Over the last few weeks I participated in two commenting challenges. I left over 100 comments and got a very good feel for what is annoying when trying to leave a comment. Often, I try to leave a comment on a blog and run into one of these roadblocks. If I can’t find a reasonable way around it, I might just leave all together.
If you want people to comment on your website, it’s important to make it easy for them.
1) Your commenting system takes forever to load.
Sometimes I would have to walk away and come back because bloggers were using a system that wouldn’t ever load. If I have to refresh it more than twice, I’m probably going to leave and never return.
2) You don’t allow me to comment with my name and url.
I don’t want to use my google account. I don’t want to share my comment with my google circles. While I want to have a conversation with you, I also want to promote my website. Don’t make that difficult on me.
No. Just no. I know spam is annoying. Install Akismet and let it do its thing. Don’t make it difficult on the people who want to comment on your website.
4) I am required to register for another account
It’s annoying, it often takes too much time and I have other things I could be doing.