I enjoy commenting to other blogs and it makes me warm inside when my comments get replied. During the first month of blogging, I was getting the hives every time I wanted to comment on a blogger platform blog.
I am using a wordpress platform (org nevertheless) and seems that blogger just doesn’t like us. I had to go through loops to comment. I was spending a good amount of time writing a comment, clicking to submit and then…*pouf*…The comment was disappearing. Sometimes I didn’t even know if it went through or not. I tried all the options given under the “comment as”, with invariable failure.
What I didn’t know was that the rare times I successfully posted a comment, the blog owner could not reply to me. So, I found a few tricks to fix that.
If you don’t want to read about blogging tips, how about immersing in grand blue accents or creating a flower bed frugally? However, if you feel ready to tackle the no-reply problem, read on, the solutions are simple and I hope I explain them in an easy to follow way. These tips are mainly for bloggers using a WordPress platform.
The very first step was to learn I was a No-Reply blogger. A fellow blogger took the time, to give me a heads up about the situation. If you see a no-reply blogger who cares to comment in your site, try to find the time to let them know. It’s good blogging Karma!
I found out that, practically every post on how to fix this issue, is for Blogger users and not for WordPress or even Typepad ones. That complicated things a bit and I did not want to make a blogger profile in order to post a comment. So, for a long time, I just didn’t comment to bloggers that offered only these options:
That “open ID” thingy? It rarely works – if ever. In addition, if you use a wordpress.org (like me) instead of wordpress.com, you are out of the game. Which makes getting a google plus account imperative, as the easiest way to be allowed to comment (clever google forcing to create an account with them).
The caveat is, if you want the name in your comments to lead to your site, you should further connect your google account with google plus and create a page for your blog/site. That way you bypass the problem and the readers can directly access your posts (assuming you keep your google+ page updated).
You can simply add your url (the address of your blog) in the comment area but, it is somewhat faux pas to do so .
Having a google+ account helps especially when you encounter the following comment form where you can only post a comment if you have a google plus account:
Now that we are well set up to comment at will, we will try to fix the no-reply problem.
When you encounter the next most restricting of all comment forms as seen in the next picture, choose the “comment as” way you prefer and check the little, inconspicuous box that says “notify me”. You will see a message that “Follow-up comments will be sent to *firstname.lastname@example.org and – tadah – you are a REPLY blogger now. Congrats!
You may encounter a different layout, like in the following picture. In this case, check the box on the left as pointed by my artistic red arrow.
I comment using my google+ account and when my comment name is clicked, it leads straight to my posts at my google+ page (if you have a google plus account, come check me out and let’s connect! 😀 ).
Many bloggers offer more versatile ways to comment, as seen in the next picture. I prefer to use the Name/Url option. Click it and add your name and your blog address in the respective fields. The “notify me” button will disappear. Now, your comment name will lead directly to your blog when someone clicks on it.
At this point I am uncertain whether choosing to post as Name/Url throws me back to being a no-reply blogger. I will communicate with a couple blogs that have this style of comment form and will update the post to let you know.
Update: Choosing Name/Url is valid to keep you in the Reply-land. Your comment can be replied with this option and you are good to go. Congrats again!
Meanwhile, I enjoy to post a comment in blogs who offer a modern, simple and flexible way to comment. It simplifies things for people like me (who are at least a tad technologically challenged). This is an example of a friendly layout:
This is form is in the same inviting spirit:
These comment forms are easy to use, anyone can use them (without going through fire hoops and without having to join new media) and are enticing to other bloggers (as it automatically hyperlinks the website/blog to the name). They are the epitome of user-friendly.
And they never get No-Reply bloggers.
Any inaccuracies are all mine and should be reported to the author-ity in order to be instantly executed so they serve as an example (can you tell it’s 3 AM and I am way too sleepy to make sense?).
I hope this post helps any no-reply bloggers out there, to solve the problem and enjoy commenting and getting replied back. 🙂
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