Spam comments, if not obvious, can cause some problems for bloggers. You don’t want to click on a site that may be full of a virus. You don’t want to email someone who may try to send you a virus or make you pay money.
And in saying that we also do not want to sound like a spammer.
And trust me, I’ve been spammed by comments from bloggers who are not trying to be a spammer. It’s pretty easy to do.
I saw this spam comment and thought it would be perfect to go over. This comment actually shows us what spam can look like, and how you can tell if someone actually read your post or not.
I’m going to nitpick this comment apart.
- There are obvious mistakes throughout. “I’ve read all that, so now me also commenting here.” What? Read what? What about you commenting?
- Good discussion concerning a paragraph, which specific paragraph? Not listed.
- This is a topic near to said person’s heart. Many spam comments will say this. But notice how more obvious a spam comment is when the post title gives away how odd that part of the comment sounds.
- Why thank me? Nothing was elaborated on.
- Now, I have a contact page on my both of my blogs and people (not spammers) will still struggle to find them usually because they are not checking my menu pages. Spam comments will play on that sometimes asking for a contact page. If you’re unsure because someone is saying they are searching for your email pay attention to context, which leads us to the next point.
- Most people if they have an idea for your blog it is going to be a topic close to what you’ve written around which shows that someone is a consistent reader. So they won’t be secretive, most of the time, about ideas they have for things you could write about. Also, most of the time, people are not going to be random about giving you ideas, especially if you have not asked for any.
- Notice the link provided is not an average link of another blogger or website.
What Spam Comments Have In Common.
- They are vague. – This indicates they did not actually read your posts and therefore they want to say something that “sounds” like they’ve read it. Great post! I love it! In the case of our spam comment, a specific unmentioned paragraph.
- They may be trying to sell you something. – This comment did not really focus on a product, but many spam comments will try to encourage you to look into better traffic or other blog options, or they may just sell you random items.
- Constant compliments– Following the first one, you may get a comment about how awesome your post is, but no specifics as to what stood out for that reader. Great! So good! Thought provoking! Etc. But all of these compliments are vague. It’s very deceptive and misleading.
- Reciprocating– I’ll scratch your back so you scratch mine. I’ll read your post and leave you compliments just so I can try to get you to do this one thing. Email. Click on a link. Check out something.
- Random quotes of something– I’ll often get snippets of a story in a spam comment. These are more obvious as they aren’t even trying to be sneaky.
- Random advice– The comment will not direct the post. You may get a random, “well done,” or “good job” but then the comment will begin to tell you what to do, or how to be a better blogger, and these comments are not related to you asking for help or related to something you may be looking for.
How We Can Sound Like A Spam Comment
- Our Comment Focuses On OUR Blog– I’ll get comments from bloggers with one sentence that’s a vague compliment and then immediately “Follow Me,” “Check out my blog,” etc. There’s no other way to say this, those comments are rude. I think people are misunderstanding networking. I’m sure there are places that are encouraging new bloggers to get word out about their blogs. But I promise you, this method is NOT the way to do that. I always say this. Be engaging.
- Vague Compliments– We need to say something we liked about the post. There’s a way to skim a post and focus on something that speaks to us. I’m not saying that sometimes we won’t have words for a post we like. But it’s important we try to give feedback and not be vague. People like feedback. We can’t be selfish in only wanting feedback and attention for ourselves.
- Constant comments with the same thing/blog link- Following the first one, being told constantly to go to a blog and that’s the only “feedback” I get is not going to encourage me to go visit a blog. In fact, the more I trash those comments that blogger automatically goes to my spam folder. Leaving one sentence of compliments constantly (not periodically) also does the same thing.
It’s crucial we try to be as open as we can. As a Christian blogger even more important we are engaging towards others. It’s okay not to be perfect. We all have things as bloggers we could have done better. But it’s important to be aware. How are we showing the light of Christ if we just make our comments about us?
Are you guilty of any these?
What was the weirdest spam comment you ever got?
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