Are You A Spammer?

Are you a spammer? Have you ever spammed? No matter you are always trying to be a good online player, this questions might tickle your curiosity. Everyone surely hates spam, but what if you are also a spammer without your consent? Let’s dig this topic further, shall we? And in the end of the article, you can answer those questions yourself.

Spam is the abuse of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately. While the most widely recognized form of spam is e-mail spam, the term is applied to similar abuses in other media: instant messaging spam, Usenet newsgroup spam, Web search engine spam, spam in blogs, wiki spam, Online classified ads spam, mobile phone messaging spam, Internet forum spam, junk fax transmissions, and file sharing network spam.

At the moment, email spam still owns in number. This type of spam is mostly sent by websites that offer some products or services. However, careless MLM members are known to be actively contributing too. That is why you need to be careful with the emails you send.

We bloggers are of course familiar with the term Blog spam, or "blam" for short, which is spamming on weblogs. In 2003, this type of spam started to take advantage of the open nature of comments in the blogging software Movable Type by repeatedly placing comments to various blog posts that provided nothing more than a link to the spammer's commercial web site. Similar attacks are often performed against wikis and guestbooks, both of which accept user contributions.

In nowadays blogging, the most frequently found type of blog spam is comment spam, based on a small research. Comment spammers are those who write irrelevant comments to a blog / website, usually just want to leave their links without respecting the norms of commenting. Every blogger hates this, but the spam is still found everywhere.

Hateful / profanity comments are also considered spam by some bloggers; therefore, they usually moderate all the comments they receive. This type includes negative comments as well, and as they do not add positive value toward the discussions, moderators will mostly reject them at once. Both of the types are usually coming from disagreement with the contents / writers, and because of lacking of communication skills and maturity, the potential constructive arguments turns into unacceptable spam comments.

However, if you are an active commenter, the fact above should not let you down. Everyone loves positive, constructive, and intelligence comments. Here are some tips on How to Craft Positive and Impressive Comments.

Based on the definitions above, now ask yourself, are you a spammer?