Yesterday, one of the companies dealing in parenting products left a comment in my parenting blog. The comment is very relevant to my post but I can sniff out that it is pure bullshit. They are only interested in gaining a link through my blog post comment.
This same company has run a few campaigns through PayPerPost, paying between USD8 to USD50 (back in those days when I have PR) and even offered me USD180 for a month’s banner ad. I was generous and even throw in a free review for them. However, they are now taking this path of trying to gain links by leaving comments in relevant post.
Too bad, I am very protective of my comments and I don’t always approve comments.
If one is running a business, I think they should stay away from this method of gaining links because it makes their company looks cheap. For five bucks you can buy a link with a good keyword. Why are they so stingy?
Now, I am going to delete off all the old posts from this company. Just because I can. And oh, do you know that there are companies who hire people to leave comments? Blek, I won’t go this path. I see other people’s blog as their private domains so it is like encroaching into someone’s home. And when you take advantage of it to sell stuffs, I will cuss like how I will cuss when a peddlar walked into my home to sell me snake oil. See what I did to a person who left her phone number to sell cupcakes. (read the comments)
ParisB(January 18, 2008 - 6:37 pm)
Ooh I hate those sort of commentators too :P Waste of time only you know having to weed them out
pablopabla(January 18, 2008 - 8:54 pm)
Hmm…I would need to sniff them out a bit. So far, no direct advertising yet but they could be quite subtle at times. I never condone this type of low down dirty tactics to gain links. Perhaps time to nofollow for comments, hor?
leslie(January 18, 2008 - 10:21 pm)
This type of strategy also got ah? So cheap skate wan. Very soon they will be blog spamming.
Wing Loon(January 19, 2008 - 1:57 am)
Oh damn…I hate this kind of commentators too. I doesn’t happen to me though, I am lucky, :)
Hank Williams(January 19, 2008 - 4:26 am)
I didn’t know that companies paid people to comment. Hmmm… Are you talking about large seo companies? If so, I don’t get it. If you are talking about mom and pop deals, I can understand.
Interesting. I had no idea.
Cash Get(January 19, 2008 - 10:20 pm)
I get these kinds of comments all the time. This is where the comment moderation comes in handy. Yes, it is a though job if you have a large amound of comments, but you can be sure that your blog is clean of spam.