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Monday, September 10, 2012

When commenting, use other Identity Options instead of Google Account

I've known its benefit for some time but as usual, I had procrastinated in making the change in my blog's commenting.

Screenshot to show ID options when commenting on BloggerIf a blogger is logged in to his/her Blogger/Google account, and uses the 'Google' as the the identity option when commenting, it will link to the blogger's profile, rather than his/her actual blog URL. You may prefer to use the ID 'Name/URL' because when the commentator clicks on your name it goes straight to your blog for more beneficial contents instead of your profile, and it'll increase your traffic hits too.

The disadvantage of using the identity option 'Google' is if the blogger has too many blogs, you won't know which blog it came from, making it difficult to reciprocate.

Using Other Identity Options instead of 'Google' when commenting is easily done as follows:

(the tutorial below shows how to use the Name/URL as an alternative identity option).
  1. Log into your Blogger or Google account.

  2. Find the comment link at the end of each post to add your comment. This method can be used when commenting in your own blog or someone else's. Also, you can either type a new comment or reply to other reader's comment.

    Screenshot to show how to start commenting on Blogger

  3. Then choose your identity option which is found at the bottom of the text field. Do not choose the 'Google Account' as seen in the image below, as it will lead to your blog profile when a reader click on your name.

    Screenshot to show choosing the ID option 'Google' when commenting on Blogger

  4. Instead, chose the ID option 'Name/URL' by clicking on the drop-down menu arrows as shown in the image below.

    Screenshot to show choosing the ID option 'Name/URL' when commenting on Blogger

  5. A pop-up window will appear for you to fill in your name and URL. Then click the 'Continue' button.

    Screenshot showing the pop-up window to complete your name and URL

  6. In the next window, view the text at the section that says 'Reply as' and if that's what you want, then just click the 'Publish button' and your comment will be published. To test that all's well, click on your name and it should link to your blog's URL as desired. That's all you need to do.

    Screenshot showing how to publish your comment with your chosen ID option

    Screenshot showing your published comment with your chosen ID option

    The only undesirable element in choosing this ID option for me is that my favicon is not displayed as shown above. Well, let it be until I get some help to rectify the omission from the Blogger Product Forum.
    Update 24/11/2012: Received reply from the forum that it's only possible to display my favicon if signed under Google Account! So disappointing!!
Do not let my detailed tutorial above intimidate you! The process shared is really simple... just try it out and I hope it'll put a smile on your face!

  "Keep learning ~~ keep smiling ~~ keep sharing"

25 comments:

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    1. Thank you for your much appreciated positive comment, WD Bangalore!

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  2. Hie Jacquile! I love your blog!
    Can u tell me how you 3 column sidebar is so small? I mean did you customized it?
    And can you please give a tutorial of how you edited you blog's sidebar?
    It's very tiny and cute.. I just cant do it in my blogger blog..! :(

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    1. So sorry, Nidhi Parihar, I'm unable to comply to your request for a tutorial as I'm somewhat unwell due to the chemotherapy I'm receiving now.
      Nonetheless, if you wish to have a similar blog display like mine, just go to Dashboard > choose Template > Customize and the Blogger Template Designer will appear. Then click on Adjust widths at the sub-menu on the left and key in your desired blog width and sidebar (mine is 910px and 375px respectively). And, go to the next sub-menu Layout and choose your Body and Footer layout to complete the process. Click the buttons to View Blog and Apply to Blog when satisfied.
      Hope this helps.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this tip, Jacqueline.

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    1. The pleasure in sharing is all mine, dear friend.
      Happy blogging and have a wonderful week ahead.

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  4. I'm new to blogging...check out my blog-http://electronicsntech.blogspot.in/ and comment on ways to improve it.any comments are appreciated..:-)

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    1. Sorry, Rahul... I don't do this. Nonetheless, you can check on my archives page at http://jacqsbloggertips.blogspot.com/p/archives.html for the various blogging tips I've shared.

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    You Can Contact Me Here :)
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    1. Thanks for your compliment, Osho Garg.
      Thank you too for your offer but sorry to say that I'd prefer to be self-sufficient.

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    2. No Problem Good Luck Keep Updating Blog With Good Content :)

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    3. Thank you for your good wishes and offer, Osho! :)

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  6. Thank you for wring this tip. I am passing it on...

    hugs ~ Crystelle x

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    1. Thanks for your kind appreciation and willingness to share this tip with others, Crystelle!

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    2. Testing to see whether my favicon on the left will appear now. It did not show previously. :)

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    3. Seems that my favicon is shown only when I reply using my Google Account which leads to my profile, whereas the option Name/Url will link directly to my JBT blogspot which I prefer. Hmm... so frustrating! :(

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  7. Great information and inspiration,Your post have the information that is helpful and very informative. I would like you to keep up the good work.You know how to make your post understandable for most of the people.Thanks and keep up the good work


    Best of Tricks

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement and compliment, Souvik Ghosh! Appreciate you taking the trouble to share your thoughts and feedback. :)

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  8. I found your site by happy accident while searching for help with doing a jump break. I have been reading through your archives for over an hour! I absolutely love your tutorials. Very easy to follow. Thank you so much. I've bookmarked your site for future reference (which I'm sure I'll be using a lot).

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    1. Thanks for taking the trouble to pen your kind and generous comment and appreciation, Angela. It's uplifting and encouraging to know that my tutorials have been helpful...
      Happy browsing, yah!! :)

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  9. its great information ...thanks for sharing..

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    1. Nice to know, Aryan... and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  10. I found this to be a very clear explanationa and was off to give it a whirl, only to find that the blogs I wanted to try this on did not give the name/url choice when commenting. These were blogger blogs. I know this post is somewhat aged, but have things changed that much? Or perhaps some blogs just don't give that option?

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    1. Like you, I had always wondered why the last 2 options were missing in some blogger blogs. I'm glad you brought this up, Amy as it gave me the impetus to search for the reason finally to share it here.
      It's due to the selection made by the blog owner. Go to Settings > Posts and Comments (Who can comment?). If the blog owner selects 'Anyone - includes Anonymous Users', then all the options as shown in my image at Step 4 of this tutorial will be available. But if she/he selects 'Registered User - includes OpenID', then the last 2 options won't be available to commenters.
      Happy blogging!!

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  11. Very useful information, thanks :)

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