Not too long ago, I wrote about a new service called Buy Blog Comments. In the entry, I mentioned what some of the comments might look like based on my experiences. Well, now I have definitive proof of what some of these comments look like.
The creator of the service decided to link out to a few of the blogs where comments were left so people could see some examples of the comments, then subsequently removed the links, I presume, because of the negativity they were receiving.
After reading a couple of the comments myself, I am astounded. Not by the quality of the comments, but by the complete lack of quality.
What’s troubling is that each of the comments are innocuous enough to be approved without realizing that they add no value to the blog entry and are not created to promote discussion. They’re merely there to give the URL linked to a boost in the SERPs and possibly some extra run-off traffic from your blog entry.
What’s even more troubling is that the URL in the first comment wasn’t even entered properly, so anyone who clicks on the link (including any stray search engine robots) will be directed to a 404 page on the blog.
People actually paid for this? I can’t help thinking of that saying attributed to P.T. Barnum, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”
_________ is quite expensive at the mentioned prices i mean ___ is huge
great _____ some people are truly creative
So, based on the above examples, the commenters don’t fully grasp the mechanics of English grammar, such as capitalization or punctuation and semantics. (Those commas and periods can be tricky, not to mention hitting a Shift+letter combination.) And don’t get me started on the anchor text or relevance to the entry’s topic. I can only say, thank goodness those blogs still had nofollow enabled.
Yep, those comments are probably worth about a quarter. However, if you care about your blog, I’d suggest you do yourself a favor: save the quarter and leave the comments yourself, or spend a half dollar and train someone to comment properly on your behalf.
To finish up, I do need to give credit when it’s due. From a purely business perspective, John saw a need and an opportunity and decided to front the service — can’t fault the man for that, though there is plenty of room for improvement. This actually reminds me of the PayPerPost scandal, except with PPP, bloggers were able to opt into it. With Buy Blog Comments, the bloggers get no choice in whether or not they’d like to be spammed.
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