Back in 2013, I wrote about “junk followers” on WordPress, fake or empty or commercial accounts who use bots to follow every blog they possible can in hopes of more exposure for themselves.
Just in case you were wondering, this is a scummy thing to do, right up there with spam-bombing other people’s blogs with backlinks to your own scummy commercial blog.
I have over 1700 followers, and I’ll bet that I don’t have more than a couple of dozen who are really interested in my content. The rest are simply using tricks to improve their own rankings and drive web traffic to their sites. I don’t really care about numbers, since I have no intention of monetizing this blog, but a lot of my focus is trying to reduce spam, scams, and fraud, and warn people about how to avoid being taken advantage of. And this kind of thing is just like a burr under my saddle.
If you’re a blogger, don’t do this. Don’t use bots to “like” or “follow” everything in site in order to boost your own presence. It stinks, and it makes you look cheap and disreputable.
The Old Wolf has spoken.
Dear Old Wolf,
You have been heard and heeded.
Take care and prosper!
Hello, Old Wolf. I come here brought by a shared sentiment over these kinds of bloggers. I’ve had these commercial spam bloggers following me for some time now — and it appears that I’m not the only one incensed by this practice.
I’ve scrutinized where they often come from — and unfortunately, they mostly hail from South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh) and a good number of African countries.
Interesting observation, thanks for commenting!
No problem at all, and thank you likewise for the trove of wisdom! I actually had an encounter with one of those — and the scumbag even had the audacity to call me “hateful” for pointing out his deplorable behavior.