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Would You Do Business With a Comment Spammer?

I think it’s an honest question.

Would you do business with a comment spammer?

I won’t do business with Capital One Bank because they constantly send me junk mail even though I’m on the “do not send junk mail” list and wrote them specifically asking to be removed from their list. I just got a bunch of comment spam promoting Washington Mutual Bank. Do you think this would be another bank I’d want to do business with?

I travel full-time and am reliant upon rental cars on many trips, so imagine my disgust when I got a bunch of comment spam junk from Hertz, Sixt, and Thrift Car.

The problems with these “serious” businesses using comment spam to promote their business is that the source of much of this comment spam is not legitimately associated with the company. In the case of the Hertz comment spam, they spelled it “Herts”. Legit? Probably not. In the case of the Washington Mutual Bank comment spams, they look totally legit.

Should I click the link to find out if they are legit? Hell, no! NEVER click a link to comment spam. Check the domain name with domain name checkers before you visit the actual site if you are concerned about the validity of a comment spam. Don’t make them money by clicking the links in the comment spam.

But how would you know if the comment spam is from the legitimate company or not? Even if the link doesn’t go directly to the source, they might be paid to create the comment spam. How would you know?

I don’t know exactly how, but I do know that if you do business with a company that shows up on your comment spam list, go to them and ask. Don’t ask your local teller but ask the bank manager. Insist on knowing. Write a letter to the company office, explaining that you are a client and that this issue seriously concerns you and may threaten your continued business relationship.

If they are, then tell them that this is an unacceptable advertising method and that you are not going to do business with a company using underhanded methods of solicitation. And follow through on it. Banks are a dime a dozen. Switch.

If they aren’t involved in comment spam, make sure you provide them with the information they need, and the recommendation, to track down the source and stop this smear of their good business reputation. Let them do the job to put a stop to this gross misuse of the web and blogs.

If you are a customer of a porn, casino, or drug marketer, then use your power as a customer to let them know that comment spam is an unacceptable method of advertising that will not be tolerated.

If you do business of any kind with a company that uses comment spam as an advertising method, shame on you. You make it worse for the rest of us.

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  1. Posted November 29, 2006 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    Will never ever do business with a comment spammer, email spammer or any kind of spammer!

    Even worse is junk mails from admission help desks of colleges where I look up courses with. I’ve even had to threaten reporting them as spam to the authorities if they didn’t take me off their lists!

  2. Posted November 29, 2006 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    I do not, actually I keep a personal list of local spammers and when I add someone I write to their real email address explaining they´re now in my black list, I will never make business with them and will advise anyone who ask to not do so.

    Some ignore me, some get furious because they hired some “Internet Marketing Biz” and they were asured it was an opt-in list.

  3. Posted November 29, 2006 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    It’s a dilemma if you need a service or a product and it’s brought to your notice through SPAM; but I think a company that indulges in SPAM or overlooks it “conveniently” anyways cannot differentiate between right and wrong and hence cannot be expected to deliver what it promises you.

  4. Posted November 29, 2006 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    As I am new to blogging this kind of thing has not yet happened to me, so thanks for your advice as to what can be done about it. Cheers me dears.

  5. Posted November 29, 2006 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    What I often do is forward the evidence/spam/commentspam to

    It may not do anything useful, but at least if they have someone, or a department to deal with it, then they can. If I get spam from a company, and it’s actually for that company/sponsored by that company I never do business with them again, period. No exceptions.

  6. Posted November 29, 2006 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Nope. Period. Spammers are evil.

  7. Posted November 30, 2006 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    The question is based on comment spam actually being presented to readers.

    If comment spam is dealt with appropriately, readers will never actually have to ask the very same question you ponder on.

    Keeping a close eye on comment activity in conjunction with some basic anti-spam measures, will negate any such issue.

  8. Posted November 30, 2006 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    Really? I wasn’t addressing the issue of readers. I’m a very outspoken proponent of preventing comment spam reaching readers.

    I am addressing you, the blog owner. You are the one who sees the comment spam and stops it. You still have to see it, in one form or another. Will you buy from comment spammers?

    Someone is keeping these people rich. Whoever it is, we need to stop it.

  9. Posted November 30, 2006 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    No way, they are scum.

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