If you’re a blogger, especially if you’re using WordPress as a platform, you must surely be aware about a plugin that I’ll be mentioning in this article. I’m sure that as a blogger, you’re always looking to increase readership or simply put, traffic to your blog. But have you ever wondered that just in order to get those few penny-like visits, you might actually ruin your blog’s reputation?
As a blogger, I would not want that I loose my blog’s reputation EVEN TO A SINGLE PERSON! Yes, that might sound as if I’m overconfident, but it’s something that I want. I simply don’t want someone to make a pact of not visiting my blog again.
So what plugin is it that I’m talking, which can ruin your blog’s reputation?
It’s – Thank Me Later
Oops! I can imagine the expression on your face! But I have quite a few reasons to explain why I don’t recommend using it (anymore).
Following are a few of my reasons why I hate using the plugin. You might have more, or none.
1) The Annoyance
If you comment on blog posts regularly, like me, then those ‘Thank You’ emails will gradually start annoying you. Because all they contain is the following -
“Thank you for your comment at (Blog Title). You left the following comment (Your Comment).”
As if I don’t know what I wrote in that comment box out there!
2) Blog Owner’s Don’t Know How To Use It
This also included (does not include anymore) me! As a new blogger, I heard about this plugin and quickly installed it. After much time, I used it CORRECTLY! Until then, a mail used to be sent for every comment on my blog! In fact, I used to get annoyed by those mails because even I used to get them myself!
Some people use the settings professionally – Such as sending ONLY 1 MAIL for the commentator. But yet, IT IS ANNOYING.
3) It RARELY brings in any traffic
The plugin’s description somewhat means “It increases more engagement on your blog, but to be honest, it doesn’t! According to me, it has a potential to decrease the engagement on your blog!
I used this plugin in the beginning, until some time, but now I wouldn’t use this plugin at all. That’s a decision.
Well, I don’t have any alternatives which can be compared to this plugin because I just don’t prefer using it.
But I would strongly use a plugin that would notify the users when their comment is replied.
The best alternative to this plugin is – Comment Reply Notification
You can find the plugin here.
That’s all for this post. If you have a history with this plugin, or if you’re currently using it, please share your brief stories. I and others would love to hear from you