Saturday, July 9, 2011

Starbuck's Saturday: Q&A, Blog Tips, Heart to Heart, Giveaway

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Hi everyone--it's a beautiful Saturday here! I just wanted to take the time to introduce a new fun thing I'm going to be doing on Saturday. COFFEE time just between you and I! So go ahead and grab your favoritecoffee, tea, or other yummy beverage and let's chat!!

It's my goal to use my blog as a ministry to inspire others, encourage, help, and motivate others to live a good life-the best you can in this big old world. This is just one way I feel I can continue.

I have several emails thru the week asking questions about all types of bloggie things, pleas for advice on certain matters, and more! This is a great way for me to answer those questions so everyone may benefit. If you want me to answer any question, please shoot me an email to and don't worry if will be in total confidence unless you want me to share your can always sign keep this Anonymous--and don't worry... I will! I'll also share heartfelt messages here too!

Because I love you all so much (do you know I pray for you each day?)...I want to give one of you my fabulous readers a "Cuppa Coffee on ME--my little treat for you--a Gift Card to Starbucks or other place of your choice for your favorite cuppa joe or smoothie or other what-not! lol!

Today, I want to share with you a BLOG tip that will help you get more comments. I receive ALOT of emails asking me.....Kristal, HOW can I get more comments??? Well let me share with you--that did you know comments do not necessarily mean blog success???!! Nope on average, only 5% of your readers for that day will leave a comment!!! So realize that people are coming to see your lovely projects, but they may not take the time to leave a comment.
There are a few ways to aid in making it easier to leave a comment. One way is to turn off word verification. You can STILL moderate your comments to ensure you don't have rude, mean, or inappropriate comments from spammers. But this allows your readers to simple make a comment, and post--leaving you to approve the comments from your blogger dashboard. MANY bloggers will abandon their comment to you as soon as they see word verfication. You must remember bloggers are busy people, and some bloggers leave hundreds of comments each week!!!

This is HOW we turn off word verification:

1. Go to your Blogger Dashboard & click on COMMENTS

2. Now you will see this toolbar and you should click on SETTINGS

3. You will see this page and I click on EVERYONE, the first option under WHO CAN COMMENT--you don't want to leave any user out!

4. Now you will see this screen, if you scroll down a little bit more. You will  see COMMENT MODERATION: I click on Always, as I want to approve all message when I log into my blogger account. Note that you see MY email address--this is IF you want to receive email notification that you have new comments. This is optional--you can alway see them when you log in to your blogger!

Next click on SHOW WORD VERIFICATION: then click no--whew--your readers will thank you!

Make sure to leave the comment notification email blank, unless you want notifications sent to an additonal email.

5.  NOW we need to approve comments! Head over to your Dashboard in Blogger, and Click on COMMENTS. Then Awaiting Moderation. This will show you the comments that still need approval.
Then click on each comment you want to approve, and click PUBLISH. Voila--you are finished!!!

I'd love to know if this helps you to increase your comments! It should, so go ahead and give it a try if you already haven't.

I want to offer one of my followers (you guys are so awesome) a COFFEE on me! Just leave me a comment today, and I'll draw a winner next Saturday for the Gift Card. If  you don't have a Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, or Even McDonalds-they have all sorts of iced Coffee. You just let me know which one you want!!!

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