Honestly if you offer a service promoting professional SEO and SEM services, you don’t spam the comments of another blog in the SEO community trying to promote some WordPress themes of dubious quality.
Yes it is possible that Sam has a major reputation management problem on his hands, and someone is going to extreme measures to tarnish his reputation, but everything I checked did point to this being a manual comment though maybe automated on a “slow burn”.
This wasn’t the first comment I received.
Now if Sam really is innocent, he will thank me for pointing out someone tarnishing his reputation, and turn this into some great linkbait for his year old SEO site that is PR3 with only 1000 or so links reported by Yahoo.
The commenter was using Sam’s email address on Yahoo, and the IP address used was logical 220.127.116.11 though might be a randomly allocated address by an ISP.
However this won’t change my opinion of the themes being promoted. They are not the worst available, but certainly should be better if promoted from an SEO site.
I am not sure what the best way is to defend yourself against this kind of commenting, if someone was to start commenting all over the web using your details. It would certain cause all kinds of problems for spam filters such as Akismet which rely on a collective intelligence.
This wouldn’t be solved by using OpenID
So was it Sam destroying his reputation, or someone destroying it for him?