Why I’m a No-Reply Blogger
By Amy Mayen
It took me a while to figure out that WordPress, Typepad, & other non-Blogger platform users are just going to be No Reply Bloggers. There’s no way around it.
Gina from Party of 8: Our Story found me when I started commenting on her blog. We started talking about my NRB status, and I told her I’ve read every tutorial known to man to fix it. I had really began to doubt my own intelligence, when Gina found an article at PieceMeal Quilts that sums up the whole problem.
“It isn’t because I’m deliberately trying to be difficult. If I could change it, I would. But I’m not the problem – your platform is. WordPress users, TypePad users, Tumblr and Moveable Type users – none of us have a problem with no reply bloggers. Only Blogger users face this issue. See, Google doesn’t want to share the sandbox, so they’re making it difficult for people using other platforms to play. Anyone who blogs on a platform other than Blogger will always show up as a no reply blogger, as will anyone who leaves a reply using the Name/URL option. There’s nothing we can do about it. While Blogger allows us to comment using a WordPress, TypePad or OpenID profile, it does not share the email information with you (even though it’s available). Neither does it allow a commenter to enter the information through a Name/Email/URL option – only Name/URL which obviously does no good.”
You can read the full article by Sandi Walton by clicking the link below.
It’s not fair to you, as a Blogger blog, because the blogs we correspond with are the ones we tend to plus, like, comment, tweet, and share the most. WordPress & Typepad users link, share, click ads, and spend money at your Etsy shop just like Blogger users. How much SEO and possible sales are you missing out on by ignoring No Reply Bloggers? Especially when about 70% of bloggers are on WordPress.
It’s not fair to us, because we lose a ton of connections with some of our favorite blogs. I wonder how many potential readers I lose by being a No Reply Blogger. I’ve seen giveaways where the winner was a no reply blogger, and the host “had” to chose the next in line. I’ve seen comment forms that say, “if you’re a NRP, here’s how to fix it before you comment!!!” And it’s a tutorial on how to change your status within the Blogger platform- that we don’t use. We don’t have Blogger profiles guys. I even set up a blogger profile, thinking maybe I could link my blog to it- nope!
In WordPress, I can reply, email, or visit your blog from your comment with one click, all from within my platform. It’s actually very similar to Blogger.
Here’s how to correspond with your No Reply Bloggers, if you want to maintain or further your readership.
Within the email, or in your dashboard; as long as the commenter signed in with google or another platform other than anonymous, you will be able to click a URL directly to their blog or email, and often facebook or social media.
If your commenter is on the Blogger platform, you’ll need to go one step further, and click the link to their Blogger profile. (You should also consider that many Blogger bloggers choose the no reply option because Blogger makes their info public on any site they comment on.)
Sandi Walton has been researching this problem, and has even set up a dummy site with Blogger. She wrote a very thorough arcticle, including screenshots of a NRB comment, and where to go to reply. You can read it below:
In a nutshell, if you have comment notifications on in Blogger, you will receive an email when you get a new comment. The name of the commenter is a hyperlink. Yes, it says no reply blogger if they have blogger settings set to private, or if they use another platform. But if you click their name, it will take you to their blogger profile or g+ account.
If it’s more than what you are willing to do to correspond with your readers, that’s totally fine. Our time is precious, and we all have to spend it the way we see fit. I think it would be very nice though, if your comment forms didn’t say you can’t reply to us. We know you can, because a lot of Bloggers do.
You may not have known that you can, and that’s okay. You may not be willing to reply through a link, rather than right there on your site, and that’s okay too. But you are able. I actually prefer to contact my readers through email or on their site. I don’t expect readers to come back & see if I answered. Most people, myself included, don’t subscribe to comments, so they may not even read a a reply.
At the very least, I hope that us NRB outcasts will be treated more kindly. I’ve gotten sweet emails from so many thoughtful ladies who figured out how to contact me, and some who even tried to help me fix it. But I’ve also gotten snarky ones, insinuating that I’m a dummy, and every day I see comment forms that suggest I’m doing something wrong. There are entire blog posts that trash talk no-replies.
I read lots of Blogger blogs who don’t correspond with No Replies. It doesn’t offend me at all. I still read it, and buy your stuff and check out your affiliates. Just please don’t be rude to me for the way your platform is set up. Trust me, I’m frustrated too!
I hope this post makes it’s way around the blogosphere. Special thanks to the ladies who do make the effort to reach out to their NRBs when they can, like Cheryl from Sew Much Ado , Pam from Threading My Way, and Ginger from Gingerly Made. I’m writing this article to help Bloggers like you connect with bloggers like me!
And to Sandi Walton, you are the researching queen! Thanks for doing all the hard work for me. You are amazing!