Polite Request

Whist I appreciate anyone who takes an interest in my blog, I cannot for the life of me understand why commercial sites are opting to ‘follow me’, especially News and ‘How to Make Money’ sites.
I am a hobby blogger. I blog for my personal pleasure and interact with similarly minded bloggers.
I do not run a business or have apps, I do not have linkages to other blog accounts or other social media outlets, I do not own umpteen communication devices,  and I do not make money from my blog, so I would really appreciate it if all commercial sites would kindly unfollow me.
Please?
Thanks.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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38 Responses to Polite Request

  1. trishsplace says:

    You must have made big enough waves. You know how on Facebook you get adverts that eerily appear related to some search you’ve done? Something like that.
    Maybe they think you’re an influencer!

  2. I’ve noticed that too. It seems strange. I think WP uses algorithms to recommend our sites. If you don’t “like” the advertiser’s posts or follow them, hopefully they’ll slow down or stop. (That’s my theory anyway).

  3. I agree. I hate it, too. I am like, “Give it a rest, people!” Thank you for saying what so many of us feel!

  4. Maggie says:

    You can block them. Most likely, they hope that by linking to your blog (and thousands of others) they will get Google power to boost them up in the search engine results.

    • That’s what I think too Maggie. I’ve tried blocking them, but it hasn’t worked so far.

      • Liz says:

        I have this too, but ignore. I can’t fathom either.

        But you can’t block, hence if you remember that ‘liker’ and a certain follower I kept removing but he or she kept coming back, that behaved in a way I felt stalking.
        You can block in comments. Yes. But I did not have that issue.
        But you can’t block someone from following as I found.

        But since removing my like button, that may have fixed the problem.
        I don’t know if the person likes, as I don’t check and I don’t get alerted. But that person has certainly stopped attempting to follow now. So, touch wood. I hope I have not jinxed myself by saying that. Its been quiet in the attempt to follow part, for some time now. 🤞

  5. Sadje says:

    There is no sense to commercial sites following my blog either but there they are!

  6. colinandray says:

    I get the same attention, but it is always in the form of a Comment against a Post. i.e. They are simply hoping that I will post their Comment which in turn shows their website and (Voila!) they get exposure to any of my Followers who read it. It’s just no cost advertising to them.

  7. It’s a never ending battle. Sometimes they are not easily spotted as well.

  8. Michael says:

    I’m intrigued by the emails I get from WP telling me how to improve my readership and or make money when I blog for the same reasons as you Di.

  9. Paula Light says:

    Same. Casinos, SEO optimizers, cooking products, etc. They never interact, just follow

  10. Suze says:

    they get credit towards their “monthly head count” for people following them as well as how many THEY follow. so since they make a penny every 6 months or so on followers, they are not liable to let loose of ya. just delete them daily.

  11. Haha. They might be spamming. I receive many comments from such sites on my blog that make me wonder if those people ever bother to read before commenting. For all they were saying in their comments, they might as well have been referring to some other site!

  12. Fandango says:

    It’s yet another symptom of WordPress continuing to cater to businesses and commercial sites.

  13. The reason they follow us they look for blogs that a large number of followers. I register my domain and I have learned people look for blogs that a large number of followers that appear to inactive. I am happy my domain is register and blocking anyone trying to take it over.

  14. Did you get that stupid email that’s going about just now? I get it a couple of times a month, and mark it as ‘spam’ and delete the freakin thing. It tells me that “WordPress can help me ‘grow’ my blog and advertise my brand. I tell you, I feel a bit like a stray cow without markings when they say that brand stuff. I think someone (or a program that sends out ‘bot emails’ has gotten a big virus or the human being (if there’s one doing it) is really really stupid. Can’t read or tell the difference between ‘hobby blog’ and ‘business blog’. I hope (and sort of understand) that you got satisfaction:?

    • It sounds familiar so I may have had it in my trash/spam and deleted it. The way things are going with everyone everywhere trying to get you to link all your apps and devices to one place is unnerving me greatly, especially as I don’t have them!!! I love my blogging community but feel I am being pushed by things I don’t understand (or actually want/need), and I have NEVER liked that.

  15. murisopsis says:

    I get them too and just ignore them. They never comment or even “like” – they just follow and artificially inflate the number of real followers I have…

  16. Carol says:

    Thank you for your sharing. I too get them. I thought it was a virus. What would my little hobby site be of interest to them? My emails are bursting at the seams each day. And what was once fun, is getting to be annoying.

  17. willowdot21 says:

    I agree with everyone else , just ignore and delete.💜

  18. Carol anne says:

    I have a similar problem di! I don’t know why commercial sites do this! I don’t make money off of my blog either, I wish real followers could only follow you and not bots or spammers!

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