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Make Blogger Comments Reader Friendly!



Blogger’s comment system is quite different to that of other blogging services, and is not so “friendly” to regular readers who may not understand how this system works.

When faced with a default comment form, visitors to Blogger blogs may feel rather daunted and unwilling to participate in the conversation. However, there are many settings which Blogger authors can change which makes commenting more enticing for readers who are unfamiliar with the way Blogger comments work.

In this post, I’ll explain how you can alter your comment settings in Blogger to make it easier (and more enticing) for readers to comment on your posts, along with a few tips to present comments in a more favorable style.

The main problems with Blogger’s comment system

Many bloggers would agree that, in contrast to other blog comment systems, that employed by Blogger is extremely lacking in functionality!

There are many things about the Blogger comment system which we can’t control, including:

  • The comment form, which must always be presented on a separate page
  • The lack of moderation settings: we can either moderate ALL comments, or moderate none. There are no language filters or other mechanisms for ensuring unwanted comments don’t appear unless we choose to moderate each and every one!
  • No WYSIWYG editor: as Jeremy Martin points out, “WYSIWYG editors are now a consumer expectation”. Sure readers can use basic HTML tags in their comments, but nothing beats the ability to click a button and achieve the same thing!
  • The irregular “login” settings: rather than offer commenters the simple function of leaving their name, email address and optional URL when leaving a comment, we are faced with choices of Google Login, OpenID details, Anonymous commenting and finally Name/URL. It seems like overkill to me…

So why does Blogger force us to use this system?

As I’m not a Google employee, I can’t offer an official explanation; however, I can offer some insight based on my perception of the system.

Each comment made to a Blogger blog is hosted separately from the blog post it refers to (perhaps even on a different server). When comments are displayed on posts (and on the comment form page), each is referenced according to it’s unique ID number and the ID of the post to which it was posted.

Separating comments from blog posts closes some security flaws which could otherwise endanger the integrity of a Blogger hosted blog. And as I’m sure those who use Blogger will agree, we receive very little comment spam in contrast to those using WordPress!

Unfortunately, increased security does come at a price: most notably for our blog readers. So let’s explore the possibilities of making commenting on Blogger blogs more friendly and enticing for our readers.

Friendly Comment Settings

In our Blogger dashboards, we have a whole page of settings which we can change to make commenting more appealing for our readers. Here I’ll go through some of the best ways you can alter these settings to invite more comments from your readers.

Who can comment?

Unless you run a private blog, you’ll probably want all of your readers to be able to leave a comment on your posts.

By default, this setting is limited to “users with Google accounts”, which (in my opinion) is the most unfriendly setting of all! It’s unlikely that all of your blog’s readers will be using Blogger themselves; many may not have a Google account (or even know what one is!). Forcing readers to log in or create a Google account simply to leave a comment adds extra steps to actually writing a comment and puts most people off altogether.

Choosing “registered users” is a slightly better alternative, but again this forces readers to need an account of some sort in order to leave a comment. If your readers do not use WordPress, TypePad or OpenID, they will likely be unfamiliar with the login required and again be unwilling (or unable) to comment.

My preferred setting is to allow “Anyone” to comment. This allows readers to sign their comments using their own name (or nickname) and add their blog URL if appropriate.

Using “Anyone” as the setting for who can comment ensures no readers are excluded from the conversation in your blog.

The only downside of this setting is that anonymous comments are allowed too, providing an opening for spammers to attempt comments on your posts. However, as I mentioned earlier, comment spam is rare with Blogger and those which do seep through the security barriers can be deleted with just a few clicks (even faster if you choose to moderate all comments on your blog).

Comment form message

While we cannot access the code used to display the comment form, we are able to add a message which can be read by any reader leaving a comment.

This message could simply be an invitation to comment, or you may like to add some “rules” for the type of comments you allow (for example, asking readers to leave comments which are relevant to the post).

A personal message on the comment form adds a sense of interaction between you and your blog readers, and could assist in generating more comments for your posts.

Show comments in a pop-up window

This setting defines whether the comment form will appear in a small pop-up window or direct readers to a separate page.

Most blog readers would prefer the “pop-up window” option. This is because it’s much easier to access the original post (by closing the pop-up) once a comment has been made.

When the comment form is displayed in the same page, there is no clear link to go back to the original post and continue reading:

As such, the full page comment form provides readers with little incentive to remain on the blog any longer!

Enable comment moderation

This is a tricky one, and only you can decide the setting which will work best for you.

In my own blogs, I choose not to moderate all comments before they are displayed. I have had very few problems with comment spam, and prefer my readers to see comments as soon as they have been made.

However, in cases where you are concerned about any of the following issues, you may prefer to moderate comments before they appear on your blog:

  • If your posts are controversial in any way
  • If you have suffered from comment spam (or malicious commenters)
  • If you have any concerns about the validity of comments in regard to the actual content
  • Or simply…

  • If you prefer to have complete control over all content posted in your blog!

If you do choose to moderate comments, I would strongly advise you to check your dashboard often for notifications. If comments are left unmoderated for long periods of time, readers can become frustrated that their contributions are not valued, and feel less welcomed as a visitor to your blog.

Show word verification for comments

Word verification (or CATCHPA as it is often called) presents a set of letters displayed as an image which readers need to type before leaving a comment on your blog.

This is used by many different blog comment systems, and is intended to thwart spam-bots since it requires human verification.

Personally, I prefer this setting to be activated for my Blogger blogs, which may account for the minimal amount of comment spam I receive. Unfortunately, the CATCHPAs provided by Blogger can at times be difficult to interpret (generally I discover this when my posts attract fewer comments than normal).

If you decide to moderate comments before they are posted, I would suggest there is no need to use the word verification setting (since you can prevent any spammers simply by deleting their comments).

If moderation seems unnecessary to you, perhaps the word verification can add that extra layer of security to reassure you about the validity of comments posted to your blog 🙂

More tips for ensuring a friendly comment system

There are also methods available which can make commenting a more inviting prospect for your blog readers. These tips do require you to modify your blog’s HTML code in some way, though the overall changes can be beneficial to reader interaction with your blog:

Change the comment link

Many blog readers will be unaware of the significance of the “0 comments” or “n comments” links (where n is the number of comments attributed to a post) which provides a link to the comments section.

Vin of Dummies Guide to Google Blogger Beta has written a useful post explaining how to change this link to a more familiar phrase.

Highlight author comments

Using a different color or style for comments you have posted in reply to those left by readers can help visitors understand when you have responded. You can read a full tutorial of how to highlight author comments at Blogger Buster.

Add Avatars to Comments

Using MyBlogLog, you can add a useful script to the comments section of your blog which posts an avatar of the commenter beside their comment. This is similar to the Gravatars available to WordPress bloggers. You can read full instructions to add comment avatars in my post on Blogger Buster.

I hope this post will have provided useful information to make your Blogger comments section more appealing for your readers! Please feel free to add your own suggestions by leaving a comment below.


Amanda is a freelance blogger and web/blog designer. She writes about Blogger at and maintains several other blogs on various subjects.

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Oh, Now I Get It! How to Explain Complex Topics to Your Audience




Technical writers have a great number of skills, but perhaps the most important is the ability to adapt your language to the level of comprehension your audience has. A highly technical and complex article can overwhelm readers or even bore them.

“But it’s impossible to delight my readers and keep them engaged when I’m talking about the

IEEE 802.11ac principle of broadband technology,” We hear you cry. And, we get it. Turning a technical article into a sexy piece of content can feel like a daunting task, but it’s not mission impossible.

Here are a few content creation tips that will help you explain complex topics to your audience in a delightful manner.

Imagine That You Are Explaining the Subject to a Non-Tech-Savvy Friend

One of the most important things when creating technical content for a more broad audience is consistency. So, as much as possible try to use the same tone, level of knowledge, complexity of vocabulary, and so on. The easiest way to calibrate your writing style is to imagine that you are writing for a friend or a relative that has nothing to do with your area of expertise.

Imagine you are trying to explain a particularly complex topic to them, in a friendly and light discussion. How would you approach the subject? What elements you think would bore or frustrate them?

What helps you in the real world is adapting your style and vocabulary to the other person’s knowledge. You know that you don’t have to explain what an Internet browser does, but you might have to tell them more about the coding behind it when discussing responsive web design, for instance. Use common words and keep them engaged with a lighter, friendly style.

Adapt Your Vocabulary and Structure

Let’s take a look at how you can flip your technical writing to be more approachable. First of all: use concepts that your audience is familiar with or at least has a general idea about them.

A good start is to check what search words visitors use when browsing your website. You will identify commonly used terms that are related to the technology that interests them. Use those keywords yourself to keep visitors on your page.

Also, be careful about the structure of the text when writing online, especially when you are trying to explain something complex. Make sure to split your text into readable chunks. You can also help the reader understand the subject better by using titles and subtitles to separate the main ideas of your article.

Build up the Knowledge of Your Audience, from General to Detailed

Once you have established a common language and vocabulary between you and your target audience, start methodically presenting your topic, from general level information to more detailed aspects. Applying this rule will help you readers understand the topic better without wasting too much time. Online readers tend to ignore content that is, irrelevant or hard to understand.

While it is important to get the basics straight before getting deeper into your subject, make sure to summarize the purpose of your article at the very beginning, as it will let your audience know what they will learn about after going through it.

Use Style Tools That Help Your Audience Relate to the Topic

The fun part of writing about technical topics for a general audience is getting creative with it. Because you can’t use the “boring,” “stiff” technical jargon, you must come up with expressive comparisons, examples, and analogies. You can even evoke anecdotal evidence to support the facts since they are highly relevant for many of the users.

Helping them relate to the topic you are writing about is the key to grabbing their attention. Use day to day examples for the systems and processes you are describing, or mention the best-known similar thing. Give them examples of possible situations when they can come across the topic you are writing about and enable them to talk about it themselves.

Ultimately, is all about correctly identifying the level of knowledge your audience has. Encourage them to comment and ask any questions and keep the conversations alive.

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IT Management Solutions: What is the Key to Improving Employee Efficiency?




There are many ways you can improve your employees’ efficiency. From decluttering the workspace to encouraging a stress-free environment, there is a whole range of things you can do to make your work life run smoother. One such technique you need to adopt for your company is an IT management solution.

What Does It Do?

An IT management solution such as SysAid takes all of the day-to-day programs that a business will use and consolidates them into one easy-to-use package. Every employee should be able to log on and complete all their work without having to leave the initial program.

It can contain such subsections as project management, customer relationship management, billing and invoicing, and a whole host of other features.

Why Should Employers Implement Such a Solution?

A system such as this allows managers to have better visibility over the company as a whole. They will be able to tell if an employee is completing their daily tasks to the best of their ability and will also allow them to see where they are lacking.

The data from the completion of these daily tasks can easily be tracked and analyzed to see where employees are struggling with efficiency. With some adjustments, efficiency can then be improved in these areas.

Project Management

One of the key reasons to install an IT management solution is for the project management aspects. A good project management program lets all employees know where they are with their projects at all times. Whether you are just working on the project or a project manager, you will be able to see the stage that the project is at and all the steps and processes that still need to be completed.

This collaborative nature helps improve speed and efficiency and stops the project becoming grounded in a lack of communication. If you are not yet using a project management system, you will notice that many small but important problems like misuse of resources will be greatly reduced.

Customer Relationship Management

By having your customer service staff use one portal for all their needs, you will see a great improvement in efficiency when it comes to handling customer enquiries. An IT management solution can contain a database with all your customer’s information. This means that if a case needs to be passed from one team member to another, there is little to no chance of any relevant information being lost in the transfer. Everything should be in place in the one database.

Invoicing and Billing

Keeping your various accounts and invoices in different places can lead to items being forgotten or double-charged. By using an IT management software, your managers and accountants will be able to successfully keep track of all costs and reduce unnecessary spending. This will improve efficiency as multiple enquires are not being made to complete invoices and other reports.

There are just some of the ways an IT management solution can improve your business. If you feel you need to improve your company’s efficiency, consider implementing one today.

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7 Less Obvious Keyword Research and Content Analytics Tools



Digital content has several powerful benefits over print content: It’s cheaper to distribute, it’s open and global (especially when it’s in English which most of the world can understand) and it offers an unprecedented opportunity to understand your audience better.

Actually, technology and digital content do wonders: Having both you can target your customers precisely when and where they are most willing to engage.

“Content and technology are strange bed fellows. We are joined together. Sometimes we misunderstand each other. But isn’t that after all the definition of marriage?”

To get an idea of how powerful digital content metrics can be, read and bookmark these articles:

Here are a few free or cheap content analytics options any blogger can afford:

1. UberSuggest


UberSuggest is a free keyword research tool that offers quite a few cool content analytics features.

This tool is a bit broad but I felt it deserved a place on the list. It works by letting you put in key phrases and then gives you data on that and alternatives, including the power of that phrase on Google. You will be getting an idea of what phrases are already being cornered by competitors, as well as which ones are easier for you to target.

I also like this one as a content planning tool as I can find ideas for content related to an idea I had. I have come away from UberSuggest with my editorial calendar full many times.

2. Cyfe

Cyfe web analytics

Cyfe is not just analytics tool. In fact, you can use for anything under the sun, it’s a Swiss knife of business monitoring. And it has some cool analytics integrations that will make your analytics reports much faster and easier to access.

Use Cyfe to integrate your favorite Google analytics reports, monitor your social media growth, traffic spikes and more.

3. Tweriod

Tweriod might not be quite as relevant as it once was, but it is still a useful tool if you post a lot of content on Twitter. Find out what times your followers are most active. Discover optimal posting time. See what content was most popular and when.

All of this will help you use Twitter more effectively as a content marketing platform, as well as an engagement platform for one on one and influencer marketing.

4. is pretty cool but the free plan is very limited. Basically you get a single page and up to ten “scoops” per day. Basically it is going to curate relevant content to give you insights into what is working well within your industry.

As an overall marketing tool, the professional version is a pretty cheap way to improve your ROI and get more bites when it comes to clicks. It is worth signing up for a free account and getting a taste of what they are about.

5. HotJar


HotJar is a cool heat map generator allowing you to clearly see which parts of your content attract most attention.

Heat maps are pretty cool. They work by tracking what visitors to your site are spending the most time looking at and clicking on. Then it gives you a visual of hot and cold areas of your site, which can point to anything from design flaws to lackluster or thin content. You can try them out for free and get a more complete picture from both a website and content perspective.

Here are more options for data visualization which will help you understand your audience and analytics reports better.

6. Social Mention

Is your content being shared or talked about? Is your brand being mentioned? You can find out on Social Mention, which allows you to search for proof of that very thing and find out what people are saying about you and what you post.

It is a bit simplistic, but very helpful.

7. iSpionage


Adwords and SEO keywords are a bit part of what you and other brands on competing for, not just customers. iSpionage gives you a look at what it is that those competitors are using and how it is working for them.

It is surprisingly affordable compared to many other similar tools and has a decent features list. I would definitely give this one a try.

Are there any other affordable content analytics tools except for the most obvious ones (like Google Analytics)? Please share them in the comments!

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