Disqus, Intense Debate And Livefyre – Use The Top Comment Systems On Blogger

Posted : Friday, August 24, 2012 | Post Author : Paul Crowe |Β 35 comments

Disqus, Intense Debate and Livefyre logosComments are one of the essential parts that make a blog a blog.Comments help everyone from Mommy bloggers to Fortune 500 company blogs receive reader and costumer opinion and feedback.So it’s important you and your readers get the most from your comments system.

The default Blogger comments have come a long way over the last few years culminating in the introduction of threaded comment replies last year.But as a Blogger user you have other options and lots of them.In this post we will look at the three most popular comment systems available and they can all be used on your Blogger blog.The top three independent comment systems are Disqus, Intense Detate and Livefyre.Lets look at all three and how you can use them on Blogger.

1. Disqus

Disqus was launched in 2007 and is used by sites such as CNN and Engadget.Disqus strives to built a community on your blog via interactive comments.Disqus is available in a number of styles and offers an in dept threaded comment function to further conversation.Users can comment using the classic Name/Email/URL option or use a selection of social profile including Facebook, Twitter, Google and their Disqus Profile.Comments can be voted up and down and reported by other users and you can reply directly from your Email.

Once you sign up for your account it only takes a few minutes to add to your blog.

Add Disqus To Blogger

Once you sign up under tools you will find the option to add a new site.Simply add your site URL and name to continue.

You will now be presented with a list of sites Disqus can be used on, choose Blogger.

On the next page it’s just a matter of clicking the add to blogger button and your done.


2. Intense Debate

Intense Debate was also a 2007 start up.One of the favored features of Intense Debate is comment luv.For those not familiar with comment luv it is a system that rewards commenter’s by displaying their latest post below their comment.So when you comment on a blog your last post is displayed on that blog.Like Disqus Intense Debate has social log in options, Email replies and comment voting.

How To Ad Intense Debate To Blogger

Sign Up For your free account and proceed to the install page : Intense Debate Install.

Add Your Blogs URL and click continue.

In the list of sites choose Blogger.

OK the next part is a bit more complicated to Disqus.You will need to download your template from blogger and upload it were requested.The steps are clearly marked out so you should have no problems.

3. Livefyre

Livefyre is more of a new kid on the block even though it was launched in 2008.Livefyre comments can be found and sites such as The New York Times and NBC Universal.Livefyre has really gone for the angle of making comments more social.

Wikipedia list out some of their accomplishments :

Since its launch, Livefyre has pioneered a number of features including: Social Sync, which integrates comments from Facebook and Twitter in a comment stream; Comment Notifiers, a bubble in the comment stream alerts the user to a new comment with a bubble featuring the user’s avatar and a preview of the comment; Friend Tagging, Liveryre allows users to tag/mention friends and followers from Facebook, Twitter and Livefyre handle with the option to notify friends by posting to their Facebook timelines and @ mentioning them on Twitter.


Add Livefyre To Blogger

Once you have your Livefyre account head to the products page were you will find the Install Now button.

Now Livefyre have been very slow to add easy Blogger integration.For the last few months at least they have they have a coming soon for Blogger.That’s the reason they are number three here, But fear not you can still use Livefyre on Blogger.

On the install page you will see the options for WordPress, TypePad and Custom.Enter your blogs URL and choose ‘Custom’, then click the keep going button.

You will now be presented with the code for the comments.Next we must add it to your blog.

First up you will want to turn off the Blogger comments you can do this in your settings under ‘Posts and Comments’.Now add the code as following :

1. In Your (New Design) Blogger Dashboard Click The Drop Down Menu For Your Blog > Choose Template > Then Edit Html > Now Proceed > Tick The Expand Widget Templates Box as shown in the video Below :

2. Find the following code in your template :

<b:if cond=’data:post.showThreadedComments’>

3. Copy and Paste the comment code from Livefyre Directly Above / Before <b:if cond=’data:post.showThreadedComments’> .

Save your template.

So that’s it the top three comment systems.Do you use any of these, Have a preference for one or planning to use one ? We are still using the Blogger comments and you can use them below to let us know your opinion !

AuthorAuthor – Paul Crowe is the owner and main author of Spice Up Your Blog.Paul lives in Ireland, has been blogging since 2006 and writing Spice Up Your Blog since 2009.You can find him in the usual social networks.



  1. Any idea How can I reindex the comment from Disqus to defualt blogger comment again ??



  2. There is an option to import comments in the basic settings.Under ‘Blog Tools’ click ‘Import Blog’.


  3. Muhammad Danial Abdul RahimAugust 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Seriously I like Livefyre but Livefyre can’t install comment system like others(disqus or Intensedebate).

    Thanks for great Post πŸ˜€

    Sincerely Danial


  4. Yeah, livefyre features are cool.. i do really waiting to get my old blogger+disqus comments imported to livefyre.. but.. i think livefyre team are not serious on blogger platform. I even almost sure that livefyre for blogger is just a sweet hoax πŸ˜› or just call me a lazy for looooooooooong expectation.. πŸ˜€


  5. Considering how easy it would be to create an install wizard for Blogger I think your may be right about Livefyre.



  7. Why Don’t you guys ever change your Comment system. I know you like to keep classic but a CS like Disqus could definitely add some sizzling appearance to your blog.


  8. I actually used Disqus for a few months a few years back.I think as many of our readrs are Blogger users it is easier for them to comment with their Blogger profile.So basically I have not changed as it is easier on readers which is more important to us than how it looks.


  9. Just as any FYI – Livefyre is not used on The New York Times.


  10. Ranplus @ BloggingAndWBAugust 25, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Commentluv is the best comment system I have seen. But it is not avalable for blogger. Second one is Discus.



  11. Commentluv is available for Blogger via Intense Debate.



  13. Thanks for this excellent and very helpful post, Paul! I have Tweeted it and Googl+ it! I’ve been wanting to improve my blogger blogs comment system, but I didn’t have the time to research how to do it. Now you’ve put it all together in a way that I can understand. I am pretty familiar with Disqus and Intense Debate and I think I prefer the latter one because of the Comment Luv and also because they send me an email when there is a reply to my comment. With Disqus, I have to be on Disqus to find out if there were any replies.

    Is Google Classic the previous version of Google Chrome? I made the change when everyone was basically forced to, but I don’t like Google’s Dynamic Views, it didn’t support important features, so I’m not using that template. I’m using two old-style templates of theirs and two modern ones (I have 4 blogs with Blogger). I hope Intense Debate will still work for mine. Have a great weekend!





  14. Christina, Disqus and Intense Debate will not work on Dynamic Views but will work fine on any other Blogger template.



  16. Another added benefit of coments on a blog post is in the ability to be ranked on a persons comment alone. There are many times on a search result where the snippet of text on the SERP’s comes back with either the post author’s reply to a comment, or a persons comment with the searched keywords bolded in the snippet.


  17. I like disqus from the 3 tool you mentioned . disqus has a good user interface and loads quickly .


  18. Hey,
    I just hopped over to your site via Stumbleupon. Not somthing I would normally read, but I liked your thoughts none the less. Thanks for making something worth reading.


  19. All this plugin does not work on blog anymore i don’t know why. Anyone encounter this problem?


  20. I persoanlly love the commentluv plugin installed on intensedebate. Its a great combination!


  21. Hello Paul. Please I need your help. I have tried installing livefyre in my blogger, and followed your steps but the comment system doesn’t appear, just a gray line :-S and I have tried installing Disqus some time ago and the same result. I don’t know why this happens, but the only thing I know is that since I installed Intense Debate, doesn’t let me install other comment systems. Intense Debate is gone from my template, and I wonder why livefyre does not appear on my blog. Is there any code in my template that is not letting the comment system appear, please can you have a look and help me, it’s been quite long now trying to fix it and no one helps me, not even support from comment system πŸ™


  22. Oh, by the way I forgot to put my site. It’s www.evolucionfacebook.com

    Thank you Paul, I’ll be waiting for your response.


  23. It only works when I add livefyre code in a widget! but I don’t want it in a widget, want it in the template… so definitely something’s wrong with my template that doesn’t let the comment system show on my blog πŸ™ please help Paul


  24. Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit NewsAugust 30, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    On most blogs that I’ve been reading, many of them are using disqus as a platform for their comments. So, I guess I got be more bias about disqus as I have experienced no problems with it.


  25. Disqus Support Mobile Version of blogger and else where. Intense debate and livefyre not. So go for Disqus.

    Tech Prevue


  26. I have used on my blog Intense Debate and Disqus, I went back to Blogger.
    I prefer Disqus since the comments can be syndyced, but there are not that much comments… compared with Intense Debate.

    I have made a pull on my blog to ask my visitors which system of comments they prefer. Most of them have choosen Instense Debate and Blogger.
    None have mentionned Disqus.

    I have noticed that I have more comments with Intense Debate than Disqus or Blogger. 1. there is comment luv, 2. we can put the link ot the blog (not shown with the new Disqus) 3. Gravatar is working 4. Possibility to put some youtube Video ect

    Since the comments of Intense Debate are made with Javascript, (and not scaned by Google), is it really bad for Seo ?



  27. How you were able to customize the style of Blogger’s threaded comments!?


  28. Hi Paul! Thanks for this post…I was using Disqus, but when installed, it hid previous comments that had been posted on regular Blogger comment system. And somehow people could still comment on the old blogger comment section, but they won’t show. Not sure what to do to fix that. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


  29. Any method to sync comments automatically from various commenting platforms at one place ?


  30. Baltimore Moving CompaniesNovember 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Many of them, most of the blogs I read that as a platform for their opinion Disqus using. Disqus for more bias, so I have no problem with it because it did not occur to think.


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  32. Great post. I was searching for this information from long back, thank you for posting it.


  33. Emily @ RemarkableHomeFebruary 20, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    I am wondering if there is any way to be able to send an automated reply to commenters via email that is specific to each post? I am asking because I offer free printables on my blog. I have asked my readers to leave me a comment if they download my work, but no one ever does even though I know its being downloaded. I am wondering if there is a way that i can have the link for the download sent to them automatically when they leave a comment. This way, they have to comment first, download second. If you have any ideas I’d love to hear them! Thanks! Great post, btw:)


  34. Although I have not tested them all, I really enjoyed the Intense Debate, as well as being in my language, has muuitas options that I liked!


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  36. thanks for sharing really helpful article with us so far disqus is among the best commenting platform through which placing comment and handling user is too easy


  37. How I wish Blogger can introduce commentluv to their commenting system. I have used disqus but not getting much comments. So, i removed it from my blog. I might try intensedebate though and see if it will make some sense.


  38. Disqus has lost its value over a period of time however other platforms still attract me but still I find more blogs especially technical blogs with disqus embedded in them.