Wednesday, May 23, 2012

No Reply...We All Might Be One

Hello all my wonderful friends. I know what you're thinking...please, not another "No Reply" post. Sorry, but it is. You know it's one of my blogging missions to free the world of "No Replies" Lol !!

Some of you who are new to blogging may be asking what is "No Reply". Well, here it is in a nut shell.
  • you leave a comment on someone's blog
  • that blogger has her comments sent to her email inbox
  • she reads your comment in her email
  • she clicks the reply button to reply back to you, but...
  • in the email address section it says the dreaded...No Reply-comment instead of your email address
  • no blogging connection made

Over the years, I have had several posts showing how to change your "No Reply" status, but what does Blogger do...change their interface and dashboard.

Recently, I have had so many bloggers email me saying they have NEVER been a "No Reply" before, but since switching to the new dashboard, they are now.

It doesn't seem to be everyone, but I wanted to send out a little friendly reminder to check your profile settings.

Here is a picture tutorial on how to check, because it's in a different place on the new dashboard. Click picture to enlarge.

Go to your dashboard. In the upper right hand corner is your blog name and your profile picture or blog icon. CLICK the DOWN ARROW.

A pop up window will appear. Click BLOGGER PROFILE.

A new pop up window will appear. In the upper right corner, click EDIT PROFILE.

Then the old Privacy section will show up.

You MUST have a check mark in the box that says "Show my email address". You MUST click SAVE at the bottom when you're done.

That's it...easy!

PART 2 of this post...

I wanted to mention the new Google Plus. It's Google social networking version of Facebook. However, people are leaving comments with this platform and most seem to be "No Reply"

I am not on Google +, so I have no idea how to change that setting. If you are using Google + to leave comments, you may want to look into your profile setting for your email address.

 and Part 3...

The comment section on blogger now has a Reply button under each comment that's been left. Here's how it works.
  • someone leaves a comment
  • another reader wants to comment to that "specific" comment and clicks the reply button
  • she leaves her comment and it is posted just under the first, indented just a little.
here's an example (below) of one if you haven't seen it before.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I wanted to make sure everyone knew that the "reply" doesn't go to the person leaving the original comment. It's just posted there for future readers to see.

I've also seen this when the blog owner replies to the comment in that section. It's great when you leave the comment and it's there for all future readers to view, but I don't think it goes directly to the commentor herself.

The only way the commentor can see the replies is if she "subscribes" to that post. See that circled item in the picture below? If you click that, you are now subscribed to all the comments on THAT particular post and that post only.

Meaning, every comment that is left on that post will be sent to your email. Great if you want to read what everyone is chatting about on that particular topic.

When you click the SUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL button...

It will say..."follow-up comments will be sent to (then your blogger email address shows up)

If you don't want to follow that specific post any more, just go back and click UNSUBSCRIBE.

Hope this helps all bloggers new and old.

My next mission is to figure out the fix between Blogger and all the Typepad and Wordpress bloggers, because they always show up as No Reply.

The solution would be for Blogger to create a comment form like Typepad where you just put your email address and blog URL in to leave a comment. That way EVERYONE can leave a comment whether you have a blog or not and it would eliminate "no replies". The option to have an email address show up would be for the person to decide.

Blogger can you hear us? Can you please fix this comment issue?

Have a great day,

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  1. Thank you for this great tutorial! I'm always sad when I get a no-reply commentor. Often those are the best comments and I want to reply!

  2. I'm so glad you talked about that reply under a comment button. I thought one a blogger who always answered me was ignoring me, she was answering in the comments. I don't usually go back so I had no idea.

  3. If it is alright with you I am going to refer people to your site today. I have had so many no reply commenters this week and it is sad, they don't even know they are no repliers.

  4. Thanks, I just changed mine. I wouldn't have realized there was an issue, so I really appreciate you posting this!

  5. I too am frustrated because I WANT to reply back to the people who take time to leave a comment.I think I had 13 non-reply comments out of the first 20 on my last post. I even told them to please leave an e-mail address, but only a few did. Sigh.

  6. Thanks. So great for you to clarify all that for those that don't know.

  7. Thanks for the tutorial. I did not know Blogger has issues with Typepad and WordPress. I just changed some of my settings on WordPress. Can you tell me if you can now reply???

    Just in case, my email is


  8. Thanks so much for this post! I had another blogger tell me a couple of weeks ago that I was "no-reply," but being new to blogging and not so tech savvy, I had NO IDEA what that meant. I tried to go back to my profile settings and fix it, but since I didn't know what I was looking for, I couldn't find a buttion to change it :)
    Thanks again!!!

  9. Thanks, you are really helping me with my blogging skills. Your blog has been so helpful to me for that! I wish I could reply to posts where readers could read it I just do it as another comment on my post. I like the "discussion" that ensues.

  10. Thank you! I am still learning how to manage my blog, this helps!

  11. thank you for blogging again about the No reply. I checked it just to be sure and turns out I was one too :-) (without knowing) so thanks a lot!

  12. I use Wordpress for my blog and I look forward to your future post about figuring out the fix between Blogger and all the Typepad and Wordpress bloggers.
    I really do not want to leave my e-mail address in the comments that I make, so I just know not to expect a reply to my comments unless the person specifically goes to my blog and contacts me that way.
    Quite often, I even have trouble posting my comments in the first place because I can't seem to pass the word test even though I am positive that I am entering it properly.
    Oh, well. I still enjoy reading both the original blog posts and the comments that others make. :)

  13. Thank You Thank you. I need to post your link on one of my blogs so some of my commentors will fix their "no Reply Status".
    A couple are personal friends fall in that category but I have an email address for them but I couldn't even remember how to tell them to fix for future reference. Problem solved I'll ask them to read your wonderful tutorial.

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  15. Wordpress requires an email address be entered before someone can leave a comment on that blog.

  16. Duff shared this info with me and I really appreciate you taken the time to let us know how to fix this issue!
    Bless your heart!

  17. Thank you for bringing this to my attention and having a tutorial! I believe it is fixed now. :)

  18. Karen, thanks again for having blogging tips. I linked this post to another blogger who was no reply...just trying to pay it forward.

  19. Social, dating and social networking websites like Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, LinkedIn and Friendster, allow you to create your own profile and share conversations, photos, videos, links and personal information with your friends and other online users.


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