There is a particular hell reserved for people who hire people to place blog spam. It’s not a deep hell, like that reserved for the text scammers who preyed on love-struck kids, nor is it the especially fiery hell reserved for the people who believe that pistols and automatic weapons have a place in cities and homes. But hell it is, and for three reasons.
The first is for their persistence. Despite excellent spam filters, these comments manage to become published, briefly enough, but in a way that requires me to delete many of them manually as I see them arrive. For all the editing of the words to slip past the spam filters, it’s obvious from the email addresses and URLs that the comments are from spammers. The worst thing is that I am sure that some of these comments have permanently slipped through to this blog, and I can’t muster the energy to go back and remove the disease.
The second reason is for their abuse of the English language. A few examples
- I will always bookmark your blog and will come back later in life
- Hello, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam responses?
- I want to encourage you to ultimately continue your great posts, have a nice holiday weekend!
And the final reason is for the deceptiveness of the comments, which generally try to make the blogger feel like someone out there cares and request a reply. That means the blogger ends up is engaging with a spammer, and who knows where that can end. Examples:
- We absolutely love your blog and..
- I enjoy what you guys tend to be up too…
- Great site you have here but…
- I’m definitely enjoying the information…
- Fantastic post but…
- I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the outstanding work!….
- Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility problems?
- Howdy would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re using?
- Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your website?
- Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same subjects?
Beneath the fold is the complete list, pasted by one of the poor sods who go around blogs to spam them. It’s entertaining seeing them all at once, and yet saddening as well.
I’ve always imagined that people posting these comments, when they are not scripts, are sitting in tightly packed internet cafes in relatively poor areas of town in relatively poor areas of the world. Someone pays them a little to post their pre-written drivel on as many blogs as they can using semi-automation. If you are someone in that situation reading this then Hi.
Instead of blog spamming, why not…..?
Please, as you post your spam comments for your paymaster, remember that you are being destructive towards the creativity of others, which is a chilling effect on the eternal war against entropy. So here are five starter ideas for you (and your boss) to also earn money, but to do so in a more positive way:
- Sign up to Mechanical Turk or similar and do some (positive) work that has been requested
- Offer your services as a personal assistant, designer or developer on one or more of the any sites out there. Make sure you can do (or learn how to do along the way) what you say you can.
- Create a blog of your own, and blog anonymously about the blog spammer game. Parlay that into an ebook on how to avoid attracting the attention of spammers, and how to play them when you do. Charge for the eBook
- Write an ebook on how to get by in your town or country, showing foreigners how to behave like locals and the best places to see the non-touristy stuff. Sell it online for a few dollars per copy. Non touristy stuff could be internet cafes full of people like yourself, safe walks in poor neighbourhoods and so on.
- Market your services as a guide to your local area through a well designed professional website and the promise of a personalised tour. Charge up front if you can, and meet them at their hotel or the airport. Get a driver along, and charge a lot more than the locals do, but promise and deliver an honest, hassle-free and genuine local experience that only an insider like yourself can deliver. Offer a range of tour types, including one for geeks, one for people who want to volunteer and so on.
(The complete list of blog spam is below. Please don’t click if your tolerance is low)
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Hey there! Quick question that’s totally off topic. Do you know how to make your site
mobile friendly? My website looks weird when browsing
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Did you make this website yourself or did you hire someone to
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Wonderful choice of colors!
Hey just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly. I’m not
sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same results.
Howdy are using WordPress for your site platform? I’m new to the blog world
but I’m trying to get started and create my own. Do you need any coding expertise to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Hey there this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a
blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get guidance
from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing several weeks of hard work due to no data
backup. Do you have any solutions to protect against hackers?
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Howdy! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect
against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on.
Hey there! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with SEO?
I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good gains.
If you know of any please share. Thanks!
I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was wondering what all is needed to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100% sure. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated. Kudos
Hmm is anyone else having problems with the images on this blog loading? I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
I’m not sure exactly why but this website is loading extremely slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a problem on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.
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Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say excellent blog!
I’ve found not posting to my blog to be a very effective way to reduce blog spam. :-)
Great post Lance! I will always bookmark your blog and will come back later in life.
Great Info, I receive my first spam comment today on my website, i Was so happy because it’s the fist comment that i receive, but i knew something wasn’t right so i delete it immediately. I hope they go to hell but very deep on hell.
Thanks For The Info, Lance!!!
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