Your Name is NOT Viagra

Let me start by apologising if your name actually is Viagra. In that case, of course, this blog post probably isn’t relevant for you… and out of interest, did you have a difficult childhood?

Anyway, I’ve managed a number of blogs over the last few years and whatever the niche area, whatever the tone, whatever the purpose, there was one consistency – COMMENT SPAMMERS! Rather than complain, whine and curse about them, however, I thought I would instead reach out and offer some ‘friendly’ advice. So here we go:-

1.     Your name really isn’t Viagra…

…. or ‘weight loss,’ ‘Payday loans,’ or ‘teen brunettes,’ for that matter. It’s really not. Now let me let you in on a little secret. You’ll find your name on your birth certificate. In fact, most of now have social media profiles… if you set yours up before you forgot your name, you could even just copy and paste it from one of your networking profiles straight into that ‘name’ section on the comment form.

2.     Fklgjdfgkdfjshjhsjfhfdjhg is not a word.

Nor does it become a word if you repeat it seventeen times. Just to add to that, finishing that sort of ‘comment’ with a link promising many teen hotties doesn’t make sdfjhsdfjhsdjkh a word either. It’s not in the dictionary. Really… go check for yourself.

3.     I know I’m not your first…

When you tell me I’m the best blogger you ever came across who made you feel as grateful for the ‘helpful’ content, when you tell me mine is the first blog of its kind you ever saw, I know you’re trying to make me feel special. And even if your target blogger is naive enough to believe you at first, when she goes through your back links, she’ll find out that you’re just another player spammer.

Ok seriously, we get why people comment spam. What I don’t get is why these people don’t take the time to make a valid point and obtain a link by taking part in a discussion. That type of networking has a much longer term positive effect than a disposable spam comment that will be deleted! I actually don’t even mind keywords in names (within reason, of course) when the comment is valid and adds something of value to the discussion!

I installed CommentLuv here, which provides a link to the most recent blog post of the blogger. Why? Well frankly I think if someone takes the time to partake properly then a link is perfectly fine! Plus, people actually taking part in a real discussion often have blogs with posts in a similar topic area. I use CommentLuv as a way to find other blogs and bloggers I often end up reading regularly.

But I won’t entertain spammers. Once upon a time, I found it funny to read spam comments (before deleting them, of course). Now? Well now I’m just bored of them….