Lately I’ve been getting a lot of messages from ‘visitors’ leaving their ‘mark’ in my cbox tagboard. At first, it was awesome, because visitors actually took time to leave a message and usually when people leave a message in my tagboard, I’d exchange a click back to their site. If they have a nice blog, I’d bookmark and come back again.
But then I’ve noticed a strange pattern. More and more messages in my tagboard but they didn’t sound ‘real’.. their message sound so constructed and sometimes funny and irrelevant to my blog. They started to sound FAKE. Then I realized another thing.. the growing number of tagboard messages have one thing in common – URL. Like I said, I do click the links to give them a traffic back to their site but I noticed that post after post that they all have SHORTCUT URL in them.
Now why is that?
If you’re a genuine visitor, blogwalking and leaving a tagboard message is a good SEO for your site. You get traffic back, and some new visitors. If your content is good, then you’ll have your own followers and if your blog is popular, Google would love to rank your blog high. But why a short url? Like bit.ly/2idyf type of URL. Why would they hide their real URL?
Then I made some research.
I found out that there’s a thing called ‘AUTO BLOGWALKING‘ software/tool that lets you create a message and let the tool SPAM tagboards without you actually visiting the site. WTF. Now blasting your REAL URL to thousands and thousands of tagboards would lead to suspected banning hence why the need to use short URL instead of your website URL. THAT EXPLAINS EVERYTHING.
And the makers of this blogwalking softwares? Malaysians. That explains why some messages were in malay, which was why I thought they were genuine.
I also found out the tools aren’t free either… they’re expensive!
I hate when people SPAM. So now I don’t ever click links that have short URL again. I know now that they didn’t even visit me – they just used a bot to do all the dirty work for them. Well.. for one thing, as a struggling affiliate & internet marketer, there’s something in me that says wow, this is a good opportunity to blast my URL to thousands of websites while I sit back and enjoy the traffic coming in and the income rolling. But as a blog owner, it devalues my credibility and quality of this site that I own. I have been blogging in this domain since 2006 – that’s roughly 6 1/2 years ago. For a good 6 years, I’ve kept this blog low profile. Sort of. Only this year when I’ve decided to become a full time internet marketer that I’ve decided to try some experiments to gain traffic to this site and I’ve been happy with the results.
But when people use automated softwares to do their job with hopes of getting EASY MONEY and EASY TRAFFIC while you sit back and enjoy the show, I despise them. Because there’s no such thing as easy money. And my blog and my tagboard is NOT a place for advertisement so I have enabled CAPTCHA to avoid more spammers. If you genuinely want to advertise your website, or receive a return click from me from doing a genuine blowalking to my site, feel free to post it.