Aren’t you sick of it? Isn’t it just so infuriating? Every time that I upload a new post to my blog, the ‘likes’ start to flow into my in-box. The message from Word Press says:
Fred liked your post.
He thought the post was pretty awesome.
You should go see what they’re up to. Maybe you’ll like their blog as much as they liked yours!
That’s nice, I think to myself. Somebody likes my post. I should return the favour and look at theirs. Perhaps we’ll have something in common.
We don’t, and that’s not surprising because when I look at my blog stats, I can see that none of those likes have actually read my blog. All the spammer has done is gone fishing to gain my response so that I will increase the visitation levels on their blog.
And that’s not all. Their blog is likely part of an on-line multi-level marketing scheme, focussed on making money from signing bloggers up for a fee to learn more about money-making ventures via affiliate relationships, and through signing up others to the scheme. Information is provided by hyper linked videos which show cool-looking dudes in their early twenties who spruik the perfect money-making ventures, if only you will sign up.
I have no objections to anyone making money from blogging, from affiliate associations, advertising, or any other means. What I do object to is being spammed with the empty likes and trying to entice me to read the spammer’s blog without the courtesy of having read mine. It makes me feel used and I don’t like it.
Am I alone here? Have others felt the same way about these spam bloggers and their likes?