Irony is a funny thing. Just having finished a series of posts on comment spam, checking the comments on the posts revealed an excellent example of the sneaky spam comment. The irony was too delicious to pass up.
There were 2 comments in my moderator queue this morning and the first was obviously spam, but the second was less obvious. Click on the image to the left to see what it looked like. You’ll notice the post that the comment was submitted to.
In this example we see several of the tell tale signs of comment spam:
- A keyword in the name space.
- No gravatar.
- And finally, a nice but generic comment.
This comment has every intention of staying on my blog where it can link back to Mr. Forex Robot for ever.
Next step, I googled the entire comment (in quotation marks) to see if it has shown up elsewhere. You can click on the image to the right to see part of the first page.
Notice the exact text showing up in almost all these blogs. There are a few entries where the text doesn’t show up in the search results, but if you click through to those entries you’ll find our little friend there in the comments.
Looking at this comment showing up in the wild, we can see it coming from the same spammer, using the same keyword for a name and linking back to the same url.
Needless to say, this comment was deleted permanently. Bye-bye forex robot. Alas that I ever knew ya.
So, a little vigilance and we’ve avoided populating the web with meaningless drivel that is only intended to improve someone’s bottom line. Leave the room and link juice for those who earn it with real, personal comments that are part of the conversation.
And a note to Mr. Forex Robot — why not send the real Mr. Forex over for a visit and some real conversation. We’d love it if the real you showed up.
I’ve added a new post to this series on battling comment spam. Read Battling Comment Spam — The Big Guns to see what we can learn from the A-List bloggers.
- Battling Comment Spam — Moderating Comments
- Battling Comment Spam — The Big Guns
- Battling Comment Spam — Dealing with It
- Battling Comment Spam