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LinkedIN: What’s Needed is Purging Spammy Groups!

September 3, 2010 by · 10 Comments
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Okay, I’m a firm — and I mean FIRM believer in the value of LinkedIN as a business social networking site. I’ve blogged about using LinkedIn to gain some new traffic from an SEO practitioners point of view here. I’ve been ‘hooked-up’ by LinkedIN marketing folks for local press to interview me on using LinkedIN for business here. I go each and every day at least two or three times to view my Answers areas and home page updates too….and the real issue for me is the Groups areas…and what I find there.

Spam. Big, spammy posts by folks who you’d think by membership alone in say an SEO group, would KNOW that what they’re doing is wrong from a whole bunch of POVs…

First, they only slightly change the title of the Group posting, to deliver the same content over and over, all urging the user to click to go to their site to hire them. THIS is bloody both boring and SPAM….ahh..wait, I know what you’re thinking…the Group Admin should kill those posts. Doesn’t happen in almost every single Group I belong to….the Admins seem to be on another planet…ie “absentee” Admins would describe almost all of them!

Second, then there’s the poster to an SEO Group that offers up SEO tips or tricks that haven’t worked in like years. You’d THINK they’d know that META keywords dont’ work, or that TITLEs shouldn’t run much past 69 chars or NOFOLLOW means no juice passed…etc etc. They don’t. They post just such tired, out of date, non-working posts on a regular basis and these idiotic posts come up again and again by the same SPAMMERs in Group after Group…sigh. I used to comment and tell them that their opinions are crap…that such tactics haven’t worked in years and years….and for that effort I’d always get hammered by the OP (Original Poster) or others who followed that SEO scion…sigh. So now, I don’t even bother…..anyone who reads this and believes same get’s what they deserve!

Third, the SEO Groups that I watch carefully — monitor actually — for SEO news and opinions also appear to be innundated with OPs who can’t spell, don’t know how to use English to communicate and for the life of me, that is totally confusing. Language IMHO, is made to communicate…if you can’t “type” what you mean, then how’n hell am I supposed to “interpret” the right POV for that post? Gee whiz…that’s appalling, eh!

Fourth, headhunters haunt the SEO Groups, I’ve found and for the most part, I both understand that “hunting” and appreciate that they’re trying to find candidates for job inteviews based on commission-only sales. That’s fine with me — if only they’d “own up” to being recruiters and let us all know what they’re after — rather than hiding same behind a phony SEO Group posting intended to get you to click, then follow to their job site…sigh. What a waste of a click eh!

Fifth, are the OP idiots who know NOTHING about SEO, don’t care to know anything and have no intention of providing any SEO content….they just SPAM the group with links to their own sites….SPAM and SPIN interlinked….all for naught..sigh…what a waste of time that is, eh!

So….that’s the issue for me and my use of my fav business networking — LinkedIN!

Do I have a solution tho, I mean my complaints are many but what would I do about this? Hmmm…I’d think that this would be a start, eh. 

  1.  have Group Admins – admin! Police your Group, is the really important and needed basic tenant of ownership, I’d say….
  2. have seperate Groups for practitioners — and the general public with the candidate for membership needing to show experience…
  3. zero tolerance for anyone breaking the rules! mess up – and you’re gone, eh
  4. only allow POV posts on topic…ie no ‘asides’ allowed…

And until some of these solutions or others are performed by Group Admins…what are we/I left  with? You guessed it…I just purged some of the “spammier” Groups from my own listings….and will monitor what’s left very clearly. And I intend to send this blog URL to the Group Admins for my own account and see what they have to say too…and will update here later once I get a response…hopefully, that “will” happen, eh!

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10 Responses to “LinkedIN: What’s Needed is Purging Spammy Groups!”
  1. Rebecca L. says:

    So.. why not create your own group and apply all of your ideas to it? Admin it yourself, boot the idiots, and build a real community? I’d totally join it.

  2. Jim says:

    @Rebecca…..just dont have — at least I dont’ think I have — the time….but maybe, gotta think about the real investment in hours opposed to all the dang SPAM I see there…

    thanks! if I do, I’ll make sure I let you know too, Rebecca!

    :-)

    Jim

  3. I pretty much gave up on LinkedIn groups. I have seen groups with thousands of comments that all add up to about ZERO in value. It is pathetic that some people think that is going to be worthwhile. It is just the blind leading the blind into even deeper darkness.

  4. Steve Nutt says:

    I run a group on LinkedIn and luckily have no problems with spam. Firstly, I vaildate every application for membership. If they are not in our industry – they don’t get in.

    Secondly, if anyone posts anything remotely resembling spam, it gets placed straight in the promotions folder and I send out a warning message.

  5. nitGreen says:

    Hey,

    You posted very good solutions, am going to apply your suggestion in my LinkedIN group.

    I agree with you that META keywords don’t’ work, or that Titles shouldn’t run much past 69 characters.

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