First thing, has anyone noticed a decrease in their blog views? In the past couple of days I have lost more than a half of the traffic on my blog. I believe that this is connected to the tags not working properly. If you go to the reader, the tags sometimes load up and sometimes they do not. I am willing to bet that this is because of the increase of bots that post scam. I do not even blame anybody for not checking the tags right now. I was heavily into the #book and I was searching through those posts daily, I could not wait to stumble upon something interesting. But right now, because of the bots and tons of spam and scam, I drifted away from it and only check it a couple of times a day. The real problem is that the staff probably does not know how to handle it right now and that is really bad. I was just about to pay for the hosting, meaning I would go on either a personal or a business plan, but I think I will rather wait now.
It sucks, it really does. I am sorry for ranting, but I hate to see my views drop to the level they were at when I started blogging while I push out even more content than before, with higher quality and actually posting what you guys want to see. It just pisses me off that a few bots can influence the whole community this much. It is a killer for us, small bloggers.
Think about it this way. If you were to monetize your blog, you would need thousands of views per month, to make it worth it. I am not going to lie to you and bullshit you, but with the way my blog was going, I was on my way to have around 4000 to 5000 views in a month. Now I know that is probably not that much, but I want you to imagine if somebody was to make a profit out of his blog, and have numbers even higher than that drop to 30-40%. It would absolutely ruin the blog, without a doubt. As you know, apart from the donations that are a new thing on this blog, I do not make any money. So it does not affect me monetarily but it is frustrating to see it happen.
So yeah, if you stumble upon any blogs that are just spam and scam, please report them. You will help out the whole community here. Every report might save another blog.
Apart from that, I want to thank everyone that does follow my content, that likes it and shares it. You guys are the motivation for me to continue doing what I am doing. Also a huge thank you to the authors that trust me and contact me to review their books. I love to help “unknown” authors reach more people and you can bet on it that I will continue doing it.