Wednesday

Comments in Blogger

Blog Settings - Comments


overview of comments - 4:30 (link to video)



show or hide comments - 3:21 (link to video)

This enables and disables the commenting feature on Blogger.
You have two options:
  1. Show - Allows new comments to be made, and allows visitors to view comments
  2. Hide - Disables comments from being viewed by guests
For example, if you have 3,000 comments on your blog and you change the setting to Hide, you will not delete the comments, but hide them from view. You can always change the setting back to Show and make all the comments viewable again.

who can comment - 1:18 (link to video)
This setting allows you to pick and choose who can comment on your blog. You get three choices here.
  1. Only Registered Users - This is anyone with an active Blogger account. They will be able to post comments on your blog.
  2. Anyone - No restrictions
  3. Only Members of This Blog - Only members of your "team" can view this blog. Please see the video on permissions to set-up your team blog properly.

comments default for posts - 1:46 (link to video)
You can set individual posts to have comments or not. You can make it impossible to comment on certain posts if you want (This can be changed EVERY TIME you post a new entry, this simply sets the default.) You have two choices.
  1. New Posts Have Comments - This sets the default to new posts (and effects "mobile blogging") to allow comments by default.
  2. New Posts Do Not Have Comments - This sets new posts to not allow comments unless you explicitly allow them.
Remember, this is only the default setting. While posting a new blog entry you can always click on "Post Options" and set "Reader Comments" to something else.

backlinks - 5:41 (link to video)
Backlinks are interesting. They, in my opinion are of little use. Where most "backlink" trackers track the referring website's information, backlinks in blogger act a little different.
A back link is any link from a Blogger post that has another blog posts link in the "link field," and has been indexed or seen by "Blog Search"

(As per Googles help files it is based on the "link:<URL>" operator for BlogSearch.)
You have 2 options for "backlinks".
  1. Show - This will run the "link:someblog.blogspot.com" query in the background and will display the results in the Backlink field of your post.
  2. Hide - This will prevent the "link:someblog.blogspot.com" query from running and will not show Backlinks on your blog.

If you have Backlinks set to "Show" the following settings will be in effect, other wise they are useless.

You have 2 options for "Backlinks Default for Posts".
  1. New Posts Have Backlinks - Enable backlink tracking for new posts by default.
  2. New Posts Do Not Have Backlinks - Disable backlink tracking for new posts by default.
Remember, you can change this setting at anytime when creating a new post. Simply click "Post Options" and you will be able to manage backlinks.

This is generated on the fly when viewing posts. It is similar to running a search like "link:someblog.blogspot.com" and posting the findings under "Backlinks" each time you view a post. So by disabling this you are not loosing any data.

comment form message - 2:16 (link to video)
This simply allows you to change the default "all comments will not appear until approved by the blog author" text in the Comment Form. Set anything you would like here. Most HTML is acceptable.

show comments in a popup window - 2:26 (link to video)
Set this to Yes or No.
If you choose yes your comment box will show up in a popup window over the top of your blog.

If you choose no your comment box will show up in the same window in place of your blog.
Some popup blockers will cause problems if you set this to "Yes." In essence disabling comments on your blog for users with these programs enabled.

enable comment moderation - 2:42 (link to video)
Comment moderation allows you to have complete control over which comments end up on your blog. By default comments are not moderated meaning comments are instantly added to your blog after they are posted.

If you set comment moderation to Yes, you will be asked to enter a notification email address. Every time you get a comment an email will be delivered to this address asking you to ether "ok" or "discard" the comment.
Set yes to moderate all comments.
Set no to have comments automatically accepted.
Please note, if you get a lot of comments, you will receive a lot of emails from Blogger.

show word verification for comments - 4:28 (link to video)
This enables bloggers CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart) system that displays a picture of text and numbers that a human must enter before they successfully submit a comment to your site. (You know, that annoying box of text we all have to type 50 times? ) This is to (in theory) assure that only human beings, and not an automated spamming programs can post comments to your blog. These can be very annoying, but I would recommend setting this to "Yes" or enabled to help prevent spam from hitting your blog.

show profile images on comments - 0:49 (link to video)
This is pretty straight forward. This allows other blogger's profile pictures for Blogger (See Blogger 2.0 profile videos to see how to set this) to be displayed on next to their comments on your blog. Meaning instead of a list of comments, you will have an image of the poster, with the text instead.

comment notification - 1:11 (link to video)
Our last setting on the Comment section of the settings tab.

If you wish to be notified every time someone comments on your blog (even if you do not have moderate comments enabled) you can type the email address here that you wish to have notified here.

If you get lots of comments this can be really annoying, but for new blogs I would recommend turning it on so you can keep tabs on comments you get.

1 comments:

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