Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
According to wordpress I have 147 followers and have had almost 130,000 visitors. No way! Its more like 10 to 15 actual followers. The rest are “weird” internet troll people who follow blog after blog after blog for monetary gains. They follow blogs in the hopes of getting people to reciprocate and follow their blogs to increase follower numbers. They get money from advertisements everytime a person clicks on their website even if its from curiosity. They get a larger amount per click if they have more followers. They don’t have to actually read the blogs they follow because blogging people feel obligated to follow them.
Each time one of those following trolls leaves a comment on my blog its creepy and spooky. Makes my skin crawl. Their comments almost always contain a link of some type which I suspect is how they find other blogs to follow and increase the numbers. No way could anyone be reading blog posts of over a million blogs on a regular basis. Look at this post I wrote back in November 2013. Something doesn’t feel right. Here’s a better post I wrote in December 2014 called Visitors followers and spam.
That’s when I started researching why I was getting strange followers. As far as I know, none of the blog companies like wordpress or blogger allows you to block or delete spam followers. That’s also when I started moderating all comments. It may take a day or two for comments to show up on my blog posts because my computer is turned off until I have time to set awhile. Readers read and comment at different times so I moderate the comments at different times.
The comments are below the boxes for related posts.
I’m not sure why they would not show up on a cell phone. I don’t have a cell phone so I can’t figure it out. I do know that you must click on the link in email to be taken to the blog where you can find the comments. I follow some blogs by email and that’s what I do when I receive a post from their blogs.
I also want to say a big THANK YOU to the legitimate blog readers. Even if you don’t comment and only click the like button it lets me know you are there. Not every reader will have anything to say and that’s ok too.