As a relatively new blogger, I’ve received so many quality comments from other bloggers in the personal finance niche. However, here’s what fascinates me the most: the countless, creative and not so creative spam comments which get posted to my blog on a daily basis.
For the most part, I try to be a typical blogger. I write a couple times per week and try to stay interesting. However, I’ve never started a successful blog previously and I still have no idea what I’m doing.
Here’s where I’m different though. I love spam comments. Much like spam emails, these spam comments fascinate me. If you haven’t seen this TED Talk by James Veitch, I highly recommend taking 10 minutes to watch.
Spam comments come in all varieties. First, you’ve got the ones about adult comment. Those are pretty boring. Next, you have spammers trying to generate links even though Google greatly penalizes it these days. Finally, you have the plainly absurd comments which make absolutely no sense.
Spam comments on blogs are fascinating
Ultimately, there are people behind these spam comments. They don’t get generated out of thin air. Programmers spend time building bots and writing scripts to automate this mundane task. That’s why blogs get so many spam comments in the first place.
If you watch the TED Talk above, James makes that clear. Behind every spam email and every spam comment, there’s a human being. It might be someone trying to make a living, further a political cause, or someone just trying to have fun.
That’s why I love reading through spam comments when I receive a new one. Where is the comment linking? What keywords is the spam bot trying to rank for? Does there appear to be a story behind it?
If you learn one thing by reading this post, it’s this. When you see a spam comment on your blog, take a brief moment and read it. Ask yourself those questions. If anything, you’ll put a human being behind the comment. Although you may be annoyed, there’s no reason to hate this person – generating spam comments may be that person’s livelihood.
Now, to the good part. Let’s review a bunch of spam comments I’ve received on this blog. I have fun marking them as spam in the end, but I still stop and take a minute to read them.
The first spam comment posted to this blog
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This was the first comment I received on Million Dollar Hacker. There were a few links at the end to some SEO related services and for good reasons I didn’t include them here.
By reading the comment, you can tell the bot didn’t know the subject matter on this blog. It’s a rather generic spam comment simply trying to build a couple links. With Russia being in the news lately, it’s interesting to note they tried to build a link to a Russia-named domain.
The completely generic, ego-boosting spam comments
These comments are generated to trick bloggers into thinking they’re doing a good job. These comments boost our egos as bloggers. However, when you get down to it, the comments are extremely generic and don’t add anything to the conversation. In every one of these comments, the bot will try to link to a completely unrelated domain.
If you run any type of blog, I’d be willing to bet big money you’ve all received spam comments like these. These are the ones trying to congratulate you on great content and telling you to keep up the good work.
I’ll admit, I was happy to receive these comments at first glance. However, like most new bloggers, it took me only a moment to realize the comment was fake and not genuine. 🙁
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The generic “trying to be helpful” spam comments
Comments like these try to tap into our inherent laziness as human beings. Since we try to automate so much, we’re always looking for new tools to try. That’s why I like the spam comments trying to play on the lazy in all of us.
I see your page needs some fresh content. Writing manually is time consuming, but there is solution for this…
Yes. If only there was a tool which would automatically write our blog posts, right?
I got sick and tired of my life getting scammed by various hackers simply Because I wanted to fix my credit score, then I saw an article of a man who’s name is John. He recommended an hacker to people who needed reliable hacking services so I decided to try the hacker…
Honestly, those comments scare me. My post about how to increase your credit score with Credit Karma gets bombarded with these comments all the time. I can only imagine some of these comments getting through.
People in dire situations will do anything to get out of them. And let’s be honest, some of us are more easily tricked than others. When people are searching for ways to improve their credit score, we certainly don’t want them contacting a malicious computer hacker.
Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in your SEO optimization…
Finally, SEO related spam comments get posted with a ton of volume.
As bloggers, we know we need to work on SEO, but working on it can be so mysterious. It’s actually a great idea for bots to make comments like this. Some of us more gullible bloggers might fall for it.
The comment actually made me laugh. I use a Genesis theme which handles a lot of SEO related items and I regularly bold and italic various pieces of text in my content. So is this comment actually going to help me?
The just plain absurd spam comments
What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills…
What am I supposed to do with this one?
For many seasoned blogs, I doubt they ever look at spam comments coming through the wire. For me however, I love it. It lets me learn more about the world and what’s going on behind the scenes.
Sometimes simply knowing something exists is enough to peak your interest and explore further.
Spam comments are interesting because like spam emails, there are people behind them. That scam email you received the other day, there’s an actual human being behind that. Sometimes they’re simply trying to make a living in a poor country. That might be all they know.
So when you read the next spam comment or spam email, take a brief moment and think about the story behind it. Is it a pointless, generic comment with no value or is there an actual reason or strategy behind it?
I try to look at the world in different ways. Taking the time to read through spam comments posted to my blog is one of those ways. Even if the comments lack quality most of the time, it’s still interesting.
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