How to Know When to Ditch Your Teacher
Hi, dear readers,
Yes, I’m gong to be shooting from the hip in this post.
So then, let me explain the reason behind my annoyance:
A few days ago I received a comment on my previous post. Here it is below:
Now, why would this comment make me mad?
It appears like a perfectly nice, natural comment, does it not?
As soon as I saw it, though, something didn’t seem quite right about it.
Yes it has a name and yes it has a gravatar.
But you see, spammers and auto-posters are getting more and more sneaky.
The first sign that something’s not right is the website address and the CommentLuv link.
Have a look – what do those have to do with marketing and making money online?
Okay, that’s not conclusive, as I have received some very nice and genuine comments from people who have blogs in other niches. Nevertheless, when I receive a first comment from someone I don’t know and the links don’t match my niche, it rings alarm bells.
However, it wasn’t actually this that I picked up on at first. As I read the comment, it just seemed very, very familiar somehow.
Then I had a look through the genuine comments that had already been left…
That’s right. Not only has this person scraped comments from my genuine, valued visitors, but they were stupid enough to pick comments from the very same thread that they were spamming!
NOT on my watch you don’t, sunshine!
Aside from this being plain old spam, it is theft.
Yes, you heard me – theft.
Why should my loyal readers take the time and effort to write a genuine, sincere comment, only to have some pleb come along and nick them?
I know that spam is just something we all have to live with and try our best to fight, but I’ve seen stolen comments before and because they seem natural, they have been allowed through. This is the first time I’ve had one like this on my blog, but I’ve seen them on other blogs and have had to alert the owner about it.
The reason I’ve chosen to post about this one especially, though, is because I want to warn you about this particularly sneaky, underhanded tactic.
This particular variation is something new, at least to me. As you can see from the screen captures above, this isn’t simply a case of one person’s comment being scraped and re-posted by the spammer. No, they have actually grabbed sections from three different people’s comments and combined them!
Now, the likelihood is that this post was created by some scraping and spinning software that scanned the existing posts, took out selected parts and combined them to make the new post appear natural.
This is one of the very reasons why I don’t like auto-posting software. Sure, use something that automates certain processes legitimately, but if you use stuff like that for things like commenting, well you’re asking for trouble.
Why You Need to Ditch Your Teacher
A person who posts like this or uses software to do it doesn’t just wake up one day and decide to do it.
Well, they might, but there is a much more likely reason:
They have been taught to do it that way.
Yes, someone has either coached them, taught the technique in the material that came with some software, or taught it in a forum, e-book, course or some other means that the person has learned from.
If you have been taught that this approach to blog commenting is acceptable, then ditch your teacher right now!
Likewise, if you have bought a piece of software or course, etc. that advocates this kind of behaviour then bin it and never buy from that person again.
Not really. Not when you consider that your reputation and credibility can be dealt a death blow by such stupidity.
Do you think that “Sneha” is going to get another shot at posting on my blog?
Do you think that people who read this post will be on the alert?
For their sake, I hope so.
This one act of stupidity has rendered Sneha’s attempted comment useless other than to show them up for the silly spammer that they are.
Now, I know this may not affect them directly right now to any significant degree.
They have likely been doing this for a while and will probably carry on doing it.
But the point of my highlighting this is for two reasons:
1) Watch out for this kind of sneaky spam comment. Spammers aren’t only leaving “Great post!” type comments anymore. They are attempting to make their comments appear more and more natural and genuine, even down to stealing comments from genuine commenters.
2) If you are tempted to engage in anything that remotely resembles this kind of silly behaviour, don’t! Likewise, if you are being taught by anyone that this is acceptable or advisable behaviour, then kick them into touch.
If you go about your online business using silly, deceitful, unethical behaviour such as this, then you are hamstringing your business before you even get really started.
You see, this is not simply about a spam comment on a blog or even a number of spam comments across a number of blogs.
The mere fact that the person engages in this reflects a bigger problem – that of their own ethics.
If a person thinks that this kind of behaviour is okay, then what else might they be willing to do, if they aren’t doing so already?
You cannot base a serious business on deceit and lies.
Sure, you may get away with it for a while, but it WILL catch up with you and come back to bite you eventually.
So don’t do it and stay far, far, far away from anyone who endorses such nonsense.
Over to you:
Have you witnessed any sneaky spam techniques?
If you have then I’d love for you to share them in the comments below so that we can help raise awareness.
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