How to Opt-Out of Disqus Reveal

How to Opt-Out of Disqus Reveal

We use Disqus to power the comments on several sites.

This week, Disqus sent a friendly email:

“Congratulations! After careful review, we’ve approved your site OSTaining for Reveal—Disqus’ monetization solution for publishers.”

Congratulations? I didn’t even know what Reveal was until that moment.

Then a few days later, on Friday, another email arrived to say that Reveal would be automatically enabled in 4 days time, unless we opted out.

After a bit of research (information about Reveal isn’t easy to find), it turns out that Reveal involves placing sponsored ads above and below your comments. This image below shows the ads:

example Disqus Reveal ads

It seems that the only way to opt-out is the link the bottom of the Disqus emails …

Email from Disqus about Reveal ads

I tried to opt-out by logging in to Disqus.com and selecting a site …

Disqus admin area

… but Reveal only provides a blank box for now. I suspect there may be more options here after the roll-out of Reveal.

Reveal settings inside the Disqus admin

I’ll update this post next week with more details, but for now – use the email link if you don’t want Reveal. This page has a screenshot of some settings for Reveal, but I couldn’t find how to access them.

Reveal settings in the Disqus admin
Don’t get me wrong, we still like Disqus. We use Disqus on this Joomla-powered blog, and we’ve written tutorials on integrating it with Drupal and WordPress. But, they haven’t done a good job with the roll-out of this new advertising feature.

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  • Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. Steve's work straddles the line between teaching and web development.

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mirkomikan

Thanx Steve for this important and helpful info…

HaloFX

Yikes! It will be interesting to see how this gets implemented. I could potentially see services like uBlock completely blocking the comments from a site if they are wrapped in ads from the same source. I recently fought an issue where uBlock blocked an entire page of content, showing a blank screen, because of a class applied to the body tag.

neilrobertson

Thanks for the heads up on this. It seems fair to me that Disqus are looking for ways to monetise their service. We can’t expect services to be offered for free for ever. I have Disqus installed on at least one website but tend to favour JComments or similar so everything is contained on the website without relying on an external provider.

mac smith

good luck with that, Disqus. Adblockers have won.

Lonestar

How can I be allowed to test out Reveal? I noticed I don’t have this option.

daniel-pickering

Reveal is only available if you have high enough traffic to your site for them to feel it is worth adding.

Aran Seaman

Furious about this. I tried to disable and got an internal server error on Disqus. I finally “disabled” the ads through Disqus but they are still serving on our site. I had to disable Disqus in WP to avoid the Fing Terrible ads that are on our site now. FURIOUS.

daniel-pickering

Oh dear you might want to talk to whoever manages the WP extension see if they can make an easier option.

Smile IT Solutions Support

Hi Steve
My query is different can you please assist me in enabling reveal feature for [url=http://smileitsolutions.com/freeseoreport/]http://smileitsolutions.com…[/url]
I have already installed disqus.
Thanks!!

Ibrahim

Thanks for useful information!

NedKelly

G’day Steve, I’m new to web development (a 73 yo newbie?). I write to say thanks for such a gutsy warning. It is certainly in the public interest, and certainly inmy interest to get such ‘straight-up’ tips.
You have earned a few notches of aporoval in my ‘goto for help’ list.

mikall

Thank you, Ned! 

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