One of the most common questions I get is “How do you link your e-mail to your google + account so that you’re not a no-reply blogger?” Confession: I know nothing about google+. I’m never on it, I never post, and the only thing I know about it is that you can chat (like the old-school facebook chat!) and video chat.
Fortunately I have awesome twitter followers, and when I asked for some help on this I got a great response. Krinstina offered to share her post with you all. It was originally posted here, go tell her thanks, will you?
Hi All! Kristina here from the Streeters Unlimited, to chat with you about the problem that has taken the blog world by storm – All The Sudden “No-Reply” Blogger Status. Most of you have probably found that either other bloggers are telling you they can’t reply to your comments and “you just know you aren’t a no-reply blogger because that’s bugs the daylights out of you” or you have noticed an over abundance of comments you can’t reply to via e-mail.
So, what happened?
Turns out Google + & Blogger made the change that if you have your Blogger connected to your Google + – your email is no longer attached to comments, making you automatically a “no-reply” blogger. I have no idea why they made the change, some say that it’s because they are trying to be proactive in helping keep your inbox filled with less spam. I’m not sure that I necessarily think that was the reasoning behind it, I’m sure it has something more to do with trying to get more people onto Google+ and connecting there socially vs. an email response. Either way, I was extremely frustrated that they just automatically made that change, even if they meant well and were trying to be proactive…call me crazy but I feel like that’s a choice that we should all be able to make as adults in the blogging community, ourselves. But I digress.
I discovered this problem on my own blog a few months ago when I had someone e-mail me telling me I was a no-reply blogger. I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about. I was sure I wasn’t a no-reply blogger because I love the availability for people to be able to e-mail back on comment. But, the change made even more sense that I was getting less responses in my inbox from comments I had made on other blogs (which I was chalking up to it being summer & people are busy), but I did think it was weird that bloggers I knew normally were ones I responded to were now “no-reply” bloggers.
I was livid.
So where did I go? Twitter to rant. And let me tell you, I ranted and threw blogger so far under the bus.
I weighed my options of leaving my G+ connected to Blogger, or disconnecting.
I finally figured out the solution after hours of frustration and ranting! Thank heavens!
So- If your blog is connected to Google + you will want to be paying attention to the following steps to fix this mess. And let me tell ya, it’s super easy, redundant and a bit silly – but it works, and that’s what matters the most.
Simple version: Revert back to your old user profile (under settings – the wheel looking thing), re-create your basic profile, answer the questions (fill in Display Name). Then go to account settings (top right corner under display name). Click edit profile. Select “Show my Email Address”. Scroll down to bottom and click “Save”. Go Back to the Blogger Dashboard. Click settings (the wheel looking thing),Click Connect to Google+ then follow the steps. Easy Peasy.
So, although the steps are basic, I know those of you reading that are visual – someone is going to ask me for more detailed steps. So here we have it:
Step 1: Under Settings, click Revert to Blogger Profile.
Step 2: Switch to a limited Blogger Profile.
Step 3: Fill in Display name.
Step 4: On Blogger Dashboard, under your display name icon, click account settings.
Step 5: Click Edit Profile.
Step 6: Select “Show My Email Address”. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Save.”
Step 7: On Blogger Dashboard, Under settings click “Connect to Google+”
Step 8: Follow the Steps.
If you want to double check to make sure it works, please leave visit Kristina’s original post and leave a comment and she’ll let you know via email reply if she can, and if she can’t, she’ll leave a reply to your comment here on the blog!