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Do you like spammers on your articles, blogs or inbox? I think, no one likes them. But what if someone looks you online and feels like you are a spammer? It may happen, the way you behave online, connect with people, comment, talk, in social networks and emails, people may find you a spammer even if you are not. Here I am mentioning few things which I personally think, can make someone look like a spammer.
I would like to mention, I am not accusing anyone. Just sharing my thoughts on:
10 Things That Make You Look Like a Spammer
#1: You have no Gravatar in your comments
I am not pointing to anyone particulary. But I don’t really like to reply or read the comments without any Gravatar and occasionally approve them on my site. If you like to comment a lot and aren’t showing any face in comments then it may give an impression you are doing nothing but making backlinks. Maybe, you are not just making backlinks and are really interested in showing your thoughts for any article, but without any Gravatar it doesn’t look so effective.
Tip: It is really easy to make a Gravatar, won’t take more than two minutes. Just go to Gravatar.com, add your email address you use to comment and associate your image with it. Maybe, someone have written a tutorial for that.
#2: Your Gravatar isn’t real
Same is true if your Gravatar have an image of any popular celebrity or model but not your real one. I even have seen commenters with American names with Indian local models which clearly shows that the person is not someone real.
Tip: Instead of using pictures of celebrities, objects use your REAL picture with a close a up to your face. So that, people/bloggers can identify you whenever they see your comment on any blog. If you have a well established brand logo then you can use that logo as well for your Gravatar.
#3: You don’t use your REAL NAME in comments and emails
What should I understand when I see a comment from “Best eBook reviews” or something like “Best holidays packages”? I have seen comments with these type of names on many blogs. I never approve them on my blog and I wonder why others do? And if you are doing the same; rather than your name, entering your keywords I would consider you are JUST a link builder which is a kind of spammer.
I have been in a conversation with people where they have written different names under regards in every email reply and it show different name in the sender information.
Tip: Yes, I know you might be building backlinks with your keywords but the “NAME” section for commenting isn’t right place for that. Everyone needs to know with whom he or she is talking.
#4: Same one-line comment on all post
You have same comments to write all the time, most of the times it is “Nice article, thanks for sharing”. Again, it will give an impression that you are building backlinks.
Tip: First of all, I never understand the logic of saying, “Thank you for writing this”. Secondly if you have nothing to say then just give the article some shares, that’s all.
#5: Your comments add no value at all
You are writing comments but they are out of context sometimes. I have seen such comments on my blog, for example, “My friend recommended me your blog, I am a regular visitor of your blog, you are writing very nice articles, I am looking forward to read more articles” and so on.
Tip: You can write your perspective or your opinion for the same topic or any point in the article but you don’t really have to comment if you don’t have something meaningful to say.
#6: You love to share your links everywhere
Once you start sharing your links, you don’t stop. Your same links can be seen all over the places; Facebook, Twitter, Groups etc. My news feed, twitter is always ful of your updates. This annoys me a lot and your other friends would be feeling the same.
Tip: There is a very thin line between Blog Promotion and Spamming. Yes, everyone needs blog promotion but there should be a limit; how much times and where we should share our article.
#7: You add everyone as a friend on Facebook without knowing him or her
I have around 300 pending friend request on Facebook. And I know none of them. We just have few (or many) mutual friends. I had added some friends like these already, but we never say ‘Hi’ or ‘Hello’, never chat, nothing. Then why add? Just to show our updates/links to maximum audience.
Tip: We should add only those to our list who are our known. If we want to know someone and sends then a friends request then we can write a poliete introduction message like who are we, from where did we find that person and why we want to add, along with the friends request. I will accept all pending request as soon I get to know a little about them.
#8: You make a lot of Spelling mistakes in your posts and comments
It looks like you don’t really care what you are writing whether it is a comment or any of your article on your blog. You just want to publish an article to let crawlers know you are writing and publish a comment just to get a back link. If you don’t know search engines don’t really like blogs or sites with spelling mistakes, and no author/bloggers likes to publish comments with spelling mistakes.
Tip: Sometimes, it’s possible that you do a spelling mistake mistakenly. It’s good to proof read your articles or comments before hitting the final button. If you are using Chrome then it will show you spelling mistakes automatically.
#9: YOU capitalize YOUR WORDS UNNECESSARY IN YOUR EMAIL AND UPDATES
I capitalize my words (few) if there is something which I want to make sure people note, or something extra special, like a giveaway or something. But I don’t capitalize all the words in my updates, or emails unnecessarily, just to get noticed by people out there. I have seen many sharing there links with summary whole in CAPITAL. It’s absolutely not good.
Tip: Use capitalization only to highlight main words or a particular thing not your WHOLE sentence.
#10: You have twitter followers more than celebrities have
Seriously? You are no big person but still you have followers in 100K and you are following people in 100s with not more than 100 tweets. Of course, this is not real. There are many people with fake followers, with fake profiles. That gives nothing but a spammers impression.
Tip: If you really think buying followers will give your readers and clients a good impression, then forget about it. Everyone online knows these likes and followers can be bought in few bucks. Better be original.
Does anyone of this match with you? Would you admit it?
I mentioned 10 points here that can make you look like a spammer but do you think any of these points have anything common with you. And if yes, would you admit it, and share it in comments.
I would love to hear from you. What are your thoughts on the same topic? What you think I left in the most common spamming things?
Off to spamming! LOL!