One of the things I like about my job is that I’m always learning new things, sometimes from my clients. Recently, Love in the Suburbs emailed me with a request I’d never gotten before. When she commented on Blogger.com sites, she wanted her name to link to her web site, not to her Blogger profile. I started to reply telling her that you couldn’t do that, because let’s be honest, Blogger.com’s comments are kinda grody. But I decided to be diligent and research the idea before rejecting it. I went to the first popular Blogger site I could think of that would have lots of readers, Cake Wrecks, and browsed through a hundred comments left on a recent post.
Guess what I saw?
That’s right, you can have your name link to your personal blog in Blogger comments. The simplest way I found to achieve this was to use a service called ClaimID, a service that interacts with the Open ID system. According to their web site, “OpenID allows you to use an existing account to sign in to multiple websites, without needing to create new passwords.”
Setting up your Claim ID account
First you need to register for a Claim ID account using a fairly simple registration form.
They’ll send you an email with a link you can click to verify your account. It will send you to this welcome page that includes lots of helpful links, but the one we’re interested in will help you “quickly set your blog or website up as an OpenID.”
First, you’ll need to insert two lines of code in the header of your web site:
<link rel=”openid.server” href=”http://openid.claimid.com/server” />
<link rel=”openid.delegate” href=”http://openid.claimid.com/yourusername” />
Now, the next time you leave a comment on a Blogger site, select the Open ID option.
Then enter your website into the text field and click “Continue” and post your comment.
You’ll be asked to log into Claim ID with the account info you entered when you registered.
You’ll need to enter a nickname and full name, though it appears this info will not be displayed on your published comment. Then click “Log in and Trust” to authorize Claim ID to interact with Blogger about your account.
You’ll be routed back to the blogger site where you can verify and post your comment.
And there you have it!
Claim ID says there service also works on LiveJournal too, if you’re into that