I just read one of my spam messages from start to finish. I’ll forgive you for thinking I’m bored. I rarely do this. I Just wanted to see how they con people in to their schemes.
It was addressed to the Webmaster (the webmaster of a blog site, as if that needs special skills and qualifications!) and stated that my blog isn’t getting many hits (no shit, Sherlock. Although I’m sure that was a shot in the dark) and I could be missing out on 300 hits per day. Boo hoo.
They knew of a company that could offer me 3,000 hits per day. I didn’t click their possibly virus-laden link but I’m 99.99 recurring percent sure I’d be paying them for the privilege. I’ve seen a similar thing for Twitter where you can buy followers in the thousands. And apparently companies that pay to promote their Facebook Page’s statuses suddenly get hundreds or thousands of hits from places like India, the Middle East and Brazil. Probably not most companies’ target markets.
I’ve also heard it’s good for a writer who’s looking to get published that lots of hits/followers/likes or whatever, are looked on favourably by publishers and agents. But seriously, is that the way marketing is going? Obviously the publishers and agents are aware of the practice and probably know how to spot those doing it.
To me it’s like breaking the bank to hire a Ferrari to park in the driveway as a way to say “Look at me! How good am I?”
I don’t know about other people but I’m not a pretentious wanker. I like to think the relatively few people who follow my blog or Twitter do it because they choose to of their own free will and not because they’ve been paid to do so.
So Mr Spammer, no thank you. I won’t be taking up your offer of multiplying my hit count by10, 100 or 1,000. Even though I intend to publish some time, even if I do it myself, I’d prefer to keep my numbers real.