Seedy Spam – The Phantom Is Finally Riled
Okay – I have given them time enough to reply on this one and I’ve had no response whatsoever, so I’m going public, as Darryl over at 853 has done.
For the last two weeks I have been inundated with spam comments from “local” estate agent Alex Neil – dozens of the things, smothering the Phantom archives with irrelevant pap. The comments are always the same sort of thing – a random subject is chosen from the archive, then someone who can barely speak English says something to the effect of “I don’t know much about this subject but buying property is a really good thing in Greenwich,” followed by a link to the Alex Neil website.
I have blocked all the ones I’ve found, but they’re still turning up at a rate of knots – I have just, five minutes ago, whacked a whole bunch of new ones. Please let me know if you see any more and I’ll zap them immediately.
Someone, who stays anonymous, of course, is clearly writing these comments individually, and to order, so I’m assuming that they’re actually being paid to spam local blogs.
I did give Alex Neil the benefit of the doubt and write to them suggesting that maybe a rival or someone who wished them ill was doing this to make them look like shiny-suited seedy scumbags as I couldn’t believe they’d be stupid enough to do this sort of cheap-trash marketing themselves.
I got the automatic reply saying that my email had been received and that someone would be in touch shortly. Well, it’s been nearly a week and I’ve had nothing. If I had found that someone was smirching my name by making it look like I was some tawdry spam-monger, I’d be emailing straight back, denying it, so I’m taking it that it really is that ill-judged and that these comments are coming from Alex Neil themselves. That they really think smothering local blogs with irrelevant comments is going to get them attention.
Well, Alex Neil, you’ve got your wish. I am voluntarily mentioning you. That your advertising tactics stink and that if you think that I am in any way endorsing you by allowing dozens of links to your site through this one, you can think again. You’re giving the guys who actually give a damn about the area (and there ARE estate agents for whom I have a lot of respect – who know and love Greenwich) a really bad name.