Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Do You Still Require Word Verification in Blogger? Tutorial

Before I begin......even if you are POSITIVE you do not have Word Verification turned on, please go and CHECK.  My mail is proving that most people who have it don't even know it!  (Must have been a default setting???)

I just had to add this plea to all my new friends online, many of whom still use Word Verification in their comment section.  I'm wondering if you guys heard/read that Blogger added some amazing Spam software that has ELIMINATED ALL my spam comments?  As in, EVERY S.I.N.G.L.E. one!!!

Now, I do still get that spam comment in my email, notifying me it exists BUT Blogger has stashed it in the new Comment Spam section.   Therefore, I have had NO need for word verification, unlike last year when all comments came through.

Now, here is why I care if you have Word Verification:  

A.)  I have ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and I rarely remember to stop and check to see if there is Word Verification when I leave a comment.  Do you know how many comments didn't go through????  It slows the process down by DOUBLE, at least.    

B.) I know many bloggers who will leave a comment but when they see Word Verification, they just leave and don't "finish".  Some have a lower irritation trigger.  lol  Me, however, I WANT to communicate, I want to share thoughts and comments, so I wondered if we could do a test.

How about ALL of you who currently use Word Verification turn it off for one month or one week.....and report back if ANY spam comments get through????  I bet you will be VERY surprised.  I'm sure you turned it on for a reason, but since then....Blogger has added a really great, fully functioning feature. Here is what it looks like in the Dashboard:

Click Comments in the tabs across the top and you will see a new feature - SPAM:

I will tell you the MAJORITY of spam comments show up on much older posts....on pages I'd never visit again.  But the spam function catches them!

Here is how you adjust your comment settings (in case you've never done this and just have default settings....)

OK First, look up in the upper right corner and click DESIGN:

Then, click Settings and then Comments:

One of you first choices is WHO can comment?  Did you know you can block Anonymous users or only allow members or only Google account holders?  Decide here:

Scroll Down to the Comment Moderation area:

Next, would you like to receive an email every time a comment is left on any post?  Comment Notification is great for older posts on previous pages that you might not notice otherwise.  Definitely enter an email and turn this feature ON.

OK, Now click Save Settings in the orange box and you are DONE. 

Please please please, pretty please will my new wonderful friends please do a trial on turning OFF word verification to see if the spam filters work for you??  I promise you - you will be SHOCKED at how great they work.   

Please let me know if you do this trial and how it works.  I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to leave more comments........please just try, OK?

Hope you don't mind the overkill on photos, but I am VISUAL learner and for me, photos make all the difference.  Hope it helps you.


Hey, guys......I'm getting emails from folks who don't know they HAVE Word Verification (and are commenting on how much they hate it....)......so I'm wondering if it is a default setting?  So with that info, why not go use my tutorial to DOUBLE CHECK and make sure you don't have it turned on??  Seems many people don't even know!!  Thanks!



  1. I turned mine off during Knit and Crochet Blog Week and you are right, I haven't had any issues. Hope more people read your post and understand this too.


  2. I turned mine off last week - haven't had any yet!

  3. I have to agree. I find word verification really annoying. I even have friends who have PRIVATE blogs and still use word verification. Whaaa? Why would they need it?!
    I use comment moderation. I love it that way because it isn't an added step for my readers, but I get to be the first to see them.

  4. Ok, Cheri! I think I may be one of those new friends and you've convinced me! I'm going to go and turn it off right now. I think you made a great analogy about how some people probably leave when they have to do the word verification. I've always done it because of spam, but if that's not an issue anymore, I'm sold!

    Thanks for sharing this!! I love hearing from my readers and maybe I'll hear from more of them if I do this. :)

    God bless you - Julie

  5. I don't even know how many times I have left on accident! Now what we need is for blogger to show us where we (ourselves) have commented. I can't tell you how often I think, "Oh, WHERE was it that I saw that idea?! I know I left a comment!" :)
    Came over from Good Life Wednesdays. Have a lovely rest of the week!

  6. Thanks!!! I fixed mine

  7. ugh I hate these word verifiers!! thanks for spreading the word haha. Thanks also for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday!

  8. I turned mine off, I agree that it is so annoying, and I probably exit before checking, so my comments aren't seen. Please stop by my blog and post a link in my giveaway...Thanks!

  9. Amen! Thank you for posting this! All new bloggers need to read this STAT! It drives me nuts, as I comment like mad and find the WV everywhere!

  10. I hate word verifications! I grumble every time I have to do one, haha. Great "how-to"!

  11. Ok, toots... I turned it off.... we will see how it goes! Thanks so much for linking to It's Stinkin' Cute Craft Thursdays!

  12. Oh thank you Cherie for sharing this at Inspiration Friday. I've mentioned it several times in our Blogging 101 Series. We try and visit every link up to our party, it is so discouraging to run into word verification over and over, and over and.... lol It doubles the time it takes us to visit and reply. I hope everyone who sees this at Inspiration Friday will come over to read your great tutorial!


  13. oh I hate word verification!!!! Great tutorial. I really wish everyone would turn it off. I use blogger too, and it catches ALL the spam!! :-)

  14. Thanks for posting this! I'm learning so much about blogging.

  15. I've never had spam, and I've never used word verification for Tami's Amis. Thanks for the tutorial. Word verification can get annoying on days I read a lot of blogs (WIPW and FO Friday).

  16. Great post to spread the word!! I did this about 3 months ago and I have not had one issue. Hopw the word spreads!!

  17. Thanks for posting this. I hate word verification. I was just thinking today that surely my own niece could trust my comments. I'll have to tell her how to turn it off. Thanks again.

  18. Thank you SO much for linking this up all over the place (yep, I run into you all over blogland it seems). I am truly amazed at how many people are still using word verification. I have had to do no less than a dozen today and it really does turn me off from leaving a comment!!! I will be linking to this from my blog (and I've already recommended it to a few friends!).

  19. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I am going to make the changes right now I appreciate you visiting me! Learned something new.

  20. Thanks to reading other blogger's tips, I turned off verification as soon as I started my blog 3 months ago. I don't think I've even had any spam in that folder yet :)

  21. Thanks for sharing this info!! Never would have known.

  22. Thanks for stopping by & wishing us luck with the house AND for alerting me to this. I didn't know blogger had added a spammy thing, so I'm definitely going to try it out.


  23. Your post will be featured tonight! I hope all the newbies pay close attention...

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice. Hope to see you back again this week...

  24. I am going to feature this @ Workshop Wednesday. I hope people turn off their word verification! Thanks for sharing!
    p.s. I fit point A and B, ha!

  25. Thank you I have now been convinced to turn mine off! Great tutorial thanks for making the effort :)

  26. thanks for the tip...i didnt know i had it on!!!


  27. 200% on the mark, I sometimes consider not leaving a comment when I see word verification, but even if I do leave a comment I grumble about it, and wonder how many more comments I might be able to make on blogs with the added time.

    I've been telling people this for some time, sadly, most still say they need it; they get so much spam. Funny, in 10 years of blogging in many platforms, I've had very little and only once as a trail run did I turn it on.

    Nice post on how to. One of my regular visitors, keeps telling me she dislikes them, doesn't now if she has them, but get's so much spam she must do something. lol

  28. Cheri-
    I took your suggestion and ran with it! I'm a pretty new blogger, so I have never had a problem with spam, and I hope I never do!

    Thanks from Africa for the suggestion!


  29. Thanks so much! I'm giving it a try!!

  30. Checked it & it is off! Bring on the comments! Yeah!

  31. Ok, I´m giving it a try to :)

  32. thanks for this post! I *thought* I have word verification off, but since every other post I've even read about making sure it was off didn't include the tutorial of how to check, it turns out I had the darn thing ON! Now I'm ready to rock & roll

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