I don’t get it…
Back in July I read a post on ProBlogger (fabulous blog BTW) that talked about a company that was offering a service where people could pay to have someone post blog comments on random blogs. This is supposed to get your website/blog better search engine rankings.
I said to myself at the time, “This is a really, really bad idea.” (dozens of commenters on that post agreed. Drew Meyers had some thoughts on this practice as well.)
This morning I awoke to a LONG comment left on a post about the Aaron Anglin tragedy. Given that this post came in at almost the exact moment in time that Aaron was being laid to rest, I thought maybe someone had some thought, some moment of reflection on this tragedy.
What I found was blatant advertising for a real estate agent / website in Woodstock, GA.
I get this idiocy every now and then. Why in the world an agent would think it’s appropriate to write a comment on my blog that adds zero to the conversation and simply advertises their services is beyond me.
I was about to hit the button to send this clown into multiple anti-spam databases when I took a closer look at the comment. It was left by someone using a Yahoo.co.in email address (a free email account from Yahoo! India).
Maybe I’m going out on a limb with this assumption, but something tells me that the agent in Woodstock, Georgia is unlikely to be leaving a comment from a free email address in India at 3:00 in the morning his time.
What we have here appears to be a “paid comment”. Mr. Woodstock Agent seems to be paying someone to travel the blogiverse, entering blatant, spammy advertising comments on people’s blogs.
So before I sent this guys domain to anti-spam databases across the planet, I thought I’d drop him an email. Help him understand why this was a really bad idea. Maybe give him an opportunity to get his money back from his “SEO guy”. Here is what I sent (links modified):
I’m going to assume this comment left on my blog, which is nothing but a spam advertisement, was a “paid comment” — ie: the owner of Real Estate In Woodstock . com paid some company or individual to go around to various blogs leaving comments.
I hope they didn’t pay very much.
Here is why this is a *really* bad idea.
1) It labels you as a spammer. Not very many people out there like spammers. Most in fact, despise them.
2) This comment in particular is especially horrific for two reasons:
1) It is blatant advertisement for a real estate agent, left on another real estate agent’s blog. Why would you possibly think I want to advertise you? It’d be like Chevy using Ford automobiles in their TV ads.
2) Most appalling to me is this blatant spam ad was left as a comment on a post about a very serious personal tragedy. It is *completely* and utterly inappropriate.
3) I have, of course, removed this ridiculous comment from my blog and tagged it as spam. As such, the domain name real estate in woodstock . com can be sent to databases that collect information on known spammers. “Spam-catcher” software, which most blogs and email providers utilize, access these databases to try to eliminate spam. It’s likely that your domain will end up on a “blacklist” that propagates across the internet, flagging you as a known spammer. That’s not really the type of list you want to be on. I have not finalized the submittal of the domain to the blacklists, yet.
I realize that many agents want to increase their web presence. I know, because I am an agent. Many don’t understand how these things work and waste good money chasing really bad ideas. Companies out there prey on ignorant victims. Other bloggers are likely not to be quite as nice as I was and immediately relegate your comment to spam blacklists (and it’s entirely possible someone that saw it on my blog already did so given the nature and type of post this comment was left on).
If you paid for this comment, you are getting ripped off, plain and simple. Not only is it a complete waste of money, it is quite likely to seriously damage your reputation and the ability to get this domain name any sort of rankings in the search engines.
If this was not a paid comment, well, then shame on you.
I *will* send this domain to anti-spam blacklist databases in 8 hours (3:00pm MST on 9/28/2007) unless I hear from you.
Well, it’s now 5:49pm MST on 9/28/2007. I’ve heard nothing from any of the three email addresses I sent this to. (well, four counting the spammer him/herself.) So, off to the black lists it goes.
Conclusion: Don’t pay people to post ridiculous comments for you. Take a few minutes yourself to read blogs and leave pertinent comments. I use “Do Follow” here, so you get “link love” from URL’s in comments. In addition to the link love, you just might learn something too.
Oh yeah, and going 11 hours on a business day without checking your email is probably a bad idea too.
[tags]spam sucks, paid blog comments[/tags]