16 September 2013

Are you getting fewer blog comments?

Wondering why you are getting fewer comments on your blog?

If you upgraded your Blogger profile to Google+, readers can now only comment on your blog if they have a Google+ page or profile.

Millions don't!

(Reference: Google Support)

14 comments:

  1. Some blogs I like to read have upgraded to Google+, so now I can't leave comments. That's why I won't change my blog profile; I want all my (non-spam) readers to reach me.

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    1. My sentiments exactly, Yvonne. I'm sure many people didn't read the fine print before they 'upgraded' to Google+. (I have nothing against G+ as a separate entity, though I can't use it with a slow Internet connection.)

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  2. Judy, good point. While I do have a Google Plus account, I wasn't pleased when I tried to update to obtain Google "authorship." I discovered my Google+ profile (more factual and businesslike) superseded the more artsy "About" I had included on my blogspot blog. Oh well. I decided to keep the two separate to maintain direct control over what I said about myself in both places. Your post here provides extra confirmation that I made the right choice. I don't like it when companies ram "choices" down people's throats, no matter how handy--not to mention, free--they may be.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Jacqi. It's reassuring to know that others share my sentiments.

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  3. Thanks, I didn't know that. Can I reverse it?!

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    1. I'm not sure (because it does not concern me personally). I think I read somewhere that it can only be reversed within a certain time. You will need to look for an answer to that question via the Google Support link I included, or by asking the question in social media, genealogy groups etc. Good luck!

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    2. Joan - I think the reversal was within 60 days, so you might just make it. (I am leaving this comment on 14th Nov)

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  4. Thanks for this posting Judy. I've chosen to not go down the Google road and as they're increasing their control over the internet I now find it difficult to follow blogs which retain the "Feedburner" email signup which is now owned by Google. I also can't unsubscribe from those I'm following unless I interact with Google.
    I've been wondering why I'm no longer able to comment on some people's blogs and now it's become clear... It's all such a shame but I will not be manipulated, by a big corporation, into using their product which I consider inferior. Guess I was always a "little rebel"... :-) Thanks again, Catherine

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    1. Hi Catherine. Like you, I chose not to link my Blogger profile to Google Plus - but unlike you, I am NOT having any difficulty following, subscribing to or unsubscribing from Blogger blogs (which use Feedburner). In fact, I find that blogs on Blogger are easier to interact with than those on WordPress. I'm afraid I can't offer any technical advice about unsubscribing, except that the link near the bottom of emails has always worked for me. I daresay there is more information in Blogger's help pages, forums etc. Good luck!

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  5. I pondered for ages debating whether or not to merge the two. In the end I did and as far as I know people are still leaving comments - no one has emailed to say then can not! I do offer multiple way to follow -via email and FB page - Twitter and G+. For me the positives of Google outweighed the negatives. I have not though merged my blog responses with G+ responses. To see what I mean look at Thomas at Geneabloggers and you will see the difference!

    I took sometime to understand Google+ - rather than interacting with people which is more traditional, G+ allows interaction but the emphasis is on the subject matter rather than on the person. Therefore it is about meeting new people and maintaining interactions with previously known.

    It took a while for me to get it, but now I do it seems obvious! -

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    1. Since I wrote the above Judy has tried to leave comment on the Anglers Rest blog and was unable. I have there at the moment enabled anon posts (much to my horror) and moderated so I can see what posts are left. It is not perfect and I suspect that I will fiddle with Anglers Rest a bit more and write a blog post, which will appear in due course.

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    2. Julie, I will look forward to reading your blog post. I can't use Google+ at all when my Internet connection is slow, so I am not a fan. And if I do NOT link my blogs to my G+ profile, people who use Gmail or Blogger can easily comment even if they don't use G+. As for blogs... all comments are emailed to me for approval, but I enable and disable 'anonymous' commenting depending on how busy I am. If a specific post is getting spam and nothing else, I disable comments for that one post (but I select 'keep existing comments'). I tinker with my blog settings from time to time, trying to work out what is best for everyone!

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    3. Judy,

      I have whipped up a quick blog post, which can be found at http://anglersrest.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/should-be-tuesdays-tip-google-plus-and.html

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