Monday Rant on Sneaky but Dumb Comment Spam

These days, as I work for myself, Monday for me is just another beautiful day of possibilities.

And, inevitably, some challenges.

Such as the challenge of keeping my sense of humour about comment spammers.

Specifically the one whose activity greeted me this morning.

I worked out quite a while ago that “comments” along the lines of “Great post”, or “Great blog” or “I’ve bookmarked it” are a good reason for me to keep the comments on this blog moderated.

Occasionally I’m not sure however whether a comment is spam or genuine. 

Such as this one today, which at first I approved, even though it was a bit linky/pushy:

Fantastic job! I’m definitely going to put you on my favorites!

I have a home based business blog (this was linked). It is about home business opportunities related stuff. Maybe you could offer some tips for my site.

Come and check it out if you get time 🙂

I checked the linked site and it looked ok, so as it was another home based business person and I did not want to be too much of a grouch I approved the comment.

Then I found another comment by the same person. Oh, I thought, the commenter must have had a good look at the site and liked another post.

The comment was identical to the one above.

Of course I disallowed the second and went back and deleted the first – this time putting a block on the commenter.

Tedious stuff.

Looking at it now I realise the “Fantastic job!” should have tipped me off. And if I’d just thought that was a bit of exuberance, I should have been more awake when I read “I’m definitely going to put you on my favorites!”. That should have reminded me that a lot of these comment spammers promise to bookmark or put you in their favorites, but that is not something you see or include in legitimate comments, from my recollection.

So the spammer was dumb and, although I exercised a bit of dumbness myself in letting the first one through I’m glad there was a second “comment” to tip me off.

And now back to enjoying Monday’s positive possibilities 🙂

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I show business owners and other professionals how to navigate the social media maze and use LinkedIn effectively. I'm an author, speaker, business coach, social media strategist and LinkedIn specialist. Connect with me on LinkedIn, Google Plus and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get my weekly Social Business Bites.

Comments

  1. I have to admit that I’m a newbie! But I do find it very tedious to have to read through 20 spam comments a day. Most, if not all of them don’t even try to hide the fact that they are spammers. As if any of my blog readers would be intersted in a comment about Viagra! Oh well, I’m finding that it comes with the territory.

  2. Adam Holland says:

    Yea, I have to deal with this too ALOT because I blog on ‘home based business’ topics too..
    basically some people will just read some SEO niche ebook they bought for $7. Then they’ll understand that if they get backlinks to their site w/ the anchor text “home based business” or “make money from home” that it’ll increase they’ll search rankings for those keywords.
    The problem is those keywords have been so over-used that it’ll take YEARS of them commenting on others blogs, blogging on their own site, marketing, and a bunch of other things to get their site in the top 10 in search results for those keywords..
    Meanwhile, we’ve got to waste our time marking their comments as ‘spam’…
    Damn newbies.. haha

    Adam Holland

  3. Anonymous says:

    Snoksred

    I look forward to your post on commenting. I don’t think any of us has the perfect answer. As I indicated, I was willing to give yesterday’s spammer the benefit of the doubt, until I found the identical comment on another post. As I said, dumb. I really don’t mind someone saying “great post”. In fact, I like it :). But the fact is, it’s a flag for a possible scam. Typically, with that sort of limited content comment, when you click on the link you find it takes you to a link farm or a MFA (Made For Adsense) site, so you know the “commenter” is just using your blog for link bait. My policy, as stated on the site (see sidebar) states that I reserve the right to delete comments which are “using this blog’s comments function just to get a free ad for a product or service”. I have no problem with links from legitimate comments to genuine sites with original content. And by the way, your blog is very entertaining – love the story of your father’s car which is too irreplaceable to be driven anywhere without an armed guard 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’ve just written an article on commenting on blogs (and am just about to start a new comment challenge myself) but it may not be on the web for a few days, it might be interesting to you.

    Your post makes my heart rate rise a little, because I often comment “great post” – if someone is doing a great job I like to let them know, if I enjoyed a post I like to say so, and if I add someone to my google reader I comment to let them know that – google reader doesn’t tell bloggers how many people are reading their feeds. If I add someone to my sidebar, I comment to let them know I’ve done it. My comments are legitimate, so sometimes you do see that in a legitimate comment 🙂

    A lot of people are putting actual links (as seen below) back to their blogs in comments these days because it does make it easier for people to get to their site or blog. For example, if you look at my blogger profile you’ll see five or six different blogs there and people might not know which one to click on – people mentioned their confusion about it to me so now I always put a specific link. Some readers of blogs don’t know that they can get to someone’s blog by clicking on their name. These are different things to comment spam. 🙂

    Anyway, I just thought I’d mention a different take on it. I’ll let you know when and where it ends up on the web. 😉

    Snoskred

    http://snoskred.blogspot.com/

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Leah. I’ve actually been meaning for some time to do a post on this sort of comment spam, so it was a lay down mazaire, really.

  6. Anonymous says:

    But you DO do a fantastic job Des 😉 I tend to agree though these comment spammers can get a little tedious. At least they could be in some effort at using a more realistic comment and something not so obvious. But then that would make our job harder. Ah well – the joys of sharing your wisdom on a blog and leaving the comments open to encourage conversation.