Blogger Alert. Any Suggestions?

For the last few weeks, I have been getting several, new followers each day (usually overnight), but not your typical follower.

Usually, WP will provide a name and if the follower is a blogger, their URL.

None.   th

Typically, a new follower will leave some sort of comment, mentioning why they are following.

No notes.

Even my resting “A Simple Village Undertaker” is getting these type followers.

All the e-mail addresses are Outlook accounts and all have unusual names.

Here is last night’s batch of five. (all are @outlook.com)

sanchezxckatherinfuz, garridopvaliciasf, lopeztcomoralesmdo, plazaqiandrews, torresqliricardoddj,

This is becoming a daily occurrence.

Has anyone else experienced this?  My guess it is some nefarious effort, but have no idea exactly what.

I haven’t had time to do any research, so I’m throwing it out there.

Thoughts?

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38 Responses to Blogger Alert. Any Suggestions?

  1. Ray, this has been happening to me for weeks. I have no idea why. A few months ago I was suddenly followed by DOZENS of floor sanding ‘businesses’. I have no idea why either. I attribute it to spamming. But I don’t see the point of it since we aren’t monetized.

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  2. Ray, this has been happening to me for weeks. I have no idea why. A few months ago I was suddenly followed by DOZENS of floor sanding ‘businesses’. I have no idea why either. I attribute it to spamming. But I don’t see the point of it since we aren’t monetized.

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  3. soiba says:

    This sounds strange, throw them to spam

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  4. lisanne3015 says:

    I have as well, uneasy feeling.

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  5. Kelly says:

    Same here, 3 new ones lasts night. Bizarre.

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  6. It’s happening to me too. I honestly haven’t worried about it because as long as they’re just following me it seems harmless to me (if strange).

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  7. Spam likes/follows. They are bots who like WP blogs to get you to click on their links or follow their blogs – it’s a way for them to generate clicks on their site to improve their google ranking or click count for advertising. They are scams. A few weeks ago I had one like my blog, follow and unfollow about 600 times in one day (seriously 600). I’ve been deleting their comments – if read them carefully, most are generic and could apply to any blog. The most common one I am getting at the moment is a web site that is selling “woodworking plans” that are widely known as copyright thefts. You might report them to WP, but so far the good folks over at WP seem to be ignoring the problem.

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  8. Yes Ray, me too. I am also treating them with the merit they deserve – ie ignoring them. Most are Outlook addresses, some appear to be businesses. No comments – yet!

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  9. Kimberly says:

    I concur with Peter’s pondering treatment method and have applied the same response to the 3-5 I have gotten each day.

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  10. Me too! And with the weird Outlook accounts. Thanks for posting this so I know I’m glad I’m not the only one. Still wonder why it’s happening though.

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  11. okiewinegirl2015 says:

    Yikes! My twitter acct. has had this type of activity. It always seems to be similar accounts and there will be similar content among them. At that point I just start blocking each one and it eventually stops. It sounds like a wordpress bot has gotten hold of your account.

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  12. Xena says:

    It’s happening to me too. I found this https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/unusual-e-mail-follower-sign-ups?replies=38 and there is a link in that forum to another forum.

    It’s speculation, but I think a blogger maybe purchased followers and the source they purchased it from got confused so the bots are following lots of wordpress blogs. I’ve also noticed that I’ve “like” posts on two blogs that I follow, but was just reading the posts.

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  13. J Winchester says:

    Same exact thing here dude. Exact same thing. I don’t mind it if they like my stuff or not, but it hasn’t caused any problems.

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  14. All the weird Outlook accounts have been eliminated as followers (by WordPress, I guess). So I have 107 followers, not 117 or something like that lol. The issue seems resolved though, at least for me. Has anyone else experienced this too today?

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  15. Osyth says:

    Being an obsessive nature, I notice every new follower and every time I lose one too. Increasingly my stats are up down up down and the reason is this stuff. I am interested to read some of the comments here which rationalise my slightly anxious thought processes. I don’t like it but that applies to much of life, sadly!

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  16. shelie27 says:

    I’m having the same problem!

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  18. Candice says:

    This was happening to me too. I was just removing these outlook emails from my follower list when new ones would be added. I’m glad the issue has been resolved, but for awhile I thought I was getting really popular.

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  19. Jan Mendoza says:

    As of May 6, 2018 I still get about 5 notifications a day of these outlook “followers” WP is doing a good job of stripping them from my follow list so I don’t have to delete them, I just get the notifications..Just exactly the “end game” of this spam bot is a mystery for sure!

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