Okay, so we're working through the guidelines, and one of the areas that we are most definitely going to revise/clarify BIG TIME is in regards to what constitutes SPAM.
(Can I get a loud, collective 'AMEN!" from the ActiveRain Choir?)
Just so we are all on the same page here:
The first point of our ActiveRain Community Guidelines states:
(What part of 'DO NOT' do we NOT understand here?)
This practice is normally referred to as "Comment SPAM." It is something that bothers and annoys the large majority of members in our community. We get a fairly significant amount of 'Contact ActiveRain' mail complaining about other members who consistently promote or advertise within the confines of their blog comments. Here is an example:
Hi Gloria, As you know, a big part of being involved here on ActiveRain is to help each other. The best way that I've found is by visiting each others' website, to improve Internet search rankings. I checked out your website, and I liked the pretty sunset design, that's really cool. If you have a second, please return the favor by checking out my website at http://www.dontyouhatespam.net/
01/21/2008 02:30 PM by George Spamalot Edit Delete Report as Spam
This comment adds absolutely NOTHING to the discussion. It has no bearing or relevance on the topic. Conversational blogging is about engaging the reader. It's about establishing a meaningful dialogue. The 'Comment Section' of someone else's blog post it is NOT, I repeat, NOT the place to promote your business, website, widget, services, etc..
There are other, more effective ways to use this network for promoting your business/services.
Interrupting the conversation is NOT one of them!
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