Blog Comment Spam

Do you have a blog? Do you accept blog comments? Are you tired of blog spam?

Let me start off by confessing as an Internet marketer, I’ve got some of those fancy tools that can find blogs willing to accept comments and post comments by the hundreds, but I choose not to.

I think most blog owners that allow comments on their posts want to let posters get a link back to their website or affiliate offer if the post was relevant to the conversation. Unfortunately, (based on comment rates from my network of blogs) I’d have to say that 95% of blog comments are blog or comment spam.

Here are a couple of examples of comment spam on SearchEnginePro.net – As you’ll notice, the blog article title is to the right. You can see based on the content of the comment that it is not even closely relevant to the original post.

As you can see, neither of these comments had anything to do with the article or post. On SearchEnginePro.net, I check each comment manually and even though I use some great tools for automation, I still post most of my own comments manually for relevance.

When commenter’s post comments that are not relevant to my article, I mark their comment as spam so they are unable to comment again using the same email address.

Here are a few questions for discussion:

  1. Do you use blog commenting software to automate blog posts? Why or why not?
  2. Do you manually post comments to blogs? Why or why not?
  3. If you’ve used both methods, which method has brought you the most consistent results?

I was in a back-link forum prior to writing this article and the main complaint from members was the lack of lasting relevant back-links from a service we are all using.

In my case, I was trying to get some good back-links for an automotive review site. Unfortunately, none of the back-links I received in my report were relevant and neither were the comments made on my behalf utilizing a third party service in India.

One tool I use is a plug-in for WordPress call Akismet, which is a fairly good blog spam detection tool.

There must be some value in placing hundreds if not thousands of crappy back-links on OPB (other peoples’ blogs) or the practice of comment spam would not be an issue today. One would think it would be easy enough with the tools available today to find relevant blogs to post comments to. The prize of course is a keyword link back to your site.

One of my most successfully threads has to do with Craigslist authentication. I currently have 85 comments all being relevant to the conversation. Many folks who added value to the conversation were rewarded with an approved comment and a back-link to their site.

How has blog comment spam affected your blog or business? Share your thoughts and comments below.

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a micro blogging phenomenon and social network that allows users to tweet their followers with brief messages of just 140 characters or less. I consider it in a sense an instant messaging platform on steroids. While Twitter has numerous applications for many businesses and enterprises I’ve yet to honestly see it generate results for two of my accounts or niches. One account has been active since August 2008 and the other January 2009. What have I gotten primarily from these two twitter accounts? Twitter SPAM.

With that being said, There are Twitter users that have seen a huge impact from using Twitter. Doctors, dentists, teachers, trainers, and the list goes on. But does that mean Twitter is right for every business? Some Internet marketers are starting to question the validity of Twitter as a primary business tool. Why? It takes time commitment and persistence just like anything else. When you start to analyze the time and commitment it takes to use Twitter successfully, there may be other marketing tools that will give specific businesses a better ROI.

So, What is Twitter? A powerful communication tool that can help you gain new customers or prospects. A customer service tool, or whatever you can conjur with your imagination with respect to communicating instantly with those in Twitter land.

Since I’m an Internet marketer, I’ve got a Twitter account for nearly all of the niche markets I’m working or developing. I’ll continue to share results good or bad as they develop. Here’s some good news. I got my son started with a new niche just 4 days ago, and with just a couple of tweets got two companies that stepped up to offer us all the help we needed along with products, video, etc. The right niche can generate some immediate responseses that can be lucrative.

Are you new to Twitter? What are your thoughts? Comment below — Are you an experienced Twitter user? Share your comments with readers below.

Twitter Resources:

  • Twitter Rockstar – Authoritative Guide To Marketing Your Brand Or Niche With Twitter. 11 Video’s, 4 PDF’s, 2 Mindmaps, And A 20 Minute Audio Session, All Conveniently Located In A Members Area For Viewing Or Download
  • The Twitter Report – Learn How To Get Free Targeted Traffic From Twitter Using Ethical & Acceptable Marketing Practices
  • Twitter Traffic Machine – The System Explains How To Grow A Twitter Account Rapidly W/total Automation Via 5 Videos. In Video 6, We Then Show How Create A Viral Affiliate Business.
  • Twitter Decoded – Exploit The Power Of Twitter, The Most Popular Social Network Online. Tap Into An Automated Traffic Machine That Will Build Your Lists, Sell Your Products And Grow Your Following In 72 Hours Or Less!

Best Internet Marketing Stategy

I was watching a video this evening from a Social Media marketing guy I respect, Perry Belcher. He is an up and coming player in the Social Media marketing space. In one of his latest video releases he mentioned some of the excuses he hears such as I don’t have time for Twitter or Facebook. He went on to say that if you don’t like Social Media, don’t do it.

Here’s the question it brought to mind for me as I received several emails this evening with some questions on Internet marketing. What is the “Best Internet Marketing Strategy”? We now have organic search engine optimization, Pay Per Click, Social Media, List marketing, Blogging, and the list goes on and on. Everyone who is a guru in their own space wants to sell books, videos, seminars, or software that relates to their specific area of expertise. The last thing someone needs is information overload. So where do you start? I say the answer varies based on different factors:

  • Every business or individual has different goals in mind for their website
  • Not every form of Internet marketing is ideal for everyone or every business
  • Do you like getting on camera?
  • What is your level of knowledge or expertise?
  • What kind of a budget do you have?
  • How much competition do you have?

So What’s The Right Answer?

The best Internet marketing strategy is the one that works for you, your company, and your personal goals for your website. Find two or three Internet marketers that you can trust. Find someone who is already successful in the area you are looking to succeed. Become a student. As an Internet marketer I always tell people that I’m a full-time student. There is always something new to learn. While Internet marketing changes every day, there are a few fundamentals that can give  you a good foundation and get you moving in the right direction.

Look for my next article as I explore some of the options for your best Internet marketing strategy and the pros and cons of each one.

The Funny Thing About Internet Gurus

The other day my son was reading a copy of Mike Filsaime’s “The Secrets To Building A 7 Figure Business Online / MarketingDotCom”. He read a section where the author Omar Martin talked about newbies to Internet marketing getting information overload. My son asked me; “Dad, do you have information overload? You can get information overload if you try to read too much stuff”.  I had to tell him the truth so I said YES.

I’ve been involved with Internet marketing since 1999. As a professional Internet marketer, there is always a new tip, trick, tool, method, or gadget that can help customers generate more traffic, visitors, conversions, or sales. As an Internet marketer school never stops. I’m acclimated to Information overload, it’s in my DNA. But for the business ownner or Internet newbie, Information overload can stop you in your tracks.

Here’s the issue I have with “The Big Internet Guru’s” – while most will tell you to pick one to three mentors and stick with them, they all sell, cross-sell, product launch one another’s products. Maybe I sign up for information on Frank Kern’s Mass Control 2.0, next thing I know, I’m getting an offer From Frank on Mike Filsaime’s Butterflymarketing 2.0. Don’t get me wrong, I respect everyone of these guys. It’s my job and responsibility to keep up with the latest trends, but I now read much of my Internet marketing peer’s email from my spam bin. Sign up for 10 guru’s email lists and multiply it by 10.

So where do you start? If I had to start all over again, I would start by seeking out a mentor(s) in your specific niche or area of Interest. Find a marketing mentor who has a proven track record in your field or area of interest. If you start signing up for emails from SEO gurus, Blog Gurus, Social Media gurus, or Video marketing gurus as a newbie you WILL end up with information overload.

What would I do next? Start with the basics. Whether you start with organic traffic, Pay Per Click, or Video marketing, start with one and see it through. Internet marketing is a bit like building a house. If you try to shingle the roof before you pour the foundation and frame the house, you’re likely to have some issues.

Here is a good resource for Adwords and good marketing fundamentals:

Perry MarshallDefinative Guide To Google AdWords – 5 day intro. great if you are interesting in learning more about Google Adwords / Pay Per Click marketing. Perry is a down to earth common sense guy and plugged into the latest information regarding Adwords marketing. I had the priviledge of taking part in his 4 Person Round Table in Chicago.

Google AdWords: Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

No, this is not an Easter related article and has nothing to do with putting Easter Eggs in multiple baskets. But what it does point out are some of the inconsistencies with Google Adwords and why you need to spread your risk out on multiple search engines and continue to explore every avenue including email, social media marketing, video marketing and other methods that will bring consistent traffic to your website that will convert to a sale, a lead, or whatever it is you are looking to measure.

In the past two weeks one of our Google Adwords accounts traffic dropped off sharply. The account has been active for over a year and has a fairly consistent track record. The traffic on this account dropped off by over 100,000 impressions per day. Several calls to Google resulted in one rep stating that is was probably competition (which I challenged) and a second rep stating that it is normal for Content Network traffic to swing up and down much higher than 100,000 impressions on any given day.

No matter how successful an Internet marketer you are, your business will be subject to the fluctuations of Google Adwords traffic and any other search engine PPC program for that matter. This is one reason video marketing and social media marketing have exploded.

Have you seen major fluctuations in your Google Adwords traffic? Share your story with our visitors.