Monday, August 07, 2006

How to get word verification for posting turned off

When you post, do you have to go through the irritating step of word verification where you have to type in the text you see in a graphic into a text box to be able to published. If so, your blog has mistakenly been identified as a spam blog. This word verification will interfere with the blogging by email and a method of preparing a post to be published in the future.

There is one more good reason to get word verification for posting removed. If your blog has been marked as a spamblog, Blogger keep it out of the Next Blog list (the one on the navbar which when clicked takes you to a random blog). This means you can be losing potential traffic from people clicking NEXT BLOG.

You can get this irritating word verification turned off. To get it disabled, sign into dashboard, select the blog, in the POSTING tab, click CREATE. Look for the word verification. (see screenshot below). You will have to click on the ? button next to the word verification.
word verification Clicking on the ? button will take you to a page where you can fill out a form to request a human to review you blog and remove the word verification.

Another way is to contact Blogger support via their contact form. You will get an automated email. Make sure you reply to the email. This blog had word verification turned on and I got it removed within 24 hours this way.

I have 2 blogs with word verification turned on, and I have tried both methods to get it turned off. My experience with the first was takes some time, while the second got the word verification turned off within 24 hours.

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  1. You may find that using word verification isn't nearly as irritating as dealing with comment spammers. There is software out there now that posts comment spam to blogs at the rate of several hundred an hour! Nothing like deleting a couple dozen spam posts from your blog every day.

    Once I turned word verification on, not one spam has appeared on any of my blogs, not one. Typing that short pseudo-word is a small price to pay for leaving a comment.

  2. Yes, having word verification to control comment spam is useful, but having word verification for post I think is unneccessay and interfere with blogging by email and also preparing posts scheduled to be published at future dates. See How to prepare posts to be published at future dates. For these 2 to work, word verification for posting MUST be removed.

  3. Anonymous8/22/2006

    I'm not sure I understand. I agree with ghosty, I turned WV on because of spam. What I don't understand is your complex instructions to turn it off! Surely you just go to your blogger settings and turn it off there. The option is there for everyone to see ????

  4. Hi Billy,

    I believe you have misunderstood me. You probably meant word verification for comments, which is something good for controlling spam and which can be added or turned off by the users himself. What I meant was word verification for posting, which doesn't occur for everyone, only those blogs that had been identified as possible spamblog. This can only be turned on or off by Blogger people themself. We can't do it. We can only contact them and wait for them to act on it, if they ever do. Hope that clarifies everything.

  5. Yes, absolutely, I misunderstood you. I thought you were talking about word verification for comments - I had no idea this would be done for posting once a blog had been labeled as possible spam. I had one blog that was reported as spam, but after review Blogger decided it wasn't - I never saw the word verification, and didn't know it existed for posting. My apologies.

  6. Hi Ghosty,

    I guess their spam robot distinquish between two categories of blogspam, one which one can't do any posting, and one which can only post by going through the word verification process. Just guessing.

  7. It has been over a week now, and I have requested that WV be removed from posting five times now and sent them email two or three times. So far, I have received precisely one canned response from Blogger that doesn't come close to addressing the subject (and I did reply to that, again to no avail).

    Two problems with WV for posting. First, Respond to this Article doesn't work. Secondly, it doesn't work very well. I average 1.5 tries to comment with WV enabled, and at least 3 tries with posting with WV enabled.

  8. Well, looks like I was lucky and caught them at the correct time. They are probably busy with support for Blogger Beta now. Anyway, if word verification for comment troubles you, you can turn it off yourself, but then you may be troubled by spam comments then.

  9. This looks like the thread where you picked up my name for your poll on opening pages in new windows.

    Nevertheless, I finally figured out why I was being considered a spammer.

    Awhile back, I modified my template to provide for different viewing modes: full, chopped (2"), footers, and nothing except the title. I used CSS for this, turning the modes on and off via a post level DIV class. As this might be confusing, I added a "Help" option, pointing at a blog entry explaining things. Then, I inserted that link into each display mode line - but since I had four of them per blog entry (for the four modes), that meant that I had 4x500+ references to that one post in my blog, for a total of over 2,000 references to my Help post.

    Moving the Help link to the top eliminated all but one of the references to that Help post, and I had WV turned off w/i 24 hours of that.

    My guess is that for the two weeks that I had WV enabled on posting, every time that Blogger people looked at my blogs, they saw these insanely high number of links, and ignored my request.

    Or, it could just be coincidence.

  10. I got mine removed, after filling out their stupid form, then sending them an email spewing my anger and threatening them with TOS violation of my blog. Then I told them I was going elsewhere to blog...( I dont think they care one way or another if I do but I felt better)... and the WV was promptly removed

  11. I tried contacting and did not even get an automated reply.

  12. Since the Blogger Beta roll out, Blogger support has become very much harder to contact. I have also tried clicking on that ? icon on the right side of "word verification" and got that turned off in a couple of days. Why don't you try that?

  13. On my beta blog I have word verification for comments turned on. Then suddenly it disappeared. I checked the setting and it was still checked yes. What happened and how can I get it back?


  14. Hi Beloved Dreamer,

    This problem sound like it need to be solved by Blogger Support. See post How to contact Blogger Support. They may be hard to get, but not impossible. They have helped me solved a couple of my problems.

    In the meantime, try using a different browser to view your blog. See What to do when you can't publish post, upload photo, login, etc. and
    Why you should be using more than 1 browser.

    Peter a.k.a. enviroman
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    Peter a.k.a. enviroman
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