Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Spam, Marvelous Spam

Anyone else's blog being hit with a massive amount of spam in the comments to old posts? I've never been convinced that spam was an effective way to sell anything, but, assuming it was, would attaching a comment to a post that's over a year old be the best way to do so?

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  1. I think that it might be something akin to google bombing. You get enough links to your site using certain search terms spread around on various blogs, perhaps it improves the site's results on a google query?

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  2. But to answer your question- it seems to go in cycles on my blog. Not much lately, but there have been periods where it was really annoying and I actually closed comments for a while.

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  3. Lots of comments with Chinese characters and lots of periods? Yeah, I've been getting that.

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  4. Yeah, I get the Chinese characters too. Mostly on new posts though.

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  5. Not that I think spam is ever effective, but I often end up at old posts in your archives when I do Google searches for various things. And maybe they think blog owners are less likely to go to the trouble of cleaning out spam in old posts rather than in front-page ones.

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  6. Each one of those periods in those Chinese character spam comments is a link, which drives search engine results up.

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  7. And this whole time I thought I was really popular in Asia...

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  8. I usually have to weed out a couple of chinese spams each week. It good exercise ;)

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  9. I get quite a bit at my blog, but Wordpress is pretty good at catching it and putting it into a holding queue for deletion.

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  10. Yep. I have all my blogs set so that comments older than 14 days need to be moderated. It helps weed out quite a few.

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  11. My blog is way too low-profile to get them, but I have seen them on a number of the popular blogs I go to - mostly the "Chinese characters, dot, dot, dot" spams.

    They are stupid and pathetic! They are just throwing out unrelated crap that don't matter much to the folks who are reading the comments, and is just a waste of time for both the readers and the spammers. If some bottom-feeder interrupts someone's blog or post to sell some penis-enlarging/enhancing magic super-pills, would you really buy their snake-oil? If someone has a particular fetish, then that person could easily find their outlet on their own time - we don't need be to bothered with it while we are doing our own thing!

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  12. My blog is very low profile, but I get those Chinese spam posts fairly often.

    Maybe it's because I'm just in the next nation over?

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  13. Yep, I had some spam comments to very old posts recently as well.

    Maybe they think comments to older posts will go unnoticed?

    I mean, if Blogger was set to send me an email when I get comments, I certainly would have never noticed a comment to such an old post.

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  14. Those spam comments are the reason why I set my blog to "first post from a new address must be moderated".

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  15. I've just set my comments (not that I get many mind you) to approval mode.

    They STILL do the spam even though nobody actually gets to look at it.

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  16. I've been getting Japanese comment spam at my blog regularly now. Luckily I moderate all comments so it never gets seen.

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