Don’t get thrown in the Spam Filter Either

Blog Lab Nugget

Just a quick post today as a follow-up to You Don’t want to get caught in the spam filter.   This is the one that will get you thrown in the spam bucket faster than any of the others mentioned.

Commenting about a plugin etc. when you don’t have a blog

metal bucket

BAM! Spam Bucket

This might come as a shock to some.   I visit almost every blog and website of those that leave comments here at the lab.   I want to see what your sites look like.   I want to see what version of WordPress you are using (if you are using WP) what theme you are using and the layout of your blog.

I want to see what you are writing about on your blog.

Therefore, when I get a comment on a post about a plugin or feature that goes like this:

Wow, that is really a great plugin, I’ll have to check that out on my blog, thanks.

Then I visit the site and “THERE IS NO BLOG”   the site isn’t a blog, there is no link to a blog anywhere.   A one liner, I’ll have to check this out.   Okay.

As the guy on TV says “BAM!”   You are spam.   GONE!

Comments

  1. Oh my, you’ve got me shaking my head in laughter! You make a good point there, but gosh, I am so shocked someone would actually leave that comment and then NOT have a blog. I guess that is an example of someone just trying to get link juice. Joke’s on them!

  2. Why would someone do that? Do they think we don’t check to see who is commenting on our sites? How sad, now they have made themselves look bad AND missed out on the great social network we have here.

  3. Mary Ann,

    I think there are so real newbies out there that have been told to leave comments on blogs it will help their SEO. BAD ADVICE.

    Margaret,

    Most who leave these types of comments don’t have a clue what social networking is. Most barely know what a blog is : )

  4. Well I post on blogs for the link, but I also believe that in every blog I post a comment, I read the post and give a thought out response. I don’t respond with “Great Post!” like a lot of people. I also have a blog and honestly look for people to read it. This is a creative way to get this achieved, while social networking online at the same time. Do you agree?

    Scott ´s last blog post..2 Family Home in Montclair

  5. Originally Posted By Scott
    Well I post on blogs for the link, but I also believe that in every blog I post a comment, I read the post and give a thought out response. I don’t respond with “Great Post!” like a lot of people. I also have a blog and honestly look for people to read it. This is a creative way to get this achieved, while social networking online at the same time. Do you agree?

    Not sure what is being achieved. Do you agree? I’m not clear on what the question is enough to agree or disagree.

    I personally never comment for a link. I comment to “comment” contribute, say something on my mind about the topic.

    I guess I spend enough time writing posts I don’t think much about it. While I have a lot of comments here at the lab. On the business blogs it is rare to have a comment yet I try and add new content every day. I don’t always manage to do so but it is my goal.

  6. Ok, so even though I’m not a spammer (HONEST!), I have to admit that I’m guilty of a couple of those commenting taboos… In my defense, I am kind of new to the whole website building/commenting scene. At any rate, I think it would be wise to express discretion while marking people as spam. There is no sense in punishing someone who didn’t realize that they were in error. Beyond that great post, and happy banning!!

  7. @Max @ Free Houston Lawyers – Max,

    When you have been at this awhile it is easy to tell someone who is in-experienced from someone that is trolling for backlinks or trying to sell a product.

    The purpose of this post is to inform those who might e new to commenting (such as yourself) and aren’t aware of good commenting etiquette.

    Newbies, are often given a “get out of jail free card” (thought that might be a good example you being with Free Houston Lawyers) BTW, does that mean they work for free or are in need of being freed?

    Anyway, nothing you have posted is even close to breaking comment etiquette here. Glad you found the Lab.

    Again, banning is never a happy pursuit.

  8. @Dave Smith
    Dave, thank you for the encouraging words! About the site, er, I am actually undergoing a redesign to alleviate that ambiguity.

    By the way, may I suggest that you include a way for posters to modify their comment. I noticed a typo when it was just too late.

    I have found your post extremely informative, and I am also very glad to have found the lab as well, thank you.

  9. @Max @ Free Houston Lawyers – I’ve seen that functionality on other blogs, but I am not aware of how it is done.

    I’ll have to check that out.

  10. Hi !!! it’s Lenny with Sundream Estate in Marbella Spain, also an old member in REW Forum and I found your blog there. I’m going to read and follow your blog more; it’s interested to see what it’s going on in U.S market and of course the new things for the web pages and blogs.We don’t have so mush spam in our blogs in Spain and the same said my real estate friends. I’m surprised when you write that you get hundred an hour some days. I’m happy if someone writes a comment on our blog.

  11. I read your article. I found your blog there. I’m going to read and follow your blog more; it’s interested to see what it’s going on in U.S market and of course the new things for the web pages and blogs.We don’t have so mush spam in our blogs in Spain and the same said my real estate friends. I’m surprised when you write that you get hundred an hour some days.

  12. Jon-Paul,

    It has slowed for the past month. Most of the spam isn’t from individuals. It is Porn and Drug sites using software to submit hundreds of spam comments an hour all over the web.

    The others come from SEO companies hired to create back-links for their clients and they do it by finding do-follow blogs and leaving comments like “Great Post”. Those all get dumped in the spam filter as well.