Over the years, there have been pros and cons to moderating comments. I try to post everything that people write in as long as it isn't personal and it isn't flat-out lying. One of the other things that I don't publish is blatant spamming.
Not a day goes by when I don't get some attempt to publish a comment on the blog that reads like it was written by a graduate of Don Hooper's School of Spelling & Grammar.
Usually, the spamming author will have a link back to an attorney or bail bond company that is nowhere near the Houston area. The attorney web sites will generally be some sort of mass marketing "DWI lawyer" from Chicago or something or other. It is annoying, but not really a big deal.
Recently, I've been getting bombarded by spam blog comments (including the ones shown above) that link back to a local attorney. I e-mailed both Mark Bennett (who has consistently waged war against attorneys who outsource their advertising) and Paul Kennedy to see if they had been getting similar e-mails. Paul said he had not, but would be excited to get an additional reader of his blog besides just me.
Mark encouraged me to both publish the comments as well as do a post on the lawyer. I was torn, because I don't like rewarding bad behavior or giving publicity to somebody who is just shamelessly trying to get some free advertising. However, Mark correctly pointed out that the idiocy of the website needed to be exposed.
So I wrote a post about that attorney and it got very mixed reactions. Some said I went over the top. Others said it was the only way to make a point. I spoke with the attorney in question, and ultimately he fired the company that was doing the blog spamming.
I was glad to hear that, so I took out the part of this post that criticized the content of his website. I'm sure that will get mixed reactions, as well. Oh well. That's my call.
In the meantime, I hope that all attorneys who read this blog will remember that our profession takes enough hits in the reputation department as it is without the help of internet marketers who engage in spamming.