I’ve been seeing a rash of IntelliSpam lately.
Frankly, I think this type of Spam is in some ways worse than your garden-variety “Hi, nice site xanax big penis big boobs” stuff.
IntelliSpam is a human being typing a comment and then appending, for no contextual reason, a link to their site. It’s long been considered poor Nettiquette…which means that it’s long been part of the Net.
Here’s my thinking: Your URL on this (and other WordPress blogs) is part of your name. If you enter it into the comment field when you sign in, anyone who wants to see “where you’re coming from” can click your name to go back to your blog. Putting your out-of-context URL in the text of a comment turns whatever insightful thoughts you may have left into blog spam.
It’s like walking into a cocktail party and saying “Hey! I like the cocktail weenies! If you guys want a real party, come to my house!!” It’s an insult to the host and the previous conversation.
At least that’s how I see it.
The one difference–and I probably say this is a “difference” because I’ve done it–is when the comment conversation touches on something you already wrote on your blog, so you link back to that post and say “as I said yesterday” or “last year when I wrote about my experiences with the same company”. That’s a form of shorthand, so you don’t have to repeat the whole conversation in its new context.
This little blog of mine gets a fair number of hits per day. When it first started, I remember being thrilled with 20 hits in a day. But as I became part of conversations around the blogosphere, I started getting more readers. When NiT linked me, I got even more. That’s how blogs build traffic–by becoming part of the community. Or showing pictures of cats. Your choice, I guess.
But this other thing–this spamming–it’s just rude.