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The one thing that I really love about blogging is that unlike visiting a static website it allows you to interact with your readers, and as a commentator it allows you to interact with the blogger and his visitors. One of the reasons I am so passionate about this is because in the real world, unless around family and friends, I tend to keep to myself.

As a blogger I write basically so that I can express myself but also to entertain and sometimes to instruct anyone who happens to land on one of my posts. But all that comes to nothing unless those posts elicit a response such as comment. I thrive on my comments, almost as much as being able to comment on those blogs that I visit. Yet even though I love to comment there are certain things that bloggers do that irk me so much I just leave in disgust.

Ten Reasons Why I Don’t Comment On Your Blog

  1. Closed Comments: I just finished reading a blog, one that I enjoyed reading so much I couldn’tscream and shout wait to finish so that I could leave a comment. Imagine my disappointment when I found out they had disabled comments on their blog! Who would do that? I know there are some who say I could still have tweeted it but I could have but I didn’t because I didn’t want someone to go through the same thing I did.
  2. Comment Moderation: I really dislike it when my comment go into moderation, especially when the blogger doesn’t have a plugin installed that notifies me that someone has replied. This means I never know if my comment was accepted and I certainly don’t have the time to continually pop in to see if it ever goes live. What with all the plugins available to combat spam I don’t believe comment moderations is necessary.
  3. Third Party Comment Systems: I’ve touched on this several times, the last one being the time I wrote about What Was The Best WordPress Commenting System, and every post showed not only that the default system is the best system but that using a third party system will cost you comments. More than that I know of some bloggers who will scroll to the bottom of the post before reading just to make sure they’re not using disqus or some other third party system. Something that I plan to do in future.
  4. PoUps: I hate it when I’m reading a post and this annoying thing pops up trying to get my attention. I never know what they are because I either close it immediately or I’ve moved off the blog.
  5. Being Ignored: The blogger has done all the right things, they’ve written a good post, use the default comment system and have installed a subscribe to comment plugin but they stop there and ignore their commentators by not replying to them. Its like going to visit someone who instead of listening to you and contributing to the conversation is too busy watching their favourite soap.
  6. Are Just Plain Rude: Just because someone has graced your blog with a comment is no reason for you to be rude to them just because you disagree with something they have said. Not only does it belittle them it affects the way others perceive you. If I happen to read a good post and then see you acting bad towards others who have commented on your blog I’m sure as hell not going to get involved and more likely than not I will never come back.
  7. You Want Me To Subscribe: You’re kidding right? What makes your blog so special that I would go out of my way to subscribe to it? Heck, if I had to subscribe to every blog I comment on I would stop commenting altogether.
  8. You Have A Blogger Blog: I’m sorry, you may be the best blogger out but unless I know you personally I rarely comment on Blogger blogs and my post on Why I Don’t Comment On Blogger Blogs explains why.
  9. Poor Content Or Your Grammar Sucks: If you don’t take the time to proofread your post and fix all the grammatical errors, using paragraphs, sentences and capitals when necessary, why should I take the time to comment?
  10. What Prevents You From Commenting: They say you should always finish a post by asking a question to solicit information from your readers and so I leave it up to you guys to add to the conversation.

Actually I think that what this post really requires is a poll. :thumbup_tb:

What Stops You From Commenting

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  1. About the only thing that will stop me from commenting on a blog is closed comments.

    I have comments moderated but not because of spam issues. My issues stem from having had extremely rude comments left on my blog because someone thought it would be nice to start a flame war in my comments. After that, my blogs all when to moderated comments. Only the first comment by a user is moderated, after that if someone comments they automatically approve.

    1. Hi Charity, I can understand you wanting to moderate the first comment, I used to do that as well, as long as you have a plugin installed that notifies me when you reply to my comment.
      Sire recently posted…How Good Is The FlexSqueeze Theme, Really?My Profile

  2. Hey sire,

    Anyway back to the post: I have commented on huge blogs where I know 100% in advance that I’m not going to get a reply but I still leave my comment there because I know the owner is going to read it anyway so I try to put my 0.02 wherever I can, even if the owner thinks he(she)’s too big to reply to those small readers of his/her.

    I have done the same in a few big blogs and have got an amazing reply back from the very same owner himself(herself) and that has made my day every time it happens (it’s not something I actually look for, I just happen to bump sometimes into these great posts and that’s what happens)

    What prevents me from commenting? Obviously closed comments and I can feel your pain, I have bumped into great places only to find out there’s no interaction with the visitors and I’m going to be guilty of this as well but that’s another (long) story.

    Third party comment systems I just went with the “ah what the hell I’ll just sign into this” but just because I knew in advance that I’ll be able to comment in more places as well so that didn’t represent a problem but it was a hassle particularly when I’m not in the mood to fill any text boxes and save more passwords and stuff like that. (I don’t like the systems that you can sign in through Facebook or Twitter btw)

    Comment moderation doesn’t puts me off, but if I don’t get a reply and I don’t get noticed in my email, well I will just never know what happened because I’m not going back unless it’s some of those epic posts.

    There’s another reason that’s not in the poll, a very messy or blank blog. I know some people like to be Zen about it but you can really tell when someone is busting their butt off to make it look nice to their visitors and when someone just doesn’t cares about having nothing on their blog, or full of banners that go way outside the main page of the blog and some weird stuff like that.

    And my last point I think it would be posting frequency. When it is so hard that their broadcasting 2 or 3 daily posts and I’m not going to read all of that.

    I actually can think of a lot more stuff but this is getting quite big so I think I’ll stop here :)

    Really appreciated this Sire. ;)

    Have a great day and I’ll check out what your readers have to say about the blogosphere commenting misteries tomorrow!

    1. Hey Sergio, I managed to get most of your comment back. I don’t know why it caused things to go haywire. Anyway I’m glad I managed to retrieve it as it really was a good comment.

      1. Oooops!

        Sorry for that Sire, you know I totally didn’t mean it! :doh_tb:

        After I hit the submit button I just went to twitter for a couple of minutes and then straight to bed, didn’t actually see anything weird at the time but it’s great you fixed that right away now! :)

        1. Hey Sergio,
          I hope you won’t be trying out any of your ninja blog comment tactics on me :)
          Great post here, by the way. You are one of the most thoughtful blog commenters out there right now.

          1. “ninja blog comment tactics” LMAO Patrick! :lol_tb:

            Thanks for the nice compliment Patrick, I guess I have some difficulties to identify when to stop writing a comment :)

        2. Yeah I know Sergio, it’s all good mate. Hope you had a good sleep, it’s almost time for me to hit the sack. :jittery_tb: :wink_ee:

  3. Hey, mate!

    I don’t think it is fair to include "closed comments" in your list of reasons for not commenting. Firstly, because in this case you can’t comment even if you wanted to; and secondly, the blog owner/admin/author/whatever has specifically decided that they don’t want comments.

    Many people (perhaps yourself included, Peter) may consider the notion of turning off comments to be madness, but that is because we cannot see that blog owner’s blog (and life) through their eyes.

    However, for a blog that wants comments, they could do a lot worse than to follow your suggestions here. :-)

    Kind regards,
    Steve.

    P.S. The comment situation on my site is hopefully temporary.

    1. Hey Steve, you make a good point and I’m sure the blog owner has a good reason for doing it. I also understand that by doing so I can’t leave a comment anyway so it probably shouldn’t be in the poll, but even so I do find it annoying getting to the end of a post only to find I can’t leave a comment so I’ll leave it stand.

      Another reason for leaving it is so that those bloggers who are thinking of going the closed comments route can be more informed of some of the consequences of their decision.
      Sire recently posted…Google, Google Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?My Profile

  4. I would generally comment on a blog if I felt:

    (i) the original post deserved a comment
    (ii) I had anything useful to say.

    I agree with most of the points in the original post here but I also moderate the first comment from a new commenter because of spam issues.

    If someone comments on my blog I almost always reply and agree, wholeheartedly, that not do to so is rude.

    I welcome comments which agree with me, disagree with me and even comments which go off on a tangent of their own as long as this tangent is amusing or adds something useful.

    I don’t get angry when people disagree with me but I don’t accept personal abuse being hurled at me or at any others who have chosen to comment on my blog.

    I encourage people to subscribe to my blog if they like what they read but would never demand a subscription for the privilege of being able to comment.

    Patrick.

    1. Hi Patrick, like I said to Charity, I understand people wanting to moderate their first comment and that’s OK as long as long as I can subscribe to the comment thereby getting notification that someone had replied to my comment.

      Perhaps there is a plugin that will notify when a comment is accepted and if rejected why it didn’t make the grade?
      Sire recently posted…How Should You Treat Your Affiliates?My Profile


  5. Twitter:
    First, did you change your theme? Responses are on the far right (at least some of them are) and everything else seems off right now. Ran it on two browsers just to make sure; if it’s intentional, I’m freaked. lol

    As far as commenting goes, you’ve hit on everything that we both know we both hate so I don’t have much new to add here except that I’ve recently started scrolling down on blogs I’m visiting for the first time to see what type of comment system they have, and if it’s one I don’t like I won’t even bother reading the post because I know I can’t comment on it if I want to. It’s saving me a lot of time and consternation doing that, but it’s a shame I have to do it.
    Mitch Mitchell recently posted…When “Scam” Is A Scam Of SortsMy Profile

    1. Nope it’s the same theme Mitch and I didn’t know of the issue until Steve (above) made me aware of it. Took me awhile but I tracked it down to one of the comments. Everything went to normal once I deleted that comment. Such a shame too because it was a really good comment, which is the only kind that Sergio would leave. Sorry Sergio that I had to delete it :downer_ee:

      I’m afraid I’m going to have to follow your lead Mitch. I mean whats the point of getting excited by a good post if you can’t interact with it.
      Sire recently posted…Las Vegas More Than Just CasinosMy Profile

      1. I wonder if there is any way you could get Sergio’s comment back because I think it is one of the best blog comments I have ever seen and I didn’t have time to read it as carefully as I wanted.

        P.S. I think this might just be the best blog theme I have ever seen.

        Patrick.

        1. Hey Patrick, I did manage to get most of it back. Don’t know what the hell went wrong.

          As for the Theme, did you see my last post because that would show you some of the stuff I can do with it.
          Sire recently posted…What You Need To Do To Make Your Blog A SuccessMy Profile

          1. Yes I saw that post…I need to look at it in more detail but from what I see so far I am very impressed.
            P.

            1. Good to know Patrick, if there’s one thing I love doing its impressing people. :wink_ee:


      2. Twitter:
        That’s too bad; maybe it had code in it that threw things off; I’ve seen that happen here and there when I’m previewing a post and didn’t close a tag. At least it’s kind of back to normal now, whatever “normal” means. For instance, at the top of this post all I see is a big blank space; I’m assuming something should be there?
        Mitch Mitchell recently posted…5 Ways Your Blog Might Be Irritating People; Part TwoMy Profile

        1. Yeah Mitch, you’re supposed to be an Adsense ad there. I don’t think Google liked the word ‘piss’ in the title which is why I changed it to ‘cheese’. If the ad is still missing tomorrow I reckon I’ll just remove it.

          As for the comment, there was no code in there that I could see.
          Sire recently posted…How Much Do You Really Want To Cheese Off Your ReadersMy Profile

            1. Yep, and there’s another blank spot further down. Man I love Google :furious_tb: :guns_tb: :wallbash_tb: :innocent1_tb:

              Still, at least it’s only on this post.
              Sire recently posted…The Bellagio, The Jewel Of Las VegasMy Profile

    2. I’ve noticed a few changes in lay-out in my own blog since the last WP update… maybe this is related.

      1. Nope, definitely had nothing todo with WordPress Allan, if it did I’d be changing platforms, it was that bad :wink_ee:

  6. Why anyone would close comments is beyond me. That IS stupid, unless a particular page is getting spammed to no end.

    I moderate comments, but I drop you a line when it is approved.

    Do people still use Blogger?

    Additionally, I have a popup but it is set for three minutes so that you can get comfortable.

    If I had to pick the most irritating though, it is definitely the “closed comments”.

    Funny aricle…:)

    Mark

    1. I moderate comments, but I drop you a line when it is approved

      Do you have a plugin that does that for you?

      Yeah, lots of people still use blogger. As for your popup, three minutes huh? Reckon I’ll have to read your posts as fast as possible then :wink_ee:
      Sire recently posted…What Is The Best Comment System For WordPress BlogsMy Profile

      1. Sure, it’s the “Comment Approved Notifier” plugin for WordPress.

        Additionally, my three minute rule is based on average site residence time per visitor. Seems to be working pretty well.

        Stop by and let me know if it annoys you. If so, I will change it.

        Mark

        1. Too bad those bloggers that moderate comments don’t use that plugin, they might not cheese off so many commentators like me. Heck, it sure would increase the return rate of visitors.

  7. As usual, Sire, I agree with you; people who do things to throw stumbling blocks in the path of commenters are only hurting themselves – if they want comments. If all they want it to shout into the ether, well…

    I apologize for missing one of your comments on The Prattle you left it a couple of weeks ago and I just found it yesterday. I wish WP did a better job of threading comments. I wasn’t ignoring you… really!


  8. Twitter:
    Okay Sire, tell us how you REALLY feel! :-)

    Like you, I’ve been to a few blogs and was eager to leave my comment only to learn they were closed. Who the heck does that and why do you even have a blog? That still boggles my mind.

    Other than that, if you are rude or you just continue to ignore me I won’t be back to visit. And I love visiting as many blogs as I can. But that’s pretty much my take on this topic.

    I do love blog hopping and seeing what everyone else is sharing so be nice, return the favor and be genuine. It’s really that simple.

    Thanks Sire.

    Adrienne

    1. Adrienne, the only reason I can see for having a closed blog is for those people who need a website but don’t know how to go about it and so they start a blog which is relatively easy to set up.

      Anytime Adrienne :smile2_ee:


  9. Twitter:
    Hi Peter,

    I agree with all the points, but I need sometimes to comment on blogger blogs – I was there, not long time ago ;)

    * Also other culprit can be time, I haven’t time lately to comment perhaps I read the post and then I move on.

    * You said all on the post, I didn’t know what to add, and silent is better than “great post”

    * My comment would be placed on the 70/80 position, worth commenting after all these people? No, in general no, surely can be exceptions.

    * Register to comment haha are you kidding me?

    * External comment system and I don’t remember the password for that, then no comment…and the list can go on….

    Cheers,

    Gera
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    1. Some great points Gera, I bet you would have been really peeved if you found you couldn’t leave a comment :tongue_wink_ee:

  10. Just a few minutes ago or so, I found myself in pretty much the exact same position you describe above. I was reading a really interesting article, one that I couldn’t wait to finish, just so that I could leave a comment on it. Then, much to my dismay, I realized that I first needed to create a livefyre account in order to leave a comment. Well, I did, but then I couldn’t figure out how to link back to my site. On top of that, every time I would want to change the anchor text, I would have had edit my profile and change my username. After about 15 minutes of trying to figure it all out, it wasn’t really worth the comment anymore.

    1. I did sign up for Disqus once Petra and that was bad enough, I certainly didn’t sign up for livefyre. Having said that I did try the sign in with twitter or Facebook thing that livefyre offered but that wasn’t to my liking so I left without a comment. A shame too because I liked her blog, and I haven’t been back since. :downer_ee:

  11. All those Peter.
    Anything that makes it difficult to leave a quick comment is a real turn off.

    Having said that I have recently subscribed to Livefyre in order to be able to comment on a couple of cool blogs.
    Worth it once in a while.

    Cheers Peter
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    1. Hey Keith, I’m glad you think so mate, we Aussies must have less patience than you guys. :drunk_tb:

  12. Great post Sire! There are quite a few reasons that I might not comment on a post, and I think you covered them all, haha. I can’t stand when I see a third party plugin system, especially one that requires me to register with another service. It should be as simple as possible for people to comment, why make them go through additional steps?

    1. I hear you Ryan, and I reckon most people would agree with us. Even so these plugins exist and some bloggers like to use them. :doh_tb: I don’t know why but they do. :tongue2_tb:

  13. I’m afraid I’ll have to disagree with you about your 2nd point: I actually prefer that a blog owner approve all comments. It shows that he is minding the store. There’s nothing sadder than a good blog post that’s followed by a slew of gambling/drug/pharmaceutical/adult links (all posted by the same person, mind you) in a neglected comments’ section. I, as an honest poster, would not want my website link on the same page as those dubious links.

    Besides, when my comment is checked, and my associated link is vetted, that’s more web traffic for my site…

    1. Sonny, you can mind the store without having to moderating the comments. There are plugins that will do most of it for you. Just to prove my point, do you see any of those comments you mentioned on any of my posts?

  14. You would think that bloggers would want to make it as easy as possible for their readers to comment. However, on many blogs you have to jump over hurdles just to leave a comment. I hate all of those pop ups. I wonder if they are actually beneficial to some of these bloggers. Yet,the number one thing that I hate about commenting on some blogs is when I am asked to subscribe. I can’t stand it!

    1. I heard it said that those popups work Sabrina so there must be a whole lot of people out there who loved to get sucked in. :lol_ee:

      There are also a lot, like us, that don’t appreciate them at all and totally ignore them.

  15. It is very disappointing if some bloggers tend to close the comment side. You could not share to them your opinions or suggestions. But it is there stand we have nothing to do about it. Perhaps, they do not want to get spam comments from others. Still, interacting with other bloggers is the best way to create high traffic and to get great ideas about updates online.

    1. It’s also quite possible raveture that they’ve closed comments because they don’t have the time to respond to them

  16. It is very disappointing to read an interesting post only to find out at the end of the post that you can’t make any comment at all! I really don’t know the reason why bloggers care less of their visitors’ opinions.

      1. I can only think of two reasons. 1st, maybe they just want to avoid spammers. As a result, 2nd reason, they don’t have the luxury of time to make replies and moderate comments. Oh, that’s their choice anyway!

  17. I’m with you on most points except – and this will come as no surprise – moderating comments. There are some instances in which this is necessary, for instance if one doesn’t want the whole of ones life made public by friends and family who don’t properly understand how to use the internet. Mine is a personal blog, not even open to search engines anymore (though it might be again in the future) and I’ve already experienced this problem with people from my past writing over-personal stuff about me like they’re talking to me on the phone rather than in a public space!

    My feeling, Sire – and I’m sorry if you include yourself in this – is that if someone can’t wait for me to moderate and don’t want to return to my blog because I use moderation – maybe they’re too impatient for me to get to know as a person.

    Mitch has the same feeling about this issue as you do, yet we’ve got to know each other and he does take the trouble to come and comment from time to time, despite what to him is the irritation factor. To me, that’s a mark of friendship. Hopefully you’ll also get to know me well enough not to be all that bothered. :)

    PS. When I post a comment here, it just vanishes!

    1. Val, with your comments disappearing, that sometimes happens due to a plugin I use which is supposed to reveal the comment without refreshing the page. Sometimes it may not work, just refresh the page and your comment should be there.

      As to moderation, each to their own. I do actually moderate my comments but after they’re published. I delete about a dozen or so a day but for me that is a small price to pay for giving my commentators the pleasure of seeing their comments approved instantaneously.

      I don’t mind all that much as long as I’m notified that someone has replied to me. Apparently there is even a plugin that will notify people when their comment is approved. I reckon if bloggers used that and made us aware of that Mitch and I would be a lot happier. :drunk_tb:

      1. Whenever I comment on someone’s post,I use the RSS feed for the specific comment feed and put it in a folder in my feed reader, then whenever there’s a response I can see it at a glance. I make a folder per week or two and after that period I delete the whole folder with its contents, because I reckon that if someone’s not going to bother to reply to me within that time frame, they’re not going to at all. (Unless I know they’re going to be away). So with a very few exceptions of blogs that aren’t set up for comment feeds, I always know when I get a reply!

  18. I can’t remember the last time I commented on a Blogger Blog (seems like years ago, lol).

    For me it depends on the blog itself. It could be content, popups, etc that put me off or even just the blog layout. If I’m not kept interested, I leave. It’s not rocket science, just plain knowledge I have picked up. The more you invite readers to comment and make it easy for them, the more comments you get.

    1. Yeah, it’s not rocket science George and yet so many people get it so wrong. Oh well, at least it makes it better for those who understand the importance of their readers.
      Sire recently posted…Another Avenue For Making Money With Your BlogMy Profile

  19. Well i moderate the first comment, but after that there is no moderating besides spam filters.!

    There is one thing that will make me stop commenting on a blog, that´s when it takes to long for the comment to get cleared and published..
    For example I posted a comment on a blog on 8 July, and now 6 days after it´s still awaiting moderation.
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    1. Exactly Jimmy, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you never commented there again.

      I can understand moderating the first comment to ensure they are worthy of commenting on your blog, but once that is established there really, other than Val’s comment above, for moderating them.
      Sire recently posted…Another Avenue For Making Money With Your BlogMy Profile

  20. I love Val’s idea for the rss folder, this is something I have to do now. As far as moderating comments, I hate reading blogs that have no moderation, and it’s hard to keep a line on the conversation when non-valid comments are allowed. No matter what kind of moderation is being used, at least use something!

    1. You can moderate without having comments go into moderation Anne, that’s what I do.

  21. you acting bad towards others who have commented on your blog I’m sure as hell not going to get involved and more likely than not I will never come back. nice work on this lesson…

    1. Glad you got something out of it.

  22. Hey Sire,

    The absolute, hands-down biggest annoyance is closed post. I’ve experienced the same excitement you did, only to get to the end and the comments were closed — sometimes after just a few comments or a couple of weeks. I’ve even seen an idiotic note such as “this post is over 30 days old.” Right on the heels of that is “subscribe to comment.” What!?

    Being ignored and being rude probably come in at #3 and #4. Usually I’ll do a quick scroll to see if the writer has responded to any of the previous comments. If not, I don’t bother. I might leave a comment on a blog that uses Disqus or IntenseDebate, as I already have those accounts, but I skip LiveFyre (too frustrating) and Blogger (most of the time, unless I really, really feel compelled).

    1. Hi Vernessa,

      it looks like you and I are on the same page on this subject. I think the one thing that causes people to be lead astray is that they are too willing to follow some of the more ‘popular’ bloggers. They may see that they don’t reply to comments and so feel it is a good thing.

      I came across a blogger on a guest post I did on Ileanes blog who is considering adopting a third party commenting system because she sees other well known bloggers using them. She is of the opinion that It works for them so why wouldn’t it work for her? Could it be that they already have a huge following and are not worried if they lose a few, knowing that the majority would be willing to put up with a little crap.

      I was a little sad after reading her comment, but in the end it his her decision to make and so I did not argue the point.
      Sire recently posted…Building Your Brand With A Guest PostMy Profile

      1. Yes, I read that comment on your post over at Ileane’s. Your comment to her echoes my own thoughts. And the kicker was the fact that at least one of those bloggers abandoned the third-party commenting system for reasons we can only surmise.

        We know how to keep ourselves out of herd mentality. The best way is to follow your own mind, figure out what works well according to your own goals, and go full steam ahead! :)

        1. The best way is to follow your own mind, figure out what works well according to your own goals, and go full steam ahead! :)

          Sounds like a plan Vernessa, and one that I am pretty well following now.

  23. Hi Sire,

    The commenting argument is a never ending issue isn’t it? All the points you mentioned are valid. The only exception is the first point (about comments being closed). These may sometimes be static websites and not blogs with closed comments.

    For instance, I code my websites from scratch and this particular one that I am linking to has a blog-like layout so it confuses the hell out of some of my visitors. Some are so kind to send me an email thanking me for the articles and telling me that they would have commented if I had not closed my comments. I reply and tell them that that’s a static website.

    I personally don’t think that the website will benefit from comments because it is a step-by-step kind of site with timeless articles. Some of the articles are as long as 9000 words. This is not what you expect someone to sit down and finish reading then comment. It is for reference purposes. I encourage people to send me an email and ask questions and I have been able to handle a few as the site is new.

    When I start getting many visitors, I will seriously consider blogging on a subdomain because I do love the community aspect and interaction that happens on blogs.

    PS. I was wondering why you have not updated your blog for a long time because I always see the Flexsqueeze post at the top (on your homepage) when I come by. But today, my instict told me to scroll down and indeed you have been posting new stuff! Did you make that post sticky?

    1. Hey Flo,

      yeah, and it always will be because there are always new people entering the world of blogging and everyone will always have an opinion. :cheese1_ee:

      I checked out your webpage and I was really impressed. You did a great job with it and it actually does look like a blog. I especially liked your Hire Me page. :thumbup_tb:

      I’m always updating my blog and yes I have made that post ‘sticky’ as I want people to see the value of having FlexSqueeze as their theme.

      1. :lol_tb: You really like my Hire Me page? You know, this chick has no sales pitch so I closed my eyes and went straight for the kill! I’m so used to going straight to the point that all these internet marketing thingy is a big hurdle for me.

        I solved the problem of missing your updates by subscribing to your RSS feed. Don’t know why I didn’t do that earlier :sad_tb:

        Thanks for taking time to check out my site Sire.

        1. The RSS is OK but you could also subscribe to my list. As a subscriber you get a personal message from me every time I publish a post and I include a link to your site on My List page. :cheese1_db:

          As to your Hire Me page, yes it was great, it listed everything you can do as well as your qualifications and all in a very straightforward manner.

  24. I found my way here via a web search because I’m intereted in the low comment to view ratio many people with blogs experience.

    It’s good to have insight into some things that put people off. Personally I can’t abide pop ups, and would never make anyone else suffer them!

    All my comments are currently being moderated, and I have no way of knowing if that deters a reader from bothering. I do have the option of allowing Disqus members to bypass this, which I may do.

    My biggest issue is not having a dedicated blog. Instead I have a blog page on my website. This set up means you have to click on the actual title of an entry to activate the correct comment box. (Rather than just clicking ‘read more.’)

    I mention this now at the end of each post, as well as in a side bar, but people don’t always comment in the right place. (I’m new to it all so can’t see a way to move those.)

    1. Hey Valerie, you have a nice blog and the only thing that kept me from commenting was your comment system :smoke_tb:

      As to moderating your comments, people won’t know till they just left a comment whether or not you moderate them. The question is once they know you do will they come back again?

      Oh, it’s normal for anyone landing on the blog’s home page to click on the post title before being presented with a comment form.
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      1. :) After I read your article I actually changed the settings. So right now anyone can post, with just comments containing links being moderated.

        Ta also for the comment advice. What you say makes sense, but there seems to be a random comment box at the bottom of the general page too. That’s why I have a response to the music post in another section.

        1. Hey Valerie, I did notice the comment box on the front page of the blog. That is so weird, I have never seen that before. I assume you’re using WordPress? If that’s the case try changing to a default theme to see if it resolves the issue.
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          1. I am using a paid Yola site, which means Disqus is the comment site. I have no clue what I’m doing really lol. I think I may have made that weird box happen.

            Their support is good so I am waiting for some help from them.

            When I’m rich I’m gonna hire someone to do that stuff, Hehehe.

  25. Yeah I started a WP but then thought I wanted it all on one page. Disqus is not part of Yola, I guess they are kind of affiliated. The help people are amazing though and I got an answer just now.

    Once I confirm that removing something won’t kill all comments I should be sorted.

    Oh and thanks a million (again) for this article. I am getting more comments hehhe.

    1. That’s cool. I have a couple of websites with blogs attached to them and I prefer to link to them via the site so they open up a separate page.

      1. I may well go back to WP and do that later, especially if I develop the site more towards selling my (nearly ready) book.

        BTW – I just read a great article, via Twitter. Went to comment and …I had to join the site to do so. I didn’t!

        You may never know how much good this one article has done for me, but tis a lot.

        1. Thanks for that Valerie, it’s always nice to know that what you’ve written has affected someone in a good way. All the best for your new book.
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  26. Twitter:
    Hey Sire,

    Its funny, tonight while looking for a few new blogs to comment on, I come across 2 posts on 2 diff rent blogs that I really wanted to share my comment. But upon reading the comments and the blogger’s response, I hit the back button!

    Their responses to the comments were really rude and disrespectful. What I really didn’t like was the tone of one of the bloggers in one liner responces he had left. You could easily see that he though of himself way higher and better than the commentators.

    Thankfully though, most bloggers are nice and really polite when it comes to responding to comments and that’s the way it should be. If I took the time to comment on your blog, the least you can do is to be respectful and nice. You don’t have to necessarily agree with me, but be civil about it.
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    1. Yeah, there is no need for that and unfortunately, as you just proved, acting in that fashion is going to do a lot more harm to a blogger’s reputation than good.

  27. Sire,

    The reason why I like your blog is because you do the opposite of what you have listed above. I’ve gone through some blogs that are loners. They don’t even have comments below their posts. Maybe because no one dared. A blog or post with no commentators is a waste blog. Blogging is fun if you have others with you.

    1. I do try Linda.

  28. Hi Sire,

    Out of the 10 things you have listed, I get irritated the most by popups. It happens when you are getting into the meat of the post and all of a sudden, a popup appears. It is kind of annoying as it breaks the momentum of reading. On a sidenote, maybe you want to break up the points into paragraphs for easier reading though. Just a suggestion. :)

    Edmund

    1. But then they wouldn’t be points. :wink_ee:

  29. Hi Sire, I would like to ask you out of from the topic. What’s your plugin do you use for this polls? Thank you

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