A variety of people leave comments on my blog posts. In the beginning, it was mainly my friends and family. As the months went by, I started seeing comments from other bloggers. While I love the comments and really enjoy responding and interacting with my readers, many of whom I am a fan of as well, not all comments are left by people with pure intentions.
Shortly after starting my blog, I received a comment from someone wanting me to plug his bicycle repair website. He explained that he thought his product would be a great fit with my blog. At that time, I had not written the post (click here) about my brother destroying his bike and body on a crazy jump, so I could not fathom how he thought his product would be a good fit for my blog. Being the first time my blog had been hit by a spammer, it didn't not immediately occur to me that he hadn't actually read my writing. He was just throwing out a net and hoping to get a few bites.
Since then, I have been propositioned by a medical supply company, dating sites, prescription drug distributors and a variety of others I couldn't figure out due to the atrocious spelling and grammar who seem to believe that I would be an excellent venue for hocking their products. I have gotten so many of these, it leaves me asking the question,
Do these tactics actually work on anyone?
Are there bloggers out there so desperate for content that they are willing to plug products that have nothing to do with their site? I might consider it if there was some sort of monetary compensation being offered. However, even under those circumstances, it takes away from what my site is and I would surely begin to lose readers who do not want to read an advertisement.
I know that I will never take up the sad cause of these spammers, but I am curious how many people actually respond the way the spammer intends. It seems that it would be a huge waste of time and resources, but they must trick some idiots or they would not continue to use these methods.
While I have seen dozens of these requests, every once in a while, one really catches my eye. Yesterday, this one dropped in my SPAM comment folder. It was intended for my Saturday post, With Friends Like These.
|I was going to click 'NOT SPAM' so everyone could see this,|
but then his link would be visible and I am NOT advertising for this moron.
Does this imbecile honestly believe the way to win me over is by insulting the intelligence of my readers? Plus, once again, I can tell that he has not really looked at my site since my Facebook and Twitter info are both listed on the left sidebar of this blog. I advertise my social pages so I don't have to make a list. I even have my Goodreads link up. I am also not so stupid that I don't realize the only reason he wants this info is to capitalize on using my audience to send out more spam to attempt to
If you want to prey upon my audience, then do the work yourself. It isn't even that much work. My links are on the sidebars. Why would I send you the list? You have got to be the laziest spammer ever.
Do any of you choose to respond to spammers? If so, what do you do? Rodney at Mental Poo had posted some of the hilarious conversations he has had with them. Please share if you have any good spam stories.
Apparently, some people like SPAM.