As soon as your blog begins to attract traffic, as sure as night follows day, it will attract comment spam.
Because blogs are a rich target! Anyone can post comments and links to the site, blogs rank well in search and people click the links on them all the time.
What is Comment Spam?
It’s where a comment is posted for the express purpose of gaining a valuable link and directing some traffic to an unrelated site.
How is it done?
At a simple level, individuals carry out a search on a topic, find your site and post a comment and link to theirs. These can be quite hard to detect, as the comment can seem relevant, so often only by clicking on the link will you find out it’s spam. There are also spam “robots” which simply find sites and post rubbish and a link – these are easy to spot.
What’s the Scale of This? read more »
1/ Posting Consistently. It doesn’t matter if your schedule is to post every day, or twice a week, as long as you remain consistent. Your readers will get into a rhythm and expect your posts.
2/ Managing Time Effectively. Blogging has a remarkable way of filling every hour available to the blogger. But we are all limited in some way – many of us have other jobs for example. So the effective blogger will make sure that the time available counts in producing effective action. read more »
It’s actually taken me 9 years to do it, but I’ve finally finished the book about our move from UK to Lanzarote. I’ve published it in PDF E-book format and it’s available via the publishers Kiqlo.
Here we go for my favorite posts of the last week:
by Kim on wolf21.com
Talks about how social media can become the “Wow factor” for conventional businesses. Kim’s a writer to keep an eye on for the future.
by Yaro Starak on entrepreneurs-journey.com
I have to admit to finding some of Yaro’s work to wordy, but this is the first post I’ve read that really explains the whole “long tail” thing to the point where I understood it.
Despite the disastrous hard drive failure at the end of the month, I still ended up very, very happy with progress on the blogs. All the key indicators continue to move in the right direction, and I was amazed to discover that this blog:
Moved from Page Rank Zero to Page Rank Three
in the recent Google update. Remember the site is less than four months old! read more »
You may have noticed that I’ve been absent for several days from the blogs and from Twitter. My main PC suffered a hard drive failure! Here’s the story:
I went to bed on 31st March having turned off my PC. On the morning of 1st April I turned it on and it just went into a loop of starting, offering to check the disc and then closing down. read more »
I used to train sales people. One of the key tenets of my training was:
The only truly effective time you have as a salesperson is when you are talking to your potential customers
Are you trying to earn an income from the internet? If the answer is yes, then you are a salesperson. So this key rule applies to you too. read more »
“If your organization exists to sell something to somebody, then the only truly productive thing you can do is to be talking to people, face to face, on the telephone or online. Other things need to happen, but they are not genuinely productive.”
How it once was (before the internet)
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