Example of a barrier to commenting on blogs
I mentioned in my last post how important it was to comment on other blogs.
Especially if you wanted to raise the Domain Authority of your blog.
However, the process is not as easy as it could be for some blogs. In fact, on some blogs it’s downright annoying and cumbersome! A complete barrier to commenting that is time-consuming and frustrating.
Let’s look at this example below.
Go comment on other blogs, she says
I decided to be a good girl, and do some commenting on other blogs. I found a suitable recipient that was relevant to my blog’s subject and wrote an appreciative comment.
As you can see, it isn’t the most wonderful example, but it is reasonably substantial and responsive to what the blog’s author wrote. I included her name, mentioned something that was in the post, and offered her an action I will be taking in the future.
Before I clicked on the Publish button, I needed to submit my name and blog’s URL.
This is important if your blog is to benefit from search engine attention with a view to increasing your DA. This creates an acceptable link back to your blog the spiders will take note of, unlike any within the comment itself.
So I clicked on the ‘Comment as’ drop down menu to reveal the options.
And selected the Name/URL option (see below).
I could have selected the WordPress.com option (alicedesigns), but that wouldn’t have helped the SEO of my Fairy Blog Mother blog, which is the one I was focusing on for this exercise.
So far so good. I entered in my details.
And now you would have thought it would be OK to click on the Publish button, wouldn’t you?
Uh oh, you have to prove you’re not a robot
But no, this blog commenting system had other ideas.
This button next to ‘I’m not a robot’ started to ring some bells in my head. We’re in for some trouble here. This isn’t because I’m a robot, it’s because I’m a human who can’t be bothered with all this hassle.
OK, I know there is a need for moderation – but this wouldn’t stop any human spammers from doing their worst. Not all spamming is automated nowadays, because bloggers put in place prevention measures as standard.
But I just new what I saw below would increasing the amount of time I had to submit this comment, another barrier to commenting I could do without.
Click on that button above, and you end up with this. A picture puzzle only humans can complete. Except that the images are so crappy it is very easy to make a mistake.
Like I did the first time. I missed one picture out. So I had to do it all over again with another set of pictures. Grrrr.
Finally! That all important green tick. Now I can safely click that blue Publish button.
And we’re published! Another barrier to commenting overcome
Yup, my comment is published. Finally, after a lot of extra time and hassle.
But how many people would have bothered to get this far?
I know for a fact that at least one person confessed to me he wouldn’t have bothered. One potentially beneficial commenter put off from contributing a valuable comment that would have benefited both commenter and blog owner.
But don’t let this put you off. The dividends of commenting, especially if you do it right, eventually will outweigh this barrier to commenting that annoys so many readers.
And what this blogger needs to do is to also change their blogging system. There is no need to have such a cumbersome method of submitting a comment. What I have just experienced is so outdated and unnecessary.
If you want to see a truly easy way to comment, just experience my comment box below! Go on, leave me a comment and find out!
Tell me how you react to a barrier to commenting
Take advantage of the lovely smooth commenting system I have (I use the Thrive Comments plugin) and let me know how you cope when you come across a moderation system that is really complicated and off-putting.
Or if you have any stories or anecdotes about commenting barriers to entertain us, please share them. We would love to read them.
The commenting box is just below my other post recommendations (so take a look at those after you’ve commented!) >>>