Oh hello, June, where did you come from?  Seriously how is it June already? I'm going to try and make the most of summer this year - despite everything else being rubbish. I'm going to enjoy myself and have fun in the sun. Sound like a good plan, doesn't it? ⠀
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I must admit that I did get bored with balcony/mirror outfit pictures and wanted a more nature/organic photos backdrop. Well now summer is right around the corner, and the sun is indeed shining, and with news that lockdown resections are now easing, I now thought it was the perfect opportunity to go out into the wood and show you this floral Zara dress.⠀
I brought this dress at the very beginning of this year and was keen to show you guys this as I think it a lovely summer dress to wear, plus, I also thought it would go nicely with my red hat.⠀
For someone who has been cooped up, I must admit that it was nice to go into my local woodland and to walk around for an afternoon. I think it was also lovely for Richard, my husband, to pick up his camera again and to take some photos. The whole pandemic has put a pause on his professional photographer profession, and he hasn’t needed to use his camera much.⠀
It was lovely to put on a dress and to make myself look a little presentable. It got me out of my loungewear for an afternoon. The experience made me feel a little more like myself, and it put me in a good mood. As much as I like comfy loungewear, I’m still someone who wants to dress up.⠀
I’m hoping I can go out more this summer, of course still observing the social distancing rule, and doing more outdoor outfit photos. I’m also hoping this summer to wear more of my summer outfit and to feel more like myself.⠀
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I must admit that I...

Usually, when I do an outfit post or picture, I like to dress up and show you some pretty dress. But this time I thought I would show you a few of my casual wear and what I wear on a day to day basis. I must admit, as much as I love to dress up, I wouldn't exactly go to Tesco in them. So on a day to day basis, I'm usually in jeans and a top. ⠀
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If I were to describe my style, it would be summed up in two words: quirky and fun. I'm sure you realise by now I don't like boring black fashion – I do fun, bright, colourful style. Case in point is this Collectif watermelon dress. You can't get more quirky and fun fashion than this, can you?⠀
I like my clothes to reflect a lot of my personality, eternally youthful while also quirky and fun. Yup, that pretty much summed up me. The saying, you are who you are by the clothes you wear, really does hold up with me.⠀
I'm still that little girl who had a dressing up box as a child and would play dress-up; now I just have a wardrobe filled with more clothes than I could ever need as my dressing up box. I still like to have fun with my clothes, and I haven't lost that childhood wonder about clothes. And I don't think I ever will.⠀
Overall, what I'm saying is that this Collectif watermelon dress reflects who I am as a person and also my style. I also believe it represents how fashion shouldn't be all serious; it should be fun and should put a smile on a person's face.⠀
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If I were to describe...

* Stare at the computer screen completely blank, not sure what write*. Pretty summed up my week really - a blank space. Yup got writer block. ⠀
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* Stare at the computer...

A girl who just love polka dots! Also, you can see the *bad* dyed job I did when I thought it would be rock and roll to go blue. Haha ⠀
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A girl who just love...

There is nothing worst when you’re working really hard on your blog and you get spam. Here’s how to combat spam SEO.

Spam, for all us bloggers and web owner it a pain in the neck. You spend your days and nights working so hard on your blog/website for it to be hit with spam.

My gosh, I do feel the pain!

As I do believe it was the serious amount of spam attacks that destroyed my last website. Before I had this website, I had another site and it got hacked. I couldn’t log into my account, my host at the time was useless and I lost bloody everything.

So as you can imagine that when I decided to start up again, I wanted to protect my site and to combat spam.

If you were lucky and hasn’t faced this spam problem before, how to spot it:

  • Comments on a blog post that add no value to what you’re writing on.
  • Fill up your comments boxes with endless pointless links.
  • Comments that override the no-follows rules.
  • Spam referral links that showed up on Google analytic.
  • A website that keeps repeating a certain keyword over and over again.
  • Someone who cloaked a link so that the readers can’t see it, only the Google bots.
  • Low-quality images.
  • Links filled guest posts.

I’m sure your next question is, why would someone do that? It is known as black hat SEO technique and it a quick easy way for their website to move up on Google ranking. They don’t care what happens to your site, they just look out for themselves.

You do need to watch out for it as it will eventually tank your site and all your hard works will go to waste. If left un treated, like me your site might eventually be hacked.

I would also like to say that 3-5 years ago WordPress was quite an unsecured CMS and it has lots of loops holes and open coding. I do know that WordPress has closed any loose end and it’s now completely secure to use.

Despite me saying that WordPress hasn’t completely closed the gap on spam. However, it getting better and there are small techniques you can do with combating SEO.

Here how to combat spam SEO.

Set up anti-spam comments on your site:

There are several anti-spam comments plugins you can download. I use about 2-3 plugins to help me. There are:

I find them to be really effective (sometimes a little too effective!), I do recommend you downloading and using them.

Strange Referral on your Google Analytics

You might see strange, unusual URL popped up your referral part on Google Analytics. It essentially an empty URL and all it does is give you empty (no value) referral. It supposed to be more helpful to that URL with their SEO (remember everyone is out for themselves!) but really it doesn’t.

There is a way to block these empty referral spam, but every time you block something – another method overrun it. Do a Google search if you spot a strange URL in your referral, 9 out of 10 someone else is having the same problem and found a new way to combat it.

Keep your eyes on all avenue:

Do keep a vigilant watchful eye on all spam, as it might show up on your blog comments, or on Google Analytic or even on your organic traffic.  Spot any unusual traffic spike, and if you have the Wordfrence plugins installed (highly recommended), look at all IP addresses and where they are coming from.  Look at all aspect of your traffic, what are people searching for Google to find your site. Analyze it.

That was my tips on how to combat spam SEO. I will say, it not a once a week thing; you do need to keep a watchful eye on everything daily.

Do you have any tips to add?

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5 Comments
  • Debbie
    September 11, 2017

    Anna this is really helpful. I get the first one on your list, about unrelated comments, sometimes three or four times a week but I’m really not savy when it comes to installing plugins. I use WordPress and think they are great but I must admit I’m rather worried now. I have no idea if I get the other things you listed as I don’t quite know what you mean. Argh help! 🙁

  • Ola
    September 11, 2017

    I believe I’ve experienced the empty URL referral. How do you go about reporting it? I’d really like to know.

  • Erinna
    September 13, 2017

    Very helpful post! Good to know the ways to identify the black hat techniques:/ I hope this doesn’t happen to me!

  • Danie
    September 13, 2017

    Oh wow, I really had no idea that these spammers could wipe out my blog. Thanks so much for the warning. I will download those protective add-ons.

  • Tiina A
    September 13, 2017

    Thanks, this was useful! I’m still pretty bad with SEO and need to learn more how it works and how I should work with it. I have totally ignore spams until now!

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