I've said this before, but I must blab about it again. The other day I was bloghopping and one of the sites had a captcha (word verification) you had to enter before you could follow and I just couldn't enter it right for whatever reason. (I'm a moron, maybe?)
|This is an example of a captcha or word verification.|
I would have followed that blog and maybe would have loved it forever and ever, but I got frustrated and walked away. That blogger lost a reader and a potential customer.
Moral of the story: Make it easy for readers to follow you. Make it easy for them to comment. Make it easy for them to interact with you. You want readers, remember? Don't put up barriers unless absolutely necessary (like a million spammers, then I understand but I'll still be sad about it).
That's not just from a marketing perspective, it's also a pet peeve.
Are there things that will keep you from following a blog? How do you feel about captchas?