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August 30, 2005

Spammers try flattery

Stephen Baker

I made my way downstairs in the dark (these days are getting shorter), turned on the computer, and was dumbstruck by the spate of glowing comments on this site:

It's been a long time since I so enjoyed reading posts in the net. Two thumbs up!

Just letting you know - your site is fantastic!

Cool site! I'll be back.

Seemed too good to be true, and of course it was. Spammers are trying out flattery. It's certainly harder to detect than their typical unadorned URLs.

So, if on the off-chance you're tempted to pay us a big fat compliment, don't be surprised if it gets tossed out with the spam. Maybe a more effective tack for the comment spammers--I hesitate to suggest it--would be to dress their come-ons as angry rants.

07:53 AM

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Thank you! Ice Cream Lover Ice Cream Makers.

We can only wish you the best. I enjoyed my visit tremendously! I see there's a real artist on this very cool site. I'll be back in a while.

Your buddy on the wire.

Oh boy, the ads are a crack-U-up!

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at August 30, 2005 08:50 AM

Wow, amazing, I just dug into the comments as well.....and they also use real names like Alexander Kolt in the name of the instead of the usual "diabetic supplies."

Posted by: Heather Green at August 30, 2005 09:38 AM

But your site IS fantastic, Stephen!! :-)

Seriously, we now live in a world where, alas, you need to look at where a comment author comes from and ask yourself why they spent the time to add a comment to your site. Disappointing, to say the least, but i've had spammers actually engage in the discussion on my site and the only clue that something's awry is when I click through to the URL they want linked and find it's p0rn or similar.

Posted by: Dave Taylor at August 30, 2005 10:20 AM

Geez, so these spammers truly are smarter than the rest of us!

Posted by: Heather Green at August 30, 2005 10:42 AM

This happens every time one of these floozies starts poontangin' around with those show folk fags.

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at August 30, 2005 12:44 PM

How many of us leave comments hoping that somebody will click through to our websites? Blog comments (including this one) include a space to leave your URL specifically for the purpose of encouraging comments and interaction.

Posted by: Fritz at August 30, 2005 12:50 PM

Splattery, spam flattery, is old hat.

I have spent a great deal of time and effort in my blogs explaining what comment spam is, does, and looks like.

For one thing, to avoid appearing to be comment spam, I never leave any links in my comments. I of course embed my URL in my name, as per blog norms.

But I never use "a href" tags to embed links to my blogs nor to my posts.

I might provide the text title of a post, and let readers go to my blog main index page to find the post in my Recent Posts or Archives (usually Recent Posts).

But I prefer to just post intelligent, relevant comments, with no post or blog references.

Another comment spam trick is to use copy and paste to insert vaguely relevant generic internet text or marketing text into their comment, always followed by URLS to possible spyware, Trojan, virus, con artist, identity thefting, spoofed, or other malicious booby trap sites.

When I read anything like "Great site. Nice design. I'm just cruising the web looking for high quality blogs. Yours is incredible. yada yada yada...with a link...

I delete it.

I don't even care if it's genuine comment spam or not. If it's not comment spam, then it's still a crass brazen attempt to use my blog comment field as a billboard to drive traffic to another site.

Sorry, playa don't play dat.

PS--thanks for celebrating Blog Day 2005 by displaying 5 blogs.

Posted by: steven streight aka vaspers the grate at August 31, 2005 09:14 PM

Maybe comments that take forever to make their point will eventually be considered spam also.

Posted by: Brushback at September 1, 2005 09:46 PM

Okay, if compliments are out, how do you feel about insults? "You're blog stinks!" Or would that be a "spamsult"? I'm getting confused...

Seriously, Stephen, I understand your frustration. If spammers would put as much effort into honest, legitimate marketing methods they'd probably do much better. Spam don't pay!

Posted by: Kevin Stirtz at September 2, 2005 03:09 PM

I feel that an honest comment which addresses the topic, is not spam. If it is an honest response to a topic, which can be discerned simply by reading it, then they should be rewarded with a link. Mine's honest.

;-)

Posted by: Mark at January 9, 2006 09:17 PM

Let's face it: diabetes and cancer are expensive! Seeing the typical diabetic will be on about six medicines, if not more! WBR LeoP

Posted by: Medic at March 19, 2007 05:28 AM


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