In the eternal, unwanted, ebb and flow reality that is spamming-on-the-blog, I’ve noticed something intriguing. Posts on my main topic of interest…Dying…repel spammers. (These posts also, unfortunately, repel readers, but let us leave that topic for a brighter day. Sigh.)
It is oh-so curious, no?
The pattern has just recently become clear to me. Roughly eighty-five percent of my posts involve something I’ve learned from the dying and the longer I stay on topic, the likelier the flow of spam will trickle off and die. (No pun intended.) But when I drift off-topic and broach subjects like Arab spring, or annoying Google advertising, or Stihl gas powered pole tree pruners, the velocity of spam immediately increases at a spanking pace.
Spanking, I tell you.
Then I return to my main focus and voila! All I have to do is write three or more dying-related posts in a row and it crushes the burgeoning torrent of spam as efficiently as Raid on roaches. Seriously. It’s just that good.
Even I never dreamed the taboo on speaking about dying was this powerful; that spammers respond to it (in a second hand, traffic sniffing kind of way.) Who would have thought anything was that strong? A fascinating and, for once, entirely happy consequence of breaking said taboo.
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