I’ve received a few of these messages recently that haven’t gone directly to the Spam queue (they sit there waiting for my approval).
Here’s the most recent :
The message reads :
When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three emails with the same comment.
Is there any way you can remove people from that
service? Bless you!
Now as I understand it this is complete bullshit, basically the person just wants to get a free link on your site to their commercial site. Reason – they are promoting or marketing something on that youtube link or whatever the link in the comment leads to.
Why I say this is bullshit? Well, the commenter, had they turned on notifications (like they said in their message), can actually turn off notifications by themselves. So they shouldn’t need to contact you about this. If they were genuine, then they wouldn’t have a link to a page they are trying to market or promote.
So they’ve tricked you into giving them a free link which will help their SEO if you approve it. Why were you tricked ? Most people are generally helpful and they try to help if someone has a genuine problem, especially were it’s their own blog. It’s that psychology that these people are using against us.
Bottom line – this is BLACK HAT SEO from spammers which has been sent out automatically by a bot or automated process. Not a genuine person who needs your assistance.
So please if you get a message like this, check who sent it and what their link is. If it looks like they are dodgy or trying to sell something, then spam queue them. I think it’s not going directly in my spam queue, because some people are WRONGLY approving these comments.
NB. Genuine commenters give real email addresses and real website addresses. If they are on WordPress then the Gravatar system fills this in for them automatically, along with their photo if they have one.
Please pass this on, otherwise this nuisance will persist …