Big SEO improvement – Disqus SEO

Great news for all our beloved Disqus users!

Disqus is awesome, but since we wanted to make it even more awesome, we went forward and created the Disqus Conditional Load Plugin. It helped you to boost your page loading speed while using the commenting platform. This made your site really fast, but there was one small issue.

Many site owners were worried about SEO when using Disqus comments for WordPress. There is a chance that Disqus comments will not be shown to Googlebots and other bots since they load as an iframe. Even the creators of Disqus are not sure if it is 100% SEO friendly. Disqus shows comments from their server, and that is a bad idea.

But if you have the DCL plugin, we are sure that your comments are 100% SEO friendly, even with Disqus comments.

One of the most awaited features of DCL comes with this update! From now, DCL can understand if it is a human or bot. DCL will show entire comments for the page as normal WordPress comments if it is a bot visiting your page. But to the human visitors, it will show lazy loading Disqus comments. That means Googlebot and all other bots will see all your synced comments instead of seeing Disqus scripts.

Isn’t that awesome? Try our new update for yourself and let us know what you think!

11 thoughts on “Big SEO improvement – Disqus SEO

  1. Sounds like cloaking to me, which could do more harm than good. Why can’t we have both, lazy loading and SEO friendliness? With Disqus you can see comments clearly if you view the source code of a page. The default WordPress comments are the fallback beneath the iFrame, which makes it SEO friendly. Why can’t your plugin do the same thing? It is very easy to do.

    • Hello James,

      Please note that lazy loading is different than normal Disqus comments loading. I can explain why. If we show default WordPress comments before loading disqus comments until the visitor clicks/scroll, those comments will be visible to the visitors. Only after loading Disqus comments that default comments will be replaced. Think about it. It will make confusion to the visitor right?

      Without lazy loading (noraml Disqus loading), disqus will start loading soon/before page is completely loaded. So user will not see the default WordPress comments.

      You can see default Disqus if you view source code of the page, but it is not always visible to search engines. Most of the cases Disqus comments will fail to load before Google index that page content. Normal WordPress comments will not be available that time, because Disqus started loading. Please see the attached screenshot.

  2. Very cool! I’m definitely going to check out your free and paid plugin. Do you have a recommendation for a tool to test how a google bot would view my site? (Just to check that the SEO-friendly feature is working?)

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