Spam Is Getting Sneakier And Sneakier

Lately I’ve been getting a different kind of spam, and I know I’m not the only one. Y’all know how much I hate spam, but this spam is sneaky. It’s a kinder, gentler spam, messages that seem like they could possibly be legitimate, and they give you pause for a short time because you just don’t know.

I’ve seen these same types of comments on other blogs, and every once in awhile you’re just not sure. What we have to do is figure out just how close the message seems to come to what our topic was about, but even then, it’s hard to tell sometimes. For instance, I received a message saying how much the reader loved my blog, and how he was concerned about diabetes also. Well, of course I’ve written about diabetes, so my first inclination was it could be legitimate. However, it was on a post about CommentLuv, and not the post about the plugin, but the post about the CommentLuv Contest, which made no sense. That’s when I decided it probably had to be spam; when I get a second comment from the same name ten minutes later on the original CommentLuv post, it was confirmed in my mind that it was spam.

And that seems to be the main trick about it all; the email doesn’t only go to one post, but it goes to multiple posts. For instance, I had a post show up on the topic of SEO, which I’ve started writing on here and there, and the writer was for a SEO company; I know because I checked it out. If it had remained only on the one post, I might have left it alone. However, it showed up on a second post about 25 minutes later that had nothing to do with SEO, and once again, confirmation that it was spam.

These guys are really getting good at writing their generic message, such that we believe it’s the real thing. It’s probably why Dennis and Sire decided to write comment policies, even though I’m still fighting the urge to write one. My only gripe, as you know, is people not using their real names at least once, so I know who I’m writing back. What some folks may not have noticed, those I figure are “drive-by” posters, is that I’ve gone in and reduced their fake names to initials, so that I can respond to something that at least makes some kind of sense to me. I haven’t had one of those folks ask me why their names were changed, which is why I figure they probably won’t ever be coming back. For tht matter, I don’t know if they ever check the box to receive comments back; it’s easy to do, something that Blogger doesn’t allow you to do if you don’t have a Blogger account (did I go there again?).

I hope y’all are at least trying to be vigilant when looking at these relatively short, yet courteous messages, and trying to verify whether or not they’re legitimate comments or not. If you don’t believe they are, don’t just delete them; if you have the choice, mark it as spam, and let Akismet, if you’re using it, learn the pattern. Man, I hate spam!
 

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February Statistics Report – Still Growing

Once again, time for a monthly finance report, and anything else I want to talk about. And the good news is that this is my best month ever online.

Let’s do the breakdown of making money, this month only talking about things I made money on. That means the list will be short, but the last item will be a small surprise. Here’s the list:


Adsense – $77.69
Commission Junction – $37.04
TLA – $32.30
TTZ Media – $.25
Kontera – $.06
Startup Rebel – $.00, with qualification
Grand Total – $147.34

So, it was my best month financially. Now, I did show Startup Rebel, which above shows no dollars. I actually made a sale, but the next day the customer asked for a refund from the program, and that brought it back down to zero. Still, it was a sale, and if it had counted, I’d have made another $23. So, the numbers show us that Adsense is kicking behind, and Commission Junction took a nice little step forward. Nothing much directly from this blog, though. Most of that Adsense money came from my medical site again; I need to think of another niche I care about and build another website at some point.

Of course, this is the first month where I changed the types of ads I was putting on the site, as well as moving my own products into the top left, which many people questioned. I did say I was testing, and of course most affiliate marketing books say one should try to market their own stuff first. It would seem that this blog isn’t a good source of traffic to any of my products, though. At least in the first 24 days, it didn’t drive a single visitor to any of these products pages; that either means no one cares, or I’m the worst marketer in the world, to not even drive one stinking visitor. Then again, overall it’s pretty pathetic; this blog drove only six people to visit my main site during the month, and only one person to visit my other blog. That’s in direct comparison to my main business website driving 161 visitors to this blog, but my business blog didn’t drive a single person here. That’s actually kind of weird, now that I think about it, but I’m not going to go crazy trying to figure it out.

What does that mean for the upcoming month? I’m not really sure. I love how Adsense is doing its thing, but I need to step up the affiliate marketing thing a bit more, and I’m not really talking about this blog as much. I’m about to do a minor redesign on one of my sites, and I also have a plan on adding some affiliate links to my medical billing site, topics that are related to what the site is about. On my finance blog, I’ve already added a couple more finance related affiliate products. I’ve got some other ideas in the pipeline also, but I’ll keep those to myself for now. And, oddly enough, last month I said I wasn’t going to promote Startup Rebel anymore, then I made a sale, though it was taken away. So, I’ve added it to my list of recommended products over there on the right, and of course you’ll see the little affiliate ad at the end of this post; strike while the iron is hot!

And there you go. Sure, I’m not in the stratosphere with the big boys, but I took a big step forward in February, and I can only hope to grow from there.

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