Showing posts with label spamming. Show all posts
Showing posts with label spamming. Show all posts

Friday, September 25, 2015

How CAPTCHA Ruins Your Blog | Book Blogging Tips (#18)

We either love it or we hate it. There are a lot of opinions about CAPTCHA and most of them are negative. Maybe you have CAPTCHA on your blog and don't get what the fuzz is all about.

I'm here to explain it to you.

What is CAPTCHA?

CAPTCHA stands for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart". It's a method to prevent spam comments that all bigger blogging plat forms offer to make sure that you don't get spam. 

What is spam?

In regard to blogging, spam mostly refers to comments. You'll encounter it in form of automatically generated comments that are copy-and-pasted from one blog to another by fake accounts. Usually it's advertisements and/or links to other websites.

What's so bad about CAPTCHA?

In theory, CAPTCHA is a wonderful invention. Before you see how it works and have to deal with it.

For the blogger it's a super convenient method to prevent people from making the effort to spam all over your blog, but yeah ... it's also prevents everyone from EVER wanting to comment on your posts.

You have to take into consideration that it's rare that people comment. The naked truth is that about 80% of the readers of your blog will probably just read the content and then leave. That's perfectly fine.

But those 20% that want to comment, want to do it effortlessly and quickly. If you have decent options for people to comment and a great post, it's even more tragic if you have CAPTCHA enabled.
  • Nobody wants to guess what the image says to leave a comment
  • If people comment, they want it done quickly
  • CAPTCHA sometimes messes with us, don't tell me you haven't had to enter the same thing five times before it worked. It's super frustrating!
If you have CAPTCHA enabled in a pop-up window I GUARANTEE you, your comments will decrease by 70%!

But how do I protect myself from spam without CAPTCHA?

Ask yourself:
  1. Have you ever had a single spam comment before you enabled CAPTCHA?
  2. Have you ever tried to do at least a day without CAPTCHA? Was there anything different about your blogging experience?
  3. Do you comment on blogs with CAPTCHA?
As a Blogger user I can assure you that Blogger and Google do a fine job at protecting your blog. If you have a decent third-party comment system like I do it's even less likely that you'll get spam. Just trust me on this one. You can always switch back to CAPTCHA if you'll get 230 spam comments within a day. We both know that won't happen though. Just disable the damn CAPTCHA.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

10 Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me As A Newbie Blogger | Book Blogging Tips (#11)

For some people these ten tips might seem basic, but I admit freely that for me, they weren't. Everyone starts out small, some rise quickly, some don't at all. (Is that a Dr. Suess poem?) 

10. Do You Know What Copyright Is?

Yeah, I'm guilty of using other people's images without crediting the source in the past. I fixed that though. Don't do that.

9. You Need to Interact

I'm not talking about responding to comments (some bloggers don't even do that though), but being social in general. You want other people to read your content? Try reading theirs and learning from them.

8. You Won't Make A Living From Blogging Anytime Soon

Blogging takes time. If you're here to build a business and not because of your passion, you won't last very long.

7. Review Copies Are Not Free Books

Don't overestimate yourself. You will have to read them all, they are not free. There are deadlines that you have to keep in mind. You're going to have to have read all those books by a certain date, else you're going to have a problem.

6. You Have to Constantly Rework

Whether it's:
  •  your old posts
  • your theme
  • your blogging concept
  • your social media habits
  • your social media accounts
Take a look at what others are doing and improve all the time.

5. Your First Theme Won't Be Your Last

Seriously, who isn't cringing at their first theme? (See #6)

4. Try for Original Content

You'll only get readers if people are interested in what you have to say. Show them that you have a voice. Say relevant things that contribute to the community.

3. Listen to Other People

Yeah, I know you've got it all figured out and you think you're good to go, yadayadayada. Just listen to what more experienced people tell you, even if you strongly disagree. On the long run you'll thank me and see.

2. You Want Success? Be Different.

More content doesn't equal more readers. Think about things you haven't seen on other people's pages before. Do exactly this. Check your own habits, what do you want to read? Think of a niche.

1. There's a Difference Between Promoting and Spamming

This should go without saying.

What Do You Wish Somebody Had Told You As A Newbie?

More Tips:
Book Blogging Tips (#7): How to Not Advertise For Your Blog
Book Blogging Tips (#8): 6 Things Your Blog Design HAS TO Have
Book Blogging Tips (#9): 6 Commenting Systems and What Sucks About Them
Book Blogging Tips (#10): How to Simply Your Blogging Experience in 6 Steps

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

How NOT to Advertise For Your Blog | Book Blogging Tips (#7)

Advertising your blog.

We all know, in order to get an audience, we have to make sure to get our names out there. 

Especially when you're new to blogging, it's essential to let everyone know that you're there. You can't get followers from scratch. So how do you do it?

There are four popular ways to advertise:

1. Comment on other people's blogs
2. Share your posts through all social media platforms you can find (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin, Tumblr, Google+, Goodreads etc.)
3. Ask popular bloggers to give you a shout-out
4. Leave your links all over forums and other people's blogs

Notice how two of these aren't like the others?

When advertising your blog, you have to be careful not to become a spammer. Because when people think you're spamming, there's no way they're going to click on your blog.
They might even report you for spam and that's when you're really going to have trouble building an audience.

When Does Advertising Stop and Spamming Begin?

When commenting on other blogs, some bloggers like to leave their links.

That's fine and all, but when you encounter the same person leaving the exact same comment on ten different blogs, it's starting to get a little fishy.

For 1 in 10 cases that technique might actually work, but I can say that I'm not fond of people commenting on my blog with a nonsense contribution like

"Cool Blog, Check Out Mine MyName @"

Same goes for leaving your links everywhere - there are subtle ways of doing it, but in most of the cases the newbie bloggers I encounter that do this are not very subtle!

You have to be very careful not to be aggressive about your promotion, because the book community is smaller than you think. People will start to recognize you and remember your comments.


  • Leave your signature or URL under a comment (IF that comment makes sense and you actually have something to contribute)
  • Collaborate for cross promotion with a blogger that has a similar reach
  • Ask for follow backs and promotion on platforms that are built for that purpose! (Book Blogging Archives, Follow Back Memes)
  • Share your posts everywhere (twitter, facebook, bloglovin etc.)


  • Ignore the content of the post you're commenting on completely
  • Put the same generic comment under every post you encounter just for the sake of exposure
  • Message people on social media asking for follow backs if you've never spoken to them before
  • Ask people for shout outs that have no idea who you are
  • Ask bloggers with a completely different reach than yours for promotion 
  • @ and mention random people you've never talked to before on social media with the purpose of promoting your content

What's the best way to advertise?
Would you consider leaving your link spamming?

Come back next Thursday for another Book Blogging Tips post!

More Tips:
Book Blogging Tips (#3): How to Handle Inquiries from Publishers and Authors
Book Blogging Tips (#4): Pros and Cons of Book Blogging Memes
Book Blogging Tips (#5): Is It Possible To Have TOO MUCH Content?
Book Blogging Tips (#6): Should I Be Commenting Back?

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