Screw You and Your Comment Area Too

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The comment area of your blog is great for incoming traffic and Google SEO. Read my rant to find out why!

Why the Comment Area of Your Blog Drives Me Batshit

Fair warning, this is going to be a rant…

I LOVE commenting on other blogger’s posts!!  Since it’s EXCELLENT for SEO, I’ve actually incorporated into my daily routine.  Leaving a URL that links to your most recent (or chosen) post is a wundubar way to tell Google that your post is important and recommended by other websites.

That…IF you CAN leave a comment.

Ugh…cue rant.  EVERY day I end up on someone’s blog (usually Blogger…not going to lie) that informs me that “Sure!  You can leave a comment, Terra…but you’ll have to: A) Create an account. B) Sign into an account C) Solve the equation for   A^x +B^y = C^z, or D) All three…suckah!!!!!!!!!

I know it shouldn’t….but it just DOES.  It just…PISSES. ME. OFF. I’ve JUST finished dedicating 5-10 minutes of my time to reading your enthralling content and ALL I want to do is participate in a conversation!!  Or…at least…tell you much I appreciated your writing!

But nooooooooo…I have to create a damned account.

Well, you know what??  SCREW your account!!  You could have had an interaction on your blog post that would help increase your rankings in Search engines.

Well, not anymore…

I’ve moved on…

And I hate to tell you, but unless another reader has already created an account previously (Google +) or HAPPENS to be on the same platform has you (Blogger**)…they’ve moved on too.

So what good is my rant now?  Look…interaction with your posts prove to the Google bots that readers are finding your information…well…informative.  So, you HAVE to make sure your readers can comment easily! We are a lazy lot!!

No really!! We are!!  If I can’t figure out how to comment on your blog post in 2 seconds (that’s being lenient) I just…won’t!  I’ll say screw it!

There are ONLY two things your readers are interested in when it comes to commenting.  Their first name and their URL.  (Sometimes an email is required…not a biggie.)  Anything more, and readers get annoyed.

If you are using WordPress (please, God) use the comment platform that WordPress COMES with (remember what I’ve said previously about frivolous plugins messing with your keywords) OR, use a system like Commentluv.  Super fun and great for bribing readers to comment.

SO…do me a favor.  Check your comment section…make an educated guess at how easy it is to interact with your post…and freakin’ use that education to fix it!!!

Ahem…

Right…I guess that’s it!

Fix yo’ shit!

**There are other reasons why I am not a Blogger fan…which I’ll cover in an upcoming post…

Terra Dawn

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20 Comments

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    Hazel
    March 19, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Couldn’t agree more! Pithy and to the point!

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    Michelle Martin
    March 19, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Well leaving a comment here was very easy. LOL I totally know what you mean. I’ve gone to comment on other blogs and had a nice thing to say all prepared and then just didn’t want to go through the steps of making an account or doing whatever the comment plugin said, so I left. So important to make it easy. And on that note, I use Disqus and I really don’t know how easy it is… so I am going to go check that and if needed, “fix my shit”, lol. Thanks for the humourous and lively post 🙂

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    Natasha
    March 21, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Could we please shout this from the rooftops?!!! I created an account once . . . for a friend, but never again.

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    Creating a Unique Small Business
    March 27, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    […] First, I check to make sure the blog post allows EASY commenting.  (Not all bloggers have made commenting on their posts as easy as they should.) […]

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    LizCasteel
    April 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    And the choir said AMEN! I hate it when it asks for my first born too especially when I just want to say “Great job!” Love this post!

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      uncorkyourdork
      April 14, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Hahaha…I know right? Half the time you JUST want to tell them a simple, “I enjoyed that!”…but noooooo…gotta wade through hell and high water!! *sigh* At least WE know.

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    Rica@ Yoga Mat Monkey
    April 14, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    YES!! “Fix yo’ shit.” Okay, I just like to cuss, but I really am glad you said that because it’s frustrated me too many times when I’ve attempted to engage with a blog and come across these ridiculous obstacle. In my mind, in thinking: really? Would you like a urine sample and my blood type too?

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      uncorkyourdork
      April 14, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      HA!!!!! Not gonna lie…cussing is freeing. lm ASS f. 😉

      And right??? Good grief they are needy!!!

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    Kerry
    April 14, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    I’m with you on this one. It’s super annoying. Especially when you have to go in and create an account, then when you come back, you find that everything you’ve written has mysteriously disappeared. That drives me up the wall and totally deters me from commenting so I just leave I don’t even bother to comment.

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      uncorkyourdork
      April 14, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      YES!!! UGH!!! Drives me nuts!!! I don’t care HOW much your fans love you…if commenting is too hard, they are NOT going to put in the effort!

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    Health and Beauty Facts
    April 14, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    I agree.Everything has to be easy, people are short of time. I wonder if other bloggers know that leaving comments on their blog is difficult. They may not know unless someone points it out.

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      uncorkyourdork
      April 14, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      Oh, so true!!! Actually, just today I was on a blog asking me to sign up for Disqus…AND the blogger said I needed to verify my email address by clicking a confirmation email. I finally just said screw it. It was a super great blog post…just not worth the effort!

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    Leah | A Relaxed Gal
    April 24, 2016 at 4:07 am

    I totally agree. I’ve even had some sites freeze when I try to leave a comment. When that happens I don’t ever try to comment on the site again.

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      uncorkyourdork
      April 24, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      It makes me sooooo mad!! I don’t know why, but wonky comment areas are SUCH a pain my butt!!

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    Sofie
    April 25, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I have been hanging around on your blog laughing out loud because you are that funny. (and helpful, my favourite combination. This post really speaks to me because when I was redesigning my blog I didn’t eve realize my comment section was getting all weird until one of my blog blogging friends pointed it out to me… AFTER A MONTH. People didn’t get my response and could only leave comments if and when. Of course I solved it as soon as possible (just like that time my share icons went missing) but this post just made me think of that.

    Your blog has amazing content! I really enjoy reading it!

    ~ Sofie

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      uncorkyourdork
      April 25, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      YAAAAAAY!!!! That is the BEST compliment I could possibly receive!! Thank you so much Sofie!!! 😀

      Hahaha…that’s like someone not telling you that you have lipstick on your teeth!!! So mean!!!! lol. I’m glad you finally got your comment area and share icons in place! Mine seam to want to disappear every time I upload a new plugin. *sigh*

      Thank you so much for the amazing compliment!!! You rock ma socks!!

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    Kelly
    July 4, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Finally, Thank you for posting this! LMAO!
    I love your blog!

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      uncorkyourdork
      July 5, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Hahaha…I’m so glad you like it Kelly! 😀 Thanks!!

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    June Rostad
    February 23, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Omg, I totally hate blogs that make you jump through a ring of fire just to comment. Up there in my list (other than Blogger) are Disque comments and blogs that advertise their blog post on a linky party, but are advertising an old post and commenting has been turned off.

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    Ali
    August 26, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Oh my gosh! This is hilarious! I’ve thought these thoughts sooo many times. And I’ve bolted from numerous blogs that require it. WTH? There’s no benefit in requiring my underwear, bra, and spleen size before i comment on your blog!

    Drives me nuts too!

    Thanks for the giggle!

    Ali

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