I remember when Darren Rowse of Problogger mentioned Akismet had blocked over four million spam comments on his blog. According to the stats for my blog, Akismet has blocked over 100,000 (and counting).

Although I don’t check my spam folder often, whenever someone emails me and says they left a comment but it’s not showing up, I’ll start digging.

That’s what happened when Ana of Spiritual Research Foundaion contacted me and said her comment wasn’t showing up on the Blog Registry. Since her comment hadn’t gone into moderation, I assumed it must have landed in the spam folder.

Interesting enough, I noticed those who are now spamming blogs are getting much better at it.

Today’s Lesson

Here’s a small sampling of what Akismet blocked, If I didn’t check the URL, I’d actually think they were real.

This first group of spam commenters must think if they appeal to my ego, I’ll approve them.

I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the great work Look forward to reading more from you in the future

I really liked your blog! It helped me alot…

I just sent this post to a bunch of my friends as I agree with most of what you’re saying here and the way you’ve presented it is awesome.

Awesome! I have read a lot on this topic, but you definitely give it a good vibe. This is a great post. Will be back to read more!

Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

Valuable information and excellent design you got here! I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts and time into the stuff you post!! Thumbs up

I find myself coming to your blog more and more often to the point where my visits are almost daily now!

These spammers must believe if they ask a question, their comment will be approved.

How do I password my macbook pro so every time you turn the computer on it will ask for the password. I have a password set on here but i seem to only use it for when i download software or unistall things. I really need the password so you cant even get the computer started without one! Is this even possible I am used to the PC and u can password protect it so no one can even do anything on it untill password is typed in correctly. I really need to get one on here so my dumb room mates stop using it when I am not around.

I am not pro, but I wish to write my question here…
How you think what to advise to my friend – to disaccustom to alcohol?

Sports or easier walks in the forest, at open air?

This is a little random but what insurance company do you use? My current insurance company has just told me they’re not paying out on my claim. I’m furious and want to leave immediately. Who do you recommend?

I realize many spam comments are generated by bots, but I’ve also read you can get paid to comment on blogs.

Although this may be a good way to generate additional income, for us bloggers who treasure each comment we get, it could be disheartening to find out what we thought were “real” comments, are instead paid for.

Today’s Assignment

What’s showing up in your spam folder these days?

Would you ever comment on blogs for money?

Raise you hand and share your thoughts.

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  1. Ugh, Ugh, Ugh…. My recent spam comments were variations of “This is a good site but you need better templates” and “Nice site! What template do you use?” (Like, my theme isn’t written in the footer? LOL)

    I find it appalling that people are paid pennies to spend their time commenting and spamming blogs. Appalling for two reasons; one that someone out there thinks it’s a good marketing strategy to spam people with stupid comments that have no relation to the post and secondly that these people possibly don’t have a choice in how they earn their money. I hope their working conditions are better than a regular sweatshop….
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Melinda,

      I agree. Spamming blogs with nonsense comments is a poor marketing strategy. It’s like the door to door salesman or telephone solicitor who won’t take “no” for an answer.

      Hmmmmm. Makes me wonder. Maybe we need a “do not spam” list like they have for phone solicitors (the do not call list).

  2. I’m having a hard time deciphering spam from non-spam these days. You’re right. They’re getting really good at it. I find it such a hassle to fish for the ones that might be real. I actually have a regular reader who, in the beginning I thought was a spammer because he put a business name in the name field. But he genuinely likes my blog and leaves fun and meaningful comments. But, boy, it’s hard to tell sometimes between his comments and the ones of others that could actually be construed as legitimate but aren’t.

    For the record, I get 3x as many spam messages as real ones. Thank God for Akismet!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Kathy,

      It is getter harder, isn’t it? And, when someone uses keywords instead of their name, it’s easy to assume it’s spam.

      Fishing comments out of spam can be very time consuming, and to top it off, we have to look at the disgusting ones as well as the ones that include the sale of pharmaceuticals. Yuke!

  3. Kelvin KaoNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, sometimes I also get comments similar to the ones you have shown here. They are generic, and I will have to check the URL before deciding whether I should delete (which usually happens) the comment or not.

    What’s sort of in the gray area is short comments like “I like ___ (insert topic) too!” and their blog is on a somewhat relevant topic. Then it sort of depends on how spammy-looking the blog is for me to make the decision.

    What sort of amused me was when I wrote a story about locks (based on a bad pun of lock vs. luck), I suddenly got several comments from locksmith websites from several geographical locations and their comments are like “That was a very interesting story. Thanks for sharing!” Sometimes I don’t know what to do with those. Sometimes I just keep the comments but remove their links.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Kelvin,

      I agree. Some comments are hard to decipher. Like you, I’ll click through to the link and check for spamminess.

      That’s interesting that you mentioned how when you wrote about locks you then started getting comments from locksmiths. Ironically, no sooner had I published this post and I began to get spam comments about “insurance” (which was mentioned in the post). I’m guessing they are bot generated and are spam.

  4. TracyNo Gravatar says:

    You know it’s bad when you decide to take a peek at Akismet and Google says “This page appears to be in Russian, would you like us to translate it for you?”

    While I think a lot of this spam is organized/automated/outsourced, I do sometimes have these comments I’m very on the fence about. I just get the feeling that the commenter was either given dubious information about commenting or didn’t understand the advice they were given.

    I used to feel guilty deleting such comments but I doubt they come back to check, so not sure why I ever worried about it.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Tracy.

      With some of those comments it is hard to just hit “delete”. Like you said, we sometimes think we should give them the benefit of the doubt, when in truth, they may just be good spammers.

  5. I haven’t peeked inside my spam folder for ages. I’m sure it’s as ugly as it’s always been. 🙂
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  6. Yes, i always receive the same spam comments as yours in my blog. Sometimes, i need to moderate such comment seriously as the comments are just like the real comment but blocked by the Akistmet. I never heard that leaving the comment can make money. I never do it before.
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  7. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    I’d rather eat spam than read it, Barbara (and that’s saying something, lemme tell ya) 🙂 I too get the same types of spam you’ve listed; they *are* getting creative aren’t they?
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Davina,

      You’re funny. But I’d have to agree, eating spam is better than reading it. Although some of the spammers have gotten better, most of it is totally gross.

  8. One advantage I have is that most spam is written in English, so when they tell me about how well my writing is, I have every reason to 🙂
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  9. Well! My spam folder is not much lucky like your one. It’s full with medicine and pron site. I just can’t imagine my blog without spam filtering system.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Arafat,

      I agree. If we didn’t have a spam filter, we’d spend all of our time trying to fish real comments out of the spam.

  10. Sometimes I read these comments and they can be really funny as well… Though, in general they are a major nuisance.

    Of late, people have started putting very smart spam which is hard to identify as spam – I mean more than the usual praising, counter argument, reporting website problem type of comments..
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Ajith,

      That’s true. The spammers are getting a lot better, but it does make me wonder how Akismet can keep up with them and not allow the spam to come through. I’m amazed they catch most of them.

  11. suzenNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara! Ok, wait a minute here – now you’ve gone and got an old lady paranoid! haha! I’m so naive I don’t know if I even HAVE a spam folder! And those comments were span???? Geez but I have a lot to learn here – and I’m thinking half of this I don’t want to know!

    To answer your question – if paid would I comment on blogs? Nope!

    Let me ask you – just what do these spammers GET out of those comments? Seems like they were nice ones – I’m all confused. (no surprise I suppose!)

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Suzen,

      I’m assuming you have a spam folder, but it may be doing such a good job at catching the spam, you don’t even realize it.

      Yes. Those comments were spam. All I had to do was check the link they are pointing to. Not only that, but most of them are repeated over and over again.

      The spammers want links back to their sites to make them more appealing to the search engines, etc. so they rank higher on Google, etc. Kinda sad they do it that way instead of writing quality content.

  12. George AngusNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    A mirror image of what you have, that’s what kind of spam I get.

    Not enough printed money to get me to write comments for blogs.

    I’m torn because sometimes I want to click through the spam to see if there is a way to contact the site and leave them a message about how I feel about their advertising scheme. But then I remember that that would only help the aggravating little buggers.

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    • George AngusNo Gravatar says:


      Within a half hour of commenting I went to my site admin and I see a whole new tactic: The spammers are cutting and pasting legit comments from previous posts and submitting them with their spammy address. Nice…..
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      • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

        Hi George,

        That’s a new one to me – cutting and pasting comments.

        What I saw today were dozens and dozens of trackbacks to this blog. That’s something I hadn’t seen before (not so many), so I wonder what that is all about.

        You’re right. Contacting them about their tactics probably wouldn’t get you far. Maybe they’ll just get tired of it and do something more productive.

  13. I’d like to advise that all bloggers check the spam on a regular basis, Akismet does tend to catch the legit from time to time.

    They are also getting better and better at catching the “clever” spammers, like the ones you posted.

    Paying for comments is legit, quite lucrative and well done, if done correctly. There’s a lot more that goes into it then most think though.

    I’ve been asked more then a few times now if I would do it…still thinkin’ on it. 😉
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Dennis,

      Yes. Akismet does throw some legit comments into spam. In fact when I was working on this post, I found two.

      Getting paid to comment is something I don’t quite understand, but I’m guessing if a company is smart about it, it would be a good way to get quality links back to their site.

      If you decided to do it, please come by and share how it goes for you. Or, if you write a post about it, let me know and I’ll come by and check it out.

  14. FriarNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know what I’m doing wrong (or right).

    I rarely ever get Spam comments on my blog. Or on my gmail.

    Go figure (???)

    • I really love your blog. Your information is invaluable. I know exactly what you mean. Do you need insurance? Believe it or not, Barbara, Friar and friends, I actually BELIEVED one of the earlier comments that said my site was excellent. I think it’s still in my featured comments section. So gullible.

      100,000! Barbara, how long until I have 100,000 spam comments?
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Julie,

      It’s amazing. All we have to do is mention something on our blogs, and the spammers come running.

      Re: your “excellent blog” comment. Are you sure it is spam? Because as we know, you do have an excellent blog (and ebook)

      Trust me, you don’t want 100,000 spam comments. They can easily become a waste of time if you check the spam folder very often.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Friar,

      You are lucky. I think why I get so many is because I write about it. You know, just like when you tweet about SEO and within minutes you have a bunch of SEO “experts” following you.

  15. Greg BlencoeNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    My blog is just over two months old. But I’ve noticed over the past week or so that I’ve started to get a lot more spam comments. Fortunately, Akismet has caught all of them. They actually are just filled with random letters. I’ll be looking out for ones that look real like the ones on your blog.

    I had no idea you could get paid to comment on blogs. I wonder where the value is in this. It would seem less expensive to just advertise on the Internet.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Greg,

      Don’t ask me how, but the spammers find blogs pretty quickly. It seems to have something to do with our topics.

      I also get some of that spam that doesn’t make sense, or is a bunch of question marks. Then there’s the ones that are filled with links to either porn or pharmaceutical sites. Ugh!

      I don’t understand how commenting on blog can be profitable either, other than for the link value, but as I mentioned to Dennis, if he decides to try it, hopefully he will fill us in on the hows and whys.

  16. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Spam is something that I’ve wondered about. For a long time, I didn’t understand what spam comments were. Recently, I’ve started getting comments from “anonymous” that are totally unrelated and really make no sense, plus the comment is interspersed with urls. I’d show an example but I’ve deleted them all. I had about 4 almost identical ones in one day, all on older posts. So, I added moderation to comments on posts older than 5 days. I don’t like having it noted that a comment was deleted by the blog administrator and not be able to say that it was deleted because it was spam. I don’t want it to look like I just up and delete comments.

    Unlike some of your examples , none of the spam I’ve gotten even looks legitimate, and like Suzen, what do they get out of it? And what is Akismet?

    Also, I wouldn’t comment on blog posts for pay. I comment when I have something to contribute or ask.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Linda,

      That’s a good idea to add moderation on older comments. I noticed Problogger closes the comments after 90 days in an attempt to combat spam. That’s really not a bad idea as I did notice the spam hits my older posts pretty hard.

      Akismet is the spam filter that is included with WordPress. I notice you’re on Blogger and am assuming they much include one with that platform, as well.

      P.S. I also noticed you changed your theme. Looking good, Linda! 🙂

  17. Hi Barbara!!

    As George metions above, I have noticed lately a spammer will copy and paste a real comment that’s been on my blog. Pretty cunning. I have to be on the look-out for those.

    The ones I also watch out for seem legit to my post, but when I follow the link back to their site and see nothing but ads, or all about selling, I spam their comment.

    Get paid to comment?? I have no TIME for that! 🙂

    My blog is DoFollow. Do you think that attracts spammers? And I wonder if I should change it back to NoFollow on the comments? Any suggestions on that?

    Have a great (no-to-low-spam) day, Wonderful Lady!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jannie,

      That’s a good idea – to check the link on the comment. Although some lead to sales sites, I’ll approve a comment if the person who wrote it contributes to the conversation. If not, “SPAM”

      Re: Do Follow. I’ve read do follow blogs get hit harder with spam and with comments where the comment author will use keywords instead of their name. Some see do follow as a good thing for their commenters, but others hate to see those keyword names in the comment field as they make the comments appear less personal.

  18. Figuring out which comments are spam and which are real is more challenging than most bloggers realize. When I started interacting with people on Social Networks before they commented, when they finally did comment I realized that some of their comments were so weak that I probably would have assumed they were spam!

    Spammers are getting better and yes there ARE many people who earn money leaving comments. While I agree that leaving poor quality comments that add nothing to the conversation is a very bad marketing strategy, there is actually merit to leaving good comments in blogs to obtain incoming links.

    I have a unique perspective on this subject because I believe supporting small businesses is the solution to the economic downturn we are currently experiencing. Any recover is an illusion; a continued decline is inevitable.

    I explain all that in the post I’ll feature in CommentLuv (and in other prior posts linked from that one). I sincerely hope many and especially influential bloggers will make the time to read that post because we can make a difference and create a better economy.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Gail,

      That’s a good point. Some don’t know what a “meaningful” comment is. Like you said, fortunately you had communicated with some of your commenters on social networking sites so you knew they weren’t spam.

      What’s funny is I’ll see many of the “great post” comments on blogs and the author just leaves them there. I’m assuming they’ve checked the link and know it’s legit. Although they may drive up the comment count, they don’t add any value to the post.

      Thank you for sharing the link to your post. As a small business owner, I know what you’re saying. We need to be a lot more creative in these down economic times.

  19. Okay, now you’ve really got me thinking, Barbara. If it’s true that one can get paid to leave comments on blogs, who is really speaking on our blogs? Is it that charming buddy we’ve come to know and love, or is it, perhaps, their alter ego? I’m giggling thinking about what it would take to find someone to act “as if” they are me. But wait, did I really say that? Or was it the blog commenting clone I have created? Hmmm, I’ll never tell. Thanks for the smile today!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Patty, or does your alter ego go by another name? 8)

      Unfortunately in blogosphere we don’t know who is leaving comments. Some bloggers could be paying an assistant to comment for them, or others could be disguised as someone else. But…one thing we do know is when someone is spamming us with disgusting or meaningless comments, it’s best to hit the “Spam” button.

      *smiles* back to you.

  20. Yes, Barbara, we do need a “Do Not Spam” list of some sort. I hate it and that is why I have turned on the comment moderation feature on my blog. I think it is ridiculous that people get paid to comment. I do agree with the comment from Gail at GrowMap that we should try to support the small business owner to help the economy.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jeanne,

      Wouldn’t that be wonderful? A “do not spam” list to add our blogs to? Maybe in time it will happen.

      I know businesses want inbound links and thus will pay someone to comment, but it does seem like there’s a better way to get attention – like maybe by using Google ads or an SEO expert.

  21. We don’t get anything quite so interesting. Huge lists of links for unsavoury pharmaceuticals and whatnot.

    The paid to comment thing isn’t brilliant either. Mainly because it makes people wary of commenting on new blogs – “if I leave a comment, are they going to assume I’m just doing it for the link?”

    That’s the worst side effect as far as I’m concerned, as I agree with you – comments are feedback to be enjoyed, not potential threats to be treated with suspicion.
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  22. Well, I’ve just tried to edit a typo in the comment I left and I’ve been told I’m a spammer! Guess that proves my point.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Andy,

      Did you get the “duplicate content” message? I get that sometimes when I’m answering comments.

      I do agree. We should not be suspicious of comments, however with the spammers getting better at what they are doing, sometimes it’s hard to tell. But, all in all, I think most commenters are being honest and genuine.

  23. Tony SingleNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, like you I don’t tend to check my spam folder very often, so I have no idea what kind of comments are dropping there. I don’t think I’m getting much spam at the moment because – unlike your fine blog – perhaps mine is still considered too small fry to be worth bombarding with stuff like that.

    I didn’t know that there were folks who were being paid to leave comments. I guess it should have occurred to me as a possibility. I don’t think I’d do it because I like to think that anyone who comes to my blog and comments is doing so because they want to. I would not want to get some other poor blogger’s hopes up by merely commenting for profit. It seems just a little… well, dishonest to me.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Tony,

      I don’t think it’s so much whether a blog is big fry or small fry. What I noticed was as soon as I started publishing articles about spam and how to avoid it, etc., that’s when I started getting bombarded.

      Yes. That would be sad for a new blogger to find out the comments they’re getting are being paid for. When I think of it, that makes me want to find more new blogs and leave comments so they know they are getting real comments and are not getting spammed.

  24. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Barbara, doesn’t it make a difference if you have a hosted blog vs a self-hosted blog? My first blog was hosted and has zero spam, whereas my second blog is self-hosted and receives spam.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Davina,

      Good question. Unfortunately I don’t know the answer to that one. Hopefully someone else does and will contribute their input.

  25. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara .. you ask about blogger .. I’ve got three comments that I haven’t passed through .. one was about ? ‘blood diamonds’ I wrote about the sparkly sort .. one about Alaksa and bathing? and anther where the comment seemed sensible – but I wasn’t sure & couldn’t check.

    So I get a few people come through – if they go back to a ‘good site’ then ok .. I’ll let them thru and reply appropriately. I won’t let anything thru if it’s ‘odd’ ..

    I do comment moderate all comments …

    Blogger .. I don’t think it has a spam filter .. but as I’ve set mine to comment moderation approval .. I have no idea!!

    Your post and the comments have thrown up some interesting pointers though .. thanks for this info .. always useful – especially when I get to move over to WP .. one day – just not yet .. have a great weekend .. Hilary
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Hilary,

      Your comment reminded me of how, in case a real comment ends up in the spam folder or we “think” it’s spam, hopefully the comment author will let us know they are for real. And we know, spammers won’t.

      Just like you. This comment ended up in the spam folder and had you not added another comment, I may have never found it.

  26. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    You have hit all of what I get and there is more… like I found you at say “aol” or “adgitize”. If you have not seen them during your trekking of the net, blow ’em away. Since when can you be found on an email account? Hmmmm.

    All I can say is I am getting better at spotting them. Some may sneak by but not many. great subject!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Linda,

      Good point. The more we see of them, the easier they are to spot. Like you implied, if what they’re saying isn’t making sense, chancres are it’s spam.

  27. JustynaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    spam comments is what I deal with daily.. at the beginning I was going through them and I even found one comment which was labeled as spam and it was not in fact! But it takes so much time to look at it, especially that sometimes I get hundreds of spam comments, so I stopped and just delete them:)

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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Justyna,

      I hear you. If we tried to go through hundred of spam comments every day, all of our blogging time could be used up just doing that. We get to a point when it’s best to let our spam filters take care of them.

      And, if a real comment gets marked as spam, hopefully the blog author will email us and let us know.

  28. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara .. I’m sure I commented .. but it’s not here .. I’ll see if this comes up .. because I noted the tick in the box for notifying me of follow-up comments via email ..which I haven’t been getting, but I’m sure the box wasn’t there before .. so gremlins somewhere! No worries …
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Hilary,

      Thank you for the heads up on your previous comment. For some reason it ended up in the spam folder. It’s now live.

      I’ll be back later to answer yours and the others. 🙂

  29. Keith DavisNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara
    Pretty much the same as your examples.
    Tell tale is that the comment is not specific to your post… they deal in generalities and often say they like the material, agree with your point of view and that they found you via Bing or whatever.

    If the spammers invent a bot that can add text from your post… that would be a real problem.

    Three cheers for Akismet… hip hip…..
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Keith,

      Now THAT would be scary – adding text from our posts. Hopefully our friend Akismet will be one step ahead of them on that, too.

  30. I wish there was a fairy, like the tooth fairy, who left money, just for fun, under our pillows for reading and commenting on blogs we love and are inspired to comment on – now wouldn’t that be an awesome way to earn a living!

    I used to get a lot of spam in my welcome page which had a guest book. Putting a 90 day limit on is a good idea.
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  31. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Janice,

    I LOVE your idea. Where do I sign up?

    I like the 90 day idea too. Like you, I might try it and see if it works.

  32. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi All,

    As a footnote, I’m experimenting with closing the comments on blog posts which are over 90 day’s old. By doing so, I’ve noticed the comment box and ability to reply via threaded comments is striped away. I’ll be adding a statement of some sort to notify legitimate readers they can comment on newer posts.

    Another note: If you have numerous spam comments coming from the same IP address. you can block the IP address. On my self hosted WP blog, there’s a section under “discussion” (see your dashbar), or they can be blocked by using the IP manager on your web host’s control panel.

    Hope that helps.

  33. Wow never knew problogger had 4 million spam comments, anyway you have some intresting spammers; ” Sports or easier walks in the forest, at open air?’ what the hell is that about.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Fairy Tail,

      Like you, I wonder how the spammers come up with their wording. It’s beyond me…

  34. MarioNo Gravatar says:

    I have been looking through some of my niche blogs and I have been finding people just posting random spam comments and they look very well structured but they have nothing to do with the blog itself I mean come on you think I am going to approve you selling a mortgage product on a gaming site?? They are getting better but nothing like a human touch. Like you mentioned I usually block by IP address anyway but that’s my techie side. I had this one guy that kept changing is email address but was using the same IP now he’s pretty much banned on any of my sites because it almost feels like he or she is following me around.
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  35. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Mario,

    Yes. Blocking IPs can make a huge difference. Just in the last week since I blocked about a half dozen IPs, I’ve noticed a big decrease in my daily spam comments.

    That’s funny how your spammer changed email address, but not the IP. Little did he know you were one step ahead of him. 🙂

  36. MitchNo Gravatar says:

    When I first started writing blogs for other people, I had it set up where I would find blogs that were on the same topic and write comments on those blogs, but the client had to respond to any comments that showed up on their blog. I reversed that fairly quickly because I found it easier to address comments on blogs where I’d written the article that to sound even halfway intelligent writing comments on a blog where I really didn’t know the topic all that well.

    As far as spam, some of it is getting better, but luckily we can train Askimet to catch that stuff. And when it gets a legitimate post, you usually know it’s because of an added link that Askimet’s always going to question. No problems; I love that plugin.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Mitch,

      Thank you for sharing how you handled writing comments for your clients. It sounds like unless we’re familiar with a topic, it could be a waste of our time and the blog author’s time even it means we might get a link back.

      Like you, I also love Akismet.

  37. I’m just curious about how many of the above comments are well meaning spammers who simply read only enough of the blog posts to get an idea of what is being discussed, so they can formulate an effective comment.
    My blog spam filter is always loaded with comments that are sometimes ridiculous and sometimes very funny. Knowing that people are out sourcing this kind of thing, or creating bots to do the work is enough to make my stomach turn.
    After all, people like us who enjoy blogging shouldn’t have to deal with those who just simply want as many back links as they can get and are using our blogs to do so. Don’t you agree?
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  38. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Dan,

    As mentioned in the above comment from George, I also got a comment where they copied and pasted a comment on this post. Ironically, it was Georges. I wonder what that’s all about?

    No, we should have to deal with those who only want back links, but unfortunately that appears to be the name of the game with blogging. Thankfully we have spam filters which alleviate some of our work.

  39. Debbie YostNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t get a lot of spam and since I don’t get a lot of comments either, I kind of get a kick out of reading it. I have noticed many of them are like you suggested. I also get a lot of the porn and pot spams that are 10 inches long.

    As for being paid to post comments, I actually wouldn’t hate it, as long as I could decide when and where. I guess you could say I already do get paid to comment since as I write this, I am actually working and part of my job is promoting our company blog. However, I don’t just comment, to comment. I comment when I have something to add to a conversation. If my comment is just spam, then others know it and they aren’t going to visit my site. Sure, I look for blogs that might be on the same topic or business interests as our company blog is, but isn’t that what others do as well? It kind of goes back to, if you believe what you are selling anyone can sell it. I do not consider myself a sales person in the slightest, but I did use to sell Pampered Chef and enjoyed it because I believed in the product. I couldn’t sell candles though, because, I don’t really use candles and am not a huge fan of them.
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