I’m working on a more substantial post, but in the meantime, enjoy this bit of spam I found today in the comments of one my posts:
I just couldn’t leave your website prior to suggesting that I really loved the standard information a person supply to your guests? Is going to be again incessantly in order to check up on new posts
For those not familiar with this spammy strategy, it involves placing phony comments on thousands of blogs all over the internet with link-backs to the spammer’s web site. This one took me to a software development business. The hope is that blog readers will click through, giving the company more web traffic and making the website look more legitimate to Google, boosting their webpage optimization.
The posts are easy to spot. They are typically pseudo-English like the one above, and they are always complimentary and necessarily vague. They never address the actual content of a blog post, presumably because they can reuse the same comment on multiple sites. They are universal. And universally stupid.
I find it hard to believe that this strategy is even remotely effective, but we catch hundreds of these each week just on our humble little blog, so somebody must be making money off of this.
Comments by real humans who have actually read my post and have something meaningful to share (and nothing to sell) are welcome!