On June 18th, a twitter user highlighted that the user-generated comments on the website via Disqus plugin were not getting indexed by Google. In response to this Gary Illyes and Martin Splitt from Google shared their thoughts on the issue and later confirmed that the issue was fixed by Google. Read on for more details about their detailed conversation on Twitter.
What is Disqus?
Disqus is a comment hosting service that you can use on your website to enable commenting functionality for your users. Disqus is mostly used by blogs and publishers as it is easy to moderate comments and maintain it. It offers a bunch of other functionalities as well.
Disqus Comments Not Getting Indexed
A user on twitter highlighted that Disqus comments on his website were not being indexed by Google. However, on checking the rendered HTML of the website in Google’s Mobile-Friendly Testing tool the comments were visible, he added.
This means that Googlebot is able to render the comments however it didn’t index them. The question is Why?
Gary Illyes from Google replied to this stating that the comments must have been irrelevant or spammy which is the reason why Googlebot might have not indexed them.
This is exactly what Illyes tweeted
Martin spotted the issue and stated that there is an issue on Google’s end and it should probably be fixed within a couple of days.
Two days later, on June 20, Martin replied to the same conversation confirming that the issue had been resolved for everyone. This means that Disqus comments will now be indexed by Google.
In case if you are using Disqus comments on your website you should optimise how and which comments are visible to Googlebot. With the comments now getting indexed, it may affect your website rankings either positively or negatively depending on the type of content in the comments.
Are you using Disqus as well? If yes, what impact have you observed on your website after this fix? Do let us know in the comments section below.
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