*** Edit – In the spirit of Good Karma I accepted an apology from the erstwhile ‘spammer’ / padouan ninja linkbuilder. As promised I removed the seo company’s name from this post to give him back his Google listings and save his online reputation. ***
I must be reformed. Not only have I stopped spamming blogs I have no interest in, just for link-juice, now I am outing those who still do.
Yes, I’ve dropped by sites I’ve targeted specifically for a link. Isn’t that how every link-builder starts? I normally have quite a threshold for this sort of crap innovative linkbuilding, as I’m a forgiving ex-comment-spammer, but come off it ***** SEO Services, India, this commenting did not impress. And I’ve seen better from the automatic spam Akismet and Spam Karma nuke.
Perhaps it was because I was with a client today, telling them how to play nice in the blogosphere, what i’ve learned about how to join in and get involved in an online community, when these email notifications started alerting me to your shady ninja linkbuilding. It was quite funny actually. Basically this was a timely and clear example how NOT to get links from related sites. Well themed, poorly actioned, and punished in a way that hurts.
Here’s what I saw in my comments moderation panel today;
Sheeish! So what are you going to get for all that good targeting and work? Nothing, unfortunately. Those links will soon be deleted. Even that well known comment spammer Tim Nash was frightened. ;) Oh – and we will probably rank top in the UK for your name, that’ll give you some reputation management to practice on;
Actually ***** SEO India, you actually do get something out of this (apart from your email getting spammed). A free lesson in what happens when you piss a blogger off – don’t you know every day people like me are just looking for something to put on their blog? You guessed it, in between those stellar interviews with Jim, Sebastian & Tim, this was a ‘slow day’.
Here’s a few tips to get a free link on this seo blog (and probably any other blog) from a reformed blog comment spammer (in fact, this is now going to be my new blog comment policy page). I want this blog treated with a bit of respect, the same I now give to other bloggers (I hope) – so;
Tips For Commenting On This Blog & Others
- When looking at the page, don’t think link, think read
- If you’ve got something worthwhile to say, comment
- If you’ve not got anything to say, subscribe to my feed, come back tomorrow, or find a post you do have a view on. One of my New Year Resolutions in 2008 is to answer my comments, and get involved more with other people’s blogs, so don’t worry if it’s a slightly older post
- Drop a comment and get involved. Don’t head off to another blog post when you had a clear opportunity to converse with Tim. Repeat after me – Tim is not that scary.
- Say something useful, feel free to add keywords in my blog post via your comment form – I like that.
- Even prolific link-whore Andy Beard ;) doesn’t comment on that many posts on the one site in one day. Yes I know the Hobo blog is excellent (Jim Boykin … says so), but not that excellent, surely…
- Try and limit your signature link to your company name, personal name, or nickname. ‘SEO’, SEO Scotland or the like ;) is never going to work for me, unless your comment is stellar, and I don’t think Google is liking it that much these days either.
- Give to receive. Want a traffic driving link? Why not Stumble or Digg or Mixx the post, then drop a link in like “Great read – Stumbled”. I can live with that sort of thing.
- Know without knowing that the last thing you want to do is piss off a blogger. Any blogger – didn’t you know the power of blogging? Know that a blog with 200+ posts is quite frankly a labour of love.
- Know that I moderate things around here. Supposedly I’ve got some responsibility to keep Google’s index uncluttered and to stop excessive manipulation of the serps. As a seo company, you’ll be aware of this.
- Do most of the above (practice and it becomes natural) and after a certain number of comments, if you’re a “good egg” by my keenly honed senses, you’ll probably have made pals with me, you’ll have a link that drives traffic, and you know what, it’ll be a Dofollow link, too. I might even consider linking to you in future posts. You’ll have ‘done’ me, and I will be happy. It’s one of those win-win situations.
- I reserve the right to edit any comment you place on this site basically to say anything I want – don’t worry if you are not a blog spammer. :)
Ack! – Is this post Bad Karma? Oh the irony… :)
Perhaps. Perhaps something was lost in translation? I’m in a bad mood (actually I’m always in a bad mood)? Perhaps, so, if you get it sorted, drop me a line and I will consider removing all references to your seo company, that being ‘***** SEO Services India’, of course (jeez, I’ve not keyword stuffed for such a long time it seems).
Perhaps it was a newbie seo / linkbuilder? We all make mistakes, and there’s a learning curve, but I charge a lot of money for our seo nous, and I just gave you, the management at ***** seo India, free link building advice and a resource you can point all your link ninjas to in future before they head out on their days’ commenting.
This post can now serve as an example to show my clients what happens with poorly crafted blog commenting and what happens when you piss off one of those bloggers out there who ‘probably’ has the ‘Google authority” to rank for your brand name in Google UK at least.
PS ***** SEO Services India – Please leave our blog alone for the time being, although you may comment on this page when you find it :)
Edit – This page will be a good post to get a link from as it soon will have every page on this site pointing to it. Just think about it this time…. (I wish I could see your faces when you return in the morning looking to get more links from the Hobo site) and hey, just thought I’d let you know what the search marketing industry thought about your Ninja Linkbuilding :)
You may want to have a look at this too – it’s about online reputation management. :)