About Dumb Obvious Blog Comments

Is this funny, or just annoying? It’s an alleged comment to one of my posts on this blog. And get this: the same comment also appeared, word for word, on another post on my Up and Running blog on entrepreneur.com. Two different posts, but the identical comment, as follows:

Great post, I agree. I think a great addition that might help others would be learning how to outsource. It’s really helped my business. I found a free outsourcing mini coarse and I learned a lot from it. It’s amazing what you can do when you can hire someone for $4 per hour to help you run your business.

And it has a URL, that I haven’t included, because I don’t want to promote it. A link that people are supposed to click to take part in the “amazing” gains of hiring someone for $4 per hour to be you. And I didn’t approve the comment, so don’t look for it, you won’t find it.

  • Re: “Great post, I agree.” Oh come on, how dumb do you think I and normal readers are? How obvious is that?
  • Re: “free outsourcing mini coarse.” I guess it doesn’t include spelling.
  • Re: hiring someone for $4 per hour to run your business. Yeah, you just put this comment on a post about how social media requires authenticity, which is hard to leverage. And on another post about overused words in advertising. I can see how that’s working for you.

Still, that’s a poorly executed waste of time commenting on blog strategy, which, I sincerely hope, will never work for you.


  • Tim Berry says:

    Oh dear. I just got 10 really-obnoxious totally-spam comments selling pills. Suddenly my akisimet spam catcher isn’t working. Spammers striking back, maybe? If you didn’t like this quasi-polite spam, take this really bad stuff. Gulp.

  • Mark says:

    Depending on the software you use to manage your blog, you can usually set an option to require admin review prior to publishing. While it can be a pain if you’re lucky enough to have lots of comments, it’s one of the only ways I know of to get rid of these types of comments. No way to stop them, sadly. It’s part of the internet marketing landscape.

  • Rush says:

    Tim – Your post interests me because my competitors search for posts about my product* and then comment with text like “of you like _(us)__, then you’ll love _(them)_.” I don’t know if their comments establish me as the alpha lead dog and them as the copy cats (which would be true), or if they simply give the competition an effective soapbox to stand on. Either way, I know I can’t make them go away.

    Does anyone have clever counter-actions or responses to this sort of thing?

    * Product is not referenced here because I’m not trying to use this comment as a selling tool.

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