You know those CAPTCHA’s / word verification tools that appear when you try to comment on a blog post? Well, lately they have gotten all but impossible to read. And I have better than 20/20 vision, so I know. Often I have to try two or three times before I get it right, so lately I admit I sometimes abandon comments I’ve already written when that word verification comes up.
Here’s why you need to do away with word verification and CAPTCHAs.
- You don’t need them. Both Blogger and WordPress have excellent spam filters. Let the filters determine who is a real person. Do not put that responsibility on your loyal readers.
- You will lose comments, if not readers. Word verification never would have been a deal breaker for me in the past, but since the 12 x 12 challenge started, I now follow more than 1000 blogs. I try to be an active follower and comment as often as I can. Even if it only takes a few seconds to fill in that box, multiply that by hundreds and you can see why it becomes a drag. Not only that, but now that they’ve made the letters and characters all but impossible to get right the first time, it takes even longer.
- It flags your blog as less professional. Sorry. I do not want to offend any of you lovely, lovely bloggers out there, but I challenge you to visit any blog that has a huge following that also uses word verification. You won’t find one. Why? Because these bloggers do not want to create any friction between a reader and his/her comments.
I was hesitant to write this post even though I’ve been thinking about this issue a lot. Then I read Leigh Covington’s post which inspired me to forge ahead. She provided a link to JA Bennett’s post on How to Turn Off Word Verification on Blogger. I was surprised to learn that some Blogger users don’t even know they have word verification activated, so I implore you to read the post and double-check.
Here it is again. How to Turn Off Word Verification on Blogger.
Here are a few more sources
Yet another blogger I follow, Clarissa Draper, agrees.
Here’s the scoop on Blogger’s spam filter
If you are a WordPress user, there is absolutely no reason to use CAPTCHA’s. Just turn on the top-notch Akismet spam filter. I think I’ve had one spam comment show up on a post in 2+ years of blogging.
I am not quite at the point of saying I’ll no longer comment on blogs with word verification, but the day is getting closer. I would hate to do that, but with time being truly precious, filling in those boxes is not what I want to be doing.
Okay rant over.
Have you ever abandoned a comment you intended to leave on a blog because of word verification? Also, I’d be curious to know if any of you Blogger users, after reading this post, discover you have word verification and didn’t know it.Categories: Social Media · Tags: Blogger, Blogging, CAPTCHA, Julie Hedlund, Rant, Social Media, Spam Filters, Word Verification, Wordpress, Writer