I'm in a grumpy mood today and it's all due to a spammer.
This blog was put on modified comment moderation several weeks ago when some bozo decided to sell his wares on MY blog.
To prevent further abuse, comments on posts older than a day have to get my approval. Sometimes that misfires because I don't always realize there's a comment waiting and it ends up sitting in limbo.
Yesterday, another spammer decided to promote her book on my blog.
Let me make this clear. Occasionally, I invite authors to do a little promo. Those who comment regularly and make an effort to maintain a relationship with me earn big brownie points. I never turn down a friend if s/he needs me to get the word out on their behalf. I consider it an honor. I hang with a pretty smart crowd. Their appearance on my blog makes ME look better by virtue of association.
But if you think you can slap your blurb on my blog without so much as a polite email, buddy, you're delusional and ignorant.
Before I deleted the comment, I Googled this person. She has a book with a publisher I've never heard of, and the only other entries I found were other comments she made on other blogs.
Tell me, please. On what planet do you think that works?
I've read spam comments on other blogs and the only thing that comes to mind is that this person is a total LOSER if he thinks that kind of promotion is going to get him a following.
Well…maybe a following of angry bloggers with pitchforks.
Every Friday for over a year, I've analyzed one specific promotional venue and I've shared my findings with those of you who care to follow. In all my research, no where have I come across information that suggests bulk spamming your blurb equates to sales.
If anything, it blacklists you.
Cyber space has a long memory. A reputation for spamming will follow you forever.
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