I’m all for looking for new ways to increase traffic to my blog. Checking my stats isn’t an obsession, but I like to think of it as homework. On my last check, I noticed more than half of my visitors (60%, to be exact) were returning visitors – meaning people who have come back to my blog again.
And well, I must be doing something right if I’m getting them to come back again, right? And how about that smaller 40%? I want them to come back too.
So what’s the number 1 way to ensure they WON’T come back again?
Yeah, that’s right – Word Verification. The notorious words deserve to be capitalized. But, you say, they are there for a reason, aren’t they? They make sure spammers stay away, right?
A majority of your blog visitors are human. Ask and see. For the measly 2%, why should 98% of us suffer? As a blogger who puts time and effort into a blog, you should be able to spend the extra minute it takes to delete those spam comments at the end of the day. And before you know it, visitors will come back and actually leave comments, because it is SO EASY.
Now. For those of us who scorn Word Verification, I’ve come up with a few fun (and maybe cute?) graphics you can place in your sidebar. If you think they’re weird, and I shouldn’t have spent the time on them, just let me know, okay? It won’t break my heart.