Friday, September 25, 2015

How CAPTCHA Ruins Your Blog | Book Blogging Tips (#18)

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We either love it or we hate it. There are a lot of opinions about CAPTCHA and most of them are negative. Maybe you have CAPTCHA on your blog and don't get what the fuzz is all about.

I'm here to explain it to you.

What is CAPTCHA?

CAPTCHA stands for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart". It's a method to prevent spam comments that all bigger blogging plat forms offer to make sure that you don't get spam. 

What is spam?

In regard to blogging, spam mostly refers to comments. You'll encounter it in form of automatically generated comments that are copy-and-pasted from one blog to another by fake accounts. Usually it's advertisements and/or links to other websites.

What's so bad about CAPTCHA?

In theory, CAPTCHA is a wonderful invention. Before you see how it works and have to deal with it.

For the blogger it's a super convenient method to prevent people from making the effort to spam all over your blog, but yeah ... it's also prevents everyone from EVER wanting to comment on your posts.

You have to take into consideration that it's rare that people comment. The naked truth is that about 80% of the readers of your blog will probably just read the content and then leave. That's perfectly fine.

But those 20% that want to comment, want to do it effortlessly and quickly. If you have decent options for people to comment and a great post, it's even more tragic if you have CAPTCHA enabled.
  • Nobody wants to guess what the image says to leave a comment
  • If people comment, they want it done quickly
  • CAPTCHA sometimes messes with us, don't tell me you haven't had to enter the same thing five times before it worked. It's super frustrating!
If you have CAPTCHA enabled in a pop-up window I GUARANTEE you, your comments will decrease by 70%!

But how do I protect myself from spam without CAPTCHA?

Ask yourself:
  1. Have you ever had a single spam comment before you enabled CAPTCHA?
  2. Have you ever tried to do at least a day without CAPTCHA? Was there anything different about your blogging experience?
  3. Do you comment on blogs with CAPTCHA?
As a Blogger user I can assure you that Blogger and Google do a fine job at protecting your blog. If you have a decent third-party comment system like I do it's even less likely that you'll get spam. Just trust me on this one. You can always switch back to CAPTCHA if you'll get 230 spam comments within a day. We both know that won't happen though. Just disable the damn CAPTCHA.

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