Monday, May 27, 2013

Speaking about comments - How to turn off google+ comment option on blogger

Don't get me wrong, I like Google... but sometimes the things they do annoy me.  There is the whole google+ sometimes turns you into a no reply blogger thing. Don't worry I created a tutorial for that if you are in the situation. Then this whole getting rid of Google reader... not happy about that either. And now google+ comments.

They made it sound so great. Combine your blog comments with your google+ comments and have them all in one place. So of course I made the switch.

However it got really quite around here. My page hits were fine, but the comments were nonexistent. So clicked to see what these new comments looked like. They look cool enough until you try to add a comment.  It turns out that in order to comment you have have a google+ account. I mean its right there in the FAQ.. that of course I didn't read all the way through.


OK So that is bad and explains a lot. I don't want to force people to have a google+ account just to say hey I like your quilt or oh look at those adorable GSDs or just to say hey, but some people must already have google+ accounts, so why am I still not hearing anything for anyone.

It turns out there is another catch. If the person who's commenting has their Google+ set to private or only family or whatever and your aren't in their circle you can't see what post.


So people can post on my blog... but I can't see it... Hmm that doesn't make my blog very interactive. My fault again that was right in the about section. I should really read things through before deciding to change to the new Google+ products.

After figuring out all of this I thought they must tell you how to revert back to blogger comments. Well, If they do I can't find it. After searching for a long bit and it not being where I would have guessed I finally figured it out. Since this took me forever to figure out and I have a feeling others like me may have thought "cool combining comments", I decided to share how to turn off Google+ Comments on blogger. I promise it is much simpler than you would thing, but there is a little trick. Oh yeah and this tutorial is only for those who have made to switch to a google+ profile, because if you are still a blogger profile don't have the option for google+ comments until you make the switch.



First sign into your blog from the dashboard and then look to the left options under my blogs.  Now I know you would think that the comment option is under settings - post and comments, but it is not, so don't even look there. The google+ comments is under the Google+.

Once you click Google+ you end up on a page with your picture and two little check boxes plus a whole bunch of google+ info. This is your Google+ setting page. If you are still on a blogger profile you wouldn't have this page.


To get rid of the Google+ comments unchecked the second box. That is it. Now you are back to blogger comments and you can control those by going to settings - post and comments.

Told you it was easy. That is if you know where to look. If not your could spend say a half hour to an hour of your time trying to figure out how to revert back to a good thing where people can have a conversation with the blog writing with out having to choose to share publicly under google+, which I have no idea how to do unless you share everything publicly.

Ok enough with my rant- have a great day. I hope this helps out someone else in the same situation as I was.

DISCLAIMER - When I did this all my old comments stayed. However, I was just told by someone (01/10/14) that their comments went away. This has been confirmed by others too. So follow these directions at your own risk. The comments may stay or they may go... that is all on google. You just have to decide if the google+ comments section is right for you or not.
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78 comments:

  1. I hate Google+ with a vengeance. It's so annoying! Thankfully I managed to stay as far away from it as possible so far. After having it on my profile once and then repeatedly getting stuff emailed that people shared with me because they added me to their circles even though I didn't have them in mine. Then I changed the whole email settings to no emails being received and I still got them lol!

    Also, I agree, it's so annoying that Google scrapes one good thing after the other. First GFC, now Google Reader.
    I don't like when they force you to change to other applications or programs.

    It's basically the same with MSN turning into Skype. Just as bad!

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  2. I'm getting sick of Google in general. They've made everything so complicated and now the GFC thing is going away. I'm ready to switch to something simple and non Google!

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  3. genius!! I will point people here... oh except I can't comment on their blogs because I'm avoiding google+ until google force me to have it!

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  4. Thank you. Turns out, I already had the right setting, but it good to check!

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  6. I know this is an older post for you, but hoping you see this... I don't have my blog linked to Google+ but I have the same problem with the comments & I can't seem to be able to fix it. For a shiny-new blog to not get comments just b/c of the Google+ committment is BAAAAAAD! :( I've had people email me saying they would have left a comment except for this.... Any ideas?

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  7. I've lost the ability to reply to comments - you know, Blogger's big threaded comment roll out? Had it and now its gone and not sure how to get it to appear back on my blog again. Any suggestions?

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  8. Omg thank you! I started a blog recently and so many people have been wanting to comment. It worked!

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  9. hi jenn,you are darling,i would ve asked your hand in marriage..... if you are not married!!thanks genius

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  10. thanks a lot...you really saved my time..

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  11. Thank you! You're right - it seems so easy, once you know where to look!

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  12. By un checking the 2nd box, do I lose my original comments made by faithful readers before i went ahead and got this google + comments to invade by blogs. please tell me I am not going t o lose all the valuable comments and I am without any comments in my older blogs. I hate this Google+ sending prompts to change all the time and not telling us anything about its real game plan. Will you reply to my problem, for i see no replies at all to your readers from you. Anyway, my email is : rama.ananth@gmail.com.
    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Yup, just removed G+ Comments and lost all my valuable comments over the last several months. You're dammed if you and dammed if you don't :(

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    2. i lost mine too boooo x

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    3. So sorry to hear you lost yours. That seems to be the problem for some changing back. I guess it just matters which kind of comments you like better.

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  13. Many thanks! It was not an obvious one.

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  14. Oh my god, thank you so much for this! I have been so bothered and figured it was something simple but still had no clue how to fix this.

    Thanks so so much!

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  15. This was such an amazing post! Thank you for sharing.


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  16. THANK YOU this helped me so much!

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  17. Jennifer? You saved my mind, sanity, 25 fags, fingernails, a bit more hair and the multi-swear words! Thankyou.. I have spent a morning searching as to how to get open ID back, your a darling. :) xx

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  18. Thank you! I spent weeks trying to fix this before giving up. Bless you.

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  19. This is very helpful! thank god i found your post about this darn google+ comment box. Now i can sleep soundly! hahahaha THANK YOU!!

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  20. Thank you very much. You just made my day. I have been engulfed in this google+ for months now and it seems like nobody is appreciating all my posts as i have no comments.

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  21. Thanks loads. Being searching for a way to remove the google+ comments, it was so freaking hard to find it.

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  22. At last someone who shows us how to remove G+ Comments - I've been trying to figure this out for hours! Thank you so much Jenniffier.

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    1. Jenniffier, I just did it and it's great, however, you loose all your previous comments from G+ followers. That is so crazy!!!!

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  23. Just so everyone knows I respond by email. I am never sure that my replies actually make it to the people who commented so I have just started replying by email.

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  24. Oh, thank you so much. I have looked at the section a lot of times but never saw that option.
    Google comments just works like a mess.

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  25. Thank you so much.... this is of great help :)

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  26. This is so awesome, thanks for the tip and for keeping it simple. :-D

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  27. thanks for the tip. big help.

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  28. Thank you for the information, Jennifer. I used Google+ for seven months, and like others, noticed a downturn in comments in the intervening months. Unlike others, old comments are visible. The only Google+ comments have disappeared.

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  29. thnx a lot.. tht really helped... :)

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  30. Thanks Jenniffier, very helpful.

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  31. Thank you so much Jenniffier! Just realized what my big problem was all these times :( I would not know it until somebody complained that he couldn't comment without a G+ profile whatsoever. Lost all the comments under my posts but oh well... life is much easier now. Thanks again!

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  32. Great post. Thank you! I had no idea about this. Helen (www.littlehelsb.com)

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  34. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I only changed my blog comments to google+ yesterday and already wanted to change it today cause of the whole *no comments if you're not on google+* thing. Thanks again :)

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  35. Thank you for this! I was stumped till I ran across your blog post!

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  36. thank u very much, i was afraid i could lose all my readers....Thanks alot

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  37. oh my go! Thank you soooo much for that post! I CANNOT believe how simple that was! I was about to switch my blog from blogger to wordpress just because of that! You saved me a LOT of work. Thank you so so much!

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  38. Thank you so much. I changed it to google+ last night for the same reason you did. This morning it said I had my first comments and I couldn't read them :( I'm so upset. I removed the google+ and poof all of my first comments are gone. So disappointing :(

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  39. That was so helpful, thank you
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  40. You saved my life! Ugh I've been looking for this solution for WAAAAY too long! Thank you so much Jennifer! <3

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  41. hey thanks for the info luckily my comments did not go away.

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  42. forgot to invite you to check out my blog, it's an assignment for my class so you can check it out if you wish, share or not. Thanks again.

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  43. Great. Nice info. Thanks a zillion.

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  44. I have done the exact same things, but the Google+ comment box is still on my blog. :(
    Jade

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  45. thank you. this really helps. i'm a new blogger. do visit my blog. http://sophistication-personified.blogspot.com/

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  46. this was very very helpful

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  47. oh my I love you so much for this post.. thank you I have searched the whole web and no matter how clearly i searched it seemed like as if google search just did not have an answer for my problem. But finally you solved my problem. I have also found another post helpful if someone wants to have both blogger and g+ comments enabled and thats here http://www.mybloggerlab.com/2013/04/how-to-use-blogger-and-google-comments-together.html.. Thank you once again and subscribed to you :)
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  48. yey! thanks so much for this!!! :)

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  49. THANK YOU!!!! Oh my gawd, I couldn't figure this out! You rock! I so appreciate you sharing this info!

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  50. AWESOME! thank you!!! Love this info. So simple yet so helpful.

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  51. hey thank you for this , my old blog posts were hidden , but when i turned off google plus comments it appeared up again .

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  52. I lost my all google + comments once disabled...however the other comments remains...

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    1. I am sorry to hear that. I am sure much has changed since I wrote this in 2013. It seems to be a common theme that some if not all the comments are going away when you make the switch. Thanks for letting everyone one know so they can make an informed decision.

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    2. Yes you are correct. Something surely changed. I recently gone through google help as well regarding this google plus comment. They mentioned that once you disable this your google plus comment will not appear here...:-( if I read it earlier....:-) .
      Any ways... thanks for your posts.. these are helpful and interesting also.

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  53. finally I find the help I need to get rid of Google+ comments.
    why don't they include the info in the support FAQs??
    I'm sure there are many that regret installing it.
    thank you so much

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  54. This was sooooo useful!! I searched so much to disable Google+ comment and I did loose a few comments but I rather have it this way than having annoying Google+ enabled.

    Thanks so much!
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  55. Thank you so much! The Google+ comments was driving me crazy!

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  56. I stupidly switched to google+. I have disconnected my profile from them but for some reason the comment section on my blog is still google+ and I can't find any way to put it back to it's regular blogger comment function. I've tried everything but to no avail.

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  57. Thanks a lot for this, i have spent so much time trying to find the right answers! anyway i lost all previous comments

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    1. I am glad it worked for you. I am so sorry to hear your previous comments are gone. :(

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  58. Finally!! Thanks a tonne! You were right, If you dont know where to look, you can literally waste time searching the disable button option. Thanks again!

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  59. You re a star thank you very much, very helpful.

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  60. Thanks Jenniffer. This was superbly helpful. The solution was right there under my nose but hadn't seen it. Cheers!

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