Over the past few weeks I've been getting more and more followers on DEV.TO out of the blue. First I thought it was thanks to my last articles, but quickly I realized that almost all new followers are fakes.
Or how come that you get only 1-2 reactions on a post with 318 "followers"???
If you look at this screenshot of my follower dashboard, you can see what's going on.... "Why do they all have bw profile pictures and weird names," I thought.
It really annoys me, and wastes my time as a professional developer who wants to make a valuable contribution here. So here is a list of accounts that are clearly SPAM, and a list of accounts that appear to be real users. Some I leave out because I can't tell if they are real or fake.
So while scrolling through my follower list and checking each one, I realized with great disillusionment that almost all of my 318 followers are fakes, spammers or some companies that want nothing more than to generate backlinks or sales.
This is really very sobering. I didn't continue the list...
.......and it could become much more, but... I don't know.
If the statistics are correct at all, I have generated over 20.000 views from Google on the platform over the time.
DEV.TO definitely has some good ranking and that's also because it's done pretty well. I apreciate the clean and easy structure of the website.
BUT the SPAM issue is a big issue. It makes me think about 2 important things:
- should I keep trying to post quality content here?
- should I keep considering to advertise here, or will my Ads only be seen my spammers???
Maybe the @devteam can help making these decisions?
What is your opinion? Write it in the comments, if you're real!