It’s the root of all evil.
The bane of my existence.
The cause of all my life’s problems.
The evil, gruesome monster that haunts me in my sleep.
I’m going to have a little chat with the CAPTCHA users out there.
UGH! You should really turn off your CAPTCHA. It’s annoying.
But I need it!
To protect my blog from spammers!
Do you actually get any spammers?
Well, do you?
I would if I turned off my CAPTCHA!
How do you know that?
Because if CATPCHA wasn’t necessary, it wouldn’t exist.
Have you even tried turning it off?
Well… no. I immediately turned it on.
Why did you turn it on if you didn’t have a spammer problem?
Uhh.. because.. everyone says you need it.
Let me tell you a little story about CAPTCHA…
CAPTCHA discourages people from commenting!
People don’t like CAPTCHA. Sometimes, we struggle to read what it even says. Half the time, I’m pressing my nose up against the monitor to try to decipher the strange letters.
One time, I had two tabs open—two different blogs. I commented on one, then switched to the other to write a comment. I switched back to the first one to make sure my comment went through, and realized it had a CAPTCHA. I typed it in, pressed submit, and flipped back to the other blog. Same deal. Typed it in, pressed submit, then switched back to the first one. I had gotten the CAPTCHA wrong. I tried again, then switched back to the second blog. Same deal. I tried again. I switched back to the first, realized I had gotten it wrong AGAIN, and tried a third time. This went on like FIVE TIMES!
CAPTCHA becomes most annoying on “meme days.” When everyone links up their Waiting on Wednesday or Stacking the Shelves posts and you go around from blog to blog to check out all the posts, the CAPTCHA will start to eat your brain. Sometimes I comment on 100-250 blogs per day and if I have to jump through a million CAPTCHAs, I start to question my sanity and my ability to read the basic English language.
If people have to work to comment on your blog, they’d rather give up and not comment then put more effort in.
If you’re using WordPress, there is absolutely no reason to ever use CAPTCHA! There is an amazing FREE plugin called Akismet. All you have to do is install it, and then Akismet will automatically block all spam on your blog! It filters spam comments out into a designated “Spam” folder and hides them from view. You don’t have to do anything else! I have never had a spam comment get through Akismet. Once every few months a legitimate comment might accidentally get caught in Akismet, but it’s super rare and only happens if the user has loads of links in their comment.
With Akismet, there is absolutely NO NEED for CAPTCHA! So turn it off and join the high rollers club!
Okay, I have to admit that I don’t know much about the Blogger platform. But from what I’ve heard from Blogger users, they can safely turn off CAPTCHA and never have any problems! They might occasionally get 3 or 4 spam comments a week, but they all get caught by Google’s filter!
At the very least, turn off CAPTCHA for a week or two to test the waters. Your readers will THANK YOU for removing the horrible CAPTCHA! If the spammers suddenly become a huge problem, you can always set comments to have to be approved (this is preferred over CAPTCHA), or reluctantly turn CAPTCHA back on. But you’ll never know until you try!
Spread The Word
Feel free to use these buttons on your blog to showcase your CAPTCHA-free awesomeness! Or if you’d rather not use a button, that’s cool! Tweet about it or nudge your blogger friends and encourage them to turn off CAPTCHA!