A lot of people wonder how they can create a Breakout Blog that will help build platform and connect them to their audience. This series on Blogging Tips looks at ways to maximize blog performance so they can reach these goals.
Is Your Blog Easy to Love?
I'm talking about comment love, of course.
I'll keep this short and sweet. There are many, many blogs out there that people can visit, but they choose yours. Be good to them, yes?
In the past, this meant slowing things down for them and yourself. You enabled Blogger's word verification feature (nonsense captcha word) and maybe approved comments by hand, just in case. It was a small price to pay to keep that blubbery wave of ads from targeting your readers in the comment box, right?
Well, guess what? The Blogger Spam Filter changes all of that! It does all the heavy lifting for you, vetting your comments and sorting out the junk!
We removed the captcha from our comments here at The Bookshelf Muse about a month ago to test how well this feature culled the spam. Day after day, the filter snagged questionable comments and successfully labelled them spam. All we do now is empty the filter once in a while, just like an email junk box.
Three words, people: BETTER THAN BACON. No more messing around with the nonsense word! No more approving comments unless you want to! Readers can comment, and then move on.
So please, spread the word about this feature. Word verification is a time suck. Think about it: how many blogs do you visit a day? A week? That's a lot of captchas to type out. If you use Blogger, give your readers back their time and remove word verification.
It seems like a small thing, but trust me, it's one of those little things that mean a lot. Your readers will appreciate it!