Fake Bloggers Named

Picture the scene, it's late Saturday evening here in the UK and it's not been the best of weeks, so I'm consoling myself with a little glass of red wine and doing my final email check before retiring for the night.

Because I use “Blog Commenting” as one of the methods of getting free visitors to my site, I subscribe to the newsletters of several high profile bloggers and we're regular visitors to each others' blogs.

They are good writers and publish some interesting and very informative articles – I've learned a lot from them. Reading their articles and commenting is a pleasant way to end the day feeling productive.

Then, all at once – shock, horror, my own face is staring back at me from my in-box in the newsletter from Enstine Muki, together with several other bloggers I subscribe to. But what caused my heart to skip a beat was the label….

Fake Bloggers

Enstine's blog is normally one of my favorite “reads”, and I thought he and I had exchanged some interesting comments. I've worked hard on my blog and done my best…

So what on earth could I have done to be named on his blog as a fake blogger?


Names of fake bloggers here…

I'm not going to repeat what Enstine said about me and my fellow bloggers. You'll have to read his blog and form your own opinion. True or false?

Enstine Muki names fake bloggers – click here to read it.

The site opens in a new window, so don't forget to come back here and let me know what you think in the comment box below.

The Value of Blog Commenting For Free Traffic

In case you're wondering about the value of the time spent on blog commenting, I was recently checking my Google Analytics and the stats showed that the major source of my referral traffic comes from blog commenting.

I even got one fairly nondescript and unoptimized complementary health post on page one of Google and I'm sure it was just because of the number of comments on a fairly controversial topic.

What did you think of Enstine's article? Do YOU use blog commenting and have you found it helpful? I'd love to hear from you.

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Jackson Nwachukwu - September 15, 2014

Hi Joy,

I feel so happy to see another lover of blog commenting! Is my first time here, and I am already loving everything about your blog.

Enstine’s Saturday post on Fake Bloggers was a heavy thrill. We talked about it on Skype but he never revealed the actual intention he had to me until he sent the published link to me. Gosh! I was shocked when I discovered the story behind that title.

That was really a brilliant write up and has yet created another awesome way of blogging in suspense.I am happy to read about it here on your blog.

Do have a wonderful week ahead Joy!

    Joy Healey - September 15, 2014

    Hi Jackson, and welcome to my blog. Glad you like it.

    Blog commenting is a great way to “meet” people and learn a lot too.

    Enstine is such a creative guy – I don’t know how he comes up with all his ideas.

    Although he hinted to me that something might happen, it was a while ago and I really didn’t see that coming. Scared the life out of me – and then huge relief and a big grin when I saw what it was.

    Thanks for dropping by, and I hope to see you again. Joy

Harleena Singh - September 15, 2014

Hi Joy,

Lol…I can SO well relate to what you felt, because I felt the same way when I read the title of the post!

In fact, I had just returned back home from visiting my Dad and the moment I opened my email, RSS, and then Facebook too – I was shocked to see myself being called as FAKE! It took me a while to understand what it really meant and then I couldn’t stop smiling to myself.

Trust Enstine to come up with the most innovative and creative ideas! He always has loads of surprises in store for us and I marvel at this genius mind that is always busy working and creating new stuff, isn’t it?

Thanks for sharing this with us – good to be Fake! Have a nice week ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

    Joy Healey - September 15, 2014

    Hi there Fellow Fake ๐Ÿ™‚

    Heart-stopping few minutes and I must admit I did a tentative tweet to unlock it that I figured would go unnoticed if i had done something really DUMB.

    The only thing that stopped me freaking out was the company I was in.

    As for Enstine – creative technically AND in ideas and publicity. WOW

    I’m sure we’ll smile about this for a long time to come.

    Enjoy your week, Joy

Enstine Muki - September 15, 2014

Wake me up at midnight, stop me on the street any time of the day and I’ll maintain my words – since I know you Joy, you are fake. Anyone reading your blog can’t say the contrary. It’s written all over you and I’m so excited we are friends – though you are fake ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Joy Healey - September 15, 2014

    It’s been fantastic publicity and such a creative idea.

    Delighted to be your fake (real) friend and thanks for including me in your post !

    Have a great week, Joy

Steve Thomas - September 15, 2014

Hi Joy,
I had to read this post twice and the page you had linked to as well. I was out having lunch when I saw this post and could only read it on my phone and couldn’t believe that someone had called you a fake blogger. Since coming home and re-reading both posts, all has now become clear. Very interesting blog post to say the least.

    Joy Healey - September 15, 2014

    Hi Steve

    Well I’m glad you were surprised by it ๐Ÿ™‚ I had no idea it was coming either – but it’s been great exposure and I was so flattered to be in such excellent company.

    Great publicity stunt to get his (and my!) blog shared.

    Have a great week, Joy

Bonnie Gean - September 15, 2014

I don’t know the gentleman you direct your post to in this writing. How long have you followed him?

What makes you FAKE?

Well… you can guess by now I didn’t circulate his post by sharing it on social media. I don’t want to give people the wrong impression because of his title.

He may have done it to get more people to share his post, but in the same token it can turn people off – as it did me. ๐Ÿ™ So in my case, his intention backfired. (bummer!)

    Joy Healey - September 15, 2014

    Hi Bonnie

    I’ve followed Enstine a while now and he’s actually a great blogger, a talented plugin designer AND an all round good guy who I trust. But of course if you didn’t already know him I can see it might not work.
    His blog is well worth a visit to check out some of his posts.

    Must admit I did a tentative little tweet that I hoped would go unnoticed in case it wasn’t something I wanted shared.

    I’ll email you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Enjoy the rest of your week, Joy

Carol Amato - September 16, 2014

Hi Joy,

I think curiosity will cause people to share and find out the rest of the story. I get Bonnie Gean’s meaning, and he may get less shares because of the title, not sure. That will have to be tested. I was not offended one bit – I thought it was clever.

Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚
– Carol

    Joy Healey - September 16, 2014

    Hi Carol

    I’m sure you’re right about the curiosity thing – it’s human nature really. I’d have shared just the same to see what it was even if I hadn’t been “in it”. I guess ANY extra share he gets may be more than he would have had without this device – so I too think it was a very clever tactic.

    Bonnie doesn’t know Enstine, so I think she meant to be protective of my “reputation” and not spread anything that might not be complimentary. Which was kind of her.

    However I certainly wasn’t offended – I was very flattered to be included, it’s been great exposure.

    Hope you’re having a good week.


Ryan Biddulph - September 16, 2014

Hi Joy,

I feel so honored to be a fellow FAKE blogger ๐Ÿ˜‰ Enstine is clever, and it really is awesome publicity for all of us. If you’re creative and willing to go a bit out on a limb with your titles you’ll reel in those readers…and yes Joy, you reeled me in too.

I recently wrote a post about being coked out in Peru. Well I was kind of coked out. The title pulled in quite a few folks, then I followed up with the travel story.

It’s fun to get creative, to draw folks in, and to entertain while telling a neat story and it’s shouting out a bunch of bloggers all the more better. That’s why I love these feature style posts and it’s also why I publish them quite frequently too.

Thanks Joy, happy to tweet this one through Triberr too.


    Joy Healey - September 16, 2014

    Hi Ryan

    Great to welcome another FAKE blogger ๐Ÿ™‚

    Such a clever idea by Enstine. I long for the day I get as creative as he is – and he’s technically clever too, all those plugins etc. Wow!

    The posts where I tell stories are often my most popular ones – so that’s something I need to work on.

    Thanks for visiting and for tweeting in Triberr. I appreciate your visit.

    I hope your week is going well,


jonathan - September 16, 2014

Guys – do you think that blog commenting as gone down as more and more people become more and more lazy.

Some of my most valuable online real estate is blog posts with 20-25 long interesting comments (not just “I agree”)

Trend seems to have become to just tweet or like as a way of acknowledging.

But the thing is – what are those tweets doing now?

I can sen people to those blog posts and ask them to join in.

Old tweets can’t be cashed in any way…

    Joy Healey - September 16, 2014

    Hi Jonathan

    I’m very glad you brought this up as it’s something I’ve wondered about – because, as you say, these Tweets and Likes are (I assume) long gone very quickly.

    Do you think this trend is because of the different commenting mechanisms out there that tend to encourage Likes / Tweets at the expense of the comment? I’m asking rather than suggesting!

    I far prefer people to comment on my blog. I have one post (on another blog) that made it’s way to page 1 of Google and I’m sure it’s only because it was on a fairly controversial topic and attracted lots of comments. I doubt that 50 Likes / Tweets would have had the same effect. The difference was that on this particular (health blog) post, people wanted to share their experiences. It wasn’t a post you’d just acknowledge.

    Perhaps some blogger with more experience of different commenting systems than I have will do a post of it.

    Despite looking at some of the others, my personal preference is still CommentLuv.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and raising an interesting question.


Swapnadip Chakraborty - September 16, 2014

Hello Joy,

I have gone through Enstine’s article. “FAKE Bloggers” What! an interesting Headline he used in his post. I must say that this kind Headlines are sure to attract attention.

I am regular visitor of above mentioned “FAKE Bloggers”….Oh Sorry, “Renowned Bloggers”. When I go through your post, I gather a lot of new stuffs.

I do agree with you that Commenting is one of the way by which we can create a relationship with other bloggers. And it will definitely help to boost traffic on any Blog. The same thing turns out for my Blog as well.

Have a lovely day Joy.


    Joy Healey - September 16, 2014

    Hi Swapnadip

    It was a great headline wasn’t it. I think most of us are regular visitors to these bloggers, which is probably what made it so successful. I guess if it had been about bloggers we’d never heard of we probably wouldn’t have bothered.

    Thanks for your visit and I’m glad you find my blog useful and hope you’ll continue visiting.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, Joy

Victoria Virgo - September 17, 2014

Ha – ha – this is so funny. I wanted to read the blog post but I didn’t want to share it with anyone just in case.

But curiousity got the better of me. lol

Cool post. Congrats on being FAKE! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Joy Healey - September 17, 2014

    Know what you mean, Victoria…

    I was petrified what I might be telling the world about myself. So I chose to do a surreptitious tweet as the least of the potential evils – but of course when I saw what it was…. I was sharing all over the place.

    Great post by Enstine that has brought me some new readers – and introduced me to a wider circle of blogs too.

    Thanks for coming over to check out this FAKE blogger ๐Ÿ™‚

    Enjoy the rest of your week. Joy

Manik - September 17, 2014

Hi Joy,
Is it a good practice to get huge traffic or comments? Recently, I saw some bloggers post on their blog like this post. I think this is fake and we should ignore it.

    Joy Healey - September 17, 2014

    Hi Manik

    Well bloggers who are more experienced than I am like the practice of getting comments on our posts and certainly my visitors have increased since I started blog commenting.

    Completely outside this blog I have another one where a fairly nondescript post found its way, unnoticed by me, to page 1 of Google and I’m sure it could only have been because of the number of comments it attracted – because it expressed a tip that, on the face of it, was controversial – then a lot of people started saying either it had worked for them, or it was a dreadful thing to suggest.

    Thanks for dropping by. Joy

Sandy - September 17, 2014

Hi Joy, Guess there are few levels to it.

For those who, like your good self already known this blogger Enstein, you could relate and receive his wit well.

For those whom have not read his work, it depends on their style. If it is on the same frequency, then yes, it is a well executed experiment.

For those that are not, like myself, I don’t really appreciate this style despite appreciating the gooodwill of exposing my blog out to a potentially wider reach, it might have backfired if the potential readers do not read on and analyze the content deeper.

This is just my humble opinion. More importantly is you trust him. Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Joy Healey - September 17, 2014

    Hi Sandy

    You’re not alone in this thought. The approach backfired with another friend, Bonnie Gean, too.

    My take on it is that any extra publicity I got out of it was a bonus that I wouldn’t otherwise have had, and eyes on my blog that otherwise wouldn’t have been there.

    I sort of piggy-backed off Enstine’s excellent online reputation and those who DO know him (including me) value and trust his judgement.

    The other side to him is that he is an extremely talented technical guy too. I do encourage you to pop over to his site and check out some of his plugins. The post I’ve linked to below in CommentLuv shows you one in action!

    Good to have your opinion, and thanks for dropping by. Joy

Catherine Holt - September 17, 2014

Lol…I can just imagine how shocked you would have been. I would have been too!

To keep readers interest and keep them coming back for more, you must generate ideas that are slightly different to the norm, and Enstine’s post certainly did that. The title either grabs attention or looses it. Use this wisely and you will literally draw people into the post.

I can see however how this title would also put people off, so you really have to work the fine line between intriguing and putting off readers.

    Joy Healey - September 18, 2014

    Hi Catherine

    Yes, it’s a real talent staying interesting and entertaining, especially over and over again. Enstine has a real talent for that.

    As you may have read in the comments above, one or two people disliked the approach, but the overwhelming opinion has been in favour!

    Thanks for dropping by. Joy

Si - September 18, 2014

I haven’t been commenting on other blogs nearly as much as I should be, but this seems like a golden opportunity. The headline caught my attention. I’ve never heard of a fake blogger before!

    Joy Healey - September 18, 2014

    Hello Si,

    Welcome to my blog and hope you will find it interesting:-)

    Blog commenting has really helped me, and I’ve learned a lot from it!

    No, I hadn’t heard of a fake blogger either and I did wonder what I’d done! Happily it all turned out well.

    Thanks for dropping by. Joy

Edward Thorpe - September 18, 2014

Hi Joy,

Enstine’s post was quite clever.

His use of an acronym was a tip off to the nature of his post’s theme, but it was so well written well, that it didn’t kill the fun.

Thank you for bringing to to my attention.

    Joy Healey - September 18, 2014

    Hi Edward

    Glad you liked it. Most people did.

    As well as being entertaining, Enstine is very clever technically and his blog is well worth a visit.

    Thanks for dropping by. Joy

Adrienne - September 18, 2014

Hey Joy,

Enstine tagged me on Facebook and when I saw the title I was immediately offended. I started to read the comments people were putting and realized this was some ploy to build up curiosity so I didn’t want to jump to any conclusions until I had time to read it too. Of course I was swamped at that time and it took me a day to get by there but I was a little more relieved when he shared what fake stood for.

It got people’s attention though right!


    Joy Healey - September 19, 2014

    Hi Adrienne

    I was in complete panic – the only thing I could think was that if you and Carol and Harleena and co were in the same “boat” it must be OK.

    To be honest the first thing that sprang to mind was all those “Fake comments” people had been making in your name, and I thought maybe someone had been doing the same under my name.

    I was certainly relieved to see his “revealed” post.

    As for attention – it’s great. I think that has been the most commented post on my blog, and I’ve had some first time visitors who’ve looked at other posts too.
    Hope you’re getting on top of things – I’m working my through it all still, but this weekend should clear one very BIG job from my list!

    Have a good weekend.


Govind Choudhary - September 19, 2014

Hi Joy,
Enstine’s strategy and eye-catchy post title are so great that no one can pass it without reading the article. I must say fully CTR optimised post.Thanks for sharing it Joy ๐Ÿ™‚

Govind Choudhary

    Joy Healey - September 19, 2014

    Hi Govind

    Enstine’s post was certainly eye-catching. Not all my commenters liked the style, but it got me a lot more exposure and new visitors that I probably wouldn’t otherwise have had.

    Have a great weekend. Joy

Padma Ashokan - September 19, 2014

Ya that’s really a clever way of blogging and even a good method to drive traffic and increase the page views. These kinds of posts go viral very soon. Thanks for sharing this here.

Sue Worthington - September 19, 2014

Hi Joy
Sorry but I agree with Bonnie and Sandy on this.
I would not appreciate this at all – there is too much potential for people to simply read it (especially in a tweet) and not read further.
Why would anyone want their name associated with fake even in a joking way. Not cool.
This seems to be an attempt to get tweets, +1’s, etc which it probably did but is all publicity good? No I don’t think so.
I would be fairly angry at this – no very angry.
Remember that this is out there forever.

PS I have deleted my tweet

    Joy Healey - September 19, 2014

    Hi Sue

    OK, I see what you mean…. and I guess for the people who were actually named in the headline it could be more of a concern. Many of them have now commented above.

    In mitigation there were full-stops between the letters so some people guessed “something” was coming – but of course it’s easy to think of uncomplimentary phrases using the same letters!

    Some of the bloggers named in there are so well known that this post would be “lost” amongst “good” things about them, perhaps not so easily for me.

    It DID get me more visitors who probably wouldn’t even have registered my name if I hadn’t been for it being linked with Enstine and the others.

    I know what you mean about being “out there forever” though, because I once got turned down for a complementary health job (a long time ago) because I had previously promoted a supplement program with a networking company!

    Thanks for putting the other side, and being protective of my reputation.


Akintunde - September 21, 2014

Seriously this guy is really clever I must admit the title got me curious, but it’s nice to be called f.a.k.e. by Enstine!

Keep up the good work Joy

    Joy Healey - September 22, 2014

    Hi Akintunde,

    It’s good that so many people were curious about the title, because it has brought me some new visitors ๐Ÿ™‚

    Being called fake is good, when it has Enstine’s clever meaning.

    Thanks for dropping by. Joy

Angela McCall - October 1, 2014

…and look at this. Because of that fake title you have gotten so much comments here!! LOL

So joy I didn’t know you are fake. How could you deceive me? And all this time I thought you were real. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyhoo, girlfriend, this fake thingy got everyone’s curiosity!

Luv ya,

    Joy Healey - October 1, 2014

    Hi Angela

    Yes, Enstine’s post really did me a favor – and I think it was YOU who introduced me to him, so I owe you a big thank-you!

    Sorry to have deceived you all this time LOL

    Nothing fake about our friendship though..

    Joy xx

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