Bad, bad Blogger! Have you noticed that Blogger.com have changed how comments from non-Blogger blogs links are handled in the comment area? They don’t link to us any longer!
Wanna get that extern linking feature back in the comments?
Click here to Send them a request! (Even if you’re not a Blogger.com blogger!)
I urge every one to scroll down on that page and choose “suggest a new feature” and ask to get back the feature!
Not sure what I’m talking about here? Well, read on!
We have blogs to socialize with each other and Blogger have just built up a wall between us bloggers by implementing these new rules for commenting cross different blog platforms, they don’t any longer allow links to extern blogs outside Blogger.com.
Instead of earlier when you could click the “other” option, you can now only give in a nickname option – no link to your blog. Even if you write http://www.lifecruiser.com it won’t turn it into a link, not even if you place the a href code there.
This also means that YOU as a blogger.com blog owner can’t easily follow up your commentors either – as long as we don’t leave you a link in the comment body or is on your blogroll already. I’m only waiting for the day when they try to stop you from linking to us at all…
It’s totally UNFAIR. They’re kicking us below the belt in a very ugly way. It’s like cheating or too much big brother watching your steps, it’s not an acceptable behavior in the friendly blogosphere.
Haven’t thought about it? Well, imagine it would be the opposite. Think if all the WordPress or Typepad blogs would stop to link to all Blogger blogs?
Would you think that was a good thing? No, I didn’t think so….
What on earth made Google-Blogger to take this bad, bad decision? Maybe it’s so many bloggers that have left Blogger already that they got a panic attack and was not thinking clearly? One could almost think so.
I don’t believe that it was done to prevent spam – if so they would have gone out with information about it. No, this is clearly a step into the war of blog platforms. And what do we bloggers think about wars? Exactly, we don’t like wars, we want peace and more features to ease the way between us bloggers.
This way, if I leave a comment with my Blogger account, it will only go to my Blogger profile and there you can find a link to my real WordPress blog, but that means too many clicks, right? Not many will do that. We all know how lazy we are when it comes to clicks….
I wouldn’t be at all surprised if your comments on your Blogger blog will drop a bit now, at least from new commenters other than Blogger.com bloggers.
For me this was the last drop I can take from Blogger. I’ll still visit you, my visitors, but no searching for new Blogger blogs. I’ll concentrate more on the WP blogs from now on and my guess is that I’m not alone.
A big part of the blogging pleasure is to get responses on your blog posts and visit each others blogs and this is hindering us to do that easily. I’m not saying this only because of the link backs, but because I want the process to go SMOOTHLY. I’m not sure that Blogger know what that word is though…
I’m thinking of the uploading of images fuss that has been going on for quite a while now to, where bloggers with Blogger-blogs have had to wait for hours and hours (sometimes days!) to upload them! I can understand that there can be certain problems with things for a while, especially since it’s a free blogging platform, but not when they’re continuing for this long.
I’m very surprised that people are staying so patiently with Blogger as they do. I would never do that after all the problems they have had. I can understand your anxiety over a move from Blogger though, after all, you may have had that blog for long and really worked hard with it and maybe not even have the skills to do the move or for hosting an own domain and blog.
If you’re sure you’re NOT ever will be moving and your Blogger.com blog is new, I recommend you to at least install the add-on Haloscan for your comments, which still have the extern linking feature. It also has the trackback option that Blogger blogs normally is missing.
CAUTION: If you’re having an old blog, be careful implementing Haloscan, I’ve heard of bloggers missing all the old comments after installing Haloscan. There may also be some problems if you later decide to move, to export your Haloscan comments.
I think this is a way to try to keep bloggers at Blogger, but that’s just to bite themselves in the tail. It can have the opposite effect if they don’t are careful. This can be another reason for bloggers to actually leave Blogger.
As Sara at Suburban Oblivion answers in a comment:
“Finally, I think readers *should* be rewarded for commenting. It all goes back to that two-way relationship thing. Anyone can read anything I put up, but I truly appreciate those who take the time and effort to stop and let me know what they think of my posts. I could just as easily adjust my settings to where nothing is required but a name, but I think commenters should be rewarded not only with the linkbacks (and google juice since I am dofollow), but the chance for new readers to discover them here”.
I think that sums it up, it’s simply good manners to keep the linking feature.
Update: Blogger has now after all the protests, apologized and put back the feature, even if it’s a bit hidden since you have to start to write in the nickname field before the URI field shows up.
Still wanna know more of what you’re options are and how to move a blog from Blogger? Read my next post!