SPAM Likes are defined as people who places likes on random posts that does not follow your blog. They also have a blog that is completely unrelated to yours and most of the time have low quality content or content that is considered SPAM. Note that liking my content is not a place to advertise your content, especially if it’s SPAM or not related to my blog. You are hurting my search rankings and making my content look bad.
SPAM hurts content creators since it can negatively impact search engine rankings. This because spammers use things like comments and likes to attempt to advertise their website. They are usually linking to blogs or websites that have low quality content and/or unrelated to the content covered on your site.
While WordPress provides Anti-Spam protection for comments, they do not with WordPress.com Likes. WordPress.com Likes allow users to like a post, which of course provides a link back to the person’s blog. Spammers are exploiting this to attempt to advertise their website and/or blog as it provides a link back to their website.
Note that liking every post is not permitted, that is considered a SPAM-like behavior. If any follower does this, he/she will be removed from the follower list. The only exception is that if someone made a few comments in the past.
You can read more about Automattic’s refusal to fix the SPAM Like issue on WordPress.com Reader here.
Here are the big SPAM Liker Offenders (4 or more Spam likes). Note that once your name is on here, it won’t be removed. Spam likers will also be IP blocked from viewing this blog for 90 days from detection.
- Sebastian (9 times)
- DirtySciFiBudda (5 times)
- Elena (5 times)
- Emotions Passion (9 times)
The full Like Spam data can be viewed here on Github.