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Wondering whether or not you should allow people to leave comments on your private practice blog?
We’re going to show the pros and cons of leaving your blog comments open and share our recommendations.
Comments or No Comments?
From our experience, most therapy website blogs don’t get any comments. People don’t usually feel comfortable commenting on blog posts about their specific issue. A lot of times, if comments do occur, they’re usually from colleagues or friends. Unfortunately, open comments sections can lead to an increase in spammers on your website.
If you do want comments open on your blog, we recommend testing it out.
How to Prevent Spam Comments
If you want to prevent spammers from spamming your website, you can add a captcha to your blog posts. Captcha is a form that requires someone to fill it out and enter a code based on a given image. You’ve probably seen this whenever you’ve been signing up for an account or trying to login to your email account. Often, you’re required to fill out the code based on an image that they provide. You can actually install this feature on your website to prevent spammers from commenting on your blog posts.
Unfortunately, a lot of this spammers are still real people, so they can fill out the captcha form and end up commenting on your website but adding the captcha form is a great way to prevent some of those computer spammers from doing so on your blog posts.
If you do start receiving those spammy comments, you can simply turn off the comments option. This is what we do with a lot of therapy websites. If the number of spammers is less than the number of genuine comments you usually receive on your blog, we’d recommend leaving the commenting feature on.
If you want to learn more about blogging for your therapy website, be sure to check out our free report: The 7 Creative Ways to Get Ideas for Blog Post Topics.