ss_blog_claim=73b1cd073bba6e6518705e046b696b7d Getting spam through the Moderation Queue

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Getting spam through the Moderation Queue

I define SPAM in the strictest sense as posting non-sequitur links as related to the original blog entry, article, or site. When you find a place to post your links that actually pertain to those links then you are one step closer to actually getting that link published. There are two ways to spam blogs with your links; the right way and the wrong way. I’m here to let you know the best way to even try it.

If content is king, then spam is the court jester. It’s sometimes funny to watch, but no one really pays any attention to it. So the trick is to get on-topic and to get people to actually bother reading it. The three steps below can greatly increase your odds of getting your link through the moderation queue and equally important, getting people to actually click on your link.

Post on relevant sites:
To better promote your link it is best to find blogging sites within your own niche. If you are trying to promote your new invention on how to walk your dog, then posting on a healthcare site will likely not generate any traffic, even if it does happen to make it though the moderation queue. People are going to the healthcare site for healthcare, not dog-walking.

When looking at potential sites, you should focus on traffic more then anything else. High PR is nice, but secondary to the actual click through rate to your site. The more readers, the more potential for additional backlinks and customers. Likewise, re=”nofollow” can also be ignored. Humans follow nofollow links, and it’s humans you are after here not bots. While both PR and follow links are good, blogs without them should not be underestimated.

Besides, most new blog entries will be unranked anyway so the chances of passing any PR are minimal at best. Also, not all search engines pay attention to the re=”nofollow” attribute.
Post on topic:
If the site is on auto-mechanics, and the blog entry in question is on exhaust pipes, posting a link on fender repair will likely not result in any click through and likely will not pass through the queue. Find an entry on fenders or fender repair and you’ll fair far better.

When you are looking at the entry, skim over it’s existing replies. Sometimes it’s better to comment on an existing comment, especially if that comment is closer to your reply then the original post. It’s also more likely to pass through moderation as it can look like you are trying to actually help out a fellow reader.

In any case, do not just post your link. It’s URL will not even be checked unless of course an admin happens to cross his/her mouse over it on the way to the delete button. Actually post something worth reading…

Post Content:
So you found the correct niche site, and an entry that is topically accurate, your work is not finished yet. Now you need to accent your link with actual content. If you head in with a subject title and a message body with just an URL then no one will really care. Take the time to write up a line or three that deals with the topic at hand and try to squeeze in your link in a relevant manor that helps the readers of the blog.

Start off with a relevant subject line if it gives the option. Follow that with something conversational in the message body. Actually get involved in the discussion if you can, or at least look like it. Do not stuff your entry with keywords either, actually communicate your point with proper sentence structure, spelling, and grammar. Post as if you were commenting to one of your own friends…as if the admin of the blog is to allow your post to stay it’s the least you can do.

How to squeeze in that link:
In many cases a deeplink will pass before just a site link, and in many cases both a site link and a deep link can make it in. This is due to the fact that it will look like you are actually contributing to the discussion rather then just plugging another site

While I did not actually give a great deal of content you should be able to see the difference between actually plugging my site, and making something that at least seems useful to the other readers. In the first example you’d need to click into the main site link then hunt down the relevant article. In the second example I link directly to the article…which of course has a link to the main page should the readers wish to know more about what I’ve said.

In the second example I used the URL rather then anchor text, this was actually done on purpose, as surely no webmaster in his right mind would link to his or her site without the proper use of anchor text. I also used a false persona and a different email then I normally do (but a valid email all the same). Then I posted as if I were someone else pointing to my article… a bit seedy I know, but I find that it works, especially if you are actually adding something to the conversation.

By all means though, change the URL to an actual hyperlink, and if you do then also feel free to make the site name a hyperlink as well (pointing to the main site index). You could also put in your normal name, and outright say that the article/link is yours. Some admin may actually prefer it from the source.

Well, that’s my take on blog spam, take it as you will, and feel free to point to this article in anyone else’s blog *smirk*


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