How I Stopped Being a No-Reply Blogger

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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.

TwoPlusCute: How to stop being a NO-REPLY blogger and reader. Have your comments receive replies every single time no matter what comment form format you face!

PART 1

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:

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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).

Get a google account here (if you have a g-mail, you already have a google account). Here is how g-mail and google accounts work together and how to connect them (<- google support link).

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 [citation needed].

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:

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PART 2

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 *yourmailhere*@gmail.com and – tadah – you are a REPLY blogger now. Congrats!

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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.

 

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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.

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You do not have to pick that option, it’s just what I prefer.

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:

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This is form is in the same inviting spirit:

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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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40 thoughts on “How I Stopped Being a No-Reply Blogger

  • December 22, 2015 at 7:29 pm
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    Very efficiently written post. It will be valuable to anyone who usess it, as well as myself. Keep doing what you are doing I will definitely read more posts.

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  • December 22, 2015 at 7:28 pm
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    A big thank you for your article.Thanks Again!

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  • October 3, 2015 at 10:36 am
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    Great article, thanks for sharing this useful info!

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  • September 17, 2015 at 11:07 am
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    Well explained and [awesome|good] information.

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  • May 30, 2015 at 2:21 am
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    What a great post! I was just a non-commentor, it was kind of like putting myself out there and while that was my goal, it still scared the daylight out of me! The friends that have come from commenting, my own linky party, and general participation, has been amazing! Have a great weekend!
    Stacey Gannett posted…Low-cost Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Tips!

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    • May 31, 2015 at 11:58 pm
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      Thank you Stacey, glad you enjoyed the post.
      I too, was shy with commenting. Once we get over that, a whole – and friendly – world opens, doesn’t it? 🙂

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  • May 28, 2015 at 11:44 pm
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    GREAT tips!! My comments often go “poof”; then no where to be seen again. It has left me not commenting as much, since I write it all out, and then it goes to the black hole of comments. UGH so frustrating, but I will use these tips and hopefully it will help.
    Thanks
    Kat Ryan posted…What Moms Really Want For Mother’s Day

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    • June 4, 2015 at 6:18 pm
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      Wouldn’t you know it…I just noticed your comment in my queue of spam. I have no idea why it went there. Sorry it took me so long to reply but I found your comment and will give it lots of love, starting now. =D

      I hope the tips are of some help – and don’t forget to copy your comments before you click ‘post comment’. Just in case everything goes *poof* . 🙂

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  • May 23, 2015 at 8:31 pm
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    Hello beautiful! Great post. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7pm because we love to party with you! Happy Memorial Day! Lou Lou Girls
    Lou Lou Girls posted…Amazing Dirty Rice

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    • May 23, 2015 at 11:37 pm
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      Hello girls! 🙂
      Happy Memorial day to you, too and glad you stopped by. 🙂

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  • May 20, 2015 at 1:59 pm
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    I absolutely despise bloggers who insist on using the google plus or facebook commenting system in their blogs. I wholeheartedly suggest they use a third party app such as IntenseDebate (which is the Blogger version of CommentLuv) or Disqus (although I’m not really a fan of Disqus either – but it’s way better than blogger/googleplus/facebook comments)
    Mary Burris posted…Musical Conversations

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    • May 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm
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      From what I read, people who use the difficult forms are also upset at the no-reply bloggers, because they don’t know we struggle to comment at their blogs.
      In a way, the whole thing is so upsetting, it is funny. 🙂

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  • May 19, 2015 at 9:40 pm
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    Oh my gosh, great post! I have had a lot of frustrations posting comments on other blogs. I’m with an earlier comment, that sometimes it’s hard even finding the link to leave a comment! I finally figured out that if I’m logged in through my gmail account, I typically don’t have too many problems. Lots of great info here, glad to know I’m not alone, haha! BTW – YOU are really good at commenting 🙂 I love it when I see you pop up on my page! Thank you!

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    • May 19, 2015 at 10:19 pm
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      Apparently we are with a large – and good – company, regarding commenting. 😀

      Thank you so much for your compliment, so are you. Only…you are one large teaser with that kitchen update! Just sayin’… ^^

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  • May 19, 2015 at 8:49 pm
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    Oh, this is really great! I, too, have had the same blogger problems and thought it me…that I had some button checked that prevented me from logging in. I went through my preferences and unchecked boxes and rechecked them to no avail! You are brilliant, my dear.
    I came over here from The Reader and the Book where you left a comment about The Orchestra book to tell you that I think you will love that book for the purposes you have in mind.
    But…I gained a world of helpful info by coming to see you, Hooray!!!
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda
    also @ Being Woven (http://beingwoven.org)

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    • May 19, 2015 at 10:16 pm
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      I am very glad you found my post helpful Linda. I hope it will be of help. I too, thought it was me doing something wrong but “it’s not us, it’s them”. Hehe.
      Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

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  • May 19, 2015 at 7:43 pm
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    This is very informative and understandable. But, I’m not crazy that Google makes us jump through hoops to blog! I’ve been blogging for about 5 years and it’s gotten more complicated over time….I love/hate the internet. It is such an amazing tool and a technical pain in the rear……..Now that I’ve whined, I’ll follow your instructions and create a Google One account!
    sally posted…Mid May in the Garden

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    • May 19, 2015 at 8:11 pm
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      Hehe, nice rant. 😀
      Sally, you don’t have to create a google PLUS. You are already using blogspot for your blog and you already offer many options in your own comment form. Unless you need to post to people that only allow a google+ comment.
      You are doing great! And so is your garden, btw. 🙂

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  • May 19, 2015 at 4:13 pm
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    I’m a big fan of comment boxes that just allow Name/Email/Website too! Sometimes I even have problems leaving a comment because I can’t locate the comment form! I love blogs that make it easy to comment, like yours! 🙂
    ashandcrafts posted…Crepe Paper Succulents

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  • May 19, 2015 at 2:08 pm
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    I’m in Blogger and this post got me troubled! I have the first option in my blog for people to comment and I didn’t know it was so much difficult for others that don’t use blogger to comment! Thanks for bringing this to my attention, I will have to change my comment options! Also thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board. Btw, you were featured at the party, come and get your button!
    Ntina posted…Macrame glass connector bracelet DIY

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  • May 19, 2015 at 11:43 am
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    Good read! I will be honest, there are some blogs I would love to comment on, but have trouble doing so. Disqus, can be especially problematic; especially, if I can not comment as a guest. I prefer the much simpler forms for commenting, such as the last two you posted. There are people who would rather just leave an email address and not have to sign in under some social media account.

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    • May 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm
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      Let me high-five you (again). I hate Disqus.
      Every single blog that uses Disqus, instantly loses me. Bye-bye.

      It doesn’t let me comment unless I release too much control to it (why on earth would I want to do that just to comment?). I understand it combats spam but it also *combats* a LOT of users (like me and you) that want to genuinely comment.

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  • May 18, 2015 at 11:05 pm
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    There are so many blogs that I would love to comment on that I don’t because of stuff like this. If I am on my computer then I highlight and copy my comment before I hit submit on forms that are difficult but if I am on my iPad then I can’t do that as easily.
    Sheena posted…Homemade Handsoap

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    • May 19, 2015 at 12:36 pm
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      I am glad to see I wasn’t alone in the “distressed commentators” club. 🙂

      I tried the ‘copy before enter’ trick, too. I ended up spending useless time in my effort to comment, time I could spend reading more posts of that blog.

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  • May 18, 2015 at 8:59 pm
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    One of the reasons I want to change platforms is because of the commenting “difficulties” I encounter. I have tried to comment on posts under the blogger platform, only to have my comment erased when I hit publish. I agree… I prefer the simple, modern comment form layouts like what you have here through WP.
    Carol @ CAD INTERIORS posted…Living with contemporary design

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    • May 19, 2015 at 12:43 pm
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      Many blogspot bloggers probably don’t even know it is their own comment form that is causing the no-reply troubles.
      In your blog you do offer the Name/Url and anonymous options. Special hugs for that! 🙂

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  • May 18, 2015 at 8:42 pm
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    It is a challenge answering a kind comment from a reader and hoping they get your reply. Especially when you’d like to be nice back and let them know you’ve read & appreciate that they took their time to leave a sweet comment! Nice post 🙂
    Wendi @ H2OBungalow posted…DIY Seashell and Driftwood Wreath

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    • May 19, 2015 at 12:27 pm
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      Hello Wendi. 🙂

      Glad you liked the post and I agree, a lot of us put caring and love in commenting and in commenting back. It is helpful to be able to bypass the obstacles put in by external factors (like the companies who own the blogging platforms).

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  • May 18, 2015 at 9:55 am
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    This is great! Thank you for explaining blog-commenting. Most helpful 🙂

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  • May 17, 2015 at 10:54 pm
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    OH this was so informative! I have struggled with getting a google plus account as it interferes with my picassa web albums. If it weren’t for that I would so get an account. And now I have to figure out if I am a no reply blogger!!! Have a great week friend and thank you for sharing this! Nicole xo
    nicole posted…Thursday gardening….

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    • May 19, 2015 at 11:50 am
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      Actually Nicole, besides the bloggers who only offer a google+ option, you shouldn’t have a problem as long as you have made it ok (via your blogger profile) to get replies.
      On the other hand, the people who comment in your blog, have to get a google account (or a wordpressCOM and cross their fingers). 😀

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  • May 17, 2015 at 4:32 pm
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    Nice job explaining. I never knew. Happy Replies.

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    • May 19, 2015 at 11:46 am
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      Thank you Cindy!
      Many bloggers using google’s Blogger platform aren’t aware of this problem with the comment forms in their blogs.

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    • May 19, 2015 at 11:46 am
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      This is the way I understand it too usually; with pictures.
      Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂

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