-spam and ReplyMe features.||Potential for bad links If do-follow enabled.|
|Disqus||Added step of signing in or using social media account to log in cuts down on spam. Mobile friendly. Keeps an archive of the comments you’d made using Disqus. Comments synced to your database. Social media integration||Some people are discouraged from leaving a comment because of the extra step. Does not give a link back to user’s website. From Disqus: “While the current Disqus embed works on mobile, note that we’re actively developing a version that’s made specifically for touch/mobile screens.”|
|Comments Evolved (formerly Google+ comments for WordPress)||Aggregates these commenting systems: G+ Comments, Facebook, Disqus, WordPress Comments, and Trackbacks. User can comment through your own commenting system.||Not enough known about user experience to recommend.|
|Google+ Comments||Comment system for Blogger. Comments also appear simultaneously on your Google+ account and your WordPress blog. Opportunity for comments to go viral and generate social signals to Google and potentially improve your ranking. Good choice if your strategy is to engage in conversations within the network. Potential to increase comments and engagement.||Lives on Google+s site. Don’t get notifications of new comments. Gets a lot of spam. Not everyone has a Google+ account. Not everyone wants Google to have access to their information and they don’t want to feel forced to use the Google+ commenting system.|
|Facebook Comments||An advantage if the huge Facebook membership is the audience you want to reach. Comments can go viral within the network. Increases member engagement.||Google disregards social signals from Facebook comments. Facebook “Likes” have no effect on Google search rankings. Forces people to use Facebook to comment.|
|Livefyre||Similar to Disqus. Comments synced to your database.||Potential for a lot of spam. “Like” feature enables commenter to link to user’s site with a “do-follow” link.|
|Vicomi||Introduced in 2012. Ability to express emotions as well as text.||Not professional looking with use of smiley faces|
|WordPress commenting system||Built into WordPress.||WordPress lacks important features such as social media integration (ability to comment through your social media accounts). Also suffers badly from spam, which is why every download of WordPress comes packaged with Askimet, the anti-spam plugin.|
|WordPress.org Jetpack||Made by WordPress developers. Many useful features that enable you to deactivate other plugins. Social media integration. Ability to add a Twitter feed. Built-in mobile responsive design. Will ping new posts to social networks.||All the features, if activated, may slow down load time. Requires WordPress.com account. Cannot write directly to subscribers.|