You’re a Comment Spammer
If you’ve blogged for any amount of time, you’ve seen them: comments that strangely have no substance at all. There are words there, yes, but why did someone take the time to type something that really adds no value?
It’s called comment spam, and the more popular your blog is, the more of it you get.
“But wait,” I hear the spammers saying. “I actually took the time to write something. This wasn’t an automated process. I actually wrote that. That means it’s not spam.”
You may actually believe that, or you may just be trying to rationalize your spamming. Either way, here’s how to tell whether or not your comment is spam: Did you write it just to get a link to your site? If so, it’s spam — period. I don’t care that you didn’t mention Viagra, poker or unmentionable deviant acts.
Spam does fall into different categories, though, based on how bad it is or how often you do it. Here are some potential consequences you face when you make the choice to comment spam.
Your comment gets deleted and never makes it to the site.
You get called out very publicly.
I (and others) mark you as spam in Akismet and suddenly your legit comments aren’t even getting through anymore.
Comment spamming — like so many other “secrets” you read about on the Internet — is a short-cut method that can very easily do more harm than good. Resist the temptation. If you don’t have anything genuine to say, don’t say anything at all. Trust me.