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August 5th, 2009 · 14 Comments · Blogging

I may be the trade show guru, but I’m not a blogging guru, and I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know a lot about blogging best practices. But if I wanted to know more about blogging best practices, I would certainly read the blog GrowMap. Not only does this most excellent blog cover the best practices for blogging success, but it is also written by a blogger who knows how to comment and has won my “Spam My Blog – Win a Free Link” contest. The contest was to come up with the best “generic spam comment”, though I later changed it to the worst generic spam comment, as I didn’t want to give the dammed spamming zombies any ideas. In my contest, I offered to give a keyword link to the commenter who who came up with the best/worst generic spam comment. GrowMap (aka Internet Strategist) wrote this most excellent “generic spam comment” to win my contest:

“This is just what I was looking for years ago when I first learned to use the Internet. I am so glad to have found out that you know all about just what I wanted to know. I really love your Theme. Maybe you could install it on my blog for me? I added you to my RSS reader and saved you in my favorites. Keep up the good work! I love blogging best practices.” ~ GrowMap (aka Internet Strategist)

Something I confirmed with my post “Spam My Blog – Win a Free Link” was that many commenters don’t read the whole post, and I suspect, many just read the title and then come up with a comment just to get a link. If I suspect someone is just trying to get a link and isn’t fully reading my amazing, insightful, enlightening posts, I seldom approve the comment… and I very, very seldom approve a comment by anyone that doesn’t comply with my very simple comment policy.

To see how many people actually read the entire post (and pay attention) I included a fairly simple rule in the middle of the post. The rule was this: after your generic comment, you need to show you actually read this post by writing, “I love [your keywords here].” I let my regular readers slide, but new commenters who couldn’t follow this very simple rule did not get their comments approved. I don’t believe in the saying, “rules are meant to be broken” (or ignored).

As I suspected, while several people submitted spammy comments, but only a few included the phrase “I love [keywords].” To reward those commenters that actually read the entire post and  followed the rules I have decided to hand out honorable mentions as well.

Mitch the prolific writer loves gladiators, and wrote this comment:
“Nice blog; I’ll be stopping by often. I love gladiators!” ~ Mitch at I’m Just Sharing

JD at I Do Things loves oxycontin, and wrote this comment:
“Thanks for sharing informations. Looking forward to more stuff. Is this blog updated? Good job my friend! I love oxycontin.” ~ JD at I Do Things

Tim, aka the King of the Rednecks, loves air, and wrote this comment:
“This comment is not spam! Thanks for sharing! I found this site with a web search and this article is exactly what I needed! I love air!” ~ Tim at the Redneck Bar and Grill

Ernie, the other King of the Rednecks, loves Rednecks for beer, and wrote this comment:
“hi, an interesting post by a blogger made me……here what you have posted is really good and interesting i love, you blog, for me the most important to speed up your computer is maintain a good registry maintenance thanks for sharing the information. I love Rednecks for beer.” ~ Ernie at the Redneck Bar and Grill

So there you have it, the winning “spammer” who spammed my blog and got a keyword link (one more time… best blogging practices!) out of it, and the runner-ups as well. But now the contest is over, so please don’t spam my blog anymore!

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mitch // Aug 5, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Man, I was just ready to practice some more spamming techniques; oh well,… Congrats to Growmap for her great work.

  • 2 JD at I Do Things // Aug 5, 2009 at 10:18 am

    HAHAHA! I love the honorable mentions. And thanks for including me, tho now everyone thinks I love oxycontin, when my true love is really Vicodin. Oh, well! Oxycontin sounded more spammy.

    I like your approach to people who don’t follow the rules. I KNOW some of my readers don’t read the whole post, because they’ll often ask, “Well, why didn’t you do so-and-so” and if you read the post, you’d KNOW that I DID do so-and-so. So that’s a little annoying.

    Anyway, fun contest.

  • 3 The Trade Show Guru // Aug 5, 2009 at 11:21 am

    @Mitch, BTW, I remember that you really don’t love gladiators (it was a Airplane movie reference that went over my head), but I love them!
    @JD, Yes, I am crotchety, and not only do generic spam comments bother me, but also people that ask questions that are already answered in the post (that they never read)! ~ Steve, the ‘crotchety’ trade show guru

  • 4 Master of the Philippines // Aug 5, 2009 at 11:27 am

    That’s just evil, Steve. I read it and missed the trick. Oh well, I still love to spam (not!).

  • 5 Ernie // Aug 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Oh, pleeeeeese let me spam your blog. I have no inner life (or an outer one either) and that is the only thing that gives me any pleasure at all in this world. Well; if I can’t spam it, then you’d better watch out for my tofu. Thanks for the honorable mention.

  • 6 Ernie // Aug 5, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Oh, say. I was going to mention to JD that I, too, enjoy vicodin and oxycontin from time to time; but amoxycillan is really the best.

  • 7 Will // Aug 5, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Hey Steve – In typical fashion for me I read the whole post, but then proceeded to ignore any instructions and if I remember correctly left a comment that was not an entry but an actual spam comment left on my site. Let me go check that post….. Yep, I left a true spam comment that you judged “a good example of a BAD generic spam comment”. heh.

    Have you been on vacation? Or just busy like me? If the former, hope you had a great time!

  • 8 The Trade Show Guru // Aug 6, 2009 at 10:29 am

    hi RT (aka Master of the Philippines), You can call me “Dr. Evil”… 🙂

    hi Ernie (aka the other King of the Rednecks), I’ll stick to beer, thank you… especially Blue Beaver beer.

    hiWill, I usually only read instructions as a measure of last resort… 🙂 Your “real” spam comment was good, but rules are rules… 🙂
    Yes, I was on vacation (and I’m always busy). It was great. First real vacation in a very long time. I “disconnected” from the internet (work, play, everything) and I’ll have to say it was refreshing… especially not reading any “news”. But not it’s back to the real world. ~ Steve

  • 9 Rudy // Aug 6, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I love comment spammers! (NOT!)

    Seriously, I can’t imagine if my blog receives hundreds of comments. I’ll be spending hours weeding out spam. As it is right now, with 5 or so spams each day, I get annoyed.

    So if you get a ton of comment spams, you’re on your way to the Big Blogging Top, Steve! Congrats! 😉

  • 10 The Trade Show Guru // Aug 7, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Hey Rudy,
    Because I use Bad Behavior and Akismet, I get very few spam comments, and the few I do suffer a quick and painful death… 🙂 I don’t think I’m anywhere near being a “Big Blogger”… not by a long, long shot.
    It’s more the spammy comments that I see getting by on other blogs that bother me, because it just encourages spammers to keep on spamming.
    Thanks again for stopping by! ~ Steve

  • 11 Brian D. Hawkins // Aug 14, 2009 at 12:04 am

    I like GrowMap, I’m not surprised he came up with the best comment spam. GrowMap must be my keywords 😉

  • 12 The Trade Show Guru // Aug 14, 2009 at 10:51 am

    hi Brian,
    GrowMap is indeed wise (and would make a good spammer). I think “he” is also a she. 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by! ~ Steve

  • 13 Sire // Aug 23, 2009 at 5:08 am

    I’ve been an avid reader of GroMap for awhile now and I agree it is a good read.

    As to spam it amuses me how they always use some form of flattery to win you over, and if that doesn’t work they mention that they’ve subscribed to my RSS feed, as if that would prevent me from deleting their comments. Morons.

  • 14 The Trade Show Guru // Aug 23, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Hi Sire,
    I agree. Spammers are morons.
    And yes, GrowMap is a good read.
    ~ Steve

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