Today is a departure from my normal style of blog post. I will not be sharing a story from my classroom. I will not tell tales of travels far and wide. I will be discussing the humor and horrors found in my spam queue.
In the past I would quickly delete the comments in my spam queue. These comments were always filled with a ridiculous amount of links, foreign languages, or gobbledygook like nm,. lfk or l;alksdfj.
But recently things have been changing. The Spammers are getting more creative. In an effort to look like real people they seem to be using quotes from other texts to get you to click on their links or to boost their search engine scores.
This one seems to be Biblical:Theshepherd hearing that, came up to him, (link) xlijjxgfp (link) facts (link) everything was there that he had wished for.
This one seems to be taken from court-transcripts:Counsel for the prosecution now said:By the oaths of citizens whose simple word is above suspicion, (link) snmzvgrrz (link) instant payday loans (link) anxiously.
Here someone is trying to me sell real estate using the literary spam method. But maybe they should try quoting a text that would actually make someone want to move to Huntsville.It had rained for two days, (link) lddgfrktjf (link) houses for sale Huntsville, AL (link) how to dispose of them.
Then there are the spam comments that prey on my ego.
Omgcutepuppies wrote:I am really impressed with your writing skills and also with the
layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see
a great blog like this one these days.
And neurosis said:Aw, this was a very nice post. Takling a few minutes and actual
effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I
put things off a lot and never manage to get anyything done.
The one that completely blew my mind, a spammer advertising Cialis, said something like:I like your blog. Do you have problems with weird spam comments? I do too. Do you know of an application or how to get rid of them?
I’m sure that when selling products to help with erectile dysfunction, you must get a lot of crazy comments.
Spamming is big business. Spammers write comments on blogs in order to improve their search ranking on Google, or other search engines. In the past, with every comment on a blog, the spammer’s website search score grew. However, in the last year, Google has changed their algorithms. If the comments coming from a blog are too spammy, the blog’s search ranking can actually decrease. Spammers must now write coherent comments if they want their rankings to grow and not be considered spam.
Bloggers, for the most part, share their ideas in order to promote conversation on a topic. Bloggers like me are thrilled when another person cares enough to contribute to the discussion by commenting on a post. And I am over the moon when someone decides to follow me because they liked what I had to say. Yet it is depressing to realize that some of my followers are simply just trying to boost their search score.
Has your spam queue been filled with spam lately? Share a favorite spam comment that you have received.
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