Web Design and Development
Every now and then, bloggers need to take a break from blogging. If it is a short break, bloggers can schedule posts in advance to make sure that their readers don’t notice that they are away. But sometimes, this isn’t possible. So, what happens to your blog when you stop blogging?
Well, in our 3-week hiatus, we’ve noticed four things:
The first three items on the list are to be expected. With no new content, both search engines and visitors have fewer reasons to visit. But the increase in spam was surprising.
On a day-to-day basis, this blog already received a great deal of spam. The statistics measured 100 – 130 spammy comments per day. But now, this figure is about 25% greater at 125 – 160 spammy comments, with a high of 225!
So what was causing the increase in spam? The only thing that we could attribute it to was the Top Commentator plugin.
On most active blogs with the Top Commentator plugin installed, it might take several comments to appear in the list. But on neglected blogs, or those with few comments, just one or two comments will do the trick. So this increases the incentive to comment, especially for spammers which would benefit greatly from site-wide links. And on blogs that aren’t updated, spammers might also think that their comments won’t be moderated.Tags: blogs, comments, FeedBurner, organic search, RSS, spam, visitor loyalty