Make it Easier to Comment on Your Blogs and Websites — and Ditch Captcha

I subscribe to quite a few blogs, including social media experts such as Darren Rouse at ProBlogger and Michael Steltzner at Social Media Examiner. Or, I’ll stumble on a website when I’m doing a Google search. If I have something I’d like to add to the discussion I leave a comment. The problem is — I often can’t easily locate where to do that. So, please make it easier for me to comment.

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Most blogs enable you to scroll to the bottom where there is a box for comments. But there may be dozens of comments before yours — your scroll wheel gets a real workout and I, and others, may lose interest before getting there. I just copied this from a popular site —

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Ugh! I guess I should ask myself why would I want to comment there, anyway.

As a result of this informal research, I added “Leave a comment” right next to my byline at the top of my post. So if someone is so inclined, s/he can click and leave a comment without scrolling down. Or, there is still the comment box at the end of the post. Two easy choices.

What ARE Those Letters?

Also, is it necessary to make people type in a jumble of letters to prove you’re a real human being and not a robot? Captcha is the biggest pain in the neck. Sometimes I have to go through the process two or three times before I can actually read the darn letters. That might discourage a lot of people from submitting their comments. I don’t use Captcha and I rarely have spammers – my spam filter seems to be doing a good job.

Anyway, enough griping. I need time to go leave some comments.

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  1. Nice article Jeannette.

    One of my sites rarely gets a comment, in spite of the traffic it gets. I do use WP-Spamfree in addition to the Captcha code. I’m going to disable the Captcha and see if I start getting comments without an increase in comment spam.

    Rick

    • Thanks, Rick. I’m sending you a separate email about my visit to your site. I’m glad my post was helpful.

  2. Thank you for your post. Because your topic interested me, I clicked on your blog link and found all kinds of great content. I am always open to ways that I can become a better blogger.

  3. I think it’s important to point out that with all of the spammers and “blog commenting software” programs running every day, some blogs have no choice but to include captchas. I have several blogs where if I didn’t have captchas I’d be inundated with spam and bot comments. It’s a difficult balance to strike between making it easy for your readers to comment and not letting their experience be destroyed by a bunch of useless spam garbage…

    • Russ — I understand your POV. But there are other spam filters out there that are easier to use – I’ve been on several sites where you are asked to simply check a box that you are a human and not a robot.

  4. I thought I was the only one that couldn’t spell from those goofy looking letters. It is frustrating when you have taken the time to leave a comment. Have enjoyed our connection and helpful tips.