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SEO companies: What you can actually do to earn my patronage

I get hundreds of comment spam entries a day here at this little blog. I’m not looking to get more traffic- this is not a money-making blog, just a stream-of-consciousness thing. I post things as the come, and nobody really reads it. This is really, just for *me*, call me selfish.

The vast majority are comments like this:

Hi my name is Janette and I just wanted to drop you a quick note here instead of calling you. I discovered your <<Copy-paste entire 450-char link headers>> page and noticed you could have a lot more visitors. I have found that the key to running a successful website is making sure the visitors you are getting are interested in your subject matter. There is a company that you can get targeted visitors from and they let you try the service for free for 7 days. I managed to get over 300 targeted visitors to day to my site. Visit them here: <<Link deleted>>

…0r this:

What you said made a lot of sense. But, think about this, what if you added a little content? I mean, I dont want to tell you how to run your blog, but what if you added something to maybe get peoples attention? Just like a video or a picture or two to get people excited about what youve got to say. In my opinion, it would make your blog come to life a little bit. Follow me at <<Link deleted>>

…or this:

I love you blog! It has so many topics I like and much I like sometime. Maybe it could better? You love your topic so much. You are so smart and funny about your <<Copy-paste entire 450-char link headers>> So many people would love this topic more better if you helped. Click here for more! <<Link deleted>>

Ok, seriously, I get it. You really want people to pay you for SEO, because you realllllllly need the money. So much so, that many of you couldn’t afford remedial grammar classes, or at least a proofreader.

So, there’s a secret weird trick to use to get my business. Just one trick you could use, and I’d pay you for your help EVERY SINGLE TIME. What is it? Click here to find out!

Akismet, my new hero.

I finally got around to paying more attention to my blog. Updating the resume…adding a post or two…proofreading others to make corrections…looking into some new plugins for WordPress….etc.

One of the most annoying things to deal with was the comment spam. In three months I had accumulated 15,000 pieces of it. There’s only about 2,000 people who have actually visited my blog thus far. Ever. (Thanks, Google Analytics!) But, since I’m really not on here all that often (something I’m trying to improve on…) I really hadn’t paid attention to the spam. I have all comments require moderation, so they weren’t flooding my site- I just have to go on every couple of months, glance through the posted commented on to see if there are any real comments (there aren’t) and run a SQL command to manually clear the crap.

I would like to know if there are any actual comments in the future, and see if anyone has anything useful to say, or even a useless comment, but one that was made by an actual person instead of a bot quoting random sentences from random books in an attempt to look Turing-complete. Thus, I configured Akismet this evening, and it’s already flagged crap as spam and shuffled it off to the spam folder, which is much easier to empty- no SQL commands into the void.

So long story short, and I’m sure old news to the vast majority of bloggers, Akismet makes me smile just a little more than I was yesterday. Thanks, devs!