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Human Spammers Posing as Genuine Bloggers

January 17, 2011 21 comments
STOP SPAM

As some of you know, I had another blog set up, Your Place to Rant, where WordPress members who didn’t want to post a rant on their own blog, could come to rant. Don’t bother clicking on the link, I’ve changed it to private. After reading another blogger’s post on Human Spammers, I came back and checked mine and found that I was also a victim. This is what’s bugging me today!

Because I set it up as a Group blog where any registered WordPress member could post, they just came along and started posting either a rant or a comment. That also brought them over to this blog and they posted comments here too. They are a pest, a nuisance and I did not want to have to deal with them every day. When I realized this I changed the other blog so I would have to approve every post and comment before it appeared and then slowly realized that this would end up taking a lot of my time which I would rather spend writing or reading. So this weekend I shut it down.

They leave the same comments on blogs all over the Internet and if you do a search on the comment you will find it listed thousands of times. I am not going to rehash every thing that  you can read in the post, but what I want to do is give some ideas on what to look out for. Akismet catches the most common ones, but I’ve found that the WordPress Challenge has brought out more of them.

  • comments that are pretty generic
  • brand new blog started for the challenge
  • gravatar has nothing listed but their name
  • about page not updated
  • name not linked to blog

Now I know that there are still new bloggers out there who haven’t linked their names and not updated their profile on their Gravatar and this is in no way meant to discredit them. If you are one of them please read Bloggers With No Links. Personalize your blog in some way, update your About page, include links to your favourite blogs or sites you visit. Add something to show people you are a real blogger.

When someone new leaves a comment on my blog, I check out the blog before I approve it. If it’s a new blog and questionable I go back to the comment that was left and search Google for the phrase using quotes to match it exactly. If I don’t like the results, the comment doesn’t get approved.

Be careful when you’re approving your comments. They are just looking for links.

This is what’s bugging me today!

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or not – A Time to Rest

January 14, 2011 18 comments

This last week has been exciting, tiring and the best week I’ve had here on the blog. There is nothing bugging me today and it’s time to take a rest.

So today, I am bringing you the

11 Commandments For An Enthusiastic Team

by Ian Percy.

  1. Help each other be right … not wrong
  2. Look for ways to make new ideas work … not for reasons they won’t
  3. If in doubt … check it out! Don’t make negative assumptions about each other
  4. Help each other win and take pride in each other’s victories
  5. Speak positively about each other and about your organization at every opportunity
  6. Maintain a positive mental attitude no matter what the circumstances
  7. Act with initiative and courage as if it all depends on you
  8. Do everything with enthusiasm … it’s contagious
  9. Whatever you want … give it away
  10. Don’t lose faith … never give up
  11. Have fun!

Something for the Blogging Buddies to ponder.

There is nothing bugging me today! 🙂

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Bloggers Who Think They’re Better

January 13, 2011 9 comments

I knew that I would probably get Trudy’s back up with my post yesterday and I was right. She read my post and left me a 7 paragraph comment and I was debating whether I should approve it or not. It wasn’t so much a comment as it was a rant similar to her posting of the other day.  This is what’s bugging me today!

Now we are all entitled to our opinions. She gave us hers, I gave you mine. But there is nothing to say that I have to post her rant to my blog. After all, this is my little place to blow off some steam.

I took a nap to sleep on whether I should approve her comment and how to respond but when I returned, I discovered that she had posted the comment to her own blog with yet another rant. I guess she wasn’t too happy when I hadn’t approved her comment yet. I don’t work on her time schedule, I work on my own.

I was planning on approving it, but not anymore. If there is anyone interested in reading it I’m sure you can track her blog down.

No links to her posting today, but I will quote a couple of her own statements from it. I see that some of my observations weren’t far off.

  • However, some took it personal, also accused me of “high horse” status and were angered that I wouldn’t do this type of project for 2011.
  • However, I am used to the “elitist” and “high horse” types of accusations I am labeled with.
  • I do find it interesting that a blog with a title “Things In Life I Find Annoying” would blog in opposition to my post about a pet peeve.

To the last one, is nobody supposed to blog in opposition of her viewpoint?

Her post I found annoying, her views I found annoying. She just doesn’t seem to get it, she’s allowed to have her pet peeve and I’m allowed to find it annoying!

Now this is the last I am going to say on this. She can continue if she likes, but I’m moving forward and leaving this behind. Which she should have done yesterday!

This is what’s bugging me today!

p.s. I would like to end with this quote.

Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.
You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.
You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.
You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
American Civil Rights Leader

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or not – maybe? How will PostADay2011 play out?

January 10, 2011 22 comments
P writing blue

When I started this blog it had a different purpose, but joining the WordPress PostADay2011 Challenge and meeting some great fellow bloggers, I’m not sure if I can keep it on the same track. I don’t want to write about annoying things everyday. This is what’s bugging me today!

That’s the reason I have the “or not” posts. I had to add something to the title of the post otherwise people would think I found it annoying. Now I think it confuses them and they come to see what it’s all about.

But I don’t want to talk about what’s bugging me today.

What I want to do is share, what I think is some good information with my fellow bloggers in the postaday2011/postaweek2011 challenge. It’s been sitting in my Google Reader since the day this challenge started and I finally had a chance to read some of it today.

It’s a Best of 2010 list and there are 21 postings on it. I checked some of them out and the posting themselves have links to other postings with good information so I thought I would post it for everyone.

I especially wanted to share it with one of my readers, My English Thoughts, who is blogging in English daily when French is her first language. Now here is someone who has really taken on the challenge!

Here is one posting from the list I do want to share with you today.

10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer

1. Write.
2. Write more.
3. Write even more.
4. Write even more than that.
5. Write when you don’t want to.
6. Write when you do.
7. Write when you have something to say.
8. Write when you don’t.
9. Write every day.
10. Keep writing.

About the Author: Brian Clark is founder of Copyblogger and CEO of Copyblogger

Originally posted July 2007        423 Comments
as of Jan. 9, 2011 there are 201 sites linked to the post

This was one of the 21 posts on the list from The Best of CopyBlogger 2010.

There is so much information that I haven’t had time to go through it all, but I will point out some of the ones that did attract my attention and I did manage to read.

11 Smart Tips for Brilliant Writing

Four Steps to Finding Your Ideal Writing Voice

20 Warning Signs That Your Content Sucks

The 7 Secrets of Running a Wildly Popular Blog

I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.

There, now I feel better.

Now, there is nothing bugging me today!! 😉

p.s. My English Thoughts likes the English bloggers. Read her comment, it will put a smile on your face 🙂

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PostADay2011 Bloggers – Click the Like Button Please

January 8, 2011 45 comments

Why are people scared to click the Like button? This is what’s bugging me today?

Some will take the time to respond with a comment, and I thank you very much I love reading them, but can you also do a simple thing like clicking a button.

  • Is it because you don’t want to be the first?
  • Don’t want to leave your Gravatar behind?
  • Don’t you want extra exposure for your own blog?

Depending on the theme and how you view the blog posting, comments aren’t always visible, but there is usually some means for you to let us know whether you like it or not.

You can give feedback in several ways and believe me, we want the feedback.

  • Click the Like button
  • Leave a Comment
  • Rate It – Up or Down – Up is preferable 😉
  • Send an email

We want to know if you liked it or didn’t like it. How else can we improve our blog and our writing if you don’t let us know.

We’ve all worked hard to write the posts and were probably nervous about pushing the publish button. Maybe we were thinking of changing it or even deleting it because there was no feedback. Meanwhile it could be a beautiful piece of writing, where the writer bares their soul.

So please, come on guys, click the Like button, Rate It, leave a Comment or send an email. Bloggers, especially new ones, like receiving the feedback. It’s like getting your school project graded. We all like a pat on the back and someone saying Good Job!

Bloggers look at their stats and see the different posts visited but at the end of the day, there has been very little feedback.

It’s nice to look at the Top Rated and Top Posts/Pages in the side panel and see it change from day-to-day with each new posting. This tells us what our readers like, and how we should maybe think of tailoring more of our writing the same way.

If you don’t feel like leaving a comment, that’s not a problem. Just a simple click will do.

This is what’s bugging me today!

🙂

p.s.     please make sure you list your blog in your Gravatar profile.

p.p.s. I wonder how many likes this post will get 😉

Recommended reading:    Bloggers With No Links

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PostADay2011 – Bloggers With No Links

January 2, 2011 57 comments

I joined the WordPress challenge to PostADay2011 and I am really enjoying it. I know it is only the second day, but I love to read the comments from other bloggers who have joined the challenge and visiting their sites to see what they’re all about.

But often times I can’t and you know why. Bloggers have not added their websites as links to their Gravatar and their name isn’t linked to their blog either. This is what’s bugging me today!

Now maybe, they are new bloggers like I once was and not sure how to do it, but it’s real simple.

For your Gravatar, sign in to Gravatar and go to My Account, Edit My Profile, My Links and then add your link URL and link Title. I can’t remember but you might have to verify it too. But maybe not because it’s a WordPress blog.

In WordPress go to Users, Personal Settings, Account Details. Enter your email and website and it’s automatically linked when you make comments. Don’t worry, your email address is only used for verification purposes.

Now if more bloggers would do at least one, preferably both, of these two things it would be better and easier for the blogging community on WordPress to support and encourage each other during the WordPress challenge. You will also get more visitors to your blog if your websites are listed in your profile every place your Gravatar appears.

I already helped one new blogger yesterday in setting up his Gravatar and thought I could help more bloggers this way than by replying to all of them. Maybe in the future I will just direct them to this posting, but only after I’ve offered some words of encouragement. I don’t want them to get the wrong idea. 😉

So what do you say bloggers in both the PostADay2011 and PostAWeek2011 challenge. How about updating your account details and profile?

This is what’s bugging me today!

🙂

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