Just a quick note to let you know why your comments to my blog no longer show up automatically. It turns out that someone decided my blog was a good place to post ads for online pharmacies, gambling, and all that other stuff that we apparently do not get enough of in e-mail. The other day I deleted about 40 of those comments. Since there is apparently no automated spam filter on the blog system (there is a business opportunity for you) I set it up to require manual approval of all comments. As before, I have no problems with contrary opinions and will approve those as all others. However, I can't really approve comments more than a couple of times a day, and some days not at all subject to travel schedule, so your comments may be delayed. I still want them, so please keep posting them. Just be aware it will take a while to get them posted.
Oh, and if the guy posting the spam happens to read this, I have some choice words for you, but they are not suitable for print (even electronic).
But if you look on the bright side most of the spam comments praise your site and you get the general feeling that they all love what you are posting. Though sometimes their English has some room for improvement :)
I still shake my head that ... in some strange way blog spam works... I mean obviously they still keep doing it so it must work, right?
Now when I'm looking for a vendor... the fact that a vendor either sets up a fake blog or posts blog spam just isn't a reason that I'm convinced to buy from that vendor.
The ones that drive me crazy are the blog spam posts that I can't get off the blog and they get stuck in the database.
Excuse me.. I gotta go clean some more off.. just got a notification ... oh its the online casino one again.. oh good.. I hadn't seen that post in about 6 hours...
The reason they do it is not for the clicks (these are just a happy side effect) but rather because it places a 1-way link to their site from a site with a high Google ranking. Which gives their site a better ranking in turn.
Which doesn't make it any less annoying, but at least understandable.
Great post, explained really well and I could really understand. Thank you.