11 September 2008

Out! Damned Comment Spam!

I did not blog on Advertising for Success for two days due to illness. I came back to 152 comments needing moderation. My first thought was, "Wow, maybe Graham at Entrecard dropped a comment bomb on me." Nope.

During that time, some black-hearted homegrown SEO guru decided s/he was going show everyone how to get free links. The guru pulled out a "do follow" blog roll and passed it out to his or her friends. The guru, who may or may not be charging for this list, which has always been free, says, "Now take this list and get 100 links before you check back in for some more great SEO tips tomorrow."

Unfortunately, my blog, Advertising for Success, is first on most lists. So I get the first barrage. Incoming! I just want to show you how to spot these bogus comments with just a glance.

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You can spot bogus comments by several different tells (tracks, spoors) they leave behind.
  • Multiple comments by same person, sometimes on same post.
  • Comments on older blog posts.
  • Comments are basic throwaway comments: Good Job! Great Blog! Love the Blog!
  • Time post shows that most of these comments were made between 8:37 AM and 9:10 AM. What are the odds?
Well, Mr. seo guru, so sorry to delete all these comments. Leave my blog alone. I was one of the original do follow bloggers and I can smell a bogus comment at 100 paces. LOL

I will be back with more comment spam busters as soon as I feel a little better.


Mizé said...

Hi. I guess you weren´t the only one. I hade a simmilar joke in my blog and read other posts of bloggers that had the same problem. I even considered remove my blog from the dofollow list.
I didn´t know some of the tricks you shared, useful to spot them. I wish I had a spam blocker, do you know any we can use in blogger blogs?

Anonymous said...

sorry to hear about how you got walloped by spam comments. some of those tells were rather obvious, especially comments with pretty much the exact same text. hope you get less and less of this in the future.

Anonymous said...

I hate comment spam. I am sorry you have to deal with it.

Anonymous said...

Ouch, I feel for you. Curse those spammers! I have to deal with those almost everyday as well.

Anonymous said...

It is excellent post. Thanks-

Anonymous said...

i guess every "do-follow" blogger has to deal with spam comments. its a big price when you try to reward honest commentators...

Anonymous said...

I’m sorry to hear what was happened to you. I suppose you are not the only one victim and guess every "do-follow" blogger has to deal with spam comments.

Anonymous said...

:) I think we should now frame a good name for 'Comment Spam'. Anyways, i did like your post a lot. Though i do use a few tricks (including some pointed by you), i am now looking to build a program for the benefit of the online community.

CyberCelt said...

@mize-check my post tomorrow.

@kouji-its the price of being an established blog.

@captain-I agree.

@mobius-Its depressing when you see the comment count and then realize you have one real comment.


@elliot-I try.


@will-Let me know how it works out.

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