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May 9, 2013

My two cents on Captch and SPAM!

tips for dealing with spam
I seem to have a lot of new bloggers stopping by lately.  I am so happy to have you all here, it really does make me smile.  Being a not so old blogger, I thought I would take a moment to talk about Comments and Spam.  

Specifically, I would like to talk about word verification on your comment section.  I know there are one hundred and fifty two thousand posts out there about how evil Captcha is and why no one should use it.  

Personally, even having to type the name, email address, and website stuff that is getting popular slows me down and irks me... but at least that info serves a purpose.  Plus I do not have to spend extra time trying to decipher gobbledygook

Now I know, at this point many of you are thinking, but word verification does serve a point!  It keeps spam from my comment section!  This is true, but at the same time it is annoying and driving your guests crazy.  Plus (and here is the key) there are other ways to deal with spam that do not affect your guests. 

turn off commentsFor instance, 99% of my spam comes from just one post.  It is an old post that I think only the spammers read any more.  The solution for me was to simply turn off the comments for this one post.  You can do this easily by editing your post.  Look to the right under OPTIONS.  The first Option is to either allow or don't allow reader comments.  Easy peasy fix that only effect the one post.

Other option available on Blogger is Comment Moderation.  You can actually set this to moderate all comments, or to only moderate on posts that are a certain # of days old.   For example, I have my blog set to moderate on post that are older than 14 days.  Typically real people are going to comment on posts from the last week, so they will not be effected by this moderation 

comment moderation

If needed you can always set this to moderate all comments.  That way they will not post until you approve them.  Essentially giving you the chance to delete spam before any one else sees it.  This option may mean more work for you, but I will say that approving or deleting comments in Blogger is pretty simple.  It works like most spam filters in email.  Plus the work is on you, and not passed along to your readers with annoying word verification puzzles.  Happy readers means more return visits and more comments!  Definitely worth a little extra work on your part!

So now you have my two cents on the whole word verification thing.  I hope that having a couple new options helps.  Please keep in mind that this is what works for me here, I know that it may not work for all blogs.  If you have any other tips or suggestions, I'd love to hear them too!

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  1. Oh my goodness, thank you for this post! I hate the word verification thing too; especially because many of my readers do have Multiple Sclerosis and along with that usually comes visual issues. As a newish blogger, I didn't know how to turn it off from my blog! Now, it's gone!!! YAY!! It literally took me less than a minute to do. Thanks so much. :)

  2. Great post Holly! I'm getting older, my eyes aren't as sharp as they used to be so it really is impossible to make out those captchas sometimes. One time I tried 4 times to get a captcha right, I kid you not, after the fourth time, I just closed out the whole page. It really is a turn off for guests.
    I'm gonna take your tip about disabling comments after so many days. I also only usually get spam on a few certain posts. Thanks!

  3. Love this. Word verification drives me crazy and I didn't realize I had it on my blog until someone told me. I stopped by from Fluster Buster.

  4. I never thought about it from the perspective of a visual impairment. I'm really happy you brought this up, because people really should apply more universal design principles to their blogging. I'm happy to have found you through the Hump Day Blog Hop.

  5. Great advice - it does drive me insane, particularly as I seem to be particularly bad at deciphering the words ;-) Have pinned this on my blogging board - Alice @ Mums Make Lists

  6. Thank you for the advice! Thank you for sharing this on Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Fluster Buster

  7. Great advice. People miss out on a lot of comments because of word verification. A lot of people just go to the next blog when they see it. Thanks for joining us this week at Transformed Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs


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