Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Commenting 101: Emails and Commenting (How To)

Welcome back to my Commenting 101 blogging series! If you'd like to start from the beginning, please click here.

Today's topic focuses on another important aspect of communication within the blogosphere: Commenting and Emails


We've already discussed one of the ways to grow a network of readers and blogging friends: make it easy for them to communicate with you!

1. Have all of your comments emailed to you.

  • Why? 
It's always nice to have a back-up (especially in instances like last week, when Blogger deleted my Giveaway post. I had all of the existing comments saved in my email box).

It's also a good reminder to visit the blogs of people whose profiles/names keep popping up in your Comments section. You won't have to keep clicking on your blog to see if new comments have arrived. They'll be in your inbox!

Most of all, it makes it very very easy for you to reply to questions or thank someone for stopping by your blog, the way we talked about in Session #6.
  • How do I set Blogger up to email me my comments?
    Log into your Blogger Dashboard and click on the "Settings" tab. Then click on the subheading "Comments"









    Next, you'll scroll to the very bottom of the page, where you'll see a box marked "Comment Notification Email."






    You'll want to enter the email address you'll use to read and reply to comments. Then hit "Save Settings."

    From now on, Blogger will email all of your blog's comments to you. This means you'll see all the spam messages come to your inbox too, but Blogger will filter them into their Spam file so you can delete them later. They should not appear on your blog. (Note: Deleting them in your email inbox does not delete them from your Spam File. For instructions on how to do that, read Session #8)

    I use my personal email address because I know I'll check it most often, but you may want to set up your own separate account with your blog address. Then your readers will know it's you when they see "CuteCraftyBlog@gmail.com" responding to their comments.

    • Remember that if your blog is small and you're looking to grow your readership, a personal visit and a comment on the blogs of your readers is always best. But when your blog has grown so much that you can't make it around to visit 30 commenters each day, sending a nice "thank you" or responding to questions via email is so helpful!

    2. Please (!!) add your email address to your Blogger profile:
    • I'll be frank. When you have a bunch of comments in your inbox and know you only have the time to personally respond to a few, the "noreply-comment@blogger.com" comments are the first to get set aside.

    • What is a "noreply-comment@blogger.com"?







    When you don't have an email address associated with your Blogger account, it shows up like those pictured above.

    • What's the big deal with "noreply" comments? 
    Bloggers who don't add their email addresses to their accounts make it difficult for other bloggers to interact with them. 

    If I want to respond to a comment that came through a "noreply" address, I have to open the email again, click on the blogger's name, access their profile, find their blog, go to their blog, scroll through, and leave a comment there. That's an awful lot of steps for bloggers who receive too many comments to reply to individually each day. You can see why these would be the first to be read and set aside.

    It's even more difficult when a blogger doesn't have their blog linked to their profile or they have their profile set to private. I can't contact you if you don't meet me halfway!

    • You're more likely to get a response from bloggers if you have an email account associated with your Blogger account.

    • How do I add my email address to my Blogger Profile?
    Log in to your Blogger Dashboard and click on "Edit Profile" on the left side of the screen:













      Once you're on the editing page, be sure to check the boxes that say "Share my Profile" and "Show Email Address" and enter your email address in the space provided. Save the changes at the bottom of the page before exiting.





























      By following a few simple steps, you will make yourself more credible in the blogging community, and you'll be able to further engage your readers and the bloggers whose sites you regularly comment on.

      I'll be back next week with a wrap up of the series and some links to other resources. Then I'll have a whole new series to start for you!

      {Have you added your email to your Blogger profile yet?}

      20 comments:

      Kelli @ RTSM said...

      Thanks for sharing the easy how to for these two things Amanda! I hope EVERY blogger does this...it makes communication so much easier!

      Jennifer Seawright said...

      Thanks for the info! I wish I would have originally set up my blog with Blogger instead of Typepad. Sometimes I get so frustrated because it is not very user friendly! :(
      (Btw...I had a very hard time leaving a comment. Maybe its my computer but I kept getting strange error messages)

      Kadbury said...

      Thanks for the post; I thought I had already done that to show my email address - but your post made me go check to make sure. Sure enough, I hadn't clicked the 'show my email address' button'. Fixed now! : )

      ~Kristin

      Dollie said...

      I always am worried that I don't have this set up correctly when I see someone write about this topic. :) I do have it set up though.

      Dollie

      Holly said...

      When I first started blogging, I sent hundreds of emails to "noreply" before I figured out that they weren't going anywhere. Very frustrating!

      Sallie said...

      Thanks Amanda! Always great advice. Actually, I just added my e-mail address this week. I'm still learning.
      Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. It's always exciting to read the comments.
      Check my post today for read aloud suggestions for the kiddos.

      Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

      Great tips! I make a lot of comments on blogs; it's frustrating when people are "no reply", esp if they ask a question!

      Jenny said...

      Great advice! Your blog is very cute too!

      Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

      Yes, yes, a thousand times YES about the "no reply" bloggers. I get so frustrated with those because I like to respond via email to every comment. They usually end up in the trash--boo hoo! Thanks for posting this.

      Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

      OH MAN!!! I agree!!! No-comment bloggers are the bane of my blogging existence... haha!

      Kirsty said...

      Yay! I really think more Bloggers need to address this problem! I hate having to answer a question in a totally unrelated post written by the blogger... but sometimes it's the only way.

      Richella said...

      This is REALLY good advice, Amanda. And I love the way you included the screen shots. I'm such a nincompoop when it comes to doing things with my computer--I'm always scared I'll mess something up. So having step-by-step instructions plus screen shots to go with the instructions makes a big difference for me. . .and I'll bet I'm not the only one!

      I've just loved this series. This should be re-printed somewhere and be on the list of "must-read" info for every new blogger! :)

      Paula said...

      I think I've done everything that you've suggested, but I'm definitely going to follow your steps to make sure.

      I didn't realize that when I reply to a "no reply blogger" with my gmail account that it wasn't getting back to them. That is frustrating! Now I know that I have to go to their profile to find an email.

      This series has been very helpful!

      Amanda said...

      Great info! Need to check the No Reply thing...thanks for this post!

      The Not So Functional Housewife said...

      I can't thank you enough for posting this series. I've always struggled with the should I or should I not reply to a comment on my blog. Or should I reply via email, etc.

      Great information!

      Michaela said...

      Totally agree! I love connecting with other bloggers through replying in email (: Great tips, once again!

      Xazmin said...

      Great tips - as always. I wish every blogger would follow them!

      MyBluePeacock said...

      This entire series as been invalueable to me...Thank You so much! I've learned too many things to list....

      Bonnie @ The Boatwright Family said...

      Amanda, huge favor to ask. I follow your suggestions so that people can respond to my comments without getting the "no reply" error, but one of my readers said it isn't working. I've verified that I've clicked the "Show email" button and my email is showing. Would you mind replying to this comment so I can confirm that it's set up right? Thanks! Otherwise, you can find me at www.theboatwrightfamily.blogspot.com. Thank you!

      Maury said...

      This is so helpful! I've been a blogger for about three months now and following your blog for 1 month. I just added my email to my profile! I had no idea that it was important. Thanks so much!

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