Monday, November 12, 2012

Top 5 Comment Tips for Bloggers

Do you love getting comments? Do you wish more people left comments? Here are some easy steps that bloggers can take to increase the amount of comments they get. While a few of these are aimed at bloggers on the Blogger (blogspot) platform, most of these are helpful for all Bloggers.
1. Turn OFF Word Verification Many people use word verification to cut out spam. It's not necessary. Quite often I do not leave a comment at all on a blog with word verification on because it's hard to decipher. If I do try to leave a comment and don't get the words correct on the first try then I just click away from that blog. Don't make it hard for people to leave comments! Turn off word verification and turn on comment moderation. Comment moderation gives you full control over which comments to publish. Tutorial on Blogger comment settings can be found here.
2. Leave Comments People will want to come see your blog if you leave them comments. Invite them to your blog or tell them something that might interest them. ie: I love this pumpkin recipe. Come check out the recipe I just posted for pumpkin cheesecake. You can even leave your blog/post URL in the comments.

3. Respond to Comments When people leave comments for you, respond to them. You can do this via email or responding to the comment itself. If you have your settings such that you get emailed when comments are published then you can just click reply to comment via email if they have their email enabled on their profile*. You can also go to the actual comment and click the reply link and respond to the comment. If they leave a comment inviting you to their blog, then go visit and leave a comment. *I'm getting feedback about bloggers who are No-Reply Bloggers. Please change your settings so that people can reply to your comments via email. Instructions here.

4. Ask for Comments Don't be shy! Ask for comments. You can even post a question at the end of your post to facilitate comments. ie: What are your favorite holiday traditions?

5. Follow The more exposure your blog has, the more readers you get, which means the potential for comments goes up. Not only should you follow someone's blog, but follow them via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or other ways they have listed on their blog. Leave them a comment letting them know you are a new follower. ie: I am now following you on Facebook & Twitter. Then interact with them beyond the blog.
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Diana is a crafty creative Midwestern work from home mama of 3. She enjoys playing with PhotoShop Elements, sewing & crafting, creating fun for family & friends, camping, and reading. She is the owner & operator of Custom Blog Designs.

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  1. I agree with these. Word verification drives me nuts because it is sometimes difficult to read those letters and numbers, especially the ones from Google. I don't mind when all I have to do is put a check in a box though. I've come to your site several times though linky party posts, so I'm now following you through GFC. I hope you'll stop by and do the same. (How'd I do as a commenter?) :) Have a great day!

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    1. I don't mind the check of the box either, but Captcha is awful!

      Awesome commenter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Diana, this is all excellent, but it is such a pity that 80 - 90% are no-reply commentors. I answer them all {except the normal thank you's exchanged between link party owners and linkers}. And the thing is most bloggers do not know that they are NRC's - I do tell some of them which I became friends with as some might take it the wrong way and also, I just do not have the time to go to 30 blogs per day and leave a message. I was an NRC for a while, unknowingly, until a good bloggy friend told me and I rectified it - seems it happened when I linked my blog to G+.

    Hope you have an awesome day!

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    1. WOW~ so many bloggers are missing out!!

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    2. I also think that a lot of commenters don't have blogs either, so when they see all these posts about "no-reply-bloggers" they think "I'm not a blogger, so this doesn't apply to me.

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    3. So they too are missing out, Steph! Oh well!

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  3. Great suggestions! I just blog for fun and am not very aggressive when it comes to recruiting followers, but I have seen that your tips really do work. I always visit the site of a new commenter and return the "follow" if that's what they have done for me. The result has been discovering some great friends and lovely blogs (like yours!) to read. Thanks!

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    1. I have made many new friends in my 7+ years of blogging. Many whom I have met IRL! Blogging reduces that 6 degrees of separation thing!

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  4. Great tips! Thank you! I recently wrote a post about "no reply" status. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  5. Great tips. It take more work than I ever thought, but the follow-up to replies is real important. Thanks.

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  6. Thank you for suggesting that people turn the word verification option off. It's such a pain.

    I blog for fun, not necesarily for increasing visits, and it's awesome to get to know so many people around the world through their blogs. These are great tips for facilitating new friendships around the blogosphere!

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing those tips!!! I'm now a new GFC follower from I don't remember which blog Hop ( oups )
    Bisous

    http://ellecrafts.blogspot.com

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  8. Thanks for the great commenting tips, Diana! As a blogging newbie, I've definitely found a few challenges in commenting. I agree that the word verification is difficult to use, and I'm a bit confused what to do when bloggers don't allow an open/url profile for comments. Still learning over here! Thanks for the suggestions.

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  9. I found this information about blogging to be very helpful. Thanks for sharing it. ;o)

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  10. LOVE this post Diana!!!!!! I LOVE replying via email :)

    Thanks soooo much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer!

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  11. Thanks for these tips! I need to remember to comment more on the posts I read. I agree about turning off word verification in the comment section. It drives me nuts when I have to take a bunch of extra steps just to leave a comment! Thanks!

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  12. TOTALLY agree with #1! Unfortunately, I'm sometimes bad at #2 and 3. I need to work on that! Thanks for posting on Mom's Library!
    Be blessed,
    Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

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    1. I realized that I was not going a good job with #3, but I recommitted to it after posting these tips.

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  13. Love these tips, especially the respond to comments, now I know what is acceptable :)

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  14. I swear the new comment verification just tries to trip you up! It's practically unreadable and impossible. Too much work to just give someone some bloggy love!

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  15. This is great advice! Something else I appreciate is blogs allowing you to comment entering your name and URL instead of connecting through a specific blog provider or OpenID. I often find that non-WordPress sites won't accept my comments via my WordPress account, and for some reason OpenID thinks my name is "articles" and won't let me change it! Very frustrating.

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    1. I've experienced the same and it's FRUSTRATING! Leaving comments shouldn't be hard!

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  16. I'm definitely with you on the captcha (a.k.a. word verification). We use it at work, and I get phone calls all the time from employees who can't use it. I hate to think what our potential students think (I work at a university).

    Do you have any tips for people who are already doing all of those things and not getting comments? Maybe my blog just isn't any good. :) Stop by and check it out. I'd love your thoughts. http://www.mouseinmypocket.com

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  17. Great tips! I try to follow all of them. I struggle with returning comments though, I get so busy.

    Stopping by from True Aim. Love for you to stop by and return the follow when you can. I am hosting a facebook hop now. Love for you to link up your fan page and twitter page. Over 100 pages so far :)
    www.thenaptimereview.com

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    1. Thanks so much Julie. I joined the party and am following all the hosts. I will be following participants when I catch up on comments!

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  18. I love this post. I just read and commented on a different blog about general blogging tips for beginners, but I like that this is comment specific. I don't like the word verification either. If I'm short on time, I'm not going to mess around with that, especially if it isn't easy to read/verify.

    I just began adding questions at the bottom of my posts to encourage comments. Hopefully, it works;)

    PS...your profile picture (about) is pretty hilarious:) What a fun sense of humor!

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    1. Oh, the one below? That was at my birthday party and I am holding the Talking Diana Doll that a friend made up. It was pretty funny!

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  19. new follower from the Mom's library. I'm always looking for advice on how to improve my blog.
    Thanks for the post,
    Heidi
    @typativemamacat.com

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  20. great tips, my eyes are so bad I hate those "type in this word" I bet I have it on my blog though I need to check! thanks so much for the blog hop! http://pleasegivepeasachance.blogspot.com/

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    1. Haha...Katherine. You do have them on, but I left a comment anyway. It turned out to be an easy word!

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  21. This is a great post, as a new blogger commenting has also opened up my blogging network and i've "met" some wonderful ladies.

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    1. Next you need to meet up with come bloggers in real life! FUN!

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  22. Turned off the annoying word verification! Didn't even realize it was on! Thanks for the info!

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    1. I should go check ALL my blogs and make sure it's off!

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  23. How could I not leave a comment after this post right? Thanks for the info, it was a really great post! Word verification turned off!

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  24. Looks awesome!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  25. Great tips! You've inspired me to reply to my commenters...it's the one thing that I get really behind on. Thanks so much for stopping by to leave me a sweet comment today. Don't ya just love Trader Joe's? Have a wonderful week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  26. These are such great tips! Comments really do make a difference to those that leave them and those who receive them.

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  27. love this! kelley (miss information) told me the other day to turn off the word verification. didn't even know i had it on!! was wondering where all my people went! thanks for this post! pinning it now! :)

    http://houseofwoyaks.blogspot.com

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  28. All of these tips ring true...Word verification (especially the new one) is the devil! I am definitely not as good of a blogger as I once was...I used to email every commenter and visit their blog and it is true commenting thoughtfully and responding (which is the part I have gotten so behind at!) truly helps your blog grow and builds relationships.

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  29. Thanks for the tips,
    I so agree with you about the word verification, I am a lot less inclined to leave a comment if I see that little box with the illegible numbers URGH!!!
    Am a new follower :)
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    Natalie
    www.marigoldsloft.blogspot.com

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      www.marigoldsloft.blogspot.com

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  30. Pinned this ! Hop you have a great weekend, Diana :-)

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  31. Great tips. I try to do them most times.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.
    http://simpleesue.com/random-acts-of-kindness-love-meals

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  32. Thanks, Diana! Word verification drives me crazy, too! I wish there were a better feature in blogger to help block spam so that people didn't need it. Wordpress makes it really easy. Thanks for joining the party at One Creative Weekend! I hope you have a great weekend.

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  33. Great post!! I could not have said it better. Word verification makes me crazy and like you I will just click out of it.

    Have a blessed "Thanksgiving".

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  34. Great tips. It's always great to be reminded of comment etiquette!

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  35. Hi Diana! I just found your blog through the "Financial Friday" Link Party hosted by my IRL friend Kelley! She's posted some no-reply comment tips before as well, but I still wanted more information since I'm so new to the Blog World (and don't get to spend hardly any time on mine with school and work - makes me SOO SAD!) Anyways, I was curious if there was any advice/tips for those of us who have linked our Google+ profiles to Blogger (as in we now don't have a "Blogger Profile" it's just G+ now) and to make sure I'm not a NRC, since the options look different once you switch/link to G+. I do know that I get emailed when someone leaves me a comment on my blog though, if that helps any. :)

    Ack, look at me rambling... time to run to work and I look forward to seeing all your new posts now that I'm a follower on GFC here!

    Thanks again Diana!!

    Sincerely, Jenn @ BC Spa Girl

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  36. Awesome tips. Totally agree with the word verification. I turned mine off because I realized I didn't like to do it, so why make others do it? Thanks, this one's getting bookmarked!

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  37. Great tips for beginners! Which I am one. still learning this whole blogging thing. Having a blast meeting people! Thanks!
    Erica - We Three Crabs
    http://ericabarker.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting Erica. Good luck with the blog.

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  38. Hi again, so this one is much shorter than the one that didn't make it through :) But I've followed the steps you sent me, and we're testing to see if it has fixed my Google+ Blogger NRC issue.

    Thanks again Diana for all the help! [And I truly thank you for stopping by my blog too! I love new Friends, Followers, and Comments! - You made my 3rd GFC Follower!]

    For all the Google+ Blogger Users: what?! I’m a no-reply blogger!? the google+ fix

    ~ Jenn @ BC Spa Girl

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  39. These are awesome commenting tips! I found your blog through Mom On Timeout Linky party this week. I so agree about the word notification! Drives me crazy. I too try to respond to each commenter and will start using the reply via email more now too. Thanks for the tips!
    Trina @ Teaching my blessings
    teachingmyblessings.blogspot.com

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  40. Found your site from the One More Time party. Great advice! I am now following your blog, pinterest, facebook and twitter! Would love a follow back!

    thanks for the infor!

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    1. Thanks Cynthia! I am following you those many ways too!

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  41. Great tips! It is always nice to give and receive comments! I hope people read this and fix the no-reply blogger issue, I have to find another way to show my appreciation for their comment, and I wish I could just reply....

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    1. Me too. Many of the people who have commented on this post are no-reply! :(

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  42. Great tips! Just the other day I was trying to comment on a blog with the word verification. I couldn't make sense of the word... so I just closed the window and moved on! I can't stand those things!!! Absolute petpeve when surfing the net is having to pass one of those tests. I use wordpress for blogging. I really like their spam filters for comments. I get a TON of spam, but it all gets sent to the spam folder. Thanks again for the great tips. Found you through Hooking Up with HoH.

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  43. Great points and I couldn't agree more about word verification. Grrr! I wrote a post about it myself this week after another exasperating session of trying to comment on blogs. Hopefully the message gets across.

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  44. I definitely agree with turning off word verification...it drives me nuts!

    I'd love for you to link to Finished Friday at my blog, All Our Days.

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  45. Good tips. Someone had to tell me I had word verification on, and I was so glad they did. I wish I had time to respond to every comment. I love communicating with my readers, and I will definitely respond to questions or concerns people had with what they were reading. Thanks for the good ideas.

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  46. Great tips! I easily give on commenting if I have to jump through word verification. If someone is worried about spam, they can choose to moderate comments, so they choose which ones they publish.

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  47. Great tips. I have to reply to my comments. Great reminder.
    Ruth

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    1. It's hard to keep up with all comments, but worth it!

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  48. Great tips, it has taken me six times with that stupid word verification! Thanks so much for linking up on Super Sweet Saturday.
    Steph
    swtboutique.blogspot.com

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  49. Hi! I am visiting from Think Pink Sunday at Flamingo Toes. Great tips. I have a lot of trouble with those word verifications. I am going to go check my blog right now to make sure I don't have that feature on. Thanks!
    AlwaysSewLove.blogspot.com

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    1. I got paranoid after posting this and went to check all my blogs. A few still had it on!

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  50. All good tips! Saw you at the I <3 Naptime Sundae Scoop Link Party. I do most of these things. Though, I'm not sure if I'm a NRCer or not. How do I find that out? Sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself on my blog. I went a LONG time without posting and lost a ton of readers I'm sure. Now that I'm getting back into it I'm practically begging for some sort of participation! It can be frustrating but I know it'll get better eventually!

    I'm a first time reader, I love your blog design :)

    http://seven-one-six.blogspot.com

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    1. You are not NRC because I was able to reply via email, which is great! I just went to your blog and you have great content. Are you linking up a lot to parties? I link a lot and comment a lot, which gets people visiting me. But like you I fell off the blogging wagon and am just getting back on. Something that has really helped my resurgence is the the Blogging books I got from Six Sisters' Stuff. I have them linked up on my sidebar. They are *VERY* popular bloggers and have 2 books about getting more readers & making money. I think the 2 books together was $9, but it was money well spent. There is a lot for me to do still, but my readership has really exploded. Now it's time for me to get some affiliates/ads so I can make a little money. I also just got a new blog design (I did it myself) a few weeks ago and it's making a difference too.

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  51. Hi ,
    Great post !!
    I am going to use some of your tips on my website!!
    I am now following on FB

    sarit

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  52. Great tips and since I see that I'm the 114th comment for this post it must work for you. I was a no reply blogger by accident when I switched to Google
    + my settings got mixed up. Thanks to a great blogging friend I was able to fix it. Thanks for linking up to my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

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    1. Karri~ You are no-reply. There is a link above that Jenn put up that works with getting your email linked when you use Google+.

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  53. Thanks a million! This is so good to know.

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  54. I certainly agree with turning off word verification. I will try to reply once. If the comment doesn't go through, I usually give up unless it's a blog I really like and visit regularly.

    As for no-reply bloggers... those of us who use wordpress as our blogging platform show as no-reply bloggers to those using blogger as their platform. There is no way to change this and I often find myself replying to well meaning visitors telling me that I am a no-reply blogger.

    As for replying to comments via e-mail. This is something that I think is unique to the crafting and perhaps also to the homemaking blog community. My first venture into blogging was a blog I hosted on my writing website. In the writing community, comments are responded to in the comments rather than via e-mail as it fosters dialogue and discussion among the blog readers. Often the discussions that take place in the comments turn out to be more interesting than the post that sparked them.

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    1. Interesting! The dialog on the blog itself it good!

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  55. Some great tips there Diana!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  56. Great tips! I just tried to leave a comment on another blog and failed the word verification! Now they will never know how wonderful I think they are. :)

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  57. Great tips, Diana, especially the one about replying to comments. It's always nice to know that someone actually reads the comments you leave, not to mention the interaction that can occur as a result of the initial comment. I'd love you to share this at our Ongoing Link Party that's just for Blog Tips...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/07/threading-your-way-blog-tips-link-party.html

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  58. Hi Diana! I'm following you from Create with Joy on Twitter, FB and GFC. I also tried to fix that no-reply thing myself some weeks back, but then was told by a blogger that I was a "no-reply" blogger. Yikes! I followed the steps they sent me and so I hope it's fixed. :)

    I'm glad to have found your blog.

    Tina - American mom raising 4 kids in South Africa
    http://abooksandmore.blogspot.com

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    1. You still are no-reply! Here is how you fix it:
      http://mrslambsclass.blogspot.com/2012/07/what-im-no-reply-blogger-google-fix.html

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  59. I agree I use comment moderation and I love it...if you are on your phone on a blog it is very to difficult to see some of those codes needed to comment..it is also difficult if they limit the options for a comment profile it eliminates an entire group of people who can leave comment love...

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  60. Hi Diana,
    I love these tips. I sometimes have a difficult time leaving comments with the word verification on people blogs.

    Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above. Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving. I can't wait to see what you have for this week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  61. Thank you so much! Just checked my settings and I pretty much had ALL the no-nos! Ouch! So glad to have found this info!
    Lisa @ Life is Great in a 31 by 8

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  62. Thanks for the tips. I want to grow comments on my blog. I don't have the word verification because it did cause people problems. I still have a ways to go. So much to learn.

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    1. Cheryl, I know a lot about improving a blog and getting more traffic, but I also still have a ways to go to get where I want to be.

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  63. Thanks for the info for sure. Another blogger let me know about the word verification so I would get more comments; it was very helpful. I have been doing the tips you suggest and have grown quite a bit. I also moved my list of "followers" to the upper right hand corner of my blog to make it easier for people to follow. That was suggest by blogger and it did help quite a bit. Great post! Blessings!

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  64. These are great tips! I love the idea of responding to comments via email. Thank you so much for sharing at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase! http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/search/label/craftshowcase

    Marti

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  65. GREAT suggestions! Word verification makes me so frustrated!!

    Thanks for partying with us at Keep Calm & Link Up last week! Our party is starting a tad later this Thursday evening at 9 PM EST! Come join us when you get a chance sometime this weekend...can't wait to see what you've been working on.
    xo, Meredith @ www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

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    1. Thanks Meredith. I'm slowing down on blogging this week with Thanksgiving, but I still might stop by if I haven't OD'd on pie!

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  66. Great tips! Good comments are always so much fun. It's really all about adding quality for someone else. Nice and sincere comments are a great way to just make someone's day. I know they always give me a boost!

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  67. Great tips! Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

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    1. Thanks Jamie! Not much blogging with week with Thanksgiving & out of town visitors, but I might have something to link.

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  68. Thanks for sharing these tips. As a newbie to the blogging scene, it's discouraging to spend the time and energy it goes into putting up a post to not have anyone comment on it. Or the ones I do get are from family members (ie my husband!). Do you have any tips for increasing facebook fans? We seem to have hit a wall and aren't quite sure how to get over the hump.

    PS I saw this link up via Skip to My Lou.

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    1. Check out the weekly like me on FB party at http://www.thenaptimereview.com/. You can also do a giveaway where people have to enter by liking you on FB!

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  69. Hi Diana,
    These were really great tips. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party last week. I have featured this post at this weeks party. Here is the link to the party to see your feature.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/11/mason-jar-center-piece-and-wednesdays.html#
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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  70. I loved to read these, was important to me I'm a new one, thanks so much Diana!
    Happy week !

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  71. Great tips!!!!! I have to admit, I stop visiting when a blog never visits (or comments...I assume they haven't visited my blog or know I even have one when there is never a comment). It just doesn't feel like a shared relationship. I don't get a lot of feedback or comments from my "Blogher" friends or hardly ANY of the blogs that I subscribe to via email...no matter how many times I comment. Is this typical? There are always the blogs that ONLY comment on the comment you left on their site. I definitely prefer the exchange. Sometimes I go back to the blogs that never leave comments on my site and I have noticed...they have very few comments. I think it's important that they know these blogging "rules" Thanks!!!!!

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    1. Thanks for commenting Karen! Blogging is tricky like that with forming relationships. There seems to be bloggers that I form a connection with and others that just have a post I like. I am not sure why people aren't commenting back, but maybe you can ask them a question or ask them to visit your blog.

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  72. not sure if my comment just posted anyway...

    great post! nothing drives me more crazy than #1!!!! :)
    Thanks so much for linking up and linking back last week at the Humble Brag! Even though its Black Friday, hope to see you back tomorrow to link up more great projects. Don't forget, we will be giving away more free ad space! :) Also, YOU WERE FEATURED, so grab a button - you earned it!
    http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/the-humble-brag-link-party-8/

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  73. Great suggestions!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  74. Hi Diana, I've featured your Top 5 Commenting Tips post today...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/11/threading-your-way-features_24.html

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  75. LOVE that you posted these tips!!!
    Thanks so much for linking up at Artsy Corner! Hope to see you again this week :)

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  76. Oh how I wish I never had to enter another word verification! From your lips to every other blogger's ears!

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  77. Great tips! Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)
    Oh how I "LOVE" word verification!!! I've been getting a ton of spam, but I REFUSE to turn it on. lol I'll gladly moderate comments instead! :-)

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  78. Hi Diana! Wherever I go...there you are. Always sharing great stuff. I would love to feature you on my new friend friday series. If you are interested just send us an email with a couple of paragraphs about yourself and your blog along with a picture. We'll get it up right away. Happy New Year!

    krista@tumbleweedcontessa.com

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  79. Hi Diana,thanks for stopping by at my blog. I'm quite new to this bloggy world and I've read your post and the comments and I'm not really sure I understand what being a "no-reply-commentor" means. Could you help me with this query please? Many many thanks!

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    1. I have my comments set to email me when I get a new comment. If I hit reply to that comment and your email comes up then all is OK (which is how yours is)!! People who don't have their email linked are No-Reply Bloggers. So you can't contact them!

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  80. Hi, been here once but I'm back again. Link party lesson 103 :) I'm really enjoying this! Thanks again!

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  81. Thanks so much for this tips!!!! love your blog!!! have a nice Sunday!!!

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  82. A very good article. I am going to put up a link to it on my Blog Tips blog in a couple of days. Have a great week.

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  83. hi diana, tx for your tips on blogging, i am kinda new and made it my goal this year to not get discouraged, with no comments etc., and that is what i am doing! tx for letting me know it is ok to reply to a comment via e-mail as my reply comment box never lets me type so i have been replying via e-mail and wondering if this is ok! i just became a follower as while typing my reply i realized how much i learned in like, 2minutes! great blog, i will be back! aloha, angi in hana

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  84. Great tips, I'm pleased to see I've been following most of them very well.

    I hate when people feel they're above commenting back, it's so rude. It puts me off following them if I see they ignore the comments.

    Good advice :)

    http://bigmegowski.blogspot.ie/

    xo

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    1. I do think some of these people are rude, but some just don't understand blog etiquette...so we need to educate them!!

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  85. I just started following your blog and subscribed via email--I'm excited! :-) These are good tips. It seems like there are about 500 ways for people to follow and read blogs these days, which makes it hard to connect personally. http://www.auroraspitfire.blogspot.com

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  86. Diana, thank you for the wonderful tips. I came by because Carole's Chatter had a link to this post. I am so glad she did. I'm now following. I can't wait to learn more. :)

    http://heresmytakeonit.blogspot.com/

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  87. Just started following you and look forward to all this good info you have here! Found you on the blog spot. I would love it if you visited me at my blog!

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  88. Diana,

    Thanks for stopping by my page and leaving the sweet comment. You share a lot of valuable tips here -- thank you. I am now following you as well.

    Debra

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  89. hello, I tried to leave a comment but word verification stopped me so I am trying to leave one here. Great tips!

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  90. New blogger here and want to thank you for the tips.

    I follow everybody I view pratically, and while I know my blog is new and bland at the moment, I have noticed I don't get any comments. Sad but true. Guess I am pretty boring for now, but plan on making things interesting in the coming days.

    Thanks gain for the tips!

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  91. Hi there, landed here via another blog, thanks for the great tips. I am now following you on GFC, hope you can check out my blog and maybe follow back if you like what you see.
    Angela x

    http://british-bargains-and-beauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  92. Congratulations! I have featured your post on my blog. Please stop by to grab your "I have Been Featured" button. http://bestlifemistake.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-best-tips-for-bloggers.html

    Thanks,
    Amy Delmanto
    http://bestlifemistake.blogspot.com

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  93. I've been responding to comments by e-mail,copying what I sent, and commenting in the blog comments as well. I don't often go back and look for replies to comments I've left on other blogs, so I assume most people don't check back in my comment section.

    By putting the response in the comments, others see that I respond. By putting the response in an e-mail, the original commenter sees that I respond.

    I turned off the verification as you suggested.

    Thanks so much,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment. I moderate all my comments. I like to reply to comments and will do so via email, directly below the comment, or even on the commenter's blog itself. If you are a no-reply blogger you might not hear from me. If you have word verification on, it's likely that I will NOT leave a comment for you. Please turn it off!

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