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Commenting on Blogger.com Blogs

Often times I visit blogs hosted by Blogger.com and find that I have a difficult time commenting on them. It’s not because I can’t think of what to say, it’s because the blogger, in an attempt to fight spammers, has elected to only accept comments from readers with a Google account or an OpenID profile. There is nothing wrong with choosing that option, but it does scare some commenters away (along with spammers).

Lazy Commenter

I have several Google accounts but prefer not to use them when making blog comments. Each account is used for a different venue and so I prefer to use my name and link to my URL (just my personal preference – you know, a branding type of thing). The remaining alternative, using an OpenID account, is fine, but I never remember my OpenID account name. That means that before I can comment, I’ve got to access the file on my computer with all of my user names and passwords, locate my OpenID account name, then go back to the blog make the comment.

My lazy nature prevents me from jumping through such hoops so I end up not commenting on the blog.Blogger Comment Options

And the Answer Is…

I don’t have an answer. If a blogger using the Blogger.com platform is perfectly happy with the flow of comments being received, then there’s no need to change a thing. After all, the more restricted profile option prevents spam and invites those readers who wish to use their Google account or OpenID.

On the flip side, however, there are a handful of readers (or maybe more), who end up not participating in the blog conversation because of the profile restrictions.

Just something to keep in mind when configuring a Blogger blog.

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  • Victoria September 25, 2009, 11:47 am

    I just love all the advice you give to others. I always come to your website to find out what you have to say. As a freelance writer myself I find it hard to figure out where to start. I would also like to start blogging, but am somewhat new to this venue. Do you have any suggestions where I could start? Which blog sites are best?
    Thanks,
    Victoria

    • Felicia September 25, 2009, 1:20 pm

      Victoria, I’m going to refer you to this comment which will hopefully answer your question. Browse around the site and hopefully you’ll find helpful info for beginners.

  • Kidgas September 26, 2009, 11:22 am

    It is interesting that you should mention this since I wanted to comment recently and had a difficult time doing so. I do have a blogger ID and even so, the page refreshed 3 times and included a security code. It does make me wonder how many people are prevented from commenting on my blog (now blogs) with blogger.
    .-= Kidgas´s last blog ..Making Money While I Sleep =-.

    • Felicia September 26, 2009, 1:22 pm

      Kidgas, it’s funny that you should comment on this because you were my inspiration for this post. 🙂

      To change your blog’s comment settings log into your blogger account and go to “Layout.” Once there click on “Settings” and look for the “Comments” tab. You’ll see the subheading “Who Can Comment?” Select Anyone and save your settings. That should resolve the issue.

      Keep in mind, however, that “Anyone” means just that, so you’ll have to keep any eye out for spammers.

  • Cassie Tuttle September 26, 2009, 2:04 pm

    There’s a particular Blogger.com blog I follow, and I get so frustrated when I want to comment – using my Open ID.

    Like you, Felicia, I like to comment using my name, which then links back to my own blog.

    BUT, Typepad is my blog platform. And although I do like Typepad a lot, I’ve had a heck of a time trying to use my Typepad Open ID. This is because of a glitch with Typepad; when I enter my Open ID and leave a comment, my “name” appears as a string of numbers. Typepad has told me they’re aware of the problem, and I’m working with Six Apart (Typepad’s support operation) to resolve this.

    Because of this obstacle, I’ve departed some blog posts in frustration, without commenting. Note that in my case, the frustration is not related to Blogger.com; it’s a problem I’m having with Typepad.
    .-= Cassie Tuttle´s last blog ..Slamming Results in Blog Break =-.

    • Felicia September 26, 2009, 5:16 pm

      I used Typepad for about 15 minutes in my blogging career. I ended up switching to WordPress (I was able to import my Typepad blog into WordPress with one or two mouse clicks).

      I’m no expert on OpenID, but can you get another one outside of Typepad? My OpenID was through myvidoop.com, a site totally unrelated to anything I was doing online and it works fine (when I can remember my user name).

  • Kidgas September 26, 2009, 7:25 pm

    Felicia,
    It’s really funny that I was the inspiration since I wondered as I was commenting if I was the inspiration. I appreciate you telling me how to fix the comment feature on my blogs. It is done so that now anyone can comment, but I will review the comments before publishing and delete the spam.

    I hope you stop by to comment as you had wished. I would love to hear your thoughts. And you are welcome for the material for your blog. LOL.
    .-= Kidgas´s last blog ..Making Money While I Sleep =-.

  • Julie M September 27, 2009, 10:37 am

    Long time to ‘talk’!! I recently (today) updated my comment format – Comment Luv is back and now you can put in your own URL address, or Twitter, or others. Check it out, you should be able to click on “mySite” under comments and type your URL (include the http). Please try and let me know if it works! Hope all has been good in your life!
    .-= Julie M´s last blog ..Inspired by Kindness and Compassion =-.

  • Crystal September 27, 2009, 2:27 pm

    Glad to know it isn’t just me having these commenting problems! As I have a blogger blog, I just changed my settings to make commenting easy (I hope!). On another note – I’m really excited about your email newsletter, Felicia. The info about you and your journey in today’s issue is really interesting. A daily five hour round trip commute for work? WOW! Glad you’re not doing that anymore! Of course, for me, a simple trip to the post office or grocery store involves getting to my car which lives over a mile uphill from my house and then driving about an hour IF the weather is good. So, choosing to live as I do, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at folks who choose jobs that require a long commute:)
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..No Job for Mom Blog =-.

  • Felicia September 27, 2009, 2:41 pm

    Crystal, thanks for your encouragement.

    BTW, I tried to post to your blog but I got an error (twice). It might be my computer, it might be Blogger it might be the fact that I didn’t cook dinner last night. Who knows.

    I’m glad you weren’t bored to death with the newsletter. Since I’m new to this newsletter stuff, I’m treading lightly.

    Your feedback means the world to me!

  • Crystal September 27, 2009, 4:13 pm

    Thanks for trying, Felicia. I got on a different computer so my blog wouldn’t recognize me and sent a test comment. I initially a got a no-can-do message and had to hit submit again. Then I got the post screen that requires typing in a word verification to submit. I have the same experience on the Cash Money Retards blog so I guess this is just a problem with blogger that has no solution? Maybe I should change my settings so the word verification is not required but then I’m afraid I’ll get hit with a ton of spam. Not sure what the answer is at this point.
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..No Job for Mom Blog =-.

  • Cyn @ Make Money with Wordpress Blogs October 1, 2009, 3:19 pm

    Oh, that’s one of my BIG pet peeves with blogger.com blogs. It seems to me that they have comments restricted in such a way that it’s easier for people who 1) also have blogger blogs also or 2) don’t blog. For those of us who use Wordpress (yay, Wordpress!), the blogger commenting system is just too time-consuming. Bloggers like to blog surf. Coast on over, drop a few words or two, and leave. This “sign in before you can say anything” business is too much trouble most of the time. LOL

  • Crystal October 1, 2009, 9:26 pm

    Hey Felicia –

    Finally found your comments awaiting my approval. Not sure why blogger didn’t tell me they were there. Hmm. Anyway, I turned off the moderation so maybe it will be easier for people to comment. We’ll see!
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..Free Time Journal – Read and Enjoy! =-.

    • Felicia October 2, 2009, 8:23 am

      Crystal, I’m not so sure you should remove the moderation feature. There are a bunch of crazies out there and you may end up with comments that you don’t want associated with your blog.

      We all understand that some comments get chewed up from time to time. It often happens to me. Unfortunately, that’s life on the internet.

  • Crystal October 2, 2009, 2:56 pm

    I actually set it to allow unmoderated comments just on posts less than 3 days old. And I left the word verification turned on. I do have some unwarranted and unwanted comment experience with a previous blog but it didn’t require any type of manual verification on the part of the commenter. Anyway, I figured I’d try it this way for a while and see how long it takes me to be sorry!

  • Tamara October 16, 2009, 5:04 am

    Hi Felicia,

    Could you tell me if your blog is through WordPress? I am about to start my own blog and have read through a myriad of information. I trust your opinion, even though we have never met. (Suite 101 is a site I work for now because of you, and I am focusing more on the passive income than I was before. Thank you! :))

    I read your blog everyday. It has become a huge inspiration to me. I was praying for direction when God directed me to this blog.

    I was also wondering if you had any more information about that stay at home mom that was featured on Oprah. The one who is earning $40,000 a month.

    One more thing, have you ever read Christian PF? http://www.christianpf.com/how-to-make-money-with-a-blog/#self. This guy blogs for a living and gives advice. Do you know how solid this advice is?

    Blessings!! 🙂

    • Felicia October 16, 2009, 8:50 am

      Hi Tamara,

      I’m glad my blog is of help to you.

      Yes, this blog is a WordPress blog. When I first started blogging I used Blogger.com. Over time, as I learned, I realized I needed a blogging platform that offered more features. At first I tried a TypePad blog. It was okay but I found it a bit confusing and difficult for me to navigate. While I was using TypePad I kept searching for something that would fit my needs. Fortunately, I came across WordPress and have been a WordPress blogger ever since.

      Regarding the woman earning $40,000 a month (she probably earns more than that now), beyond my original post about her, I haven’t really followed her blog. My kids are older than hers and we have different styles. I visited her blog out of curiosity, but I’m not a loyal follower.

      As far as the Blog Christian PF, I’ve never heard of it before but took a look at the post in your link.

      He seems to be pretty spot on but I think it’s a bit much for a newbie to digest it all. You should bookmark the post and come back to it as you progress in your blogging career.

      Personally, I believe all bloggers who are serious about blogging should start with a free blog as a trial and error playground. There’s no need to purchase themes when first starting out. No Job for Mom is my 5th or 6th blog (I might have more). I had to play around quite a bit with other blogging platforms before I knew what I was doing.

      Keep in mind, not everyone is as slow a learner as I am. So, if you feel comfortable going with WordPress right off the bat, then do so.

      My one advantage when I started blogging was that I wasn’t totally new to the internet. I had played around with HTML and created a hand-coded website just to see if I could do it. That helped me when it came to playing around with blogging.

      I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a series on blogging 101. Maybe it’s time for me to stop toying with it and actually start writing it.

      Hope I answered your questions.

  • Cassie October 16, 2009, 1:36 pm

    Hi, it’s me again regarding eHow. I’ve tried for three days (14 attempts) to publish ONE article without success. I’ve changed browsers from IE to Firefox and still no success. I’ve contacted them and received no response. At first I just got a ‘we are attempting to fix this site’ page when I attempted to save and move to the next step; now I can’t even get the ‘Switch to expanded view’ option to appear long enough for me to click on it (I was advised by eHow to try that to keep from repeatedly losing my content). I am so frustrated. Does anyone out there have any suggestions? On the bright side, I sold my first $15 article to DS after only one edit, so that’s good. 🙂

    • Felicia October 16, 2009, 1:43 pm

      Wow, that must be sooo frustrating. Honestly, I don’t know what to tell you.

      Did you try clearing out your cache? Sometimes that helps (I’m shooting in the dark here). It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted an eHow article so I’ve been spared the frustration.

      Congrats on your DS article.

      Speaking of DS, I was surprised to see that one of my DS articles written under a pen name was the eHow of the day. Go figure!

  • Cassie October 16, 2009, 3:45 pm

    I have another DS question. The suggested topics list they have is rather bizarre; it is full of topics/questions that are so out there I don’t even recognize the topics! The article I wrote about Henckels knives was a anomaly in that it was a “normal” topic compared to the others. Since I’m new to DS, I wonder if I’m missing something….or am I so out of touch with the general population that I don’t realize they really want to know how to build a food smoker from old car parts? 🙂 How do DS contributors find topics that aren’t so off the map or do the majority submit their own ideas and, if so, how successful have they been? Again, thanks for such a great and informative forum.

    • Felicia October 16, 2009, 5:21 pm

      That’s part of the reason why I stopped writing for DS. I had a difficult time finding topics of interest.

      Anyone else have advice for Cassie?

  • Tamara October 17, 2009, 2:45 pm

    For Cassie:

    I have also been frustrated by your ehow problem. In fact, I stopped writing for them for months because of that. I write for them now again, but I ALWAYS use my own topics. So far no problem. I would suggest giving you article a title of your own. It might help.

    I am with you with the DS thing. It sometimes takes me 20-30 minutes to find a topic that I can write on. Their topics ARE a little off sometimes.

    I am spending minimal time on DS (10-20 articles a week) and focusing fully on Suite 101 and Ehow. I am finding my earnings literally jumping daily with them. My personal goal is to have enough within 3 months to leave DS for good and work full time on the residual income and my blogging work. (Thank you Felicia for the advice you gave me above! :))

  • Tamara October 21, 2009, 2:35 pm

    Hi Felicia,

    Could you PLEASE write a post that details how you start a blog that pays? I have been trying to understand what is being said on wordpress.org and Christian PF and I am SOOO confused!!!

    Tamara

    • Felicia October 21, 2009, 4:22 pm

      Oh Tamara, I’m so sorry you’re confused.

      I’ve got to say that I’m not an expert on making money with blogs, but I’ll try to put together a Blogging 101 series. We’ll take it one snippet at a time.

      Let me think about how best to approach the topic. I’ll mull it over this weekend and then we’ll begin. OK?

  • Tamara October 22, 2009, 9:17 am

    Thank you!! 🙂

  • Tamara October 25, 2009, 12:51 pm

    Hi Felicia,

    I just purchased the ebook featured on this site and it is AMAZING!! Clear. The woman who writes it is the same one who is making $1500 a month on ehow. I think if you review her book and use your own experience that the series will be excellent! 🙂

    • Felicia October 26, 2009, 7:55 am

      Hi Tamara,

      I did review Maria’s book about a year ago. Then I shared my eHow earnings on a monthly basis in my eHow experiment.

      Her book How to Earn Passive Income at eHow is a recommended read for anyone wanting to earn money writing online.

  • Cyn October 26, 2009, 9:48 am

    Based on my weekend PayPal receipts, I think Tamara is talking about my Make Money with Wordpress Blogs ebook. (If I’m incorrect, I apologize for the assumption!) Thank you for the kind words, Tamara. Best of luck to you on your path to blogging success. 🙂
    .-= Cyn´s last blog ..New eHow Contest =-.

  • Tamara October 27, 2009, 10:33 am

    Cyn,

    I purchased both the blog book and the ehow ebooks this weekend. The tips in your ehow book also apply to my work at suite 101. Thank you for sharing your success with the rest of us who want to succeed.

    Felicia, I was talking about her Make Money with Wordpress Blogs. It is really good and well worth what I paid. The book is one of your advertisements.

    🙂

  • Tamara October 27, 2009, 10:38 am

    One more thing. With your success in Ehow, you might want to check out Suite 101 Cyan. My earnings are better for that site than ehow. (I write for suite 101, ehow, associated content and demand studios. Spreading out the eggs. 🙂 )

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