I didn’t want to post this, but I felt at this point that I had no choice. For my regulars, this has nothing to do with you so no worries. But for others, I have to warn you that you are wasting your time spamming this blog with keywords.
What encouraged me to write this warning was a few comments, one after the other, that got past my anti-spam tactics. They weren’t published, but they got into my moderation queue.
The fact is that the person in question was an actual person and not a bot of any kind. That’s the only reason they got that far in the first place. But as my regulars know, I do not allow comments where a person only uses keywords in the name field. They will not be approved.
I have OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), which means that I watch this blog like a hawk. If I even sniff a potential comment abuser, they might get approved the first time, but added to the moderation list for name, email, ip address, etc. That means that from then on, they would have to be moderated until I feel they will respect my blog.
I do not mind you using keywords in your name field. I allow this, and reward it. However, you MUST do it in the format of YOUR NAME@YOUR KEYWORDS and only in this format. Previously, I simply removed the keywords of spam and replaced it with NAME REMOVED if the comment itself was not spam. However, traffic has blown up to a point where I don’t want to have to manage this any more. Therefore, I simply delete ANY comments no matter how great it was because the commentator did not include their name with their keywords in the name field.
I was thinking about slapping in a warning above the comment area, and may do that. I was hoping I wouldn’t have to until the redesign is completed. But I guess it all depends on how I feel tomorrow.
Please, as a blog hopper, or marketer, respect us bloggers who actually provide lots of free original information on our blogs. Save that spamming activity for SPLOGS!