The best part: it’s easy.
Turn off your word verification.
Yes, you. You probably didn’t even know it was on, right? But unless you turned it off, it’s likely keeping people from commenting on your blog.
Think it’s not that big of a deal? It is. It’s one extra hoop we have to go through to leave a comment. It forces us to spend an extra minute out of our busy days to engage in your conversation. Sometimes, when I try to leave a comment and word verification pops up — or worse, a little box that requires me to register — I decide not to bother. (I’m not talking about logging in so my name and blog URL show up with my comment. That I don’t mind.)
You want commenting to be easy. Because comments mean you’re creating conversation and engaging your blog community. It’s also sometimes used as a measure of how many people are reading your blog.
Turning off word verification will not allow a black cloud of spam to descend on your site. You have a spam filter to catch nasty comments. If you get tens of thousands of hits daily, you might want to reconsider. But if you’re reading this post, you probably don’t get that many hits or tons of comments. And when your blog becomes uber-popular and develops a spam problem, you can always turn the verification back on.
Not sure whether your blog uses word verification? Ask your readers.
How do you turn it off?
- After a quick search, I confess I can’t find instructions for WordPress.com. Can anyone help with that in the comments?
Who’s in? Got any other easy blog tips to share?