Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Advance notice: Disqus is switching to free version only with ads

Just letting you know that as of February 8 Disqus will be adding ads to their free version. Of course they also provide the option of ad free for $10/month. I will be going back to Blogger. Not sure what it will do to all the responses

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  1. Can you move the Disqus comments to Blogger?

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  2. What type of ads? Blogger's system is terrible

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  3. What kind of ads would the free version show? And where?

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  4. dont know. I have refused showing ads up till now even though it would have produced income for me - because I think it seriously detracts from the atmosphere. Now they are not giving me a choice so I will simple pull the plug on disqus

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  5. don't know.
    I agree that Blogger's system is terrible but I am not paying $120 year to avoid the ads

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  6. I asked Disqus about that and am waiting for a response

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  7. If it's ten dollars a month, do you want to see if several of your readers are willing to pitch in for it?

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  8. If the readers want to pay for it - I have no problem.
    Am also investigating if there are free alternatives - any recommendations are appreciated

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  9. I would be willing to chip in a few bucks.

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  10. I pledge $12. Do you have a PayPal account?

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  11. An alternative that come to mind is Facebook commenting system plugin.

    Another is IntenseDebate. Or LiveFyre.

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  12. yes. It has been on my blog for years.
    I just put it at the top of the right side.

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  13. If I get $120 designated for Disqus then I will pay the fee

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  14. Can I suggest that you bring this post to the top every couple of days until the next year or two is contributed by the readers?

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  15. you can - but the point is that most readers don't care.
    Not sure that going back to blogger is a terrible thing or that some of the free services are as good as disqus

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  16. Going back to Blogger in itself may not be terrible, but to lose years worth of comments is terrible.

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  17. Sorry to say, that's not really a long-term solution. How about try turning on the ads for a few days see what happens

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  18. Why not? It's $10 a month, and can be split between so many readers. It shouldn't be hard to get...

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  19. It is not likely to be raised - today I received a $2 donation - which after paypal took their share is $1.64
    that is the first donation since January 24, 2016

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  20. January's seem to be your lucky months. 馃槈

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  21. I will pay $12/month for a year, and possibly beyond. That will leave $10 and change to cover the costs after the PayPay fee . Or do you need the $120 as a lump sum?

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  22. thanks for the offer - I will check with disqus

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  23. There's a PayPal donate button on the right of the webpage.

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  24. From the conversation before it appears very hopeful you'll raise the sum to continue Disqus at $120/year.

    In a worst case scenario where you need to drop Disqus, I'd suggest looking into IntenseDebate and seeing if they support transferring Disqus comments to IntenseDebate.

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  25. If you don't want to have ads and pay $10/moth you can go for wpDiscuz. There is a solid alternative for WordPress users. You can use wpDiscuz instead of Disqus. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b8594c11b45ad7768a8ed5144c6dfd6661b43f831375fd5a8756e184abd5cde2.png

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  26. thanks - but this is Blogger does it work?

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  27. Disqus is now claiming that non-commercial sites i.e. no advertising - will still be free

    What about smaller, non-commercial sites?

    For small, non-commercial sites, advertising will be optional. These sites will be able to use Disqus’ ads-optional subscription, free of charge.

    Who qualifies as a small / non-commercial site?

    Publishers will be able to self-identify. For personal blogs, educational sites, non-profits, and small sites that do not run other advertising, Disqus advertising will be optional. Currently, over 95% of sites on our network fall into this category.

    We look forward to sharing more about new versions of Disqus, upcoming features, and our plans to help publishers grow soon.

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