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The Spam Has Evolved!

I previously wrote about how I would get spam comments on this blog.  Since I wrote that piece, my spammers have moved on.  Some times they leave me alone completely.  Nothing for a day or so.  I get quite perplexed by what must have gone wrong.  However, they always show up again.

I wonder whether they read the previous piece on spam since I get a lot less spam for the bio image they used to use.  Maybe they track responses to spam and lay off those that are not any use.  I do still get some, though, so it can’t be that entirely.

Now I am getting some far more varied spam efforts.  They pick on any post and they come in three categories.  The first are the weirdos that have huge messages about everything from movie downloads to fake passports.  They are so obvious, I can’t imagine why anyone would accept them.

The next group are the SEO crowd.  I get so many messages from people who are offering to improve my website from a search engine optimization point of view.  They all come with similar templates so whether I actually need their help or not, I have no idea.  I don’t want it anyway!

The others are brand sellers.  Right now I am getting a ton of Ugg merchandise sites showing up and have started to get NFL jerseys now the season is underway.  Again, since the title of their comment is the website, they are not too hard to spot!  I sometimes read the contents and that can be hilarious.  They write something that is designed to sound like they have read the post and found it the most inspiring piece of work ever.  Fantastic stuff.

What I am hoping for today is to see whether I can get a nice dose of irony and get some of them to comment on this post.  We shall see!  Meanwhile, congratulations to the one spammer that described my site as awful!  Originality is appreciated.

The joy of spam

One of the delights of having a blog with comments enabled is spam.  When I first set up the blog, I had an email notification whenever someone posted a message.  This didn’t seem so unreasonable until the blog was found by someone’s spam system.  Suddenly the emails were coming thick and fast.  Needless to say, that notification was soon switched off.

I now get two types of spam.  The smaller quantities are scattered around any type of post and they are of the sort that says they are interested in my opinion and are looking forward to what I write next.  They also happen to be a link to some crummy site or other.  It will be interesting to see if I get one of those for this post.

The more common type is a massive amount of text with keywords for whatever people must search for on a regular basis.  Lots of film titles for download show up along with some rather bizarre pseudo short stories.  The easy thing about this is that they are all posted on the same comment thread.  This is actually associated with the picture of me from the bio page.  No idea how they even found a way to comment on that but they did.  Of course, this makes spotting them as spam unbelievably easy.  Thanks guys!

Of course, getting lots of spam has one downside.  I am enthusiastic about deleting them.  Spotting the occasional genuine comment is a little tricky.  Hopefully I haven’t got rid of anything real yet.  If I have, send me a comment – I will try not to delete it too!