How Do You Feel About Removing Followers?

Do you remove your followers, or are you just happy to get some kind of interaction with others?

There are some pretty weird people on WordPress – some guys who’ll do whatever they can to sell their products, people who float around doing whatever (normally they’re storywriters or infrequent contributors to their own blogs) and “people” who might just be spambots in disguise…

So when a blog about finance (I believe it was called “ForEx Trading” or something of the sort, off the top of my head) decided to follow the Spellbook, I gave them the boot almost as soon as I knew. However, in the aftermath of removing them, it made me wonder what other people do with their own cases of blogs like these…

Obviously, treatment of followers should be different depending on who your target audience is. People who review a range of media will garner followers with that very same range, with the problem that they cannot figure out what content followers came for sometimes (some of the previous blogs I had were “multifandom blogs”, so I’ve run into that problem before). On the other hand, a blog with a specific focus will often attract followers who have the same focus (e.g. the Animanga Spellbook having followers whose main focus is anime and manga) or somewhat tangentially related focus (e.g. the Spellbook having followers who are anime and book reviewers), with only rare cases being ambiguous in intent.

So, what should you do with ambiguous cases, such as storywriters who don’t give much attention to anime (in the Spellbook’s case)?

  1. First of all, you need to ensure they are actually of this category – if the owner of the blog shows up with a relevant comment, that should be enough to say it’s okay to keep the follower. Of course, if you’re familiar with the blog through interacting with its owner before, then that’s good enough to keep as well.
  2. Make sure to check out your new follower’s blog, just in case you’re wrongly accusing them. People with broad non-media topics (e.g. self-help, travelling, fiction writing) may accidentally lead you to believe they are of a category you can get rid of.
  3. If you have the heart to let go of followers who don’t follow the focus of your blog and clearly do not have any intention (aside from maybe publicity of their own blog), then that should be when you kick them out. For instance, I removed the finance blog because it clearly only had a focus on finance and I couldn’t fathom any reason why a finance blog would have an interest in my blog…except for how the Ode to Anime Studios seems to keep attracting the business side of WordPress on rare occasions, but even still, that’s not the main point of those posts. That would be clear if there were a person reading the posts and the Spellbook’s blog pages.
  4. For cases you don’t know what to do with, leave them alone. Unless they have a malicious intent (such as trying to flood your comments with spam to feed Akismet), they shouldn’t do you any harm.

By the way, it’s the same case with likes, but likes have less of an overall impact and are harder to trace back overall (since they give you a blogger’s Gravatar, but their Gravatar may not be properly connected to any blogs/accounts).

Sidebar: The Sunrise post for the Ode to Anime Studios – arguably the most business-like of those posts I’ve put out so far – once got linked to by a website that aggregated posts into newsletters…and the post appeared in their finance section! I managed to track the blog responsible back to Twitter and block them, because the main point of gathering all that studio info is to better appreciate the work anime studios do through learning more about them.

Now that I include information on an anime I liked from the studio though, the finance side of WordPress hasn’t been annoying me anymore…

Maybe I’m just kind of paranoid because of my past experiences with computer security and anecdotes about the strange kinds of followers people get, but that’s why bloggers need to be vigilant about suspicious followers.


So back to the question from the top of the post – do you remove followers or take any kind of action against suspicious likes/follows?

Alternatively, what’s the weirdest blog you know about, either from having them follow your blog or from reading about other people’s followers? Maybe we could even have a “Weirdest Following Blog Ever” competition…

 

 

 

 

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  1. I don’t remove followers on WordPress, though I do block the more obvious trolls on Twitter. I get so little interaction I’ll take anything I can get. (“Likes” are not interaction.) Also, it’s just not worth the time as it doesn’t seem to actually accomplish anything useful from what I can see.

    The oddest aggregation I ever got was a post about the prison planet ep of Yamato 2199 appearing in an aggregation post of WordPress entries containing the word “Prison” on a blog dedicated to prison issues. Their editorial content suggested they were actually a serious blog – but their collected links posts seemed to be generated by a ‘bot on crack.

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  2. Personally, I wouldn’t remove a follower. I don’t really have a professional brand to uphold, so I don’t worry about it too much. I wouldn’t trust my judgment enough to decide if an account following me was a bot/only following in hopes of getting a follow back/etc. I’m sure that I have a follower or two like that and I was a little suspicious when two of my posts in a row got more likes than views (at least initially), but I don’t think looking into it is worth my time. As long as WordPress continues to catch spam and malicious comments, I’m okay.

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  3. I don’t remove followers because just because they don’t write about anime (or anything else I’m interested in) doesn’t mean that they don’t have some burning desire to read my content. I’m assuming usually they don’t given these kinds of followers seldom ever like a post again after their initial visit and never leave a comment, but for all I know there’s some owner of a finance blog or adult toy shop that just really likes reading my blog and I would hate to deny them seeing my posts in their reader. That said, I don’t follow back unless their content is actually something I’m interested in. It would however be interesting if WordPress would give us stats on follower activity and which of our followers had actually visited our site in the last three or so months because that would actually make it easier to maintain a follower list that was kind of relevant.

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  4. I don’t remove any because I don’t really think it matters that much. Even if they don’t look it you never know! Also if they follow just for the sake of it then it’s not like they’re doing anything bad, just floating around doing nothing. I’ve removed people who commented a lot and their blog site leaded to virus’ or something but that’s about it.

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  5. I’ve been getting quite a handful of unrelated follows as well – some from random news sites, some from the administrative sector etc… I don’t actually bother to remove them, not because some extra numbers would make the follower count look nicer, but because it kind of gives a little information of what makes these sites follow my blog in the first place.
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    I realized that the follows are random – probably “oh this blog just posted something, let’s just follow it”. From their activity on my blog, I know that they don’t really read my content anyways. But it is rather interesting to just see what blogs do this kind of stuff, and what kind of audience they have.
    So far… I have follows from blogs doing {T-shirt design ; Film-&-Writing festival ; Blog on blogging ; Human Resource ; Cooking ; Travelling}… some of them I understand because I did tag a couple of posts on “blogging” or “travelling” topics.
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    That being said, for related follows (those who post anime/manga/related content) I feel really bad (and increasingly guilty with time) when I don’t follow them back. I make it a point that if I follow / follow-back a blogger, I will read his/her content as well and not simply for the cause of re-following for follow or re-following because they post related content.
    Your post is a reminder that I should do a scan on people following me and update myself on blogs that I should be following in return. :3

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  6. Hmm, it doesn’t really bother me. I’ll just not follow back if I’m not interested in their blog. They don’t usually interact anyways, so it doesn’t make a huge difference. Plus, who knows?
    You never know if someone who runs a finance blog does want to know about anime! I have a couple of mental health bloggers and an internet technology blogger who do actually look at my stuff and comment sometimes!

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  7. 🙂 I never had the cause to remove any of my followers, because they were never problematic to begin with.

    But, what gets me perturbed is, when someone presses the ‘Like’ button without ever reading my blog post.

    I post long-form content, so there is no way on God’s green Earth that a person can read my content in a few seconds time.

    Do have yourself a splendid week.

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  8. Honestly I don’t think that I have ever removed a follower so far. I do take a look at who a new follower is, but I usally notice quickly enough if it are people that just follow you in order to get them to follow you. It happens quite often that you see someone new appear, and two days later he/she disappears if you haven’t followed back. Also someone who leaves like 10-20 likes in the space of 10 seconds is also a pretty clear sign lol. But, naw I don’t mind if there are followers in my list that seem weird (that said so far I haven’t really seen any weird followers yet lol 😂😂)

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    1. Fair enough. Strangely, I think the only person who gives me a series of likes is Remy and I don’t think he’s surpassed 6 likes in a row.

      On the flip side, sometimes archive bingeing someone’s posts and liking each post along the way produces the same results without intention to “advertise” being there, although that can generally be cleared up by looking at a blogger’s stats/blog topics.

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      1. Yeah true. But I am really talking about the absolutely crazy number of likes: I once had someone that gave literally 30 likes in the space of one minute, and then followed my blog. Two days later he or she was gone again lol😂😂 I sometimes really wonder what the goals are of people like that lol. Seriously though…I have pretty much reached a limit to the number of people that I can follow myself. I love reading other people’s posts, but as much as I would love too, I can’ read a 1000 posts a day (not unless I took a five year break from work and got myself lost on a secluded island lol 😂).

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