Commenting is a key element of blogging and nothing is more frustrating than composing a comment only to discover that the software won’t accept it.
Invalid URL! You do not own that identity is an infuriating error message that no WordPress.com blogger wants to read.
“Getting comments on your articles is a sure sign that you are going in the right direction, since it indicates that you have made an impression on your readers. While it is always great to see positive feedback on your work, even criticism is far better than not getting a single remark. ” –More Comments and 6 Effective Techniques to Get Them
When it comes to forming blog centered relationships, commenting on Blogger blogs is not a cake walk for WordPress.com bloggers. In this article I explain why that is. Hopefully those who need to read between the lines will do that and act on the message which is: make commenting friendly, please.
Commenting on Blogger (.blogspot blogs)
Depending on the comment settings you select commenting on Blogger (.blogspot blogs) can result in an Invalid URL! You do not own that identity error message.
WordPress Comment Profile Setting
Click the “WordPress” comment profile setting in the drop-down menu on a Blogger blog comment and the software will not recognize a WordPress.com identity, except in the most narrow sense.
It will recognizes the identity of only those WordPress.com bloggers who enter a WordPress.com username and a blog with the matching .wordpress.com URL. It will not accept any other username and URL combination.
Many WordPress.com bloggers, myself included, have more than one blog registered under the same WordPress.com username and many of those are on their own domains. Trying to use a WordPress.com username to comment on a Blogger blog and have it link to a WordPress.com blog on its own domain using the “WordPress” comment profile setting on Blogger blogs is mission impossible.
Open ID Comment Profile Setting
Technically to use Open ID to comment you need to add the site URL in question as a “trusted” site at settings > Open ID in your WordPress.com dashboard. However, my experience is that selecting the “Open ID” comment profile when trying to comment on Blogger blogs has failed more often than it has worked.
Please try these tips:
Log out of WordPress.com and all sites you’re attempting to log into with your WP OpenID.
Clear your browser cookies.
Log back into WordPress.com
Try logging into the other site with your OpenID again.
If that does not work then go to your OpenID settings at Settings > OpenID and remove Blogger as an authorized site. Then try commenting again and you will be asked to authorize the first time you comment thereafter.
Name/URL comment Profile Setting
The good news is that by selecting the “Name/URL” comment profile setting to comment on Blogger blogs (when it’s provided) your blog on its own domain ie. without the .wordpress.com URL will be linked to your WordPress.com username on the comments you submit.
The bad news is that not all Blogger bloggers choose to provide the “Name & URL” comment profile setting in the drop-down Comment as: drop-down menu.
You can register a Blogger blog which will allow you to comment on Blogger blogs but your username will not be linked to your WordPress.com blog when you do. Then you are labeled as a ‘no reply blogger‘.
Commenting on WordPress.org Sites
Many bloggers post to the support forums every day who have issues centered on failing to comprehend the relationships between username accounts and associated email accounts, blogs registered under them, email addresses, cookies and log-ins.
Depending on settings on each WordPress.org site you may need to register at the site itself for a username and ID to comment. Typically there will be a link in the sidebar to use to register. Once you are registered, you sign in enter your blog address and submit a comment. WordPress will then put a cookie on your computer and auto-fill that login information for you. If you clear your cookies, then you will have to enter your blog address again when commenting.
If you are having trouble commenting on a WordPress.org site and you don’t have a username account at WordPress.org yet, click http://wordpress.org/support/ and register one on the top right hand corner of the page that opens, so you can post to the support forums there and receive advice from WordPress.org bloggers.
Discussion: I think making it easy for readers to comment is priority number one for bloggers who have enabled comments on their blog(s). What do you think?
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