Why are comments moderated? Notes on blog spam.

I typically get about 30 comments a day on my blog postings, which would be great except for the fact that the vast majority of those comments are spam.  These aren’t the “buy Viagra” type of spam you find in your email, but are attempts to look like real comments.  See, behind the comment is an internal link and email address, and adding links that point to the spammer’s web site artificially increases the site’s search engine ranking.  This type of spam originally appeared in Internet guestbooks, where spammers repeatedly filled a guestbook with links to their own site and no relevant comment, to increase search engine rankings.  If an actual comment is given it is often just “cool page”, “nice website”, or keywords of the spammed link.

In the typical spam warfare that occurs, the spammers try to develop better tools to make their spam look more like real comments, while at the same time mixing it up a little so that they cannot be spotted and banned because they are posting the exact same comment on multiple sites.  Sometimes I have to ponder whether a comment is real, but the email and link usually give away the spammer.  Still, the comments created by the automated system are sometimes humorous.  Here are some that I received today:

“Please, can you PM me and tell me few more thinks about this, I am really fan of your blog…gets solved properly asap.”

Why thank you.  I always strive to solve properly asap.

“Hi, Not sure that this is true:), but thanks for a post.  Have a nice day.”

So what part has you uncertain?  Is it that I visited the 8Eightyeight lounge, or that I drank tequila?  Really, both happened.  Nice day to you as well.

“Welcome, I am able to entertain you in my Kiev apartment in the center or visit you anywhere in Kiev.”

Yeah, we cigar bloggers are real chick magnets.  Wait . . . you are a girl, aren’t you?

“Reviews, News and Views is going to father a bunch of interest simply due to the fact it can be riveting understanding.”

Crazy riveting understanding, if you ask me.

“The best information I have found.  Keep going.  Thank you!”

Now see, my ego is big enough to think that might be a real comment, except that the same comment came from five different email addresses.  Still, it could be that five people all concluded that I presented the best information.  It could happen.

“Who’s the blonde in the cowboy hat? I loved the Anejo … what little I was able to taste.”

Oh, wait, that was a real comment.

3 Responses to “Why are comments moderated? Notes on blog spam.”

  1. Cool page! Thanks for the shout out!

  2. Now you’re just screwing with me.

  3. No. You’re not my type!

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