Polite Request II

In August, I posted this regarding new followers.
I am repeating that request as recently I have been flooded with commercial ‘followers’, some who do not even have sites here.

I am a hobby blogger, that is I have no financial connections, business links or commercial tendencies. I do not make money from my blog, I am not interested in fashions, theatre or movies, marketing, making money, decorating, house building, web site design,  the latest apps and technology or the restaurant business to name just a few.

I am interested in my followers as people, not business, so please, if you are a commercial  or business site, don’t follow me. Read and like by all means, but I object to being used as a platform to promote YOUR business through advertising.



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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16 Responses to Polite Request II

  1. jenanita01 says:

    Very well said, Di…

  2. Ian Kay says:

    I’m sceptical that there is a human presence behind the action, Di. It’s like I can guarantee on certain posts, I get likes and follows immediately on publishing, quicker than anyone could have read them. I suspect an algorithm at work picking up on keywords.

    I don’t know how this works for them, maybe it’s a bit like spam advertising. I ignore it now: no response from me, least gain for them.

    • I just delete them, and I’ve noticed how some posts are ‘liked’ less than a second after being published. Frank has suggested key words as tags are triggering the lock on.
      Thanks for your input Ian. I appreciate it.

  3. quiall says:

    I am a real person, I promise. Sometimes I do a really good imitation of a lunatic but it’s temporary.

  4. PCGuyIV says:

    From what I could tell, no-one brought this up on your last blog, so as someone equally annoyed by “business” blogs, here’s my two cents regarding the whole situation:
    Most of these blogs use “bots” to search out posts that have certain tags. Once these articles are found, they “like” or comment on a post, and follow your blog in hopes you will reciprocate. The best defense is to mark their comments as spam and then delete them, making sure to remove them from your followers if they actually followed your site. Some are not particularly persistent, others may haunt you for a while, but all of them will ultimately give up on you if you are diligent in removing them from your site as thoroughly as possible. There’s not much you can do about “likes” unless you are willing to delete and repost your article without the tags.that likely drew them in to begin with.

    • Thanks Frank. I delete them as a matter of course, some I have tried to block but that doesn’t seem to work. Any comments I mark as spam, so I’m halfway there. Mine is a free site, so ads will appear unless I’m prepared to pay for them not to and I can’t afford that. Interesting that a computer bot ‘likes’ my stuff! Thanks for the info.

  5. murisopsis says:

    Amen! It seems to come in waves. I delete and block any sites that leaves comments that are selling something – either to me or to may followers!

  6. John Holton says:

    You realize that won’t stop it…

  7. Most of those “followers” are bots. There was one blog that I had to close down entirely because of them. They probably won’t even “read” this post. They just scan for trigger words and reply with spam vomit.
    ~Cie from Naughty Netherworld Press and Readers Roost~
    (Not a bot)

  8. Cara Hartley says:

    I left a comment using my twitter account, but the overly aggressive spam filter ate it.
    Most of these “followers” are bots. They won’t even read this post because they don’t actually read. They scan posts for certain trigger words and then vomit out a spam reply in response.

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