How to Get More Blog Comments

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How to Get More Blog Comments

(alternative titles: ‘Saving the World, One Blog at a Time’ and ‘How to STOP Driving Your Readers INSANE!’)

I like to write about technology from time to time. I enjoy sharing apps and games for kids and geek stuff for adults. Today is a little different. Today, I’m addressing a pet peeve of mine.

WORD VERIFICATION

If you’re a blogger, or a blog reader, you have probably seen this nasty little thing thrown at you when you’re trying to leave a comment on someone else’s (Blogger) blog:

Simply type these letters and numbers into the box below, and your comment will be accepted.

Really? REALLY!??

I love spreading comment love. I love to visit your blog and tell you how awesome it is. But when I see this? I get SO frustrated. I’ll try once. I might try twice. I definitely don’t try more than three times. Three strikes? You’re out. No comment for you.

I think that many bloggers don’t even realise they’re killing off comments every day with this word verification system. So I am here to save the day. This, people, is how you turn that sucker off:

How to turn off word verification (Blogger)

Go to your Dashboard. Then click on ‘Settings’ in the left hand menu. Click on ‘Posts and Comments’. Scroll down to ‘Show Word Verification’. Select NO.

You’re welcome.

Do you have a pet peeve? And while we’re changing stuff on blogs… what would you change about THIS blog?

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25 Comments

  1. Thank you! I cannot BEAR word verification, and I only leave comments on blogs I REALLY love if they have it. I give up after one attempt though.
    Seana Smith recently posted..What I Did On My Digital HolidaysMy Profile

  2. Could not agree more – and like you if it doesn’t work the second time I’m done. I still don’t understand why some blogs have it

  3. Thank you for this post. Not only did it crack me up, it made me check my own settings. Sure enough this is an automatic setting on lots of blog sites. I hate fillign them out so why make my readers. Thanks for the help and giggles.
    Elizabeth recently posted..Organic Toddler UnderwearMy Profile

  4. Thank you for this post, Kylie! I totally agree with you – verification drives me nuts! Esp as blogger verification is not compatible with wordpress accounts. One memorable day, I spent over an hour trying to comment on a blog post I’d written for another blog – a few impolite words were flying from my mouth that day :(
    Cassandra Dean recently posted..Six Sentence Sunday – Fool’s Gold #sixsundayMy Profile

    • Hmm, the blogger/wordpress issue is definitely a problem. I find that I can’t comment as my wordpress ID very often on a blogger blog, and it seems that some of my blogger readers are having trouble subscribing to wordpress posts and comments :( I will have to look into it.

  5. Thank you for this – just today i wanted to tell someone to shut it off (to help them) but they are newish and I don’t know blogger so did not want to mention something I know nothing about how to change – will share this tomorrow for anyone who needs to know how/where to turn it off!
    Deb @ Home life simplified recently posted..Holiday gift giving simplified – Mega giveaway with Howards Storage WorldMy Profile

    • I’m so glad that I’m helping bloggers, both as readers and writers. Hopefully this will make all of our commenting experiences a little easier. Now if I only I can help myself avoid the spam filter – I keep getting caught in it on others blogs lately!

  6. Absolutely spot on … take it off!

  7. I LOVE this. In fact, I just linked it in the post I just published!! Thankyou! Xxx
    Momma B recently posted..412. What Grinds My Gears Meme.My Profile

  8. Hi Kylie, Word verification is so frustrating, I’ve turned mine off thanks to the comment you left on my blog. My frustration lately is the Subscription verification that pops up when I click a box to say I want to receive comments on a post (mostly on WordPress blogs), which then tells me I have to confirm following that post, very annoying when you think you’ve already done enough to follow it, usually I don’t bother. xx

    • I am so with you on that. Trying to subscribe to comments or posts on a Word Press blog is so very annoying when you have to click through so many hoops to confirm the subscription. I don’t bother most of the time anymore either, it’s as frustrating as word verification in my box. I wouldn’t click the box to subscribe to comments if I didn’t want to see them!
      Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions recently posted..Wordless Wednesday – Sunset SkiesMy Profile

    • Hooray! I saved one blog from word verification LOL You are the second person (so far) that has mentioned the subscription verification on wordpress blogs, I hadn’t come across that yet, I hope my blog isn’t being nasty with it, eek! I will check it out, thanks for the heads up.

  9. This is interesting. I had not thought to do this before.

  10. I had to retype the verification code like 5 times yesterday to comment on a friends blog. If they had not been a friend, I would have bailed after the second failed attempt.

  11. I have wondered how that even got on to a page. I always learn something new when reading blogs.

    Thank you for sharing!

  12. I turned off that Captcha thing on my blog because I hated it on others. I now use Intense Debate for Blogger and that has a spam filter which captures anything dodgy without the word verification.

    I have been on some blogs where I have typed in exactly what the Captcha code is, and it won’t recognise my input. I leave the blog at that point, with no comment.
    Annie recently posted..Nutella and Banana S’MoresMy Profile

  13. So glad you posted this information, Rebecca.

    Sincerely hope bloggers using Blogger remove the word verification. Sometimes it simply isn’t possible to read the letters and numbers. Have given up several times.

  14. As annoying as word verifications are, they do prove useful. I think they could be more useful if they were easier to complete. I too have been frustrated several times with these. Thank you for posting this information.
    :-)
    Susan Cooper recently posted..Guest Post Patrick Huff/Beer and Football – A Thanksgiving PairingMy Profile

  15. This was hilarious. “Three strikes. No comment for you”. It reminds me of that episode in Seinfeld “No soup for you!” haha I do get why people need to use Captcha, especially if they’ve had a lot of spam, but boy, it really makes me feel old when I have to squint so hard to see those numbers!
    Ness @ One Perfect Day recently posted..The Sunday Parenting PartyMy Profile

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