Just about every bloggerhas gotten a comment similar to the following:
“Hello sir/madam your website looks awesome please help me out to create like this. My website is….
Thank you for your support”
Usually, I pay no attention to such comments, but this one stood out because of the salutation.
I don’t know if this was sent by a real person or a spambot, but either way, it’s a terrible salutation.
If it was sent by a real person, how lazy could you be? Here you are asking someone for help, and you couldn’t take thirty seconds to find out if the person you are writing to is a guy or gal? I’m pretty transparent on my website, and it wouldn’t take too long to find out a little about me. There’s even a picture of me…
And if it was sent by a spambot, it seems like it should have gone with a more generic salutation, like “Dear website administrator:”. Even “To whom it may concern:” seems better than “Hello sir/madam”.
Now in their defense, spammers may realize that 99.99% of the spam that they send out is ignored anyway, so why put in the extra effort or think about such minor details.
And in all honesty, even if there was a better salutation, like “Dear Jim:”, the odds are quite high I still would have not approved the comment.
But at least a better salutation would have given you a fighting chance, like one in a million.