Sunday, 5 May 2013

Your Email Address and Your Blog

If you are going to connect an email address to your blog, I have some advice for you (for what that is worth):

1. Create a special email address for your blog/s – at the very least don't use your work email on your blog

2. Make the email address easy to locate and to use

· Put it onto your contact page and/or sidebar prominently

· Put it as it is – not with typed "and" and "dot" in it. I notice a lot of people use that approach but it just makes for extra work for people trying to contact you.

· Put it into your Blogger/Wordpress profile and maybe in your Google profile as well.

3. Don't hide your email address in the fine print (like disclosure policies and the like). If its there somewhere people will find it but will be put to extra trouble.*

4. Turn off the default no reply comment setting on your Blogger blog – see here for how to do this and why it's important.

All this is particularly important if you are wanting to be contacted by sponsors and/or advertisers etc.

* I think the reason people do this is to cut down spam. I have noticed spam to my gmail account has increased since I put it onto the blog but it goes straight to the spam folder and so isn't really an issue for me.

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  1. Any advice on how to change an email address on blogger? I created my blog with a personal email addy and would like to change it to something specific for the blog.

    1. Sara,

      I think you just set up a new gmail or other email provider account with the name you want and then go into your Blogger profile and edit it by changing the email - let me know how you get on. Cheers

  2. Very good advice! I use to have my email typed out on my blog and I changed it after I realized what a turn-off it is when needing to contact someone in a hurry.

  3. I love that you wrote this! I always suggest to new bloggers and blogs I design that they create a separate page for their email since most of the time the 'email' option on a sidebar usually doesn't take me directly to the email. However, I have to say that I personally think it's better to type out the {at} and {dot} because spammers are less likely to pick up your email if you do it this way instead of putting the whole thing together...just something to consider.

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