If you read my last post on word verification/captcha, you know that I briefly touched on the “No-reply” comment blogger. I received a couple of requests for a tutorial for determining “no-reply” blogger status and what to do to disable that feature. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, let me give you an example of what it’s all about:
You’ve received some comment love from a follower or a casual reader of your blog and you’re reading that person’s comment in your e-mail. You decide to reply directly back to her/him. You start an e-mail reply to the person and when you’re done, you’re ready to click to “reply.” But wait- you just happen to notice that there is not an actual e-mail address to reply to because the commenter doesn’t have his/her e-mail address enabled in his/her profile- you see only a name and ‘email@example.com.’ With this address, there is no way to respond to the sender. If you were to click on “send,” the e-mail would get lost in cyberspace and you would have spent your valuable time for naught.
The screenshot below shows an example of a “no reply” address.
I can’t tell you how many replies I have sent and didn’t even notice that they were never going to be received because I didn’t use to check to make sure there was an actual address; but now I always make sure to see that the effort I put forth into a reply to a comment is actually going to be received by the commenter.
Some of you may not even be aware that your e-mail address isn’t enabled through your profile and you may be wondering why no one has returned answers to your questions or comments. Here is the way to check and see if you have it enabled or not. You will first want to access your Blogger profile. Depending on which Blogger interface you are using, you’ll see one or the other of the following two examples in the screenshots below.
In the old interface, go to your Dashboard. Next to your photo, click on “Edit Profile.”
In the new interface, access your Dashboard via your blog and you will see a screen that looks like this one. Click on “Blogger Profile.”
Regardless of whether you used the new interface or the old interface to access your profile, the next screen will come up looking like this:
If the box to show your e-mail address is NOT checked and your e-mail address is NOT placed in the first box, then you are a “No- reply” blogger.
To enable it, click within the box to show your e-mail address, then make sure to enter your address in the e-mail address box. After you’ve enabled your e-mail address, go to the bottom of the page and click on “Save Profile.”
Now that you’ve completed all of these steps, your e-mail address will appear in the sender’s block of an e-mail and others will be able to respond to you directly from their e-mail. No more mail lost in cyberspace!
Now I know that some “No-reply” bloggers will defend not placing an e-mail address in your profiles because you want all comments sent directly to your blog instead of to your mailbox. And some of you actually have your e-mail address posted within the body of your blog; but I just think that by doing this, you could be making your readers work a little harder to try and get in touch with you after you’ve spent valuable time to leave them a comment. I have some blogging friends (you girls know who you are! LOL) who do this, so I keep their e-mail addresses handy in my address book so I can get back to them when they shoot me an e-mail/comment.
Hope this tutorial helped those of you who may not know that you are a “No-reply” blogger. Please help spread the word- if you know someone who is a “No-reply” blogger, let them know it by commenting on one of their blog posts. That’s what I had to do this morning when someone left a comment on my word verification tutorial. This person also asked for a tutorial on the no-reply blogger situation but I couldn’t e-mail her back to tell her I’d be doing a post about it because she was a “No-reply” blogger!
And if YOU are the “No-reply” blogger, please think about changing your settings. We all enjoy getting replies to our comments, and if these settings are in place, chances are that you’ll get more direct answers to your comments. Thanks. :-)
If you’re experiencing any problems changing your settings, feel free to shoot me an e-mail and I’ll try to help you.