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A thin line between spam blog post comments and real blog post comments

Updated on April 24, 2013

Do you leave spam comments on blog posts and hubs?

"No, of course not!" you declare. "Spamming is disgusting and I never do it."

Really?

Well, I mean, yes, I find it disgusting too, but do you really never leave spam comments on blog posts or hubs?

Do you not get some kind of reward for leaving a comment? Maybe you don't want a reward, couldn't care less about getting a reward, and never try to get a reward for your comment on somebody else's article? What if you do get a reward anyway?

You absolutely loved somebody's article, and even sometimes have further helpful information to add to that article, by leaving a comment. You want to comment and you want to be helpful.


Reward scenarios

At the very least , you don't even leave your real name or a link to your own site, blog, or profile. All you want to do is help others or tell the writer how their information has helped you, or can help others (and thank them for a good article.)

Where's the reward?

Helping others or thanking others is something you like doing. It's enough for you. It becomes even more of a reward, if the writer thanks you for your input. You feel that your comment or help was really appreciated.

Let's move one step up now:

You thoroughly enjoyed the article, or found it very helpful, and you feel compelled to comment on it. The words just pour from your mind to and out your fingers onto your keyboard and into that comment box. Because you have a website or blog or profile on the same site, you leave a link to one of them. You don't really care if your own content is never visited, but the link is there if anyone wants to read your own stuff. It's a bonus or a "reward" if somebody sees your comment, takes an interest in what you said, and wants to learn more about what else you write about. You may gain a new follower, or some comments on your own pieces of writing. Even if it was not intentional, the mere act of commenting on an article and leaving a link to your own writing pieces is a chance at getting a "reward," however small.

A higher step:

This reward scenario is much the same as the previous step description, except that you are intentionally hoping to get visits to your own content.

Just a little higher:

You read loads of articles and leave loads of good comments, but you don't really care about the article you read, as long as your comment is a good one, and you get to leave your link.

What have you done? Although you didn't really enjoy the article, and you realise somewhere deep inside that you're lying when you say you enjoyed it or found it helpful, you're still giving the writer extra content for his page, and your comment was well thought-out, error free, and related to the topic. It was a good comment, but is it also a spam comment? Perhaps. There are so many articles on the Internet that you can comment on, why not comment on only those that really interest you - it's more ethical.

A much bigger step (towards spam, not rewards) with the sole aim of getting rewards, but perhaps not getting as many as you'd like:

Blatant spam comments left at a pace of 3 a minute, all over the place: absolutely out of context, and with no regard to even trying to use good grammar.

Perhaps some of these comments will get by moderation, but generally, what a waste of time and effort - and moral principles!

A debatable reward step:

This one is similar to the "just a little higher" step further above, except that you have been or will be paid to comment on blog posts, using somebody else's nicknames or links. Now, if the comment is good, related to the topic, and adds to the discussion, is it a spam comment just because you're being paid to make that comment? Unethical, I think so, but spam ?

It is up to the writer of the article to allow the comment to be moderated through or not (or deleted.) I say: let the writer of the article decide.

So, do you get any rewards - however small - out of commenting on articles and hubs,

or,

are you spamming?

Or, both?

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      hollister1213 

      6 years ago

      I personally never read hubs or comment on hubs that i feel I have no interest in because i know i don't have enough knowledge on he subject to give good feedback. Anyhow this was a real good hub Teresa

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      [url=http://www.hollisterco.me.uk]hollister[/url] 

      6 years ago

      I certainly hope people do not tell me to do. I do not understand many of the comments, I was crestfallen to find that the only reason some of the comments were present, because some people want, I will return for their comments.

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image

      FloraBreenRobison 

      7 years ago

      I've just deleted a comment calling me an idiot for talking about my biography being stolen. It was already stolen. Why not educate people at the same time and make the best of a bad situation? It took me four months of being on hubpages, but yes. I have now been called an idiot.

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      8 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      @ Tony Ha Ha! :)

    • Tony Flanigan profile image

      Tony Flanigan 

      8 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Would you believe! I was looking for just this information on Google yesterday! This an awesome post about the several dialects found amongst the Swahili. Thank you so much, bookmarked, favourited, and spammed! :)

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      8 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Thanks Taniel - you've made some good points in your comment - people should perhaps rather just not comment on or read hubs that are of no interest to them.

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      TanielHouston 

      8 years ago

      This a a great hub Teresa. Many people may comment on a hub with a topic they might not have interest in and comment on it for the sake of getting the writer to come to their own hub. I personally never read hubs or comment on hubs that i feel I have no interest in because i know i don't have enough knowledge on he subject to give good feedback. Anyhow this was a real good hub Teresa

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      8 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      @ MMMoney - thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed the info.

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      MMMoney 

      8 years ago from Where U Can Make More Money

      another good hub nice info

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      8 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      @ Nick - I think getting less comments, that at least seem to be really honest and meaningful, is much more pleasant for the writer, than getting a whole bunch of comments that are possibly only there due to other intentions. So, yes, let's hope all your comments are really genuine, if there aren't many of them!

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      Nick B 

      8 years ago from Normandy, France

      I've clicked funny here although it didn't make me laugh, but I know exactly what you mean.

      I have flagged many posts here lately because I think they're spam; blatant advertising in the forums for products, but I never considered that comments may well be coming from people because they thought I may well visit theirs and get the page impressions up.

      I certainly hope that people are not doing that with mine. I don't get that many comments and I would be crestfallen to discover that the only reason some of the comments were present because someone hoped that I would reciprocate and go comment on theirs.

      So here I am, commenting on a fellow hubber's hub, without the least intention for her to come and comment on mine--at least I really hope that you are going to believe that.

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