A few times a week, I get a notice about a new follower. I always visit the new follower’s page to see what information they are sharing with the world. Because my site is about writing, publishing and similar topics, sites that follow me almost always discuss the same subjects.
Except lately. For the past three or four months, I’ve been followed by individuals who only post pictures. The blogs have cute names such as “Cute Cat Pictures” or something similar. When I visit the site, I find posts that consist of only pictures and no words. This isn’t new because I’ve seen blog posts made up of images before. But what is new is the format and picture content: one picture per post consisting of an animal or food.
The pictures are professional quality, which leads me to believe they were picked off the Internet. Also, these blogs are usually quite young, having been started within the past six months. Some are as young as a few weeks old.
If I had seen only one site, I’d think it was one person sharing their favourite photos. However, the few dozen sites I’ve visited makes me think otherwise.
I’m not going to link to any of these sites, and I’m not going to use their names because they are looking only for traffic. I don’t know what they are selling, but they must be selling something. It must be the new trend in marketing to drive traffic to a site.
The second thing I’ve noticed about some of these sites is they have followed me more than once. To do that, they first need to unfollow me. By following me a second time, it alerts me to their follow—again.
I’ve seen this strategy used on Twitter many times. Someone follows me, and within a week, if I haven’t followed back, they unfollow to follow me again, once again triggering a notice to be sent to my inbox that they have followed me.
Am I the only target? I doubt it. Who else has been followed by cats, dogs and food?
I’ll leave you with a cute goat picture. I’ve only been followed by a goat in real life, not online.