WordPress comments SEO problems and moved to Disqus

by Ruchira on July 5, 2013



I have been having a hard time lately with SEO thanks to WordPress comments system. Google somehow decided to index about 1600 ?replytocom and comments?=true links on my blog resulting duplicate content issues with Google Panda algorithm.  This is how its reflected on Webmaster tools Index Status


Maybe a bad plugin caused this issue but its really bad for the blog’s SEO. This is also reflecting on the Webmaster tools under “HTML Improvements” saying duplicate title tags and meta descriptions. However harm has been already done and I have decided to 301 redirect the ?replytocom links to the correct pages and implemented parameter handling to rectify this issue.

Outsourcing the comments system is now a popular practice even among the biggest players on the web. I have used  disqus in the past on this very same blog but eventually moved back to default comments system to localize everything.  But now thinking about all these problems of using inbuilt comments, I thought its time to move to disqus again.

I had around 9200 approved comments and everything got migrated within few hours by using their WordPress plugin. Disqus is also SEO friendly and Google will index the Disqus comments without a problem. Overall I’m happy about the move but I might change to local comments in the future just to experiment things.

I'm Ruchira Sahan and all posts on this blog are completely my thoughts and writings. I love DIY and Technology. So feel free to contact me for anything about this blog and don't forget to add a comment if this blog helped you! Thanks
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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandeep Tammu July 6, 2013 at 11:03 PM

I recently started to blog.Your auto installer helped me a lot.’Disqus’ seems very good but it is showing ads in my website.Do you know why?


2 RuchiraBlog July 9, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Its easy 🙂
Login in to disqus

Switch to Settings tab
Click on Discovery tab
Choose the option Just comments
Save the settings.


3 Sandeep July 9, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Yeah,I figured that out.Thanks for your reply.Your blog is very good..


4 RuchiraBlog July 22, 2013 at 6:20 AM

How good it will be if thats the way it is. but sadly replytocom links affects on SEO my friend. Its still duplicate content. Normally Google doesnt index those pages but sometimes it does


5 Sunil August 15, 2013 at 11:14 PM

i think i will also use the same on my blog


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