Make it easy for readers to comment

Add a comment count to articles on your homepage so readers know where discussions are happening. Make it easy to find Disqus on your stories, even if you hide comments behind a click.

Ask readers to comment

If you want to have a conversation, you have to start it. End your stories with a question for readers to show that you’re interested in hearing from them.

Reply to commenters

Be active and present in the comments by replying to readers, especially first-time commenters. Author participation builds trust and strengthens your community over time.

Feature the best comments

Highlighting top comments has been shown to increase overall engagement by 30% according to research by the Engaging News Project. You can feature comments or embed them directly in stories you publish.

Get to know your readers

Readers will visit your site for the content, but they’ll keep coming back for the conversation. Analytics helps you measure the growth of your audience on Disqus over time and understand which stories generate the most engagement and why.

💡 Looking for more? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Increasing Reader Engagement

  1. Listening to your community
  2. Turn comments into content
  3. Host events
  4. Promote comments outside your website
  5. Recognize top commenters to retain them
  6. Lower the barrier to commenting

Previously: ← Create and Enforce Moderation Rules

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