Disqus Gives Spammers A DoFollow Thanksgiving Feast

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I am a big fan of the Disqus commenting system, I’ve found it to be a great addition to my blog as well as a wonderful personal tool to use on other’s blogs.  I’ve had few problems and with commenting syncing now in place on the WordPress plug-in, I’ve had very few change requests until now.  There has been a dramatic increase in human generated spam over the past week or two and if I was a spammer I would jump on this too, because DISQUS does not use nofollow.  It’s not even an option that I can find!

Let me give you an example, here’s a post I did on Disqus SEO that has been targeted for spamming (seems fitting, yes?)   The comments were on point enough that I replied before i figured out what was going on.  I replied by e-mail and the formatting is still screwed upon line wraps when you do that (My other major gripe with Disqus).

If you take a look at the page source and search for iphone and discount office supplies you’ll see some nice free dofollow links headed off to the spammer’s sites.  This makes me unhappy – unhappy customers uninstall.  Given the nature of SEO, where an outgoing link from your blog counts as a vote, Disqus should have ZERO dofollow links out of my blog’s comments unless I say otherwise!

If this isn’t corrected shortly then look I’ll be installing this Disqus Hack to handle it, and if it’s not upgraded soon i guess I’ll take a look at intense debate and see if they do a better job.

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  • http://ursulahays.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/use-some-free-open-source-tools-to-successfully-develop-net-program-applications/ AuroraHogan

    I have been working with a spammer that uses proxy servers and different records to junk and pester my associates and myself on my website. Is there any way I can review him without having his IP? Thanks for discussing the useful details.

  • http://www.mindinventory.com/iphone_application.php iphone development india

    I like disqus because it makes me make a comment fast. I like using the Disqus system. we have found it to be a great addition to our blog as well as a wonderful.

  • http://avasarn.com/ อวสาน

    Can anyone update this outdated article?

  • http://zdatingcoach.com/ Henri Dufresne

    There is a still a dofollow on Disqus comments. Take a look at the code of this particular page and look for “nofollow” in the page by doing CTRL+F you will see there is none. It means it is all dofollow. And additional external links. For me disqus is leaking pagerank. By installing disqus you lose control over the number of external pages in your website.

  • http://www.kizi2.com/ kizi

    Disqus is a great tool, I have it on many of my blogs already. It will
    only get better in the next few years..Disqus is a popular commenting

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    Disqus is great ! Hopes more and more people join it and enjoy
    I like this system.

  • Raj

    As disqus uses javascript code it is very easy and faster to submit comments..