Facebook comments or Disqus?

My website gets pretty good traffic, but nobody ever leaves a comment. I wonder if this is because of the comment program I've got on there. Right now I'm using Disqus. Wix also has an ap for leaving Facebook comments. Do you think people would start leaving comments if I switched to Facebook?

Personally, I believe any time we require the reader to "sign in or up" with something before they can comment, some people just don't bother. I try to remove as many requirements as possible to encourage commenting. But it may not make that much of a difference. Some readers just like remaining anonymous, or like commenting at the end of stories, or not at all. If you had to choose between Disqus or Facebook, I'd go with Facebook because most readers probably already have Facebook accounts.

But not everyone likes parading their Facebook account around the internet...

The reality, though, is that you should only expect around 10% of readers to ever interact with you, and only 10% of those to do so on a regular basis.

I agree with Scherr and personally, if I have to make an account to leave a comment, I won't bother. I don't know what you're using right now but Intense Debate has all the basic features (threads, votes, etc) and allows people to post as guest/anon or with a wordpress account. A bonus is that it's very easy to customize with CSS, so if you're familiar with that you can make it fit in. I think disqus charges you for that feature and I'm not sure about Facebook's commenting system.

Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about it, Dary's ten percent is something I've read other places. All you can do is make it as easy as possible and hope for the best.

Something you could try: add a "call to action" at the end of your chapter encouraging people to comment. Sometimes simply asking your reader a question can prompt a few people who would not otherwise comment to speak up. A little nudge is all some people need.

I would not expect this to work fantastically well, but you might see a small uptick.

Once again in later than anyone else.

It helps if you start off the commenting yourself, perhaps by asking someone to vote, or asking what people think, or just commenting on some part of it you liked.

Aside from that, I'd say neither. If I had a Facebook account, and I'm not saying I do, I wouldn't want it linked to very much at all. Or even go on it. As for Disqus, well, if you hadn't already said there was some Facebook comment system, then Disqus would be the worst comment system out there. It's pretty crappy and seems to slow down a page. If you're wanting lots of comments, you won't want something that messes with people's ability to read and comment.

Facebook, no. I wouldn't use it.

Disqus, eh. It's ok, I guess.

But regarding webnovel commenting systems, I'd say the king might be just the Wordpress eco-system (except maybe for sites like RRL), because I'd say wordpress blogs get a lot more comments in general than any other similar kind of blogging system just due to its inertia and mass.

In regards to asking for comments and a "call to action", at the bottom of every page I have "TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!" right above whatever comment program I'm using. Hasn't worked so far. I'll change it to Facebook comments for a while and see what happens.

Its got to be personalized to the post.

Should Mackenzie live or die, tell me what you think.

Is Abernathy a tool for telling her no? Weigh in below.

What secret is Amber hiding in her sweater, besides that pair of panting puppies? Anyone who guesses right gets a walk on role in a future update.

What's pretty good traffic, and is it unique visitors or pageviews you use as a metric?

2% of my readership commented on my last chapter, which has my highest comments of any chapter. And as others have mentioned, halve that number for every click they have to make to make a comment.

I don't know what's considered "good" traffic -- personally, I'd be happy if I had a dozen regular visitors. Usually it's two to five per day, but my serial is in its early stages and it takes a while to build up readership. As the saying goes, it's a marathon, not a sprint.

There's been a few other posts about it though. I think I recall Wildbow saying he got around 1k views/day at some point during Worm (probably very early on given how popular Worm is these days). There's this post by TanaNari with a more detailed breakdown. A few other people posted stats on there as well. Here's another stat post.

Having a "sign-up wall" is a fairly effective way to weed out a good chunk of the shit comments. Then you at least know that when someone leaves a "haha, yer shit sux faggit" in your comment section, they had to go through a modicum of effort to be able to make the post, so you know they at least cared enough to get over the general lethargy that causes most readers to not bother posting even if they've have a mind to, so you can at least feel good that you made some kind of impact on even the worst commenter. :P

Then again, having to use third-party peripheral systems like Disqus is pretty annoying, so I dunno. If you're just wanting any kind of interaction at all, go with the option that has the least amount of effort put into posting comment while enabling anonymity.

Diqus is a lot easier to moderate. I still use it on my site.

As for comments, I completely pulled my story from RRL in part because the comments were so few and lame the longer the story went on. I don't see any reason to offer free content without regular input, but I am not talented or patient enough to be Drew. :P

I agree about RRL comments. The only two kinds of comments I got on there are "Thank you for the chapter" and snarky insults disguised as constructive criticism.