Comment Spam: The Good, the Bad, the Ridiculous

No Ma'am, No Spam

 

As a WordPress.com user, my spam filter, Akismet, works well. In addition to Akismet, I use a few simple measures to keep my comments sections orderly. I moderate the first comment of readers and any comments that include links.

The moderation of a reader’s first comment is great for the rare spam comment that worms its way through Akismet. Plus, it helps me keep up with readers who are visiting my blog for the first time. I moderate links because spam often includes links. Also, I hate legitimate yet crazy annoying comments like, “Great post! You can check out my blog at www.IJustWantedToLeaveALink.com“.

As more people visit my blog, so does the number of spam comments. Every once in a while, I like to look at some comments in my spam folder. Check out my most recent faves.

Comment left on Have You Ever, Blog Edition How I miss the nursing time. I chsierhed all the moments. I remember counting their toes while nursing my children (they like the touching of my hand and seems to be very relax when that happened.) Praying for your family and friends during her nursing time indeed is a time wisely spent. You are a great Mama to your baby. By the way, Renae is VERY cute love her smile. ♥ (Note: I don’t have children. And if I did, I wouldn’t name them after me.)

Comment left on If We Were Having Coffee: Concerts Thanks for giving your ideas with this blog. Additionally, a dulesion regarding the financial institutions intentions any time talking about foreclosure is that the loan company will not have my installments.

Comment left on Haiku: The Wife I’m no longer positive the place you’re getting your information, however great topic. I must spend a while learning more or understanding more. You need to get more information for your mission.

Comment left on my Quick Links page Hello just wanted to give yoou a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading properly (there are no images on this page). I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. Great weblog. (Note: My Quick Links page tends to get the majority of spam comments. No clue why.)

Comment left on Things that Make Summer Awesome What i don’t realize is in fact how you’re no lgoner actually much more smartly-liked thanyou’ll be right now. You are very intelligent. You understand thus significantly on the subject of this matter, produced me for my part imagine it from so lots of a range of angles. Its like men and women are not involved unless its something to do with Lady gaga! Your personal stuffs nice. Always maintain it up!

These are some ridiculous comments, but I’ve learned spam comments have some things in common:

  • Poorly written
  • Vague comments could apply to any blog post
  • Comment is overly complimentary
  • Name of email, blog, website. or facebook seems fakish
  • The comment is from some “business”
  • Comment includes several links, links seem scammy
  • Comments do not make sense to blog post (Ex. Requesting more information on a haiku post.)
  • The comment refers to a blog as weblog- because seriously, who says/types weblog?

I am not sure why the spam comments are usually so poorly written. I often wonder why some bloggers allow obvious spam comments, and they will even reply and thank that spam commenter for dropping by. Jeez Louise!

Honestly, dealing with spam comments is 100x easier than I thought it would be back when I first started blogging. It isn’t a hassle at all.

How do you fight spam comments (please don’t say captchas)? What are tips do you have for spotting comment spam?


 

Spam image via Nemo on Pixabay.

26 thoughts on “Comment Spam: The Good, the Bad, the Ridiculous

  1. I just posted an article on my blog about how well Akismet works, even when I thought that it was overly sensitive. Recently, it put dozens of comments in my Spam folder that I thought were legitimate. As I was discovering that it was truly spam, I thought of a value for it: find those original authors, and recruit them as commenters for my blog!

    I like how you turned some of the comments into entertainment for readers who might not have dug into their Spam folders lately.

    • That is exactly why I check my spam folder from time to time. Like Sabina from Victim to Charm suggested, I’ve had commenters whose second language was English be flagged as spam. I’ve also had other legitimate comments marked as spam. That rarely happens to me, but it happens.

      I think it’s good to scan you spam to check for legitimate comments and get a giggle from the silly spam.

  2. Agree, it is so easy to handle comments, it is the lazy blogger that doesn’t. Have Prof. CommentLuv on my blog and other widgets for that. I usually laugh at the spam folder and then hit delete. Several months ago a spam comment stopped me in my tracks and I had to read it several times. It stated that all of my posts had either been copied or that I had copied my own work, accusing me of plagiarism. Nearly died, read it three times and then realized horrid spam…. Ugh…

    xoxoxo

    • CommentLuv is one of the things I will most definitely have if I ever self-host. I love blogs that use CommentLuv. Such a cool plug-in.

      I’ve had one of those type comments before. It was saying that my blog was ‘elsewhere’ on the internet, but it did it in that dumb spam speak. I have never really bothered to check to see if my blog has been copied because I have no idea how to do that.

      Sometimes I glance over a couple pages of spam to see the nonsense. I’ve had a lot of spam lately. It’s weird how I go through periods where I’m littered with spam comments. Thank God for filters.

      • Best thing about commentLuv is that I have been able to have great conversations back and forth because my commentaries know when I have made a comment back, it emails them 🙂 That comment freaked me out!!!! After the third read, I realized it really was stupid spam….. They suck, and I still don’t understand the point of spam…. Hoorah for filters 🙂

  3. Askimet does a pretty good job, it does let one or two slip through occasionally. Spammers are annoying trolls that need to get a life! Piggy backing on everybody who works hard behind the scenes on their blogs.

    • Absolutely. I can see why a lot of the big blogs and websites have closed their comments sections. I would imagine it would be difficult to moderate considering all the spam bots and trolls.

  4. I think Akismet does a really good job. It’s only let through a few comments that frankly could still be real people (with English not as their first language) but just SEEM so spammy by the poor grammar. Some of the comments in my spam box are hilarious. Some are just strange. Some are annoying.

    • I’ve had a few bloggers who were clearly not writing in their first language, but Akismet was suspicious. I can tell because the comment is specific to the post. I’ve followed a couple of bloggers who are blogging for the normal reasons and to improve their English. I admire that seeing as I’m monolingual.

      • Oh definitely! I imagine my Spanish would get better if I blogged in it, but I feel like it would remove the therapeutic aspect of the writing and make it more of a chore/practice

  5. Like you I have my filter set to approve first time commenters, then they’re good to go after that … what I’m noticing lately is an uptick in strange blogs that are ‘following’ me. They’re usually businesses, or blogs that when I check ’em out are listed as, ‘have been deleted by owner’, or are in what looks like Eastern European languages.

    About the poorly written ones- There’s a reason those ‘nigerian prince’ scammy emails are so badly written is because they know most folk see ’em coming, so they deliberately dumb down the language to target less educated people who are more likely to fall for the scam … perhaps badly written spams are the same. Either way they are primordial pond slime who need to be obliterated by asteroids.

  6. Those spam comments are so goofy. I’ve gotten a lot of spam exactly like that. It goes right to my spam box and after that I just delete it. I don’t know why the spammers all write their comments in the same way like that. It’s so bizarre.

      • It’s got nothing to do with the content of the post and everything to do with someone buying lists of URL’s (not just the main blog but individual post URL’s) and spam-bombing the entire list. Think about the odds for a moment. If their success rate is only 0.01% (I completely made that up, but it’ll do) and they’ve got a list with, lets say 10,000 URL’s (which wouldn’t take long given the number of posts globally in an hour) that means they hit their mark 100 times. Not bad for a few minutes work, at most. In their eyes that’s a success story.

      • I get the list and the spam blasting. I guess I think that spammers would be blocked less and get more clicks if they put more effort in having the bot leave less nonsensical comments.

        Not that I’m all that concerned with comment spam being more effective.

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