Here’s the kink in the chain described by a very credible source, Neil Patel…
From his article “What I learned about you through 4 redesigns”:
Subscribe to comments
During the 3rd design I added a subscribe to comments option, so when you posted a comment you got notified by email when someone else commented. This really helped boost traffic and the number of comments per post.
The problem with adding this is that a good portion of the Quick Sprout readers marked those emails as spam, so they stopped going to your inbox.
In the 4th design I removed the subscribe to comments option and comments per blog post has gone down by roughly 26%. I am working on fixing the email spam issue and once I do, I will be adding that feature back to the current design.
Threaded comments has the same problem since the only option is to have a subscriber receive notifications for all newly added comments instead of only for replies to the commenters comment which is what most commenters want, and which is what really stimulates discussions/additional commenting.
I know this option is available when you auto approve comments, but that’s not a viable solution because on my websites this results in a lot of manual spam getting through.
Can you please fix this/add this feature?