SPAM… I hate it…..
When you’re blogging, of course you always appreciate comments. It lets you know that someone actually found value in whatever you wrote, whether whimsical, well researched or just simply random thoughts that others related to as well. And it’s confirmation that more than spider bots are finding your website.
But what you don’t look forward to is SPAM. And even less so, someone else trying to use your blog comments to spam others with links to their mis-deeds.
For instance, check out the spam I received on my pixie blog. Since the blog is mostly about my crochet and my daughter’s art, it becomes obvious real quick that this is not a legitimate comment (if there were really any doubts).
Comment: “Hi! Your post rocks and is i very like your Halloween 20% off SALE! Time to Move On to Gifts! « Pixie Worx!com Blog website. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? really nice read It is extremely helpful for me. meason Send me news to….”
Besides the obvious misspellings and strange grammar in places of this comment, the blog post in question was my Halloween sale announcement from over a year ago, around my birthday. Hubby’s and my birthdays are during the last ten days of October, so I was feeling the love. I find it amazing that a comment could mention how helpful my “nice read” was and was a topic of discussion the commenter felt strongly about. hahahahahahaha….. rotflmoa! Yeah right, my crochet spider webs are a great source of debate! lol!
Then there’s the kind of spam that pretends to give you an honest critique (but has nothing to do with your blog) like this one: “You have to express more your opinion to attract more readers, because just a video or plain text without any personal approach is not that valuable. But it is just form my point of view…” While the comment also included links offering free music downloads. A search for that entire post on Google (in quotes even) brought up 97,000 entries. Ha.
Then there’s this one: “Fed up with obtaining low amounts of useless visitors to your site? …” So like I would be happier with increased traffic from useless visitors?
And just during the time writing this blog post, three more spam comments have hit my site sponsoring anything from viagra to shoes.
But what about other blogs? Maybe they would see through it right away or not. I don’t know. But I’ve gotten to where anytime I see potential spam on my blog that I’m unsure of, I copy a line or so of it and paste it into Google. If I find that exact phrase on someone else’s blog, I dump it. I don’t care if it does make my blog look like it’s more commented on. And I disable any email addresses or links in comments I cannot verify. All too often comments are used to contain links to phishing sites and such. And if you don’t open the comment to look at it, you might not see the html code hidden in it.
Unfortunately, sometimes the spam site really is related to a subject close to yours. In the art world, it’s not generally something that would be very well respected. You don’t go spamming other people’s sites simply to pimp your own. Develop a nice professional relationship is one thing. Past that, honesty and professional courtesy is a must.
To top it all off, I received THIS spam comment in response to THIS very blog post, serving as a nice summation of my point:
“I don’t believe I’ve seen this described that way before. You really have clarified this for me. Thank you!”
There you are; the blog article “SPAM… I hate it…..” clarified!