Oh, The Things Spammers Will SayBy
Since I began blogging 18 months ago, I have seen some pretty interesting tactics by spammers to trick us into letting their links through our iron-clad spam filters. Let’s take a look at some of the obvious and not so obvious attempts:
- Obvious: Fake comments left with lists of links to prescription drug related terms, celebrity names, and other R-rated terms (we’re not talking about VanessaFoxNude, here). Most good spam filters will automatically flag these, but the occasional one can still slip through to moderation.
- A little less obvious: The one word answers like “cool”, “nice”, “interesting” are another way that spammers prey on inexperienced bloggers. They figure if they give you a compliment, you will let them in.
- Still sneaky: How many times have you seen comments that read “I didn’t understand your post on The Things Spammers Will Say. I will have to do more research.”? It is just another sneaky attempt to get past your spam radar by making you think the spammer is a real person who has actually read your post.
- Just wrong: Sites that scrape your content and then try to pass it off as a trackback are just wrong. Who do they think we are? Sleazy link-whoring tactics just aren’t right and content scraping is the worst!
- Super shady: What about people who come to your site hoping to game the search engines? I don’t let comments from people with names like “Make Money Now” and “New York SEO” go through – especially if they link to spammy landing pages that obviously have no benefit to my readers. Legit or not – this tactic will just get you flagged as spam.
Your best defense against blogging spam is to use an anti-spam plug in like Akismet, Spam Karma, or Bad Behavior plus vigilance on your own part.