I installed and exported all 30,000+ AFM comments to Disqus yesterday.
This morning I received the following email from a long time AFM reader and fellow blogger:
Please re-consider on using Disqus or at least looking to tweak it. As a fellow blogger, one of the things I appreciate when leaving a comment on another bloggers site is the ability to put my website link back. When I look through my stats, I get a few hits back from links left on other comment pages. Disqus seems to take that away and I’ll be honest, I have so many PF blogs that I can read, I tend to gravitate away from those who take that away, and I’m sure others might as well.
Just a thought, but something to look into for either a different platform or for tweaking to allow this to happen without having to register or something else.
He makes a good point that I hadn’t even considered. One of the benefits of commenting on websites is the backlink to the comment author’s website or blog. Although a blogger can add their website to the their Disqus profile, it’s not the same thing as regular WordPress comment.
So, what do you guys think? For those of you who don’t have a website, the change may not make a difference to you.