Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Reverting from DISQUS 2012 to older version

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 DISQUS 2012 can really damage your blogger stats.You can find below a way to revert back to older system. I am using DISQUS in my blog for quite a few months now. I like DISQUS commenting platform a lot for it offers many features like the "Like" page button, nested commenting, trackball URL, reactions etc. which are not present in the default  commenting system in blogger. A few days ago I jumped the gun and switched from older version of DISQUS to DISQUS 2012 when  saw  the link Activate Disqus 2012 for your site » in DISQUS's website. I did not think before acting  and without properly studying the consequences of going in for the new system had taken a bite at the carrot that dangled before my eyes. From that point onwards all hell broke loose. I could not  keep track of any stats in the blogger platform.
Below is the screenshot showing how badly the DISQUS 2012 comment system has damaged the Referring URLs stats.
 Although the above un intelligent stats rendered  my blogger stats next to useless, the DISQUS 2012 system spared me further agony  by not affecting my stats pages at statcounter. Since majority of the referral URLs appear to be redirects they have a potential to lower your sites reputation. I also learned from DISQUS's website that DISQUS 2012 now uses iframe. I am not an web wizard but I did notice that frames are bad for any website's health.
 Now I have turned off the new DISQUS 2012 system though it looked much cooler than older system. I don't know at this point of time whether my blogger stats will be back to normal from now onwards. Thankfully reverting to old system is quite simple. According to DISQUS's website "You can disable Disqus 2012 off at any time at the top of your admin's Settings > General page".
 All I needed to do was login into my account, navigate to this admin page after which I located the settings tab on top right hand side of the webpage.
 Then I had to un-check the Disqus 2012 Checkbox under "Basic Settings" label available in "General" tab as shown below. One needs to ensure that the "Save Changes" button at the bottom of the page is pressed after un-checking the check box in order to confirm the changes.
 I am hoping that my blogger stats will be back to normal. All that is left to do is to wait and watch and hope for the best. I keeping my fingers crossed too ...just in case :-)
Update(03Sep2012):- The problem of redirection ULRs in blogger stats has gone away after I reverted back to Older version of DISQUS

30 comments:

  1. Hmm....interesting findings. I just wanted to help explain why you might think this is bad. Yes, you are correct that Disqus 2012 is indeed inside an iframe. While I am no employee of Disqus, and don't know their true intentions, but I think they choose to put Disqus 2012 inside of an iframe to show how Disqus grows high quality traffic. And putting Disqus 2012 in an iframe is better for privacy reasons (they detailed this on one of the posts on the Disqus blog). Due to the discovery box, Disqus 2012 now recommends discussions from your site and others (if you have promoted discovery enabled, you can make money this way), and if people click on those links from the discovery box, or any link inside of the iframe, then the referral gets captured as a link from the Disqus 2012 embed URL for that page.

    I had this same issue happen to me at my blogger site, but it is not as bad has you have it. I hope this helped.

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  2. Thanks a lot for your valuable views. I do like 2012 system but i find the stats appear too stupid.It is not that i care about the stats but it still bugs me if i keep seeing the same referral url in blogger

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  3. Then again, this does show that:
    A: the discovery box works
    B: Disqus is helping your site grow

    You can always submit feedback via their support page.

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  4. I did fill in the surveymonkey form when I deactivated the 2012 stuff :-).

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  5. i wanna ask sumthing, is my disqus is disqus 2012?
    im also using disqus but it looks different from yours.
    i hope u can take a look and help me because i want to use this disqus (exactly like ur blog) since mine doesnt provide the open id 
    :)

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  6. @ShadowGurlz - I think you are using 2012 version.You can turn off 2012 version by un-checking the check box  as described in the above post.best of luck :-)

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  7. Thanks for the insight. What I'm not a fan of is the fact that it takes FOREVER for any new settings to take effect. I turned off Discovery and it still hasn't changed on my site after an hour.

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  8. Can you try and clear the cache and history in your browser

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  9. Thanks a lot for your valuable views. I just wanted to help explain why you might think this is bad. Yes, you
    are correct that Disqus 2012 is indeed inside an iframe. While I am no
    employee of Disqus, and don't know their true intentions, but I think
    they choose to put Disqus 2012 inside of an iframe to show how Disqus
    grows high quality traffic. And putting Disqus 2012 in an iframe is
    better for privacy reasons (they detailed this on one of the posts on
    the Disqus blog).

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  10. @Small business...- Thanks a lot for posting you valuable views. I will review the privacy reasons in their blog

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  11. Thanks for posting this. We upgraded to the 2012 version and besides our stats being skewed, saw some of Google search rankings change, so it really messed things up on our site. 

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  12. Hi Rock,  you are right .Frames are bad for website health ( search engine recognition wise ) according to what i have read online .Thank god that disqus let us revert back.

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  13.  Thanks a lot for posting this valuable views.

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  14.  Thanks for your comments Health :-)

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  15.  Hi Houndini001 - what tests are we carrying out ? :-) Is it for rocket launch ?

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