I’m sure the folks at New York-based JKAhosting.com don’t know what’s going on around the blogopshere, so they and other companies should pay attention to a series of blog comments I’ve received in recent days — that are identical to the following screenshot:
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See the blue-colored link in the third sentence? That points to JKAhosting’s website, advertising their web hosting rates.
But the company didn’t post the comment. The person behind the following email address is the culprit:
Search for that IP address and you’ll see it’s a known spammer. Google the email address, and it’s similarly ubiquitous.
The comment is not unique to this blog, either.
Anyone can write any comment about your company. Unless you’re running Google Alerts or similar metrical analyses to monitor your brand online, you’ll never know if someone writes a comment with your name or linking to your URL.
The above comment puts the company in a positive light. Why the spam comment was written is unknown to me; maybe the company is a front. But what if the company is legit and someone writes a malicious comment? Think about it. Run those alerts and protect your brand.