Comic: “Rinse and Repeat”

ATTACK OF THE WORDS: “Rinse and Repeat”

(Originally published in writeHackr Magazine, Issue #05, September 2016)

Attack of the Words: "Rinse and Repeat"

I used to really hate getting spam comments on my blogs. At first, I thought that there were actual humans posting each of those, and on occasion I would let one through and reply back to it. Of course, there was never a response after that, because nobody saw it, because those spam comments aren’t made by humans. They’re made by bots on a massive scale.

At one point, I was even so fed up with all the spam getting past Akismet and spam filters that I disabled comments for awhile. That gave me some space to let my blood pressure get back to normal, so I’m glad I did it. It also eventually helped me to get more perspective on the whole spam comment/marketing thing.

Nowadays, I allow comments again, with a time limit, but when spammy stuff gets through it doesn’t bother me. Sure, some of it is malicious — with people trying to scam everyone — but usually it’s just some legit small business trying to get some traction so they hire an SEO company to boost their rankings and VOILA! Spam on my blog.

No biggie.

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