Even the most obscure and indigent of bloggers will find themselves deleting ‘comments’ from the commentors with names such as “ugg boots cheap ugg boots ugg boots wakefield”, “Commitex Wireless-Unlimited 4G,Talk,Text,Data,Mo – Home”, “cataract eye drops” and many more.
Generally, these comments are automated tosh anyway – just a poorly-spun, mangled slew of English with some keywords in that is just enough to defeat a few unhappy souls (like these) and that Akismet will just bin without a thought.
That’s quite stupid, but often the programs behind them will have been running for years and may well run for all eternity. More stupid still though – and the subject of today’s quick post – are those who seemingly take the time to actually write a real, relevant comment and then give their ‘name’ as a keyword link. Things such as this:
That’s actually a quite relevant response (even though it’s just been lifted and slightly rewritten from this source). I’m dropping it in the bin because no-one is called ‘silver price’. Moreoever, in 2012, no-one is going to rank for ‘silver price’ by leaving comments on blogs anyway:
- The links are most likely no-followed
- Google can identify comment links and could ignore them if they choose to (and, indeed, probably are)
- Anchor text links look suspicious as hell – who has ever unwittingly, in the real, non-SEO world, linked to a site using anchor text?
- Anchor text ‘names’ more often than not end up caught in a spam filter as per this example.
- The comment is scraped from somewhere anyway, so even if it gets through, it’s a black mark against the site that you’re trying to get a link from: i.e., being ‘successful’ at this stuff is a pyrrhic victory at best because you are putting chunks of duplicate content on that page.
It is 2012. Get over this stuff!