A painting by Hieronymus Bosch, illustrating what happens to people who leave spam comments on websites.
For the past couple of months I’ve been working on two blogs in order to build up my understanding of SEO and blogging, as well as just for fun. You’re reading one of them right now. During this time I’ve been received many, many wonderful comments. The only problem is, most of them came from random people who apparently hadn’t even glanced at the article they were commenting on.
(Incidentally, if you left a genuine comment on my blog, thanks!)
Why, you may be wondering, would a person leave comments on a blog page without reading the page? Part of the answer is of course that this blog, like many others, allows you to enter a URL alongside your comment. So the commenter gets a bit of free advertising by leaving his or her URL on a throwaway comment.
How Google Inadvertently Drives Spam
But there’s another answer too, one that I suspect is the real driver behind most of the spam. Google determines a site’s popularity by looking at how many other sites link to it. The more popular a site is, the higher Google places it in relevant search results. Therefore one way of getting more traffic to your site is to get it a higher position in Google’s search results by acquiring lots of links to it. And how can you do that? There are several possibilities:
- Write really useful and interesting articles that other people will eventually link to. Be patient.
- Submit your site to blog carnivals, thus getting free links that bring you targeted visitors.
- While you’re reading other people’s blogs, leave relevant and insightful comments on them, including your URL.
- Place random stupid comments on any blog or website you can find.
When I first started creating blogs myself, not so very long ago, I experimented with option (3). However, I quickly tired of it. Now I include my site URLs when I happen to comment on another blog, but since I don’t read many blogs, I don’t leave many comments. In any case, I’ve discovered that SEO is quite effective in itself; I use it all the time on my other blog, which I intend to eventually have a commerical focus. As for this one, I’m content to let it pick up visitors at its own pace, and now I usually see at least 30 visitors a day, which suits me fine for a site full of random stuff.
However, many people apparently feel that option (4) is the way to go, and I’ve collected some of the most annoying/hilarious comments here for your enjoyment.
Oddly enough these commenters seem to be undeterred by the fact that I manually approve comments before they appear on this site and nearly always consign the spam to the trash bin, or the fact that the comments on this blog are “nofollow”, meaning that Google will ignore them in any case. This makes me think that many of these spammers either don’t understand English, or else they are robots.
Spam or Not Spam?
Should you be in any doubt that these comments are indeed spam, feel free to paste them into Google. You can usually find many, many other blogs that the commenter has left the same comment on — either the exact same comment, or very minor elaborations of the exact same comment.
Also notice that none of them refer to anything specifically connected to the article they are commenting on; they are designed to be left on many web pages without alteration, as indeed they are.
Needless to say, all of these comments link to websites that appear to have been put up overnight in an attempt to sell some product or other.
But without further ado, here are just a few of the insightful and thoughtful comments that random spammers have left on my blogs recently.
The Hall of Spam
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What a great compliment. I suppose I did ought to redesign the site, especially since I’ve only just designed it.
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You might as well fuck with people’s heads while you’re spamming them!
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The flattery is laid on with a trowel, but the effect spoiled somewhat by the vast number of other websites that the same comment has been left on.
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By trashing comments like this one.
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Sadly I’ve lost a great comment I got recently, which was downright insulting (in a highly non-specific manner)! Well, you’ve tried flattery, you’ve tried fake insight … why not be obnoxious?
And once again, to anyone who has left a genuine comment on my site, thanks! Hope I didn’t confuse you with a spammer ….