Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wednesday Writerly Way ~ Spams-a Positive or a Negative?

This week I'm talking about spams, in case you haven't guessed. Back in November I talked about SEO and the importance of using keywords (HERE), this practice will also open you up for SPAM! But overall, it is a paltry nuisance compared to the attention you derive from using them.

I'm allergic to Spam both types. The pork variety because I'm allergic to pork and the internet variety because it wastes my time. I am allergic to anything that wastes my time. My time is valuable and limited as it is for most of us. I get violently ill with both and yet I refuse to put any "I am not a robot" devices such as Captcha on my blog.

Wouldn't it be easier just add a Captcha? For whom? Me...probably, but not necessarily for my readers. Ease for my readers is everything. Captcha are hard enough for me to decipher with all the skewed letters and obscure photos of numbers, I can think of no other reason not to post a comment. I think I'd comment more if it wasn't for them.

The prior approval is a good idea, if you monitor it properly. If you wait a week to
approve comments it doesn't work so well. I'm the sort of blog reader that makes comments (sometimes). If I take the time to comment, I believe the commenter is owed a response. I actually go back to check if there is a response or click the email when comment is made box.

I understand if you are someone like Alex J. Cavanaugh who gets 100 + comments per blog post not answering each and every one, but my blog doesn't get the response his does. If it did I might take his tact on the subject. But I digress.

Spams are either complaints (negative) or flattery (positive). I have yet to see any of the spammers show up on my feed burner, although they promise they are following my blog. Maybe they have it bookmarked as a site where they can post their spam. I dunno. But I am vigilant. I take as much care of my blog as I do my other writing. It is my baby, my child that I'm sending out into the cold, hard world. Am I too attached to my blog? Probably. It's something I'm proud to say is mine.

Either way all spams ruffle your tail feathers. On any given post, the spam filter which catches bogus links will catch or I will delete, about ten emails. That amount may be irritating but I tend to look at the positive. That's only 3% of my total comments or emails I receive as a result of this blog or my books.

That's 97% bonafide contact points which isn't bad. If my blog wasn't getting such a high number of hits each day...spammers wouldn't bother with my site. That's also a positive point.

Yes, spams are a part of doing business on the web. There's no fighting it. Look at it from the positive point of view.

Did you know that spammers now have a way around the Captcha? They'll enlist the help of third world nations. They hire people who sit at the computer all day long who do nothing but copy and paste the same spam, and type in the Captcha.

Thanks to analytic software they can pinpoint which sites get the most traffic. When I blogged once a month I got a few spams, but nothing like the first of the year when my hits spiked to almost 300+ page views a blog post. As you can see from the chart of all time page views a tremendous spike occurred when I started blogging more in August 2012.

For March of this year, I topped over 8,500 page views. No that's not cumulative but the figure for last month alone. Now if you take the 3%, that's a lot of spams in the month. To date, I've published 327 posts and received 325 comments. Yes, I've accounted for my replies to comments and subtracted them, and the spams in my spam folder are not counted. That's not too shoddy of a record. So if I have to go in a manually delete some spams from my's worth it.

So spammers beware. I will delete you within a couple days of you posting a spam. All of my readers are savvy enough not to click your links.

What am I talking about...they don't actually read the blogs they are spamming.

Anyhow, keep writing and loving the Lord.


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    1. This is hilarious, a spammer comment on a posting complaining about them. You're right they don't read the blogs they spam.

    2. Yep, I decided to leave this one up here to prove my point.

  2. I get a regular spammer about payday loans. But i still wont add teh captcha. It only hurts your readers and commentors. Nobody likes them and the ones who keep them are the ones I visit the least. Sure it makes it easier for you, but who cares if no one wants to comment right??

    1. That's my feelings on the subject too.

  3. That first comment is funny!
    I have it set for no anonymous comments and that catches most of them. After four days, comments must be approved. And if I do get one, I usually catch it within a few hours.
    I do try to reply to most of my comments, but usually in one long comment...

    1. Yep Alex, I do try, but sometimes they still get through.

  4. Like Alex I disallowed anonymous comments and that made a huge difference.

    Still can't believe how much time and resources I invest in this when surely no one in their right mind would click on a spam link!

    I'm not a big fan of the comment moderation... I understand the reasons for it, but I like seeing what others are saying about a post.

    1. So do I Nick. Get some interesting back and forth.

  5. Yep they never ever read, as they just have their little program, plug in each blog address they find and zap within seconds have 100,000 comments out there on each blog. We waste more time getting rid of them then they take posting to all those blogs.

  6. Hi JL .. spam I hate; anonymous are not allowed; not many get through and if they do I delete them immediately ... I always check, but never the links.

    Some legitimate comments and spam get through into either moderation or 'spam' not onto the blog .. these I check and accord due action.

    If I don't recognise a commenter - I check them out ..

    I ignore them, but deal with them immediately - so they don't cause me any aggro ... that's a waste of energy!

    I get the odd follower that's suspect and I delete those too .. again once checked out ..

    Cheers Hilary


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