Thursday, February 9, 2012

How to Turn Off Word Verification on Blogger

Welcome to another happy Thursday! Today I want to talk about something plaguing the blogging society, and that is word verification. It's time consuming and unnecessary! Blogger has an awesome spam folder that WILL catch anything before it's published on your blog. You may get a few spam hits at first, but it will die down.

When I started this blog I thought I had word verification off. Turns out, I didn't. Blogger's new format doesn't allow you to. So in the interest of other bloggers ridding themselves of word verification I thought I would give everyone a little how-to on fixing the problem.

Start on you blogger dashboard and click on the little cog -



This will give you a drop down menu. Select 'Old blogger interface'



You will return to your old dashboard. Find your blog and click on the 'Settings' button.



Once there, click on the comments sub-button.



Then scroll down until you see 'Show Word Verification for Comments' and Check the 'no' box



You can go back to the top and change your settings back to the new interface.


 
Everyone should check to see if they are using word verification. It will never ask for verification from the author of the blog so you might not know you have it.

Anyone else have blogger pet peeves?


63 comments:

Huntress said...

I didn't know that my blog had word verification until a 'crit my blog' blogfest follower pointed it out.

While it doesn't keep me from commenting on other blogs, W V is irritating. Thanks for the simple steps needed to eliminate it.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Brilliant, thanks for that - I've turned mine off. It is irritating when commenting, and I've always wondered how much spam it saves. I guess I'll find out soon.

I wonder what other things you can do on the old interface that you can't on the new?

Super Happy Jen said...

I used to get a tonne of spam before word verification. It was either that or having to approve every single comment.

Super Happy Jen said...

Oh, I forgot to say I'm in the campaign with you. Sci Fi category.

Tara Tyler said...

ha ha ha!
wait till you see my a to z posts!
those things are annoying. poor newbie bloggers need this advice =)

Cat said...

Fellow Campaigner here. Thanks for the great tip! I didn't even know I had it. Although I don't mind it that much on other blogs. I store the weird words the verification comes up with and use it for naming items or concepts in my fantasy worlds. It's fun.

Christy Farmer said...

Thank you so much for doing this J.A. I am a wordpress user. While I try to comment on as many blogs as I can, word verification is a pain. I've encountered some (blogger) blogs that have multiple verification and you know what? Wasn't worth the time consumption, so I moved on to the blogs that are more user friendly.

I do encourage bloggers to remove word verification.

I think this will help a lot of people. Consider it shared on Twitter and Facebook :-)

Hildred said...

Ha! I thought I turned it off long ago, btu apparently not. It's not the end of the world to me to do it on blogger since blogger's is at least a lot easier to read than a lot of other places but...I also don't think it helps that much in the long run. Guess we'll see.

By the way, following you from the campaign!

Leigh Covington said...

I totally hear you on the word verification. It's so stinking hard when you're trying to get to a lot of blogs and the word verification is on. Especially when it makes me scroll down to find it. *sigh* No fun. I hope people use your cues and turn it off. :)

Angela Brown said...

The awesome Sophia Chang pointed out the word verification being on my blog a while back. Had to figure out how to undo it, but it's been worth it. This is great that you're sharing the steps on how to do this.

Jenna Cooper said...

Oh my goodness, I thought I had word verification off, but mine was on! I hate those! Thanks for the reminder, hopefully my blog won't be annoying my commentors now. :)

Mark Noce said...

Thanks for the handy tip!

Christa Desir said...

Yes! Thank you for joining my and Sophie the Writer's campaign to turn this off. It is unbearable trying to manage it on phones and iPads.

Hope Roberson said...

Thank you! Your steps were so easy to follow, I needed that :)

Angela Cothran said...

I did a post on this a month ago. Hallelujah! I'm glad someone else hates it too!

Morgan said...

Lucky number 100! Woot! Hahaha... okay, thank you so much for this! I've been wondering how to do this. Now I'm off to fix it! Soooooo helpful... :D

Siv Maria said...

100+1=me.....Thanks for this post, I am so sick of proving that I am not a robot!

Sarah Pearson said...

I hate wv, I've always assumed it's switched off on my blog, but I'm off to check now.

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

I appreciate that you also go through and show what everything looks like.

Thanks! When I stop being lazy, I'll check mine :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey JA! Sorry, I never updated my Google Reader to your new blog. My apologies. Epic Ninja fail...

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Thank you so much for posting this - word verification drives me CRAZY!!!

Gwen said...

Turned mine off awhile ago, it's rather annoying.

Kelley said...

Thank you thank you for spreading the word on this. Everyone turn it off please :) haha

Donna K. Weaver said...

I've had it off on my blog for a while now. I learned from the amazing Elana Johnson that it best to leave it off. When we're trying to connect with as many blogs as possible each day, the fast we can read and post the better. My blogger spam filter catches the spam

Yvie Gonya said...

Hey! I'm stopping over from the campaign, it's great to meet you too!

Melissa Sugar said...

Thank you for your easy to follow instructions. This is a my biggest blogging per peeve. I hate it and I see it so often. I am sure that people probably hate my comment section as well, because I use DISQUS (I am switching back to blogger as soon as my Get Fired up Blogfest ends-don't want to lose any entries in the comment section). I wonder if I will have to revert back to the old blogger to ensure it is off when I switch back to blogger. Thank you again.

I have one other pet peeve. I hate when someone new follows me and I cannot link to their blog by clicking on their photo or name. Sometimes it just takes me to a blogger profile that does not list their blog. I don't know how to return to follow favor, but I have given up tracking people down. I try a few ways but their is only so much time to spread around.

Ashley Nixon said...

I hate word verification!! I can NEVER get the words right the first or second time! I'm going to have to do this, I had no idea when the new blogger came about that it automatically did this.

Melissa Dean said...

Hello! I'm a new follower from the YA Campaign! Thanks for following me. I've tagged you in a 11 Random Facts game. See my site for deets: www.melissaddean.com

Melissa said...

Helpful post! I'm Melissa Maygrove, one of Rach's campaigners coming over to say hello. Nice to meet you.
www.melissamaygrove.blogspot.com

Emily Moir said...

This is something that people have recently been pointing out as annoying. I'm glad you did a post on this. I didn't realize what a pain those things were until the latest blogfest I participated in.

Faith E. Hough said...

Hmmm....I'm going to have to check my blog. Thanks for the helpful post!

Sue Ann Bowling said...

Hi, I'm by from the SF group on the platform building campaign but given this post I have to ask another question. I'm on wordpress, and while I have no trouble commenting if the "select profile" includes a name-URL option, half the time when I try to use wordpress as my profile, blogger blogs simply do not recognize it. I just get thrown back to the input page. Or the software tells me I don't have the captcha right, even after several tries when I'm being very careful. Some blogspot blogs do not have the name-URL option. Yours does--what makes the difference?
PS, if you visit my blog, let me know if comments and/or subscribing are easy. I don't know how it looks to others.

Louise Wise said...

That's an interesting article. I think I have mine turned off. Hope it is (I'll have to check) because I think they are so annoying as well.

I'm Louise and a writer of romance, and popping over from Rach's campaign to say Hi. Hi! :D

J. A. Bennett said...

I allow for anonymous comments which gives you the ability to do the name-url thing. I can't think of why it wouldn't take your Wordpress profile, but I do know that I have had issues commenting on blogs when I am using internet explorer. If you have firefox or google crome you may run into less issues. Another thing that might help is getting a google + page started, becasue then you will have a google account and blogger won't give you any problems.

As far as your blog goes, a lot of blogger users don't know the RSS button subscribes them to your blog. You might want to consider adding a caption to the RSS that says "follow me here!" to make it really simple. Commenting was no issue for me since I have both a wordpress and twitter account. Hope that answers your question!

Nisa said...

Ooh! Thank you for posting this. I'll head to my blog now and make sure it's turned off!

Koelschgirl said...

I don't know why, but don't have the option "Old Blogger interface". :(((( These new double captchas do annoy my readers so much that some of them won't comment any more.

J. A. Bennett said...

Really? That is beyond retarded. I hate the new verification too, I almost want to give up with it. But if you're having that issue, I don't know what to tell you. But I would contact Google, becasue that makes me really mad!

Sandi said...

THANK YOU!!!!!

Tracy Jo said...

I LOVE YOU! lol! Seriously, I have been trying to figure this out forever. I finally googled it and found you. Thanks for putting this up. I am now a new follower!

Anonymous said...

Just visited Tracy Jo's blog and noticed her comment re WV. Thank you so much for taking the time to inform us about this. I certainly wasn't aware that my blog had this requirement for those wishing to leave a comment......I know how difficult they can be to read sometimes and it can almost be a deterrent. Best wishes.

Trisha said...

Yep, word verification is (one of) the bane(s) of my existence, especially with the new images!

Gossip_Grl said...

Thanks for sharing this. I wasn't aware mine was on. : ( I think I figured it out (hopefully)

Anne said...

Brilliant thank you so much.I just found your blog by googeling how to get rid of verification.And I found your lovely blog too.

Modesty Brown said...

I don't have the Old Blogger interface either. I'm pretty sure I don't have word verification on as I did switch it off on the old interface. It's annoying that I can't check though.

Ellen said...

same here, thanks for showing us what to do. It drives me up the wall on other peoples blogs as I find it hard to decifer what the words are with that silly font.

Ana Cristina Caldatto said...

formidavel!

deb duty said...

You did such a great job of explaining this. I was thinking about writing a similar post, but maybe I'll just link here! Now, if you don't mind, can you explain how you have the ability to reply to comments within the comments section? It would be nice for when I get a question from a no reply email.

Gleeful said...

Thanks for the tip. I looked everywhere in the new interface trying to turn it off!

Merri said...

THANK YOU! I didn't know I had WV either until a commenter pointed it out. you made it easy.
- The Equestrian Vagabond

Theresa Milstein said...

Wonderful! I've been urging bloggers to shut off Word Verification. Now I know where to send them to find out how.

Cortney Pearson said...

Thanks!!! I just shut mine off! :D

JennaQuentin said...

Thanks for the heads-up - just got around to turning it off. It is something that annoys me on others' blogs, but I didn't know it was still on mine!!!

Hazel said...

Thank you! Followed your instructions and got rid of word verification.

I didn't know it was on in my blog until someone told me.

sebtown294 said...

I am so annoyed b/c I do not have that option to go to the old Blogger interface either. I have been trying to turn word verification off for a couple of months now and I can FIND NO WAY TO DO THAT . It is so frustrating.

Charlie Warren said...

I had no idea that word verfication was on in my blog. THANK YOU!

Shannon Cyr said...

Thank you for this excellent step-by-step tutorial! <3

AimeeKay said...

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Christine said...

Thank you for the help!

Reinventing Mimi B said...

Thanks so much. This was a great help!

irene said...

like many others, i did not know wv was turned on until a kind soul told me. thanks a million for your tutorial.

irene said...

just followed your tutorial. one last thing to be added before going back to new interface--SAVE CHANGES.
thanks again for taking the time to post this.

Mandi said...

Anyone know where I can find the new area to change my blogger back to the old interface so I can do this? It's not in the drop down menu of the cog on my dashboard anymore and a visitor to my blog just let me know there was captchas on my which I had no idea.

Grr