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Why Don’t You Want Me to Comment on Your Blog?

I visited a number of blogs yesterday, and left a comment on many of them.

On some of them, however, I could not leave a comment.

Some blogs were closed except to a select group, and I don’t mean friends and family!

Most commonly there are Blogger bloggers that will only allow comments from people with a Google/Blogger account, but there are other bloggers that will only allow comments from people with other types of accounts, some of which I wasn’t sure how to even become a part of.

I have an OpenID account, but some bloggers wouldn’t even accept that!

Ironically, there was one blogger that was complaining about how hard it was to network and promote his blog! I was going to share some tips, but he only allowed comments from other Blogger users.

That may explain why he’s having a hard time networking! A lot of bloggers, and I do mean a LOT, use WordPress and many of us probably don’t have a Google/Blogger account. And, even if I did, I’m not likely to sign in just so I can leave a comment on a smattering of blogs. I’ll just move on to the next blog, as I did.

I don’t mean to be harsh, and I would like to leave a useful comment, but you can’t make things too difficult for your potential audience. You’ve got to seize every opportunity you can to grab a new reader, especially if you want to grow your blog, and if you make things too difficult for them, they’ll move along to the next blog.

It’s not that we’re trying to punish you for not letting us comment, though it seems you want to punish us for not having an account on the “right” service, but it’s just the way it is.

So, if you’re not getting the amount of comments and interaction on your blog as you’d like or as you see on other blogs, maybe, just maybe, you might want to check to see if you’re not shooting yourself in the foot! Open up your comments. Let people leave comments!

Yes, you will have to fight comment spam, but if you want to get your blog out there and really promote it, that’s part of the price you’ll have to pay!

Alternatively, if you don’t open up your comments, you’re going to have to try twice or even thrice as hard to get new readers and keep them coming back! Most bloggers want the interaction, and if you’re not going to allow that, you’re going to have to find alternative ways to bring them in.

Otherwise, you might just end up sitting there, posting to yourself.

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Comment by Matthew Castro
2008-07-17 00:52:02

OMG! I know exactly what you mean! I’ve been to more than fifty blogs where I had to sign-up for some account in order to comment, and whenever that stupid sign comes, I always move on to the next blog.

It sort of defeats the purpose of blogging. I mean, sure you might block out some spam comments, but you also lose a lot of readers who are willing to engage in a conversation with you. Spam comments can be easily moderated, but to block of anyone except for people who are signed-up with wordpress is just silly!

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 10:18:27

I prefer to use my name/url to leave a comment. I have an OpenID, so I’ll use that if I must, but I’m not going to sign up for any other accounts just to leave a comment.

To me, I think comments should be all or nothing. Either you allow them or you don’t. If you only want your friends and family to comment, make your blog private. Otherwise, either allow comments or don’t. Just allowing a certain group is, as you said, defeating the whole purpose.

 
Comment by Debo Hobo
2008-07-17 11:41:26

I am so glad you did this post because it is so frustrating to typw a really good non-spam comment only to have to login to Google or become a member of their blog. No thanks I just move on to the next one.

 
 
Comment by Addy
2008-07-17 03:43:49

Some Google Blogger accept anonymous or name/url comment, but some of them only allow you comment with a Google blogger account. I feel that it’s really annoyed when leaving comments on such sites. Now I don’t want to leave comments on their site anymore.

To Dan:
Thanks for visiting and leaving comment on my site, Dan.

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 10:20:50

I have one blog in my blogroll that only accepts comments from people with a Google/Blogger account. I have him in my blogroll because I know him, but I’ve never left a comment on his blog because I can’t. I’ll have to try some more arm-twisting to get him to open it up. I tried once, but it must have fell on deaf ears!

Thanks for dropping by my blog too, and commenting!

 
 
Comment by costa
2008-07-17 04:40:37

Yeh, I too find it very agitating when I across blogs that makes commenting difficult for their readers.

Another thing some bloggers do that makes me want to strangle them is they do and publish a post, ping it to some popular directories where everyone will find their latest post, all nice and very social till this point. BUT when I click on the link to that post what do I get?

“This Post Is Password Protected, Please Enter your Password to Proceed.”

I mean, WTF!

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 10:21:58

I haven’t seen that too often but, yes, that is annoying! And, why promote something no one can read?

 
 
Comment by Belajar SEO-halim
2008-07-17 06:27:43

That’s why I’m allow all comment just use some moderation option. I’m sure don’t want all visitor get fed up and never look back.

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 10:15:43

Fortunately, the majority of blogs I visited allowed comments. Of those, it was probably 50/50 that used moderation, where the comment (or at least the first comment) had to be approved before it would appear.

The moderation doesn’t bother me, as I use it myself, because I can still comment and return to comment again. It’s not being able to comment at all that’s the problem.

Thanks for stopping by!

 
 
Comment by Andy Crofford
2008-07-17 06:31:08

In my opinion everyone should use WordPress. Then with the help of Askimet you would not have to worry about comment SPAM.

Either that or the other blogging services need to come out with something similar to Askimet for their individual blogging services.

If you are going to run a blog then I believe it is a must to allow comments. If you don’t then you shouldn’t complain about the trouble you have networking with people.

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 10:28:56

Before WordPress, I had two blogs that I wrote myself. Neither allowed comments, and I wasn’t too hurried to write the code to allow them as I had other portions of the sites that did allow comments. And, most of those comments were nothing more than spam. I mean, maybe 1 of 500 comments would be a real comment by a real person.

But, with WordPress and Akismet, plus moderation of new commenters, spam just doesn’t get through. Some sneaks past Akismet, but then it just ends up in moderation, where I mark it as spam.

Thanks for stopping by!

Comment by Andy Crofford
2008-07-17 20:10:07

Back in late ’99 or early 2000 I used to use a program call News Publisher. It was very popular among the web blog gang back then (I don’t recall it being called blogging as of yet.) That program had a comments option.

I still remember whey Typepad or some other blogging software came out. I checked it out and went back to News Publisher. It was just so easy to use.

 
 
 
Comment by Belajar SEO-halim
2008-07-17 06:35:21

But the problem is right now I can’t see my comment.

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 10:12:44

That’s because I’m using the moderation option. ;-)

 
 
Comment by betshopboy
2008-07-17 06:56:18

Hi Dan

Thanks for commenting on my blog.

Hope to see you around more often.

Cheers!

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 10:43:22

Thanks for stopping by here too. And, I’ll be back!

 
 
Comment by Michelle Gartner
2008-07-17 07:25:44

I think that some of the bloggers on google blogspot just don’t know any better when they set up. I hate leaving a comment on blogspot blogs when they won’t allow name and url entries for comments. The reason it irritates me is I have old blogspot blogs I don’t update and so it defaults to that profile. Then when I comment I feel like “hey that’s not really me – at least not anymore.”

I have been to a couple of blogs lately where they practically ask you to whip out your drivers license… I just back out of there. It’s a shame because these people probably don’t realize that they have people wanting to comment.

Comment by pete
2008-07-17 09:18:12

I couldn’t agree more. When I can’t leave name/url, I often don’t comment (except on a select few blogs). I’m sure that many Blogspot users are not aware of the setting. All I know is switching to self-hosted WordPress solved all of my spam problems.

I think this also leads to a branding issue, for me at least. If I’m commenting (networking), I want to promote my brand, not my GMail user name. At the moment, that brand is My GPS Camera Phone. My time is already limited and commenting takes time, so why comment where I will dilute my brand?

 
Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 11:21:58

That’s part of the reason I occasionally need to do a post like this. Maybe it would help if it was more than just me. Or better yet, people can just link to this post. :-)

 
 
Comment by Frigga
2008-07-17 10:32:08

It especially frustrating when they join outside social groups, but oh well. If they don’t want comments I assume they don’t want me reading their blogs either :0

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 10:42:53

Or the ones on those social groups that aren’t really blogs, but just one-page sales pages. Those are frustrating too.

 
 
Comment by Rajaie AlKorani
2008-07-17 11:54:25

I have been reading a website for over a year now (lifehacker.com) but have never made a single comment since I didn’t really want to sign up. I know they get tons of comments and use the registration method to reduce spam, but I’m sure if they removed that requirement, their comments would triple.

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 12:33:46

I haven’t commented there either.

 
 
Comment by pete
2008-07-17 12:21:59

Gah! What’s with the comment ordering!? Go back to oldest at the top, please? Otherwise, I’ll wait a few days to comment on your posts so I’m at the top of every one of them. :D

Comment by pete
2008-07-17 12:23:13

You did switch the ordering, right? Iswear that this seems unusual. Maybe I’m visiting Problogger too much. Please tell me I’m not crazy.

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 12:33:13

I haven’t touched the ordering. I won’t say you’re crazy but have you had your coffee yet?

Comment by pete
2008-07-17 15:00:41

I just realized the method to this madness: there were only two or three comments listed when I was here the first time. When I came back, you unleashed a torrent of first-time moderated comments, which were earlier than me, which led me to believe you reversed the ordering. I can see clearly now…

Speaking of which, where’s the traffic coming from? Congrats. :)

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 15:24:02

I’m currently a Top Commentator on John Chow dot Com. But that’s not actually brought me any noticeable increase in traffic. But, I did branch out from there and start surfing the blogs of others who left comments and then following the links of those who left comments on those blogs. Oh, and Wordless Wednesday HQ helped too. I figured I’ve got to catch up with your Technorati rank and popularity somehow!

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Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 12:32:20

The oldest is on top. It pays to be first!

 
 
Comment by Enkay Blog
2008-07-17 12:56:20

I noticed that the blogger blogs only use their specific logins along with gmail and such and although I find it somewhat of an inconvenience to login, I usually go ahead and do that but thats only because I use gmail otherwise I really wouldnt bother with some of them.

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 13:54:41

I don’t use gmail. I’ve had my own mail server for 12+ years. ;-)

 
 
Comment by EuroYank
2008-07-17 13:44:15

All those blogs are Government undercover blogs. They are maintained by homeland security or other secret military organizations. If you try to comment there, they will track you to find out your intentions. If your blog disagrees with the police state you are put on a watch list and blacklisted, and your employer is notified to terminate you!

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 13:57:22

No, the undercover blogs make it easy for you to leave a comment. Much easier to catch you that way.

 
 
Comment by EuroYank
2008-07-17 13:45:44

I noticed that you DO NOT let me comment on your blog!

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 13:55:26

First comment is always moderated. Homeland Security Directive #1089.9089 Section 176.32.

 
Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 13:56:45

And you’ve been added to the list!

 
 
Comment by AAA Copywriter
2008-07-17 13:47:29

You can comment on my blog anytime you like, as long as:

• You register
• You’ll be on topic
• You’ll write int Italian (that”s the language my blog is written in) :D

Welcome,

Alex

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 13:53:55

Ciao!

Okay, you have a good excuse. Io non scrivere l’italiano. Chiaramente.

Thanks for stopping by!

 
 
Comment by Agent 001
2008-07-17 14:12:25

You are correct friend. We bloggers need to allow people to comment on our blog. This willhelp blogger to increase their readership.
You happen to visit my blog yesterday. I just want to know how did you arrive at my blog. From few days I am seeing new people commenting on my blog.

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 14:28:13

I think I found it through your comment on RajaieTalks.com. If not there, then it was probably another site you had commented on.

Thanks for stopping by!

 
 
Comment by teeni
2008-07-17 15:14:16

All you left on my blog yesterday was a bunch of incorrect information! LOL. Just teasing. Oh, those little boxes where you have to sign in or have an account before you can comment, really drive me crazy. In most cases, I just type in my name and URL and if they don’t have one of those then I give up. It gets too annoying – I have a Blogger account but I don’t blog there so if I use that when commenting then people are directed to a non-existent blog rather than my real blog. But in the early days of my blogging, I thought I needed that account to comment on other Blogger’s sites. And if I’m logged in to my free WordPress blog, which I need to be logged in to in order to see my stats, then that is what is defaulted to when I comment on other WordPress users’ blogs. So then those people are linked to my old free blog and have to click through that to get to the new one. It’s such a tangled web.

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 15:17:35

Well, at least you’re better off than Bobby! Looks like he’s having to rebuild his whole site or something.

And, I left a lot of correct information on your blog. I may have left a bunch of wrong guesses, but I did leave factual information, such as the origin of pineapples.

BTW, my almost prize will be gift-wrapped, right? More exciting that way.

 
 
Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 15:36:18

Oh, I just stumbled upon several blogs that seem to discourage comments. They didn’t allow any comments but Google/Blogger or OpenID. But then after I entered my OpenID, I had to go through a word verification. After that, they wanted another verification step. Nah. On to the next blog…

 
Comment by heather dugan
2008-07-17 16:15:27

That frustrates me too. I usually make a reasonable effort to comment, but when signing up takes more time than actually commenting, I generally move on.
-Glad to find your blog!

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 23:05:46

Thanks. Actually, I rediscovered your blog in MBL yesterday. Apparently, I’ve been part of your community for a while. I think.

 
 
Comment by JD at I Do Things
2008-07-17 17:07:25

Blogger is kind of a hassle, but there are a few blogs that are well worth the trouble.

However, if you make me sign up to comment? Good-bye.

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 23:06:15

Come back! Come back! I won’t make you sign up to comment. ;-)

 
 
Comment by Kelly
2008-07-17 17:50:13

I did use blogger platform a year ago. Commenting on blogger was kinda difficult back then but it’s improving now and getting better though. In my opinion, we should always make commenting easier for visitor and encourage them to comment while effectively fighting spam. Catcha and moderation are two good examples.

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 23:10:05

You know, now that I think about it, I think I did have a Blogger or Blogspot blog a year or two ago. I’ll have to see if it’s still there!

 
 
Comment by Lyndon
2008-07-17 21:42:30

I noticed this trend awhile back as well and I find it’s getting worse lately. Blogging is about the interaction between you and your readers. If you don’t what anyone reading and leaving an opinion about what you’ve wrote. Why are you blogging then?

P.S. You can come and leave a comment anytime you want to dcr!

Comment by dcr
2008-07-17 23:10:43

Thanks for your comment and I left a comment for you earlier.

 
 
Comment by Awake In Rochester
2008-07-18 01:22:18

I noticed you commented on my tonight. I hope that you didn’t have any trouble getting in. It is open to all, however, I am monitoring comments for awhile.

Comment by dcr
2008-07-18 23:58:11

Nope, no problems. And I haven’t forgotten your tag!

 
 
Comment by tips and tricks
2008-07-18 06:01:45

I so agree with the points you raised here. There really are blogs that doesn’t want to be commented on. :-)

Comment by dcr
2008-07-18 23:58:32

More than you would think too! Thanks for stopping by!

 
 
Comment by Bobby Revell
2008-07-18 11:47:32

If it weren’t for commenting, I wouldn’t have any fun. To me, commenting is the essence of blogging. People get caught up in all these social networking sites like twitter, but blogging and commenting is social networking and is much more effective than anything else. I can understand comments turned off on certain types of business only landing pages, but not on a blog. I stay signed into my google account and have never signed out of it, so I am always able to comment on any blogspot site.

Comment by dcr
2008-07-19 00:00:00

Well, aren’t you special? ;-)

I have enough accounts to keep track of as it is. I’m not really inclined to add another one if it’s not absolutely necessary!

 
 
Comment by WAHM Tara
2008-07-18 22:27:36

This is an excellent post! Hopefully some of the bloggers making these mistakes will find and read this! I get very frustrated when you have to create an account to leave a comment or are required to login to Google to leave a comment. I have read some great topics and went to comment only to find out I needed a blogger account to leave a comment.

Comment by dcr
2008-07-19 00:01:46

I know. I came across a few this evening and they wanted to me to sign in with Blogger to leave a comment. I’m getting to where I don’t even like to sign in with my OpenID, as it links to my OpenID page rather than my blog. I just skip to the next blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

 
 
Comment by lissie
2008-07-19 01:21:27

I am always pleased to get a new commentator – but Iam even more pleased you took the time on my blogger blog having read all this LOL! My pet hate are captchas- 1/2 the time they include l or 1 – WTF I never guess them right! Blogger’s default I think is to only allow google ID – but as you quite rightly point out anyone who doesn’t leave it open, and then use moderation if they have to – doesnt understand blogging.

I have wordpres blogs too and their commenting options are a whole lot better. Askimet though is proving to be a pain for me – I have had several niche blogs falsely reported to askimet for spamming – I never spam – but I do keyword anchor those blog’s comments. That’s a real pain and it appears that it only takes 1 report to get u into askimet but even though I have had several webmasters unaskimet me that doesn’t get you out! I don’t mind someone denying a comment if the don’t like kw anchoring – but u don’t have to askimet someone too – that’ just nasty!

 
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