I’m a target for spammers… because of my name? On “de” piano spam I’m always getting.


This is a Piano. My name is Hillary DePiano. Not really all that similar. (Photo credit: j__st)

I am constantly being bombarded on Twitter by spam for… pianos. It’s weird because usually the only large instruments a spammer is interested in is the one in your pants. (I’m sorry, I had to make that terrible joke. It was just there for the taking. Too easy, I know.)

I don’t play the piano. I certainly don’t talk about pianos with any frequency. As best as I can figure, the main reasons every piano spammer has me on their radar is because of my name. Apparently, if the word Piano is in your name somewhere, you must always be in the market for a piano is how the spammer logic goes. I have a dear friend whose last name is Dickmann and I SHUDDER to think of the assumptions they must make about her.

Anyway, the piano spammers had been limited to Twitter I got this email: Continue Reading »

If someone comments on your blog with a spam link, can it hurt your SEO?


Questionable Links. Get it? (Photo credit: Oberazzi)

I’ve become sort of weirdly fascinated with link removal requests. See: Link removal request: We don’t want your traffic (that we asked for in the first place) and Another weird link removal request for content they asked me to post: Is this some kind of spam/scam? If you’ve never seen one, it’s where a company asks a blogger to remove any links to their site often times links that they asked you to post in the first place in a guest post, info-graphic or other shareable content. They ask you to remove it because they’ve been engaging in some sketchy SEO tactics and search engines are starting to penalize them for it so they’re trying to cover their trail.

I loved this explanation of why a company would send an email like this: Continue Reading »

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Ecwid Review: turn your existing website or blog into a webstore with shopping cart in minutes

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Image via CrunchBase

ecwid stands for e-commerce widget. Here’s what I like about it: You aren’t going to find a simpler way to add selling to your existing website and it looks gorgeous even if you know nothing about web design. On the customer end, the resulting store from ecwid is beautiful and easy to use. Just paste a little bit of code into your website and you have a professional looking store that already perfectly matches your existing website with no additional work, HTML or code expertise needed. When you first sign up for the free ecwid account they set you up with a variety of test products so the simplest way to see how this would work with your site is to just preview and play with these test items on your site. Continue Reading »

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Use the eCrater marketplace as a free standalone e-commerce storefront and shopping cart

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eCrater’s name makes me think, “Eeee! Crater!”

While far from perfect, eCrater is an excellent example of a marketplace that has features worth your time. What really distinguishes eCrater is that, while you can browse items on eCrater like a typical marketplace when shopping from the homepage, buyers that enter the site through your store only see your items as if it were a standalone storefront. This storefront is customizable and completely free making it the best of both worlds. You’re still part of a marketplace where buyers can find your items alongside the items of others, but with no additional work, you also have a slick standalone store that is a portal to only your items. They also give you free import from eBay so moving items is fast if you’re already on that platform.

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