A Not-So Friendly Reminder

This is for many of my recent new ‘followers’, and those of you who have left comments that need to be approved.

A link to your own blog is not a comment. I will Spam any such comment.
Ruthlessly.

A link to a website selling stuff is not a comment. I will Spam any such comment.
Ruthlessly.

A one word comment such as ‘Nice’, especially on a post about my mother dying, is not a comment.
I will Spam any such comment.
Ruthlessly.

A blog that is simply full of affiliate sales links is not a blog.
I will never follow you.

A blog that claims to be a cookery blog but is only selling through to products or utensils is not a blog. It is a sales website, and I assure you I will not follow it.
And if you comment on my blog, I will Spam that comment.
Ruthlessly.

A Gravatar image of an attractive man or woman with an irrelevant name will not make me follow a blog that is quite obviously a sales website.
So don’t bother to use those when you like posts, or follow my blog.

To everyone else who is obviously genuine, my sincere thanks.

71 thoughts on “A Not-So Friendly Reminder

  1. Very well, Pete!!πŸ‘πŸ»I do hope they all read this, but I fear not. πŸ€”
    What really annoys me, is the volume content of the comments in the spam folder, with 100s of links to sales pages.
    Best wishes,
    Dina

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    1. Yes, the Spam folders are always full. But this is about those who get through to try to comment. As you say, they will probably never read my complaint anyway. πŸ™‚
      Love from Beetley, Pete and Ollie. X

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    1. This post is about those not in the spam folder already, Lara. The ones who leave a ‘comment’ of a link, or one word, hoping to get that onto one of my posts. I had two more this morning, both spammed by me instantly. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Those drug ones are in the Spam folder, Elizabeth. The ones I am angry about get through as comments awaiting moderation. They come in ‘batches’, and this week they made me really fed up. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Yep, yep, and yep. Just last week comments were submitted to my blog by someone who replied to the comments of others on a post published weeks previously. The comments made no sense, then he/she ended by recommending that people use vitamins. His/her blog sells vitamins. I spammed the comments.

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  3. Hello, blogger. People are raving about our new Shar-Pei Wrinkle Cream! We are offering a special discount to a handful of select individuals for only $16.95 a jar. Supplies are limited, so order today! Satisfaction guaranteed!

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  4. Hi Pete,
    I am a new blogger and a new follower of yours. This is good to know stuff. I don’t want to fall into any annoying pits. I do link stuff on my blog but I am not selling anything. I just want people to see things I use or where I found stuff. I am not sure if that falls into one of your “bad bloggers” list of things you shouldn’t do.

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    1. Not at all. I link to some things that I recommend people buy because I have bought them, and they work well. Also to films and books that I review. But I make it clear that there is nothing in it for me. I am referring to people who leave comments like ‘Good’, on a 1500 word short story, or ‘Hello’ on a photo post about my dog. Those people are just trying to get me to look at their blog, which usually (almost always) sells something. Case in point two days ago, a Nigerian blogger trying to sell gold. His comment on my post was just a link to his website. Like I would ever be stupid enough to buy gold online from a Nigerian (or any other country’s) blogger.
      But if you have any ‘affiliate links’, you should always make that abundantly clear.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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        1. Sorry. It is where you write about something, say a microwave oven, and then leave a link to Amazon, or the company that makes it. That link from your site will generate income for the blogger, every time someone buys from that link. Bloggers are supposed to state that it is an ‘affiliate link’. If I can be of any help with any aspect of blogging, feel free to email me. It is no trouble.
          petejohnson50@yahoo.com
          Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. I have not checked my spam lately, Pete, but I am with you. It is funny, because I find you to be generous with your sharing and following, so all the β€˜hustle’ is so unnecessary.

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  6. I have been inundated with them too just lately Pete. Absolutely sickening. I too got a Comment on a post about my mother dying saying β€œnice.” Stupid idiots. Sorry you have had this too xx

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      1. I can understand that! With a post like that, I feel bad even hitting the “like” button.. I hope people know that, if I do, I mean “I’m sorry, and I’m here for you”. Also, I’m sorry about your mom, Pete.
        I hope you and Ollie are doing ok in these lonely times of quarantine!! I try to check in when I can! So, hang in there!

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        1. Thanks, Nicole. I understand ‘likes’ in that context, but whoever left that comment on the post about my Mum had clearly no idea of the content, and couldn’t care less about blogging.
          Life in lockdown is identical to life before, for me and Ollie. But my wife works for a doctor, so is still going in.
          Best wishes to you and yours, over there in Canada.
          Pete. πŸ™‚

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          1. I’m in Canada, so at least I only have a puppet leading us through this as opposed to an idiot… I can be thankful. Apparently, all WE have to do is stop speaking moistly at one another and we’ll be fine. 🀣🀣 Oh, that man has a way with words…

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