Sorry. It’s another of those posts about more annoying trends in blog comments, and new ‘followers’.
Over the weekend, I was pleased to attract quite a few new followers to this blog. However, most of them had no linked blog themselves, or just the ubiquitous blank page. I have given up wondering why they do this, or seeking to offer them advice on not doing it, and have concluded that they are just Spammers, by other means.
Along with these, I did get a few genuine followers too. Bloggers with new sites that already included content, and some with well-established sites that were undoubtedly active. I was grateful to them, and left comments on their blog posts in return, as well as my thanks to them, for following my humble blog.
This weekend also saw the proliferation of a new ‘trick’, one that has been growing steadily over the past few weeks. Comments left for approval, sometimes at random, often by those same non-existent followers. They are easy to spot, as they contain few words. Comments such as “I like this”, “Nice post”, or the familiar “Thanks for sharing”. A few were just one word, such as “Good”, or “Thanks”. Most of these shallow comments were on the latest post I had published, each day. Annoyingly, they also contained links to business sites, or led directly to the blog of the sender, usually to a post telling me how great they were. Naturally, I didn’t fall for this, instead I became increasingly annoyed at both the subterfuge, and the presumption.
So, this post is directed at those people, and the hundreds more convinced that doing the same thing is going to drive their blog traffic, and attract millions of followers.
Don’t do it.
It is not working, and is not going to work.
Nobody is fooled.
You are just annoying, and your comments will be marked as Spam, or trashed.
Trying to promote your business by using my blog is unacceptable.
I will publicise your usernames, and advise everyone to ignore you.
This is NOT blogging, and is not wanted by genuine bloggers.
Here endeth today’s rant.
To those of you that were genuine, I once again say “Thank You”.