If you’ve ever had a blog, you’re seen plenty of comment spam: those comments posted in the hope of getting your blog visitors to click a link and visit some other site, or to pump up the number of links pointing to a site. These comments are served up without any human intervention, by spambot software designed to automate the tedious chore of becoming popular.
Comment spam uses text intended to sound plausible on a wide variety of blog posts. The tactics used in pursuit of that goal range from mildly clever to mind-numbingly stupid.
The ever-popular compliment is a common tactic. Only a cold-hearted self-centered asocial wretch would delete comments like these, right?
That last comment is made even sillier by the fact it appeared on the brief “Hello World” blog post that I did as a test when I created this blog. How horizon-broadening.
Spelling and grammar is a recurring problem, and some spam comments refer to this issue ironically:
Another genre of the art is the “look like a response to something above” spam:
Some comment spam is targeted at specific keywords. For example, I did a post about “Jamie’s Golf Technique” that has attracted golf-tip link bait comments like these two this week:
Having just rooted through this week’s comment spam to find these examples, here’s the most elaborate one-size-fits-all comment I came across:
It’s great to see my “astonishingly precise” prose (here) inspire such fierce opposition!