Monday, March 8, 2010

Blogging 101: No-reply Commenter

I just recently learned about the no-reply commenter. I was one and I didn't even know it. I am happy to report that I am no longer a "no-reply" commenter.

The reason?

If you have your account set up just right you can respond to comments on your blog in email form. It is very cool. If this appeals to you, then this is what you need to do.

  1. Go to your dashboard.
  2. Right beside your profile pic, click on edit profile.
  3. Make sure the box that says "show email" is checked. Save.
  4. Go to your blog Settings.
  5. Click on the comments tab.
  6. Scroll all the way down and enter your email address in the email notification box. Save.
  7. You have to do steps 4-6 for each blog that you have.
  8. That's it.

Now you will receive an email each time someone leaves a comment on your blog. If that person has checked the "show email" box on their blog, you can click "reply" on the notification email and send an email directly to them. Other bloggers will now also be able to reply to your comments in email form. If a person has not done this, in the "from" line of the notification email it will say "no-reply commenter" and you will not be able to reply to those comments. Clear as mud?

I LOVE this! I always want to respond to comments on my blog, but am afraid that the person who left it will not come back to check. This way I can be sure that I haven't wasted my time and they will hear from me.

Thanks to Mandy @ Finding Home for bringing this neat little trick to my attention. Now everyone go do this! If you don't mind sharing your email addy with the whole world, that is.

9 comments:

  1. This made things so easy for me, too, when I did it!

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  2. The "No-Reply Commenter" is so frustrating! I, too, love being able to directly respond to my commenters through my email, it's so quick and more personal. Thanks for sharing this info!

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  3. I was so excited when I learned about this little feature!! It makes things so much easier now! :)
    ~Jennifer
    www.studiojru.com

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  4. Yea!!!
    Now we can email each other!!!

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  5. I love it when I can respond to my commenters too. So fun! Yea for you!

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  6. Thanks for sharing the steps. I have been wondering how people did this. So did it work?

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  7. hey! wanted to let you know (i hopped over here from the "Real Fat" blog and went to use your button that is on this blog to hop back to the real fat blog. (confused yet?) anyway... the link you have set up for the "Real Fat" button that should take us there doesn't work. (it's only the 'g' missing from "blogspot" but i though you should know.

    thanks for your blog! you've inspired me to keep working on getting healthy!

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