Monday, January 16, 2006


Spam bots

Do you get many "spam bots" in your blog comments? I seem to get one every couple of weeks, usually in older posts -- where they're piling up, slowly but surely.

This one, which turned up in my December 29, 2005 post, struck me as kind of funny:
I read over your blog, and i found it inquisitive, you may find My Blog interesting. My blog is just about my day to day life, as a park ranger. So please Click Here To Read My Blog
"Inquisitive"?! I am strangely drawn to that use of that word. Inquiring minds want to know!

And what about the horrible chat-room grammar? Is that supposed to pass for folksy charm on the information superhighway?

Anyway, this is why I've decided to take corrective measures. It sounds like a command from the captain's chair of a starship in a sci-fi satire: "Mr. Sulu, activate word verification!"

I understand your activating mr Sulu and making us type in these random letters. I have a bulletin board that was getting hit with a lot of porn spam, and I had to go to defcon 4 (or 2 - I can never remember which is the lowest or highest) for signing up to the forum.

It's a bit of a PITA however, so you may see your comments drop. But you won't have to police as hard as you would otherwise.

And they may not be completely automated, either. Freelance job boards often post jobs for posting to forums or putting ads in blog comments, and the pay is usually a cent or 3 per post. So you won't get the most eirudite people taking these jobs (and they are probably not native English speakers, either).

It's a sleazy way of boosting someone's search engine ranking, and increasing traffic, which then results in more ad revenues.
Have you heard of "revenge linking" or "humiliation linking"? I friend of mine was so upset at his boss after the way he was let go, that he posted comments linking his boss' blog on a few hundred blogs... all the blogs had, umm... questionable content!

I remember some search submission software lets you link to many questionable sites, but many of those require email confirmation before accepting the submission.

3-cents per post isn't very much. I think you can make more at McDonalds.
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