recently i read something interesting on snarky’s blog. apparently, some spammer left a comment under the guise of wanting to do a guest post on snarky’s blog. after some emailing with snarky, i found out that a pool company had hired some firm to do some seo work. (i’ve no idea what this pool company was selling; cues, accessories, no idea. frankly, i didn’t care to find out.) i know nothing about seo, but my very rudimentary understanding is that you can increase your visibility on search engines by doing certain things for your website/blog, such as having people link to your site, leave comments on other people’s blogs that link back to you, include certain words/phrases in your posts/articles, and so on. i don’t know exactly how this works, but apparently you can hire a tech or marketing firm to do this for you. i’ve seen lots of spam comments and people trying to leave links in comments, but i’ve not seen people spam under false pretenses such as asking to do a guest post on your blog.
although i understand the need for people to expand their businesses, this to me seems a little low. i realize that many people create blogs as a vehicle to sell stuff. if you’re starting a business and there isn’t a lot of money, blogs are free platforms to do advertising; all you need is to put some hours into some basic design and you can start pushing your products and services. (no hosting fee!) for me though, blogs are a platform to express ideas and personal feelings/beliefs that cannot be shared otherwise. so when spammers try to take advantage of personal blogs, it cheapens the platform and makes communication less meaningful. to do so under false pretenses is, to me, an extra low blow.
i’m glad i have spam filters and they catch a lot of stuff. it’s just kind of sad that we have to use them at all. i’m rambling now; forgive my babbles.
btw, i recently got to see the simonis x-1 table cloth cleaner up close. the x-1 cloth cleaner is quite expensive; i’m sure the cost alone has stopped people from even considering the purchase. when i examined it up close, the cleaning pad has a pretty rough surface, but it doesn’t seem abrasive. (weird, i know.) i can’t tell what material it’s made out of (simonis says it’s some sort of high tech stuff), but a demonstration shows it cleans up dirt & chalk marks with ease. according to the x-1’s website, the x-1 works by generating static and then traps the dust particles inside the high tech cleaning pad. i believe the retail price can be up to $110. is it worth all that money? not sure. but it does clean the cloth without much effort, and you won’t need chemicals or brushes that may damage the cloth. (a vacuum cleaner is one of the most efficient cloth cleaner, but it may cost way more than the x-1, so that’s something to consider.) those that are loaded should get one, and maybe let your friends borrow it. 😛 just make sure you get it back after your buddy’s done cleaning.