One of the reasons I put up and maintained a blog is to meet people, share ideas and develop a small circle of people who inspire and motivate each other. Each has a story that needs to be told and a voice that needs to be heard. We always have something to share. That’s probably one of the reasons why most blog platforms have a Comments feature.
I used to be content with the default commenting section in Blogger but realized I wasn’t making any genuine conversations with it. I couldn’t keep track of the blogs I commented in and I don’t get notified whether I received any reply in their blog. That’s when I saw most bloggers using Disqus comments.
Disqus is a commenting platform that allows you to keep track of your comments, those that you post on other blogs as well as those that are posted on yours. It’s a social site that lets you create a profile and add friends. I have been using Disqus for quite some time now and I must say I love how it works. Commenting has been easier and I could easily browse through my comments to see if I had made any genuine conversations.
Installing a Disqus comments section in a Blogger platform is easy, doesn’t take a genius to figure out. The website itself has its own step by step tutorial that is easily comprehensible.
From Disqus’ homepage, click GET STARTED.
A SignUp/Login Page will open where you can enter your details and password, or connect using Facebook, Twitter or Google. Once you’re done inputting your details, click SIGNUP.
The process is really fast. Not a lot of shenanigans to create an account. Next, it will ask you what you want to do with Disqus.
Obviously, we want to click on I WANT to INSTALL DISQUS on MY SITE.
For this one, I tried to sign up using my Facebook account. You need to fill in your website details and the category you want. Then click CREATE SITE.
After clicking, it will bring you to a welcome page. As we all know, a great way to establish our blogs and online businesses is to create engagement and that is what Disqus is all about. Click GET STARTED.
There are 3 main steps to install Disqus on your site.
First, is Accept Policy, which you already did as soon as you signed up.
Second is to select your platform. Installing Disqus varies whether you’re using WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr or other blogging platforms.
As soon as you click on Blogger’s icon, it will take you to this page where the installation instructions specifically tailored for Blogger is laid out for you to follow.
If you’re a new Disqus user or you want to use a new Disqus account for a new website, click the first one.
You can also import your existing Blogger comments if you’re moving to another domain or platform.
The last one is an option for Internet Explorer users.
As soon as you click the first one, it will open a new tab. Make sure you’re already logged in to Blogger.
Click Add Widget.
It will automatically be integrated in your blog layout. It won’t appear as a gadget normally would. It’d be an automatic comments section under your blog post no matter where you place the gadget but I placed mine under the Blog Posts gadget for organization’s sake.
If you like you can add people simply by clicking on their name on the comments section. It will take you directly to their Disqus page. There you can follow them like in Twitter. You can also do a little snooping on their public comments if you’re that kind of person.