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How to Stop Blog Spammers

What do you know about spam and blogging? When I started blogging I knew nothing.  Oh my, I have sure learned a lot since I began this journey of blogging.

Blogging has become extremely popular and a very important part of the internet. If you can imagine millions of people blog everyday in all parts of the world. As blogging has evolved over the years so has the commenting. Anyone can write a comment on any blog. As commenting has grown more popular so has spam commenting.  We will go over why commenting is a great form of feedback for the writer of the posts and how commenting helps with credibility of the writers content. What spam comments are and ways to prevent then from happening.

When blogs first came around, they were considered just an online journal. No one could post comments on these blog postings. That all changed in 1998 with the Open Diary, a site which allowed people to comment on blog postings. Now all blogs whether they are remotely or self hosted, includes this option to comment.

Commenting is great because it allows real folks to tell you what they think about your form. It allows you feedback on what your are doing right and what you may need to improve on. Comments can be encouraging and can motivate you to post more quality blog messages. Sometimes the constructive criticism will make us work harder to get better at writing content.

Whatever the style of comment is, it is still very useful to your blog. High numbers of comments have the ability to make a blog look credible because they show that the blog is being read by a lot of people. That’s something that every blog owner wants, and comments help to let them know just how many people enjoy their content.

Unfortunately we receive bad comments.  Spammers have now started to use comments as a way to spam your blog. Spam comment is a comment that only advertises another site or product.  If the comment seems bland or generic with a cheap link thrown in, then its definitely a spam comment. An example of a spam comment: “Hey, this site is really cool. Check out my cool site at www.coolsite.com” Not all spam comments will be this blatant, but you get the point, huh?

There are ways to prevent the spamming comments. Close off the commenting on older blog posts. There are options for you to stop these comments from appearing on any particular blog post.  Lots of times spammers will go to the older posts and spam so take away the opportunity from them to keep it from happening. Most blog hosters now offer this as standard option in the tool panel. After a couple weeks that your posts have been up, take them down.

Take advantage of software offered to prevent comment spam. If you host your own blog using WordPress, you can use an option in that software to prevent spam. Even if you aren’t using WordPress, you can still use other Spam comment blocking software like Spam Karma, Akismet, and Bad Behavior. While these aren’t 100% effective, they have proven to be quite effective in preventing spam from happening.

Take a look at your settings and see what can be tweaked to
toughen your protection. Lots of blogs now have settings to help prevent spam. If you
already have a spam blocker on in your blog and are still experiencing spam, take a closer look at the settings to see if there’s anything that can be tweaked to make your protection
stronger. However, if you do this, you should closely monitor your posts to make sure legit comments aren’t being blocked out. If they are, you might have to lighten up a bit.

Be sure to read your comments regularly. Even the best softwareor setting can’t prevent everything, so you will have tooccasionally manually remove comments on your own. By applying the above principles, you can ensure that your blog is full of only good, quality comments, which will help your credibility tremendously.

Comments are a great form of communication between yourself and your readers. They help the credibility of your blog!

Until next time!

 

 

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Content Leverage

Content Leverage

If you are a professional writer, how many articles do you write on a weekly basis? If you are like many other professional writers, there is a good chance that your answer may be hundreds of articles. Out of those articles, no matter how large or
small your number is, how many of your articles are similar in nature? If you are also like many other professional writers, your answer might be “not a lot”. Unfortunately, many writers mistakenly believe that they need to create an article
and move onto other articles or other opportunities. In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. If you play your cards right, you should be able to capitalize on one of
your articles, in a number of different ways.

When it comes to making as much money as you can with one article, there are a number of important factors that must first be taken into consideration. For instance, are you writing your articles for someone else, a client? If so, did you or are you
giving them full rights or non –exclusive rights to your content? If that is the case, you entered a legal binding contract; however, there are still a number of ways that you can take that article and continue to profit from it. You can do this by changing your content, so that it is slightly different, but enough to notice. Simply by changing your sentences, which can involve simply rearranging or adding in new words, you can create new content, although it is still the same. This can and will effectively get you around any copyright issues that you may otherwise face.

If you are not developing articles for a client, but rather developing them for your own use or if you plan on selling them
later, you can still capitalize on your articles in different ways. In selling content that you developed yourself, on your own, you will want to refrain from giving the buyer full rights. This is often referred to as non-exclusive rights. When giving
a buyer non-exclusive rights, you stay the legal owner of the content. Essentially, this means that you can resell your article multiple times, without ever having to change a single word. Selling your articles with non-exclusive rights is one of
the easiest and fastest ways to make the most money.

In addition to keeping your articles as articles, there are other ways that you can capitalize from your content. In today’s society, many readers are now turning to the internet or their computer, instead of printed books. This has, increased the popularity of e-books. Have you ever written an e-book before? If not, it is important that you know that most e-books are simply a collection of articles, just formatted differently. If you have a collection of articles, that are all on the same topic or ones that are related in one way or another, you may be able to turn your articles into an e-book. E-books are nice because they are sold like traditional, printed books. The same material can be sold to thousands or even millions of readers. Turning your articles
into an interesting e-book could be a very profitable business venture for you.

Although turning a collection of your articles into an e-book is a profitable business venture, it is not the only one that you could profit from. Milliions of internet users are learning something new all the time. Whether it be how to successfully home school their children or work from home as a medical transcriber, many are turning to the internet for more information. Information and solutions are what people are looking for. If you wrote a collection of articles that could be used as learning resources or how-to guides, you may want to examine online mini-courses, which are also commonly referred to as e-courses. When using your articles to create a miniature e-course, there are a number of
different ways that you can make money. You can sell your e-course material to another individual or company, offer the materials free of charge and make money from advertising, or you can charge internet users a small fee for accessing your information; the decision is yours to make.

I have given you just a few of the many ways that you can turn a simple article into much more than “just an article”. With creativity and the need to succeed, you can easily make the same amount of money with one article that you would with fifty articles.

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