Saturday, July 28, 2007

Get email address of commentator with Blogger commenting system

I previously published a post Haloscan commenting system for your blog (click BACK button to get back to this page) in response on how to get the email address of commentator. I stated that this is not possible with Blogger commenting system, but sisea of Sisea (This is a Chinese blog) says it is possible if you receive notification of comments via gmail. I tested this with Good Hobby Ideas, set the blog to receive comment notification by a gmail address, made a test comment, and found that it was true. See screenshot below (address partly blanked out for privacy):

Blogger commenting system: Get email address of commentator

I would expect you would also be able to get the email address if you choose to receive comment notification via other email addresses like Yahoo, and I hope to test that soon and update this post. I missed this because I moderate all my blogs, and it is not possible to get the email address of the commentator in the email notification for comment moderation. Since I already get notice of a comment made, I saw no necessity of getting comment notification. Anyway, many thanks to sisea for the alert.

Update: 11 January 2007: Apparently, something has changed since the last test. I made a few test comments and found that one can no longer get the email address of commentator even if one set to receive email notification via Gmail.


  1. That's very useful idea
    Thanks Peter.

  2. No matter whether it is useful to me,but first of all i thank you very much for doing this.of course,i hope that it will help increase my blog link popularity and PageRank.^_^

  3. Once you "get" the email address address, then what? You can't just start adding them to your lists.

  4. Good question. It started by a reader asking if there is a way to get the email address of the commentator. Why I don't know.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Earning Online

  5. Question - is there a way to set up blogger where anyone can comment, but they have to put in a valid email address like in typepad or haloscan?

    I don’t want to have the only people who can comment are registered users or members of my blog.

  6. Hi Clay,

    I am afraid the answer is NO. You can make your suggestions via the contact form or wishlist links to which you can find at Contact Blogger Support.

    Alternatively, you can use Haloscan: Testing Haloscan commenting system hack for New Blogger. I did it for one blog and didn't like it because I have to go to Haloscan site to moderate the comments.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Generating Revenue from your Website

  7. This doesn't work right for me at all. What am I doing wrong? I have gmail, and I have always received e-mail notification of comments, but all I ever see as the sender's address is:

  8. Hi LuluBunny,

    You are correct. Please read latest update to this post.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Successes with Kontera ContentLink

  9. You can get the commentator's email id if you subscribe to the comments by email.

  10. Yes looks like you are partially correct. Most of the time I see only for the email address but sometimes the email for comment moderation does shows the commentator's email address. It will be interesting to find out under what circumstances that occur. I will be very grateful if you know.


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