Any blogger knows what a pain spam is. Thankfully the WordPress spam filters are excellent and manage to catch nearly all of it. Sometimes they work too well and we have to scroll the endless spam folder to retrieve genuine comments that have unfortunately been picked up.
With the success of spam filters, big companies are emailing bloggers directly asking them to run “stories” or “visual samples” which contain links to their commercial webpages. It is essentially advertising. I now receive about 5 of these emails every week. I realise that isn’t many but it is annoying because these companies make bucketloads of money and want free advertising. I have now decided to start responding directly.