Ask Yoast Comment systems and SEO

Allowing people to comment on your content is a great way to increase engagement and get in touch with your audience. So, it pays off to choose a good comment system that works for you. Besides the standard WordPress comment system, there are several other systems out there you can implement on your website so your readers can directly respond to your posts.

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It’s good to keep some things in mind when selecting what comment system you want to use. Do you want integration with social media, for example? Do you want to be able to keep your comments if you ever need to change your comment system, and what features do you need? You may want more functionalities than WordPress’ standard comment system provides and therefore choose another system. But are there really no downsides to that, keeping the importance of site speed in mind? What about comment systems and SEO? Let’s get into this dilemma in this week’s Ask Yoast!

Max sent us his question on comment systems:

There is no question that the Disqus service takes a little while to load on a webpage. So, do these blog commenting services, like Disqus, affect SEO in some way?

Watch the video or read the transcript further down the page for my answer!

The impact of comment systems on SEO

“Do they affect SEO? Well, yes, they do. Because, in fact, they’re so slow to load that most of the time, what you see is that Google doesn’t load the content of those comments, and doesn’t use them to rank that page. Which might be either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how good your comments are and whether your comments have a lot of content or not.

I personally don’t like these services because they slow down the page load so much and because they make it slower for people to be able to respond to your content, which is why, on yoast.com, we use the plain vanilla WordPress commenting system with some added features that are in the Yoast Comment Hacks plugin, which we’ve released for free on the repository. So that’s why we use that, and not any service like Disqus. But I know there’s a lot of fans of services like Disqus because of all the other features they have. So it’s a trade-off. We made our choice, you have to make yours. Good luck!”

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41 Responses to Ask Yoast: Comment systems and SEO

  1. RAJEEV KUMAR
    RAJEEV KUMAR  • 6 months ago

    I am very satisfied with Yoast SEO service. I have used this plugin to last 6 months.

  2. Rick Rouse
    Rick Rouse  • 6 months ago

    I tried Discus on my tech blog but it brought everything to a standstill. I have a great server that can handle my comments with no speed issues. I’ll be sticking with WordPress’ native comment system. Thanks for validating my decision!

  3. Anil Agarwal
    Anil Agarwal  • 6 months ago

    Hey Yoast,
    I really enjoyed that video, and I agree with all the points you made. I’m one of the people that enjoys seeing people leave meaningful comments on my blog. At least, it’s a good indication that people are reading and interacting with my content.
    Although, I don’t really understand why most marketers usually turn off commenting on their blog, probably because they don’t have enough time to be moderating them, but overall, I think it’s very necessary to enable that interaction on your blog as it’ll also help to boost your blogs authority and perceived value.
    Now, coming to the commenting system, I know there are numerous blog commenting systems out there, especially for WordPress blogs, but among all of them, the default WordPress commenting system remains the best (in my own opinion though).
    I’ve never liked Disqus for once, in fact if I visit a blog, after reading the content and decide to share my opinion via comment, if I see that the blog is using Disqus, I often hit the back button. Apart from the fact that it usually take some time to load up, I hate being asked to login first before commenting.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Tuck
    Tuck  • 6 months ago

    Thanks Joost. All your blog-stuff is really helpful and clearly written. Much appreciated how much free material and advise you put out.

  5. Timo
    Timo  • 6 months ago

    I prefer the normal WordPress comment feature. I would like to look at what your extension and the thank you page looks like. Therefore TEST :-)

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 6 months ago

      Hi Timo, thanks for testing :-) Did it work for you?

  6. Aayan
    Aayan  • 6 months ago

    If Google doesn’t use them (comments) to rank that page, so why comments system load-time added to page’s load-time to judge page-speed?

  7. Oliver Jake
    Oliver Jake  • 6 months ago

    Joost de Valk (Yoast), you’ve been a great help for all of my websites and blogs. SEO was never so easy for me until I started using your plugin.

    I want to ask that which comment system is best for SEO? as Facebook is becoming just like Google and their restrictions are penalizing our websites in best ways.
    Shall I start placing Disqus comments section or WP original comments are better for SEO?

    Also, if there’s a better solution then please help me out. My websites are usually based on E-commerce and Blogs so which of the comments system is most beneficial for our websites?

    • Joost de Valk

      I honestly think the best commenting system is the native WordPress commenting system.

  8. Kari
    Kari  • 6 months ago

    Personally, I love and prefer vanilla comment systems :)

  9. Andrea
    Andrea  • 6 months ago

    Hi! Do spam comments hurt SEO if they never make it live? My comment system (which I think it just the standard WP system) flags them for me, and keeps them on the backend of the site until I either approve or mark them as spam.

    Thanks for all of the helpful info – I love your blog!

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 6 months ago

      Hey Andrea, don’t worry, if you don’t approve them they won’t hurt your SEO!

  10. Hoang Truong
    Hoang Truong  • 6 months ago

    Hi Joost, how do you think about using Facebook comment system? Is it okey for SEO? Thanks.

    • Joost de Valk

      It’s basically the same as any other commenting plugin.

  11. Bhawna
    Bhawna  • 6 months ago

    Hey Willemien,
    Thanks for writing such a nice article.
    I have been using default comment system and if there are many comments on a particular post it slows down the page.
    What are your thoughts on using the Disqus comment system, or should I stick with the default comments?

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 6 months ago

      Hi Bhawna, Disqus will probably slow down the page too, as Joost explained above. So I don’t think that that would help you. It has a lot of other nice features though, so that could be a reason to switch, but don’t switch because of page speed/SEO! Perhaps you could try Yoast Comment Hacks, and see if that works for you?

  12. Digbijay
    Digbijay  • 6 months ago

    But I’m facing issues with Native comment system of WordPress as I’m getting 1000s of comments every week and that highly impacts on database server. So I switched to Disqus and it worked well. But now from few months comments are not getting indexed. Any suggestions ?

    • Joost de Valk

      If the load of your database is an issue, you’re solving the wrong problem… Switch to a host that can handle that better.

  13. Karma Seo
    Karma Seo  • 6 months ago

    As we know that comment is an important part to engage readers into our blog post. This is very nice article in which you discuss about WordPress comment system and many other several options for comment system.

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 6 months ago

      Thanks. Karma!

  14. David
    David  • 6 months ago

    I’m leaving a comment here to see how the comment redirect works with Yoast Comment Hacks, as described on this page:

    https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/comment-hacks/

    Will it take me to a ‘thank’ you page as described?

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 6 months ago

      Hi David, thanks for testing. And… did it?

      • David
        David  • 6 months ago

        It did :-)

  15. CJ
    CJ  • 6 months ago

    I don’t like relying on third-party tools, because if something happens to them one day, all of our comments would be lost forever. So I’m sticking with the native WordPress commenting system for the time being.

  16. Cody Kitaura
    Cody Kitaura  • 6 months ago

    I’d always wondered about this. It’s kind of a bummer, since I really like the features of Disqus.

  17. Haroun Kola
    Haroun Kola  • 6 months ago

    Now that I’m using the Polylang plugin, which conflicts with Jetpack’s Related Posts, Disqus is the only method I have of keeping users on my site at the end of a post.

    Once I fix the issue, I’ll consider shutting it down and using the vanilla comments.

  18. Carsten Meiselbach
    Carsten Meiselbach  • 6 months ago

    Hello Yoast-Team.
    I’m using the WordPress Plugin “Discusz”, which is ok for my page load. Could be done better with optimized HTML, but no extra foreign Domains are requested for services. Everything is part of my own Database.

    I didn’t show Gravatar images from gravatar.com. Instead, images hosted on my own server are shown. This also reduces the load impact for my pages.

    From my experience, Comments (for my Blog) are important Social Signals. Also the textual updates for the related pages gives some value. For my Recipe-pages, I’m using some additional Structured Data for “interactionStatistic”, setting the “userInteractionCount”. I cannont tell if this information really helping Google. Do you suggest this to do?

    Best regards,
    Carsten

  19. Marcos João
    Marcos João  • 6 months ago

    Yes, here in Brazil I’m seeing it in many Blogs, I don’t think that it is a good ide. I found more easy the commom way like I’m commenting now. Thanks for the tell.

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 6 months ago

      You’re welcome, Marcos!

  20. Taknik Drashta
    Taknik Drashta  • 6 months ago

    I am no more using Disqus because it is slowed down my website. Thanks for making this post.

  21. Rudy
    Rudy  • 6 months ago

    Hi Joost,

    Thank you for yet another interesting point of view. Ever since I started my WordPress site, I’m following your blog for the most helpful articles on SEO.

    Keep up the good work!

    Rudy

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 6 months ago

      Thanks for following us, Rudy!

  22. suggestmebest
    suggestmebest  • 6 months ago

    Hai Jooset

    Enabling comment plugin like Disqus is good or bad for SEO. if it good then how

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 6 months ago

      As explained above, it’s not so good for SEO, as it can negatively affect load time.

  23. Tour Guides of Iran
    Tour Guides of Iran  • 6 months ago

    What about no-follow links? I usually remove links thtat are not relevant from comments info on my blog but I see that you don’t do this on your pages. Do you think allowing people to post thier links on our blog can offect our SEO?

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 6 months ago

      Hi, links are indeed no followed, and we do remove irrelevant links from our comments!

  24. Vikas Pandey
    Vikas Pandey  • 6 months ago

    Yes Joost, the comment system is the best way to increase engagement of the website and stay connected with the readers.

  25. آموزش برق
    آموزش برق  • 6 months ago

    Hi
    My site is Persian language
    what language is permalink-posted?
    English or Persian Which is better for SEO?

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 6 months ago

      Hi! We’ll have an Ask Yoast about this soon. Stay tuned!

  26. Freddy G. Cabrera
    Freddy G. Cabrera  • 6 months ago

    Hey Joost!

    It is good to have an open comment section on your blog post page. It helps you engage with your readers and also helps to create some extra content for the search engines to pick up.

    On average, I get about 20 to 30 comments for each new blog post I publish. And a lot of times these comments take half of the page so it adds a lot of valuable content to my blog post.

    I use the JetPack comment feature – I like it a lot! :)

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this topic!

    Have a wonderful weekend! :D

    • Matt
      Matt  • 6 months ago

      Freddy, I love jetpack too and use it for my personal blog, but I also enjoy Thrive Comments, which are on my business website. They add some fun gaming to the comments…points for return visitors and the option to up-vote comments.
      Anyways, it’s cool to hear that the awesome Yoast is awesome using vanilla WP comments! I’m always looking for ways to slim down my number of plugins.
      Thanks for a quick, yet informative post!


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