When I first started blogging, I visited other blogs to comment on them as a way to increase my readership. I must say that commenting IS fun in itself, but there are some things that can make this activity tedious. One of those things is word verification. I don’t know about other people, but I personally don’t find it appealing to comment in a blog that requires a commentator to enter a captcha since I’m lazy like that. Besides, you can still moderate comments (choose not to publish them automatically) if you’re worried about nasty comments finding their way to your posts.
Another thing is not having a Name/URL option. I’m talking about Blogger blogs here. You see, one of the main reasons people leave comments on blogs is for backlink juice. Why else would spammers pepper our blogs with their irritating comments? If people believe they can’t gain anything from commenting, they lose one less motivation to visit your blog. Most blog platforms add the NO-follow attribute in their comment section, but more and more people are realizing the importance of having do-follow as a way of attracting more people to visit and comment on their sites.
Blogger blogs, by default, do not have the Name/URL option in the comment section, so when people want to comment, they most likely find themselves dealing with the fact that their name will link to their Blogger profile if they choose to use their Google account as identification. Not very motivating, eh? But, good news for Blogger blog owners, it’s actually quite simple to allow the Name/URL option on your comment sections. How?
- Log-in to your Blogger account.
- Click on Settings -> Comments.
- Tick Anyone – includes Anonymous Users beside the Who Can Comment? section.
- Scroll down to Comment moderation and choose “Always” then click Save Settings at the bottom most section of the page.
- That’s it! There’s actually no step five 😛
See? In just four steps you are on your way to gaining more blog commentators! I hope this post helped!