Not Another Post About Blog Commenting!
I know, I know – you’ve already ploughed through a squillion posts about blog comments this month (I think I have!) So what am I playing at, writing another one?
Well – there’s just a little niggle that bothers me, which I want to ask you about – it’s something I’ve referred to in a previous post about blog commenting, but it’s still in my “unresolved issues” tray.
How Do You Know Whether a Blogger Has Responded to Your Comment?
I continue to find some blogs that do not provide an email notification, alerting me to the fact that the blogger has replied to my comment. On such blogs, there are usually only two ways I’ll ever see the blogger’s response:
- Subscribe to the entire comment stream
I no longer do this, because it can lead to dozens of unwanted emails (I don’t want to see ALL the other follow-up comments – just any responses to my own), plus I’ve found it can be a right old hassle to unsubscribe.
- Keep returning to the post to check for replies
This I also rarely do, because it’s just too time-consuming – particularly if it’s a post with hundreds of comments.
I think this is a shame, because bloggers who respond to my comments, but don’t have a mechanism for notifying me of their reply, are effectively wasting their time. Okay, so there’s a reply published on their blog, but the intended recipient is probably never going to see it. And it deprives us of the opportunity of continuing the conversation – if I don’t see your reply, I’m not going to be able to respond to it, which I might have wanted to do.
When I first began receiving comments on my blog, this was something that I quickly started worrying about - I couldn’t see the point in responding to people’s comments if they weren’t going to see my replies, and I didn’t think I could expect people to keep coming back to check.
My initial solution was to install the ReplyMe plugin, which automatically sends an email notifying readers of any replies to their comments. The problem with ReplyMe is that it hasn’t been updated since the dinosaurs walked the earth – I’ve not heard of any problems with it, but I guess it’s a bit of a risk because it’s potentially so out of date.
Like a lot of other bloggers, I now have the premium version of CommentLuv installed, which includes a ReplyMe function. However, this is not a FREE option and, although I’m a big fan of this plugin, I’m aware not all bloggers want to use CommentLuv for a number of reasons, including the cost.
So – the question I’m posing in this post is this:
Are there any viable FREE solutions for bloggers who want to notify readers of replies to their comments?
I realise there are third party commenting systems such as Disqus, Livefyre and IntenseDebate – also Google+ and Facebook Comments – but I don’t want to get bogged down in discussions about these in this post. I’m interested in a solution for bloggers who want to continue using WordPress comments, but who would like a simple way of notifying readers when they reply to their comments.
I’ve done a bit of research for bloggers using WordPress, and I’ve found 4 FREE plugins that may be of use. Please note, I have not personally tested any of these, so the information below is what I’ve been able to glean from the plugins’ information pages.
If anyone reading this has tried any of the following plugins, please let the rest of us know what you think of them in the comments below this post.
4 FREE WORDPRESS COMMENT REPLY PLUGINS
AND THE WINNER IS…….
From the limited information available, I’d say the best of this bunch is probably
Send Email Only On Reply to My Comment.
It’s been very recently updated, well reviewed, and it allows readers to opt-in to receiving notification of any replies to their own comment. Anyone out there tried it?
How Do You Let Your Readers Know You’ve Replied To Their Comments?
Speaking for myself, I love receiving those email notifications of replies to my comments – it’s just great to know that someone’s taken the trouble to read my comment and respond to it. And it does sometimes lead me to make further follow-up comments – so I think it’s well worth making the effort.
Do you have a way of letting readers know when you reply to their comments? If so, how do you go about this? And if not – why not? Are you tempted to try any of these free solutions?
I’d be very grateful if you could let me know what you think in the comments below – particularly if you’ve tried any of these free plugins.
I’m also conscious of the fact that my own experience is limited to WordPress – so if anyone knows of any solutions to this for bloggers using other platforms, please share.
And, as ever, if you’ve enjoyed this post and think others might like to read it, please don’t forget to “share”.
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