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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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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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