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April 10, 2013

Blog SPAM

Filed under: News,Whatever! — S. Kindley @ 2:29 am
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Blog SPAM

I’m really amazed at the number of comments in my WordPress spam queue right now. It’s rather obvious that the comments are left by people who don’t type English as their primary language. Those that do generally leave a one word comment (or short phrase) followed by an ellipsis. I find that rather ironic since the Greek meaning of ellipsis is “falling short”. It’s as if these people who do this can’t understand that there spam is falling short of their intended goal.No SPAM

I never really explored or investigated what the Akismet Stats feature was all about until just a little bit ago. I guess it just works really well. I’ve had this blog since late 2006 and the stats page shows Akismet has quarantined over 500 spam comments so far.

Consider these things bloggers should know about concerning spam. It’s from the Akismet How It Works page. Credit and copyright belongs to them for the “5 things” I’ve listed below. Reprinted here in the spirit of fair use. Go give them some love!

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5 things every blogger should know about spam

1. Web spam is different from email spam.

Email spammers want you to buy their product. You are the target of the ad contained in each email spam you receive. Comment/web spammers want your readers to buy their product. You (the blogger, author, moderator) are not the target.

2. Web spammers are social engineers.

Email spammers write messages to get your attention. Comment spammers write messages to escape your attention. They want you to believe they are real bloggers, real people, writing real comments, so you’ll approve the comment and publish it on your site. They use flattery, appeal to your good nature, and simply lie in order to convince you to give them the benefit of the doubt.

3. Web spammers are basically advertising on your blog..

..and they’re keeping all of the profits. They’re not even asking your permission first. Right now someone is offering to sell links from your blog to anyone willing to pay a few dollars (or a few cents). If your blog is well known, it may even be listed by name, with backlinks for sale at a set price.

4. It’s all about the backlinks.

Web spammers are selling links from your blog to their clients.  They do this to game the search engines and trick your readers into visiting dubious web sites. Their clients are sometimes seemingly harmless, but are often peddling fake pills, porn, scams and malware. Sometimes they’ll use “buffer sites” – that is, innocent looking web pages intended to disguise the fact that they’re really advertising something more sinister.

5. Spammers employ humans.

Not all spam is delivered by spambots. Spammers are increasingly using humans to write and post comments by hand. Typically they are exploiting low-paid workers in internet cafes, schools and factories. Sometimes they are viral marketers paid to promote a new product. Either way they are trying to exploit your blog for their profit – and hoping to do it without you noticing.

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If you would like to see an example of some of the blog spam I’ve received and how easy it is to quickly identify the “one word followed by the ellipsis” pattern click:

This is a screen shot of a section of the first page of comments in my spam queue.

Blog SPAM Examples

See the one word (or short phrase) followed by the ellipsis ( … )? It’s a pattern huh?

You can click on the image to get a larger representation. It will open in a new window.

Do you have any ideas, thoughts, or comments about this? Preferably a real comment, not spam!

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1 Comment »

  1. An update on how blog spam causes problems for people like me:
    https://skindley.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/blog-is-back-up/trackback/

    Comment by S. Kindley — May 2, 2013 @ 5:37 pm | Reply


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